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    Congratulations to Mrs. Nicole Ritchie on being named Midway's new Reading Teacher of the Year!




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  • 05/20/2016

    Posted by Jaclyn Skene at 5/23/2016

    We want to give a HUGE shout out to our PTO President Ms. Bittner for working so closely with Mr. Wyatt to assure a successful Field Day for our boys and girls. Even though the rain forced us to move inside on yesterday and required flexibility of us all, the students had fun!! Thanks also to our volunteers and parents for coming out to share with us.

    Hats off to our students for their hard work and “personal best” the past few weeks while they participated in their end of the year testing here at school. All of our students were administered some type of testing, be it district or statewide. We applaud them for their hard work! Ms. Jones is estatic that all make ups have been administered. Please remind our students that we expect their exemplary behavior to continue as we wrap up the school year.

    Don’t forget that if you have a child turning 4 or 5 years of age on or before September 1st, or know of others in our attendance area, you can still register them here at school between the hours of 7:30 – 3:00pm even when school is out. We are here Mondays-Thursdays from 8-4pm.

    Ms. Privette has worked exceptionally well with our students and staff here at Midway. She has accepted a guidance position closer to home and will not be returning in the fall. Please join me in wishing her well at her new home. I know our students will miss her immensely!

    Fifth grade boys and girls are very excited about the annual “Fifth Grade Dance” taking place tonight. Thanks to our fifth grade teachers, Ms. Davis, Ms. Deese, and Ms. Gullard, and to our parents for assisting with refreshments, decorating and chaperoning this memorable event.

    All library books are due back in to the library. Make sure books that may be at home and have not been turned in gets back to school. Classroom assignments for the fall will not be issued if books and fees are outstanding.

    We are going full speed ahead, with only one week left in the school year. Our end of year assembly is scheduled for Thursday, May 26 th . There will be two sessions, 1 st and 2 nd grades will begin at 8:30; 3 rd and 4 th grade session will begin at 9:15am and will be held in the cafeteria. The last two days of school will be half days and dismissal will take place at 11:00am. Breakfast and lunch will be served both days.

    This will be our last newsletter for the school year. As I leave Midway, I want to thank you for your continued support over the past 5 years. You have been awesome and the school and community has flourished because of your commitment to our children. Midway has some of the brightest students in Kershaw County and my hope is that the new leadership will continue to embrace the growth we have experienced!

    Together we have done great things!

    Dell N. Brabham

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  • 4/22/16

    Posted by Jaclyn Skene at 4/22/2016

    From our Principal...

    My how I am enjoying the warmer weather we are having this week!  As we prepare for the many activities coming our way during these last five weeks of school, please be sure to mark your calendars. Our testing days are specific and mandated by the State Department. Please do not to schedule appointments during testing days for our students so that they are here and on time each day. We want to minimize our make-up testing for those that are absent on days testing is administered. Our students braved the first wave of testing this week in Math. Upcoming testing include:

     SC Ready Writing & Reading, 4/26 & 27 for 3rd

     PASS Testing for 4th & 5th grades, 5/11-14

     DRA Testing for k5-2

    Thanks for your commitment in assisting with testing as a monitor or simply just getting your child to school and on time. 

    Let the games begin!! We will also need volunteers for Field Days. If you can spare an hour or two, please contact the office and ask for Ms. Bittner to let her know what day you can assist. Mr. Wyatt would love to have your assistance. He is planning a day full of fun activities for our special bobcats, May 18th, K-2nd grade and 19th for 3rd-5th!

    Midway received a special recognition last evening at the district’s Teacher of the Year Gala.  We are so proud of Ms. Lindsey Catoe, our 3rd grade teacher who was named Kershaw County School district’s 1st Year Outstanding Teacher! She is truly outstanding and is very committed to our noble profession. Ms. Anna Rhyne was also recognized as our 2016 Teacher of the year.  Ms. Rhyne teaches our self-contained class.

    If you have a child that will be turning 4 or five years old on or before September 1st, 2016, it is not too late to register them. To assure that we have our staff in place, we are asking you to do this NOW! Our office is open from 7:30-3:00pm for registration. If you are not sure what is needed, please call Ms. Beebe, our Registrar.

    Yearbooks are here! Cost is the same as last year at $20. Thanks for sending in funds for spring class pictures. They should be back in a couple of weeks.  PTO thanks all of our parents for their efforts in our last fundraiser of the year, Cookie Dough Sales. Orders were due today and will be delivered in the next few weeks.

