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     Discovery Charter School Looking for Governance Board Members

    We are currently looking for community and parent members to join the Discovery Charter School (DCS) Governance Council.  What is DCS? The Discovery Charter School is a tuition-free, public charter school within the Columbus Elementary School that provides an experience-filled opportunity for children in grades K-3 who have a natural interest in science and nature. If you are within the Columbus School District and would like to be more actively involved in the direction of your public elementary charter school, please consider applying. As mentioned, we are looking for both parent members as well as non-parent (community members) to join our board.

    Selected candidates would be responsible for monthly council meeting attendance (fourth Tues. of the month) from 6-7:45 pm as well as committee participation.  Total time commitment would be approximately 3-5 hours on a monthly basis and the council term is 3 yrs in length. Some examples of DCS Council involvement include: sharing ideas for the strategic plan, being involved in the event planning of the charter school and building partnerships with the community through outreach activities.

    Please complete and return the DCS Council application which can be found on the DCS website www.discoverycharter.net and return to Mrs. Hellpap, CES/DCS Principal, by Sept. 15. If you have questions please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Hellpap or Stacy Swanberg-Thom, DCS Governance Council President,DCS@columbus.k12.wi.us.

  • What is a Charter School?

    Charter Schools are new, innovative public schools that are accountable for student results. They are designed to deliver programs tailored to educational excellence and the needs of the communities they serve. Charter Schools have a governance council that makes policy decisions.

    Why has Columbus School District Opened a Charter School?

    Columbus School District is pleased to offer families a choice of quality schools, enabling them to choose a program that best matches their child’s interests and learning style.

    What makes Discovery Charter School Unique?

    Discovery Charter School provides an experience-filled opportunity for children in grades K-3 who have a natural interest (affinity) in science and nature.

    Engaging science topics pull all of the curricular areas together, helping children make sense of what they are learning. The excitement of learning and exploring inside engaging, technology-filled classrooms, tending the school gardens and greenhouse, getting out to explore the backyard, area farms, woodlands, prairies, and streams provides experiences that children will remember for a lifetime.

    Discovery Charter School involves students in inquiry science opportunities.  Students learn about the natural environment by interacting with it and observing how it changes over time.  Experiments are conducted to help answer questions that students have about their surroundings.

    What will children study in Discovery Charter?
    Science is the theme that connects all curricular areas. A rigorous reading and math program, technology, art and music are integrated into the major science focus areas. The science focus areas include the following:

    • Living/Nonliving
    • Plant systems
    • Animal systems
    • Seasons
    • Environmental Awareness
    • Mechanical

    These science content areas are applied through the exploration and study of the following areas:

    • Backyard/city
    • Agriculture
    • Water – streams, ponds, lakes
    • Prairie
    • Woodland
    • School Gardens
    • Greenhouse

    Parent Involvement:

    Parent Involvement is an expectation of Discovery Charter School. There are various options available to accommodate busy schedules. Some examples include:

    Serving on the Governance Council
    Committee Work
    Parent Learning Workshops
    Assisting in the Classroom
    Field Trips chaperones

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