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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, Office Aide


Kevin Runyan, School Psychologist                       Janet Bohner, Youth Development Specialist (YSB)


To Contact Us:

Mrs. Badur  

Mrs. Ward

Mrs. Heller

Mr. Runyan  

Mrs. Bohner

Mrs. Wolf




New Faces in Guidance!

We’ve recently welcomed Janet Bohner to our office.  She is working with us on Tuesdays and Fridays.  We also welcome Trish Wolf who will be here on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Both are counselors from Youth Services Bureau.  They are excited to start working with our students here at Discovery and will continue with us on our mission in guidance to support students.


Progress Reports for 2nd quarter

These went home with students on Friday, Nov. 30.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about a grade.  Please contact your child’s school counselor if you did not get a copy.  


Scheduling for Penn

The 8th graders will be given a handout on Nov. 7 with all the important dates related to scheduling for high school.  Please mark these on your calendars.


Here are some major dates:

Nov. 27 – Discovery 8th graders toured Penn High school during the morning.  They received a pink scheduling PRACTICE sheet.  

The link to the Penn Program of Studies is here:

Please look at the various course descriptions of core classes and electives.


Dec. 6 – Parent Scheduling Night here at Discovery at 6:00 pm.   The PowerPoint is available here for those of you that missed this meeting:


Dec. 10 – Penn Showcase Night:  all 8th graders are to attend (w/parent) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Jan. 18 – 25 – Summer PE online registration on Penn’s website;  DMS teachers making recommendations.

Jan. 29 – Pink scheduling sheets (with teacher recs) going home with 8th graders to be entered into HAC & signed by parent.

Feb. 5 – All pink sheets due to Guidance.

Feb. 6 – 14 – Students meet one-one with their counselor to finalize HAC and answer questions.

Feb. 14 – Scheduling ends.


Teen Lures Program

Students learned the items below from this program that was conducted by our Youth Service Bureau counselors.

Students were also given handouts to take home to share with parents.  This is a great conversation starter so that 

your child will know to be safe in many different situations.

  • The four type of abuse:  neglect, physical, emotional and sexual.
  • The five safety rules:
  1.  Know what’s up.
  2.  Spot red flags.
  3.  Make a move.
  4.  Talk it up.
  5.  No blame, no shame. 


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


Miss Bretz (Teacher’s Assistant) – LA, Math


Ms. Hamilton (Educational Assistant)– LA




Students are encouraged to check HAC weekly to keep progress of their grades.  If a parent needs their log in for HAC, 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.

Please click here for more information on the 21st Century Scholarship website.



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.  

It also has worthwhile information for students at


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


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  All parents and students are encouraged to check out the many websites that are in the magazine. 


Guidance E-Minder

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."


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.


Be Safe!

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:  12-06-18