Build. Grow. Inspire. 2018-2019 ANNUAL REPORT
At The Discovery School, we believe in opening our minds and hearts so we can discover the knowledge and ideals to build a better world. Our prepared and unique learning environments support our students through a gradual evolution from pure Montessori, to a blended curriculum, to International Baccalaureate over the course of our studentsâ€™ academic career. The 2018-19 school year was one of great significance to our school community. Through the leadership of our Board of Trustees and and all our Build. Grow. Inspire. investors, we actualized an ambitious strategic plan to enhance our campus with the construction of the I.D.R.E.A.M. building and open our inaugural Middle School program. We also thank Alexis Kane for her stalwart stewardship of this work as our Capital Campaign Coordinator. This auspicious occasion was widely celebrated by our students, founders, alumni, parents, grandparents, our talented faculty & staff, and our entire Jacksonville Beach community. The Discovery School Be The Bridge Annual Fund was also widely supported and a huge success. We thank Razan Farmand, and the entire Discovery Fund cabinet, for their incredible leadership, creativity, and support. Thank you for believing in Discovery! It is because of gifts like yours that our teachers are provided personalized professional development opportunities that deepen their practice and agency in positively impacting all of our Discovery children. As a school, we are committed not only to our mission, but to the high ideals of ethical and active governance, sound planning, and cultivating an inclusive and vibrant community that promotes knowledge, creativity, independent thinking, and mutual respect. In 2020 we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary and as we prepare to celebrate that momentous milestone, we have worked diligently to be poised to look to the future and steer our efforts toward providing a globally minded education and a connected community. It is only through generous support like yours that we are able to instill a lifelong love of learning in our students. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and all of us at The Discovery School, we thank you for your investment in our children and are pleased to share our 2018-19 Annual Report. We value your trust and commitment as we continue to work to ensure our beloved school is able to serve the larger community for many years to come.
KIM BEDNAREK Head of School
MEREDITH CHARTRAND FRISCH ASHTON HUDSON Board Chair & Campaign Co-Chair Finance Chair & Campaign Co-Chair
Daring students to dream big!
We open our hearts and minds so we can discover the knowledge and ideals to build a better world.
History in the making WHEN WE MELD IMAGINATION WITH COMPASSION AND ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, THERE’S NO LIMIT TO WHAT OUR STUDENTS CAN ACHIEVE.
At The Discovery School, our teachers never lose sight of the fact that the student sitting before them might one day discover a general vaccine for cancer, dance at the Met, capture a World Cup, or unite a community through public service. Each and every day, we encourage creativity, independent thinking, empathy, and problem solving – the very tools our students will need to live a full, rich life – and perhaps make powerful, positive changes in the lives of others as they follow their own path. This environment helps shape their confidence and competence through an overarching belief that our students should be able and ready to change the world. We believe that childhood is sacred, not to mention adventurous, creative, curious, imaginative, innocent, playful, and filled with wonder. Through independent learning, collaboration, and focus, we empower our students to ask big questions and see the world in a new way. We know that there is great value in not only being resourceful but reflective, self-aware but selfless, confident but kind; qualities that motivate our students to become their best selves. Our focus is not just to prepare these bright bring young minds for the future, but more importantly, to enable our students to create it, and leave their own, unique and irreplaceable mark on the world.
Fostering an environment of exploration
IN 2020, WE CELEBRATE THREE DECADES OF SHAPING SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS.
Founded in 1990, The Discovery School is a progressive, independent school located in Jacksonville Beach serving children ages 18 months through 8th grade. The School’s beautiful six-acre campus is adorned with a myriad of natural features such as a canopy of mature Live Oaks, natural pathways, and an inner courtyard that lends a village-style atmosphere. Discovery is proud to be accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools, the American Montessori Society, and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.
OUR VISION? TO CULTIVATE AN INCLUSIVE AND VIBRANT COMMUNITY THAT PROMOTES KNOWLEDGE, CREATIVITY, INDEPENDENT THINKING AND MUTUAL RESPECT.
The Discovery School is proud that our students’ educational path is rooted in a renowned educational philosophy, Montessori, and advances to a globally recognized program, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. In both curricular frameworks, children must actively engage in the learning process rather than participate passively. Allowing students to be involved in their own learning develops the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.
Parent Teacher Organization
A special thank you to all of the parents and staff that dedicated time and resources to make our events and programs a success. The time and effort that you put in is what makes our community one of a kind.
