The Scott Spotlight
May 21, 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.
May 31: No School - Memorial Day
June 4: Last Day of School - Half Day Dismissal at 11:12 a.m.
Dear Scott School Families,
It's truly unreal that the end of the year is almost here. This is one for the books, that's for sure! I want to to give a shout out to our students for demonstrating flexibility and perseverance, even when things seemed impossible with the changes from in person to online learning and adapting to various schedules throughout the year. I want to thank our families with every ounce of gratitude in my heart. Your resilience, patience, and support were/are one of a kind. You made the 2020-21 Year of COVID bearable even when it seemed impossible. I want to thank our staff for showing up every day, never skipping a beat with teaching the Common Core Standards, elevating their technology proficiency through trial and error and lots of networking, and most importantly loving our students through a historical time that they will never forget. WE. DID. IT! You, they, us, me.....we all are closing in on the finish line, and the feels I have are big and powerful and real. Because of the team effort, we all learned so much more than what we expect a school year to be comprised of. We learned that we need each other. We learned that being in the same space as one another is comforting and fulfilling. We learned that hugs are priceless. We learned that technology is amazing even though it doesn't replace the value of in person interactions. We learned that we can do hard things. Thank you again for the opportunity to take this journey together. I'm confident we wouldn't have signed up for it, but I can say with strong conviction that we all learned so much during this pandemic. I will miss your child next year if he/she is moving on to Herbison Woods. I look forward to seeing your child in the fall if he/she will return to Scott School. I will forever remember the unique experiences we had in 2020-21. Although our school year doesn't end until June 4th, I want to officially wish you a safe, healthy, and super summer because this is the last school-wide newsletter of the year. Thanks for all you are and all you do!
With kindness and gratitude,
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.
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.
Acadience & NWEA Reports
Acadience and NWEA reports will be coming home this week. Please check your child's backpack on Friday for these. These benchmark assessments provide valuable information on a student's growth at a moment in time. This information is valuable to gauge student performance, but it does not define a student as a learner. Considering various data points allows a more comprehensive picture of a student's academic strengths and areas for growth. It is also important to remember that these benchmark tests were given online (fall and winter) and in person (spring) for most students. This, along with other factors during this unprecedented pandemic year, can have various impacts on how academic performance.
Our DeWitt PTA showered Scott School staff with lots of love to celebrate Staff Appreciation Week. We are grateful for the support they provide to our schools!
Lots of Learning
Mrs. Greenfield's class enjoyed some fun in the sun by taking advantage of learning outside this week.
Walking Field Trip
Mrs. Hyde, Mrs. Strahl, and Mrs. Zarotney took students on a walking field trip this week to Riverside Park to utilize our natural resources right here in DeWitt for science exploration.
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 either a virtual Panther Pride luncheon (remote learning students) or a Panther Pride recess (in person learning students) at the end of each month with Mrs. Reha and Mrs. Schwarz.
Wesley is a 2nd grader in Mrs. Hingst's online class. He was invited to attend the April virtual Panther Pride Luncheon.
DPS Chromebook & Hot Spot Return
It's time for district loaned Chromebooks and hot spots to be returned to DPS. Please read the Device Return document, click on the Check In Form link, then print and complete the form to accompany the device you checked out when you return it on one of the four dates listed.
At Home Internet Option
Check out this great opportunity for Internet service at home and see if you qualify for it.
Project Connect Opportunity
Project Connect is an opportunity for county residents to access free resources. Please pass this along to any family who is seeking support.
Pfizer Vaccine Opportunity
DJP Football & Cheer
DJP is gearing up for fall football and cheerleading. For more information, read this flyer.
K-8 Summer Enrichment and Fall Readiness Opportunities
DeWitt Public Schools is committed to offering extensive summer programming to help mitigate the effects of the pandemic on student learning. Check out this flyer for information on how your child can participate in these awesome experiences.
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.
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.