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Principal's Message

 Dr. Fernandez, Principal

Dear Explorer Families,

If you didn’t get to see our Explorer musicians perform at the Fall Concert and Recital, you truly missed out on a treat. I was so proud to see them perform on stage – some for the first time ever. It was obvious our students and their teachers worked very hard to deliver performances that were entertaining while demonstrating their growth in musicianship.

October is Bullying Prevention Month. To keep the Sandy Hook Promise momentum going, next week will be Kindness Week - Keep Kindness Normal. The themes will be as follows:

Monday - Wear purple for Kindness Kickoff
Tuesday - Wear pink- You CAN sit with us (in honor of Chuck McNeill who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school on the first day of his 9th grade year)
Wednesday - Wear yellow- Say Yellow to someone new
Thursday - Wear purple again for Keep it Kind Day

Coming up, Civics students will participate in our progress monitoring activities on Monday, October 14. These activities are instructionally-focused and aligned to standards assessed by the state. Civics activities are designed to measure how students are progressing through their learning of the current year's standards. Please ensure that your child gets a good night’s rest and eats breakfast.
 
Our monthly SAC meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 15 in the Media Center at 4:30 p.m. Our Chipotle Spirit Night will also take place on Tuesday, October 15 starting at 5:00 p.m. A percentage of your purchase will benefit Discovery Middle.

Please plan ahead as Wednesday, October 16 is not an Early Release Day. Thursday, October 17 is a hurricane make up day. Friday, October 18 is a student holiday.
 
In looking ahead, 6th grade students will participate in Scoliosis Screenings on October 22.

That’s all for now, everyone! Thank you for your continued support of Discovery Middle as we “Prevail in Excellence.”

Sincerely,
Dr. Gloria Fernandez

Updated 10/11/2019


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About Discovery Middle School

Celebrating more than 25 years of serving students and our community, Discovery Middle has a longstanding tradition of excellence. Recently recognized by the State of Florida as a "School of Excellence", Discovery Middle offers advanced courses for high school credit, a plethora of elective courses such as art, band, chorus, guitar, orchestra, foreign language, computer technology, STEM, and Latinos in Action.  Student artwork has been recognized in local museums and art shows and have won numerous art competitions. Our band, chorus, and orchestra students have received superior ratings from All-County and All-State competitions. We offer computer courses where students have the opportunity to earn both high school credit and Microsoft industry certification. Students who participate in STEM are often found working on engineering projects that prepare them with real-world skills such as problem-solving, collaboration and decision-making while utilizing principles learned in their math and science courses. Our Latinos in Action partner with our neighboring school, Waterford Elementary to tutor students in reading and math. Simply put, Discovery Middle is a school of excellence and innovation. 

Phone: 407-384-1555
Fax: Fax 407-384-1580
Address: 601 Woodbury Road, Orlando, FL 32828-7104
Email: discovery_ms@ocps.net

Innovation School Plan

Discovery Middle is partnering with other stakeholders to integrate the arts into all content areas. According to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, arts integration is defined as, "an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both."



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