THE GALLOPING GAZETTE

MES Weekly School Newsletter

Big picture

Jan Fickling, Principal; LaQuana Aldridge, Assistant Principal

Chris Bussell, Assistant Principal


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

180 Midway Road
Lexington, SC 29072

Midway Elementary School Website

Midway Twitter

MIDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VISION

Empower each child to design the future


MIDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MISSION

ALL learners are extraordinary communicators, collaborators, creators and critical thinkers.


#mesHEART #allmeansALL

Big picture

Friday May 22, 2020

Mustangs, as we begin this Memorial Day weekend, please take a moment to remember our fallen soldiers who have fallen serving our country and defending our freedoms. We are blessed to be a part of this great nation! Thank you to the families of these fallen soldiers!


It is amazing that we are bringing closure to our 2019-2020 school year!! What a year! Just think...the impact of closures due to the various hurricanes pales when compared to this pandemic. Who could have even imagined that our 4th nine weeks would be one of distance learning?!


Well, we have almost brought the nine weeks and the school year to a close. Time to CELEBRATE!! Please join us for a Wave Parade on Wednesday, May 27! This parade will be from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m.


A few items still need to be picked up by some families so you will be able to get these and your yearbooks from your teacher. Yes, the yearbooks have arrived and we are so fortunate that we will be able to give them out on Wednesday...all except 5th grade yearbooks. These will be given out on Thursday evening at their 5th Grade Farewell Parade along with their treats. Items such as school books, library books, packets (check with your teacher about this), etc., may also be dropped off at this time. OR, you may always drop off these items in the boxes on the bench at the front door.


You will see the map for the Wave Parade on Wednesday below. Please remember that everyone will stay in their cars and travel carefully as some parents will need to stop for items. Teachers will socially distance and wear masks. If they are giving out items, they will also wear gloves. Here is a quick summary.


  • 4K, 5K, and 5th grade teachers will be on the bus loop with a drop off as you leave the loop. You may leave this loop and turn right to enter the loop in front of the school.
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teachers will be on the front loops with a drop off as you leave the Midway campus.
  • Related arts teachers and special areas teachers will be sprinkled around in the very front lawn and the middle of the front parking.

We do hope to see our smiling children for this event! Fifth grade parents you will receive more information about the Thursday event for your students. You may choose to attend both events or just the Thursday event.



Have a wonderful weekend!


Jan Fickling

Principal of Midway Elementary

Big picture

Retirement Celebrations!!





Please join our Midway family in a bittersweet celebration of the retirements of Mrs. Jane Park and Mrs. Susan Shepherd. We know that these two very busy ladies may be leaving our classrooms but that they are off to new places and new journeys!


Mrs. Susan Shepherd has also been an educator for 40 years! She began her educational career in Richland School District Two for 16 years. She then joined Lexington School District one at Midway Elementary and has been with us for 24 years! Mrs. Shepherd will continue her exciting travels with friends and family as she is often found mapping out her next trip. During these adventures she and her husband will spend time traveling to also visit with their daughters! Mrs. Shepherd will truly be missed but we celebrate with her this new itenary of travels and adventure!

Mrs. Susan Shepherd

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Mrs. Jane Park

Mrs. Park has been an educator for 40 years! All 40 years were dedicated to Lexington School District One as she taught for 15 years at Oak Grove Elementary School and then the past 25 years here at Midway Elementary! Mrs. Park helped to open Midway! We know that she will be enjoying extra time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She will especially keep the airlines busy as she travels to see those grands! Mrs. Park will truly be missed but we celebrate with her this new adventure!
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Congratulations to Mrs. Park and Mrs. Shepherd!! You will be missed and hope to have you visit with us to share your journeys!!! Once a Mustang, always a Mustang!!!

Celebration of New Journeys



We celebrate this next step in administration with Mrs. LaQuana Aldridge as she travels to Saxe Gotha Elementary to join their administrative team! Congratulations, Mrs. Aldridge!

Big picture
We celebrate with Mrs. Katie Metz as she joins the staff of Oak Grove Elementary! Mrs. Metz will be closer to family! Congratulations, Mrs. Metz!
Big picture

We celebrate with Mrs. Haley Mills as she joins the staff at Carolina Springs Elementary! Mrs. Mills will be able to "go to school" with her precious children in this transition. Congratulations, Mrs. Mills!

Big picture

We will miss these wonderful educators but celebrate their next steps in the world of education!!!

5K and New to 1st Grade Registration

Please remember that we are accepting registration for 5-year Kindergarten and new to Midway 1st graders. Please email Kelley Waslewski at kwaslewski@lexington1.net and she will send you the registration packet. This is very important to get these students enrolled as this is how the number of teachers is determined. We want to be ready for August! Also, spread the word to your new neighbors!

Yearbook Orders Open Online Again!!

Parents, yearbooks will not be here until the end of May. At this time we will notify you of pickup day and times. After we issue the ordered yearbooks, we will design a process to sell the extra yearbooks, first come first served. This process will be shared later.
Big picture

Mustang distance learning continues....

Kindergarten Zoom withMrs Thomas

We enjoyed having Mrs Fickling read to us during our class pajama Zoom meeting!
Big picture
Big picture

Zooming with Mrs Scott’s class!!

Big picture

Art






ABC Project is partnering with South Carolina Afterschool Alliance to offer arts and arts integration lessons every Friday in May. Please share with students and families who may be interested in attending. Individuals and organizations interested in offering a lesson/ activity/ work session, please contact the ABC Project at abc@winthrop.edu.

Big picture

Guidance:

Dear Mustang Parents, if ever there may be the need of support from School Counselors it may be now. Please do reach out to us!


We do hope this newsletter finds you and your family doing well! Click on the button tab below for our May newsletter.


Susan Goff, School Counselor

Rick Masters, School Counselor

Chan Gray, School Counselor

May Newsletter

Click to view

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Midway Elementary PTO Facebook

click to go to MES PTO FB page

Midway Elementary FIC Facebook

click to go to MES FIC FB Page

Midway Elementary SIC Facebook

click to go to MES SIC FB Page

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 http://www.lexington1.net/contact-us.