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Principal's Message

 Dr. Fernandez, Principal


Dear Discovery Families,

This past week was supposed to be busy with the return of students, faculty and staff from spring break. Instead, the hallways throughout our campus are eerily silent. On any given day at Discovery Middle, we will see students, teachers and staff buzzing throughout our campus – teeming with new ideas, chatting with friends and colleagues, and working hard in and out of the classroom. I miss the familiar sights and sounds at Discovery. More importantly, I miss seeing our students, teachers and staff. I truly appreciate each and every one of you and look forward to seeing you upon our eventual return to school.

Our teachers have been hard at work in transforming their classrooms to a completely digital learning environment. They have been making sure that they provide the best possible support for your child. Please ask your child to open their laptops and show you their Canvas page. This is where your child will find assignments, tutorials, as well as links to live and recorded sessions. Distance learning officially begins Monday, March 30 so please be sure to check the announcements and messaging inbox on Canvas for updates and details. Also, by now, your child should have heard from their teachers. If you haven't been contacted by now, please email your child’s grade level administrator. 

Parents can view the OCPS Distance Learning website as a general location for parent and student information.  The district will be using this site to provide updates.

It is a critical priority of the district to ensure that our students maintain access to healthy and nutritional meals during the COVID-19 outbreak. Although Discovery is not a site, Grab-and-Go Meals will be available Monday -Friday for pick-up, between 10:00 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The following list are designated school sites for Grab-and-Go Meals near Discovery:

Castle Creek Elementary Schools - 1245 N. Avalon Park Blvd., Orlando, FL 32828
East River High School - 650 East River Falcons Way, Orlando, FL 32833
Union Park Middle School - 1844 Westfall Dr., Orlando, FL 32817
University High School – 2450 Cougar Way, Orlando, FL 32817
Wedgefield K-8 School - 3835 Bancroft Blvd., Orlando, FL 32833

If you need to come to the school for any reason, please call the front office to first set up an appointment.  Our office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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 4/30/2020


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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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