The Scott Spotlight
November 17, 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. 17: Half Day of School for Records Day (11:27 a.m. dismissal)
Nov. 22-24: No School - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 22-Jan. 5: No School - Winter Break
Dear Scott School Families,
First trimester has come to an end, and the growth students are demonstrating is amazing to witness! Throughout the building, students appear to have most of our routines and procedures down pat, and we continue to seize opportunities daily to teach the importance or respectful, responsible, and safe behavior along with what it means to be a bucketfiller. Defiance, physical aggression, and threatening language and gestures are target behaviors we continue to teach and reinforce. Please continue to have conversations about these and other types of behavior expectations at home. Adult modeling and discussions help students develop awareness, boundaries, and perform at their personal best.
Although social studies units at Scott School don't encompass the historical events surrounding Thanksgiving, teachers have worked hard to emphasize kindness, gratitude, and thankfulness through lessons and discussions. Teachers also continue to explore resources to teach Thanksgiving in a grade appropriate and in historically accurate way. I hope you find joy and happiness this Thanksgiving that honors old and new traditions important to your family. I also hope you and your family can pause and recognize the important things in your life and be mindful of the many things you have to be grateful for. Some of my many school related things I am grateful for are:
that you entrust your child/children with our staff at Scott School
our respectful, responsible, and safe student body and families
the kind, passionate, and effective staff in our building
the involved, supportive, and safe community in which we live and/or work in
Thank you for contributing to my thankfulness.
What are you thankful for?
I wish you and your family a lovely and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy the upcoming break.
Scott School Principal
Book Fair Bliss
Students at the annual Scott School book fair. Students shopped for books, learned about sales tax, and how to budget their spending.
Book Vending Machine Unveiling
Scott School recently had a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil our new book vending machine. Mrs. Brushaber, Scott School Lead Secretary, raised money for this awesome machine by working concessions at DPS extracurricular events and writing grants. In addition, our fabulous DeWitt Elementary PTA put a hefty donation towards the purchase of this vending machine to make it possible. Thank you, Mrs. Brushaber and PTA.
Students can earn a golden coin to select a book from the machine by being recognized for demonstrating life skills and lifelong guidelines that reflect high quality character. WLNS Channel 6 news even stopped by to do a short news story on this fun way to promote literacy and personal best behavior, and Dr. Spickard showed her support by joining the fun.
IRIPs & Read By Grade Three
The Read by Grade Three law has had a big change, and we're waiting for updated information from the Michigan Department of Education that reflect the change and any others. If you have a third grade student, please read this original flyer to learn more about the law and what you can expect. The significant change to be aware of (which is not reflected in the flyer) is that retention is no longer a necessary consideration for students who don't meet the MSTEP cut score for the ELA assessment that is taken in the spring. An IRIP (Individual Reading Improvement Plan) for students whose composite score is below benchmark on the Acadience assessment taken three times a year (fall, winter, and spring) must still be developed for students. If your child has an IRIP, you should have received a colored copy of it at conferences and signed a white copy for our school records. If your child has an IRIP and you haven't signed the school copy yet, please do and return it to your child's teacher before Thanksgiving Break. Thank you!
Veterans are VIPs
Video Games & Student Behavior
Gaming has become a part of popular culture and every day activities for many. Video games, like many electronic resources, can have positive or negative effects on the social, emotional, and mental development of youth and adults. The article Video Games and Children: Playing with Violence provides insight on the impacts and how to navigate gaming with children.
At Scott School, we track behavior referrals to identify our top problematic behaviors, location it's occurring in most, time of day, and other important details to help us identify the effectiveness of our positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) and what measures we must take to extinguish unexpected behavior and replace it with more preferred expected behavior. The top problematic behaviors at Scott School right now are defiance, physical aggression, and using threatening language and gestures. Thank you for extending conversations beyond school about expected behavior and positive ways to de-escalate and manage big feelings. When trusted adults collaborate across settings (school and home), messaging and expectations transfer much quicker and with greater success. In addition, thank you for being mindful of behavior that is intentionally or unintentionally being reinforced or allowed outside of school that would not be allowed at school. Mixed messaging can confuse students and delay the healthy development of problem resolution and self-regulating skills. Thank you for partnering with us.
Thank you to our DeWitt Elementary PTA for providing Scott teachers with Conference Cuisine two nights last week. Jersey Giant and Peppino's were both delicious, and it was incredibly helpful to our team to have dinner provided with such a short, half-hour window between the school day dismissal time and conferences starting each evening. You really made us feel special and cared for. THANK YOU again, and again, and again!
First Trimester Celebration Day
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
Third Grade Scientists & Engineers
District Parent Resources & Events
Parent Guidance Series
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.)
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.