Dutch Fork Elementary

Academy of Environmental Sciences - Week of December 14 -

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 a culture 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 meet or exceed their spring MAP reading growth goal.
  • By the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year DFES homeroom teachers will have received a minimum of 10 hours of environmental sciences professional development to build teacher capacity and support magnet theme implementation.

DFES Highlights from last week!


Thanks for a remarkable first semester to begin this school year. Looking forward to an even better second semester.

Reminder that jeans can be worn all week for those that participated in the United Way campaign. See you all tomorrow.

Tuesday PD 12/15/15

District leadership teams will meet Tuesday. All remaining certified staff members will meet in media center.

DFES Spirit NIght at Blimpie's

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 5-8pm

1110 Dutch Fork Road

Irmo, SC

Sweet's Day

Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 8am-1pm

Conference Room

Looking forward to indulging in the many home made and store made baked goods. Please see details previously sent by A. Newman.

Ugly Sweater Contest

We extend an invitation to all faculty and staff members to participate in our ugly sweater contest this Wednesday. The uglier the better!

Staff Holiday Gathering

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 5-8pm

277 Columbiana Drive

Columbia, SC

We look forward to this time together. Please see details sent previously by J. Lusk.

Birthday Wishes!

  • 12/13 S. Meggett
  • 12/16 P. Riffle
  • 12/19 M. Jordan

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

Where Wonders Grow!