Message from our new principal…
Hello Dolphin Family,
I am so excited and blessed to write to you as an official member of your wonderful school community. Doby’s Mill is a wonderful example of what can happen when school and community work together to create a collaborative learning environment to build up the whole child. I am a great believer in the old saying, “it takes a village to raise a child,” and the faculty, staff, and community of DME has proven year after year they believe that, too. It is because of this environment that has been well established by the administration before me that I am truly humbled and honored to be named your principal for the upcoming school year and beyond.
I have been blessed to know and be a part of the Camden Elementary School community over the past few years, and I look forward to making DME my new home. My husband and I moved to the Elgin area a little over six years ago to raise our children after spending several years living in the city. We love the area and Kershaw County as a whole, and I am excited to lead a school in the community I call home.
I cannot wait to officially meet everyone in the very near future and make the official move to Doby's Mill. It is my hope to develop a personal relationship with each student, family, and staff member to foster the positive “village” every child needs to be their best! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
Dr. Allison Hepfner
WELCOME MS. RICHARDSON
A Warm Dolphin Welcome to Ms. Chandra Richardson, who is “on loan” as Assistant Principal from Blaney Elementary while Mrs. Powers is out on maternity leave.
ABOUT MS. RICHARDSON…
My name is Chandra Olivia Richardson. I am a native of Lugoff and Kershaw County School District. I am honored and blessed to have the opportunity to work with such an extraordinary group of teachers, staff, parents, and the leadership team while Mrs. Powers enjoys time with her new baby.
My educational development is from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education, my Master’s in Education in Divergent Learners from Francis Marion University, and my Education Leadership Degree from South Carolina State University. As a part of the leadership team, I will work together with you to continue to Catch the W.A.V.E. of excellence.
Message from our Interim Principal, Linda Hall -
Doby’s Mill Learning Community,
I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying being a part of the Dolphin Community! Since I decided to come out of retirement after one week, I’m glad it was here!
Although it is a relatively short time and I cannot remember all faces and names, I have felt very welcomed and hope that I have contributed to a smooth transition between principals.
I have been so very impressed with the dedicated staff here who work tirelessly so that each child can achieve his/her potential! I am in awe of the students who are compassionate leaders with a desire to do their best! And I am so grateful to all of you who go to great lengths to support education and provide enriching activities for the students here!
I know that Doby’s Mill will continue to shine! Again, thank you for letting me “Catch the Wave” here at Doby’s Mill!
Dates to Remember
April 20 – Last day for LIFE Program
April 20 – Special Olympics
May 1 – PTA Volunteer Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
May 4 – Mommy/Son Burgers & Ballgames from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
May 8 – 3rd – 5th grade state testing
May 9 – 3rd – 5th grade state testing
May 15 – 3rd – 5th grade state testing
May 16 – 4th and 5th grade state testing
May 21 – May 23 – Spring Book Fair
May 22 – Family Shopping Night from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
END OF YEAR AWARDS CEREMONIES
Friday, May 25
• Kindergarten Program 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 29
• 3rd grade awards 8:30 – 9:30
• 4th grade awards 10:00 – 11:00
• 5th grade awards 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 30
• 1st grade awards 8:30 - 9:30
• 2nd grade awards 10:00 - 11:00
Mark your calendars!
Welcome to Dr. Allison Hepfner! Hepfner hired as new Doby’s Mill Elementary principal.
The Kershaw County School Board voted last night to hire Dr. Allison Hepfner as the new principal for Doby’s Mill Elementary School starting with the 2018-19 school year. She has served as Camden Elementary School’s (CES) assistant principal since Jan. of 2016.
“Dr. Hepfner has demonstrated a strong grasp of both instruction and operations during her time at Camden Elementary,” said Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. “She has exemplary knowledge and skills in terms of using data to inform instruction and programs. This position also will allow her to work in the school community in which she lives.”
While at CES, Hepfner has facilitated a self-created schoolwide writing initiative to promote and reinforce text-dependent writing. She has fostered the fifth grade Ambassador Program and implemented the Positive Referral Initiative to promote positive home-school communication.
She has also served as a co-facilitator for KCSD’s Developing Assistant Principal program and has been selected to make a presentation on effective leadership at this year’s Innovative Ideas Summer Institute sponsored by the SC Association of School Administrators.
Prior to joining the CES staff, Hepfner served as a TAP master teacher at Saluda Middle School and was an English language arts teacher at Mayewood Middle School and Chestnut Oaks Middle School in Sumter. She started her teaching career at Newberry Academy and has also worked at a charter school in Philadelphia.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science degree from the University of Scranton and a Doctorate in Education degree from Liberty University.
NOTES FROM THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE
Good attendance is critical for student success. We, at Doby’s Mill Elementary School, are here to help your child be successful. When a student is absent, he or she misses vital instruction time.
Parent Notes and Medical Notes
We realize that there are days that your child may need to be absent due to illness. If your child is out sick, please make sure to send in either a medical excuse or a parent note on the day he or she returns.
Please be reminded that you are only allowed ten parent notes per year. If you exceed those ten parent notes, each absence after that will be marked unexcused unless you send in a medical note.
Tardies and Early Dismissals
When students are tardy or dismissed early, they interrupt class and may miss important explanations of assignments.
This year, the State Department of Education is tracking actual minutes students are in school. If your child is tardy or is dismissed early, I am required to enter the minutes that he or she has missed. Please be mindful of that as you plan appointments during school hours.
Please keep me updated with any new information such as phone number changes or address changes during the school year. It is imperative that we have updated information at all times in case we need to reach you.
As always, I am here to help. If you have questions you can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-438-4055, extension 8458.