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Welcome to South Elementary School


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
[email protected]
(843) 774-1210

Needs Assessment Survey

Please fill out the Needs Assessment Survey for South Elementary School.  This survey will help our school to plan and design programs for the next school year.  The Needs Assessment Survey can be accessed online on South Elementary School’s webpage or by typing in the following web address: https://forms.office.com/r/tNZa478qS4
You may also scan the code on a phone or tablet to access the survey.  Fill out one survey for each child that attends South Elementary School.

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Por favor llene la Encuesta de Evaluación de Necesidades para la South Elementary School. Esta encuesta ayudará a nuestra escuela a planificar y diseñar programas para el próximo año escolar. Se puede acceder a la Encuesta de Evaluación de Necesidades en línea en la página web de South Elementary School o escribiendo la siguiente dirección web: https://forms.office.com/r/bFAtWLaLEp
También puede escanear el código en un teléfono o tableta para acceder a la encuesta. Complete una encuesta por cada niño que asista en South Elementary School.
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Important Dates

Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th are 1/2 days for our students.

Dismissal for Bus Riders:  10:45
Dismissal for Car/Walkers:  11:00

Family Engagement Survey
Thank you for completing this survey for Family Engagement.
We appreciate your input greatly!

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Thank you!
Mrs. Elise Leach In-School (PC)
Mrs. Evelyn Williams After-School (PC)
Principal:  Mrs. Jan Powers-Penuel

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 [email protected]. Completing this survey is voluntary and there is no penalty to you for not completing the survey





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)
 2022 -2023 School Supply Lists
2022-2023 Parent and Student Handbook
SES Schoolwide Expectations and Procedures

2022-2023 School Calendar (English)
2022-2023Actualizada Calendario Escolar

SC Family-Friendly Education Standards
Legal Notice
Title IV - Bullying Information

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.
E -  Expect and give truth and honesty.

SES Wild Kitten Newsletters

Click here to view the SES classroom weekly newsletters!


Teacher of the Year
Nichole Lewis

Congratulations to Mrs. Nichole Lewis, South Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Lewis has been teaching for 13 years and has worked in Dillon School District Four for 9 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Mrs. Lewis feels teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, as she is able to show students how much she cares for them daily and watch their faces light up when they learn something new. Her mission is to build a relationship with every student and ensure they feel safe. She understands this must happen before they are open to learning from her. She became a teacher because of her love for teaching children and because she knows the relationship between her and her students will last long after they leave her classroom. She is a firm believer that educators make all the difference in the lives and futures of their students. Nichole grew up and resides in Dillon. She and her husband, Danny, have two daughters, Raylin and Brylee.


Paraprofessional of the Year





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