Discover U, Discover Learning!

July 2018 Nurture*Inspire*Empower

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2018-2019 will INSPIRE!

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Discover U Elementary! We work everyday to nurture, inspire and empower all of our learners so that they become strong, successful individuals with 21st century skills. We define 21st century skills as being able to be curious, critical thinker, communicate, create, collaborate and empowered.


This year we will be laser focused on INSPIRING our students! Here are a few ways we plan to INSPIRE your child as they "Explore Excellence".


  • Friday Clubs!
  • Art and PE! Plus Yoga for grades 2-6
  • Student Goals!
  • Gabriel's Angels: Therapy Dogs!
  • Youth Entrepreneurs: Sixth Grade
  • Explorers will "Explore Excellence"!
  • Flexible Classroom Seating!
  • and much much more!


Thank you for joining us for another great year. We are grateful that you have chosen to partner with us as we work together to challenge your child academically through an engaging hands on curriculum and support them as they grow socially and emotionally. Together we will "Explore Excellence"!

Summer Camp Fun!

Explorer Zone: DU's Before/After Care

Discover U is proud to offer Explorer Zone for our on-site before and after care starting at 6:30am and ending at 6:00pm. Through this program, children in PreK-2nd grade and 3rd-6th grade are encouraged to learn and interact in a safe, caring environment. Under the supervision of trained adults, the children will engage in a variety of activities specifically designed to improve their social, emotional and academic success. Here are a few of the scheduled activities children will participate in:
  • Reading and math enrichment
  • Group games and sports
  • STEM activities
  • Arts & crafts
  • Technology time
  • and more!
To register or find out more information, please contact Discover U at (623)974-4827 or go to our website at https://www.discoverulearning.com/beforeafter-school-program.html.
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Meet the Teacher

Join us for Meet the Teacher on Thursday, July 31st from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Find out who your teacher is this year, visit your classroom and meet your teacher. You will also get to say hello to friends and previous teachers and staff.


You can also purchase new or gently used uniforms, meet the PTO and tour the campus!

6th Grade: Youth Entrepreneurs

We believe education is about nurturing, inspiring and empowering our students through hands-on learning and a challenging curriculum. We want all of our students to walk away from Discover U feeling ready for middle school and their future. In 6th grade we will be doing this in a FANTASTIC way! We have partnered with Youth Entrepreneurs to bring our students a one of a kind learning experience where they develop the seven key principles of an entrepreneur.

With Youth Entrepreneurs, we will "focus on the application of an idea – an idea students can own. Our curriculum brings business studies to life through experiential learning, executed in real, market-based scenarios. We introduce economic thinking and strive to instill the moral character necessary for our youth to lead lives as thriving, productive citizens" (https://youthentrepreneurs.org/our-program/the-classroom​).


Mr. Pitera is Most Excited About...


  • Market Days!! Students will design their own business and sell merchandise two times a year. Students earn real money and get a true feel for what it is like to be an entrepreneur.
  • Auctions!! In our classroom students will earn Explorer Bucks for the work they produce. We will have our own economic system in place. Youth Entrepreneurs provides me with a monthly budget to buy items the students are interested in for the auction. Some examples of auction items are: fidget spinners, books, games, a bike, a tablet and more. The cool thing is, the kids help brainstorm the items for the class auction. This will give students a true feeling of earning money and using it to buy items that they want.
  • Project Based & STEM!! The lessons that teach the 7 key principles of being an entrepreneur are taught through hands on experiences that include project based learning and STEM. These lessons are highly engaging and apply to the real world.
  • Our students will walk away with business skills and great memories that will help them be successful in their future.

We Have Partnered with Gabriel's Angels

Gabriel's Angels believes in 'Pets helping kids' and so do we! Therefore, we have partnered up to bring Therapy Dog Teams and ABC Literacy Program to our Explorers! We are excited for the work our students will do alongside loving, highly trained dogs.


Learn more about them: https://www.gabrielsangels.org/

Watch Your Child & Our School Discover Learning!

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

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.


See what's going on at Discover U by following our hashtag #DUexplorers

Meet the Teacher

Tuesday, July 31st, 5:30-6:45pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

Find out who your teacher is this year, visit your classroom and meet your teacher. You will also get to say hello to friends and previous teachers and staff.


You can also purchase new or gently used uniforms, meet the PTO and tour the campus!

First Day of School

Thursday, Aug. 2nd, 8:30am

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

We are so excited for the first day of school! The gates will open at 8:05am and school will start at 8:30am. Breakfast will be served from 8:05am-8:25am.


Kindergarten parents who would like to walk their students to class please check in at the front office for a visitors badge.