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  • School Improvement Council (SIC) News

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 8/22/2017

    Title One Update:

    As a part of our Title I plan, our SIC will co-sponsor our Back to School Literacy Night on Thursday, September 7, 2017, from 6:00-7:00. More details will be sent home in a flier. Our first SIC meeting wil be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 6:00, in the library.

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  • SC Department of Education - Total Eclipse Resources

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 8/18/2017

    On August 21, 2017, a rare total solar eclipse will sweep the nation from Oregon to South Carolina and our state will serve as the exit state for this natural phenomenon. Below are resources on general knowledge and safety concerning the event, professional development opportunities, instructional unit resources for grades K-12, as well as external total solar eclipse events across our state. Please take this unusual opportunity to design engaging learning experiences for science students in South Carolina during the 2016-2017 school year.

    A total solar eclipse is when the Sun is covered entirely by the Moon, the sky deeply darkens, the temperature cools, and the Sun’s corona becomes visible. To find out the exact time of the start and end of the eclipse and totality for your specific area, use the following resource

    Schools and individuals interested in learning more about the total solar eclipse can use electronic resources such as,, and

    Eye Safety: All students must receive careful instruction regarding eye safety in preparation for this event.  Concerns for eye safety during a total solar eclipse provided by NASA can be found using the following links and

    Information concerning the importance of eye safety, brands of viewers available for sale and the standards they must meet can be found using this link

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  • NASA Eclipse Information

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 8/18/2017

    NASA recommends that people who plan to view the eclipse should check the safety authenticity of viewing glasses to ensure they meet basic proper safety viewing standards.


    Eclipse viewing glasses and handheld solar viewers should meet all the following criteria:


    ·      Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard

    ·      Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product

    ·      Not be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses

    ·      Not use homemade filters

    ·      Ordinary sunglasses -- even very dark ones -- should not be used as a replacement for eclipse viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers


    “While NASA isn’t trying to be the eclipse safety glasses ‘police,’ it’s our duty to inform the public about safe ways to view what should be a spectacular sky show for the entire continental United States,” said Alex Young, associate director for science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It’s important that individuals take the responsibility to check they have the proper solar eclipse viewing glasses. With the eclipse..., it’s prudent to practice ahead of time.”


    An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially-eclipsed Sun is with a pinhole projector. With this method, sunlight streams through a small hole – such as a pencil hole in a piece of paper, or even the space between your fingers – onto a makeshift screen, such as a piece of paper or the ground. It’s important to only watch the screen, not the Sun. Never look at the Sun through the pinhole -- it is not safe.


    NASA has coordinated with medical and science professionals to provide additional safety information. For details, visit:


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  • Monday, August 21, 2017

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 8/18/2017

    As a reminder, Monday, August 21 will be a half day for our students because of the eclipse that will occur that afternoon.  We will dismiss at 11:00 a.m.   

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  • Afternoon Car Riders

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 8/17/2017

    We ask that you please leave your child's name tag VISIBLE until your child is safely in your car. This will make for a smoother, quicker dismissal.  Thank you for your assistance.

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  • Please join our Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 8/17/2017


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  • Welcome to TEAM DME!

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 8/11/2017

    Dear Dolphin Parents,

    Welcome to Team DME!!  I trust you all enjoyed a wonderful summer break and are ready to help us get geared up for celebrating our 16th anniversary here at Doby's Mill Elementary!  I must admit that having the summer with my boys was refreshing, especially with the days being homework-free. Now that school is in session, I know that I will have to be extra creative with how I manage my time so that I can carve true, quality time with my family.  

    Recently, I read a brochure called "Ways Busy Parents Can Help Children Succeed in School."   Here are a few of the tips for "finding" more time in the day:


    1.  Use time in the car with your child, or rather pockets of time, to squeeze in a little more learning. Of course, your child can't read library books in the tub, but you can practice counting or math facts.  He can't write an essay in the car, but he can talk about what he's going to write or, perhaps, review spelling words.


    1.  Set priorities.  Decide what is most important to you - your children!  Then, consciously decide how to spend your time.  Make sure your decisions reflect what matters.  Have a choice between cooking a fancy dinner or reading with your child?  Order a pizza - or make homemade pizzas together - and then read the book while they bake.


    1. Spend one-on-one time. Children need both "quality" and "quantity" time with you.  There's nothing like spending time alone with a parent to make a child feel special.  Every week, make an appointment to spend some time alone with each of your children.  Get out your calendar and write it in. Then treat that appointment as seriously as you would an important business meeting.


    1. Find your child's "prime time" for studying.  This may be the key to his/her success in school.  Believe it or not, some children like to study early in the morning before school begins where other study after school.  Work with your child to find the homework time that's best for him/her.  You might find that this "prime time" works to your advantage, too.

    (Taken from The Parent Institute)

    I hope you find some of these tips useful in helping you to plan your back to school routines.  I like the "appointment" idea.  Whatever your routine is I trust you will become involved in our school - as a business partner, an SIC and/or PTA member, or a homeroom mom or dad.  We need your spirit of volunteerism to make each day a positive learning experience for your child.

    If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me at 803-438-7716, or at


    Catch the WAVE!

    Ginger Catoe, Principal

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  • August Dates to Remember

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 8/1/2017

    August 15 - Kindergarten Open House 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    August 16 - Open House/Meet the Teacher 5:30-7:00 p.m.

    August 17 - Students begin (Doors open at 7:15 a.m./Students Seated in Classrooms at 7:45 a.m.)

    August 21 - Early Dismissal at 11:00 a.m.

    August 22 - Sonic Night 5:00-8:00 p.m.

    August 23 - Boy Scouts Parent Meeting 6:00 p.m.

    August 24 - Morning 4K Begins

    August 25 - Afternoon 4K Begins

    August 25 - PTA Fundraiser Kickoff

    August 28 - Morning and Afternoon 4K Begins

    August 29 - Fourth Grade Parent Workshop at 6:00 p.m.


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  • Current Address and Phone Number

    Posted by Vickie Norton at 7/31/2017


    It is absolutely imperative that we have a current telephone number and address on all of our students.  Please notify the school office immediately if a telephone number or address changes during the course of the year.  If you do not have a personal telephone, please provide the number of a neighbor, friend, relative, or work number.  Because emergencies arise in the school environment, we must have a means of contacting every child's parent or legal guardian.


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