Academy of Environmental Sciences

Where Wonders Grow!

DFES Beliefs

We believe that all people deserve to feel safe, valued, and loved.

We believe all children are curious about the world around them.

We believe that learning is a social process.

We believe inquiry fosters an environment of noticing and questioning.

We believe learning should be viewed from multiple perspectives.

We believe in learning through authentic primary sources.

We believe in encouraging learners to take risks.

We believe that reflection should lead to change and growth.

We believe that reflections should lead to social action.

We believe our actions should be aligned with our beliefs.

DFES Academic Goals 2014 -2015


  1. Increase student math achievement.
  2. Sustain and build upon student writing achievement.

We are seeking to accomplish these two goals by:

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

Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, Nov. 10th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 14th, 2:30pm

DFES media center

Looking forward to adding some great books to my girls' library at home. Please see details regarding our book fair from L. Cobb.

2nd Grade Saluda Shoals Touchstone experience

Monday, Nov. 10th, 11:30am-1:45pm

5605 Bush River Rd

Columbia, SC

Veteran's Day -November 11, 2014

We are grateful for the service of all military personnel. Please refer to the email sent by S. Somerall regarding how DFES will honor our military veterans.

Advanc-ED work Tuesday, November 11

Certified staff will meet in the cafeteria at 3:15. We will spend our time working in small groups to complete the standard 4 self-assessment.

4th Grade Music Performance

Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 5:45-8pm

DFES mini theatre

Looking forward to the performance by our fourth graders. Not only will their musical talents be on display...but their artistic talents as well. C. Catoe and M. Rushe spent the last two weeks of the first marking period allowing students to create products that will serve as props during this performance.

Early release day Thursday, November 13.

Birthday Wishes!

  • 11/13 K. Hill
  • 11/14 J. Adkins

Mission Statement

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