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  • February Dates to Remember

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 2/13/2017

    Feb 17 – Early dismissal for students at 11:30 a.m.

    Feb 20 – President’s Day – No school for students

    Feb 23 – Celebration of the Arts at LEHS at 6:45 p.m.

    Mar 3 – Pastries for Pastors at 7:15 a.m.

    Mar 7 – Health and Fitness Fair from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

    Mar 8 – Walk At School Day!

    Mar 9 – Dolphin Pups at 2:00 p.m.

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  • A Note from the Librarian

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 2/10/2017

    We so appreciate that you are dedicated to helping your child learn to read. Your support and assistance is crucial as they develop this skill that they will use every day, in every subject for the rest of their lives. As budding readers, it is important for us to follow their lead in book selection, allowing them to explore a variety of books. More than anything else, we want to create a love of books and literature and avoid making reading seem like a chore.


    You should not be at all bothered if your child cannot read some (or even all) of the books that he or she brings home from the school library. These are books for you to read to your child and for them to explore on their own, figuring out of they can read them, learn from the pictures, or if they simply need to pick a different book. This is an essential first step to helping your child become a reader and develop a love for the activity. “Book/reading levels” are teaching tools to be used solely in the classroom. Forget them when it comes to picking books for reading enjoyment. Think about it… when was the last time you selected a book based on its “level?” We want our children to have real world experiences with books, exploring countless possibilities, as they develop their interests and personalities.


    Our library is stocked with high-quality fiction and non-fiction books. Through our books, you and your child can visit distant lands, learn new vocabulary, and experience new ideas, all while enjoying time spent together. That is the beauty of a great book! With younger children, read the book with them, asking questions about the illustrations and the story, checking for comprehension, building vocabulary and “collecting experiences.” For older, more independent readers, ask them to tell you about the story. Of course, our children never grow too old for a great read aloud, so don’t shy away from a family read aloud, even for older readers. You’ll be amazed by how much they love it (and you will too)!


    Parents are encouraged to also borrow books from our library and volunteer as guest readers and library helpers. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time if I can ever be of assistance in your child’s reading endeavors. I am happy to make book suggestions and help out in any way that I can. It is my deepest desire to help your child become a life-long reader. After all, reading a crucial building block to success in school and in life.


    Betsy Long

    DME Librarian

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  • From the DME School Improvement Council (SIC)

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 2/9/2017

    It's hard to believe that we are already in February!  Coming back from the holiday break, we all jumped right into the new school year and finished off first semester in a great way.  By the time you read this, we will have had a successful BoosterThon, planned a wonderful Daddy Daughter Dance, and prepared for our annual Patriot's Day.  None of these events would have been successful without the help and support of you - our parents.


    As parents, you have such a significant influence in your child's life and education. Research shows that parental involvement is essential to improving the quality of education.  Parents who value education and become partners with the school send a strong message to their children regarding the importance of learning.  Parents, teachers, and administrators must work in partnership to encourage children to take education seriously. We appreciate the crucial role our Dolphin parents play in preparing their child for success in school. Working as a team, our combined efforts reinforce academic standards, ethical behavior, and positive interpersonal communication.  As a result, children flourish - not only as students - but develop in a broader sense to become all they can be!


    The new year provides the perfect opportunity for our Dolphin family of students, parents, and staff to commit to make the second half of the school year even better than the first!  Let's all pledge to continue our support of the DME Mission Statement:  “The mission of Doby’s Mill Elementary School, in partnership with our community, is to provide a safe, nurturing, and innovative learning environment that empowers students with knowledge and skills to become self-disciplined, responsible, and productive citizens.”


    Happy Valentine's Day!  Thanks for loving and supporting our students!

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  • News from Nurse Bonnie Luke - Treating Head Lice

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 2/8/2017

    Treating Head Lice

    Here are the steps you can take to handle any lice camping out in your child’s hair.

    • Do not re-wash the hair for two days after the lice medicine is removed.
    • Remove nits from your child’s hair with a fine-toothed comb. Most lice medications come with a “nit comb.”
    • Soak combs and brushes in a mixture of hot water and the lice removal shampoo for at least 15 minutes.
    • Wash clothing, bedding, towels and other items that your child may have come in contact with using the hot water laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. It’s a good idea to wash all bedding in the house. Lice and eggs are killed after five minutes of exposure to temperatures greater than 128 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Continue to check the hair and comb through with the nit comb every two to three days after each treatment to prevent a re-infestation. Continue to check for three weeks to make sure all of the lice are gone.
    • Check the whole family. Make sure all heads are free of lice — if not, each infected person will have to receive lice treatment.