    Please come in to volunteer whenever you can, we’d love to have you.

    Together we can do great things!

    Dell N. Brabham

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  • 4/8/2016

    Posted by Jaclyn Skene at 4/8/2016

    From our Principal...

    When we hear our colleagues start counting down the Mondays, that is a sure sign that the school year is coming to a close. And I am certain that you will echo that we have had another outstanding year to date. With only 35 days left in the school year, we are scurrying to get everything done which is sure to bring a level of anxiety to us all. We encourage you to make sure that your children are in bed and getting at least eight hours of rest each night. They have worked hard all year and it is time to display the knowledge and skills they have acquired.

    We had several grade levels out of the building attending “being there” experiences today. I had theopportunity to cheer on Ms. Rhyne’s class as they attended the Special Olympics at Camden MilitaryAcademy.  Last evening, Ms. Wright, our current Teacher of the Year and I attended a reception honoring all of the teachers of the year across the Midlands. Again, we salute Ms. Wright for being our Teacher of the Year and representing Midway!  Ms. Privette, along with a team of teachers, and our Student Council representatives are busy preparing for the upcoming Talent Showcase, scheduled for next Thursday, April 14th. This will mark our first Talent Showcase here at Midway. We hope you are making plans to join us. Our children are very excited. Lots of great talent will be shared, and I know you don’t want to miss it!

    The testing season is upon us and will be in full swing beginning April 19th and continue until the end of the year. Please pay close attention to your child’s class schedule and plan appointments accordingly. We will need volunteers to assist with monitoring. Parents, if you could assist, please call the office or contact Ms. Privette at ext. 6805 and leave your name and number.

    Yearbook sales continue. Ms. Johnson is adding the final touches and it looks great! Cost is the same as last year at $20, so reserve your copy today! Also a reminder, if you have not paid for all field trips or t-shirts, we ask that you please take care of this as soon as you can.

    Exciting news! The School Board voted to waive the 5th make up day from the flood that took place this past October. As a result, the last day for students remains Friday, May 27th.

    Our PTO Cookie Dough fundraiser continues through April 22nd. All orders and monies are due at that time so that delivery will not be delayed. PTO is also sponsoring our field day activities. Plan now toattend our annual field day, scheduled for May 18th for 5K-2nd grades, and May 19th for 3rd-5th grades.  Volunteers are needed.  Please come in to volunteer whenever you can, we’d love to have you. Together we can do great things!


    Dell N. Brabham

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  • Spring Break

    Posted by Jaclyn Skene at 3/25/2016

    SPRING BREAK IS HERE!!! Although hard at work, we have all been looking forward to the break. Due to having to make up missed days from the flood this past October, there has not been a holiday breaksince January for staff members. Our students have been busy at work on MAP testing and various other assessments, to include benchmark writing in preparation for State testing that will take place in April shortly after we return.  Report cards were sent home yesterday and we are already into the last 9 weeks of the school year. I hope you will take this opportunity to talk with your child about expectations for the remainder of the year. We are in the home stretch, as the 4th nine weeks began on last Friday. Our awards assembly for the 3rd nine weeks will be held on Wednesday, April 6th; 8:30 for 1st-2nd grades and 9:30 for 3rd-5th grades.  As the weather warms, parents we are asking that students not wear flip flops to school. This creates a major safety issue and we want all of our boys and girls here at Midway to be safe each day. When a student has to visit the health room because of a flip flop that has popped to wait on a parent, this takes away from valuable instructional time. We want to take advantage of every teachable moment we have left in the year.  Due to a conflict in scheduling, our spring pictures will not be taken until Wednesday, April 20th. Our photography company has assured us a quick turnaround of 10-12 days so they should be back in plenty of time before school ends. Spring pictures will include individual pictures, as well as class pictures.  Individual packages will be sold separately. However, class pictures can be purchased at $10. We are also wrapping up our yearbook sales. We only ordered a limited amount, so be sure to get yours now if you have not already sent in money for them. The cost for yearbooks remains at $20.  We are asking that you pay close attention to our calendar of events. There is so much still to be accomplished in the short time we have left. Parents, we need your assistance with a couple of items:

     Please do not drop your child off in the inside lane or before the awning, preferably not until they are assisted by an adult on duty or one of our safety patrol students.

