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  • Dates to Remember

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 1/13/2017

    Jan 13 Report Cards go home

    Jan 16 – MLK, Jr. Day – No school

    Jan 17 – 1st grade Chick-fil-A night from 5:00 – 7:00

    Jan 20 – Dolphin Pups 2:00

    Jan 24 Sonic Night 5:00 – 8:00

    Jan 30 – Book Fair Begins!

    Jan 31 – Family Shopping Night from 3:00 – 6:00

    Feb 1 – Donuts for Dads 7:15 a.m.

    Feb 3 – Daddy Daughter Dance from 6:00 – 7:30

    Feb 7 – Sonic Night 5:00 – 8:00


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  • Daddy Daughter Dance

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 1/13/2017

    Daddy Daughter Dance - February 3

    Our annual Daddy Daughter Dance will be held Friday, February 3, from 6:00-7:30.

    The event will be a magical Winter Wonderland, complete with a professional DJ and dinner.

    Reservations must be made by January 20.

    Many volunteers are needed to help decorate and assist at the dance. Contact Betsy Long in the library at extension 8456, if you are available to help.

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  • Carpool Etiquette and Safety

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 1/11/2017

    Carpool Etiquette and Safety

    • Please stay alert. Refrain from talking on your cell phone during carpool.
    • Please drop off your children only in the designated drop off areas: duty personnel are stationed along the sidewalk to assist your students.
    • Please only cross the driveway at the crosswalk.
    • Please remain in the car rider line, and do not drive into the parking lot to drop off your children.
    • Please remember that students are TARDY at 7:45 a.m. Students are supposed to be in their seat in their classroom at 7:45 a.m.
    • Please be mindful of traffic during car rider drop off and pick up!  The safety of our students, parents, visitors, and employees is first and foremost!
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  • Family Science Night

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 1/10/2017

    Family Science Night


    January 24, 6-7 p.m., is DME's yearly Family Science Night.


    The science committee has some NEW, FUN activities planned for this night.  Bring the whole family out to participate with the USC Robotics Lab, Kershaw County Robotics Team and DME's Robotics Team.  Dolphin Dollars and HW passes will be given to all students who attend.  Also, there’s a chance of winning some cool door prizes. 

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  • Tardies

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 1/9/2017


    We experienced a record number of student tardies in December.

    Please make sure that your child arrives at school PRIOR to 7:45 a.m.  On extremely cold and/or rainy days, plan ahead for weather or traffic delays.  Teachers have asked that we concentrate on having our children in class at the start of the day to avoid the loss of instructional time and to kick off the day on a positive note.

    Your attention to this matter would be very helpful!  

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  • Be the Change

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 1/5/2017

    Be the Change

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  • Inclement Weather

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 1/4/2017

    Inclement Weather


    In the event of inclement weather during the day/afternoon or if there is a possibility of road conditions becoming hazardous due to a weather event, it is imperative that we have dismissal plans in place in case of school/program cancellations.


    Please make sure that you have communicated any new phone numbers, emergency contact information, and/or updated address information to your child's teacher and Mrs. Robinson, our attendance registrar.


    Thanks, in advance, for helping put these plans in place!


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  • Building Deep Math Skills

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 1/4/2017

    Last month, I featured some information about reading.  In fact, I hope you have had a chance to read aloud with your children and use the comprehension questions to spur your discussion as you read.  This month, I want to share some good advice about building deep math skills.  This information was featured in the "Report to Parents" provided monthly by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.  

    Though your child's math homework may look complex, the math itself hasn't changed all that much.  "What has shifted is the way schools teach math under many states' new college- and career-readiness standards. To prepare students for an increasingly technical world, many teachers are working to strengthen students' deep math knowledge - how, where, and why math ideas fit together."  Here are three ways that we as parents can support this work at home:
    1.  Do know how elementary math builds.  
    As your child progresses from kindergarten into later elementary grades, math concepts build on one another.  For instance, third graders learn how to place fractions on a number line and compare fractions' size.  This leads to fourth graders being able to add and subtract fractions.  Teachers call this vertical understanding - knowing how skills build across grade levels.
    2.  Do focus on mastery, not tricks.
    To understand new, complex math concepts, students have to leverage ideas and skills they've already learned. Students can't make those connections if we present math as a series of rules or shortcuts.  If your child asks for help, talk through assignments, reread textbook passages, or draw a picture together, if possible.
    3.  Don't press your child to move too quickly.
    If pushed through challenging ideas to fast, students can develop gaps in understanding and they won't be prepared to tackle high school math.  Have honest conversations with your child's teacher about whether your child is on target, or needs extra help or enrichment.
    (Drawn from "Build Deeper Math Foundations" by T. Spencer Jamieson. Principal September/October 2016)
    For additional information, check out the National PTA's Parents Guide to Success to find FAQs and activities for both math and language arts.  
    Be on the lookout for more information coming home this winter/spring from our School Improvement Council as we continue to work on the goals set forth in our School Renewal Plan.  

    Keep working to make math fun as you encourage your child!  Thanks for your continued support!
    Ginger Catoe, Principal
    Chad Long, SIC President
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  • Doby’s Mill Ribbon Winners of the Kershaw County Recreation Department’s Annual Christmas Card Contest

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 1/3/2017

    Doby’s Mill Ribbon Winners of the Kershaw County Recreation Department’s Annual

    Christmas Card Contest

    1st Grade

    1st place, Arianna Dykes

    2nd place, Danna Matthews

    3rd place, Scout Crocker


    2nd Grade

    1st place, Arin Campbell

    2nd place, Carey Dallas

    3rd place, Paula Dildy


    3rd Grade

    1st place, Marcus Taylor *

    2nd place, Ethan Raper

    3rd place, Victoria Potter


    4th Grade

    1st place, Madeline Aiello

    2nd place, MaKaylee Catoe

    3rd place, Brooke Burke


    5th Grade

    1st place, Wyiaht Goff

    2nd place, Chloe Gentry

    3rd place, Madison Lyons


    *Marcus Taylor, of Doby’s Mill, was also the 3rd place overall winner in the 3rd grade category. Marcus received a $10.00 cash prize!


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  • Reminders from the Attendance Office

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 1/2/2017

    Reminders from the Attendance Office


    When your child is absent from school, please make sure to send a doctor's note. If you did not take your child to the doctor, please send a parent note. ALL absences MUST have either a medical note or a parent note on file. 


    If no note is sent, an absence will be marked as unexcused. If your student acquires enough unexcused absences, he/she will be considered truant. Once a child is truant, we are required by law to follow certain steps, which may lead to court proceedings. 


    Also, please make sure to sign up for our new mobile app.  On the app, you will be able to view your child's grades and attendance. In order to use the app, you must be registered for Parent Portal.  If you have any questions, on how to sign up, please call the Mrs. Robinson, in the attendance office, at 803-438-4055, extension 8458.   


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    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.