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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


To Contact Us:

Mrs. Badur  

Mrs. Ward

Mrs. Heller

Mr. Runyan  (school psychologist) 




Progress Reports

Progress reports for 2nd quarter went home with students on Friday, Dec. 1.  Please check HAC weekly.  If you, as a parent, need your HAC log in and/or password, please email your child’s counselor.  

Penn Scheduling

The Penn Showcase for Tuesday, Dec. 12 is canceled and will NOT be rescheduled.


Summer PE registration will be an online process this year from January 19-26.  Students MUST attend both sessions of summer PE which are June 11-29 and July 9-27.  More information to come about online summer PE when we get it.


Counselors demonstrated in Science classes recently how 8th graders are to put in their course requests into HAC.  Each student put in their core classes and can change those when their final pink sheet comes home on Jan. 26.   Students must also put in their own electives.  Counselors will sit with students individually to check accuracy in HAC and to answer questions.



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.


Suicide Prevention Lessons

The counselors will again this coming year teach (with the Wellness teachers) some lessons in 7th & 8th grade  on suicide prevention.  This is because students are often the first ones to hear about friends that are sharing that they are thinking of suicide.   These lessons will be coming in mid- January.  A parent letter will be mailed after winter break to all 7th and 8th grade parents about these lessons.


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.



21st Century Scholars Program

Indiana middle school students can have  up to four years of their undergraduate tuition  at any participating public college or university in Indiana if they enroll and meet income eligibility requirements.


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 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

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-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.



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.


DMS Teacher Tutors

Mr. Metcalf (Math) – Math


Mr. Vandygriff (Math) – Math


Mrs. Manspeaker (Math) – Math


Ms. Napoli (Art) – LA, SS


Sarah Walsh (Science)- Science, LA


Mrs. Bretz (Learning lab Coordinator)- LA, Math


last updated:  12-12-17