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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January 15, 2016

Hello, Mustangs!


Many thanks to those of you who were able to join us for Sonic Night! Your support of our PTO restaurant nights does make a difference and we do so appreciate this! Many thanks to our PTO for providing opportunities for our MES family to join in food, fun and fellowship! We...are...fam-i-ly! I can hear the lyrics!


I do want to share with you that our faculty has now begun the journey of implementing pieces from our EL Education professional development. They were already doing protocols such as Pair-Share, Graffiti Walls, and more. You will now find Crew Meetings (which resemble Morning Meetings) with an established purpose stated in a learning target. You will also find that teachers are preparing student friendly learning targets in content areas and unpacking them with our students. It is so powerful to hear students articulate their learning by saying "we are subtracting 2-digit numbers" instead of "we are doing this workbook page." The students own their learning! Truly amazing--and the vocabulary they are building with synonyms as well as the strategies to decode for meaning are tops with application. Yes, I am a very proud educator!


Please do enjoy the 3-day weekend! Enjoy a great book and community programs as we appreciate the work of our fallen civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., in seeking equality for all mankind.


Yours truly,


Jan Fickling, Principal of Midway Elementary

Midway January Calendar

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Mark your Calendars for Spring testing dates

SC READY: (Grades 3-5)

ELA Session 1 - Writing - Tuesday, April 26

ELA Session 2 - Reading - Wednesday, April 27

Mathematics - - Thursday, April 28

Make-up Testing - Through May 6


SCPASS: (Grades 4-5)

Science - Wednesday, May 11

Social Studies - Thursday, May 12

Make-up Testing - Through May 19

"Reading with the Gamecocks"

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Reading with the Gamecocks photos

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Guest speaker Benjamin Franklin visits 4th and 5th graders

Fourth and Fifth Grade students enjoyed an assembly by actor Rich Davis, who portrayed Benjamin Franklin. The program, "The Magic of Reading", inspired students to acquire a love of knowledge and reading. Mr. Franklin discussed his life, achievements, and his favorite hobby-reading.
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Another great PTO restaurant night at Sonic!

Thanks to all who joined us at Sonic! Thank you to our teachers who were Sonic workers for our Mustangs! A fun time for all!

Registration Dates for 4K, 5K and new 1st grade students for 2016-2017

January 25th-February 5th
7:30 am-3:30 pm

Midway Elementary Office
Thurs.Jan.28 extended Hrs. 7:00 am-6:00 pm


Please bring the following items to complete registration:



  • Child's Birth Certificate (long form required)
  • Immunization record
  • SCE&G current bill
  • Parent Driver License
  • Student S.S. card (not mandatory)




IMMERSION PARENT INFORMATION MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, 2016 AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE,
100 TARRAR SPRINGS ROAD, LEXINGTON, SC 29072.


JANUARY 25, 6:00 P.M. (ACROSS THE STREET FROM MAIN OFFICE BUILDING)
FEBRUARY 2, 10:00 A.M. (STAFF DEVELOPMENT ROOM)
FEBRUARY 2, 2:00 P.M. (STAFF DEVELOPMENT ROOM)
IMMERSION REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ONLINE ONLY ON
FEBRUARY 8, 2016 AT 4:00 P.M.

Coming Soon! Jump Rope For Heart!

Midway will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart program again this year. During this time students will be learning about taking care of his/her own heart, spreading the message of the American Heart Association, and raising funds for lifesaving research. Be on the look out for more information! In the mean time please go to heart.org/jump to learn more about this service learning program.

Midway's Red Cross Blood Drive January 27th 1-6 pm!

Please Schedule your appointment now!

Winter weather and seasonal illnesses can greatly affect blood donations through the American Red Cross, but hospital patients still need transfusions. Midway is hosting our annual Red Cross Blood Drive this month.


Healthy, eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to give on January 27th from 1-6:00 pm by visiting redcrossblood.org using our school sponsor code: Midwayelem to schedule or by calling Alicia Weed at 821-0300 or email aweed@lexington1.net. All students who recruit a donor will receive a gift from Red Cross. Thank you so much for your life saving donation!


On the day of the blood drive (must complete on the day of drive) please use RapidPass, a new tool that allows blood donors to help save lives in less time. RapidPass allows donors to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of their home or office; reducing the time they spend at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes.

. It's simple and will save you time!

  1. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
  2. Read the information
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Print the pass or email it to yourself to show on your mobile device.

Guidance News:

1) All Pro Dads: Tuesday, January 19th @ 7am.

2) PattyPack Drive: January 25th - 29th:


MES will be collecting travel-sized toiletries for PattyPacks, a non-profit organization designed to assist families dealing with children who require emergency and often extensive hospital stays. www.pattypacks.org

3) Parent Workshop on Mindset: February 4th at 7pm



Speaker: Erin Fitzgerald Coordinator for Academically & Artistically Gifted & Talented, Lexington School District 1


Parents only please

RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/4e6wCnr4cs

2015-16 Yearbook Information

This year parents have the opportunity to submit pictures that may be included in the yearbook.

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Digital Citizenship


Part of digital citizenship is keeping ourselves and students physically and psychologically well in our digital world. Sometimes that can mean limiting screen time. How can you do this?


  • Establish Tech Free Zones
    • No devices at the dinner table
    • No devices an hour before bed
  • Quiet Your Devices
    • Put your device on airplane mode
    • Put it on vibrate
  • Put Phones Away When Driving

    Remember we are our kids’ biggest role model.

We need your help....

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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.