Kindergarten Screening

Chillicothe Elementary School 2021-2022

Welcome to Chillicothe Elementary School!

Welcome to Chillicothe Elementary School! We are excited to work with you as a part of our team to empower your child as a learner and leader! Below, we have provided information on kindergarten screening sign-up and answers to your questions as you prepare for the 2021-2022 school year!
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Kindergarten Screening Q&A

Q: When will Chillicothe Elementary School have kindergarten screening for incoming kindergarten students?

A: Chillicothe Elementary will hold kindergarten screenings on Tuesday, March 2nd through Friday, March 5th from 9:00am-2:00pm.

Q: If my child attended CELC pre-school, will my child still have to participate in kindergarten screening?

A: Children who attended pre-school at CELC do not have to schedule a kindergarten screening. Our CES kindergarten screening team works with CELC pre-school teachers to obtain your child's Speed Dial scores from pre-school.

Q: How do I schedule a time for my student to participate in the screening process?

A: Kindergarten screening is required for all students entering kindergarten and who turn five years old before August 1, 2021. Please call Chillicothe Elementary School @ 660-240-3315 to schedule your child's screening appointment.

Q: Where will kindergarten screenings take place?

A: All kindergarten screenings will take place at Chillicothe Elementary School, 900 Coach K Street, Chillicothe, Missouri. When you arrive for you scheduled screening, please report to the K-1 CES Office entrance.

Q: What do I need to bring with me to kindergarten screening?

A: You will need to bring any required registration documentation that you have not already submitted to the Chillicothe R-2 District Office (proof of residency, proof of age, immunization records).


Examples of proof of age include but are not limited to the following: birth certificate, legal paperwork, immigration papers, passport, hospital/health records, etc.


Examples of proof of residency include but are not limited to the following: current utility bill, a real estate tax receipt, a property tax receipt, a mortgage agreement, or a lease agreement.

Q: Do I have to schedule a time to bring my child to kindergarten screening or can I just show up?

A: Because we work with children one-on-one, it is vital that you schedule a time to bring your child to kindergarten screening using the number above. In addition, we have strict health guidelines and processes for our kindergarten screening to limit the number of people in the office and participating in the screening process to protect you and your child's health.

Q: What assessment does the Chillicothe Elementary School use and how long will it take for my child to complete the screening?

A: The Chillicothe Elementary School uses the Speed DIAL-4 as our kindergarten screen assessment. This assessment is an abbreviated version of the full DIAL-4 test and provides our administrator, counselor, language specialist, and teachers with a quick and effective assessment of your child's motor, concept, and language skills. In addition, we will test your child's hearing and vision as well as collecting basic information like height and weight. The entire screening process will take approximately 30 minutes.

Q: When will I find out who my child's kindergarten teacher will be?

A: Parents and students will be notified about teacher assignments prior to the beginning of the school year to ensure that we have placed your child in the best classroom to meet his/her needs. Therefore, we will send information regarding your child's kindergarten classroom and teacher in August 2021.
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Kindergarten Screening Health Processes and Procedures

Q: What processes and procedures will be in place to ensure the health of my child?

A: In order to ensure the health and safety of you, your child, and our CES screening team, we will be following the processes and procedures listed below:
  1. All Chillicothe Elementary School staff that is a part of the screening team will be required to wear masks at all times.
  2. All materials used during the screening process will be disinfected between each student's screening.
  3. The screening schedule is designed to accommodate two students per 30-minute rotation to ensure physical distancing.
  4. Masks will be required for parents/guardians and children participating in the screening.
  5. One parent/guardian per student will be allowed in the building.

Meet the Kindergarten Screening Team

Kindergarten Pre-Registration Q&A

Q: How do I enroll my child in the Chillicothe R-2 School District?

A: All incoming kindergarten students must be enrolled in the Chillicothe R-2 School District and complete the pre-registration process. This form will be available from the Chillicothe R-2 District Office in mid-April. If you have questions regarding the pre-registration process, please contact Laura Schuler @ 660-646-4566.

Q: If my child attends pre-school at Chillicothe Early Learning Center, do I still need to complete the pre-registration process?

A: Yes! We require all students entering kindergarten to complete the pre-registration process. This ensures that we have correct and updated information for each child and parent/guardian.

Q: What documents do I need to provide to the Chillicothe R-2 School District during the pre-registration process?

A: You will need to provide the District with the following documentation for your child:

  1. Proof of Age
  2. Proof of Residency
  3. Immunization Records

Q: How do I get the required documents listed above to the District?

A: Please bring these items with you to Chillicothe Elementary School during your child's scheduled kindergarten screening (see screening information below).

About the Chillicothe Elementary School Principal

Dr. Jill Watkins began her tenure in education in 1996. Throughout her career, Dr. Watkins has been a middle school and high school English Language Arts teacher, a secondary-level instructional coach, a secondary-level blended learning coach, a secondary-level teaching and learning coach, a district-level Instructional Technology Facilitator, a college-level instructor, a middle-level assistant principal, A+ coordinator, and a high-school assistant principal.


Dr. Watkins currently fills multiple roles in the Chillicothe R-II School District. Dr. Watkins is the Chillicothe Elementary School Principal. She also serves as the District Mentoring Coach for all first and second-year teachers as well as new teachers to the Chillicothe R-II School District, and she is the District's Professional Development Committee chair. In addition to her roles at Chillicothe R-II, Dr. Watkins serves on dissertation committees and is a dissertation editor for doctoral students enrolled in various universities across the nation.


Dr. Watkins is an avid reader, runner, and cyclist, and she enjoys spending time with her husband Wes and two dachshunds Pippa and Elsa.

Dr. Watkins earned a Bachelor of Science in English/Education from Missouri Western State University, a Masters of Education in Secondary Leadership and Administration from Northwest Missouri State University, an Educational Specialist in Superintendency from Northwest Missouri State University, and a Doctorate in Education from William Woods University.