Dutch Fork Elementary

Academy of Environmental Sciences - Week of Jan. 4th -

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 in learning from authentic primary and secondary sources.
  • We believe in learning from multiple perspectives.
  • We believe in encouraging learners to take risks.
  • We believe reflection should lead to change and growth.
  • We believe reflection should lead to social action.
  • We believe our actions should be aligned with our beliefs.

DFES Academic Goals 2015 -2016

  • By the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year 65% of 2nd-5th graders will met or exceed their MAP spring reading growth goals.
  • By the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year homeroom teachers will have received a minimum of 10 hours of environmental sciences professional development to build teacher capacity and magnet theme implementation.

Happy New Year!

It is my hope that your time during the break was filled with pleasant memories with those dearest to you. Looking forward to an amazing 2016 year for our DFES community.

Staffing Transition

We are thankful for the time given us by Rose Kuskey as our long term substitute in 4th grade which ended December 18.


We are pleased to share that Summer Lane will serve as a 4th grade teacher for the remainder of the year. Summer is a December 2015 graduate of Newberry College. She completed her internship (4th grade) at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary in Newberry.


Please join us in welcoming Summer Lane to DFES.

Our time Tuesday afternoon

We will meet with all certified staff members Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. in the mini theatre.

2nd Cup of Coffee

Wednesday, Jan. 6th, 7:30-11am

Media Center

Principal's Meeting 1/6/16

I will be out of the building for the second half of the day to attend principal's meeting. Please contact B. Poore should you need assistance from an administrator.

D5 Magnet Fair

Thursday, Jan. 7th, 5:30-7:30pm

Springhill High School

Birthday Wishes!

  • 1/2 B. Tucker
  • 1/9 H. Reit

Vertical Teams (Curricular Conversations) w/H. Mills

Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 8:15am-2:15pm

S. Somerall's Room

  • 8:15 - 9:45 Second and Third Grades
  • 10:15 - 12:00 Kindergarten and First Grades (coverage to include time for lunch)
  • 12:45 - 2:15 Fourth and Fifth grades


Fourth and Second grades will switch related areas, lunch, and recess schedules.

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

Where Wonders Grow!