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 & Camille Harvey, Office Aides
To Contact Us:
Mrs. Badur firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Ward email@example.com
Mrs. Heller firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Runyan email@example.com (school psychologist)
New to Discovery?
Those who have moved into our DMS boundaries should call the guidance office ASAP to complete the registration paperwork for enrolling for next year.
Those moving into our boundaries over the summer will need to take their placement test on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 9 am. Please call our school to register for this test.
New Student Orientation will be for all students new to PHM and will be held on Friday,
Aug. 17 at 1:00 pm. We conclude about 2:15 pm.
DMS Staff Tutors (contact them via email for summer tutoring)
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
Ms. Burns – LA, Math
Mrs. Garza – Science, LA
Miss Bretz – LA, Math
Kristen Radde-Gallwitz – Science, SS, Math
Jill Hamilton –
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
These lessons happened during the week of Jan. 16 for both 7th and 8th graders. Counselors sat in these presentations that were done in Health classes. The big take away for students is to get an adult involved if they believe their friend might be having suicidal thoughts or are suicidal. Ask your child about the SIT method: S – show your friend you are concerned and that you care; I – inquire or ask your friend directly if they are having thoughts of suicide; T – take your friend to get help from a trusted adult. Several resources/hotlines were also shared.
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
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.
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 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 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 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."
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 www.indianacareerexploration.org
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.
last updated: 06-06-18