We are thrilled with the accomplishments of all of our students in their various activities: academics, athletics and the arts. For example, we had six National Merit Semifinalists in the class of 2016. We had two athletes named as a 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year: Kasey Parker in girls' soccer and Jhileiya Dunlap in girls' basketball. Band, orchestra, chorus and theater students were rated superior in statewide competitions.
Senior Gracie Barrineau is the only student in the district to achieve Platinum Status on the WorkKeys she and all other juniors in SC took in the spring of 2016.
(left ro right) Kristofer Crabtree, Isabel Cook, Gregory Voelkel, Rachel Weissman, and Nicolas Webster
Five of Dreher's seniors have been named as 2016 National Merit Semifinalists: Isabel Cook, Kristofer Crabtree, Gregory Voelkel, Nicolas Webster and Rachel Weissman.
Linda Trinh has been named a 2016 National Commended Scholar.
These honors are based upon their scores on the PSAT they took in October of their junior year. They are among the very top-scoring students in the nation.
For information on the National Merit Scholarship program, click here.
We are thrilled to report that our bookkeeper, Margaret Black, has been selected as "District Bookkeeper of the Year."
It all adds up. On balance, she multiplies the good cheer around the front office!
Attending the first luncheon of the school year of the 100 Black Men of Columbia were were Quincy McCleod, Trey Young, Travis Anderson, Joshua Taylor, Theo Goodwin, Rashad Bookert, Deontae Harris, JaWarren Green, Rashid Carter, Kwesi Jackson, Trenton Clarke, Dammeon Clarke, AJ Myers, JaQuavian Washington, JarQues Washington, JaWarren Green and Deandre Palmer.
The group was accompanied by Assistant Principal Dr. Shawn Smith, Guidance Counselor Dominique Padgett and Parent/Community Liaison Debra Kinder.
Think Engineering is boring? Not with Mr. Singer as your teacher! Here are photos from one Friday's Aerospace Engineering class.
City of Columbia Wants You!
Would learning about the inner workings of municipal government interest you? Would you like to have a say in the City's policy on teens? Then you may want to apply for a spot on the City of Columbia's Commission on Youth. You can download an application here. The completed forms are due to the City by Friday, November 4.
Would you like to establish better relations with the Columbia Police Department? If so, consider applying for a place on the Police Department's Student Roundtable. Download more information here.
Alright, Blue Devils, comb your hair and smile! Class photos for freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taken at Dreher on October 11 and 12 during English classes. You can download an order form here. If you would like to prepay by credit card, visit shop.legacystudios.com.
Seniors, we haven't forgotten you, either. Another photo day for seniors has been scheduled for November 1. More details will follow.
Alive at 25 Safe Driving Course
If you hope to park your car on campus this year, you must show you have taken the Alive at 25 safe driving course. The good news is that we will be offering the Alive at 25 safe driving course at Dreher on Saturday, October 1, from 9 AM - 12 noon in room 132.
Regsiter now while there are still places available: click here.
On-campus Parking Permit
Once you complete the Alive at 25 safe driving course you can apply for an on-campus parking permit. On-campus parking permits will be sold during both lunches through September 2. The annual fee is $10 and must be paid in cash or by money order. Bring with you the completed Student Parking Agreement, which you can download here.
Be forewarned! Starting on September 12, we will be ticketing and/or towing cars in the student lot that do not display Dreher Parking Permits!
Driving Your Car from Dreher to Heyward
If you attend afternoon classes at Heyward Career and Technology Center and will hope to drive your own car from Dreher to Heyward, you must have an on-campus parking permit (described above) and permission from your parent or guardian. Complete the Heyward Driving Agreementand return to Ms. Jowers. Download this agreement here.
Riding with Another Student from Dreher to Heyward
If you will be riding from Dreher to Heyward in the car of another student, your parent or guardian must sign a permission slip and return to Ms. Jowers. Download the form here.
The PSAT will be given at Dreher on Wednesday, October 19. It is especially important that juniors do well because success on the PSAT often opens the door to National Merit recognition and other scholarship offers. There are several ways to prepare for this test:
Kaplan offers a free online program to prepare students for the PSAT.
Click here to download a flyer describing the Kaplan program.
The District provides an online resource to help you prepare for the SAT, ACT or PSAT. You can log in with your user name and password at the Triumph Test Prep website.
You can also download and take a practice PSAT from the College Board website.
Interims distributed during second block on Tuesday, September 13, will reflect grades under the new 10-point grading scale. For details on the change, see the Guidance webpage.
Once again this year Dreher will have a team - Blue Devils for Pink Angels - in the Walk for Life to benefit Palmetto Health Breast Center. The walk and 5K, 10K and Half Marathon runs will be Saturday, October 22, and will begin and end at Spirit Communications Park. To register or to donate, sign up with the Dreher team.