The Guidance & Counseling Office at Discovery helps students make good choices (academically, personally, and socially) as they learn and grow.
To contact Discovery’s Counseling Office, please call the main line at (574) 674-6010 and ask to be transferred to the Counseling Office.
Sandra Badur, Counselor for A – K Deanna Ward, Counselor for L - Z
Lori Heller, Office Aide
Erin Roe, School Psychologist
To Contact Us:
Mrs. Badur firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Ward email@example.com
Mrs. Heller firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Roe email@example.com
Youth Services Bureau Specialist
We currently do not have a YSB specialist at our school but anticipate that the position will be filled soon.
Cyberbullying and Online Safety
Mrs. Badur and Mrs. Ward have been in classrooms to do lessons on this topic. The 6th graders learned about safe online talk and not to engage with others that they do not know online. The 7th graders will learn (on Friday, Sept. 13) about not crossing the line with teasing/harassing while on social media. The 8th graders learned about how to be an Upstander and not a Bystander, to report and get involved if they see or know of any bullying. 8th graders also discussed appropriate use of technology and to watch for “oversharing”.
The mid-quarter point for 1st quarter is Sept. 20. Progress reports will go home shortly after that. They are handed out in 6th period.
DMS Staff Tutors (contact them via email for tutoring)
Mrs. Manspeaker (Math) – Math
Ms. Napoli (Art) – LA, SS
Mrs. Cobb (SS) – SS
Mrs. Bretz (Learning lab Coordinator)- LA, Math
Mrs. Bean (substitute): LA, Science, SS and 6/7th grade Math
Students are encouraged to check SKYWARD weekly to keep progress of their grades. If a parent needs their log in for SKYWARD, please email one of us and we will get that to you.
21st Century Scholars Program
Indiana middle school students can have up to four years of their undergraduate tuition paid at any participating public college or university in Indiana if they enroll and meet income eligibility requirements. Information about this program went home in the “Back to School” packets on the first day of school. Please only complete if you meet the income eligibility guidelines.
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”.
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. http://www.netsmartz.org/
It also has worthwhile information for students at http://www.
Take a College Tour Now?
This website has great virtual tours of many colleges and universities. It’s never too early to start looking at different campuses and keeping the goal of college in front of you. Check out http://www.youvisit.com/colleges.
Learn More Magazine
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 will be given this in the fall to take home & share with parents. (If you haven't seen this yet, please see it online at www.LearnMoreIndiana.org.) All parents and students are encouraged to check out the many websites that are in the magazine.
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 your child’s counselor (addresses above) to be included on this e-mailing list.
Parent Tips about Facebook
Please read this informative article from author Naomi Drew who writes the online newsletter "Peaceful Parents."
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 www.indianacollegecosts.org. Another great website is www.TriptoCollege.org/WIN 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, 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! www.learnmoreindiana.org
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 www.askrose.org. They are open 7 PM - 10 PM, Sunday through Thursday evenings.
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.
[Suicide Prevention Lifeline]
Crisis Text Line: text “GO” to 741741 to text to a trained professional about your thoughts and feelings.
last updated: 9-11-19