MES Weekly School Newsletter

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Jan Fickling, Principal; Christy M. Graham, Assistant Principal;

LaQuana Aldridge, Assistant Principal

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

180 Midway Road
Lexington, SC 29072

Midway Elementary School Website

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


The vision of Midway Elementary School is for students to become self-directed, life-long learners who are responsible thinkers, collaborative workers, and productive citizens for the 21st century.


The mission of Midway Elementary School is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment, in collaboration with our community, which fosters the total development of every child.

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February 15, 2018

Good afternoon, Mustangs!

What a wonderful week we have had with our students! I will say that watching our students on Valentine's Day is a very special time! The joy in their smiles and curiosity of what a simple little card may say and show goes beyond words. The creativity the students use in creating their boxes is so precious. Valentine's Day truly showcases the best in our children as we strive to leave no one out on this very special day.

Safety...yes, you may think that I overdo this but safety comes before learning. Please remember that entrance during the school day is only through the front doors and with a drivers license, state ID or passport. Please do not go to a side door and knock for a student or adult to let you in the building. We have worked hard to teach our students not to open doors. You make it very difficult on them if they know you. I do thank you for your help with this.

Please share with neighbors and friends in Lexington School District 1 that now is the time to register for 5 year old kindergarten. Students must be 5 years old by September 1 to register. It is important that we get everyone registered as quickly as possible as this is how the number of teachers needed is determined. So, please, share with your neighbors and friends.

I do hope you have a wonderful 3-day weekend as students do not go to school on Friday, February 16. This is a Professional Development Day for teachers. We will see our Mustangs back on Monday, February 19, as this is being used to makeup for the day we missed earlier this year for the hurricane.

Have a wonderful weekend and take a moment to celebrate the joy your family members bring!

Yours truly,

Jan Fickling, Principal of Midway Elementary


All students who are going to participate in Tri-DAC and would like to join Behrends, Gardner and Erd on Thursday the 15th and 22nd, after school, please email Behrends at We want to account for all participants.

SC Elementary Honor Choir perform this Saturday morning, February 17th at 10:00 a.m

You are invited to come hear the SC Elementary Honor Choir perform this Saturday morning, February 17th at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church Columbia. Our own 5th graders Eunwoo Choi, Colsen Guy, Onyeka Idiaghe, and Madison Zuniga will be singing with this amazing 230+ honor choir. Admission is free to the public.

Here is a message from Todd Monsell president of SC Music Educators Association:

We are so very excited that for the first time, our talented young 4th-6th grade honor choir singers will be rehearsing and performing at First Baptist Church Columbia. This beautiful space, just a mile from the convention center, is going to be a wonderful place to showcase our young singers. With choir stalls providing great sight lines for parents, no need for risers, and an acoustic no ballroom can provide, our move to FBC is a win-win. Please feel free to drop by rehearsals anytime and watch the inspirational Mr. Henry Leck (recently retired from the Indianapolis Children's Choir) work his magic with our students. The performance--the 20th in the SCEHC'S history--is at 10AM.

Feb. 27, 2018 Primary Elections for House Seat 69 voting moved to Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Midway is in school on Feb. 27th and will not be a voting site. It has been moved to Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

Box Tops Time Again! Start Clipping!!

Midway Elementary PTO

Box Tops Contest Week

Feb 26th – March 2nd

Dear Midway Families,

Just a reminder that the Spring Box Tops Contest Week is coming up Feb 26th – March 2nd! Start clipping and more information will come home soon!

You can also sign up at and enter sweepstakes for bonus box tops as well as download the Bonus Box Tops app to earn more for your school! There are some great offers on the app right now!

The PTO collects Box Tops for Education and Tyson Project A+ Labels to earn money for our school improvements and special events. Your family can make a difference just by clipping the Box Tops from the products you use every day.

Midway Elementary School Students and Teachers Rev Up for NEA's Read Across America Day Friday March 2, 2018

We need you to help us keep the reading going! Our goal is to have readers at Midway every 30 minutes!

Can you sign up for a 30-minute time slot to read to 2-3 classes? You can bring your own books or books will be available for you to read. Talk to the students about the importance of reading at your job and for pleasure.

Weather permitting, we will read outside in the bus loop but if necessary, inside at the wi-fi café.

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child." Dr. Seuss

It’s easy! Go to and find a time that fits in your schedule.

