Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. in Elementary Education - Francis Marion University M. Ed in Elementary Education - Francis Marion University Certification in Administration/Supervision - University of South Carolina
Mrs. Roy Ann Jolley
I have been at Delmae since 2000, serving as Principal. We are a K-4 school located in a rapidly growing area of Florence. In addition to standards-based instruction in language arts, math, science, and social studies, we offer art, music, and physical education. Students also receive instruction in our STEAM, science and computer labs. Students visit our Learning Commons regularly and Reading Renaissance is a part of our language arts program. Additional literacy support is provided in our Literacy Labs for all kindergarten students as well as some of our first grade classes. Most recently we have added a reading coach and reading interventionist to our staff for additional support in the area of literacy.
Additional support personnel include an Assistant Principal, School Counselor, School-Based Therapist, Reading Recovery teacher (for first grade), a speech teacher, two resource teachers, a part-time occupational therapist, and an ESOL teacher.
We have recently added two major additions to the educational program at our school. School wide STEAM focus and our Spanish Language Immersion Program will begin it's third year during the 2018-2019 school year. Delmae Became AdvancED STEM certified in 2017.
Delmae is a family-friendly school with lots of regularly scheduled activities for students and their families. We have lots of participation from various community groups who support our school by providing funds, special programs, and mentors for our students. We have been a member of NNPS (National Network of Partnership Schools) since 2000 and we are a part of the district's Faith-Based Initiaive.
Visitors are always welcome at Delmae! If you would like to take a tour of our school, it is helpful if you call ahead to let us know you are coming.
"Success Through Innovation" is our motto as we work to help all of our students develop the world class knowledge, skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the Graduate. We are accomplishing this by providing the following
Highly qualified teachers and staff
Instruction focused on standards and driven by data
Differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students
Rigorous and research-based student centered lessons and activities
Increased opportunities for project-based and problem solving learning
Opportunities to incorporate technology into daily instruction
Professional Development focused on rigor and data
School Home and Community Partnerships that enhance student achievement
Instructional programs that extend beyond basic basal instruction
Opportunities for extra-curricular activities that extend beyond the school day
Opportunities to participate in both STEM and STEAM focused learning opportunities
Our highly qualified staff consists of National Board Certified Teachers, District Honor Roll Teachers, teachers with advanced degrees and teachers involved in continuous learning and growth opportunities. Our staff engages in on-going professional development provided by "in house experts" and outside consultants that focuses on rigor in the classroom, project and problem- based learning, high expectations for students and the use of data to change and focus instruction.
Our school wide instructional focus is standards and data driven. Our teachers work collaboratively to plan for instruction. The instructional program includes differentiated instruction, research-based supplemental programs (Every Day Calendar Counts Math, Accelerated Reading and Math, Thinking Maps, Literacy Work Stations, Cooperative Learning, Science Foss Kits, and Engineering is Elementary Units). In addition, through our participation in Verizon’s Project Lead the Way Grant, and in the district’s Discovery Learning Digital Pathfinders Program we have begun our move towards becoming a STEAM certified school.
Early intervention is key to student academic success. Through our Kindergarten Literacy Lab, our Reading Recovery Program and First Grade Literacy Lab, we are able to provide early literacy support to our students. Our Academic Assistance Team which includes our administrative leadership team, our school counselors and our classroom teachers provide guidance and support to insure that we address the needs of all students providing both remediation and enrichment.
Excellence is our goal at Delmae. This is evident in our school being the recipient of the state’s Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for excellence in academic performance and consecutive NNPS (National Network of Partnership School) Awards.
Instruction goes beyond the school day at Delmae through after school tutorial programs, extended day after school program, extra-curricular activities (chorus, drama, art, science, technology and fitness clubs), Lego Robotics Team, Step Team and a 4-H Club.
The school home connection is essential to student school success. We provide numerous opportunities for families to participate in school sponsored fun activities (Back to School Blast, Celebrating Our Diversity and Spring Fling) in addition to providing parent academies to help parents support student learning (Title One Parent Nights). Grade levels also provide grade level specific programs that provide opportunities for the home school connection (Second Grade’s Women in History Program and Third Grade’s South Carolina Wax Museum).
Service projects are also a way to develop world class skills in our students. Our students are engaged in several service projects throughout the school year. These include Harvest Hope Food Drives, Jump Rope for Heart, Pennies for Patients, and Operation Christmas Child.
Delmae received AdvancED STEM Certification during the 2015-2016 school year as a continued effort to help our students be prepared to exhibit world class knowledge and skills along with the characteristics to be successful in a Global 21st Century Society.
Delmae Heights Elementary students have participated in numerous learning experiences with a STEM focus. Participation in these programs and/or activities have proven to be beneficial to our students and have supported them in their learning in the classroom.
Project Lead the Way which provides lessons for STEM curriculum designed to prepare students for the global economy through 21st Century Skills and Objectives. Students are engaged in hands on learning experiences that involve collaboration and problem-solving.
Engineering is Elementary is an annual school-wide event that provides students with an opportunity to showcase their STEM learning with an emphasis on problem-solving and the design element.
Think Tank Thursday allows students to get away from the traditional daily classroom experience involving paper and pencil tasks and engage in a full day of lessons and activities immersed in collaboration, discovery, technology and project and/or problem-based learning.
Compass Learning is individualized learning at its best. Lessons are student specific based on MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) data. In addition they are interactive and students have access at school and home.
Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) engages students in a productive struggle that builds fluency with their procedural skills, and deepens mathematical reasoning and understanding. Rather than following predetermined steps to find an answer, students are supported to deepen their math reasoning to solve problems.
Science and Technology Labs at Delmae are facilitated by certified teachers. Our science lab teacher is National Board Certified and the technology lab teacher has a master in technology degree. These teachers provide students with STEM learning that is engaging and that supports learning in the classroom.
Discovery Education has also increased student engagement. The increased use of technology in the classroom is appealing to students and lends itself to creativity, inquiry, collaboration and increased problem-solving skills. Lessons and resources are designed with 21st Century Learning in mind.
Error Analysis is a central part of math instruction and learning at Delmae. Students have learned that when they look at their work using this process they increase their knowledge and problem-solving skills.
Science Note-Booking takes place in the classroom and in the science lab. Students have learned that there is a focus to their learning for the day (the focus question) and that they have an opportunity to show what they have learned (line of learning) in their own words and/or pictures.
Field Trips provide opportunities for our students to experience STEM learning beyond the walls of the school. Students look forward to these opportunities to experience activities and have learning experiences that are both fun and educational.
With the addition of two STEAM Labs, a Maker Space, Creation Station and the 1:1 initiative for the upcoming school year, the addition of a STEAM Coach will allow for the most effective use of these new initiatives and support teachers in their use of them.
While we are doing a great job of providing STEM experiences for students in our STEM programs and activities, we believe there is room for improvement. Through our self-study, we have determined that there is a need to provide additional STEM extra-curricular activities to allow for more students to participate. Our teachers need additional professional development and resources related to teaching STEM lessons and parents and students without internet access need access to successfully complete some class assignments and activities.