Staying In-the-Know

with Mrs. Drayton

Dutch Fork Elementary School, The Academy of Environmental Sciences, Title I


Welcome Back

VIP Folders

  • letter from Mrs. D
  • Girls on the Run flyer

Remind 101

Remind 101 AM (homeroom) Class

Text @ draytonj to 8101

Remind 101 PM Class

Text @k86da to 81010

Letter from Miss Miller, Our Part-time Student Teacher

Dear Parents/Guardians,

My name is Kelly Miller and I am a senior Elementary Education major at the University of South Carolina and I am working toward earning my teaching license. This semester I am very lucky to be an intern in your child’s class with Mrs. Drayton. I will be in the classroom every Wednesday and Thursday for the first half of the year.

A little bit about me: I grew up right outside of Washington DC and now live in an apartment near USC’s campus with four other roommates and my dog, Bettis. Outside of school, I work at All Star Gymnastics in Irmo as a summer camp counselor, after school counselor, and gymnastics coach. My favorite place to read is outside. In my free time I love to travel, run, and go to the beach!

Fifth grade is a great year! I’m excited to be learning along with your child as I prepare to have my own class after I graduate. This fall is going to be so much fun and I look forward to getting to know everyone.


Miss Kelly Miller

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Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule shared reading

Be certain to ask your historian about how this book is helping us gain understanding of Reconstruction after the Civil War. We are using reading and writing as tools to support our learning. Take a look in the U.S. History section of your child's binder. You should see a handwritten chart split into thirds with the following sections:

  • I think.../I learned...
  • I wonder...
  • I feel...


Thank you so much to Leland Bateman's family for the donation of comic books!! This generous donation has sparked the interests of many of our readers. For now these comic books will be a part of our classroom library, but will find homes with lucky interested readers very soon.
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Independent Reading

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Writing Workshop

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Student Testimonies: The First Week Back

"I liked it because it was fun seeing all my friends again and getting to know my teachers better." -Lydia

"I got to meet friends and I learned more about Mrs. Drayton and Miss Miller and everybody in the classroom." - Camilia

"It was fun and I had a good time because I got to learn stuff like how to stay focused." -Justin B

"New and kind of challenging" - Hayden

"I think that it is interesting and kind of different. I like to switch classes." -Tamia

"I learned that fifth grade is a lot of challenges and they are tough, but they are good." -Rahmear

"Fifth grade has been really fun, but kind of challenging."- Spencer

"I'm learning lots of new things." -Quentin

During our first week back we have been...

  • building community by sharing information about ourselves through books and artifacts
  • determining how to select good books
  • establishing procedures for independent reading
  • investigating perspective and how different points of view impact our understanding of history
  • tracking our thinking while reading
  • writing "Where I'm From" poems
  • selecting personal reading goals for August & September (see your child's Reading tab in his or her binder)

Charting our talk & thinking...

Our charts often can tell you about the conversations we have had. I do my best not to overload you with too much talk, but to allow the photos captured to tell our stories of our day.
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