Our culture

At Discovery, we pride ourselves in being respectful, responsible and safe with empathy. As a school, we have created common expectations based on these principles. These building-wide expectations are posted throughout our school for staff and students to reference.

We also believe it is important to give the opportunity for success to all Wildcats. Our school has dedicated time to teach our expectations, as well as teach lessons around social-emotional health, growth mindset and building school community.

We believe that responsibility, respect, safety and empathy are all qualities that will help our students succeed and, ultimately, create a better world.

The Discovery community has developed common expectations for the purpose of creating a positive culture that allows and facilitates high levels of learning. These expectations are focused on safety, responsibility and respect with empathy. Staff members will be intentional in teaching, modeling and periodically reviewing the common expectations throughout the year. We ask that every student follow these expectations and the Discovery givens:

  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself
  • Use appropriate language and voice level
  • Follow adult directions the first time they are given
  • Help maintain a clean campus
  • Respect personal space and property of others

Classroom

Passing areas/
hallways

Bathrooms

Cafeteria/
Commons

Toolbox/
library

Outside areas

Be responsible

  • Be on time, seated and prepared to learn.
  • Allow others to learn and teachers to teach.
  • Actively participate in your learning.
  • Always travel with a pass.
  • Be where you’re supposed to be.
  • Use closest available bathroom.
  • Return promptly to class.
  • Use only if needed.
  • Follow dismissal procedures.
  • Put trays, silverware and containers in proper places.
  • Ten people to a table.
  • Return materials in good condition and in a timely manner.
  • Come with a pass.
  • Use furniture for its intended purposes.
  • Use equipment appropriately and return when done.
  • When bell rings, promptly clean up and head to class.

Be respectful

  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Accept redirection and feedback.
  • Patiently wait your turn.
  • Be aware of other classes around you.
  • Respond politely to others.
  • Be thoughtful of others traveling; keep hallways open.
  • Dispose of items in appropriate areas.
  • Give others privacy.
  • Flush.
  • Handle your food appropriately.
  • Welcome other students to your table.
  • Enter quietly.
  • Start interactions with “hello.”
  • Wait your turn.
  • Respect Discovery’s landscaping.
  • Be mindful of others when playing games.

Be safe

  • Leave room only with permission from an adult.
  • Use all materials as they are intended.
  • Follow entrance and exit procedures.
  • Always walk.
  • Stay on the right.
  • Keep your feet on the floor.
  • Report issues.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Keep water in the sink.
  • Line up single file for lunch line.
  • Be neat and clean; work with staff to clean up messes.
  • Stay seated until dismissal, unless dumping tray or going to the restroom.
  • Enter and exit in a single file line.
  • When the bell rings, let everyone exit before you enter.
  • Always walk.
  • Report any unsafe behavior to an adult.
  • Stay within the boundaries.
  • Be mindful of traffic.
Related: Student guidelines
In addition to the MYP foundation of challenging academic programs and rigorous common assessments, our Discovery community shares common academic standards:

  • Identify the triangle of learning within each classroom: learning targets, inquiry questions and global contexts. Know what you’re learning and why you’re learning it.
  • Use a learning guide in each class.
  • Participate in class routines and instruction.
  • Follow all common expectations; learning guide expectations; and school, district and state policies, regulations and laws.
Our students deserve recognition when they do well. This recognition may take the form of a positive comment, an MYP Learner Profile Award or one of several special awards given throughout the year. Below is a partial list of those awards:

  • Honor Roll and Principal’s Honor Roll: Those students who earn and maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average for first and second trimester will be invited to celebrate with their families at a special recognition event.
  • MYP Learner Profile Awards: Each month the school focuses on one learner profile characteristic. At the end of the month, teachers nominate students to be recognized for demonstrating this characteristic. Students are honored during the day and a note is mailed home.
  • Colonel Terry Nelson Award: The Colonel Terry Nelson Award recognizes an exceptional eighth-grade student who represents the Middle Years Programme learner profile. Nominees are recognized for their community service, academic achievement and overall citizenship and leadership. This presentation is made the last day of school during the final assembly.
  • CATS, Athletic Core Covenant awards: Given for commitment, attitude, teamwork and sportsmanship each season for each sport.
  • Wildcat Pride: Staff members throughout the building have pride tickets to hand out to students who demonstrate our behavioral expectations of responsibility, respect, safety and empathy.