The Scott Spotlight
December 18, 2020
Face to Face Instruction Start Time: 8:15 a.m. (First bell rings at 8:10 a.m.)
Dismissal Time: 3:05 p.m.
Dec. 19-Jan. 3: Holiday Break
Jan. 6: Virtual NWEA Math Testing (starts immediately after Morning Meeting)
Jan. 6: Teacher PD @ 12:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Jan. 13: Virtual NWEA Reading Testing (starts immediately after Morning Meeting)
Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
Jan. 19: Projected Date to Return to In Person Instruction
Dear Scott School Families,
This time of year brings to focus traditions and celebrating holidays that are cherished by each of us. I want to wish you a wonderful two-week break that's filled with happiness and good health. I think I can speak for many about not being sad for 2020 to be on it's way out. The new year brings hope and excitement for returning to in person instruction and a new normal. I miss your children and am looking forward to seeing them and you sometime in 2021.
All my best,
Scott School Principal
DPS Student Screener
Families are expected to go through this screener every morning before their child leaves for school when students are in the building for in person instruction. Please remember to do this so we all do our part to support a healthy environment at school. Attached is a printable version of the form that you may elect to print for easy access each morning.
NWEA and Acadience Testing
NWEA testing will be conducted virtually by classroom teachers when we return from break. Testing will occur after Morning Meetings on Wed., 1/6 (NWEA Math) and Wed., 1/13 (Reading). Also, Acadience testing will also occur in January. Classroom teachers will communicate testing dates with families since they vary from teacher to teacher. Thank you for remembering to refrain from supporting your child on these assessments. This data helps us measure student progress and determine instructional strengths and needs.
Vestibule hours at Scott School have been extended again. Now our vestibule is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. on days that school is in session for packets and other materials to be picked up by families. Unfortunately, the vestibule is no accessible on weekends and holidays as well as any day school is not in session per the district calendar. Should you need to drop off or pick something up in the vestibule after Friday, 12/18, you may do so on Monday, 1/4 and thereafter.
Return to In Person Learning Survey
A survey was intended to go to families of students who had planned to be online for the first trimester before we departed for Holiday Break. However, with the various extensions to our return to in person date, DPS has decided to wait on this to ensure that the window between the survey and a return date is as narrow as possible. This will allow families that this impacts to make the best informed decision based on virus numbers and circumstances at that time.
Remote Learning Guidelines for Parents/Guardians/Adults at Home
Your child's education, safety, and social-emotional health is important, especially during times like this where uncertainly can create many emotional responses. You and your family matter to us, and we want to partner with you for a successful school year. Now that we are further into the school year, remote instruction may look differently for students based on their needs. The time and frequency that teachers are meeting with students may change too due to the addition of small group instruction in addition to whole group instruction. If necessary, a phone call from our social worker or the principal may occur to help support remote learning at home if we are noticing online absences and/or incomplete/missing work from students. Please know that we are here to continue to support your child and your family no matter if we provide in person or remote instruction. We want your child to have school success! Below are some important guidelines to help families support their child.
Guidelines for Parents/Guardians/Adults at Home:
Help students to log into live sessions every day. Try to ensure that your child is in a good learning routine with reduced distractions.
Ensure that students turn in completed work during the regular school day as much as possible. Work turned in late or in the evening is difficult for teachers to assess and provide immediate feedback to students.
Allow for your child to complete work independently. Adults at home are not to complete work for students. Do not give answers to your child. We understand that you must support your child's work at home, however, when something is to be completed by your child independently, please allow them to do so without your help. It's important that we know what students can and cannot do so instruction can be provided to support their needs and enhance their strengths.
Teachers are getting a high volume of questions about things that have already been communicated via email and/or newsletters. Therefore, we request that you read all teacher communication carefully. If you have a question, please refer back to teacher communication that was previously sent before contacting the teacher with a question that may have already been addressed.
Here is our elementary remote learning schedule while our district is online.
Specials - Art, Music, & PE
Just a friendly reminder that students will receive standards based grades for specials. Grades reflect proficiency based on completion of assignments in Google Classroom and/or in person instruction. Also, live specials times for remote learners is optional and purely an opportunity for students to connect with each of their specials teachers. Attending live specials times for remote learners is not an obligation for students. Attendance at these live meets is not taken and counted for or against student performance in specials.
DeWitt Public Schools is in need of instructional assistants. Please consider applying if you think you would enjoy working in a school with students, or pass this information along to anyone you know who you think this would be a perfect match for. Thank you!
Free Food Kits
School Pictures - Revised Date
School pictures have been moved to Thursday, March 11th. We are hoping to be back to full in person instruction with the need for fewer COVID protocols in place by that time.
District COVID-19 Documents
If your child is going to be "absent" and miss school, even if they are a online learner, please be sure to call our attendance line at 517-668-3458. We are required to take attendance even when students are learning remotely, so we want to be sure to account for our students and excuse absences in Infinite Campus. If your child is learning remotely, you should also communicate absences to your child's teacher. We care about our students and worry about them when they aren't in class or online on days they are supposed to be.