GREEN DAY OF SERVICE Kathy Wiley Bull: Co President Josh Tayloe Katie Hammill Josh Tayloe: Co President Collette Hale Amy Tari: Treasurer Natalie Taylor Nita Hurley: School Liaison Sara Schmalfeld: Communications Kathy Wiley Bull Ivona Seay
FALL CAMP OUT Suzanne Burns Jenn Collier DeAnne Deleon FALL PARENT SOCIAL GAME NIGHT Amee Bailey Avery Silvers Josh Tayloe LUNCH PROGRAM Ivona Seay
MAKER FAIRE Layla Clauss Kerri Glatting Jenny Christman Kathy Wiley Bull PARENT SPRING SOCIAL DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES Analeida Tari Amy Tari Candace Fernandes
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK Katie Hammill Cheree Graham ROOM PARENTS Crystal Ashourian: T1 Beth Tagra: T2 Lindsey Mitcham: T3 Collette Hale: P1 Josh Tayloe: P1 Cheree Graham: P2 Amanda Wilkinson: P2 Katie Hammill: P3 Alexis Kane: P3 Kelly Gendall: FE1 Kerri Glatting: FE2 Layla Clauss: FE2 Marshall Tulang: LE1 Agnieszka Brzezicka: LE1 Amee Bailey: LE2 Candace Fernandes: UE
By The Numbers
Professional Fees Curriculum Office/Admin Facility Enrichment Fundraising Payroll Taxes & Benefits Insurance Salaries & Wages
WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE FOLLOWING GRANTS: Beaver Street Foundation
The Chartrand Foundation
The McIntosh Foundation
Extended Day Grants Income Parents Association Other Contributions Enrichment Program
Miscellaneous Tuition & Fees Discovery Fund Capital Campaign
The difference You have made! FINANCIAL AID
Enabled us to share our program with students who would not otherwise be able to afford a Discovery education.
Supports our faculty in continuing education opportunities such as Montessori training, IB training, technology training, and conferences.
Enabled students to leverage technology by providing 1:1 Chromebooks in Upper Elementary, 2:1 Chromebooks in Lower Elementary, and 1:1 iPad minis in Foundational Elementary.
YOUR GIFTS HELP SUPPORT...
Our faculty in continuing education opportunities such as Montessori training, IB training, technology training, and conferences.
Enabled the purchase of classroom materials, physical education materials, outdoor environment additions and enhancements.
Enabled the purchase of classroom materials, physical education materials, outdoor environment additions and enhancements. Education partnership with White Oak Conservation Center teaches our students to be Leaders and Agents of Change. This partnership has provided Discovery students with a diverse and rich experience using a different species as a focal point annually to engage students in learning about ecosystems and conservation efforts around the world.
Capital Campaign Supporters Building 5 Capital Campaign $2.4 million pledged or received; Total Project Cost, including Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment, $2.75 million; GAP to GOAL is $350,000. To those who have invested, thank you! If you have not yet given please consider making an investment today. Please contact Josh Tayloe, Development Coordinator, email@example.com, 904-864-6148.
Allcorn, Skip & Peggy Anderson Family Ashourian, Justin & Crystal Baggs, Andy & Leah Bailey, Carl & Amee Beaver Street Foundation Bishop, Henry & Benham Bull, Neils & Kathy Caserta, Jim & Melanie Chartrand, Jeff Chartrand, Nancy & Gary Christamtsis, Peter & Katie Hammill The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida Coomes Family Farmand, Chris & Razan Fernandez, Rui & Candace
Frisch, Mark & Meredith Frisch, Pat & Ben Goodrich-Wong Family Graham, Diane McRae Graham, Hampton & Cheree Hudson, Ashton & Mandy Hyrne, Jason & Melissa Jones, Frederick & Kimberly Kane, Matthew & Alexis Ketty Family Kowkabany, Stephen & Jennifer Landry, James & Blair Lazzara Family Foundation Libman, Jared & Hilary Logan, Robert Lovett, Rad & Lindley Tolbert McIntosh, Amber & Hunter McClure, Robin & Kevin
McRae, Elizabeth Mnich, Tom Moducomm Construction Meyers, Michael & Chad Labenz Nanette McInnes Design Associates Neptune Fire Protection Reifling, Bethany & Jason Sleiman, Peter & Jennifer Snyder, Richard & Tiffany Tailored Foam Tari, Michael & Analeida Turci, Amy & Luca Wagner, Billy & Anouk Weaver Family Foundation Weaver, Leigh & James Sutton Williams, Jeff & Dusty Woodworth, Thasia & Warren
INNOVATORS GIFTS OF $10,000 OR MORE
Frisch, Mark & Meredith McIntosh, Hunter & Amber Chartrand, Gary & Nancy
PEACEMAKERS GIFTS OF $5,000 TO $9,999
Crichton, Sean & Stephanie Goodrich, Diane & Jim Sheeler, David & Crystal Turci, Amy & Luca
