Dutch Fork Elementary

Academy of Environmental Sciences - Week of November 16 -

DFES Beliefs

  • We believe all people deserve to feel safe, valued, and loved.
  • We believe all children are naturally curious about the world around them.
  • We believe learning is a social process.
  • We believe inquiry fosters an environment of noticing and questioning.
  • We believe learning should be viewed from multiple perspectives.
  • We believe in learning through authentic primary and secondary sources.
  • We believe in encouraging learners to take risks.
  • We believe reflection should lead to change and growth.
  • We believe learning should lead to social action.
  • We believe our actions should be aligned with our beliefs

Instructional Goals 2015 - 2016

  • By the conclusion of this school year 65% of 2nd - 5th grade students will meet or exceed their spring MAP reading growth goal.
  • By the conclusion of this school year DFES homeroom teachers will receive a minimum of 10 hours of environmental sciences professional development to build capacity and support magnet theme implementation.

Carter Rhodes!

Claire Rhodes, Reading Interventionist, was scheduled to work until Thanksgiving. Her son had other plans. She delivered Carter Saturday night weighing 7 lb 9 oz and 20 inches long.


Congrats to the Rhodes family!

Fall Festival

Fall Festival 2015 was well attended and highly successful. Our students really had a great time. Thanks to our outstanding PTO board and committee members. Great planning and execution on their behalf.


Additional kudos to our faculty and staff members that assisted or volunteered in any capacity. We extend thanks to our custodial staff for their contributions as well. Looking forward to our next PTO sponsored event.

Leadership Team Meetings Tuesday, November 17

Leadership teams will meet throughout the district.


All remaining homeroom teachers will meet in the media center. As a reminder homeroom teachers were expected to try out one idea with their reader from the small group discussion on Tuesday, November 10.


We will talk about 'the predictability of a word' this Tuesday, inquiring into how do we know when, why, and how to 'tell' for a reader.

Spirit Night at Chipotle Restaurant

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 4-9pm

276 Harbison Boulevard

Columbia, SC

We encourage that you all consider dining at Chipotle this Tuesday. Our school will earn a whopping 50% of all proceeds.

Curricular Conversations with Dr. Mills

Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 8am-2:15pm

Sally's room

We are excited about our conversations with Dr. Mills. Reminder to see details about schedule changes that were sent last week.

Out of Office

I will be out of the office to attend principal's meetings beginning at 12:00 Wednesday.


Additionally I will be out of the office this Thursday and Friday to attend the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference.


One of my professional goals for this year is to facilitate conditions, processes, and practices that will improve student reading achievement at our school. Attendance to this conference is one of many strategies identified to further develop my professional growth.

Early release day Thursday, November 19

Clemson/Carolina Tailgate

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 12:30-2:30pm

Cafeteria

Looking forward to our monthly potluck. Thanks to those who have signed up. There is still time to bring a dish of your choice.

District Magnet Choice Fair

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 6-7:30pm

6949 Saint Andrews Road

Columbia, SC

Lexington-Richland School District Five will hold a "Magnet Fair" on Nov. 19 to give families in the district an opportunity to explore magnet programs at several schools.


The open house-style event at CrossRoads Intermediate School from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. will feature programs from nine schools: Dutch Fork Elementary, Dutch Fork High, Harbison West Elementary, H.E. Corley Elementary, Irmo Middle, Irmo High, Leaphart Elementary, Seven Oaks Elementary and Spring Hill High School.

Shout out to K. Caley!

Congratulations to K. Caley. Kim presented Friday at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (SCCTM) conference. Her presentation title was "Steaming Toward An Effective Guided Math Workshop Model."

Author's celebration in T. Poston's class last Friday.

Last week students in B. Windhams class used the deisgn process to sketch, build, and test to solve a real world problem.

Last week N. Jefferson's students were writing book reviews and book ratings.

We develop students who care about the world we live in and express critical thinking through natural curiosity and wonder.

Where Wonders Grow!