Ms. Scott

Welcome to 5th grade! My name is Marissa Scott and this is my fourth year teaching at Iron Horse. I am so excited to have another wonderful year at this school and with all of you!

Room 377


October Newsletter!


Happy October! Crazy to think that we are almost a quarter of the way through the year already!



Parent-teacher conferences are next week! Please make sure you are signing up using the link that was sent out to you by our Admin last week! Make sure to note if you would like an in-person conference or a virtual one!  


COGAT Testing

Please see this letter from Mrs. Miller about our upcoming COGAT testing in November!


Dear Parents/Guardians,


DCSD is committed to implementing equitable practices to increase access to advanced/gifted learning opportunities. Based on state and national recommendations and requirements, we implement Universal Screening for students in 2nd grade (February) and 5th or 6th grade--a student's final year of elementary school (November).


As part of this process, ALL students in 5th grade who have not been identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of November 8th. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  


If your child missed their regular universal CogAT screening last year, they will be assessed during this window.  This would pertain to students currently in 3rd and possibly 6th or 7th grade (depending on the last grade in elementary).


If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with more detailed information about this process. 


Please see the following for additional information linked below:

DCSD Universal Screening Letter to Families_Fall 2021


Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is starting back up! Mrs. Mitzel will be leading our fifth-grade team this year! The first informational meeting will be on Friday, October 8th then meetings will be on Tuesdays each week at 7:40 after Fall Break. More information about when the Battles will take place will be explained at the meet on the 8th. Feel free to check out the website to see what books are on the 5th-grade list this year!


National Elementary Honor Society Can Drive!

         Our school chapter of NEHS is having their first service project THIS FRIDAY! NEHS members will be collecting nonperishable and non-expired canned food at the IHE Movie Night to donate to the Parker Task Force. Please help them out by bringing some cans when you come to watch Coco on the turf! Kids are welcome to bring in cans early as well and I will keep them in my room until the drive! Thanks for helping these students’ service project and helping our community!  


Halloween Brunch

         Our Halloween Brunch will be on the 29th this year! Kids should come to school in their costumes and be ready to be part of our school parade. Parents are welcome to watch the parade as the kids will be walking around the school outside! After the parade, we will be having a Halloween Brunch with some spooky snacks while we do some fun Halloween games and activities. Please watch out for a Sign-Up Genius to help us get snacks for the day! District guidelines are also allowing us to have TWO parent volunteers per class for parties. If you are interested in helping set up the brunch and would like to plan and lead a few games or activities, please let me know!     


Every Night Homework

         Please make sure to ask your kiddos about their nightly homework! We typically have a sheet of math each night unless we are reviewing or taking a test! I have seen an influx of missing assignments these last few weeks that I would love to bring back down. Reading logs should continue to be filled out (100 minutes per week) as well as practicing math facts nightly. We are in our first multiplication unit of the year so knowing those math facts will really help them out!  


Important Dates in October:

10/7 Book Fair Opens

10/8 IHE Movie Night at 6:30 and NEHS Can Drive

10/11-14 Conferences after school

10/18-22 Fall Break

10/29 Halloween Brunch


Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns!



Marissa Scott