Dutch Fork Elementary

Academy of Environmental Sciences

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 wonder and questioning.
  • We believe in learning from authentic primary 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 2014-2015


  • Increase student math achievement.
  • Sustain and build upon student writing achievement.


  • Inquire into instructional strategies
  • Inquire into writing engaging curriculum for and with students through environmental education units of study

D5 Volunteer Celebration

Lexington-Richland School District Five held its Community Involvement Celebration on May 1, saluting the hundreds of individuals, groups and businesses that serve the district’s schools.

D5 Community Involvement Celebrations includes awards for the following categories for elementary, middle, and high school levels:

  • Outstanding Volunteer, Volunteer Group of the Year, Business Partner of the Year, Mentor of the Year, and Parent-Teacher Organization of the Year

We are pleased to share that DFES had winners recognized in two categories:

  • PTO of the Year
  • Mentor of the Year - Diane Alston (has mentored a fourth grader for the last two years)

Project Wet

We appreciate the efforts of A. Umberger, D. Gibson, and K. Donald as they led Project Wet professional development this past Saturday. Project Wet envisions a world in which action-oriented education enables every child to understand and value water...ensuring a sustainable future.

This framework compliments and enhances our efforts with magnet theme implementation. Special thanks to those that were able to attend. Thankful that we had representation across all grade levels including instructional assistants.

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H. Mills

Dr. Mills will spend Tuesday with us. Thanks to those who have invited her to your classrooms to record your teaching. Videos will be used as sources of inspiration during our July institute.

Dr. Mills will lead professional development Tuesday afternoon at 3:15.

SCPASS Testing

Thanks to S. Beckman for successfully overseeing ACT Aspire testing last week. Students in 4th-8th grades will take SCPASS Science testing this Thursday and SCPASS Social Studies testing this Friday.

Staffing Updates

  • C. Carter has expressed heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the calls, prayers, gift cards, and meals provided. She has indicated for the time being items needed are in adequate supply. Due to her diagnosis Connie will be out for the remainder of the year and will require chemotherapy. She has requested that any future acts of kindness (cards, gift cards, meals) be given to either K. Spitzform or C. Prichard. Thanks for your understanding and we will continue to keep you all posted.


  • After a highly successful career Dr. Rood will retire at the conclusion of this school year.
  • E. Cloyd is moving to Tennessee this summer along with a childhood friend and will continue her teaching career there.
  • L. Cobb is returning to Newberry County providing ideal conditions for being only minutes away from home and work.

We will honor retirees within a couple of weeks and will honor those transitioning to new locations at our staff luncheon at the end of the year.

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