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Dr. Gloria Fernandez, Principal 

601 Woodbury Rd. Orlando, FL 32828
Phone (407) 384-1555 Fax (407) 384-1580

School Hours: 9:30 am - 3:57 pm, Wed. 9:30 am - 2:54 pm
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Discovery Middle is proud to be an Innovation School and Performing Arts Academy!

Explorer Weekly Update
August 16, 2019
Principal's Weekly Update
Dear Explorer Families,
 
It was a great first week of school - even with all the rain! It was exciting to see our students see their friends, engage with their teachers, and interact with Canvas for assignments. We look forward to an awesome school year ahead, where our students experience growth while accessing technological resources to prepare them for college and career.
 
All students will be taking their first i-Ready Diagnostic test on Tuesday, August 20th for Math and Thursday, August 22nd for Reading.  Please encourage your child to do their best.
 
Parents, mark your calendars:
  • Our first SAC meeting of the school year is on Tuesday, August 27th at 4:30 p.m. in the media center.
  • The first soccer game is Wednesday, August 28th at Legacy MS at 4:30 p.m. 
  • Picture Day is Thursday, August 29th
The YMCA After School Zone is available Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This program is free to all students. If you are interested in enrolling your child into the YMCA After School Zone, you can pick up an application in the main office. 
 
Thank you for your continued support of Discovery Middle as we “Prevail in Excellence.”


Sincerely,
Dr. Gloria Fernandez

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, August 20 Math i-Ready Diagnostic
Thursday, August 22 Reading i-Ready Diagnostic
Welcome back Explorers and a special Hello to our newest Discovery students and parents! Thank you to those who stopped by the PTSA table at our Meet the Teacher event.

What is PTSA? The Parent Teacher Student Association meets once a month to discuss and plan how they can help provide support for the Discovery faculty and students. It is also a forum for parents to obtain knowledge and voice their opinions about what is happening in their school. Through membership and fundraisers they help with teacher grants, finances the angel fund, plan teacher/staff hospitality events and campus dances, help with school beautification and spirit events, creates the Discovery yearbook and many more exciting things happening around Discovery. Last year the PTSA raised enough money to purchase a new filtered water bottle station, purchase a word wall for the front office, and brighten the elective hallways with murals. They helped gift teachers grants, celebrated the holidays and teacher appreciation week, and worked with SAC for campus beautification days. The PTSA also helped in the planning of the first Valentines day dance. None of this would be possible without the help and support of Discovery parents and administration. If you did not get a chance to purchase your PTSA membership there is still time. Membership fee is only $10. Please email discoverymiddleptsa@gmail.com for more information.
 
We hope to see you at our first monthly PTSA Meeting & Coffee Talk on Tuesday, September 3 at 8:45am in room B115. We look forward to discussing another great year at Discovery. All are welcome to attend!
 
If you have any questions for the PTSA, please email us at discoverymiddleptsa@gmail.com. Your 2019-2020 PTSA Board  members are Tricia Carpenter- President, Ann Cruz- Vice President, Diane Campbell- 2nd Vice President, Rebecca Johnson- treasurer, and Marie Mahserdijian- secretary.  
Our custom DMS laptop sleeves, tags and decals are still available for purchase. Cost is $12 for sleeve, $3 for the tag and $2 for the decal. All three items together are only $15. Please email discoverymiddleptsa@gmail.com to find out how to purchase these items. 
Yearbooks can be purchased by going to www.ybpay.lifetouch.com and using code 3840020 or you can order with the form that was sent home this week with students. Our 76-page hardcover full-color yearbook is a great way to remember the school year. The yearbook committee will need help with pictures; if you have a student in music, theater, sports team, or in clubs, we especially need your pictures. You can email pictures to dmsyearbooks@gmail.com for consideration.   
The School Advisory Council is a representative body of teachers, students, parents, support personnel, and community members who assist with writing and monitoring the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and decide how school improvement funds will be spent. The SAC helps the school achieve its goals and increase student learning through the School Improvement process. As a member of SAC, you play an important part in representing our school community and are the voices in helping to better our school performance. We are the liaison for information and communication among students, families and staff at Discovery Middle School. We strive to engage families in the education process by:
  • being a source of information and SUPPORT to parents
  • WELCOMING new families
  • provide a forum to discuss IDEAS and CONCERNS
We value your input and welcome you to join our team. If you are interested, we encourage you to attend our first meeting on Tuesday, August 27

19-20 SAC Meeting Dates

August 27
September 17
October 15
November 19
December 17
January 21
February 18
March 10
April 21
On Thursday, August 29 at 6pm there will be a Family Technology night in the Media Center. This is an opportunity for parents to learn how to use the Learning Management System, Canvas, and the new Skyward Parent Portal to monitor their child's progress in the 1:1 classroom.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Digital News
Canvas is the OCPS-adopted Learning Management System for the digital classroom. Students will visit Canvas to check their calendar for upcoming due dates, access course materials, and submit assignments. Parents can use Canvas to keep up with their student's calendar and assignments using the Canvas Parent App. Please click below to access parent resources regarding how to set up your parent account to monitor the digital classroom throughout the school year. 
Canvas Observer Access Directions
Additional Parent Canvas Resources
Skyward is the newly OCPS adopted Student Information System (SIS) for parent and student access. A LaunchPad account is required to get to Skyward Family Access. Instructions for creating a LaunchPad account are below, as well as resources for using the Skyward platform. 
Skyward Family Access – LaunchPad Directions
Click Here to Access Skyward Family Access
OCPS Skyward Family Resources
If your current email or cell phone number do not allow you to establish a LaunchPad account, this may mean your contact information needs to be updated in Skyward. Below is the form to fill out and turn in to the main office for the Parent Portal and Skyward access.
Parent Form LaunchPad or Skyward Family Access Concerns
Digital

