Hello Discovery Parents and Families,

As we come to the conclusion of the school year, I want to thank the Discovery community for making my sixth year as principal a rewarding and enjoyable experience. The work of teaching and learning is essential to the functioning of our society and I am so thankful to help in that work with all of you. As we continue to focus on creating a school that has a kind and respectful culture and ensures high levels of learning for every student, Discovery Middle School will continue to show improvement. My goal as principal is to help create the conditions where everyone (parents, students, and staff) works together to support each student to meet all measures of student learning placed before them.


I will be the first one to admit we still have work to do. I won’t rest until all students are demonstrating the kind of success where they are “empowered to create a better world” and ready to move on to high school and beyond. I look forward to the challenge of continuing our work to improve the culture, learning, and performance of our school.  Thank you for your support!


For those of you moving on to the high school next year, I wish you great success. It has been a pleasure to partner with you the last three years to educate your child and prepare them for what life brings beyond our doors. Middle school can be a rough time for some, but I have seen plenty of students who struggled in middle school blossom in high school as they mature just that much more and figure out who they want to become. Wonderful things await those who seek them. Best wishes for a safe summer!


The Learner Profile focus for the month of June is REFLECTIVE. Students who are REFLECTIVE give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development. We all start from some place, and regardless of where that place is, we can and should learn and grow from that place to become productive and contributing citizens. It doesn’t matter where you start from, all of us have the ability to reflect on where we are and set a course to grow from there. As we look ahead to summer, it is a great time to REFLECT on where we have come from and where we are going.

Empowering students to create a better world,

Mark Cain