Through the Telescope Vol. 28…

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers”   –Ralph Nader

Louis V. Gersten, Jr.  A corporate CEO credited with major turn-around successes in R.J. Nabisco and IBM was the featured speaker at an education forum sponsored by Fortune Magazine in 1988.  As the American education system struggled with many problems, he focused our skills to identify problems in great detail, but our failures to find solutions to those problems.

Starting in Minnesota in 1991, state after state established programs to spend state educational money on new ideas for schools.  They encouraged families to join forces with educators to create new schools with new ideas and techniques.  This was the start of the Charter School movement, and by 1992, nineteen states had established programs offering state educational funds for new charter schools with new and exciting ways to meet the needs of families and their students.  Nevada joined the Charter School movement in the late 90’s and today there are charter schools in over 40 states.  Charter schools are free and open to all families and their students, allowing parents to be directly involved in creating individualized learning experiences for their students.

The Discovery Charter School is an innovative educational ark!  We are funded by public tax money through the Nevada State Department of Education.  A group of families and educators have joined together to follow a dream and to create a unique school where teachers and families team together.  We will create exciting learning projects allowing students and families share new levels of skill development and knowledge levels through a family-wide love of learning.  Charter schools are traditionally small averaging just under 200 students per school nationwide.  Charter schools pride themselves in offering low student to teacher ratios and Discovery Charter School is targeting 22 to 23 students per teacher.  We believe in offering more individualized instruction time.  We have established two sites that will allow us to offer two K-8 programs focusing on student projects, inquiry based instruction, community responsibility and problem solving. We will share complete leveled instructional objectives with students and families to guide their learning process and we are excited about developing an innovative technological curriculum. ~Dr.Price

Project based Field Trips…..

Many students have taken project presentation to a new level. Whether it be an in depth study of sharks or the fascinating features of a trampoline, there is a field trip to go with it!  Students begin with an idea and follow through with the planning and implementation of the field trip.  Locations have included; The Shark Reef, Mini Grand Prix, and Skyzone.  Advisors encourage this type of project presentation, as it encourages project based and hands on learning at its finest.

Enrollment 2013-2014

Re-Enrollment and New Kinder Enrollment is going on right now!  If you haven’t returned your student’s enrollment packet please do so by January 31st to ensure his/her spot for the 2013-2014 school year.  Enrollment packets can be found online at www.dcslv.org under the enrollment tab. Please feel free to contact Miss Lisa in the office with any questions you may have.

Off to the library we go…

Students at the Hillpointe campus have broadened their research skills by taking trips the library ever three weeks. Students have toured the Summerlin Library and have learned about the valuable resources that the library has to offer.

Report Cards

Hillpointe students will receive their report cards the week of January 21st and students at the Mesa Vista campus will receive their report cards the week of January 28th.

We Are Monsters

Mesa Vista students are gearing up for the musical performance of “We Are Monsters”.  Students auditioned for their parts and have been practicing diligently for their performance in April. A student matinee is scheduled for both campuses to attend as well as an evening show at 6:00pm. A venue is still being determined. Cirque Fit is coming to Discovery!!

Coming in February to the Hillpointe campus and in March to the Mesa Vista campus is Cirque Fit.  This exciting acrobatic class is taught by KA performer Sarah Guillot-Guyard who is a graduate of Annie Fratellini Art & Circus Academy where she specialized as an Acrobat and Aerialist.  Please visit www.cirquefitlv.com for more information on her program.

Fundraising Success!!

Barnes & Noble in store book fair -$134.06

Box Top for Education-$407.78

Fresh and Easy Receipt Collection-$800.00

Thank you for all the continued support!  These funds help provide much needed supplies, equipment and books to Discovery Charter students.

First Annual Art Gala – February 9, 2013

Students at both campuses have been creating beautiful pieces of artwork for the 1st annual art gala and silent auction.  This event is open to all Discovery families and friends.  The gala will take place at the Emergency Arts building downtown from 1-5pm and admission is free.  We hope to see you there!

Discovery Charter School After-School Running, Walking, and Fitness Club

Every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30pm-4:30pm at the Hillpointe Campus; Starting Monday, January 28th.

This is for any student, parent, or guardian that wants to join in and improve or work on their fitness levels. It is also designed for student’s grades 4 through grades 8 who are interested in training for track and field meets which start in April. This will be a good opportunity for them to get some good cardiovascular training and conditioning.

Anybody interested please meet in front of the Grades 3-8 Building at 3:30pm on Monday, January 28. We will then go across the street stretch, warm-up, and run, walk, or jog around Lummis Elementary School and Becker Middle School. Course is a paved sidewalk and is just less than one mile.  Attendance is not mandatory. This is just a fun club for those interested in running, power-walking, jogging, and exercise.  If you any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Mr. Alan Takemoto, the Health and Fitness K-8 Advisor at the Hillpointe Campus.

Discovery Charter School Foundation

Please join us February 1st at 2pm at the Mesa Vista campus for the Discovery Foundation board meeting.  Please visit www.dcslvfoundation.org for more information.

 Parent Voice

Weekly parent meetings are held at both campuses. This is an opportunity to voice ideas, concerns and keep updated on DCS happenings.   Hillpointe campus meets Wednesdays at 8:20am and the Mesa Vista campus meets Thursdays at 8:20am.

Mark Your Calendars

Jan 29. Skate Night for Hillpointe

Jan 31. Bodies Exhibit Fieldtrip for Mrs. Hall’s class

Feb 1. DCS Foundation Meeting @ 2pm

Feb 8. Cirque Fit begins @ Hillpointe Campus

Feb 9. Discovery Art Gala & Silent Auction @ Emergency Arts

Feb 28. Smith Center Field trip Mrs. Suhr’s class

March 12. Smith Center Field Trip for Ayala, Rivera, Frazier, Anderson, McNeese

Wednesdays Hillpointe Parent Meetings

Wednesdays Lango at Hillpointe

Thursdays Mesa Vista Parent Meetings