Through the Telescope…Volume 15

“Children shape our lives as surely as we shape theirs”

Thoughts—and Other Things At Sunrise Kaye Wesson*

*Kaye has written a wonderful collection of insightful poetry, observations, and reflections.  I had the privilege to work with Kaye in the Clark County Schools and you can find her today as our contracted Speech and Language teacher at both sites for the Discovery Charter School.

THE CHILDREN ARE THE ANSWER

TO ALL THAT IS WRONG TODAY

WITHIN THEIR HEARTS ARE PEACE

AND LOVE TO LIGHT THE WAY

KEEP THEM SAFE

KEEP THEM FREE

KEEP THEM BRIGHT TO LEARN AND GROW

LET THEM DREAM

LET THEM BE

IN A KINDER WORLD THEN WE NOW KNOW

TAKE THE LIGHT

WITHIN THEIR EYES

LET IT BE OUR CONSTANT GOAL

TO TEACH THEM TRUTH

INSTEAD OF LIES

AND KEEP GOODNESS IN THEIR SOULS

THE CHILDREN ARE THE ANSWER

TO ALL THAT IS WRONG TODAY

WITHIN THEIR HEARTS ARE PEACE

AND LOVE TO LIGHT T HE WAY

D. Price

This song speaks of the innocent optimism and natural excitement about learning that we see in children.   They come with us the first day of kindergarten in school yards across the country, where you see eager faces on both children and parents as the first days of school unfold.  From that day forth, the enthusiasm for school, for becoming part of a social group, for learning itself is directly related to the number of successful and confidence building experiences created for each child.

We can follow the same group of children and parents on into school, and in both we can see the light of excitement in their eyes start to dim as successes in learning elude children.  Some lights start to dim even after a few weeks of little success, and certainly the latter half of the school year.  Those who know success fly high with excitement, but those who experience only failure after failure, lose confidence quickly.

This song challenges each of us to: “Take the light within their eyes; Let it be our constant goal, to teach them truth instead of lies, and to keep goodness in their souls.  The children are the answer……..”

SPRING BREAK BEGINS FOR STUDENTS ON FRIDAY, MARCH 29TH and for our Discovery Charter School Staff on Saturday, March 31st. School will start up for everyone on Monday, April 9th. We wish all of our staff and our students and their families a safe, exciting week that is full of new learning events and experiences.

ENROLLMENTS AT BOTH DISCOVERY CAMPUSES ARE QUICKLY BECOMING FULL. We have started waiting lists at both sites in our Kindergarten programs.  We are monitoring the addition of new students very closely in all grades with several classes very close to our 22/1 student to teacher targeted class size.  We will pay close attention to our growth, but as it is only March and we have limited facilities, we are not planning on advertising for students. Family support and word of mouth has been our most effective marketing tool, and we appreciate the number of new students who come to us recommended by currently enrolled families. If you still have friends who need to take a look at us, please urge them to come in soon as we can foresee waiting lists in all classes at both sites before this school year has ended.  We thank all of our families for their support and for encouraging their friends to take close look at our program and our focus on the individual needs of children.

ALAN TAKAMOTO, HILLPOINTE ADVISOR was invited to the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club meeting last week to receive a gift of books from the club.  The books included current publications, with some signed editions from authors. Alan is pictured above with Linda Bertuzzi from the Rotary Club.   The books will be shared between the Mesa Vista and the Hillpointe sites.  We appreciate the support of the local community for our charter school program.  Alan was instrumental in our summer registration program last summer as we were faced with the enrollment of new families in a new school. He has carried our message well to the community, with an impressive list of donated teaching materials and equipment following his contacts.

SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT FEATURED AT LITTLE SCHOLAR DAY CARE EXTENDS TO DISCOVERY CHARTER SCHOOL FACILITES.  A solar project to fitting the Discovery Charter School with energy panels is under/way.  We are excited about this “GREEN” energy program and we are encouraging our students and their families to learn more about solar energy as we progress.  The installers are also well versed on total electric power for vehicles and they will be presenting special information on alternative energy sources in our classrooms.

THANKS TO OFFICE MANAGER, LISA BERNAUER, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE VISITED BOTH DISCOVERY CAMPUSES last week and the students and staff were very excited about the visit. Lisa arranged for The Pillar of Light Commonwealth performers, a group of home school students, to put on a great performance of As You Like It.   Following the performance, they conducted excellent student involvement workshops in acting and the art of performing.  We thank Lisa for her quality multi-tasking skills and her continued search for quality shared experiences for our students. If you have presentation ideas or you know of potential programs please contact Lisa at Mesa Vista, 547-5682.

YOU WILL SEE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES IN ACTION AT BOTH DISCOVERY SITES as they practice after school.  Health and Physical Education instructor Alan Takemoto, has scheduled three track meets to take place after Spring break.  We will keep you posted on the track meet schedule to allow us to gather and cheer for our athletes.

WE KNOW THAT BASEBALLS AND HOW THEY ARE MADE ARE NOT OF HIGH INTEREST TO EVERYONE, but my brother sent me this video and I found it fascinating.  I am sure that there is sports enthusiast out there in our student body that would find this video the springboard to a very successful project. Please go to YouTube, and enter how baseballs are made.  This is one of the first videos of the inside of a major league baseball factory.

WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW A VERY INNOVATIVE STUDENT PROJECT THIS WEEK.  FOURTH GRADER, THOMAS ELLSWORTH designed and created four unique video clips featuring cartoon characters, his voice, and presentations of factual information on the American flag, Nevada Day and patriotism.  We will post the American flag clip on our web site for you to enjoy.  We are seeing a wide variety of creative presentations as we begin to close out our first year of project based learning.