The Scott Spotlight

September 8, 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

2023-24 District Calendar - 04.11.23.pdf
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Sept. 8-10:  Fall Acadience Testing

Sept. 11-15:  Fall NWEA Reading Testing

Sept. 15:  No School - Full Day of Professional Development for Certified Staff

Sept. 18-21 :  Fall NWEA Math Testing

Sept. 21:   Fall Picture Day

Reha's Report

Dear Scott School Families,

Well, we're back in it, and the school year is off to a rockin' start.  Thank you for your support and contributions to successfully getting things rolling.  I've been doing this for a long time, and I have to say that this year was one of the smoothest starts on record at Scott School.  I am thrilled to have the chance to work with you and your child, and look forward to our partnership all year long.  Some reminders to keep things going well:

All my best,

Linda Reha

Scott School Principal

Fall Acadience and NWEA Testing

Fall testing is here!  Here are our testing windows:

Some helpful reminders about benchmark testing:

NWEA - Did you know?

Did you know the following about NWEA MAP testing?




Positive Behavior Systems

Scott School uses positive behavior intervention systems to support students in learning and demonstrating expected behavior.   This all starts with our three school rules  below that are discussed and taught daily.

Along with our school rules, students earn Panther Pride tickets when a school staff member notices anyone demonstrating behavior that is respectful, responsible, or safe.  Students who earn Panther Prides are also announced on our Morning News, a panther head with their name is posted on a bulletin board in our school,  and they are invited to a special recess with Mrs. Reha and Mrs. Schwarz.

We recognize that our students are lifelong learners and continue to need support as they grow and learn throughout their educational career, this includes behavior as well as academics.  To help students process a difficult social or behavior situation and develop a success plan for the next time they face a similar situation, we use a teaching tool with students called a Think Sheet.  These forms are designed to help student reflect, forward think, and sometimes even include a type of restitution they can offer to do repair work for a situation.  To include parent/guardians in our school-home team connection for a student, these forms are sometimes sent home for parents to review, discuss with their child, and then sign and return to school when there is a pattern and a need for skill development.  This helps our our triangle team (student, parent(s), staff) work closely together on problem solving and social/behavior skill development.

Students at Scott School also learn about Zones of Regulation.  The Zones help students identify their feelings in meaningful ways and then choose and use tools to help self-regulate their emotions in a productive way.

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Panther Pride Ticket

Zones Think Sheet.pdf

Think Sheet

Zones of Regulation Visual Summary.pdf

Zones of Regulation

I Matter Photo Op

I Matter Student Photos Slideshow

It was exciting to see many students take advantage of the I Matter photo op backdrop at our open house.  Here are a few wonderful photos of students that were submitted to us to showcase.

Click on the thumbnail to view a slideshow of I Matter student photos.

Annual Student Update - REQUIRED for all DPS Students

We need your help!  About 20% of our families have not yet completed an annual student update through Infinite Campus.  If this applies to you, please take a few minutes to complete this important and required District update.  Below are the instructions that were sent to families via email.


REMINDER: As soon as possible, please log into your Infinite Campus parent portal to complete/confirm/update your student/s emergency contact information as well as acknowledging that you have read important District documents.  This will ensure your student has access to school programs/email, etc.

Be sure to read the following PRIOR to completing the update (all can be found here).

1. District Handbook

2. District Code of Conduct

3. School Building Handbook, including the Technology Code of Ethics & Acceptable Use Policy

DIRECTIONS (application works best using Chrome or Firefox browsers):

1. Log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

2. Click on the 3 lines (hamburger) in the upper left-hand corner to access MENU.




6. Type your name and sign with your mouse/trackpad. Click BEGIN.  At each prompt, review, confirm/update your student's data. Use the NEXT and SAVE/CONTINUE buttons to proceed through the Update. If any of your information is highlighted in yellow, you have missed a required field and must go back to edit/ update.

7. SUBMIT once complete.

All changes will be reviewed by staff and they will reach out to you to confirm updates and/or request additional documentation, depending on the change made.  If you need assistance with the Annual Update, please contact the District Registrar at 517-668-3017.

Fall Picture Day

Fall Picture Day at Scott School is:  September 21st

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Schwarz's Section

Hello Scott School Families,

What a wonderful start to the year we have had!  The students have done a beautiful job of transitioning into the new school year, learning our schedules, routines, and expectations.  I have had the opportunity to visit all of the classrooms this week to introduce myself and discuss my role here at Scott School.  We also enjoyed the book, "What Does It Mean to Be Kind?" which I really like to read at the beginning of the year as we're setting the stage of what it looks like to be Bucket Fillers. In addition, the students have been learning about the Zones of Regulation.  Feel free to click on this link to learn more.

I also wanted to make families aware of some great resources that we have available throughout the year. Click here to learn more about our Weekend Food Pack Program and the Old Newsboys Association of Greater Lansing.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance at any time during the year.

Take care,

DeAnn Schwarz

School Social Worker or (517) 668-3446

PTA Particulars

Invitation from the DeWitt Elementary PTA

Our new PTA Board has some awesome plans for this school year but we need your help! I would like to invite you to our first meeting this Tuesday September 12th at 7pm in the Media Center at Herbison Woods. Come meet other parents and staff, be a voice for your child, learn how to get involved, or sit back and enjoy the classic smell of books while you learn what we are all about. Your support matters. We can’t wait to see you! 

Your super excited PTA President,

Krista Howard

School Breakfast & Lunch

School breakfast and lunch is available to all students and this year, both are free to all students due to a State initiative

I-CHAT to Volunteer or Chaperone

All volunteers and chaperones must be cleared before an event through our District's I-CHAT background check process every year.  This process takes a few days, so please don't delay in completing it, so your report is processed and returned to the school in a timely fashion.

CLT and Professional Development Calendar

Below are the dates for Collaborative Learning Time (CLT) and professional development this year.  Thank you in advance for supporting these days which allow our teachers to participate in training and be continuous lifelong learners to support student success.

District Parent Resources & Events

DeWitt Concert Series Poster 2023-24 (11X17).pdf

Parent Guidance Series

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ID Requirement for Students to be Picked Up

Student safety is a priority.  Please bring proper identification each time your child is picked up from school.  Here are some ways adults picking up students can be identified:

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.

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.

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.