The Scott Spotlight
October 20, 2023
Start Time: 8:30 a.m. (First bell rings at 8:25 a.m.)
Students may be dropped of at 8:10 a.m. or later. Supervision is not available before 8:10 a.m.
Dismissal Time: 3:20 p.m.
Nov. 1: No School - Full Day of Professional Development for Certified Staff
Dear Scott School Families,
All of our second and third grade students attended a play at the Wharton Center last week, and it was such a pleasure to observe their excitement and demonstration of respectful, responsible, and safe behavior. What an enjoyable and enriching off site opportunity this was.
As we gear up for Halloween in a couple of weeks, please be sure to read our costume guidelines outlined in this newsletter. Thank you for supporting safe, friendly, and age-appropriate costumes. Weather permitting, we will be hosting an outdoor costume parade on Halloween day. Families can expect more details about our parade sometime the week prior to this short, yet fun event. Families are welcome to come and watch our second and third graders show off their costumes as they walk our outdoor parade route.
The weather certainly has taken a turn. Please consider sending your child with an umbrella or a hooded rain coat on rainy days. Unfortunately, we don't have a covered structure for students to wait under at arrival and dismissal times. Unless it is lightening or a torrential downpour, students are outside during these times.
Scott School Principal
Fall NWEA Grade Level Data
Second Grade Fall NWEA Data:
Math = 81% of students scored average or above
Reading = 71% of students scored average or above
Third Grade Fall NWEA Data:
Math = 79% of students scored average or above
Reading = 74% of students scored average or above
It's important to remember that tests scores do not define a student. They are a snapshot picture of performance at a moment in time. The data does provide us with additional information though to help determine instructional plans and supports for students. Also, please know that both reading and math tests for second graders who take the K-2 assessments have an audio component so the assessments are read to all students, and third grade does not have audio unless a student has an audio accommodation per their 504 plan or IEP.
2023 MSTEP Data
Wow! Wow! Wow! Take a peek at last year's third grade MSTEP data along with our district-wide data. Our team is over the moon about how well our third graders performed.
Our third graders ranked #1 among local districts and also #1 among peer districts statewide in both reading and math. This is amazing, and we are so proud.
Fun Run = Huge Success
Halloween, Celebrations, & Parties
Our Scott School students are continuing to learn appropriate ways to regulate themselves when experiencing big feelings. Something that has become far too common when emotions are heightened is students saying threats and/or using threatening gestures with one another. Many factors likely contribute to this inappropriate way of problem solving. What we as adults model and reinforce is extremely important. The article Video Games and Children: Playing with Violence highlights some potential contributing factors that impact unexpected behavior from students. Included are also suggestions for supporting healthy gaming habits. It's also important to consider your child's television program/movie viewing and Internet exposure. Please help reinforce expected behavior and appropriate problem solving strategies through modeling, conversations, and monitoring exposure time and access to various types of media and gaming opportunities with your child.
Scott Specials Section
Check out what's been happening in our specials classrooms/gym. Art, music, and physical education are such fun and engaging learning environments, and we love our specials teachers:
Mr. Lindsay - Art
Mrs. Graham - Music
Ms. Brya - Physical Education
Art - Original Works
National Fire Safety Month
Did you know that October is National Fire Prevention Month? Thank you Clinton County Fire Department for paying our 2nd graders a visit!
DHS Annual Veterans Day Program
DHS Football Games
Picture Retake Day
Fall Picture Retake Day Is: November 2nd
School Breakfast & Lunch
I-CHAT to Volunteer or Chaperone
All volunteers and chaperones must be cleared before an event through our District's I-CHAT background check process every year. This process takes a few days, so please don't delay in completing it, so your report is processed and returned to the school in a timely fashion.
CLT and Professional Development Calendar
Below are the dates for Collaborative Learning Time (CLT) and professional development this year. Thank you in advance for supporting these days which allow our teachers to participate in training and be continuous lifelong learners to support student success.
September 15 - Full Day Professional Development (no school)
October 18 - Early Release for CLT (dismissal at 11:57 a.m.)
November 1 - Full Day Professional Development (no school)
January 17 - Early Release for CLT (dismissal at 11:57 a.m.)
February 21 - Early Release for CLT (dismissal at 11:57 a.m.)
May 15 - Early Release for CLT (dismissal at 11:57 a.m.)
District Parent Resources & Events
Parent Guidance Series
ID Requirement for Students to be Picked Up
There are some Scott students who have health-threatening nut allergies in our building. Scott School is a 'No Nut' building. Pack items that do not contain nuts for your child's lunch and snack. It is critically important that we provide a safe learning environment for all students, and your help with this is needed and appreciated. Please always contact your child's teacher if you have a concern about an allergy or other health condition related to your child that they should be aware of. Also, if your child has a medical need, including food or other allergies, don't forget to update your child's Medical Management Plan by completing and submitting the district forms to the office before school starts so we can follow protocols to keep your child safe.
In order for Scott School personnel to administer medication to your child when we return to in person instruction, you must:
Submit a completed district medication form to our office.
Be sure all medications are brought to and stored in our office.
Be sure prescription medication is in its original container accompanied with a physician’s signature.
Be sure non-prescription medication is in its original container accompanied by a parent’s signature.
Please communicate with your child's teacher if he/she takes medication daily at school.
If your child has a medical condition, please be sure to complete a Medical Management Plan for your child and turn it in at the office.
Medication and other medical forms can be found on our DeWitt Public Schools website.
When your child is absent, please call the Scott School Attendance line: 517-668-3458. Substitute Teachers cannot access a teacher's email, so please call the office when your child is going to be absent, will be dropped off or picked up outside of regular school hours, or has a transportation switch. Please call before 3:00 pm, for all after school changes.