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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                                           



Marisa Huff, Youth Services Bureau Specialist         Erin Roe, School Psychologist                     



Penn High School Scheduling

A handout of the important times went out with students on Nov. 11 and then again on Nov. 20.  Below are upcoming dates to calendar.

Monday, Dec. 2 parent meeting here at Discovery at 6:00 pm.  Freshman counselors from Penn will present.

Wed., Dec. 4 – student field trip to Penn from 9:15 – 12:15.

Mon., Dec. 9 – Penn Showcase at 6:00 pm at Penn.  Please go to get information about electives.

Friday, Jan. 31 – DMS counselors will review information on scheduling during Science classes.  Individual pink sheets with teacher recommendations will be passed out.  Students will put courses into Skyward.

Monday, Feb. 3 – Summer PE online registration opens.  First come, first served.  Payment must be made in order ot secure spot.

Friday, Feb. 7 – pink scheduling sheets are due to Guidance.

Feb. 12 – Feb. 26 – counselors will meet with 8th graders individually to finalize course requests.

Friday, Feb. 14 – Summer PE online registration ends.


Progress Reports for 2nd Quarter

These went home with students on Tuesday, Nov. 26.


Youth Services Bureau Specialist – Update

We now have a YSB specialist at our school.  We welcome Marisa Huff to our building.  She started on Monday, Oct. 14.  She will be supporting students that are referred to her by teachers, counselors or parents.  Welcome, Miss Huff!


College Go! Week

Discovery celebrated this week by the following activities:

Monday – teachers discussed what colleges they attended and why

Tuesday – students checked out the LearnMore Indiana website ( to find colleges and use

the interactive map

Wednesday – on WDMS, Mr. Kauffman shared “You Might Be a College Student If...” fun facts

Thursday –  students checked out the website Campus Tours  (  to take a virtual tour of a college that they might attend 

Friday – everyone wore college swag and teachers talked with students about their extra-curricular activities in college


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”.



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 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:  12-02-19