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: Mon-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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November 9, 2018

Dear Mustangs,

Truly...our Veterans Day Parade and Program touch my heart every year! The pride, appreciation, patriotism, and recognition of sacrifice are felt by all. Thank you, Veterans, Active Duty Military Members, and First Responders! Because of you, we have freedoms and opportunities that cannot be recognized or realized in other countries. Thank you to the families of these individuals as you gave and give up family time and much more! Thank YOU to each of you!

To our guests and families attending, we thank you for being a part of this celebration of appreciation! We are in "the land of the free and home of the brave" for which we are so proud and thankful.

Thank you to our Kindergarten, 3rd, and 4th Grade families for joining us for Thursday's Family Night! Loads of fun and problem solving took place. Thank you to our teachers for making this a great evening of learning and inquiry!!! Our 1st, 2nd, and 5th Graders will have Family Night during the second semester.

Please enjoy the photos that recap our events! Have a wonderful weekend by sharing a great book and working out with the family!

Yours truly,

Jan Fickling

Principal of Midway Elementary School

MAJ Melissa Hodges, Midway's Veterans Day Guest Speaker

A special Thank You to our guest speaker, MAJ Melissa Hodges. She graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2002. She served eight years as a Transportation Officer and managed convoy operations for units stationed in Camp Humphreys Korea, Fort Story Virginia, and Tallil Iraq. In 2012 Melissa graduated from the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) and served as a medical provider with units stationed at Fort Benning Georgia, Camp Casey Korea, and currently Fort Jackson South Carolina.
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Special Guest, WW2 Veteran, Walter Shumpert

Fifth grade teacher, Katie McKinley's grandfather, Walter Shumpert a WW2 Veteran enjoyed walking in today's parade with his great grandson, Anderson McKinley. He was in the Army and stationed in Germany as a military policeman at the end of the war. Sunday he will celebrate his 88th birthday! Happy Birthday Mr. Shumpert! We thank you for your service!
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Kindergarten, Third, and Fourth Grade Family Night

Run Hard 5K

The Run Hard Fall 2018 race was this past Saturday at Columbiana Mall. Our team competed against other schools in the midland areas and the students did an amazing job. One of our very own, Howie Vroom, received first place for the entire race. This is the first time in school history that a Midway Mustang has placed this first! We are are very proud of all the runners who not only achieved something physically by running a 5K, but learned some valuable character traits along the way! A special shout out to all the volunteer coaches that made this season so successful!
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Special Mustang Shout Out, Howie Vroom, 1st place Runhard 5K winner!

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French Immersion Author Visit

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From left to right:
Dawn Samples (Coordinator, World Languages and Dual Language Immersion), Anne Lise Gallay (Deputy Cultural Attaché from French Embassy in Atlanta), Sandra Lanillis (author of Abracacadabra), Jan Fickling (principle of Midway Elementary), Marie De Crecy (Book editor), Liza Speece (World Languages Teacher Support Specialist)
Midway was selected yesterday as part of the educational program “French Getaways,” the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

The 4th and 5th graders were apart of the French illustration workshop of bilingual programs: “A

4th and 5th graders made their own illustrated book. Books were sent by the French Embassy. After having read the story with the students, Sandra Lanilis presented her work specific to the story, and then lead the illustration activity with the students. By the end of the workshop, each student created their own unique illustrations of the book!

**HUGE Thank you to Katrinda Wills Scott 5th grade French teacher for organizing and making this event possible for the students!

FIC provided lunch from Hudson’s BBQ for our guest.
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PE November Fitness Calendar


Students and family are challenged each day to participate in the activities listed on the calendar. For the month of November, the calendar includes some basic exercises and a printout including 50 fitness themed activity ideas to celebrate National Family Week during Thanksgiving break! Each week, the number of repetitions for each fitness exercise increases. This can be adapted for any grade level. Send photos of family's exercising to my email address

May the FORCE be with you!!!!

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Click on the images below for family fitness ideas

November Artist of the Month

Artist of the Month

Our newly selected artists for the month of November are as follows:

Grade K: Katherine Hewitt

Grade 1: Alvin Amalorpavanathan

Grade 2: Madison Zier

Grade 3: Sarah Elizabeth Green

Grade 4: Ava-Mia Martin

Grade 5: Elivia Gao

Congratulations to these wonderful artists!

Art is on display in the front showcase.

French Immersion invites all Mustangs

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Howdy Parents!

We have another exciting announcement for you – Winter Spirit Wear is here! We have some great new options this winter too, including cozy flannel pajama bottoms and a special ornament that lights up and changes colors (e.g blue, purple, green). Now you can remember this school year, every year, with a 2018 Midway Ornament. You’ll also notice our Winter Wear is our Dri-Fit wear, so for those who have been waiting for the dri-fit options, here is your sale!

Order forms and payment are due November 12, and delivery of your merchandise can be expected by mid-December.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Laura Swain ( or Ferrisa Crocker (

Midway Giving Tree

With the December holiday season approaching, we realize that times may be tough for some of our Mustang families. The Midway Care Team organizes a giving tree to help families in need. If you are interested in this program, please feel free to call the front office for more information art 821-0300. The deadline will be Dec. 4th


See below to learn how to earn prizes, pizza and money by competing in the School Challenge! Order pizza from Marco's Pizza online now through May 15th and earn "Pizza Points" for Midway Elementary!


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Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin, or any other applicable status protected by local, state, or federal law. The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at