Discover U, Discover Learning!

November 2017 Nurture*Inspire*Empower

"Around here we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." Walt Disney

Our Mission is to provide a school that works for all students: academically-socially-emotionally.


Our vision is to be the most student-centered school working to nurture, inspire, and empower our learners so that they become strong, successful individuals with 21st century skills. We define 21st century skills as being a critical thinker/problem solver, empowered, collaborative, curious, innovative, and resilient.


As Explorers We Are...

Respectful, Kind, Proactive, Courageous

Critical Thinkers, Collaborative, Curious, Creative, Empowered, Resilient

Project Based Learning

For science and social studies our studies interact with topics through Project Based Learning. Project Based Learning allows students to gain knowledge and skills in multiple subject areas through investigation and responding to real world complex problems and/or challenges. Students also get the opportunity to explore many different possible careers in order to pique their interest for their future.


Below you can read about the Project Based Learning your child(ren) will be exploring by asking questions, imagining, planning, creating, improving, and presenting.


Mrs. Garcia's PreK Veterinarians: A veterinarian is a doctor for animals. Veterinarians are also called vets. A zoo vet is a veterinarian that has the special job of taking care of the animals that live at a zoo. Animals that live at the zoo come from all over the world. Zoo vets need to know a lot about what these animals eat and what they need in order to live at the zoo. Visiting animals at the zoo helps us learn more about different kinds of animals.


Ms. Navarro & Pobuda's Kindergarten Biologists: A region is an area on the earth that has a certain type of land and climate. The weather of a region can affect the animals that live in that region. The region that you live in has many people visit the area. You will be working with a team of biologists. As a biologist, you will study how living things grow. You and your team of biologists have been asked to create an informational book that will be used to teach these visitors about the weather and animal behavior in that region. It will be placed at the visitor centers throughout the region.


Mrs. Tuhy's First Grade Horticulturalists: You and your friends are horticulturalists who own a greenhouse. In a greenhouse, you can grow plants indoors all year long. Your group starts planting seeds in your greenhouses and provides young plants, or seedlings, to local farmers to plant in their fields. You also have a small store where you sell potted plants, books on how to grow things, and other items related to gardening. You have decided that you want to set up a small educational area so children who visit your greenhouse can learn about plants and how they grow.


Mrs. Matie's First, Second, and Third Grade Geologists:Your task is to learn more about erosion and how it can shape our Earth. In particular, you will be studying the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The Grand Canyon was carved out by the erosion from the Colorado River slowly over a period of six million years. The Grand Canyon is thought to be one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world.


Ms. Lamarsh's Second Grade Geologists:Your task is to learn more about erosion and how it can shape our Earth. In particular, you will be studying the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The Grand Canyon was carved out by the erosion from the Colorado River slowly over a period of six million years. The Grand Canyon is thought to be one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world.


Ms. Schroeder's Third Grade Engineers:As part of a team of engineers in charge of building projects in a town recently taken over by the Roman Empire, you will need to explain the purpose of Roman roads to the people of the town and the benefits the road will bring to them. These people must understand how the roads are built and why they are important. Knowing this will help them understand some of the benefits of being part of the Roman Empire and help create a peaceful situation between the people of the town and the Romans.


Mr. Pitera's Fourth Grade Chefs: You have just been hired by a Food Network star to find a location for a new restaurant. You will need to research the agriculture of the region and design a gourmet menu that will reflect the native agriculture. It is critical that your menu creations are reflective of the native agriculture. In addition, your recipes should be appealing to the target audience of the region. You will have to consider the cost and pricing of your local resources and any items that you may need to import.


Mrs. Thompson's Fifth and Sixth Grade Energy Management Consultants:

People are now having concerns about the way humans affect the environment. It is becoming very important to use energy efficient and sustainable practices whenever possible. To be more energy efficient means to figure out how to make sure that everyday activities use less energy. To be more sustainable means to find ways to use fewer natural resources and to recycle things.


Some things your class may want to consider might include energy efficient practices in each classroom and throughout the school. Is your school efficient with the use of water? Does the school landscape help to save energy and water? How can the school help reduce its heat island effect? Does the school recycle, and, if so, how successful is it?

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Lunch on Tuesday, 11/21/17, will be a Thanksgiving Feast. Turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, pumpkin pudding, spiced apples and a roll will be served.


To help us ensure we have enough food, please complete the form below labeled "Thanksgiving Luncheon" by 11/9/17.


You are welcome to come join your child for lunch. The cost of lunch for adults and children is $2.80 (unless your child has been approved for free/reduced) and payment for lunch needs to be paid on or before 11/21/17. Lunch times are as follows:

11:05am - Ms. Garcia, Ms. Pobuda, Ms. Navarro

11:25am - Mrs. Tuhy, Ms. LaMarsh

11:45am - Mrs. Matie, Miss Schroeder

12:05pm - Mr. Pitera, Mrs. Thompson


Please contact the office at 623-974-4827 with any questions.

Discover U Proudly Supports a Uniform Policy

We know that it is starting to get chilly out. Even with the chilly temperatures Discover U still proudly supports a uniform policy.


The Discover U uniform shirt or sweater and khaki colored bottoms completes our dress code Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, students are allowed to wear denim bottoms with their uniform shirt. This is optional, of course. If the student is not wearing denim bottoms with their uniform shirt, then the expectation is that the student is in the school uniform.


Shirts and sweaters are for sale in the front office. Please call if you have any questions 623-974-4827.

There's Music in the Air!

It's that time of year!


Discover U students are beginning to practice for their Disney Musical in December. Teachers will be setting aside time each week to work with their class to learn a class song, create choreography, and create props.

Watch Your Child & Our School Discover Learning!

Veteran's Day-No School

Friday, Nov. 10th, 7:45am-3:15pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

PTO Meeting

Monday, Nov. 13th, 5:30-6:30pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

The purpose of the PTO is to enhance and support the educational experience at Discover U, to develop a closer connection between school and home by encouraging parent involvement, and to improve the environment at Discover U through volunteer and financial support.

Thanksgiving Luncheon (Parents Must RSVP by 11/9)

Tuesday, Nov. 21st, 11am

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

11:05am - Ms. Garcia, Ms. Pobuda, Ms. Navarro

11:25am - Mrs. Tuhy, Ms. LaMarsh

11:45am - Mrs. Matie, Miss Schroeder

12:05pm - Mr. Pitera, Mrs. Thompson

Thanksgiving Recess-No School

Wednesday, Nov. 22nd, 8am to Friday, Nov. 24th, 3:15pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

DU Disney Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 6pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

Join us for a musical production of Disney classics. More information will be coming soon!

Spirit Week

Monday, Dec. 18th, 8am to Thursday, Dec. 21st, 3pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

To celebrate the end of quarter 2 we will have a fun filled Spirit Week!

Angela Makowski, School Leader

Angela Makowski is honored to lead Discover U. She earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the Arizona State University. Her work has been devoted to creating a positive, safe, caring environment where students are nurtured, inspired, and empowered as learners.


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