    Please stay in your car and proceed through the car rider line and not walk up to pick up your child in the afternoons.

    Please do not ask to conference with a teacher during the limited amount of teaching time we have left. We will be glad to schedule a conference during the teacher’s planning period or after school.

    We hope that you all have a safe and memorable spring break and Easter holiday season.

    Please come in to volunteer whenever you can, we’d love to have you. You are always welcome!

    Together we can do great things!

    Dell N. Brabham

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  • February 5, 2016

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 2/5/2016

    How excited we are that the Groundhog did not see its shadow this past Tuesday, so it looks like we will have an early spring!  Spring is my second favorite time of year, next to Summer!  What a busy month we have for one of the shortest months of the year.  Not only do we celebrate Black History Month, but this is also Heart Health Month.  Please be sure to pay close attention to your child’s class newsletter for additional information.


    Today was “Go to Work with a Parent or Relative Day” and we were delighted to have many of our former Midway students shadowing some of our wonderful staff members.  We hope that it was a meaningful experience for them.  We look forward to having them back next year!


    In observance of Black History Month, students will be sharing some of their Heritage Tea projects each day on our morning news show.  The Heritage Tea is scheduled for Sunday, February 28th at 3pm at the Fine Arts Center.  We hope to have some district winners.


    Our annual donut sale orders are due this coming Wednesday, February 10th.  Please make sure to send in your orders.  Our goal is to sell 600 boxes.  We did it two years ago and I am certain we can do it again!  The PTO is researching a digitized marque for our school and the proceeds will help to fund this project.  Donuts will be here on next Friday, February 12th bright and early!  There will also be an afternoon pickup time if needed.


    I know that our girls are looking forward to the Daddy/Daughter dance scheduled for next Friday evening.  It is not too late to turn in your forms.  We want to make this a memorable night for our “Bobcats!”  Our Parent Educator, Ms. Bittner has been working diligently on this event.  Please contact her if you are able to volunteer with decorations.


    We are also gearing up for our annual Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America day on Friday, February 26th.   If you can share an hour to visit and read with one or two of our classes, we would love to have you join us.  Give us a call and let us know your availability.


    Please come in to volunteer whenever you can, we’d love to have you.  You are always welcome!

    Together we can do great things!


    Dell N. Brabham


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  • January 8, 2016

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 1/8/2016

    Happy New Year!!! 

    Growing up in the good ole South and having lived here all my life, we hold fast to many traditions.  My family and I attend church service on New Year’s Eve and have collard greens, pork, and peas and rice on New Year’s Day each year.  We make New Year’s resolutions that often fall by the wayside by February 1st  if not sooner.   I have been to the gym two days this week and hope to keep at it to increase my desire to live a healthier lifestyle.  However, sometimes we can become “too” future- oriented.  We begin to shift our focus on what is missing from our lives or what we are lacking, never taking the time to celebrate all that we do have, our successes and our accomplishments. 

    Much has been accomplished here at Midway during the first semester, which comes to a close on next Thursday   We have been spotlighted in the local news quite a bit; had a successful Fall Carnival; held our holiday chorus concert; selected our Teacher of the Year and Reading Teacher of the Year, and many of you assisted with PTO’s candy fundraiser.  The list goes on! Though we are setting some lofty goals to finish out the school year, we are celebrating what has already taken place here at MDW.

    It is difficult getting up on cold, temperature freezing mornings. This past Wednesday, one of the coldest mornings this school year, my heat went out!  Burrrrrrrrrrrr.  Thank goodness for electrical heaters.    Let’s put forth our best effort in getting our children here and on time each day. Before we know it, the spring will be here, my favorite time of year!

    As we approach the 2nd semester, let us reflect and be grateful for our many blessings.  We have a great group here of staff, students, parents, and a very supportive community.  You never let us down with events and participate in everything that we do.  Thanks for your support and all that you do for us each day!

    Midway welcomes three interns that will be with us for the second semester, Kiyomi Price, Jacob Sims, and Kimberly Hancock.  They are students with Palmetto College/USC.  We also welcome Ms. Helen Sisk, who will be our Resource teacher for the remainder of the year.  Ms. Sisk is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina.

     Please come in to volunteer whenever you can, we’d love to have you.  You are always welcome!

     Together we can do great things!

     Dell N. Brabham

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