The Scott Spotlight
January 31, 2020
Principal: Linda Reha
School Address: 804 Wilson St. DeWitt, MI 48820
Office Phone Number: 517-668-3400
Attendance Phone Number: 517-668-3458
Start Time: 8:30 a.m.
First bell rings at 8:25 a.m.
Students shouldn't arrive before 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal Time: 3:20 p.m.
Feb. 17: No School - President's Day
Feb. 19: Early Release Day for Teacher CLT (11:57 a.m)
Mar. 6: Half Day Records Day (11:27 a.m.)
Dear Scott School Families,
Do you know what EBLI is? Evidence Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI) consists of a series of instructional strategies to help students develop early literacy skills and provides teachers with tools to deliver effective reading instruction. EBLI is not a curriculum or program, but instead an approach teachers use with students to help them primarily develop basic reading and reading fluency skills but also comprehension and writing skills too. Scott School teachers embed EBLI instruction into lessons each week as one way to help students become more proficient readers. For additional information about what EBLI is, click here. For information about why schools have been adopting EBLI, click here. Also, consider asking your child about EBLI. It's likely you will hear wonderful things about it, since we hear a lot of great feedback from students and staff here at Scott School.
Another instructional strategy that has been implemented at Scott School is the use of Number Talks in weekly math instruction. Through K-5 professional development with Mary Bouck, MSU Mathematics Professor and expert, our teachers have learned the value in implementing this instructional practice because of its large impact on developing students' number sense and automaticity. Research has shown that timed tests can cause anxiety and inhibit students in developing confidence as mathematicians. According to Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University, memorization of math facts through timed tests can not only make students math anxious but also limit real world mathematical thinking and problem solving. Her article, Fluency Without Fear: Research Evidence on the Best Ways to Learn Math Facts is interesting, and I hope you will take some time to read it.
Next week starts our winter NWEA window. Please encourage your child to do his/her best, but it's important that we're all reminded that a test score doesn't define a child. It's simply a snapshot in time of a child's performance on the skills being assessed. Benchmark assessments like all assessments provide useful data that assists with targeting skills that need development and also celebrating growth in various skill areas too. In addition, this data is extremely useful to teachers to help with lesson design and to students (and teachers) for goal setting. Thanks for encouraging your child and having him/her at school and on time on testing days.
All my best,
Scott School Principal
Winter Acadience (formerly known as DIBELS) benchmark data is in, and our students rocked! Just look and see how much our students have grown!
- Core = 81%
- Strategic = 9%
- Intensive = 10%
- Core = 79%
- Strategic = 8%
- Intensive = 13%
- Core = 84%
- Strategic = 9%
- Intensive = 6%
- Core = 82%
- Strategic = 5%
- Intensive = 12%
Be in the Know
Are you familiar with the programs Scott School uses to teach the Michigan Common Core Standards?
- Reading & Writing - Journeys
- Math - Eureka (also known as Engaged New York)
- Science - Mystery Science
- Social Studies - Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum (MC3)
Learning About Lice
Lice is a nuisance, there's no doubt about it. Please keep a close eye on your child for signs of these contagious and annoying little pests to keep your child lice-free and/or treated in the chance of an infestation. Scott School has had several incidents of lice this year, and a letter is sent to families of classrooms with diagnosed cases. Check out what's shared so you're informed and can help with the prevention and care to stop the spread of these critters.
Panther Pride Student Spotlight
Each week every classroom at Scott School has a Panther Pride drawing from all Panther Pride slips earned by students for demonstrating respectful, responsible, safe, and bucketfilling behavior. Lucky drawing winners are invited to a Panther Pride luncheon at the end of each month with Mrs. Reha and Mrs. Schwarz.
Charles, second grader, from Mrs. Greenfield' s multi-age class was invited to the January luncheon.
Did you know that Scott School has a Morning News broadcast that you can watch? It airs live every Tuesday through Thursday and can be viewed by going to our Scott School website and clicking on "Announcements", or simply go to: https://scott.dewittschools.net/announcements . Third grade students participate in this throughout the year and learn many communication skills by doing so. Share with grandparents and or other relatives when it's your child's turn. It's amazing how informative and professional students are in their news crew role.
ICHAT to Volunteer
We are entering the season of Field Trips here at Scott School. Just a reminder that if you are interested in attending your child's class trip, as well as helping in the classroom, you MUST complete an ICHAT (volunteer background check) first. This background check is only good for one year, so if you completed one last year, you’ll need to complete a new one again this year. Staff and students appreciate all our families do to support learning at Scott!
Helpers Spreading Happiness
Scott School Student Government students have decided to spread cheer each morning by greeting students as they enter the building both outside and inside of the building. This small act of kindness not only spreads morning merriness, it also teaching students inclusion, acceptance, and kindness all in one.
Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.
Students celebrated the life of MLK Jr. and various work he did as a Civil Rights activists. Here is a bulletin board that one class created to demonstrate how we are both similar and different from one another, yet all of our contributions are important.
DeWitt Public Schools is looking for individuals interested substituting in our support staff positions which include lunch room and playground assistants, student aides (paraprofessionals), secretaries, and food service. Times vary for these positions and can range from 1.5-8 hours each day. If you are interested in subbing, please call our DPS Administrative Office at 668-3000.
DPS is also looking for substitute teachers. DPS partners with Ingham ISD and EduStaff to contract with qualified substitute teachers. For additional information about EduStaff and substitute teaching opportunities in DeWitt Public Schools, visit www.edustaff.org to complete an application, or contact the DPS Administrative office at 668-3000 for additional information.
Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education is changing to align with today's technology and families. Soon there will be no more clipping and only receipt scanning to support Scott School. It's simply to do, just download a the Box Tops for Education App and scan your grocery receipt. Any items that qualify will automatically credit our Scott School account. This costs nothing, but gives extra funds to our school to purchase resources and support events for students. We are still accepting clipped Box Tops, so if you have any, don't hesitate to send them in to our office.
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 p.m., for all after school changes.