Doby's Mill

Elementary School

Catch the W.A.V.E. - Winning Attitudes and Visions of Excellence!

District Information


KCSD ​schools​ ​closed ​for ​​​​students Oct. 8 and 9; staff and teachers to report Oct. 9 for Professional Development Day:
Due to ​continued ​concern​s​ for area roadways​ and bridges​ which would have heavy school bus traffic​​​, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools will ​be closed for students on ​​​​​​​Thursday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 9. Employees who normally report for Professional Development Days will do so on Friday. Adult education classes for Thursday and Friday are canceled.

It is anticipated that on Monday, Oct. 12, administrators will report to work on time, all other staff will report one hour later than normal and students will report two hours later than normal. ​(​Three- and four-year-old students in morning classes ​do not attend​ on a two-hour delay schedule.) ​

The upcoming schedule for ​KCSD is as follows:
Thursday, Oct. 8 – Schools closed​ ​
Friday, Oct. 9 – ​School-Based Professional Development Day​
Monday, Oct. 12 – ​Administrators report to work on time, all other ​staff ​members ​report one hour later than normal, and students report to school two hours later than normal.
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 ​KCSD ​is ​continuing to ​work closely with local emergency officials to make ​decisions in the best interest of the safety of our students and staff.​ District leaders will continue to monitor the situation closely and will make appropriate adjustments if needed. ​The school district ​continue​s​ to ​appreciate the cooperation of our families with this change in schedule. 

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  • Health Fair

    The annual Health, Fitness, and Conservation Fair will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.  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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  • Excuse Reminders:

    When remonder your child is absent…

    • 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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    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


    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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  • dolphin

    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.
    • Students develop healthy lifestyles by participating in physical fitness and health education activities.
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  • Dolphin

    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.     


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From the Principal

  • 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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