Monday, March 4, 2019

MARCH 4 - 8, 2019



DISCOVERY SCHOOL
HOME OF THE WOLVES



INVITATIONAL MATH  BOWL- A group of 16 middle and high school students went to IST last Thursday afternoon to compete in several Math competitions along with 10 other schools. The work our students have put throughout this school year paid off as our students did exceptionally well in the event finishing in fourth place. Thanks to Ms. Regina Ochoa, Ms. Ashley Lardizabal, and Mr. Cesar Martinez for making this happen.


END OF QUARTER 3 - Thursday, March 14

REGIONAL SPELLING BEE - 12 students will be representing the school in the Regional Spelling Bee hosted the International School of Tegucigalpa. The event will take place on Saturday, March 16. Mr. Pappas and Mr. Ketterer will be acting as judges during the event. Good luck to our spellers!

AASCA SPORTSMANSHIP FESTIVAL - 11 middle school students will travel to the Panamerican School in Costa Rica to participate in the festival in March 20 - 24. Our students will participate in basketball, volleyball, track & field, cross country, and soccer. Sportsmanship is an aspiration or ethos that a sport or activity will be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one's competitors. The school group will travel with Ms. Yery Villeda, Mr. Alvin Cacho, and Mr. Steven Cacho.

ABSH MODEL UNITED NATIONS - 13 secondary students will travel to La Ceiba from March 28 - 31 in order to participate in the Model United Nations competition. The competition will be hosted by Mazapan School. We wish our delegates the best of luck. Thank you Mr. Stewart and Mr. Duryea for coaching our delegates.  

ABSH MATH OLYMPICS AND MATH BOWL - 13 secondary students will participate in:
  • Basic Math, Pre Algebra, Algebra 1, and Geometry exams.
  • Cartesian and Euclidean categories
The math competitions will be hosted by Palmeras Bilingual School in La Ceiba in April  5 - 6. We wish our mathletes the best. The group will travel with their coaches Ms. Ashley Lardizabal and Mr. Cesar Martinez.

ABSH VOLLEYBALL - for the first time, the school will participate with a girls team in the pre-juvenile category. The event will be hosted by the Escuela Internacional Sampedrana on April 24 - 27. We wish our 11 girls the best. The group will travel with Ms. Yery and their coach.



Friday, February 15, 2019

FEBRUARY 18 - 22, 2019


INTERESTING ARTICLE!!! 

Want to Motivate Your Child to Do Well in School? Science Says Teach Them This 1 Thing

You can help solve one of life's great mysteries--motivating your child for that midterm.

By Scott MautzKeynote speaker and author, 'Find the Fire' and 'Make It Matter'@scott_mautz

Of course, we want to do all that we can for our kids to help them succeed--keep an eye on them (even using technology if it helps), keep them from being perfectionistsmonitor their unproductive habits.
But what's the best way to help them help themselves when it comes to doing well in school? Science lends a hand.
Many would jump to the conclusion that academic excellence is bolstered by self-esteem, which can certainly help. But there's a dark side to focusing solely on helping your child boost his or her self-esteem (as you'll see in a second).
The better way forward? Focus on teaching your child self-compassion.
University of Texas psychology professor Kristin Neff, author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourselftold KQED that self-esteem is about value:
Self-esteem is a judgment about how valuable I am: very valuable, not so good, not valuable at all. In contrast, self-compassion isn't about self-evaluation at all. It's about being kind to oneself. Self-compassion is a healthy source of self-worth because it's not contingent and it's unconditional. It's much more stable over time because it's not dependent on external markers of success such as grades.
So am I saying we should teach children to not care about grades? Not at all. It's a matter of whether your child sees grades as the ultimate end goal or a positive side effect of embracing the learning process.
Neff says most of us motivate ourselves through self-criticism. Your child is aware of the consequences of failing that test. But the side effects of this approach are perfectionism, a fear of failure, and even procrastination because the fear of not measuring up can be paralyzing.
Neff's research shows that focusing instead on self-compassion shifts how your child self-motivates. Since the direct end-goal is not as much about achievement (grades, becoming class president), it encourages students to experiment, take risks, try new approaches, and to keep going after making a mistake (rather than feeling defeated by it). In this way, behavior is motivated by the pursuit of a passion (learning and growing), not avoidance of a negative (fear).
In the end, a healthier source of academic motivation can lead to better end goals on many fronts--yes, even grades.
The approach applies to entrepreneurs too, by the way. I've found that not worrying about failing (and the consequences of failing) in my entrepreneurial ventures has freed me up to be more creative and take more risks. Thus, I'm producing better output that's helping me outpace my business goals anyway.
But back to us as parents. Here's how parents can help their kids be self-compassionate:

