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




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From the Principal

  • November 13, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 11/13/2015

    Thank goodness the rain has passed over. Our students and staff were starting to feel a bit restrained. We will continue to enjoy the warm days and beautiful fall foliage we are having. The Almanac is predicting a cold and wet winter!!! Burrrr!!!

    Our Reading Teacher of the Year, Ms. Nicole Ritchie was recognized last evening at the Reading Teacher of the Year Banquet! Ms. Ritchie, we salute you! Thanks to Ms. Johnson, our Reading Coach who currently serves as the President of Kershaw County’s SCIRA for coordinating an outstanding banquet.

    Thanks to those of you who were able to join us for our Veterans’ Day assembly. Our Veterans’ Wall of Honor looks great. After pictures are taken down at the end of this month, we will be sure to return them.

    Next week, we will celebrate American Education Week and will recognize all stakeholders who give of themselves each day so that our students receive the best education available to them. Please take the time to thank your child’s teacher for all that they do for our students each day. We have an incredible staff here at Midway who cares a great deal for our children!

    Our Carolina/Clemson canned Food Drive kicked off this week and continues until November 18th. Keep sending in those canned/dried foods. Our goal is to collect 900 cans/packages. Remember, all food collected will go to our Midway families. We appreciate your support.

    Yes, the holiday season is approaching very quickly! Interims will be coming home with your child on next Wednesday, November 19th. Time is truly going by at the speed of light!

    Hope that you can join us on Tuesday, November 17th for our SIC meeting at 3:00pm and Monday, November 23rdth for our monthly PTO meeting at 6pm.

    Contact our Parent Educator to learn more about our Pro Dads Breakfast Club and enjoy breakfast with your child (ren).

    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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  • November 6, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 11/6/2015

    With all the rain and moisture this week, I am sure like myself you are ready for some sunshine.  Our students have had little opportunity to go out to recess this week.

    What an honor to be able to recognize and salute those men and women who have sacrificed so much for us. We will have our annual Veterans’ Day assembly on Wednesday, November 11th. Please plan to join us for this special celebration. Our 4th and 5th grade chorus will be performing. This will be their first performance for this school year. Mr. Hawes has been working tirelessly to get them ready. We are still accepting photos for our “Wall of Honor.” They will be on display for the rest of this month. If you have not had a chance to send these in, please send these in on Monday.

    Midway Alumni group will be celebrating another school reunion tomorrow. They have also invested in a beautiful trophy case for our lobby and have refurbished trophies on display. Please stop in to see this point of pride when you have a moment.

    Next week begins our annual Carolina/Clemson Food drive, so be on the lookout for signs of Garnet and Orange!! Please send in those canned/dried foods. These donations will be shared with families in our very own community. If you know of families in need, don’t hesitate to let us know. Angel Tree letters will be going out very soon. With the holiday season approaching, I am certain you will join us in a time of giving to those in need.

    Makeup testing continues for our 2nd graders through Wednesday, November 11th. Thanks for having them here and on time. Cool mornings can be a challenge in getting up and out on time each day.

    Our Student Council appreciates your support of our Chick Fil A biscuit sales in our car rider line on Tuesdays. Funds raised go to support programs here at Midway. Biscuits are sold each 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Cost for biscuits are $2.00. The school receives .50 cents for each biscuit sold.

    There are only 12 days left before we leave for the Thanksgiving holiday break, which begins on Wednesday, November 25th. Believe it or not, we are almost half way through the second nine weeks. December will be here before we know it.

    Hope you are making plans to join us tonight for PTO’s movie night from 6:30-8pm. Popcorn, movie and drinks will be available at no charge. This promises to be a night of family fun.

    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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  • October 30, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 10/30/2015

    We are currently into the 2nd nine weeks of the year and report cards from the 1st 9 weeks were sent home with your child today.  Hopefully you will talk with them about their destination for their lives as we plan the rest of the school year.  Before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us and we will be into the 2016 calendar year.  Time seems to drag a bit in the first semester, but goes at warp speed when January rolls around.  There is still so much to accomplish in this school year!

    A reminder again about our Veterans’ Wall of Fame and our upcoming assemblies.  Don’t forget to send those photos in. All family photos will need to be submitted by Friday to the committee.  Our 1st 9 weeks awards ceremony will be held next Thursday, November 5th and our Veterans’ assembly will be on Wednesday, November 11th.   Hoping you are making plans now to join us.  Our students love when you are on hand to cheer them on.