RISK TAKERS GIFTS OF $1,000 TO $1,199
Graham, Hampton & Cheree Hudson, Ashton & Mandy Libman, Jared & Hilary Miska, Andrew & Charlee Tolbert, Lindley & Lovett, Rad Wynne, Chris & Jessica
Baggs, Andy & Leah Elli, Enrique & Borghetti, Cintia Kane, Matthew & Alexis Refling, Jason & Bethany Schmalfeld, Edward & Sara Tari, Analeida & Michael Watford, Earl & Ryan, Chelsea
EXPLORERS GIFTS OF $2,500 TO $4,999
INQUIRERS GIFTS OF $500 TO $999
Caserta, Jim & Melanie Dodson, Jean & Tom Farmand, Chris & Razan Ketty, Arpitha & Venky
LEADERS GIFTS OF $1,200 TO $2,499 Allcorn, Frank & Margaret Bailey, Carl & Amee Brzezicki, Grzegorz & Agnieszka Bull, Niels & Kathy
Ashourian, Justin & Crystal Bajwa, Abubakr & Altaf, Mona Bednarek, Kim & Gene Cunningham, Collette Dodson, John & Celeste Fernandes, Candace & Rui Glatting, Kerri & Jay Hurley, Ian & Nita Hyrne, Jason & Melissa Kline, Christopher & Shylo Landmann, Shana & Ron McClure, Kevin & Robin
Merrill, David & Kelly Newman, Jeffrey & Amanda Schwartzenberger, Greg & Julie Sherrill, Ryan & Erin Snyder, Margaret Snyder, Tiffany & Lance Underwood, Kenneth & Katherine Wagner, Anouk & Billy
THINKERS GIFTS OF $250 TO $499
Blunt, Laura Brandon, Adam & Kristi Bush, Mike & Katie Castelli, Sebastian & Meagan Cooper, Jordan & Patricia DeSanctis, Lisa & Pingree, Greg Gendall, Kelly & Tavanaiepour, Daryoush Hale, Patrick & Collette Hunter, Tanya & Olszewski, Wade Jones, Frederick & Kimberly Joyce, Vanessa & Brendan Kowkabany, Jennifer & Steven Langdon, Mike & Cathy Mansur, Al & Suela McEwan, Courtney Medure, Matthew & Jillian Morton, Wendy Peterson, Ashley & Donovan
Pharr, Jacob & Monica Potash, Deb & Steve Radeekesh, Aparna Seay, Ivona & Mason Silvers, Avery & Scott Speeg, Brandon & Melinda Tagra, Rohin & Beth Tsai, Susan & Du, Paul Walker, Gary & Patricia Zimmerman, Mary & Barry
COMMUNICATORS GIFTS UP TO $249
Achtchi, Ahsan & Kimberly Aland, Patrick & Julia Alexander, Kristin Axler, Chad & Brooke Bisharat, Mohannad & Ghishan, Dana Bishop, Anamaria & Mark Bowling, Flavia & Jeff Burns, Barry & Ehrlich, Suzanne Caceres, Gail Caceres, Jenny Carlson, Adolf & Patel, Archna Castillo, Manuel & Alejandra Chapman, Greg & Kimberly Chau, Anhtung & Jessica Cheek, David & Amelia Cheek, Jackie
Christamtsis, Peter & Hammill, Katie Clauss, Andrew & Layla Colavecchio, Elizabeth Collier, Keith & Jennifer Curry, Nick & Tasher, Cara Davis, Janet Deal, Cindy Deleon, Chris & deAnne Derleth, Zack & Stacy Devlin, Matt & Meghan Doran, Stephanie & Peter Drews, Maria Ferguson, Leigh Fickling, Blake & Courtney Foster, Scott & Mollie Gallagher, Kelly Gallant, Kelli Gandy, William & Gail Greisinger, Rachel & Brent Halwani, Gus Hargis, Craig & Jean Harrington, Robert & Kelly Harris, Cindy Hauck, Jenna Hawn, Dawn Hayes, Sareh Hernandez, Debbie Hunter-Dunham, Jasmine Jones, Kyle & Jillian
Kelly, Morgan Korlacki, Dave Kyne, Casey & Patrick Landry, James & Blair Lewis, Julia Lynch, Jeffrey & Santerre Macedo, Marcia Makhijani, Rohit & Varsha McCune, Kimberly McEwan, John & Barbara McPhaul, Lauren & Jeffrey Miller, Robert & Cunningham, Collette Miller, Wanda Mitcham, Robert & Lindsey Morgan, Claire Morris, Casey Nelson, Shawna Noriega, Lauren Norley, Allie Pack, Naudia Patel, Archna Perdue, Felton & Mary Perret, Dayna & Gregory Pham, John & Diem Phelps, Linda & Robert Piper, Llewellyn & Cara Quillin, Legenia Remenda, Shane Rockwell, John
Sadler, Susan Sandels, Geoff & Audrey Santerre, Sharon & Lynch, Jeffrey Scheurer, Kristen Sheridan, Alice (Ginger) Sindicich, Niel & Diana Stevens, Jane Stokes, Taylore Strickland, Darryl & Angel Tankut, Abidin Tari, Tolga & Amy Tayloe, Josh & Scott Taylor, Sean & Amy Thomas, Robin Tulang, Marshall & Michelle Villa, Michael Williams, Jeffery & Dusty Wilson, Trey & Megan Windham, Micheal & Chantal Wonneberger, Tom & Hunter, Natasha Yadon, Sarah Zaharie, Korri & Brandon
Together, we can open the doors to a fantastic future.
Website: www.thediscoveryschool.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 102 15th Street South Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 Phone: 904-247-4577
At The Discovery School, we believe in opening our minds and hearts so we can discover the knowledge and ideals to build a better world. Our...
Published on Dec 4, 2019
At The Discovery School, we believe in opening our minds and hearts so we can discover the knowledge and ideals to build a better world. Our...