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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Mrs. Catoe's Announcements/Reminders

Dear Dolphin Parents,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!  Wow!  Where does time go?  It seems like just yesterday I was preparing my end of the school year award's day speeches.  Now, I am working on my back to school newsletter column, of which my topic is: School Communication - When and Where to Get It!

At DME, we believe that communication is so important between school and home, especially at the elementary level, when many things are new and unfamiliar to parents.  There are several ways in which you can receive information about school dates, activities, and events.

Each month, a school newsletter, "Doby's Discoveries," will come home, highlighting important information for the upcoming month. (You're reading the August issue now!)  Along with the newsletter, which is always printed on colored paper, we will include an updated activity calendar for that month along with the breakfast and lunch menus from the Breaker's Cafe.  (I always post this information on my refrigerator at home for safe keeping and reference during the month.)
If you are not one to keep track of the newsletter and calendars, then you can always find the same information on our school website.  Just go to  You can access our school newsletters on the homepage under "School Newsletters" and meal menus.  Our amazing webmaster, Mrs. Vickie Norton, does a phenomenal job with updating our website and our school's Facebook page. Like us on Facebook, too!

Our classroom teachers send home monthly classroom newsletters and weekly notes to keep you informed about particular activities in your child's class.  They will also send email "e-blast" updates, so be sure to provide them with current email addresses where you can receive communication.
In addition, each student will receive a Title 1
Thursday folder.  This Thursday folder will come home weekly to share assessments, newsletters, permission slips, and community outreach information.  Be sure to read the contents, and sign and return the folder each Friday.  Finally, you have access to your child's teacher's gradebook.  Be sure to sign up for Parent Portal so that you can keep track of your child's daily and weekly progress.  

Respected educator, James Comer (1995) puts it well: "No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship." At DME, we firmly believe in building positive, respectful relationships where parents and teachers work together to both insist on high-quality student work and offer support for one another as a team.  And, we are always open to suggestions to improve communication. You can email me at or call me at 803-438-7716 anytime!  It is my intention to over-communicate with you so that you will always know what is happening here at DME and so that you have the opportunity to join us for the fun! 

Stay informed, and "Catch the WAVE!"

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

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

“Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?” – Dennis and Wendy Mannering


Faculty Birthdays:
14) Michael Manning; 16) Mary Lott Catoe; 17) Susan Cavallier;
20) Angela Mixon;  24) Mandy Freeman & Lorrie Welch;
31) Tajia Bussert, Judi Mills, & Nikki Bradley


District Information

Meal Benefits - Apply Online
Meal Benefits - Check Status Online

Parents - Need eChalk Parent Account Help?  Fill out the "eChalk Help for Parents" form and we'll get right back to you with assistance!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 30
Sonic Night - Sponsored by 5th Grade
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday, October 3
Target READ Mentoring Program
7:55 AM - 8:30 AM
Volunteers Needed
Drive In Movie Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, October 7
Fourth Grade Parent Orientation
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, October 8
Walk at School Day

Parent's Corner

Book Buzz by Ginger Catoe and Betsy Long

South Carolina & the Common Core State Standards Initiative 

Common Core State Standards

Family-Friendly Guides to South Carolina Academic Standards

Parent Symbaloo

Guiding Ideas for Parents

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PBIS behavior focus: Showing and keeping positive attitudes

Attitude – a feeling or way of thinking that affects a persons’ behavior.

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.