1. Encourage them to support themselves as they would a friend.

If a friend came to you after he blew a big meeting, would you say, "I've listened to your story and considered the facts. I've concluded you are indeed a loser"?
Of course not.
So why would you do that to yourself? Why would your child? Help them practice this, especially in the moments when their disempowering self-dialogue is kicking in. I've personally found this to be powerful guidance to share with children, co-workers, and friends.

2. Watch your language.

It's easy, and very natural, to bark at your children when they bring home a bad grade. I have to resist this temptation myself. But Neff reminds us that doing so can be taken as judgment of their intelligence--and no good can come from that.
In such moments, it's important to help them see that bad grade as a learning moment and to help them kick it into action-mode. What needs to change to achieve a better outcome? What have you learned from this?

3. When you mess up, fess up.

This is your chance to role model discussion around the inevitability of mistakes. When you make a mistake, share the experience with your children and talk about the simple truth that mistakes will happen. It's about how you pick up and carry on. Show them that you can cut shame off at the knees.  

4. Hand on heart, deep breaths.

Neff also teaches that kids can quickly spiral downward immediately after experiencing a setback. She encourages teaching children to place their hand on their heart and take deep breaths in stressful times to trigger the power of touch and help release oxytocin, a hormone that makes us feel safe and connected.
Academic excellence is plenty reason to pursue all of this advice. But Neff says it's a gift that parents can give themselves as well: "Self-compassion is a way of re-parenting yourself. If you grew up with really critical parents, it's a chance to treat yourself like an unconditionally loving, supportive parent."
So have compassion for self-compassion--there's something in it for everybody.
Taken from: https://www.inc.com/scott-mautz/want-to-motivate-your-child-to-do-well-in-school-science-says-teach-them-this-1-thing.html 


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

JANUARY 21 - 25

SECONDARY NEWS  


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

MAKE UP PROJECT/TEST - for grades 6 to 9 - January 23 - 25

RECUP EXAM - for grades 10 to 12 - January 23 - 25

ELECTRONIC DEVICES - as part of their school supplies, students are required to bring a laptop or a tablet with a keyboard in order to work in class. The use of cell phones as a working device will no longer be allowed as it not appropriate for typing and it also creates distraction with the use of social media. Laptops and tablets connect through our school’s wifi and allows us to control the child’s content.

REMINDERS

ATTENDANCE - Traffic is difficult for everybody in the city. Please make the necessary arrangements so your child arrives to school before 7:55 am.

BLOGS – we remind all parents and students to check the blogs every Monday afternoon (preferably) in order to be informed of the week’s content.

HOMEWORK CALENDAR – is a very useful tool to keep track of homework, quizzes and tests, etc. The homework calendar is located within every blog.

ENGRADEPRO – check accounts frequently to monitor progress

COMMUNICATION - If there is an issue that you wish to discuss regarding the Middle School and High School blogs, homework calendar, and/or Engradepro, please send an  email to Ms. Gloria (gpalacios@discoveryschool.edu.hn)


DATES TO REMEMBER

January 23 to 25 - Make up project/test & recup exams for secondary students
January 24 - Bake Sale by Juniors
January 24 to 27 - AASCA Music Festival
January 31 to February 3 - MathCounts (El Salvador)
Friday, February 8 - Midterm
Friday, February 15 - Progress reports go home
Saturday, February 16 - ABSH Language Arts Festival   


Friday, January 4, 2019

JANUARY 14 - 18, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

SECONDARY NEWS  

IMPORTANT

  • ELECTRONIC DEVICES - as part of their school supplies, students are required to bring a laptop or a tablet with a keyboard in order to work in class. The use of cell phones as a working device will no longer be allowed as it not appropriate for typing and it also creates distraction with the use of social media. Laptops and tablets connect through our school’s wifi and allows us to control the child’s content.



