Doby's Mill

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  • Pack-A-Bus Annual Walmart "Pack-A-Bus" 

     Thank you to everyone who helped our Dolphins by PACKING THAT BUS!
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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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  • 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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  • Typing Master Link


    Below is he link to Typing Master. Students can login from home.

    Typing Master link:

    The students will receive their Typing Master login/password from their teacher.

    Our Computer Lab will begin using this program in the computer lab with 2nd-5th grade students also.

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  • DME Brought Home the Gold in the Academic Quiz Bowl

    Doby's Mill Elementary School brought home the gold, scoring 1st place in Kershaw County School District's Inaugural Academic Quiz Bowl. Pictured left to right are fifth graders Maggie D'Agostino, team sponsor, Liz Canada, Andrew Langmo, Caleb Cannon, Simar Singh, Matti Evans, and Gabriel Massey. Not pictured is Rob Howard.  Congratulations!

    Quiz Bowl

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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!

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     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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  • 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

  • Literacy is a school-wide goal!

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 11/29/2016

    Dear Parents,

    As you know, literacy is a school-wide goal!  We love to read and write at our school, and we love to share what we read and write.  Just take a walk up and down the halls at our school to celebrate their learning.  So, as we prepare for the upcoming holidays, I hope that you will consider picking up or purchasing a book for your child.  

    When reading to and with your children, consider using some of these questions to help generate discussion as you read.

    • What is the title of the story?
    • Can you think of another title?
    • What is the story about?
    • Could this story really happen? Why or why not?
    • Is this story real or make believe? How do you know?
    • Is this story full of facts? If so, tell me two facts that you learned.
    • Where is the setting of the story? (Where does the story take place?)
    • What time of day does the story take place?
    • Who are the characters in the story?
    • Is there a problem in the story? If so, what is the problem?
    • What is the solution to the problem in the story?
    • Can you think of another solution?  How do you think your solution will change the ending?
    • What happens at the beginning, middle, and end of the story?
    • Did you like the story? Why or why not?
    • Can you think of a different ending for the story?
    • What would you do if you were in the story?
    • Would you recommend this story to a friend? Why or why not?

    These questions are provided from “Take Home Reading RED Read Everyday Folder and Reading Log” by Khrystine Bosland.  You may even make flashcards to use each time you read.  

    Actually, go ahead and mark your calendars for the week of January 30-February 3 for the New Year, New Books Book Fair here at DME.  On Tuesday, January 31, from 3:00-6:00, we will have our Family Shopping Night!  Some great titles will be on the shelves for purchase!  

    In conclusion, I hope that you all enjoy a wonderful holiday season!  As your child’s principal, I truly appreciate all your support and thank you for allowing me to spend each day with your child.  I love growing up with them!

    Keep reading!  Happy holidays!  Make memories!

    Ginger Catoe, Principal


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  • Welcome Dolphins!

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 8/14/2016

    Dear Dolphin Parents,


    Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  Wow!  Where does time go?  Seems like just yesterday I was preparing my end of the school year award's day speeches.  Now, I am working on my back to school newsletter column, of which my topic is: School Communication - When and Where to Get It!


    At DME, we believe that communication is so important between school and home, especially at the elementary level, when many things are new and unfamiliar to parents.  There are several ways in which you can receive information about school dates, activities, and events.


    Each month, a school newsletter, "Doby's Discoveries," will come home, highlighting important information for the upcoming month. (You're reading the August issue now!)  Along with the newsletter, which is always printed on colored paper, we will include an updated activity calendar for that month along with the breakfast and lunch menus from the Breaker's Cafe.  (I always post this information on my refrigerator at home for safe keeping and reference during the month.)


    If you are not one to keep track of the newsletter and calendars, then you can always find the same information on our school website,  Our amazing webmaster, Mrs. Vickie Norton, does a phenomenal job with updating our website and our school's Facebook page. Like us on Facebook, too!


    Our classroom teachers send home monthly classroom newsletters and weekly notes to keep you informed about particular activities in your child's class.  They will also set up email "e-blast" updates, so be sure to provide them with current email addresses where you can receive communication. 


    In addition, each student will receive a Title I Thursday folder.  This Thursday folder will come home weekly to share assessments, newsletters, permission slips, and community outreach information.  Be sure to read the contents, sign and return the folder each Friday.  Finally, you have access to your child's teacher's gradebook.  Be sure to sign up for Parent Portal so that you can keep track of your child's daily and weekly progress.  

    At DME, we firmly believe in building positive, respectful relationships where parents and teachers work together to both insist on high-quality student work and offer support for one another as a team.  And, we are always open to suggestions to improve communication. You can email me at or call me at 803-438-7716 anytime!  It is my intention to over-communicate with you so that you will always know what is happening here at DME and so that you have the opportunity to join us for the fun! 


    Stay informed, and "Catch the WAVE!"



    Ginger Catoe, Principal


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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.