Hello Discovery Parents and Families,
Happy November! We are entering into my favorite time of year. I love celebrating the holidays, the transition from summer to fall and the leaves changing color, and yes, I even enjoy the cooler wetter weather. At least for a short time. We have much to work on here at Discovery Middle School, but we also have much to celebrate. Here are a few things I would like to celebrate this month:
-I am thankful for the work of our counselors (Mrs. Bledsoe, Mrs. Herman, and Mr. Dutelle). The emotional, mental health, academic, and behavioral support our counselors provide is invaluable to our students. Mrs. Morrow (Prevention and Intervention support) and Mrs. Farias-Govea (Family Resource Coordinator) round out a team of caring dedicated educators who work hard to support students and families and I am thankful for them every day.
-I am thankful for growth. We celebrated the students who have not gotten into trouble this month with a mini social at the end of the school day today. 93% of our 701 students had the opportunity to attend and end their day with some fun in recognition of the good choices they are making at school each day. This is a significant improvement from last year.
-I am thankful for wonderful staff who go the extra mile every day to help our students succeed. Each person plays a significant role in Engaging, Empowering, and Encouraging our students. They care about your students deeply and work hard to give the best learning experience they can each and every day.
-I am thankful for our students. Every time I see a student find success, achieve a milestone, complete an act of kindness, I am proud. Kids are why we do what we do, and Discovery has awesome students that I enjoy working with.
-I am thankful for a community who values and supports education. We live in difficult times, and some of you know this better than others. Education, becoming life, college, and career ready is an important opportunity for our students to find success in life. We couldn’t do this without community support.
-I am thankful for you as parents. As a middle school parent myself, I know how challenging it can be to keep your child motivated to move forward. I also know how important it is that we stay the course as parents and continue to love and support our kids to do and be the very best they can. Thank you for your partnership and support.
The MYP Learner Profile focus for the month of November is THINKER. Students who are Thinkers exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions. Being a Thinker is challenging and difficult business. It means always looking at the world around you reflectively and using the knowledge you have attained to approach problems in a thoughtful way. Thinking creatively and critically is a key skill to deal with difficult issues in an ever changing world. Ask your students what they think. Value their thoughts and encourage them to push themselves to be good Thinkers. I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the variety of holidays you celebrate at this time of year. I am thankful to be a Wildcat and look forward to seeing you at the variety of events we have going on at Discovery.
Empowering students to create a better world,