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, 5/23/2015
High: 84 Low: 57
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Tomorrow, 5/24/2015
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Mrs. Catoe's Announcements/Reminders

Dear Parents,

"Catch the Wave” has been our theme this school year. I am proud to report that students, staff, and our Doby's Mill Community have made tremendous strides towards meeting the goals we have set for this school year. As the year will soon be coming to a close, it is a good time to reflect on the “goals” that we have worked hard to meet. Successes include learning in all academic areas, math, reading, writing, social studies, and science. Activities, such as Writer’s Workshop, Guided Reading, Author Visits, Novel Groups, Science Fair, music programs, Patriot Day, and many more, have provided the backdrop for our success. Extra-curricular opportunities have supported and enhanced the curriculum with over 550 Kindergarten through fifth grade students participating in programs, such as BoosterThon, Student Council, Lego Robotics, Beau Tie Club, REEF Club, Divine Designers, WAVE Camera Crew, Safety Patrol, Doby's Dashers and You, Go Girls, DEEP classes, and BrainSparks. Clearly, the Doby's Mill Elementary parents and community continues to be one of our school’s greatest assets!

It is very apparent that our Dolphin parents have a strong connection to Doby's Mill and great involvement with their children’s education. Parental and community support and participation are indeed exceptional and greatly appreciated here at DME. As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, please know that we sincerely appreciate and are humbled by your continued support towards the education of our students.

In closing, the next few weeks will be exciting and filled with many activities in the classroom and at school. Our goal for this last month is to keep students on a routine that will maintain a positive learning environment in all classrooms. I just wanted to take the opportunity in our final school newsletter to thank you for a great school year! It is a pleasure working with all of you this year, and I truly appreciate your continued dedication and support. 

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.

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.