Purpose: The LaunchED Family Technology Handbook is designed to provide an overview of the digital learning program in Orange County Public Schools. The handbook is published annually and can be found at www.digital.ocps.net  or by clicking the blue button below.

Navigation: A table of contents is available by clicking the outline icon on the bottom of the screen. The LaunchED Family Technology Handbook can be navigated using the left and right arrows at the bottom of the screen. Additional information can be found by clicking on images or image captions.

Click Here to Access the OCPS Family Technology Handbook
Need to pay a fine for your child's device? Please visit our school website and click the school pay icon displayed on the homepage to quickly pay any device or peripheral fines. 
https://www.schoolpay.com/
OCPS Fine Structure
Department News
All students will be taking the beginning of year Reading i-Ready Diagnostic assessment on Thursday, August 22 during their 1st period class. Students will need to bring earbuds on this day. 
All students will be taking the beginning of year Math i-Ready Diagnostic assessment on Tuesday, August 20 during their 1st period class. Students will need to bring earbuds on this day. 
Picture Day will be Thursday, August 29. Students will receive purchase order forms prior to this day to bring with them on August 29 if they are interested in purchasing their school photo. 

Thank you students and parents for such a great first week back to school. I would like to take a moment to address some safety reminders as we being the school year.

When visiting the campus, please enter through the West Gate from Woodbury Road. If you need to park, there are spaces available. There should be no unattended vehicles in the drop-off/pick-up loop. No parents should be driving in through the North Gate from Lake Underhill. The West Gate is a private entrance for staff and buses, it is not for public use and does not have an assigned crossing guard. Please adhere to the signs posted.

We have recently observed parents pulling slightly into driveways, onto curbs, or even just stopping on major roads to pick up or drop off children. Parking or stopping on a public roadway, on a crosswalk, or in the intersections, for the purposes of loading or unloading passengers is a violation of law. This may lead to increased traffic, crashes, and danger to students leaving or approaching a roadway. Please help us keep your kids safe by avoiding such action.

Students walking or biking to and from school should stay on the sidewalks and use the crosswalks to get home. Cutting across the roadways at areas other than designated crossings is dangerous, and also a violation of law. And, if biking and under 17 years old, you must be wearing a helmet. This is safety issue, but failing to follow this rule is also a violation of law.

I am providing this information because we want students and parents to observe rules and laws when on or around the campus. Please take a moment to review these points with your children so that we can reduce the risks. If anyone has any questions or would like additional information on these points, please contact the office and I will be happy to meet to discuss.

 - School Resource Officer (SRO), Deputy Wynn

Athletics
Congratulations to the following students for making the 2019-2020 Discovery Soccer Team! 

GIRLS
Emily Baile
Jayden Boles
Kamise Brockman
Empress Burrows
Tatum Burrows
Adriana Enriquez
Avery Gibbs
Naomi Hamilton
Madeline Heavner
Abigail Kuligowski
Gabriella Pennetti
Jaelyn Phillips
Kristen Small
Samantha Toole
Aleksandra Walker
Alexandria Widdel

BOYS
Nathan Balsley
Jackson Carolan
Troy Cherry
Samuel French
Benjamin Grady
Quinten Gray
Jacob Hales
Kai Henry
Kaleb Ho
Filip Londono
Leonardo Misailidis
Arturo Nava
Angel Olmos
Lucas Richarde
Adam Shalaby
Noah Stevens
Guidance News
8th Grade and 7th Grade Last Name A-L Guidance Contact
Ms. Rollins
louanne.rollins@ocps.net
407-384-1555 ext. 5052248

6th Grade and 7th Grade Last Name M-Z Guidance Contact
Mrs. Shank
melanie.shank@ocps.net 
407-384-1555 ext. 5052246



Staffing Specialist
Carey Bailey 
carey.bailey@ocps.net
407-384-1555 ext. 5052224

The Partners in Education program links businesses and organizations with schools in relationships that enhance student learning and promote school improvement. In a partnership, a business adopts a school, or schools, and shares its human and material resources.

Education and business are so closely related that each flourishes from the support and prosperity of the other. Schools must prepare today's students for their entry into a diverse, competitive workforce. When businesses take part in the education of these young people, they help strengthen the workforce of the future. The Partners in Education program is vital in helping the community and the school system work and grow together.

To become a Partner in Education and involved in maintaining programs at Discovery Middle School, contact Jennifer La Sala or Marisa Kaufman at jennifer.lasala@ocps.net or marisa.kaufman@ocps.net.

Thank you to the following Partners in Education for your continued support!  
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