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posted Mon, Apr 06, 2020

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New! Weekly Compass Culture Challenge

Our Compass Culture Guides (aka Vibe Checkers) have been working behind the scenes coming up with fun ways for our students and their families to stay healthy, connected, active and creative. We invite you to join in as well and share it on social media with the tag #compassculturechallenge. 

Challenge #1: CREATE AN OBSTACLE COURSE
Have fun with this activity! For inspiration, check out this obstacle course and this one as well. One of our students said, “I made a chalk obstacle course outside of my house with an intention to keep my siblings entertained and active. After they had played with it for a while we went inside and I noticed our neighbors (young and old) walking by and using it. Since, I have noticed that many more blocks around my house have put up obstacle courses for themselves and others to enjoy!”    

Challenge #2: CREATE A PLAYLIST
Create a playlist of music you enjoy and share it with friends and your family.

 

Intensive Spotlight: Girls Who Code

 

Compass has been very fortunate to have a parent and volunteer extraordinaire, Sarah Woeher, teaching an intensive on coding specifically designed for girls. 

The curriculum is part of a national program called Girls Who Code. Sarah and the girls have all learned a lot and had fun doing it for this six week Intensive block! Sarah had this to say about the experience:

At the end of each week of the Girls Who Code intensive, the girls have the opportunity to share something they learned or thought was really cool. The first week, the overwhelming answer was something like, “I learned that Girls Who Code is a thing.” Learning that Girls Who Code is bigger than their intensive and that it’s so much more than learning how to write code made an impact! In the following weeks, answers related to the Women In Tech spotlights have been popular.

“I learned where the phrase ‘debugging’ comes from.” - Lily W

“I did more of my animation on climate change, I set a goal, and I learned more about some amazing women!” - Amelka

Through this activity, the girls have learned about women that have used their skills to create all kinds of solutions; the first compiler, an online educational platform for deaf students, and an invention to help someone with Parkinson’s disease to be able to write again, just to name a few. We’ve talked about how seeing representation and having role models to look towards is important. The Girls Who Code curriculum also ties the experiences of these role models to four strengths, Bravery, Resilience, Creativity, and Purpose. Learning how to practice these strengths will help these girls, not just during Girls Who Code, but throughout all of their experiences!

 

Corona Virus Can’t Stop the Winning!

CONGRATULATIONS TO KAREN AND THE MATHCOUNTS STUDENTS FOR REACHING GOLD LEVEL STATUS IN THIS NATIONAL MATH CLUB. Here is the email that Karen got announcing the award:

Dear Karen Karppinen, 

Congratulations!! Your MATHCOUNTS CLUB reached Gold Level Status in The National MathCounts Club!

We received your students’ Gold Level Project and it is complete and satisfies all the requirements.  This is an extremely commendable accomplishment. We will be updating our website to include your club’s name on the Gold Level Schools list. You will be mailed a gold level banner and pencils in June.

Congratulations on this fantastic achievement. We hope you and your students enjoyed your National MathCounts Club experience and that you will go for another banner next year!

Sincerely,
Michelle Lefrancois
Program Coordinator

 

Compass Snapshots

Owen with his sister on an afternoon adventure trying to drive his RC amphibious vehicle to the middle of the neighborhood pond.

Learning to drive a stick shift.

Rhoen has been recharging physically, mentally and emotionally by hiking in Lory State Park. Nice shot Rhoen! 

Lucille is on a climbing team and since the gym is closed she decided to bring the training home! “I made a hangboard, which is something climbers use to build finger strength. My stepfather helped me fulfill my vision and I used a drill press and high power sanders to make all of the holds. We are now finding a space in our home to hang it up!“

Wyatt’s been building stuff.

Ella has been volunteering at Animal Friends Alliance.

Following PSD's lead and Larimer County Health Department recommendations, Compass will not reopen the school building until August 14, 2020, and we will continue our remote learning plan through the end of May. Please check email regularly and follow health department guidelines to keep your family well during the outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19).

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