< Back to all blogs

Navigator News: 2.24.20

posted Mon, Feb 24, 2020


Helping Our Global Community

Compass students raised over $1,000 for Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit that packages food for malnourished children in over 70 countries. 

If that were not enough, the 11th grade Futures venture participated in PACKAGING that food at the Slammin Famine event at the Budweiser Events Center on February 21! Students helped package meals—assembly line fashion—and managed to have a lot of fun while doing it. Helping the community + bonding + rocking the hair nets = Friday at Compass!

Malachai, Sarah, Lucas, and John said of the experience: “Volunteering to pack meals for Feed my Starving Children was really rewarding. When Katie first brought up the idea we didn’t really know what we were getting into, but it was a really nice experience. It was great to see the school come together to raise money for a good cause. It was also incredible to see a full warehouse of people working to feed the world. They played music and made it a fun experience for all of us; we danced so much! And we got hairnets! We got to raise enough money for 4,000 meals and packed over 7,000 meals. John also found his true calling as a lunch lady!” 

“Through this experience, we packed 34 boxes which is equivalent to 7,000 meals for children across the world. We felt a strong sense of community as we pushed towards the same goal of helping the cause in any way we could. By donating and volunteering an opportunity that Compass staff has given us, we were given perspective on our privilege and how much involvement matters. We would like to thank you for giving us the gift of being able to go out of school and help something larger than ourselves.” Maya, Raine, and Gabi


Join Us THIS Week!

Kayla’s Community Showcase Venture’s big week is here! For the past seven weeks a team of students have been planning and promoting Compass’s first-ever student talent show production. Please join us Wednesday, February 26 from 1:30-3:00p at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center. There is no charge for entry. However, donations will be accepted and go to benefit Dance Express, an inclusive dance company in Fort Collins that celebrates diverse dance experiences by and for persons with and without disabilities. ​


Learning Doesn’t Just Happen “At School”

Here are great ways to engage students in learning outside of the classroom.


  • Write about anything you want for 10 minutes a day. Try it for two weeks and see how your writing changes. Look for ways to add more details in your writing and seek to make sentence structure varied and interesting.
  • Read anything you like for 20 minutes a day. It will strengthen your skill as a reader and writer and build your vocabulary!


  • Look for data around you. What can you conclude?  
  • Attempt to quantify things around you by estimating, counting, and adding and subtracting “in your head”. 


  • Ask a ton of deep questions  “What are the potential consequences of…”  
  • Watch youtube videos on science: ScishowKhan AcademyKurzgesagtare all great
  • Read studies in the news and evaluate their quality, sample size, method, replication?


  • Read/watch the news and talk about it
  • Consider the relevance of global events locally and vice versa 
  • Get involved in local civic issues


  • Get the Duolingo app (or other free language development apps) and practice for 15 minutes a day
  • Watch a favorite show or read a favorite book in Spanish. Not ready yet? Just put on Spanish subtitles on your favorite shows!


An Invitation For All 4th-5th Grade Math Enthusiasts

Do you know any 4th and 5th graders who LOVE solving problems and puzzles? Invite them to join students from across Northern Colorado for the Compass Mad Math Dash competition and design challenge. Brains will be put to the test in fun and mind-bending ways! RSVP and register here.


It’s Startup Week!

Our junior class students have been given the opportunity to get out and take advantage of the learning offered by Techstars Startup Week Fort Collins as part of their postsecondary readiness planning. This event starts Monday, February 24 and is a free, 5-day celebration of entrepreneurship, community, and business education. 

Led by a diverse group of local entrepreneurs and experts representing the best and brightest business minds in our community, each session is packed to the brim with actionable information on the topic at hand. Sessions and speakers are selected not just for the relevance and applicability of the content, but also to represent well the social and cultural makeup of Fort Collins’ economy as a whole. 

Abiding by the #GiveFirst mindset, these entrepreneurs have committed to freely share what they know and lift the community through the spirit of inclusion, supporting the idea that entrepreneurship should be accessible to everyone.


Compass Snapshots

Thank you Dr. Craig Heacock for sharing your expertise with our juniors as part of their career exploration activities.

Thank you, Davis, for sharing your Presentation of Learning with Compass parents at Parent Education Hour last Tuesday night.

A BIG thank you to Leila as well!

Our middle school MathCounts team competed in their first competition at UNC on Saturday. Congratulations to these enthusiastic young lovers of math!!

Following PSD's lead and Larimer County Health Department recommendations, Compass will determine the learning plan for the 20-21 school year later this summer. Please check email regularly and follow health department guidelines to keep your family well during the outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19).