Through the Telescope Vol. 30…

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly”John F. Kennedy


Just under three years ago, a group of parents and educators came together to breathe life into their visions of how families, students, and schools could create project-based learning activities based on problem solving, asking questions, and making a difference in the community around them.  They brought with them philosophies built on prior charter school and home school experiences, blended with some contact with public school programs. It took a full year and more of meetings, applications, learning research, and finding facilities that led up to final approval.

We are now entering the last quarter of our second year, and we find ourselves hard at work making a difference in the lives of our students, families, our staff and our community.  We continually seek input from all who are involved in this process.  We promise you that time invested in visiting our programs will impress upon you the unlimited learning experiences that take place each day in each of our facilities.  We can make a list each day of the challenges that we meet as we work hard to offer families and students a choice in how their school, their curriculum, and their learning improves their lives  and provides a foundation for the creation of a  happy and successful life.

We believe that what you see in our school each day will excite you and open the door for you to share your own opinions and suggestions as to how we can better meet the expectations of your family.  We believe that our students are challenged, excited about learning, feel safe, and that they are happy at school.

We know that with the help of our families we can only become better at individualizing our learning here at Discovery Charter School.   The vision that drew us together totally draws its “Life” from the trust-based partnership of families, students, our governing board, and our staff.  ~ Dr. Price

Unsung Heros…

Hillpointe’s K-2 advisors have been discussing with students what it means to be an unsung hero.  These are the people that go out of their way to help others. These are the people that may not make the news or the local newspaper, but they are making a difference in the lives around them.  An unsung hero doesn’t do things for praise, but because it is the right thing to do. Unsung heros look for the good in others and encourage those around them.  From these discussions, students have been paying closer attention to their own behaviors in class and on the playground, as well as recognizing classmates that are displaying characteristics of a hero…

Introducing… Sam I Am…the newest member of Miss Rubino’s kinder class.  Sam, a leopard gecko, was able to join the class thanks to a grant offered by Petco.  Classroom pets are wonderful resources for teachers to make learning fun in all subjects!

Pre-Orders are being accepted for the 2012-13 yearbooks. The yearbook staff has been working hard to create an amazing book of memories. The cost is $25 and books will arrive Mid May.

Students in grades K-2 at the Hillpointe campus enjoyed a breakfast of green eggs and ham. A giant thank you goes out to all the volunteers that made this breakfast a success!

The lost and found boxes are overflowing at both the Hillpointe and Mesa Vista campus.  Please have your student check the box before spring break; any unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

Spring Break is March 25-29th   Classes resume April 1st.

Miss Rivera and her cast of musical monsters are very excited for the April 24th performance of We Are Monsters.  Tickets will be available for $5 each the second week of April.

Bridge Building Contest

Students from Ms. Mcneese’s bridge building seminar participated in the ASCE 24th Annual Student Model Bridge Building Contest at UNLV on March 2nd.  This contest gives students the opportunity to apply scientific theories learned in the classroom by planning, designing, and constructing a wooden bridge to given specifications.  The students had a great time building their bridges and placed 32nd overall.

DCS Foundation

DCS Foundation’s First Annual Mixer and Silent Auction Will be held on May 3rd at the East Career and Technical Academy from 6:00-8:30pm.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support field trips, after school sports programming, art and community involvement, and technology. This adult only event will include a silent auction, a musical performance, and a guest speaker. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $25 for one or $40 per couple.  Volunteers are needed on various committees.  If you would like to help or just want more information about the event, please email Miss Lisa at or Angie Story at

From Miss Gwenna….

The weather is changing and with that comes sniffles, sneezing and coughing.  It is important to remember that we are all responsible for preventing the spread of disease. Children learn better when they feel well.  Please keep your student home from school if he/she is exhibiting any of the following signs:

  • Fever-100 degrees and over
  • Fever within the last 24hrs
  • Bad Cold
  • Frequent, persistent cough.
  • Vomiting
  • Head Lice

Thank you for helping keep our students well and safe.