    Preventing Head Lice

    Help prevent a return of lice — or prevent your kids from catching them in the first place.

    • Have your child avoid any head-to-head contact with other kids.
    • Remind them not to share hats, towels, combs, or brushes with their friends or bunkmates.
    • Make sure they don’t lie on beds, couches, pillows or any other surface that have been in contact with an infected person.

    If you have any questions, please call me at 438-4055, ext. 8453.

    Bonnie Luke, RN-School Nurse

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  • Regional Science Fair Competition

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 2/7/2017

    Four of our Doby’s Mill Dolphins will be going to the regional science fair in Columbia on March 10, to compete with students from surrounding area schools. 

    The students are: Matthew Cole, Sara Woodham, Grace Hill, and Presley Millett.

    Congratulations to these students and good luck!


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  • Congratulations Archery Team!

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 2/6/2017

    The Doby's Mill Archery Team placed 3rd at the Regional Tournament held at Camden High School.  The top 12 archers scored 2747 points for the team!  Way to Go!

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  • Character Counts

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 2/3/2017

    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. Each newsletter will highlight the month's pillar of character.

    The pillar of character for February is “self-control,” which means choosing to do what you should do, not what you want to do.

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  • Kershaw County Celebration of the Arts

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 2/2/2017

    You're invited to attend the annual Kershaw County Celebration of the Arts event on February 23, 2017. 


    There will be an art show at 5:30 p.m.,

    followed by individual school performances at 6:30 p.m. These events will be held at the Lugoff-Elgin High School auditorium. 


    We hope to see you there to celebrate our students!

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  • Choralier Competition Parent Meeting

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 2/1/2017

    There will be a DME Choralier Competition meeting for all DME Choralier parents and family members on Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the music room. Please make every effort to attend.

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  • From the Science Committee

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 1/31/2017

    What an exciting night Doby's Mill families experienced on Tuesday, January 24.  This night was our annual Family Science Night planned by the Science Committee.  This year our theme was robotics.  Several stations were set up where students and their families could interact with technology. 


    Volunteers from the University of South Carolina's Assistive Robotics and Technologies Lab demonstrated various activities their robots could perform.  DME families were able to play a game, "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" with two adorable humanoid robots.  These robots even danced for us!


    The Kershaw Robotics team allowed our students to use joystick controls to make their huge robot pick up a ball, turn, move, and release the ball. Their mission is to help students develop a deeper interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields, inspiring those in a fun way and encouraging those for a gracious pathway for a better future.


    Then, our very own LEGO robotics Team 787 also demonstrated various tasks that their autonomous robots could perform after using specific codes programmed in the robots.


    DME families also had a chance to work at the 3D Augmented Reality station.  This station used IPADS and a special APP to make their illustrations come to life. 

    Students who attended were given a homework pass, a Dolphin Dollar, and a chance to win a door prize.  The winners of the door prizes were: Jack Hinks, Colt Aldrich, Victoria Potter, Landon Strouch. and Landon Cecil.


    Thank you again for your support of science and technology.  And, thanks to the 100+ parents and students who attended this fun, interactive night!

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  • healthy

    Health, Fitness, and Conservation Fair

    Our annual Health, Fitness, and Conservation Fair is March 7, 2017.  Any business or vendor in the area that wishes to participate in that capacity is encouraged to contact Mr. John Folger at 803-438-4055 extension 8428 or, to recieve additional information.


