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Guidance & Counseling

The Guidance & Counseling Office at Discovery helps students make good choices (academically, personally, and socially) as they learn and grow.


Sandra Badur, Counselor for A – K                         Deanna Ward, Counselor for L - Z                             


                                                 Lori Heller, Guidance Office Aide


To Contact Us:

Mrs. Badur  

Mrs. Ward

Mrs. Heller

Mr. Runyan  (school psychologist) 



New to Canvas?  

There are some very helpful tutorial videos made from our staff right on our Discovery website.  Just go to Resources, and then go to A-K and pull down to “Canvas Help”.   


Penn Scheduling

Our 8th graders will begin the process for scheduling for high school at the end of November.  Here are some important dates to calendar:

Tues. Nov. 29 – 8th graders tour Penn and hear about scheduling process

Wed., Nov. 30 – Parent meeting here at Discovery (6 pm.) to give overview of scheduling

Wed., Dec. 7 – DMS counselors to go over specifics of Penn scheduling in Science classes

Mon., Dec. 12/Tues., Dec. 13 – Penn Showcase (open house) for parents and students (6:30 pm)

Fri., Dec. 23 – MAJOR DEADLINE!  Both the pink course selection sheet and blue 4-year plan need to be turned in to Guidance.  Summer PE forms are due this day too – no exceptions.  All courses for Penn need to be put into HAC.




All new students and all 6th graders have received their HAC (Home Access Center) letter that has their log in and password.  Students are encouraged to check HAC weekly to keep progress of their grades.


Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Students are encouraged to talk to a trusted adult if they know someone who is having suicidal thoughts.  Below are resources students can use to talk/text with a trained professional.


Crisis Text Line:  text “GO” to 741741 to text to a trained professional about your thoughts and feelings.



21st Century Scholars Program

Please check out this link to watch a video and find out if your child might be eligible for this scholarship program which will help pay for tuition at an Indiana college or university.  Applications MUST be entered online by June 30 of a student's 8th grade year.  Please contact your child's guidance counselor if you have any further questions.  If you received a letter in the mail, then you are most likely eligibile for this program and Mrs. Badur can enroll you with the proper documentation.  Please take a look at the criteria and contact your counselor if you have questions.


Please enjoy this virtual tour of Discovery!

Thanks to Brandon King (currently at Penn) for making this awesome video.


Be Safe and Smart with Technology

The following websites are great supports for knowing how to help your child's online activity to be safe.  

It also has worthwhile information for students at


Take a Tour Now!

This website has great virtual tours of many colleges and universities.  Now is the time to start looking at different campuses and keeping the goal of college in front of you.  Check out


Learn More Magazine

The guidance counselors have reviewed this magazine with all students at every grade level.  This magazine is given to us by the Indiana Dept. of Education and has VERY valuable information regarding planning, preparing and paying for high school and college.  All students were to have taken this home to share with parents.  (If you haven't seen this yet, please see it online at  All parents and students are encouraged to check out the many websites that are in the magazine. 


Guidance E-letter

The Guidance Office will be sending periodic reminders and information home via e-mail this year.  If you'd like to be included, simply e-mail us (addresses above) to be included on this e-mailing list.


Words of Wisdom

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."              Frederick Douglass

"Words of Wisdom" are shared each week via our news broadcast, WDMS.  The thoughts and quotes on various aspects of character are from a series called "Project Wisdom".  Teachers then post a special flyer with the quote of the week in their classrooms.  These flyers serve as reminders to our students and our staff to work on being the best person they can be!  Discovery has been doing "Words of Wisdom" for approximately seven years now.   Some  of the "Words of Wisdom" will be shared on this website periodically.


Parent Tips about Facebook

Please read this informative article from author Naomi Drew who writes the online newsletter "Peaceful Parents."


Career Exploration

There is a new statewide college and career information system, Indiana Career Explorer, a free, online tool for Hoosier middle and high school students to explore their career interests and skills.  With it, students and adults alike can identify occupations, establish educational strategies, and ultimately connect to employers. Students (grades 6-16), educators, parents, workforce staff, adult job seekers/career changers can use the Indiana Career Explorer free of charge at


College Costs

There is a new website that is a great resource for parents and students to look over information on the cost of college.  Please check it out at  Another great website is for information on planning and paying for college.


Bullying Prevention Resource

Here is a neat website for both students and parents to check out.


LearnMore Indiana

LearnMore Indiana, Indiana's Pre-K College connection, supports and encourages lifelong learning for all Indiana citizens. Up-to-date materials, helpful checklists and other valuable resources and tools provide parents, students, school counselors and others with information about every aspect of education from early learning, to K-12, to college and careers.  Check out this great website!


Homework Helps

Tips on helping your child with homework


Study Tips

Please check out this website for some great study methods and tips:


Great Homework Help at Night

Students - if you need help with Math or Science homework, please try the "Homework Hotline" at 1-877-ASK-ROSE.  It's a free service from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  Our students in the past have found it very helpful, or try their website at  They are open 7 PM - 10 PM, Sunday through Thursday evenings.


Last updated on  10/20/2016