Questions? Call me Dawn Merck at (803) 821-0288, (803)261-3567, or send me an email We appreciate your willingness to help and participate in our students’ education.

Thank you!

Dawn Merck

Here is some background for Read Across America Day:

It began in 1997 with the idea from an NEA's task to have a pep rally for reading. So the idea of Read Across America Day, which celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday and the joys of reading, was born. Today we expect more than 45 million readers, both young and old, to pick up a book and read.

For more information NEA's Read Across America, visit and and learn of other reading celebrations that are happening from coast to coast.

Rising Kindergarten and new to Midway First Grade Registration Reminder

If you have a child who will turn 5 before Sept.1, 2018 and have not yet registered them for Kindergarten: To enroll your student you will need to have the student's long form birth certificate, immunization record, and current proof of residency. We accept SCE&G or Water bill.

****Please share this information with any friends or neighbors who may also have rising Kindergarten students****

French Immersion Kindergarten Online Registration opens Wednesday March 7, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.

• Online registration begins on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.

• Parents will access the online registration link by clicking on“World Languages” under the “Academics” header on the district’s website ( by visiting the World Language Micro-site at .

• At each dual language immersion school site, priority is given to students who are zoned for these schools. • We reserve 10 spaces at each site for students who reside outside of that school’s attendance zone.

• All dual language immersion students must reside in Lexington One and provide proof of residency upon enrolling for 5K kindergarten. • Dual language immersion registration is held one week after 5K kindergarten enrollment closes.

• Please be sure to enroll your child at the school s/he is zoned for prior to registering for dual language immersion​.

Want to learn more?

Attend one of the following information sessions held at Central Services at: 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, S.C. 29072 on the following dates:

● February 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

● February 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

● March 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Each session includes an explanation of how our Dual Language Immersion Program works, and the benefits offered to students.

For more information view:

2018-19_LexOne_Partial_Immersion_Flier_02-2018 (2).pdf

3rd grade celebrates For the LOVE of Reading!

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For the LOVE of Reading

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Sharing love on Valentine's Day!

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Calling All 4th and 5th Graders Who Love to Sing!

The Spring Chorus Membership Drive has begun. Students are bringing home the information letter and permission form in their Friday Folders. Miss Trent and Mrs. Rogers are looking forward to a great chorus season with our many talented singers! Click here for an electronic version of the letter and form.

Spring Chorus Permission Forms

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Recycling Artwork

Art Teachers worked with each of the second-grade classes to create horses in the style of local artist, Kirkland Smith. Horses are made of found objects as well as recycled bottle caps. Wonderful creations by our second grade teams.
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Poster Design Contest Info for LTC's Career Fair

Our 2018 Career Festival will be held on March 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at LTC. I would like to personally invite each of you to attend to get a glimpse at all we have to offer. As a part of the Career Festival we are once again holding a poster design contest open to all elementary and middle school students. We have had a great response from students in the past and we are excited to offer this again for 2018. This year's winning entries will be printed in a 2018-19 school year calendar that will be given out to the over 800 guests on the night of the LTC Career Festival. ALL entries will also be on display during the event on March 15.

Poster design entry forms went home with your student.

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February is Engineering Month

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2017-2018 Midway Yearbook Online Ordering info:

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New Blog from Mrs. Mixon

How can we motivate our writers? Getting to the why of writing for big and small people. Just as in anything else, when you understand why, your motivation is higher.

Let's get reading!

"Everyone is a reader, some just haven't found their favorite book yet."

Melissa Mixon --- Literacy Coach

Book Time with me!


(803)821-0290 Twitter @Mrs_M_Mixon

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MES Morning Walk Schedule

The schedule below list the grade level, day and time that our students will walk/run/jog on the track in the morning.

Students will be picked up in the hallways at 7:10.

5th Grade – Monday

4th Grade – Tuesday

3rd Grade –Wednesday

1st & 2nd Grade – Thursday

Kindergarten - Friday

Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, genetic information 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 Michael L. Stacey handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX, inquiries/complaints regarding Title II with respect to employees and/or public access to buildings and grounds, and inquiries/complaints involving the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Inquiries/complaints regarding IDEA for students K–12 go to the Director of Special Services Wendy Balough, Ed.D. Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 for students K–12 go to the Director of School Counseling and Advisement Zan Tracy Pender. Inquiries/complaints regarding Title II implementation go to the Coordinator of NCLB Title II Part A Dianne Steelman. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and telephone number 803-821-1000.