    A wonderful opportunity has been presented to us for a possible Girl Scout Troop in the community.  An informational meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, November 12th at 6:00pm in the cafeteria.  We encourage you to come out and gain some insight on this worthwhile organization.  Flyers will be coming home with our girls, so please be on the lookout for them.  This opportunity is applicable for students in Kindergarten through 6th grades.

    Sunday morning ends Daylight Savings time.  So don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night.  We want to make sure our Bobcats arrive to school on time rested and ready to learn!  CogAT testing begins for all of our 2nd graders on Monday.  Please make sure that they are getting a good night’s rest and at school on time each day.  There is no preparation that you need to do at home other than to make sure our students are well rested.

    Thank you to three fathers who attended our first All Pro Dads breakfast this past Tuesday morning.  Hoping to see more of our Dads next month.  Mr. Bill Oden, one of our district office personnel heads up this program.  Breakfast is served and you get to share with your children.  We hope to see you at the next breakfast scheduled on Tuesday, November 24th.

    I want to personally thank you parents for allowing your child to bring in money for “Pennies for Change.”  Midway raised $659 and one of the highest totals in the district.  Being at a small school with such a big heart makes me extremely proudÔś║!  Our children are being a blessing to others and it shows in everything that we do.  Next week, we will be kicking off our Carolina/Clemson canned food drive.  Not sure if you are aware that all canned goods collected will go to families in the Midway community.

    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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  • October 23, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 10/23/2015

    Have you ever wished that there were more hours in a day?  Ok, maybe how about wishing that you had more hours to get done everything that was on your “to do” list…  There is always so much to do and we often wonder where the time went.  My motto, “Tomorrow will come and if it doesn’t, then it becomes someone else’s “to do.”  Don’t stress over it, what can you do about it anyway?J

    Thanks to the families that came out to support us last evening for our annual Fall Carnival!  The weather was perfect and a good time was had by all who attended.  We are so appreciative for the ongoing support that you provide.   You never let us down when it comes to our school fund raiser events!  Mr. Smith was on hand with his son and grandson to provide pony rides and pictures and lots of hay rides too!

    Our students continue to do an excellent job here at school and remind us each day what a great community this is in which to work and play.  Yes, we try to play when the opportunity presents itself.  Today our 4k-2nd graders enjoyed a fire prevention presentation here at school and all of our 3rd-5th grade students journeyed to the Read In at Camden High School.  The weather today was a beautiful day for such an event. 

    We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week next week.  Ms. Privette has a week of fun activities planned so I am sure you will be hearing about these events from your children.  Next week our students will pledge to be drug free and join in the excitement.  They will not only get to wear their pajamas to school one day, but there will also be a costume day next Friday.  Just a reminder that students should not wear face painting nor dye their hair.  Thanks for adhering to our rules that attempts to prevent disruption of the instructional day.

    As we prepare for our Veterans’ Day celebration, we are looking forward to getting your pictures for our Veterans’ Wall of Honor.  Please send in pictures of family members that have served in the Armed Forces.  On the back of the picture, or on a sheet of paper, include the person’s name, branch of service in which they served, number of years and the student’s name here at Midway.  The display will be located outside the cafeteria so that all of our Midway families may be able to enjoy it.  It is not too early to make plans now to attend our Veterans’ Day Assembly which will be on Wednesday, November 11th at 1:15pm.   Any member of your family is welcome to attend.

    Due to the recent flooding, our first nine weeks was extended a few days so make sure that you are marking your calendars accordingly.  Report cards will be coming home next Friday, October 30th.  Please make sure to pay attention to the upcoming events that have been revised.

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

    Together we can do great things!

    Dell Brabham, Principal

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  • October 16, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 10/16/2015

    We survived!!!  Let’s look on the bright side, aren’t you glad that it will be another 1,000 years before our state gets showered with that much rain??  Things are far from back to normal in our state, but we are glad that our students are back in school.  We had a smooth week back and our students’ behavior was commendable.  Four make up days have already been designated, so please pay close attention to these dates.  Monday, October 19th will be our first make up day for students.  Students not in attendance on Monday will be marked absent.  

    Thank you parents for the support you provide to us each day.  Because of your efforts, our PTO’s fundraiser was a huge success!  We sold nearly $15,000 in candy sales.  However, quite a few of the money is still outstanding.  Please make sure to bring or send in funds with your child. All students who participated will get to enjoy an ice cream party, the entire school will enjoy a magic show in the next two weeks and our top sellers will get to spin the money wheel for cash prizes. 

    Our staff is continuing to work towards what promises to be a wonderful Fall Carnival, scheduled for Thursday, October 22rd, from 5:30-7:30pm.  Lots of great food, games, and fun is planned!  I hope that you are making plans to attend.  Don’t forget to get your ticket for a chance to win up to $500 in Wal-Mart gift cards that will be given away!

