Discover U

October 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,


As we approach the end of our first quarter I am in awe of how our students, teachers, and families are demonstrating who we are as Explorers. Our students work hard to show respect, be proactive, practice kindness, and demonstrate courage while also demonstrating all of our learning behaviors in the classroom. To celebrate, we will be ending first quarter with an Exceptional Explorer Assembly on October 6th and a fun-filled Explorer Spirit Week October 9th-13th.


We are also looking forward to celebrating your child's growth at Parent Teacher Conferences October 11th-October 13th. Please be on the lookout for a sign up sheet and a note informing you of what time your conference will be at. This is a time to see your child's portfolio of work, discuss their current goals, and partner up with your child's teacher for a successful year.


Another celebration is the start of our Parent Teacher Organization. We had our first kick off meeting in September and we will be having a meeting October 9th to discuss school events and fundraising opportunities.


Thank you for your continued support and partnership to create a school where each child is nurtured, inspired, and empowered. I look forward to seeing you all during Parent Teacher Conferences next week.


Together in education,


Angela Makowski

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Discover Explore Class Starts Coding

Our computer creation course, Discover Explore will be starting coding! We are excited for our Explorers to begin creating through code. Ms. Sanz will be teaching our Explorers about coding and they will begin this adventure by utilizing code.org.


What is coding?

Coding is writing commands or algorithm(s) to create a desired result for the computer to carry out. Coding makes websites, apps, computer games, and software possible.


6 Reasons Why Learning Code as a Child Matters:


  • It is one of the world's most widely used languages.
  • It inspires and unleashes creativity.
  • It requires problem solving and critical thinking.
  • It is a necessity for the future.
  • It develops sequencing and fluidity in thinking.
  • It is easier to learn as a child.


Sources:

https://www.sitepoint.com/6-reasons-why-your-child-and-mine-should-learn-to-code/

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/07/year-of-code-dan-crow-songkick

https://youtu.be/sUXfjzzHO5g

Please Vote

We would love for parents/guardians and teachers to please take a moment and vote for our Parent Teacher Organization Officers. We are extremely thankful for the parents who have volunteered to take on a position as either President, Vice President, and/or Secretary.


Voting will close Wednesday, October 4th at 7pm.


We can’t wait to work together as a community for our students.

PTO Meeting

Monday, Oct. 9th, 5:30-6:30pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

PTO will determine upcoming fundraisers.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Explorer Spirit Week

Monday, Oct. 9th, 7:45am to Friday, Oct. 13th, 12:15pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

Make a Difference Monday

Teacher Tuesday

We Are Explorers Wednesday

Forward Thinking Thursday

Superhero Friday

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 7am to Friday, Oct. 13th, 4pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

Fall Break-No School

Monday, Oct. 16th, 8:15am to Friday, Oct. 20th, 3pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

Picture Retakes

Wednesday, Oct. 25th, 8:15am-3pm

13226 North 113th Avenue

Youngtown, AZ

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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