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


Fire Trucks Visit South Elementary

The students at South Elementary were visited by Sparky and the firemen from the City of Dillon Fire Department.  Thank you to all the first responders who came out to talk to the students about fire safety!

CogAT/Iowa Testing

All 2nd graders at South Elementary will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) on Tuesday, October 12, Wednesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 14. This test focuses on three areas of reasoning – verbal, quantitative and nonverbal.  Your child will also be given the Iowa Assessment on Tuesday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 20.  The Iowa Assessment is an achievement test that will tell us how your child is doing in math and reading.  Scores from the two tests will be used to identify students for the “Gifted and Talented” program. 

It would be beneficial if you would do the following:

1. See that your child gets a good night's rest before each test.
2. Make sure a good breakfast is provided for your child each morning, also remember breakfast is free at school.
3. Encourage your child to do his/her best.
4. Be at school and be on time each day.  (Make sure your child is at school by 8:00 a.m.)  If your child arrives late, he/she may not be allowed to take the test with his/her class.

Testing Schedule

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - CogAT - Verbal
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - CogAT - Quantitative
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - CogAT - Nonverbal
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - Iowa - Reading
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - Iowa - Math

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

Teacher Directory and Contact Information



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                                                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.

SES Wild Kitten Newsletters

October 15, 2021
15 de Octubre de 2021

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Teacher of the Year
Sarah Raia

Congratulations to Ms. Sarah Raia, South Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year. Ms. Raia has been teaching for 17.5 years and has worked with Dillon School District Four for 15.5 years.  She earned her degree from Arkansas State University in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  Sarah believes teaching allows her the opportunity to work with our most precious asset, our children. She is thankful to help children foster a love for learning as they create, explore, imagine, and celebrate each developmental milestone with their classmates. She strives to make learning fun and engaging for her students and works hard to maintain a safe, compassionate, and inviting classroom for learning to occur.

She is thankful to be a part of the Dillon community and having the opportunity to watch her students grow into productive members of society. Ms. Raia has two children, Joe and Jack, who attend Dillon School District Four Schools.

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Paraprofessional of the Year
Calishia Vandroff

Congratulations to South Elementary School’s Paraprofessional of the Year, Ms. Calishia Vandroff.




  • 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.

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