    Due to days lost last week, the first 9 weeks has been extended.  As a result, October 23rd will mark the end of the first 9 weeks.  Report cards will be issued the following week on Oct. 30th.  We are planning our Student Recognition Ceremony for Thursday, Nov. 3rd.   Please add these dates to your calendar.

    Parents, this is a reminder that our staff are on duty each morning until 7:30am.  We ask that you please pull up to the end of the awning to let your child out so that we do not have a backlog of cars or feel free to park and walk your child to the front door.  As the weather is cooling in the mornings, I am noticing a number of students that are tardy to school.  Our day begins at 7:30am.  We also serve breakfast in the classrooms and it is imperative that we get breakfast done in a timely manner so that we may begin our instructional day.   We would like all students in their classrooms and seated before the tardy bell at 7:40am.

    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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  • October 2, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 10/2/2015

    Lots of rain coming our way! Hurricane Joaquin has been upgraded to a major hurricane. Please take precaution and make sure that you are preparing for the heavy rainfall we will be having. At least 10 inches of rain is expected this weekend.

    THANK YOU PARENTS!!!! As we wrap up our PTO World’s Finest Chocolate Candy fundraiser, I want to thank you all for selling over 200 boxes of candy. I am certain that we will be getting in 100% of our funds. Funds were due this past Monday. However, if you still have candy, please continue to sell them. Any candy not sold will be a loss to us, as the company will not accept any unsold candy bars.

    With the many activities that students are involved in throughout the community, we are appreciative to you our parents for having your child here for safety patrol, chorus rehearsal, and the morning news show. All of these programs begin long before our first bell rings at 7:30am. A reminder to parents that students can be dropped off as early as 7:10am. Students not in their seats by the tardy bell have to report to the office. When students arrive to school late, they are missing out on quality instructional time.

    Raffle tickets will be coming home on Monday for our Fall Carnival, scheduled for Thursday, October 22nd. Please mark your calendars now! Students may sell as many tickets as they can. The student who sells the winning tickets of the Wal-Mart gift cards will receive their own personal Wal-Mart gift card and the student who sells the largest amount of tickets will also receive a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. If your family chooses not to participate in the sale of tickets, please return them to your child’s teacher.

    Please pay close attention to our calendar of events. There are always lots going on here at Midway Elementary.

    Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have.

    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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  • September 25, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 9/25/2015

    How low can you go? Two years ago this time, gas prices were at least $1.00 higher than they are today. One of those "small things" to celebrate!

    Our World’s Finest Chocolate sale ends today. Thanks to your efforts, we have sold almost 250 boxes. We still have a few left, if you would like to pick up a box. All monies are due on Monday, September 28th. If you cannot come in, please give us a call letting us know you will be sending monies with your child. They should bring all monies to the office when they arrive at school. Your support is greatly appreciated. Funds raised this year will go towards an electronic piano and a portable stage for our gym. These items are much needed for our assemblies. With over 400 students, we have outgrown our cafeteria.

    Our students continue to show great behavior and are focusing on their #1 job, which is learning and our staff continues to focus on our #1 priority, which is “student achievement.” As the mornings become cooler, I know that it becomes more difficult to get up and out. However, we must model for our children the importance of being on time. Don't forget to put your child's name in their jackets. The lost and found bin is already filling up.

    Fall testing is coming to a close and we are pleased with the overall efforts of our students. Parents, be on the lookout for letters requesting conferences to discuss our plans for our students who are needing additional assistance to assure that they will improve on the Winter MAP. Remember that student achievement is always a priority at Midway.

    Mr. Hawes, our music teacher has begun chorus rehearsals with our 4th and 5th graders. Rehearsal begins at 7:10 am and end at 8:00 am. If your child is a bus rider, they may join the rehearsal as soon as they arrive. Students will be allowed to have breakfast when they return to class. Their first performance for the year will be at our Veteran’s Day Assembly, scheduled for Wednesday, November 11th.

    Be on the lookout for information regarding our Fall Carnival, scheduled for Thursday, October 22nd. Tickets for Walmart gift cards will be coming home soon.

    We still need YOU for our PTO and SIC Committees. Please consider joining us! Our next PTO meeting will be on Monday, September 28th at 4 pm. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have.

    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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  • September 18, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 9/21/2015

    From the Principal:

    Hope that you are enjoying the wonderful fall weather we are having. Football season is in full swing and so is our school year. Interims should have come home with your child this past Wednesday. Hope you are setting some lofty goals for this school year.