REMINDERS

  • ATTENDANCE - Traffic is difficult for everybody in the city. Please make the necessary arrangements so your child arrives to school before 7:55 am.
  • BLOGS – we remind all parents and students to check the blogs every Monday afternoon (preferably) in order to be informed of the week’s content.
  • HOMEWORK CALENDAR – is a very useful tool to keep track of homework, quizzes and tests, etc. The homework calendar is located within every blog.
  • ENGRADEPRO – check accounts frequently to monitor progress
  • COMMUNICATION - If there is an issue that you wish to discuss regarding the Middle School and High School blogs, homework calendar, and/or Engradepro, please send an  email to Ms. Gloria (gpalacios@discoveryschool.edu.hn)

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • January 15 to 18 - School Pictures
  • Friday, January 18 - Half Day (PM schedule) & Conferences for Quarter 2 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm (on a need basis)
  • Monday, January 21 - HOLIDAY
  • January 22 to 25 - Recup Exams for secondary students
  • January 24 to 27 - AASCA Music Festival
  • January 31 to February - MathCounts (El Salvador)
  • Friday, February 8 - Midterm
  • Friday, February 15 - Progress reports go home
  • Saturday, February 16 - ABSH Language Arts Festival   

Sunday, November 11, 2018

NOVEMBER 12 - 16, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OUR INFANTIL AND PREJUVENIL TEAMS FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING PARTICIPATION IN THE ABSH BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT!



KUDOS TO OUR PREJUVENIL TEAM FOR WINNING THE 2nd PLACE AND THE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD IN THEIR CATEGORY!!! 



IMPORTANT

  • ELECTRONIC DEVICES - as part of their school supplies, students are required to bring a laptop or a tablet with a keyboard in order to work in class. The use of cell phones as a working device will no longer be allowed as it not appropriate for typing and it also creates distraction with the use of social media. Laptops and tablets connect through our school’s wifi and allows us to control the child’s content.

  • HOLIDAY BASKETS CONTRIBUTION - It is customary at Discovery School for our  families to come together towards the holiday season and open their hearts to share with our community. This year, the school is looking at preparing 29 holiday baskets for our maintenance, support, and security staff. We are asking for a family contribution of L150 to be sent before Friday, November 16. Please place your contribution in a sealed envelope with your family name, and send it to school or give it to one of your homeroom teachers. These proceeds will be used to buy staples for the holiday baskets that will be given out before the Holiday break.  


REMINDERS

  • ATTENDANCE - Traffic is difficult for everybody in the city. Please make the necessary arrangements so your child arrives to school before 7:55 am.
  • BLOGS – we remind all parents and students to check the blogs every Monday afternoon (preferably) in order to be informed of the week’s content.
  • HOMEWORK CALENDAR – is a very useful tool to keep track of homework, quizzes and tests, etc. The homework calendar is located within every blog.
  • ENGRADEPRO – check accounts frequently to monitor progress
  • COMMUNICATION - If there is an issue that you wish to discuss regarding the Middle School and High School blogs, homework calendar, and/or Engradepro, please send an  email to Ms. Gloria (gpalacios@discoveryschool.edu.hn)

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Friday, November 16 - Early dismissal and Progress Reports go home
  • November 15 - 17, ABSH Art and Music @ La Estancia School
  • November 22 and 23 - Thanksgiving holiday
  • Thursday, December 6 - Songfest
  • Friday, December 7 - Review day for grades 10 - 12
  • Monday, December 10 and Tuesday, December 11 - Review days for grades 10 - 12
  • Wednesday, December 12 - Friday, December 14 - Semester exams for grades 10 - 12

Friday, November 2, 2018

NOVEMBER 5 - 9, 2018

SECONDARY NEWS  

IMPORTANT

  • ELECTRONIC DEVICES - as part of their school supplies, students are required to bring a laptop or a tablet with a keyboard in order to work in class. The use of cell phones as a working device will no longer be allowed as it not appropriate for typing and it also creates distraction with the use of social media. Laptops and tablets connect through our school’s wifi and allows us to control the child’s content.

  • HOLIDAY BASKETS CONTRIBUTION - It is customary at Discovery School for our  families to come together towards the holiday season and open their hearts to share with our community. This year, the school is looking at preparing 29 holiday baskets for our maintenance, support, and security staff. We are asking for a family contribution of L150 to be sent before Friday, November 16. Please place your contribution in a sealed envelope with your family name, and send it to school or give it to one of your homeroom teachers. These proceeds will be used to buy staples for the holiday baskets that will be given out before the Holiday break.  



