Catch the W.A.V.E. - Winning Attitudes and Visions of Excellence
DME's Awards and Honors
 Palmetto's Finest School

Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

 Exemplary Writing School

 Red Carpet School

SC School of Character

  National School of Character

Farm to School

Promising Practice School 
"Beaming Beacons of Good Character"

Promising Practice School 
"Brain Sparks"

PBIS Ribbon Award

Palmetto Gold Award

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Today, 5/5/2015
High: 83 Low: 56
Mostly sunny
3% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 5/6/2015
High: 82 Low: 59
Partly sunny
6% chance of precipitation.

Mrs. Catoe's Announcements/Reminders

Dear Dolphin Parents,

Welcome to 2015! I trust that you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to get geared up for a wonderful semester!

As you may have heard already, this year the South Carolina PASS standardized test is being replaced with the ACT Aspire test. Since 2009, all students in grades 3 – 8 have taken the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards. The new assessment, ACT Aspire, maps learner progress from grades three through high school on a vertical scale, anchored to the scoring system of the ACT. Kershaw County School District will administer the ACT Aspire to all students in grades 3 – 8 beginning in April. Please see the schedule on the back of this newsletter.

ACT Aspire is a longitudinal assessment system that connects growth and progress from elementary grades through high school in the context of college and career readiness. Assessing students’ knowledge and skills is critical to ensuring all students receive the support and services necessary to help them succeed in school and life. The essential, actionable information and insights gained from ACT Aspire Assessment System help educators understand a student’s past, capture the present, and impact the future.

Much of the discussion about this assessment revolves around the fact that these subtests are timed. As we learn more about these assessments, we will share them with you.

In the meantime, please mark your calendars for April 28 – 30.  Mr. Ed Yount, Blaney principal, and I will be co-presenting two parent workshops this month. If you cannot attend the one that we host here at DME, please feel free to attend the one at Blaney. We hope to share information about the assessments and how we are working to prepare teachers and students for the spring test administration.

As always, I appreciate your support! And, I look forward to sharing information, talking about how we are tackling the ACT, and how we are getting students energized to master the test and its content!

In Dolphin Pride,

Ginger Catoe


All campus visitors will need a state issued ID (ie. license) to scan upon arriving to campus before entering the building.  This ID will be scanned and a visitor's sticker will be printed using the information on the ID.  If anyone has questions, concerns, or feedback, please let me know.  As always, safety is our number one priority!  Please be patient as we implement this new system of signing in visitors.

Ginger Catoe, Principal

Teacher of the Year
Angela McCall

Congratulations to Angela McCall, fifth grade teacher,
for being selected DME's 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year!

Reading Teacher of the Year
 Mary Anne Catoe

Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Anne Catoe, 1st grade teacher,
 for being selected as this year’s Reading Teacher of the Year! 

2013 National School of Character Award - Washington, D.C.

Dolphin Alert

Fantastic news:  Doby's Mill Elementary School received an A on our School Report Card!
Checkout this short podcast for important information concerning changes related to Common Core. 

Quote of the Month

~January Quote~

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford

January Faculty Birthdays:

10) Lisa Ferris; 14) Teri Reno; 
16) Andrea Derrick; 27) Lori Robinson

District Information

Standardized Testing Info. for Parents
Information & quick Q&A video for parents on spring statewide testing for grades 3-8.

Meal Benefits - Apply Online
Meal Benefits - Check Status Online

Parent's Corner

IXL Math Login  - link is also for IXL Reading (grades 2-5)

Parent Symbaloo



PBIS behavior focus: Showing responsibility

Responsibility – Accountable for something within one’s power, control, or management

DME continues to take great pride in building character and will highlight a pillar of character each month. Students will develop this pillar of character through classroom discussions, assemblies, and school-wide projects, such as service learning projects and participation in our Relay for Life team.  

Please remember that students are not to be dismissed between 2:00 pm and dismissal.  If a student must be dismissed early, please pick him/her up before 2:00 pm and bring a medical note when he/she returns the next day.  Thank you!

Parent Portal Information

The attached information is an instruction sheet to assist in logging in to the updated version of the portal. Your 
user name and passwords are the same ones that were given to them when they first signed up. If you lose this information, you must come in person to receive it again. If you have never received their student's user name and password, you must also come in person with identification to receive it.  Please feel free to contact Lori Robinson at  or by phone at (803) 438-4055 ext. 8458 with questions about Parent Portal.

Please be reminded that according to the KCSD discipline code, toy guns are never allowed at school.  Thank you for your cooperation to make this a great year at DME!

Check List for Success

Dobys Mill Checklist for Success
  • Ask if nightly homework is completed (math, spelling, reading    Monday through Thursday)
  • Sign nightly homework. 
  • Quiz spelling words (or math facts).  
  • Check the agenda book for comments or extra assignments. 
  • Sign the agenda book. 
  • See all returned material in the Thursday folder. If there is no work in the folder, send a note to the teacher to find out if anything was returned.  
  • Sign and return the folder. 
  • Read the class newsletter. 
  • Sign and return the ticket stating that the newsletter was read. 
  • Read the school newsletter for important facts, when interim and report cards are being sent home, or other valuable news.  
  • Read to or with your child nightly.
 (Provided for parents and students by the Faculty/Staff of DME)

Bus Transportation

If you have any transportation issues or concerns, please contact the transportation office at 803-438-2135.                     

Visitors from Around the World

Let's see where our visitors this school year are located in the world. Check out the archives to see how many visitors visited last year.