    Our World’s Finest Chocolate candy sale is going well. We have about 50 boxes left before our sale ends next Friday. Please stop by the school to pick up a box. Thanks to our PTO President, Ms. Jessica Bittner for spearheading this worthwhile fundraiser. Our goal is to sell 250 boxes, which will gross us $7,000 towards some improvements here at MDW. Every child who sells a box will get to participate in an ice cream party. Students selling at least three boxes will get to spin the money wheel and the student with the highest sale will win a $50 Walmart gift card. All monies are due by Monday, September 28th.

    Wow! Once again I want to thank our grandparents for coming out last week to dine with our “bodacious bobcats!“ Because of you, we had the highest book fair sales ever! Don’t hesitate to come in and volunteer at anytime. We would love to have you.

    Thank you for adhering to our school procedures. However, there are a few procedures that still need your attention:

    • Notes changing students’ transportation from school should be sent to the child’s teacher to assure they are getting home safely.
    • Birthday treats can only be shared during your child’s lunch time.
    • Do not drop students off in the car rider line before you get to the awnings unless there is a staff person or safety patrol assisting your child.
    • Do cross at the crosswalk, preferably the one where a staff person is on duty with the “stop” sign.
    • If students have an appointment or need to leave early, do plan to pick them up prior to 2:00pm.
    • Do proceed in the car rider line at dismissal to pick up your child(ren). If there are special circumstances and you cannot wait in the car rider line, please come to the front office to pick up your child and not walk up to our car loading area.

    Following our procedures will assure that we are doing what we can to keep all of our precious bobcats safe!

    Thanks for your support last night of our first Sonic night for the year.

    Our staff is already preparing for our Fall Carnival scheduled for October 22nd. Tickets for a chance to win Walmart gift cards will be coming home soon!

    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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  • September 11, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 9/11/2015

    Thanks for being here and attentive last night at our Parent Orientation. A huge thanks to our outstanding teachers for preparing for this event. It is hard to believe that we have already been in school for four weeks. Time is truly flying by!!!

    Our numbers are strong and we are continuing to grow. Even though we are down one classroom in Kindergarten, we are over projection in every other grade level and are busting at the seams. There is not an empty classroom in our building! We are currently at 432 students, which is higher than our closing student enrollment last year.

    As we continue the year, I hope to see you at all of our events or at least most of them! We truly appreciate your support.

    MAP and DRA testing continue throughout the month for all of our students. We are seeing some great gains from our boys and girls. Again, I want to stress how important it is for our students to be at school and on time. Research has proven that student attendance is directly linked to high student achievement.

    Many of you who were here last night got an opportunity to visit our book fair display. We want to thank all of our grandparents for coming to lunch this week and spending quality time with our boys and girls. They love to have you spending time with them so don’t wait until next year. Please know that you are welcome at any time.

    Today marks the anniversary of 9/11. We paused for a moment of silence, remembering the brutal attack on our United Stated and those lives lost on September 11, 2001.

    Please remember that we will have fall pictures on next Wednesday and our fall Sonic Night on Thursday from 5-8pm. We ask that you pay special attention to the important dates listed in our newsletter.

    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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  • September 4, 2015

    Posted by Caitlin Stalker at 9/4/2015

    From the Principal:

    Go Gamecocks!!!  Another great start to an exciting football season.   We have had a very, warm, but great week here at Midway.  Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer travel season.  Hope you have some exciting plans for the three day weekend ahead.

    As MAP and DRA testing continues, parents, please make sure that our bobcats are getting to bed and getting their rest each night.  Some students shared that they are up until 10:00 pm.  A bedtime of 10:00 pm is way too late for an elementary student.   At least 8-10 hours of sleep is recommended by experts every night in order for our students to operate at maximum potential.

    How fast time is already going by!!! Next week will be 4 weeks that we have been in school.  Interims will be coming home soon.    

    We are looking forward to seeing many of you at our Parent Orientation next Thursday, Sept. 10th from 6-7pm.  Your continued support means a great deal to us all.  Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you need to schedule a conference.

    As of today, we have nearly 400 guests signed up for “Grandparents Lunch” or Breakfast next week with our “brilliant Bobcats.”   We look forward to spending time with our grandparents.  Our book fair will be open and we invite our grandparents to shop with our students while they are here. 

    Our PTO World’s Finest Chocolate candy sale kicks off next week.  Please make sure that our children are safe when they are out and about selling candy bars.  We have several projects targeted this year.  You will be hearing more about them in the near future.

    Hope you will spend some quality time with your family this three day weekend, making some wonderful memories!

    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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