Through the Telescope…Vol. 24

“Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality overcomes everything.” George Lois

The Importance of Parent Voice

Discovery Charter School staff members meet with administrators and peers for a minimum of three scheduled performance reviews. Target dates for completion of the reviews are December 15th, March 15th and June 15th.  All staff members are given tools to guide their collection of data to present at the scheduled review conferences.  They include; current performance goals, self-evaluation forms, peer evaluation forms, student learning data, models of successful instruction, and direct input from families on the level of learning partnership opportunities provided.  All families will be receiving questionnaires requesting family input and suggestions on the levels of partnership opportunities that have been offered by Discovery Charter School.  End of the year surveys collected last year from families indicated that we need to provide more training for families on school involvement activities, effective use of leveled checklists at home, understanding how projects guide student learning, and planning family shared learning time.  We are working hard to create family friendly classrooms and school projects.  We do believe that “All students should be home-schooled part of the time, in an effective school/student/family partnership.” We are looking forward to each family’s summary of partnership opportunities provided by our advisors and staff, and for your suggestions as to how we can more effectively form the learning alliance that creates motivated, proud and high interest level students.  Please share your input and help us more clearly define our partnership model. —Dr. Price

PICTURE DAY!!!                                        Wednesday October 17th

It’s that time again.  Picture day is this Wednesday.  All students will have their pictures taken to appear in the yearbook.  If you have any questions, please email Angie Story at

Fresh and Easy Shop Night October 17th 4pm-8pm Lake Mead & Del Webb

Scholastic Book Fair will be here soon!

Hillpointe 10/22-10/25                                 Mesa Vista 10/29-11/1

Be sure to stop by and pick up a book or two! All sales help place books in the classrooms.

Justin Timberlake Shriner’s Hospital P.G.A. Golf Tournament Community Service Event

CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Eugene Gonzalez, Christian Lease, Breauna Read, Paul Mann, Thomas Smith, Cierra Leon, Cynthia Oyarce, Lizzy McBrayer, Jarret McBrayer, Bryce Vasquez, and Nicholas Kaehler. They did a fantastic job volunteering at the Justin Timberlake – Shriner’s Hospital for Children PGA Golf Tournament. They represented Discovery Charter School well performing the duties of a standard barrier which consists of walking the 18 hole course with P.G.A. Tour golfers carrying a sign which displays golfer’s scores. The standard barriers are provided as a courtesy for spectators as an update to the current standings. The physical demands of this job is quite challenging as they started at 6:00am and didn’t leave the golf course until 6:00pm. Students were able to meet and greet many PGA Golfers and they received many autograph golf balls and gloves. It was a great experience for all and I am extremely proud of them on how hard they worked. —Mr. Alan Takemoto

Meet Mr. Anderson-Elementary Advisor at Hillpointe

I was born and raised in Bullhead City, Arizona and graduated from Mohave High School.  During my high school years I played football, wrestling and baseball.  I moved to Las Vegas in 1998 and attended UNLV. During my college years I worked for A.J. Hackett Bungee. To answer your question, yes, I bungee jumped…a lot!  I have bungee jumped off the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado.  After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education I received a position with Clark County School District. Sadly, due to low enrollment, I was not able to keep my teaching position. In spring of 2012 I was hired as a long term substitute with Discovery. In doing this, I was able to work with every classroom with every student. After the semester ended, I was offered a full time teaching position with Discovery and am currently teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.

Meet Mrs. Tolman-Secondary Advisor at Mesa Vista

New to Discovery this year, I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English and minors in Art History and teaching English Language Learners in April of 2011. I moved from Utah to Las Vegas to be closer to my now husband.  I taught high school for a year in Utah and taught ELL classes in Vegas before starting at DCS.  I enjoy reading books, running half marathons, dancing, singing, and anything else that is exciting and new.  I love my dog, my sewing machine, Harry Potter (if you have seen my classroom, you would already know that), Diet Coke, and chocolate chip cookies.  As a Colorado native, I am struggling with the adjustment from snowy winters to Las Vegas heat.

Put This on your Calendar!

Sep. 12-Dec 31     Fresh & Easy Fundraiser

Oct. 16                   Skate Night for Hillpointe      @Rancho Crystal Palace

Oct.17                    Skate Night for Mesa Vista     @Boulder Hwy Crystal Palace

Oct. 17                    Picture Day

Oct. 17                   Fresh and Easy Shop Night                  @ Lake Mead/Del Webb

Oct 19th/Oct 27th  Haunted Classroom at Mesa Vista

Oct. 22               Hillpointe Scholastic Book fair begins

Oct. 25                 Trunk or Treat @ Hillpointe

Oct. 29             Mesa Vista Scholastic Book fair begins

Wednesdays       Hillpointe Parent Meetings                 Thursdays            Mesa Vista Meetings

Trunk or Treat October 25th at Hillpointe Campus 7-9pm

Discovery’s Hillpointe campus is hosting a Trunk or Treat on Thursday October 25th.  All families are welcome to come and enjoy a safe evening of Trick or Treat.  Additional volunteers and donations of candy are needed. Please contact Christine Bakir at 755-7368 or Mina Poon at 927-1086 with any questions you may have.

The Haunted Classroom October 19th and October 27th at Mesa Vista Campus

Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Tolman have combined class efforts to create the Haunted Classroom.  This spooky family event will start at 6:30pm on October 19th and again on October 27th.  There is a small fee of $3.00 per person.