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

Important Dates

Tuesday, May 10
SC Ready Math/3rd Graders

Wednesday, May 18
Field Day (4K-3rd)

Friday, May 20
4K Awards Day
(see schedule below)

Monday, May 23
5K - 3rd Grade Awards Day
(see schedule below)

May 24-May 26
Early Dismissal
Bus riders @ 10:45
Car riders/walkers @ 11:00

Awards Day Schedule

awards day

4K Awards
Friday, May 20th
10:00 a.m. Cafeteria

5K - 3rd Grade Awards
Monday, May 23rd, Cafeteria
        8:30 a.m. - 3rd Grade
        9:15 a.m. - 2nd Grade
        9:45 a.m. - 1st Grade
       10:15 a.m. - 5K

Field Day at SES

Wednesday, May 18

field day


Parents need to complete the SCDE Parent Opinion Survey by May 27, 2022.
To access the Parent Opinion Survey, click on this link:

PowerSchool Parent Portal
Once at the PowerSchool Parent Portal, you must login to your account. If you do not have access to your account, please contact the PowerSchool secretary at South Elementary School.
Once you are logged in, select the Forms link from the left-hand Navigation bar.
Under the General Forms tab, select the Parent School Climate Survey.
Complete the necessary information and click Submit.

Save The Children

South Elementary received support from Save the Children this year and we would like feedback regarding how well the school welcomed and communicated with families. Filling out this survey will help your school and Save the Children learn what worked for you and your family and what we could do better. The information you share may help us serve your community better in the future and may help us get resources to provide your community more programs. We believe the risk from filling out this 10 minute survey to be very small. We will do everything we can to keep any information identifying you confidential. If you have any further questions about this survey, please contact the U.S. Program’s Monitoring and Evaluation Team at USPDataReports@savechildren.org. Completing this survey is voluntary and there is no penalty to you for not completing the survey. 






"Children at the Center" Summit

South Elementary and Save The Children In-School and Afterschool Programs presented the "Children at the Center" Summit on Thursday, March 24, 2022. Ms. Ervin and Ms. Leach work with our students during the school day and SES teachers and assistants help our students after school.

During the summit, parents enjoyed presentations from the students, the students' choral selection led by Calishia Vandroff, and break-out sessions presented by the teachers. Parents were also able to visit Community Agency Tables to receive information on various programs. Dinner plates and learning bags were given to those in attendance as well.

Thank you to the following community agencies in attendance: NETC, Dillon County Library, Girl Scouts of America, Healthy Learners, Dillon County 4-H, City of Dillon Police Department, Dillon County Sheriff's Department, and Family First Support Center.


Kinda McInnis, 4-H Youth and Development Agent with the South Carolina State University 1890 Extension for the Pee Dee Region, visited the first graders at South Elementary for Read Across America Program hosted by SC State. Ms. McInnis read to the students and gave them hats and books. Our students enjoyed her visit!

4H program at South Elementary

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!

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

ses wild kittenWild Kitten PRIDE Pledgeses wild kitten

                                                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

Click here to view the SES classroom weekly newsletters!


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.

raia teacher of the year

Paraprofessional of the Year
Calishia Vandroff

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





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