MES Weekly School Newsletter

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Jan Fickling, Principal; Chris Bussell, Assistant Principal;

LaQuana Aldridge, Assistant Principal

Phone (803) 821-0300 Fax (803) 821-0303

180 Midway Road
Lexington, SC 29072

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Office Hours: Mon-Fri. 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.


Empower each child to design the future


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Friday August 23, 2019

Dear Mustangs,

This has been a marvelous start for 2019-2020 school year! I truly thank you for your support and trust as we kicked this year off. Your children have entered our building with smiles and hugs. There is nothing more satisfying and rewarding than the excitement of children at the beginning of school. We are truly blessed here at Midway!

A very important thank you is also extended for your patience and adaptability in our morning drop offs and afternoon pick ups. You have honored my request to be observant and careful as the safety of each child is our priority. You rocked with understanding as we worked through moving cars that first morning...truly rocked this!

I continued to be filled with gratitude during our first day dismissal as many of you smiled and reassured me as I tried to personally apologize in our first day's dismissal on the bus loop for 5K, 4th and 5th grades. We were unable to move any cars until we had concerns on buses resolved and you truly were patient and kind. A very humble thank you from me! My heart is full from your kindness and understanding!

Please note that we have Parent Orientations next week:

Monday, 6:00 p.m. -- 3rd Grade Parent Orientation

7:00 p.m. -- 5th Grade Parent Orientation

Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. -- 2nd Grade Parent Orientation

6:30 p.m. -- EAGLE Orientation

7:00 p.m. -- 4th Grade Parent Orientation

There is a districtwide night for Boy Scouts on Thursday, August 29. You may find out more about Scouts here at Midway on that evening, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! First priority is for you and your children to get some rest and then read a great book together.

Your truly,

Jan Fickling

Principal of Midway Elementary School

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Calendar of Events

Monday, August 26 - 6:00 p.m. -- 3rd Grade Parent Orientation

7:00 p.m. -- 5th Grade Parent Orientation

Tuesday, August 27 - 6:00 p.m. -- 2nd Grade Parent Orientation

6:30 p.m. -- EAGLE Orientation

7:00 p.m. -- 4th Grade Parent Orientation

Thursday, August 29 - Boy Scouts Informational Meeting, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Friday, August 30 - Midway Spirit Day! Chick-fil-A PTO morning biscuit sale

Looking Ahead.......

Monday, September 2 - Labor Day! NO SCHOOL for students and staff

Friday, September 6 - FIC Meeting, 8:00 a.m.

Sunday, September 8 - Happy Grandparents Day!

Tuesday, September 10 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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Welcome to Midway, Assistant Principal Mr. Chris Bussell!

A native of Harlem, GA, Chris Bussell joins Midway Elementary School this year as an assistant principal. Prior to becoming a Midway Mustang, he served as assistant principal of Gilbert Elementary from 2011-2019. He began his education career as a band director at Carver-Edisto Middle School in 2000. In 2002, he moved to Sandhills Middle School and served as their band director for 5 years. While at Sandhills, he earned National Board Certification and was named Teacher of the Year. In 2007, Mr. Bussell transferred to Lexington One to open Carolina Springs Middle School. He served as the CSMS band director and the Assistant Director at White Knoll High School until becoming assistant principal at Gilbert Elementary. From 2010-2016 Mr. Bussell also served as the director of the Lexington District One Honor Band.

Mr. Bussell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, both from the University of South Carolina. His professional affiliations include: The National Association for Music Education, The South Carolina Band Directors Association, The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, The South Carolina Association of School Administrators, Kappa Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Delta Omicron. Mr. Bussell is active throughout the southeast as a professional saxophonist and clinician. Although he performs with a number of groups, he is most frequently heard with The Root Doctors, his band for the past 18 years. He also serves as a Cannonball Educator for the Cannonball Musical Instrument Corporation. Mr. Bussell is married to Shannon Bussell, a 6th grade teacher at Pleasant Hill Elementary. They live in Lexington and have 3 children (Olivia, Ryan and Will) and 2 miniature dachshunds (Lucky and Lucy).

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Artist of the Month June-September

Artist of the Month

Our June-September Artists of the Month are being honored in the front display case. Check out the artwork created by these talented young students. Congratulations to the following Artists of the Month:

Grade K: (Rising 1st Grader)

Grade One: Lena Rankin (Rising 2nd Grader)

Grade Two: (Rising 3rd Grader)

Grade Two: Caitlyn Miller (Rising 3rd Grader)

Grade Three: Chethan Brahmapuram (Rising 4th Grader)

Grade Four: (Rising 5th Grader)

Grade Five: (Rising 6th Grader)

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Create your own Tabata!

Midway Elementary Physical Education classes have been performing Tabatas for the last 5 years. Tabata training is one of the most popular forms of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Our Tabata exercises last only 4 minutes, but it's likely to be one of the longest 4 minutes you've endured. The structure of the program is as follows:

  • Work out hard for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 and get in the next body position
  • Complete 8 rounds

You push yourself as hard as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. This is one set. You'll complete eight sets of each exercise.

You can do pretty much any exercise you wish. You can do squats, push-ups, burpees or any other exercise that works your large muscle groups. Have your child create a Tabata and choose 8 exercises and then play the Tabata music in the link below.

We made the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2018 list of America’s Healthiest Schools!

Tabata Music

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Cafeteria Reminder

Please remember when sending in checks to pay on your student's breakfast and lunch account, make sure your telephone number is written on your check. Thanks!

Midway School Gear!

Missed us on Welcome Back Night? Here is another chance to order your 'Beginning of the School Year Gear', including our 25th Anniversary merchandise! We will bag your items and send them home with your child. If you order within the next week, you will receive your items in time for our first Spirit Day.

Thank you for supporting our school!

Midway PTO

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Midway Elementary PTO Facebook

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Midway Elementary FIC Facebook

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Midway Elementary SIC Facebook

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School Supply Lists for 2019-2020

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