REMINDERS

  • ATTENDANCE - Traffic is difficult for everybody in the city. Please make the necessary arrangements so your child arrives to school before 7:55 am.
  • BLOGS – we remind all parents and students to check the blogs every Monday afternoon (preferably) in order to be informed of the week’s content.
  • HOMEWORK CALENDAR – is a very useful tool to keep track of homework, quizzes and tests, etc. The homework calendar is located within every blog.
  • ENGRADEPRO – check accounts frequently to monitor progress
  • COMMUNICATION - If there is an issue that you wish to discuss regarding the Middle School and High School blogs, homework calendar, and/or Engradepro, please send an  email to Ms. Gloria (gpalacios@discoveryschool.edu.hn)

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • November 7 - 11, ABSH Basketball in San Pedro Sula @ EIS (Infantil and Pre juvenil boys teams)
  • Friday, November 9 - Midterm
  • Friday, November 16 - Early dismissal and Progress Reports go home
  • November 15 - 17, ABSH Art and Music @ La Estancia School
  • November 22 and 23 - Thanksgiving holiday
  • Thursday, December 6 - Songfest
  • Friday, December 7 - Review day for grades 10 - 12
  • Monday, December 10 and Tuesday, December 11 - Review days for grades 10 - 12
  • Wednesday, December 12 - Friday, December 14 - Semester exams for grades 10 - 12


Thursday, October 25, 2018

OCTOBER 29 - NOVEMBER 2



SECONDARY NEWS 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

ELECTRONIC DEVICES - as part of their school supplies, students are required to bring a laptop or a tablet with a keyboard in order to work in class. The use of cell phones as a working device will no longer be allowed as it not appropriate for typing and it also creates distraction with the use of social media. Laptops and tablets connect through our school’s wifi and allows us to control the child’s content.

FUNDACION ABRIGO - provides lodging for families from outside Tegucigalpa who bring patients to Hospital Escuela. Discovery School has been a partner in solidarity with Fundacion Abrigo for the past years. We are asking for a donation of 1 gallon of disinfectant per family. Please send us your donation per family by Wednesday, October 31.

AASCA Basketball (Costa Rica) - Kudos to our boys’ basketball team who are in San Jose ready to play basketball. Thank you Ms. Yery, Mr. Alvin, and Mr. Steven for all the hard work with our student-athletes.

  • David Martinez
  • Oliver Sanders
  • Nestor Aguilar
  • Eduardo Blandon
  • Mariano Jimenez
  • Kilvett Bertrand
  • Uziel Cruz
  • Ricardo Oliva
  • Nicolas Gonzalez


PANAMUN (Panama - Model United Nations) - Congratulations to the students representing the school for the first time in an international event of this kind. Thank you to Mr. Duryea and Mr. Stewart for preparing our kids.
  • Sebastian Konigsperger
  • Lenin Hernandez
  • Jose Alberto Molina
  • Alejandro Irabien
  • Armando Blanco
  • Anacamila Palma
  • Jorge Ortez
  • Oscar Vides
  • Juan Jose Lardizabal
  • Santiago Zelaya
  • Leticia Munoz
  • Roberto Nunez
  • Rolando Kattan

REMINDERS

ATTENDANCE - Traffic is difficult for everybody in the city. Please make the necessary arrangements so your child arrives to school before 7:55 am.

BLOGS – we remind all parents and students to check the blogs every Monday afternoon (preferably) in order to be informed of the week’s content.

HOMEWORK CALENDAR – is a very useful tool to keep track of homework, quizzes and tests, etc. The homework calendar is located within every blog.

ENGRADEPRO – check accounts frequently to monitor progress

COMMUNICATION - If there is an issue that you wish to discuss regarding the Middle School and High School blogs, homework calendar, and/or Engradepro, please send an email to Ms. Gloria (gpalacios@discoveryschool.edu.hn)

DATES TO REMEMBER

Wednesday, October 31 - Bake Sale by the Seniors

Friday, November 2 - Internal Language Arts competitions

November 7 - 11, ABSH Basketball in San Pedro Sula @ EIS (Infantil and Pre juvenil boys teams)

Friday, November 9 - Midterm

Friday, November 16 - Early dismissal and Progress Reports go home

November 15 - 17, ABSH Art and Music @ La Estancia School

November 22 and 23 - Thanksgiving holiday

Thursday, December 6 - Songfest

Friday, December 7 - Review day for grades 10 - 12

Monday, December 10 and Tuesday, December 11 - Review days for grades 10 - 12

Wednesday, December 12 - Friday, December 14 - Semester exams for grades 10 - 12