The Scott Spotlight

April 14, 2023

Principal:  Linda Reha

School Address:  804 Wilson St. DeWitt, MI 48820

Office Phone Number:  517-668-3400

Attendance Phone Number:  517-668-3458


School Events

2022-23 District Calendar - 06.29.22.pdf
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Apr. 18 & 20:  3rd Grade Math M-STEP Testing

Apr. 19:  Early Release Day for Teacher CLT (11:57 a.m. dismissal)

Apr. 24-27:  Reading NWEA Testing

May 1-4:  Math NWEA Testing

May 9-11:  Acadience Testing

Reha's Report

Dear Scott School Families, 

Testing has begun at Scott School, and our third graders are rockin' it on the ELA M-STEP assessment with their engagement, perseverance, and flexibility.  Tuesday proved to have a turn of events when the M-STEP online platform was down statewide.  However, students and staff bounced back on Wednesday to resume testing.  I just love our team, especially when I witness them overcome obstacles and do hard things.  Next week, third graders will take the Math M-STEP test, and the following two weeks after that both second and third graders will complete the Reading and Math NWEA assessments as well as the spring Acadience benchmark test.  I think that I can easily speak for the masses that testing, testing, testing is not something we totally love, but on the flip side, the data it provides students, families, and staff is priceless.  Celebrating student growth is of course the best part, but identifying areas for improvement also is valuable in goal setting and instructional planning.  I really do love data for all these reasons, but we all need to be reminded that various forms of data should be considered to capture student performance and growth, not just a single measure.  It's also necessary to remember that data points over time , called trend data, should be reviewed too since the goal is that students continue an upward trajectory of learning over time. 

Scott School is looking forward to many other things, besides testing, that occur in the springtime such as third graders touring Herbison Woods, Field Day, and end of the year celebrations to name a few.  Read further in this newsletter for some information regarding upcoming events in our building and district-wide.  Even though it looks like the outdoor temperature is supposed to slide down to a more typical range for this time of year, it sure has been a joy to experience lots of sun and summer-like weather this week.  I hope you and your family can participate in some enjoyable outdoor activities over the weekend to soak it up while it's here.

Warm regards,

Linda Reha

Scott School Principal

IMPORTANT - Spring Testing Info.

Spring testing started on Tuesday, 4/11.  However, the MSTEP platform had a lot of struggles statewide that day, so testing was postponed until Wednesday, 4/12.  No worries though!  Additional make up testing time will be provided to students who need it.  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:

Spring Testing is scheduled as follows:

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.  

UPDATE:  Governor Whitmer recently signed a bill to overturn the Read By Grade Three Law.  Although local districts have not yet received information from the Michigan Department of Education about when this will go into effect, media reports indicate that it takes 90 days for a law to be overturned, so as of right now it looks like retention will still need to be considered this year for students who don't meet the M-STEP cut score on the ELA assessment.  Additional information will be shared with families once we know more. 

Facts_Families_GCE_FinalDraft_653732_7 (1).pdf

Parent Input Form

An email was sent to families on Friday, April 14th containing a link to complete a Parent Input Form for those interested in providing feedback for next year's class placement consideration.   Please be sure to honor our request for no teacher requests.  If you're interested in providing input to our team, please complete the form instead of providing information through separate emails, phone class, and/or requests for meetings..  This system is the best way to provide feedback and ensures that the information families give to our school is documented in the same place and same manner.  Thank you for following our district procedure and helping us collect your feedback in a meaningful and systematic way.  

DeWitt Community Showcase

Mark your calendar for the annual DeWitt Community Showcase.  It is scheduled for June 1st this year.  Look for more information on social media and from our District about this fun event.  We hope you consider bringing your family out to connect with friends, staff, and local vendors and organizations to learn more about all that is offered right here in our amazing community and the greater Lansing area.

Field Day

Scott School Field Day is scheduled for Friday, June 2nd.  Third graders will participate in Field Day events in the morning, and second graders will participate in the afternoon.  If you're interested in volunteering on this exciting and thrilling day, be on the lookout for communication about how to sign up to join the fun later in the month or early in May.

3rd Grader Transition - HW Building Tour

Third graders will be taking a building tour of Herbison Woods Elementary to give them a sneak peek of the school they will attend next year.  Your child's classroom teacher will communicate the specific tour date to families since there are two dates which are scheduled for Monday, May 22nd and Tuesday, May 23rd.

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.

2022-2023 PreK-12 Public Health Guidance.pdf
09-2022 parent illness guide (1).pdf
what to do with covid 2022-23 flow sheet.pdf

Allergy Awareness

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 hereFor 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.

New Meals for 2022_2023.pdf

Medical Forms

In order for Scott School personnel to administer medication to your child when we return to in person instruction, you must:

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  

Attendance Line

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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.