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  • Grades Parent Portal

    Kershaw County School District's Parent Portal is open for use.  Parents may access existing accounts or see their school to set up and account.  There will also be a mobile option this year.  Parent's can download the Parent Portal app via iPhone/iPad and register with the district code CQQZ.  We are excited about this new feature but would like to remind parents that the district itself does not support the app.  The portal can also be accessed using your mobile browser.  Any questions please feel free to give us a call, 803-438-4055.
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  • Nurse Excuse Reminders:

    • You must send in an excuse within 5 days of returning to school.
    • Excuses can be a doctor’s excuse or a written parent note.
    • It must state reason for absence.
    • It must be signed by parent or guardian.
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  • Publix Partners

    Publix Partners School Cards 

    Help raise money for Doby's Mill Elementary by shopping and using our Publix Partners School Card!
    All purchases at Publix will help earn money for Doby’s Mill Elementary. You can support our school by using your Publix Partners Card at checkout. Family and friends are welcome to use Doby's Mill Publix Partners Cards too!
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  • Box Tops for Education

    Box Tops for Education

    Help raise money for Doby's Mill Elementary by clipping coupons off of the groceries marked "Box Tops for Education." You can also register online and shop through to earn bonus points for our school!
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  • Labels for Education Labels for Education

    Our LIFE program is collecting UPCs from any Pepperidge Farm participating products and UPCs from any Campbell family of brands participating products. You can have your child place them in a box in the rotunda or have your child give them to Ms. Norton. Your help is greatly appreciated!

     Labels for Education  

     Eligible Products

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    DME is thrilled to have been awarded the 21st Century Grant, LIFE Program.  

    The primary goal of the LIFE program is to provide academic intervention and enrichment to help the students. The focus of the program is assisting the students with their homework. The staff also provides instruction using the LitART Curriculum, which uses books and novels to engage students in skill building.  There are also activities focused on STEM skills as well as field trips, special guests, and other exciting opportunities for your child.  An afternoon snack is provided daily. The LIFE program runs on normal school days from dismissal until 5:25 p.m.  The program does not run when there is no school or an early dismissal.  

    Attendance is vital!  Please, unless illness or an emergency, plan for your child to be at the LIFE program.  If you need to pick your child up before 5:25, come to DME’s front office.  You can sign-out your child there.  Students with excessive absences will be removed from the program, so that students on the waiting list can take advantage of this opportunity.  The number of students who are allowed to participate in this program is limited! 

    If you have any other questions, concerns, or praises, please feel free to contact us, 803-438-4055, Vickie Norton, Campus Director, at, or Virginia Catoe, Principal, at

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  •  Be Great Academy

    Registration for the Be Great Academy’s Fall after school program is now open!  Come join us for award winning fun programs focused on achieving academic success, healthy life styles and character development!  After school care will begin the first day of school and run from school dismissal until 6:30 PM on school days. Participants will receive snack daily and have the opportunity to complete each day’s homework during our Power Hour program.  Visit for more information and to complete the online registration.
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Dolphins Pride


Our Philosophy

The Doby’s Mill Elementary School family is committed to providing opportunities for academic, social, and character growth for our students.  By encouraging and assisting in the development of socially responsible behavior, we believe maximum learning will take place.


Our Vision Statement

The vision of Doby's Mill Elementary School is to create a safe and enriched learning environment that promotes Winning Attitudes and Visions of Excellence with confidence, creativity, and success for everyone.


Our Mission Statement

The mission of Doby's Mill Elementary School, in partnership with our community, is to provide a safe, nurturing, and innovative learning environment that empowers students with knowledge and skills to become self-disciplined, responsible, and productive citizens.


School Beliefs

  1. Students, teachers, administration, parents and community share the responsibility for fulfilling the school's mission by addressing the needs of the whole child in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.
  2. Students must be active participants in their learning and aim to apply their knowledge in meaningful contexts in order to become life-long learners.
  3. Discipline, integrity and respect for individual differences are essential for a healthy learning community.
  4. Instructional strategies and practices incorporate a variety of learning activities to accommodate varied learning styles, needs and abilities.
  5. Student learning is the priority of the school.
  6. Integrating technology is essential to prepare students for success in an ever-changing global society.
  7. Continuous improvement ensures that the school's curriculum is innovative, creative, challenging, and exciting.
  8. The community of learners value and explore cultural diversity increasing students' understanding and respect of different people and cultures.
  9. Students' involvement in the arts is crucial in developing a rich learning experience through which various cultures, learning styles and creative outlets can be explored.
  10. Students develop healthy lifestyles by participating in physical fitness and health education activities.


The Fin-tastic Five Rules are:

  • Safety - We are safe.
  • Respect - We are respectful.
  • Orderly - We are orderly.
  • On Task - We are on task.
  • Property - We take care of property.