A Message from Mr. Webster

  • Mr. Webster


    Drayton Mills Elementary School Parents, 


    Welcome to the 2021 – 2022 school year! Drayton Mills Elementary School (DMES) is excited to see the return of all our students: those who were “face-to-face” and those who were virtual. It will be good to once again be in a community with one another.  


    Speaking of returns, this year’s calendar sees the return of some events we paused last year due to COVID. As long as infection rates remain low, we hope to once again have in-person events. Some of these are old favorites: Veteran’s Day Assembly, PTO Skate Night, and our locally famous Black History Month Program. Others are new spins on previous favorites. Doughnuts with Dads, for instance, has become Doughnuts with Data, both to be more inclusive and to couple with our mission to improve the reading and math abilities of every DMES child. We think that you are going to enjoy these changes as much as you’ve enjoyed our previous traditions.  


    Since March 2019 (when we suddenly dismissed for COVID) and throughout the 2020-2021 school year, I feel that we learned two important lessons. The first is that there is great value in community.Community has been a strength of our school, and we hope that you will fully re-engage with our community this year. The second lesson is the great value of a child and a teacher being in a classroom with one another. Though remote learning was a blessing during COVID, there is no substitute for the in-person interaction between a child and a teacher. I am so eager to again see a building-full of that! 



    Additional information about our school and its programs is available on the DMES website (www. dmes.spartanburg7.org)and Facebook page. As with anything related to our school, you are welcome to contact us by calling (864) 586-7979 or by emailing me at twebster@spart7.org


    Thomas Webster

    Principal, Drayton Mills Elementary School