MIDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

THE GALLOPING GAZETTE

Jan Fickling, Principal; Christy Mays, Assistant Principal; Mike Hornacek, Assistant Principal Phone (803) 821-0300 Fax (803) 821-0303 180 Midway Road Lexington, SC 29072

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September 25, 2015


Hello, Mustangs!


I know that I will truly miss our International events tonight! I am doing family duties, with a huge smile, as I travel to assist my daughter-in-law in caring for my new granddaughter, Sadie, and her 3-year old sister, Sarah. My fingers are crossed that I get to see my son but he comes and goes with his submarine. This truly makes me appreciate the many sacrifices of those who serve our country and their families. A sincere thank you from me to you!!


A very special thank you to our PTO and volunteers for making our International Day so special! The Parade of Nations truly kicked our day off and set the scene for the evening event!!! The hard work and pride that goes into this evening cannot be topped any anyone. Each of you truly brings your country and heritage to MES so that we all learn in an exciting way!!! Thank you ALL!


Due to a recent "glitch" with our attendance calls, a grandmother has made me aware of a procedure that we need to groom. If your child needs to eat breakfast and is arriving at school at or after 7:30 a.m., please remind your child to report first to class so that attendance is correctly taken. If your child is late to class but was on time when coming through the door, there is no tardy slip issued so this leads to the possibility of recording of an absence. We do encourage that all students eating breakfast arrive by 7:15 as this allows time to eat and get to class in time to prepare for the day. Thank you for your help with this! Thank you to this grandmother for asking about this!!!

Have a wonderful weekend and read, read, read...yes, I am taking books to read to my granddaughters!


Yours truly,


Jan Fickling, Principal

Support Staff of the Year

Congratulations to Midway's, Assistant Custodian, Mr. David Dutka. Support Staff of the Year 2015-2016!
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Join us tonight from 6-8:00 P.M for Midway's International Heritage Night

Last year's International Heritage Night was a huge success! 26 countries were represented at the fantastic event that featured food, music, games, crafts, and exhibits from around the world! September 25, 2015, the amazing Midway PTO is sponsoring International Heritage Night from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.

Congratulations to our International Postcard Contest Winners!!!

The winner for each grade level and the Country they represented for their postcard:

Kindergarten: Catherine Cully~China- Mrs. Morrison
Wyatt Neely~Italy- Mrs. Merck

First grade: Caroline Cully~Ukraine- Mrs. McLane
Ethan Sreng~Brazil- Mrs. McLane

Second grade: Monroe Hipp~Japan- Mrs. Cutherbertson
Preston Burbage~Netherlands- Mrs. Peksenar

Third grade: Anushka Shrivastava~Vietnam- Mrs. Whyde
Evan Nieders~Mexico Mrs. Scott
Mary Carson Boland-Honorable Mention- Mrs. Howell

Fourth grade: Savannah Turbeville~Germany Mrs. Wagner
Santosh Sai Kudaravalli~India- Mrs. Kroll

Fifth grade: Nicholas Fish~Poland- Ms. Maupin
Hilary Ann Brown~El Salvador- Mrs. Robinson

All postcards will be on display at the MES International Heritage Night and the winners will receive a gift certificate to our Fall Book Fair!

Exiting Celebration for ESOL Midway students

The following Mustangs were recognized at the Exiting Celebration for ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) ceremony at White Knoll. This is the fourth year that Lexington County School District One has held a celebration to honor students who have worked diligently to exit from the ESOL program. Congratulations Mustangs!

Zulal Cakir

Larissa Carrilho
Mariya Chumanevich
Adrian Correia
Sri AShrith Duggirala
Shrikar Kosana
Deniz Turk

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Calling all Fourth Graders Who Love to Sing!


Our Fourth Grade Fall Chorus Membership Drive will begin Thursday, October 1st. Be on the lookout for your information letter to go home with you that day. Our first rehearsal will be Friday morning, October 9th in Mrs. Rogers music classroom. We will rehearse from 7:05 to 7:35 AM on Tuesdays and Fridays as we prepare to sing for our Veterans Day Ceremony and the Winter Holiday Sing-Along. Attached is my "musical mustang".

MUSTANGS ARE GETTING FIT!!

We know that thousands of schools have experienced the benefits of adding walking and running to the school day. Active kids simply do better - better in the classroom, better attendance, better health and fitness. That's why we are joining the efforts of schools across the nation to walk and run one billion miles and are accepting billionmilerace.org -- the race that Mustangs are working on during our school day. Our goal is 50,000 mile for the school year. You can go on the site and look up our school and see how many miles we have walked/jogged so far....


Midway has also accepted the challenge and will participate in The 100 Mile Club! This program will be held after school and open to all students! MES physical education teacher, Mrs. Gates, will be our 100 Mile Club Coach.


The 100 Mile Club was started 24 years ago by Kara Lubin, a teacher in Corona-Norco Unified School District. 100 Mile Club is now a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to provide to all individuals the opportunity to experience fitness and TRUE personal success by Accepting the Challenge of running (or walking) 100 miles at school during a school year.


Through the journey toward 100 miles, your child will practice personal goal setting, team spirit, perseverance, poise, confidence, and honest self-evaluation. As your child reaches special "mile"stones, we all celebrate together. When your child reaches 100 miles, he or she will be celebrated at our Year-End Ceremony where every participant will receive a special certificate celebrating their total miles run.


The 100 Mile Club sessions start on October 14 from 2:30-3:30 P.M.


Students who want to be a part of the 100 Mile Club must complete the attached form and return it to the office by October 7th. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Gates at lgates@lexington1.net or 821-0300. Extra forms are in our front lobby and the main office if needed.

Sign up for Midway's 100 Mile Club

Please print and turn in entry form to your child's teacher or to the main office.

From the Cafe: World School Milk Day Sept. 30th

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Midway Cafe can help with all Birthday Celebrations.We have cupcakes,ice cream and other sweet treats available for bulk purchases to serve classes on that special day.

Contact your Cafeteria Manager for details at 821-0325


Thanks

Jason Trice

Midway's Fall Book Fair is Coming Soon!

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From the Learning Commons:

Our Fall Book Fair is coming up! We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our sign-ups.


Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:


1) Click the link below to view and sign up on VolunteerSpot.

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.


Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Emily Black (821-3014).

Guidance needs your help!!

We are still looking for participants for our Vehicle/Career Day on Friday, Oct. 9th.

We are looking for participants in all areas but we especially need the following:


· At least 5 more participants for the 3rd grade Career Fair at 10:10am.

· At least 2 more participants for the 4th grade Career Fair at 12:30pm.

· At least 6 more participants for the 5th grade Career Fair at 11:20am.

If we do not get enough participation, we will be forced to postpone Career Day for 3rd-5th Grade.

We need to know by Tuesday, Sept. 29th if you are able to participate.

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Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries or complaints. The Chief Human Resources Officer handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX. Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 for elementary students go to the Coordinator of ESOL/RtI and for secondary students to the Director of Counseling and Advisement. The Mathematics Coordinator handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title II. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and telephone number (803) 821-1000.