Congratulations to Mrs. Nicole Ritchie on being named Midway's new Reading Teacher of the Year!
The Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the Media Center September 2 - 9. The time will be from 8am to 3pm. Students are invited to shop during their regular Library related arts time, and with grandparents who come during our Goodies with Grandparents on Friday. We accept cash, credit cards and checks. On Friday September the 9th the book fair will close early at 12 noon.
Hi Folks, this is Dr. King.
Now that we have completed two full weeks of school, there is no doubt in my mind that we have the best students in the county and excellence is our expectation. All is flowing smoothly inside the school…our teachers are teaching and our students are learning!
However, I still have some concerns outside the school building about our morning and afternoon traffic flow, so please be mindful of the following:
For the morning car-riders – we ask that you refrain from walking your child into school unless you have a scheduled meeting with the teacher or need to come into the main office or PreKindergarten area, and never drop your child off from the main parking lot or grassy area near the bus loop. For the safety of our children, please drop car-riders off only at the car-rider awning and please do not pass on the inside lane after dropping your child off. I am asking you to help us encourage our students to be self-confident and independent and I assure you that we have plenty of staff on duty to make sure your child gets to his or her classroom safely.
For the afternoon car-riders – remember that as you turn into the school, if the outer lane is backed up, move on into the inside lane and go around the inside loop. Please do not block the entry lane into the school. It is very dangerous and not courteous to block traffic from the main road or cut in line, so your cooperation is greatly appreciated. I will do my best to be out there as much as possible, and I have requested permanent assistance from the Sheriff’s department, because as most of you can tell, my area of expertise is definitely not directing traffic!
The bottom line is that I surely know that most everyone has somewhere they need to be, but safety, patience, and courtesy is super important, and we’re always teaching our kids life lessons.
A few other things…At all times during the regular school times, adults may only enter through our main entrance. And remember, at 7:40, your child is tardy, at which time you must come in to the office to sign in your child.
Last, we do have a PTO meeting this Monday at at 6:00pm.
Have a great weekend, I hope to see you at the North Central game this evening, and remember to like us on Facebook!
Definition of “helicopter parenting”
A style of child rearing in which an overprotective parent discourages a child's independence by being too involved in the child's life. Parental involvement is crucial to a child's development, but researchers find that crossing the line between supportive and too involved could indirectly lead to issues such as depression and anxiety for children.
Dr. Charles King
I am super-excited to be the new principal of Midway Elementary School! As many of you know, I have served as an administrator at North Central High, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, and at North Central Middle…as such, I already feel like I am home at Midway. You may also recall that my children Charlie and Beth attended Midway, and all three of us are proud North Central High School graduates. Some of my other experience includes serving as an associate superintendent of another school district, a school board member, owner of a health club, and as an adjunct professor at the college level. Additionally, I was a middle and high school teacher, and before that I served in the United States Marine Corps. I hope that my experience(s) coupled with the awesome staff at Midway will help us continue to grow and achieve.
Personally, I am married to Wendy (who is a veterinarian), and my children (Charlie and Beth) are grown and “on their own.” We are all very close, and I love spending time with family and friends. I am a motorcycle (Harley Davidson) enthusiast, I love to read, and I exercise pretty much every day (lifting weights, jogging, and bicycling). I actually completed an Ironman triathlon a few years ago, which consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run…a total of 140.6 miles, all back-to- back. I also have completed a marathon, a half-marathon, and half-Ironman, and more survival runs than I can remember. So, you can probably tell that I truly believe if you put your mind and effort toward a goal, it can be achieved with hard work and perseverance. And, you can have fun while you’re doing it!
I am confident that we are going to have a great year at Midway, and I look forward to meeting all of you. You’ll see me a lot…at school, ball games, local events, and throughout the community. If I don’t already know you, please take a moment to introduce yourself so that I can get to know everyone…I think we all can agree that the more we work together and involve ourselves in our school, the better we will be!
With Bobcat pride,
Dr. Charles King