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, 7/22/2014
High: 87 Low: 73
Chance thunderstorms
50% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 7/23/2014
High: 92 Low: 72
Chance thunderstorms
33% chance of precipitation.

Mrs. Catoe's Announcements/Reminders

Dear Dolphin Parents,

It is hard to believe that it is summer. Wow!  This year has gone by quickly, and it seems like yesterday that we opened our doors for our Open House.

There are so many great things that have happened here at Doby's Mill Elementary for which we are proud!  Each day, we try to create an environment where children feel save and loved!  We truly believe that each Dolphin student is "special" and find value in his/her individual talents.  As we continue to work together, the sky is the limit for each child's growth.  May is a very busy month with field trips, field day, and awards' days, so as you reflect on this school year and begin to plan for the summer months, our teachers and staff have shared some of their favorite summertime activities and suggestions.

From Mrs. Mary Anne Catoe: "If you are going to be on the computer, make it educational! My favorite website I recommend online for kindergarteners getting ready for first grade is Additionally, and are great for math games for all ages. A great reading website is, and is a great resource for all subjects.

For pre-K and Kindergarten, read everywhere: at the grocery store, on the menu, driving down the road. Signs are a fun way to learn letters and words. Our favorite car game is the alphabet game.  We drive down the road (with older kids) and find a word on a sign that starts with A, then B, etc. It's a challenge as you drive down the road and that favorite Q word is nowhere in sight.  It gets kids reading quickly and noticing words all around them."

Mrs. Stuhn suggested that you participate in the Clemson children's garden. "You can also build your own garden and incorporate math concepts into the gardening experience.  Try enjoying the outdoors with hiking, swimming, playing sports, etc. Visit the local library and find reading material that relates to the activities that they are experiencing with your children.  For example, if you build a garden, maybe read a book that talks about a garden!"

From Ms. Reno:  "My suggestions include IXL, making or buying flash cards for times/division that can be bought cheaply at Dollar Tree or on Target dollar shelves. Be sure to join the local library reading program."

From Mrs. Peake:  "My advice to parents is to take your children places.  Give them experiences that will help them to be more well informed.  Read with your child.  Share a novel.  Keep a journal."

From Ms. Walker:  "Some available camps this summer include Charleston Southern University which is offering a summer choir camp for 5th grade age students. Check for more details. 

The Sandlapper Singers of Columbia is also holding a local summer choir camp. Check for more details.”

I hope you find these tips helpful.  As always, thanks for your continued support.  Please know that I am always only an email or a phone call away, even during the summer! 

Be safe, and enjoy each day!

Happy Summer!

Ginger Catoe, Principal 

Registration for the 2014-2015 School Year is July 30!
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. 

Congratulations to our 2013-2014
Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Amanda Cook!

Congratulations to our 2013-2014
Reading Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Mary Catoe!

Quote of the Month

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity leads us down new paths." ~ Walt Disney


To everyone with June and July birthdays!

District Information

20-Day Summer Math & Reading Challenge!
Summer Reading

KCSD Employees - Google & Email Information

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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

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

DME Peek at PASS PowerPoint

Guiding Ideas for Parents

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Behavior Focus: Using good judgment

Character Words:
Common Sense:sound and prudent judgement based on a simple perception of the situation or facts
Curiosity:having a desire to know

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.