Doby's Mill

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  • Archery We are excited to announce the 2015-2016 Archery Team!

     3rd Grade: Bradley Blankenship, Ainsley Outlaw, Xander Alvarez, Craig Jones, Makaylee Catoe, Brayden Block, Alysa Lane

    4th Grade: James Stone, Zech Brown, Ben Hanson, Elijah Dennis, Granger Morgan, Connor Thompson, Wesley May, Lindsey Mills

    5th Grade: Bryson Porter, Carmen Howard, Chloe Kile, Haylee Benton, Hannah Medlin, Alexis Lee, Wyatt Tanner, Drake Jeffers, Clay Peake

     We know that you will represent DME with dignity and pride! Congratulations on becoming the FIRST archery team from DME! 

     Follow your arrow!

    Mrs. Dixon and Mrs. Alvarez 


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  • Jump Rope for Heart Jump Rope for Heart will be held on November 11. Last year we raised over $ 4,000, and our goal is to raise $5,000.00 for the American Heart Association this year. We would appreciate your support for this worthy cause. Kynlee Freezon ($258), Colie Reynolds ($100), Alysa Lane ($300), Maggie Long ($65), Natalie Hoult ($105), Wesley May ($125), Hailey Benton ($72), and Hailey Altman ($60) are our leading returning students. Thank you so very much for your help last year.

    Students will bring their money (at least $5.00) on November 11, and come to the PE room during RA for our famous JRFH Party.  Inflatables, Wii dancing, rope jumping, hula hooping, and healthy snacks will be a part of our party.

    If you are able to help with the JRFH party on February 12, please contact Mr. Tinman at 438-4055, extension 8451.


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  • 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.  The program lasts all school year.

    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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  • 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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  • Grades Parent Portal

    Kershaw County School District's Parent Portal is now 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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  • Student Health



    Immunization Requirements

    See link below for information concerning the 2015-2016 immunization requirement for "School Attendance."

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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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    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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From the Principal

  • SAFETY is Mrs. Catoe's #1 Rule

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 10/14/2015

    Dear Dolphins,


    It's hard to believe that we have been in school for almost a month.  Each year, I always review school bus safety with our students.  Since SAFETY is Mrs. Catoe's #1 rule, we even practice bus evacuation drills as a part of a PE/related arts lesson each year.  Be sure to ask your child about this practice drill on October 23.


    In an effort to boost bus safety, I am sharing this information with you in hopes that you will discuss these safety practices with your children at home.  


    1.  Board the bus safely.Students should walk, not run, to the bus stop.  While waiting for the bus, children should stay in a safe spot away from the road.  Remind your children to never speak to strangers. When the bus arrives, students should wait their turn to board the bus.


    1.  Follow the driver's rules.  Explain to your child that the drivers have to focus on the road to keep students safe.  Remind the students to treat drivers with respect, and always follow our Five Fin-tastic PBIS Rules - especially in case of an emergency.


    1.  Keep the bus calm and quiet.  Students should find a seat and stay in it.  Students should never throw items on the bus or out the windows, or play with the emergency exits.  Make sure students use their "inside voices" when talking to their friends on the bus.


    1. Watch for bullying behavior. Alert the bus driver if students on the bus are harassing your child.  School bus drivers are not counselors, but they are there to transport students safely.  You can work with them to find a solution to problems.


    1.  Avoid the "danger zones."  Children should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off, and use the handrails.  When crossing in front of the bus, children should take five giant steps away from the bus, make eye contact with the driver, and cross when the driver indicates that it's safe. Teach your child to look both ways before crossing and to stay away from the wheels of the bus.


    Finally, parents, I ask that you be vigilant to listen and report.  If you know of any odd or unsafe conditions, please alert our bus office and speak with Vanessa Garza at 438-2135.  You may also contact Mr. Folger (438-7714) or me (438-7716), if we can be of assistance.


    Get your child on board with school bus safety!  To avoid dangerous situations and accidents, students must follow bus safety rules and procedures.  Thanks, in advance, for your assistance with this matter!


    In Dolphin Pride,


    Ginger Catoe, Principal

     (Taken from Report to Parents by NAESP, "Boost Bus Safety")

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  • DME Family and Community

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 10/7/2015

    As a school family, several service opportunities have come to light in which we plan to participate.

