Staying In-the-Know

with Mrs. Drayton

The Academy of Environmental Sciences @ DFES, Title I


VIP Folders

-graded papers

-review SS notebook anticipation guides and exit slips

-Cub Reporter

-5th grade t-shirts will be coming home with your child tomorrow

Upcoming Events

Fox Trot Run: Friday, October 3rd @ 10:00 am

Please send your child wearing a yellow shirt tomorrow.

It's not too late to collect donations! Please get any additional money that you can tonight and turn it in tomorrow. The money is going directly to our school. :-)

Saluda Shoals Field Study: Monday, October 6th

Please send your child wearing his or her 5th grade t-shirt. If a 5th grade t-shirt was not purchase, any dark blue Dutch Fork spirit wear or a navy blue shirt is fine.

Fall Pictures: Tuesday, October 7th

Early Release/Walk to School Day: Wednesday, October 8th

*Parent/Teacher conferences begin next Wednesday, October 8th.

Literacy Pal Surprise Visit!

Literacy Pals: Week 2

Family Night


We have begun our Westward Expansion unit of study. The unit was introduced with song great western songs. :-) We have used these songs to support our knowledge as we learn about groups who traveled and settled in the west.

Also, we have spent time investigating informational text features through the use of our Time for Kids magazines. We have used the following questions to guide our thinking:

  • What informational text features do I notice?
  • What is the purpose of the informational text feature?
  • How does this informational text feature help me gain understanding of this text and others like it?

These questions have pushed us to thinking deeply about the ways informational text features help us gain and maintain meaning. Next week, we will think about using informational text features as writers, as we begin using our westward expansion knowledge to construct our own Time For Kids-ish magazine.

Our personal narratives will be published very soon! We look forward to sharing these pieces with you.

Spotlighting Students & Interview-ish Writing

The Interview: Ava J.

Written by: Carly T.

Do you know anybody named AVA J?.Well this is who she is.Ava loves county music especially,her favorite singer Luke Bryan.But she also likes hip hop and the song is one less problem.When ava get’s older she would like to be a nurse or a teacher.One place she would live is at myrtle beach science she was little.An go to Fatz with her four other siblins.Ava loves to watch her favorite sport softball,her favorite team is carolina.Now you know who Ava is.


The Interview: Zack E.

Written by: Maddie M.

If you could meet anyone living now or in the past who would that be and why?What question would you ask him?

George Washington because he was our founding father, and after war he was badly wounded but he still took the job of being president.My question I would ask him is “Why would you still choose to be president after war?”

What is your most extreme fear?”

In my video game theres a war between zombies and aliens so if that were real I would freak out!

“What do you think you will be doing in 20 years?”

I would be in charge of my friend’s business shop in Australia.

“What is your favorite type of music?Who is your favorite singer?What is your favorite song?”

I really like rap,my favorite singer is Eminem,and my favorite song is “Survival”because in the song Eminem does rap really good.

“How many siblings do you have?”

I have two older sisters.

“Where would you go if you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?”

Australia because I’ve always wanted to see exotic animals and the experience would seem really fun.

“If you had 1 day that you could do absolutely anything you wanted,what would you do?”

I would become a millionare,buy a mansion,buy a couple more houses,and I would buy Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“If you had the money to help anyone or any group in the world,who would you help and how would you help them?”

I would probably help people with cancer and people who have bad diseases and I would give them lots of money so they could have treatment.

“If you had 3 wishes what would they be?”

Lots of money so I could help people,the power to help anyone and anything like animals that are endangered and people with cancer,and I would want the power to build anything because it would be fun.

“What is your favorite sport?”

Lacrosse because it was the first sport I ever played and I really liked it.

Thank you all for reading my interview about Zach E!

Sabrina Q.

Written by: Christina M.

She describes herself as not liking bright colors and her most extreme fear is heights. Keep reading to find out more.

1.her favorite animal is a wolf

2.her favorite place to go and eat is bob evans because she grew up going there

3.when she grows up she would like to live in ohio

4.her favorite type of music is pop

5.she wants to help the homeless by giving them canned food and water

6.her favorite sport is tennis