News & Updates
The Discovery Charter School word this week is Caring — showing true respect and affection for all in your circle of life.
“Take care of yourself, take care of your friends,
Take great care of each other and the circle never ends”
Take Care of Yourself, Songs From TheWishingstone
The Discovery family is now a month old, and we continue to define ourselves and breathe life to our vision each day. Two hundred students, twenty advisors, support staff and governing board members, and another eight hundred plus family members and friends bring our shared family to a thousand or more people in the Discovery Charter School circle of caring and learning. We share a commitment to make each other’s life better.
This is a great time to reflect on our daily interactions, and ensure that we do take care of each other. Our key relationships start in our classrooms and on our playgrounds, where we must require respect in all interactions. I have been on playgrounds for close to Fifty years now, and I have seen the early stages of play in early grades, turn to rough play, and the inclusion of teasing, first to be funny, and then with hurtful intentions. I have seen that grow more intense and hurtful as students move on through school. What we accepted in schools as rough play and teasing, has grown into the evil phenomenon that we see today as bullying. It is not only in our schools, but in the world around us as well. As a staff, and directly influenced by the leadership of our Governing Board, I can promise that the Discovery Charter School has as its basic premise the guarantee of individualdignity for everyone in our family. We need to teach, model, and expect safe play, and caring in all of our interactions, in school and on our playgrounds. A great rule is to “Keep your hands, feet, and unkind words to yourself.” As adults we need to listen closely to each other, value each other’s opinions, answer each other’s questions, and respect each other’s ideas. More importantly we must truly care for everyone in our circle. We are unique, we are the Discovery Charter School Family!
Help support Discovery Charter School when you purchase groceries. Beginning Thursday, September 15, 2011 through December 31, 2011 bring in your Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market receipts to school. For every $20.00 spent per visit, DCS will receive a $1.00 donation. Not only that but the school in Nevada that raises the most money will receive an additional $5,000 cash bonus. What if Discovery won and we turned those funds into iPads or laptops for our students? We will also be hosting a Fresh & Easy Shopping Night where our students can provide a service and help support their school…Stay tuned for the dates…Receipts can be turned in at the front desk. Happy shopping!
“Question this and question that and ask and ask and ask,
Your questions are your answers as you meet each learning task.”
Seven days in and our families flood us with ideas, learning support and questions as to what they can do to help. Here is a beginning list:
- We are forming a 501C-3 foundation to target funds, grants and finances to support our project based learning. Call our offices for phone numbers and names of people who can guide you in supporting our projects.
- We need to form parent support groups at each site.
- We have many, many computers at each site and we need wiring and set -up skills to bring them on line for our students.
- We are seeking affordable weekly cleaning support to supplement our students and staff who take a great deal of responsibility for cleaning.
- We are looking to provide stalls for our restrooms, and we need assistance with the construction.
- We can use assistance answering phones and assisting with office clerical duties.
- We need music, dance, art, and creative volunteers for our classrooms.
- We need our families to meet together to organize special Friday family activities and project experiences.
- We need parents to assist us in working with individual students to assist us in realizing our vision of truly individualizing learning opportunities for our students.
- We need families to be available for special presentations and sharing of expertise that helps them in their work and pastimes.
- We need families to share their vision and needs for the education of their children so that we can weave those visions effectively with ours.
- We need families to continue to believe in us and to be comfortable sharing the task of educating children.
Please contact our office staff at either site, or feel free to call or meet with any of our teachers and administrative staff. We are available before school, after school, and of course on Fridays to meet with you and share ideas.
Dr. Dave Price, Director of Education