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Navigator News: 8/12/19

posted Mon, Aug 12, 2019


Welcome to Compass 2.0

Staff circled and worked all summer to stay connected and make Compass even better for this next school year.

We are so excited for the kids to come back! Many have come back to visit and help throughout the summer, but there is something especially energizing about having all the students here all together.

The first week of school will be Culture Camp to ease all of us back into the routines of the school year and build the bonds of our community and the habits of learning that make Compass the special place that it is all year long. Jenny, Katie, Pamela, Sam, and our student leadership team get all the credit for the week’s design. The theme of the week, and in fact the whole school year, is BELONGING

Since the last week of school and Advisory Olympics, we have welcomed new staff (you have met them through the summer newsletters, and you will love them even more in person!), we have taken some time to refresh and reflect on all that we learned last year, and we have worked hard on the building and the program design to make sure that next year benefits from all that we learned last year. This is one of our fundamental values—staff are learners as much as the students, and being a small charter school, we are agile enough to respond quickly as we learn. We are committed to constant improvement. New AND returning parents, please join us tonight at 6:30p for Compass 101 v.2 to learn the details!

Gratefully Yours,

Camilo repainted like a champ!

Thanks to all the students who helped fix up the building over the summer!

Thanks to all the parents who helped us get ready for a great year.

Jason worked with upperclassmen to get their schedules arranged. Foundry and our new schedule are going to add lots of options for students!

Compass Tee Flash Sale

Compass students do more than just master traditional academic content. With the guidance of evidence-based research, we have created seven core competencies that drive instruction, reflection, and assessment of mastery for both staff and students. Adaptability, Flexibility, Problem Solving, Inquiry and Analysis are central to CRITICAL THINKING—one of the seven Compass Core Competencies.

The Compass “THINK” tee is a nod to Albert Einstein, his imagination, and his very original way of THINKing. This t-shirt is the first in a series of seven that will roll out over the coming years—one each semester. This t-shirt is only available for order during this 2-week FLASH sale period. We cannot guarantee that it will be available for sale in the future—order by August 28.

This t-shirt is being offered close to cost. If over 100 sell, the Parent Action Council (PAC) will profit roughly $200. These funds will be used to support PAC activities (teacher appreciation, student events, etc.) for the 2019-20 school year.

Available in women’s fit and uni-sex youth-adult. Please carefully review the Sizing Line-Ups provided on the Custom Ink website. The women’s fit can run quite small.

Join MathCounts

Do you want to have fun and get better at math at the same time? Join our new MathCounts program at Compass! MATHCOUNTS® is a national Middle School program that encourages students to increase their math skills through learning, teamwork, and competition.

We will meet during PLT (the beginning or end of the school day) to conquer new problems and we’ll do fun team building activities (evening laser tag, hikes, lock-ins, etc.) at least once a month. We’ll also qualify Compass for the National Math Club gold level! 

At Compass, you can choose your path. MathCounts can be your math class for the year if you are in pre-algebra or you can participate in MathCounts in addition to taking math intensives. MathCounts is for grades 6-8 only. Having math as your best subject is not required to join! You only need a desire to learn and willingness to help our team meet our goals. Download a flier for more information or email [email protected]

2019-20 Student Supply List

Please ensure that your student has the following supplies with them each day in a small backpack:

  • 1 - 1” 3-ring binder
  • 4 - Two pocket plastic folders with holes to go in binder
  • College ruled loose-leaf paper to go in binder 
  • Planner to enter and keep track of daily tasks and upcoming events.
  • 3 Subject spiral notebook for intensives
  • 1 Subject spiral notebook for ventures
  • Pencils AND Pens
  • 2 - Highlighters (different colors)
  • 1 - Pack of notecards
  • 1 - Box of colored pencils
  • 3 (minimum) - Dry erase markers (different colors)
  • 1 - Black Sharpie
  • 1 - Set of earbuds (standard jack)
  • Reusable fork and spoon
  • Water Bottle
  • Book of choice for reading

NOTE: We have backpacks and school supplies that have been generously donated by CSU. If your family would benefit from this generosity, please reach out to [email protected]

Changes to Our Space

The Upper School lounge is ready!

Pamela and Marty created a beautiful new entry.

Walls made from Lego! What!?

And Finally …

Flynn is ready to welcome you back!

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).