Chef Shawn is doing an amazing job with the hot lunch program at Mesa Vista.  Hot lunch is provided daily for $3.50. Orders may be placed via phone to Chef Shawn at 702-812-2393 or before school he has a table set up in front of the playground.

Mark Your Calendars

  • 3/18  Nevada State Museum Field trip for Suhr      Advisory
  • 3/20  Skate Night at Crystal Palace on Boulder      Highway
  • 3/20 Carnival Planning Meeting 3:30pm @ Hillpointe
  • 3/21 Carnival Planning Meeting 3:30pm @ Mesa      Vista
  • 3/21  Bodies Exhibit Field Trip for Tolman, Suhr,      Tiller and Takemoto
  • 3/21  Shark Reef Field Trip for Anderson and      McNeese
  • 3/22  Cirque Fit begins at Mesa Vista campus
  • 3/22  Garden Club begins at Mesa Vista
  • 3/22  We are Monsters Rehearsal
  • 3/25-3/29  Spring Break-No School
  • 4/02  Downtown Project Field Trip for Anderson
  • 4/04  Springs Preserve Field Trip for Laman,      Frazier and Meier
  • 4/05  DCS Foundation Board Meeting 2pm at Hillpointe      Campus
  • 4/08  Smith Center Field Trip for Anderson,      Grimyser, Hall and McNeese
  • 4/08-4/11  CRT Testing 5th and 8th grade @ Mesa      Vista
  • 4/08-4/11  CRT Testing 5th, 6th and 8th grade @      Hillpointe
  • 4/15-4/18  CRT Testing 3rd, 4th and 7th grade @      Hillpointe
  • 4/15-4/18 CRT Testing 6th and 7th grade  @ Mesa      Vista
  • 4/22-4/24  CRT Testing 3rd and 4th grade @ Mesa      Vista
  • 4/24  We Are Monsters Musical – matinee at 2pm   evening performance at 6pm
  • 4/25  Staff Development Day -No School
  • 4/29-5/03  Scholastic Book Fair at Hillpointe and Mesa Vista Campus
  • 5/1   Lunch time with a loved one Hillpointe and Mesa Vista
  • 5/02 Field Trip to United Movement Organized Kindness Inc. for Anderson
  • 5/03 DCS Foundation Mixer
  • 5/06-5/10 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/07 Field Trip to Vegas Roots Community Garden for Anderson
  • 5/09  Hillpointe Talent Show
  • 5/11-5/12  Camp Lee Canyon trip for Suhr and Tolman
  • 5/16  50 Greatest Photos Exhibit Field Trip for Suhr
  • 5/31  Spring Carnival
  • Mondays at Hillpointe- Musical Performance
  • Mondays and Wednesdays-Running Club at Hillpointe
  • Wednesdays at Hillpointe-Parent Voice Meeting
  • Wednesdays at Hillpointe-Lango
  • Thursdays at Mesa Vista-Parent Voice Meeting

CRT Testing will take place in April for students in grades 3-8.  Any healthy snack donations are greatly appreciated.

Be sure to check the advisor websites regularly to stay up to date on classroom events, assignments and activities.

Nevada Reading Week in Review…

Congratulations to Miss Selig, Mrs. McNeese, Miss Rubino, and Ms. Laman for your award winning door décor!  Students participated in decorating their classroom door and guest judges selected the winners.

Students dressed up in their favorite book characters, as well as paid homage to Dr. Seuss himself.

Scholastic Book Fair  Coming to the Hillpointe and Mesa Vista Campus April 29th-May 3rd.   Volunteers needed to help with book sales.

Talent Show and Spring Carnival are just around the corner.  If you are interested in volunteering you time and talent for either event we are having a meeting at the Hillpointe campus on Wednesday, March 20th at 3:30pm.  The Mesa Vista meeting will take place on Thursday, March 21st at 3:30pm.  If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to help, please email Angie Story at

Pi Day Excitement!!

Students at both campuses enjoyed a day of Pi. March 14th is National Pi Day.  Students brought in actual pies, participated in Pi scavenger hunts and played Pi games.

Carbon Footprint Workshop

Students at the Mesa Vista campus participated in an art class that discussed the effects of pollution and used recycled materials to create a work of art.