The Scott Spotlight
April 23, 2021
Face to Face Instruction Start Time: 8:15 a.m. (First bell rings at 8:10 a.m.)
Dismissal Time: 3:05 p.m.
Apr. 3-11: M-STEP Testing (3rd Grade Only)
Dear Scott School Families,
Students powered through NWEA testing last week, and they will be gearing up for Acadience testing next week on April 28th-30th. Third graders will finish off our spring testing with the M-STEP state assessment May 3rd-May 6th.
Educators and parents have become all too familiar with standardized testing, including the frequency of it. Although I do believe in the value of assessments, and the important information testing results provide teachers, students, and parents, I also feel strongly that there is much more to a student's academic and social/emotional development than a single test score. The following is a letter that has circulated on the Internet and captures a lot of truth, so I thought I'd share it with you.
Over the next few weeks, you will take many State and benchmark assessments. I know how hard you will have to work, but there is something very important you must know: These tests do not assess what makes each of you unique and special. They do not define who you are or who you will become. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you the way I do, and certainly not the way your families do. They do not know how much each of you like to laugh and smile throughout the day. They do not know how our class has learned that "integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching." They do not know that some of you have an extraordinary talent like singing, dancing, drawing, or playing your favorite sport. They do not know you are kind, caring, generous, helpful.....and that every day you try to be the best you can be. The scores you get from these tests will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. There are so many ways of being smart. YOU ARE SMART! You are just who you need to be! You are the light that brightens my day here at school. As long as you do your very best, that is all that anyone can ask. I am so proud of all of you! Do not stress, do not worry, we will get through this together!
Keep smiling and shining,
Again, I do believe standardized tests have value and are important. However, I also believe keeping a balanced perspective is equally important. Please be positive and encourage your child as he/she continues through each of our testing windows. Also, please be mindful that testing in the fall and winter was online and testing this spring is in person. Testing environments do matter and can have an impact on many variables that may impact student performance. Please be a cheerleader for your child by encouraging and reminding him/her to simply give it their best effort. That's really all we can ask for.
Scott School Principal
Third Grade M-STEP Testing
Third graders will take the M-STEP as follows:
ELA: May 3rd & 4th
Math: May 5th & 6th
Parent Input Form for 2021-22
An email was sent to families on Friday, May 23rd containing a link for access to a Parent Input Form. This form allows parents to provide input for 2021-22 class placement consideration. DeWitt Public Schools promotes balanced classrooms by respectfully declining the acceptance of classroom teacher requests as well as requests for students to be placed in classrooms with specific peers. However, we recognize and appreciate the insight parents have about their child. If you have additional information you would like to share that is important to consider for your child's classroom placement, please complete the Parent Input Form by Monday, May 3rd. The Scott School Parent Input Form is for all current second and third grade students, and form submissions will be provided to the 2021-22 principal of the school your child will attend next year. Principals are committed to working cohesively to ensure dynamic placements for every student.
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.
MMDHD Quarantine Rubric
Here is a quarantine rubric from the Mid-Michigan District Health Department to give families an idea on the criteria used to determine how long students are out of school if they test positive or are exposed to COVID and deemed a close contact.
Pfizer Vaccine Opportunity
Spring Testing & Read By Grade Three Law
The Read By Grade Three Law is still currently in effect this year. Students whose Acadience composite score was below benchmark in the fall and winter brought home an Individual Reading Improvement Plan (IRIP) document for parents to review on April 9th. It is important that the signature page is completed and returned to school by April 19th because this is part of the Read by Grade Three Law expectations. The IRIP contains information that families have already been made aware of since benchmark and progress monitoring reports have been sent home all year. Also, families received communication in the form of a letter throughout the year if their child qualified for reading intervention.
Spring NWEA Testing occurred within the April 12th-16th testing window already, and Acadience testing is scheduled for April 28th-30th. M-STEP testing starts in third grade, and testing is scheduled for May 3rd-11th
Girls on the Run Opportunity
The Girls on the Run program inspires ALL girls to build confidence and make intentional decisions, while fostering care and compassion for self and others. Trained coaches use physical activity and dynamic discussions to build social, emotional and physical skills in every girl while encouraging healthy habits for life. Scott school will be the site for 3rd grade girls starting April 27th immediately after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All of the Dewitt GOTR teams will participate in a 5K run/walk/jog at the end of the season. To register your 3rd grade daughter go to www.gotrmidmichigan.org. If you have any questions contact Nichole Martinson at email@example.com or 517-230-7138.
Pick Up Loop Vehicle Student Name Signs
Please be sure to place a large sign in your window or dash with your child's first and last name if you use the pick up loop after school. This helps us say your child's name over our speaker system and be efficient in keeping traffic moving through our loop. Thanks for your help! This is especially important when we return to full in person instruction since there will be many more students waiting at the loop.
Neighbor Niceties - Please don't block driveways, the Parking Lot, & Turn Right
Scott is a neighborhood school, and we have many wonderful neighbors who support our school. However, a concern that has been communicated many times this year is vehicles blocking driveways at the beginning and end of the day when drop off and pick up occurs. There are more students dropped off and picked up than typical this year which creates additional traffic on Wilson Street. Please be respectful of our neighbors by refraining from idling (or parking) your car in front of any driveway while waiting in the parent loop line. Allowing space for driveway access for all property owners is important and helps us maintain positive relations with our friendly neighbors and demonstrates respectful driver etiquette. Also, vehicles cannot stop in the intersection where the stop sign is located south of your building. We are fortunate to have support from our local law enforcement to keep our students, community, and school safe, so please know these traffic violations could result in police issuing tickets. In addition, please follow road rules by parking in legal spots when needing to enter the building. There are an increasing number of drop off and pick up by vehicles not using the loop. This is strongly discouraged. Please follow our driving guidelines so pick up and drop off tunes are safe for everyone by preventing an unfortunate accident from occurring and helping us keep good relations with our neighborhood community members. Vehicles exiting the loop must make a righthand turn only. Lastly, please keep in mind that our staff need to be on time to work to teach and support your child, so please allow staff access to the staff parking lot when they arrive to work each day. Thank you for your attention to these concern areas.
We are pleased to be able to adjust our drop off time to 7:55 a.m. this year to help keep traffic flow moving. Students dropped off in the loop are to walk to the front of the building and social distance in the cafeteria before the first bell rings.
Breakfast & Lunch
Pandemic EBT Program
Families who were not able to get free and reduced meal program access due to COVID should read this flyer. Please pass this along to anyone you know who may qualify and have interest in this.
Now that we are returning to in person instruction, the vestibule hours at Scott School will be adjusted to 7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on days we have school.
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!
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.