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, 12/19/2014
High: 59 Low: 41
Partly sunny
6% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 12/20/2014
High: 45 Low: 38
97% chance of precipitation.

Mrs. Catoe's Announcements/Reminders

Dear Dolphin Parents,

The beginning of the holiday season has started. The older I get, I am amazed at how quickly it comes and how quickly it seems to pass. Over the past 12 years, it has become a tradition for Doby's Mill Dolphins to embark on service opportunities to help others during the holidays. Our students have already begun their work this year!

Over the past month, our students rallied to collect canned foods for our annual Clemson-Carolina canned food drive.  We donated these items to a local food bank where families in our local community will be able to receive assistance over the holiday break.

Our students continue to collect funds for our annual Relay for Life campaign.  To date, we have raised $1517.42.  Be on the lookout for the feet display in the Breaker's Cafe!  I am so very proud of our students!  Cancer has, unfortunately, affected all of our lives.  Hopefully, with these funds, we are closer to finding a cure.

The Choraliers and SCUBA Club will be caroling and delivering decorated Christmas wreaths later this month.  This event is always one of my favorite service projects. We will be displaying our wreaths and the writings this week. Be sure to stop by the Rotunda to see how creative our students are!  I know their songs and the wreaths will bring joy to the residents of Morningside in Camden!

Please join us as we lift the spirit of someone in need, and help us to teach our students to have compassion and philanthropy.  From all of us here at Doby's Mill Elementary School, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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

~December Quote~

“Be a student as long as you still have
something to learn, and this will mean all your life."

~ Henry L. Doherty

December Faculty Birthdays:
13) Cathy Ray; 16) Carla Lowder; 23) Janice Poston;
26) Iola Nelson; 29 Cathy Peake

Parent's Corner

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

Parent Symbaloo



PBIS behavior focus: Doing and showing goodness

Virtue – Moral excellence; goodness; righteousness

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.