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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.


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                                           



Cari Byler, Youth Services Bureau Specialist         Erin Roe, School Psychologist                     



Internet Access Offer

This was shared with us from our central office.  If you do not have reliable internet access, please check this out.
Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Click here for more details on pricing & other info.


Possible New Students:

If you are moving into Discovery’s boundaries to attend in the 2020-2021 school year, please make sure to contact the guidance office secretary (Lori Heller) for the procedure details and paperwork.  

Her contact information is list above.


Naviance Program

The information that was presented at a parent night on Monday, March 2 is below.  Please take a look at this information regarding this online program that we will soon begin using.


Penn High School Scheduling

This process was completed as of March 2.


3rd Quarter Ends on March 20

The 3rd quarter is ending soon.  Report cards usually go home with students one week after the quarter ends.  Please contact your child’s counselor if you did not get one and one will be emailed to you.


Youth Services Bureau Specialist – Update

We welcome Cari Byler to the guidance office.  She is here every day and working with students that are referred to her.  We’re glad to have her on our team!


Teens and Stress

Here is a good article from the Screenagers company.  If you’d like more articles about technology and how it affects our teens, please sign up for their Tech Talk Tuesdays available on this link.



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


Summer 2020 Teacher Tutor List – Coming Soon!

Several Discovery staff are willing to tutor this summer.  Please contact them if you are interested.  Payments and meeting locations will be worked out with individual teachers.




Students are encouraged to check SKYWARD weekly to keep progress of their grades.  If you did not get your log in from PHM, please email for your log in and password.  


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.   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. 


Parent Tips about Facebook

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


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:  3-13-20