The Scott Spotlight
March 23, 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.
Mar. 23: Half Day - Spring Break Begins (11:27 a.m. dismissal)
Apr. 3: School Resumes after Spring Break
Apr. 5: Hearing (2nd Grade) and Vision (3rd Grade) Screening
Apr. 7: No School - Good Friday
Apr. 11-13: 3rd Grade ELA M-STEP Testing
Apr. 18 & 20: 3rd Grade Math M-STEP Testing
Apr. 24-27: Reading NWEA Testing
May 1-4: Math NWEA Testing
May 9-11: Acadience Testing
Dear Scott School Families,
Here's to wishing you and your family an enjoyable Spring Break, and safe travels to those of you who are heading to magical destinations. Unplugging and stepping away from anything is a good way to reset our brain and rejuvenate our energy, and when we return to school on April 3rd, we're in our final stretch of the school year. It truly is unbelievable! Remember, MSTEP testing begins for third grade on April 11th. Read below for all of our testing dates, ways to prepare for testing, and what students need (headphones/earbuds) for testing. As always, thank you for being a wonderful support of your child's school success.
Spring is in the air,
Scott School Principal
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 recess at the end of each month with Mrs. Reha and Mrs. Schwarz.
Reed is in Mrs. Kass's 3rd grade class. He was invited to the March Panther Pride Recess.
Asunda is in Mrs. Greenfield's 3rd grade class. She was invited to the March Panther Pride Recess.
PTA & Parent Volunteer Thank You
March Is Reading Month Success
March is Reading Month has been a hit at Scott School! Students have enjoyed the theme Camp Read S'more with lots of fun activities and events scheduled each week.
Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed our March is Reading Month dress up days. Look at all these wonderful storybook character costumes!
Mystery readers were invited by various teachers to read to students in classrooms. Pictured above are Superintendent Dr. Spickard and Curriculum Director Mr. Doepker reading their favorite read aloud book.
The spring book fair was fun and successful. Student had a blast shopping for their favorite adventure and enjoyed the Camp Read S'more atmosphere in our library. Thank you to our volunteers for putting on this fun event that promotes reading for our students! A special thank you to Mrs. Smoot, our Media Coordinator, for all her hard work on the book fair and for making our volunteers feel appreciated with a customized thank you cookie shown above.
IMPORTANT - Spring Testing Info.
Spring testing will start shortly after we return from Spring Break. These assessments are not ones that students can study for, but you can help your child be test ready by encouraging your him/her make sure he/she does the following:
Gets a good night of sleep before each testing day.
Eats a healthy breakfast.
Attends school on testing days and be on time (students arriving late on testing days cannot test once a test session has started).
Perseveres and gives his/her very best effort.
Brings headphones or earbuds for testing (3rd grade needs a pair for the M-STEP ELA assessment, and 2nd grade needs a pair for the NWEA Reading and Math assessments.)
3rd Grade Only:
Completes M-STEP practice tests at home (must use Google Chrome) with this link: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/
Select the M-STEP Online Tools Training button.
Click on the Sample Items Sets
Select Grade 3
Complete both the English Language Arts and Math (no calculators allowed) mini-assessments
Be sure to try out the testing tools located at the top of each question screen. These are useful tools to assist with taking the test.
Spring Testing will be as follows:
M-STEP ELA (3rd grade only): 4/11-4/13 (All third graders must have headphones or earbuds for this test.)
M-STEP Math (3rd grade only): 4/18 & 4/20
NWEA Reading: 4/24-4/27 (Classroom teachers will communicate the two dates their students will test in this window. All second graders must have headphones or earbuds for this test.)
NWEA Math: 5/1-5/4 (Classroom teachers will communicate the two dates their students will test in this window. All second graders must have headphones or earbuds for this test.)
Read By Grade Three Law
Third grade parents/guardians, please read about the Read By Grade Three Law so you're informed. Third graders take the M-STEP for the first time in April, and the ELA test score is used to determine students who may benefit from retention.
Sick = Stay Home
Please help keep our school community healthy by keeping your child home if he/she is ill. Read these CDC and health department resources and infographics below for steps to take if your child contracts COVID, is exposed to the virus, or contracts a different communicable disease.
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.
School Breakfast & Lunch
School breakfast and lunch is available to all students. Unfortunately though, neither is no longer free to all students like it was the past two years. However, to apply for free and/or reduced lunch, click here. For additional information about how to create an account for your student and access menus, click here. Also, read the attached flyer for more details about how to create an account and contact information for our district Food Service Director, Sandy Leach.
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.
Looking for Additional Support?
Our school social worker, Mrs. Schwarz, is always willing to assist students and families in any way possible. In addition to working closely with your child's teacher, consider reaching out to her if you have questions or need support. She is truly amazing at what she does! She can be reached at 517-668-3446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.