Welcome to South Elementary



At South Elementary School, we believe all students need respect, structure, and consistency in order to be successful.  We believe it is impossible to teach a child until we inspire the child.  We believe every student needs to feel like a valued, important human being every day.  We believe it truly takes the district, schools, parents, community and students working together and forming partnerships for students to be successful.  We look forward to working with all of you to provide the same for our students at South Elementary School. 

As the instructional leader of our fine elementary school, I enthusiastically embrace the task of continuing to ensure that students are prepared with the necessary tools to be productive citizens.

I look forward to working with you and serving your child.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.  Thank you for your support in advance to ensure a successful, safe school year.

We hope you enjoy learning about our school. We are one of four elementary schools in Dillon School District Four. South Elementary was built in 1954 with an addition in 1992. South Elementary serves students in preschool through third grade.

Jan Powers-Penuel, Principal
Title IX Coordinator
900 Patriot Street
Dillon, SC 29536
(843) 774-1210


Helpful Links

District Tablet Procedures Guide (updated 2021)
 2021 -2022 School Supply Lists
2021-2022 Parent and Student Handbook
SES Schoolwide Expectations and Procedures

2021-2022 School Calendar (English)
2021-2022Actualizada Calendario Escolar 

SC Family-Friendly Education Standards
Legal Notice
Title IV - Bullying Information
2021-2022 Annual Title I PowerPoint 
and Parent Handouts



Wild Kitten PRIDE Pledge

P  Putdowns are prohibited.

R  Respect and trust toward one another.
I   Insist upon your personal best.

D Discuss and listen actively.
  Expect and give truth and honesty.


Click here to view the SES weekly newsletters!



            Events pic


Teacher of the Year
Philip Herring

Congratulations to South Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, Mr. Philip Herring, PEC Teacher. Mr. Herring is in his sixth year of education and has worked in Dillon School District Four for six years. Philip is an Honor Graduate of Dillon High School’s Class of 2009. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Erskine College in 2013, majoring in Sports Management and minoring in Business. He then completed Project Create, an alternate licensure program in special education, to earn his teaching certification. In 2017, Mr. Herring graduated from Francis Marion University with a Master’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in learning disabilities. Philip works hard to build trusting relationships with his students, as he believes this is where all learning begins.

TOY 2020


Paraprofessional of the Year
Melissa Inman

Congratulations to South Elementary School’s Paraprofessional of the Year, Mrs. Melissa “Suzi” Inman. Mrs. Inman has worked as an assistant in Dillon School District Four for 15 years. Previously, she worked in Augusta, Georgia, as an assistant, for 3 years. Throughout this journey, she has assisted in Physical Education, Programs for Exceptional Children, Computer Lab, Small Group Intervention, and Kindergarten. She is presently earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education through Grand Canyon University. Together, Suzi and her husband, Tommy, have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Suzi aspires to continue to make a difference in all children’s lives by loving, caring for, and showing kindness to them.





  • Practice social distancing (for example, avoiding crowded gatherings and staying at least six feet from others).
  • Wear a cloth mask in public.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Stay home if you’re sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Recent News