Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School

Dear Parents,                                                                                                                               August, 2017

Welcome back to the 2017-18 school year as we continue our journey as an exemplary STEM school here at Discovery!  I hope you had a restful summer as we start another exceptional school year!

Academic rigor as well as social and emotional aspect continues to be our number one priority to ensure that students are ready for the global world. However, to accomplish this at our end, I want to focus our attention on policies including behavior expectations. We have established numerous policies both at school and district level to create routines and procedures that helps us to provide the best education for all children. You will be receiving the policy packet at the beginning of the school year. Some of the policies that are included in the packet are: uniform policy, transportation policy, electronic device and phone policy, attendance policy and behavior policy. I need your support in implementing these policies to their full extent to lead our school to the highest level of excellence! I encourage you to take some time to discuss the content of the packet with your child(ren). 

I want to bring your attention to the behavior policy that has been established for our school. As a school of choice, it is imperative that students understand the seriousness of their actions each and every day. Academics and behavior go hand in hand! One cannot achieve excellence while behaving poorly. In addition to establishing classroom expectations, behavior will be strictly monitored for bus conduct, recess, lunch time and during all school sponsored events and field trips. Students who continue to break the rules will lose privilege to participate in certain field trips and school sponsored events, and in case of a Type 3 offense, as guided by student code of conduct, will be reassigned to their neighborhood or district schools.   

I am excited to share new staff members for the 2017-18 school year. Joining our Discovery team this year is Mrs. Monica Harris, a Pre K 3 teacher. New to her position this year is Mrs. Feola, teaching Grade 3. Our dedicated staff is ready to meet the needs and expectations of ALL students.

 Communication is key in building a strong home-school connection.  I hope that our partnership continues with my, “Open Door Policy” but remember that your first contact should be your child’s teacher.  To provide parents with on-time and current information, we will continue to utilize phone blasts, email blasts, monthly newsletters, and monthly activity calendars. I encourage you to check our website for the most updated information on a regular basis. You can also follow us on Facebook!

Discovery is a unique place where parent partnership is tremendous! I encourage our new parents to participate in various activities and programs that we have established for you here at Discovery and take an active role in your child’s education. We have a solid PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) and SGC (School Governance Council) team. Please inquire with them to see how you can contribute to our school community. This year, I urge you to assist us in fundraising that supports various student activities.

With committed and supportive parents, dedicated staff, and hard-working students, everything is in place for this year to be the best! We look forward to the 2017-2018 school year with excitement, confidence, and very high expectations for students and staff alike. I wish every member of the IDMS family a year filled with happiness and a positive educational experience. The Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School staff appreciates your continuous support and looks forward to a successful year ahead!

With appreciation,

Sangeeta Bella– Principal