    First, we are collecting new packs of socks (in all sizes) to help those displaced by the flooding in our state and to help the homeless who are some of the hardest hit during natural disasters.This donation drive is called SOCKtober! All donations will go directly to flooding survivors, the homeless, and others in greatest need in Kershaw County. Please bring these donations to the school. Your child's teacher may also choose to participate in a specific project as a homeroom....

    Secondly, to partner with the Lugoff-Elgin High School Athletic Department and teams, our school is collecting Flood Buckets at the gate of the game versus Westwood, a local school from Richland II; one of the hardest hit areas has been Richland County. Donating a filled bucket will you FREE admission to the game. Wateree Hardware on Highway 1 has graciously offered a free 5 gallon bucket and lid with the purchase of cleaning supplies which will fill the a discount on supplies. Take the bucket to the football game for a FREE admission....the game has been postponed and will NOT be played this Friday night....I will keep you posted on the rescheduled date.

    Flood Bucket List:
    1 5 gallon bucket with resealable lid
    1 bottle of liquid household cleaner
    1 bottle of liquid dish soap
    1 bottle of bleach
    1 heavy duty scrub brush (plastic or wooden handle)
    4 sponges
    1 pair of rubber gloves

    and add a NOTE of love - FREE from your child! I plan to be at Wateree Hardware today at 4:00 p.m. to build my bucket! Join me??

    Third, our students have been patient and been inside for days...the sun finally has come out! And, so many are realizing the destruction in our state. The Lugoff Elgin High School Journalism Department is sponsoring Movie Night this Friday, October 10th. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit our Kershaw County Flood Victims. Cost: $5.00 per carload.....and you are asked to also bring new toys, clothing, and household items to donate. Bring outdoor chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available from Chick Fil A and Kona Ice.

    Finally, our Teacher Forum from KCSD will be collecting loose change and bills to make a donation from our district.

    Here is a portion of the email detailing the change drive.
    Many of us are feeling the need to help those affected by the recent disaster. What most local disaster relief organizations need, such as the Red Cross and United Way, are funds. I just spoke to Donny, president of Kershaw County's United Way and he confirmed the the change/money raised would go 100% to the local relief funds.

    We'd like to call this "Pennies for Change." Students and staff want to help in some capacity and donating loose change will make a dramatic impact. I am asking that you encourage your staff to set up collect spots either homerooms/lunchroom for the students and staff to donate their change. If interested, please find some containers and start the collection from our return to school until October 16th."

    So, pick a cause...get involved, and teach our children how to "pay it forward."


    Hug your babies...I miss them dearly!


    Ginger Catoe

    (P. S. Thanks for all the great emails parents letting me know that you are okay....I pray for your continued safety!)


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  • Message from DME's Reading Coach - Mrs. Lauren Hunt

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 9/10/2015

    Dear Dolphins,


    Why read 20 minutes at home? You have probably heard that it is important for kids to read at home.  As a busy mom myself, I understand how hectic evenings can be, and how hard it is to add one more “To Do” to your day. However, research shows the importance of reading regularly.  


    There is a chart showing the tremendous advantage that Student A, who reads for just 20 minutes each day, has over his/her peers.  In one year, that child will read a total of 1,800,000 words and potentially score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. Student B, who reads only 5 minutes per day, will read 282,000 words per year, and their scores on standardized tests drop to the 50th percentile.  Most alarming is Student C, who reads only 1 minute per day. This child will read a mere 8,000 words per year, and score in the 10th percentile on standardized tests.  


    So, I understand that it is easy for me as a reading coach to encourage students to read, but doesn’t the data speak loudly of the importance of reading?  So, I urge you to add reading for 20 minutes each night to your schedule.  Picture books, magazine articles, even the comics- what your child reads doesn’t matter as much as the act of reading itself.


    Consider having a family reading time where EVERYONE drops what they’re doing to read.  What an incredible example for your child when they see you reading!  


    Now, Dolphin families, dive in to reading!


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  • Summer 2015

    Posted by Virginia Catoe at 7/1/2015
    Dear Parents,

    "Catch the Wave” has been our theme this past 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.  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. Please know that we sincerely appreciate and are humbled by your continued support towards the education of our students.

    In closing, I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for a great school year! It is a pleasure working with all of you, and I truly appreciate your continued dedication and support. 

    In Dolphin Pride,

    Ginger Catoe
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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.