Principal’s Corner

Principal’s Corner

Hello Discovery Parents and Families,

Happy May everyone! Ahh, spring time. Spring is such a mixed bag. Weather is all over the place, the end of the school year is getting closer, yet there is still so much to learn and do. We start winding down this school year, yet looking ahead to the next. I look forward to finishing these last few months strong!
We just concluded our spring parent conferences last Thursday and Friday. Thank you to those parents who attended with your child to collaborate with teachers. For those of you who may not have been able to attend, I would encourage you to reach out to teachers if you have any concerns at all about how your child is doing at school. We are still early in third trimester and working together to ensure student success is an important part of what we do. I hope for us to stay focused on learning and productive in our work these last few months.
With spring around the corner, allow me to discuss a few important reminders regarding behavior and dress code. We have a dress code because as a public school we have all different beliefs and types of people represented in our student body. We have to have a standard that respects the rights of others while allowing for safety in the school climate and keeping an environment conducive to learning. It is about context. We act and dress differently when we go to the dentist or out to a restaurant. School is like that, a more formal place where modest dress is expected out of respect for others. Please remind your students to follow the dress code (page 13 in the student handbook if you need to check it), especially when the weather starts to warm up.
The other behavior I would like to touch on is really about relationships. As human beings we navigate all different types of relationships in our world. Relationships are typically based on respect. Respect for a family member. Respect for a colleague or peer. Respect for authority. Respect for the community. At school, the relationships most present are between teachers and students or between students and their peers. Either way, respect and kindness go a long way toward healthy relationships that make our school a better place. Most students demonstrate respect and kindness most of the time. I appreciate that and encourage all to think about that every day.
The focus for the month of May is BALANCED. Students who are BALANCED understand the importance of intellectual, physical, and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. To be balanced, we have to know ourselves and our needs emotionally, physically, and intellectually so that we know how to maintain the balance we desire. Middle school students are figuring that out for themselves and don’t always know what they are feeling or thinking, so we have to help teach them how to find that balance in themselves. AND IN OTHERS. One of my goals is to work on developing a kind and caring culture at Discovery. Achieving personal well-being for ourselves and others is definitely important if we are going to have a kind caring culture because students will think of others in addition to themselves. Let’s work together to teach our kids how to find and maintain this balance in themselves, and in others!

Make a difference for kids,
Mark Cain