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Navigator News: 9.23.19

posted Mon, Sep 23, 2019


Thank you CSU!

Compass Community Collaborative School is fortunate and grateful for its working partnership with Colorado State University. This week students continued research at the CSU Environmental Learning Center and built a watershed model.

**It’s Bike to School Week**

**Seeking a Few More Students**

Know any friends of your Compass student wanting to LOVE school? We have a limited number of slots available for select grade levels this year.  Due to a declining number of spots for 2020/21 and a growing demand, the best shot at becoming a Compass student could be to make the leap in this calendar year!  Please contact Jan.

**Celebrating Our LatinX Heritage**

In celebration of National LatinX Heritage Month, a group of students at Compass were able to travel to Colorado State University and participate in this cultural kick-off event. Our students enjoyed music from a local mariachi band, and ate lunch on the plaza with university students celebrating our heritage.

National LatinX Heritage Month takes place September 15th to October 15th. Colorado State University celebrates the month with music, food, and cultural awareness programming. This event validated both CSU and Compass students who identify as Hispanic, Latina/o, Latinx.

New Film Studio

This week students set up a film studio! We look forward to great productions and documentaries.

**Venture Highlight: Independent Book Study**

Kayla’s Independent Venture is doing a book study on Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. Every Thursday, our class comes together to discuss sections from our weekly reading. Students have the option to read the entire book or the selected assigned sections. The theme discussed is the philosophy behind the question “What is quality?” Through these discussions, the group is finding how we bring quality into all aspects of our lives: our work, relationships, experiences, etc.

**Perspectives in Parenting Meetup**

Raising a child in a digital world can be overwhelming! Parents today have many questions when it comes to keeping their kids safe and on task with technology.

Please join our very own Compass board member and technology expert, Irene Nissen, as she presents and leads us in a discussion around the following topics:

  • Setting expectations for technology use and screen time
  • How to manage filtering and access control
  • Choosing the best devices for technology access at home

Irene’s presentation will be our very first Perspectives in Parenting Meetup. Fellow parents will be hosting these social/learning events at local establishments. Got a topic you would like to cover at one of these meetups? Are you a local business owner that might have smallish space we could use for these meetups? Please email [email protected] 

Parenting in a Digital World
Date: Monday October 21
Time: 6:30pm
Place: TBA
Please RSVP here by end of day Monday October 7

In preparation:  A great book to go along with this topic is Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology by Diana Graber.

Notes from the School Board

The Compass School Board is on board with a YES vote for the PSD Mill Levy Override!

On Monday, September 16, the Compass Board approved a resolution in support of the Mill Levy Override that the Poudre School District is proposing for the November ballot. We would like you to consider doing the same.

Why vote for the Mill Levy Override?

  • Colorado ranks among the lowest in the nation in state K-12 funding.
  • PSD gets the lowest amount of per-pupil revenue allowed by law. 
  • For the first time in recent history, PSD’s starting teacher salaries are less than in neighboring communities, such as Loveland and Greeley.
  • Compass would receive a portion of the property tax money to support our teachers and staff.
  • For more information on the Mill Levy Override, visit: www.psdschools.org/MLO2019

In speaking with several Fort Collins residents, I’ve noticed a trend. Many people—even those in the real estate industry—are convinced that the increase in their property valuations over recent years has led to more money for PSD. This, unfortunately, is not the case! Because of the state formula used to distribute property tax money throughout districts across the state, PSD doesn’t see a rise in per-pupil revenue when valuations increase. Indeed, school finance in Colorado is rather complicated! For more on this issue, see this Coloradoan article. However, a vote for a Mill Levy Override keeps the local money collected in the district—helping us to ensure that we continue to support and attract our amazingly talented staff and teachers!

Looking for Additional Board Members

The Compass Board is always on the lookout for new potential Board members! We are specifically interested in creative, talented individuals willing to donate time and energy to making Compass awesome. Currently, we are seeking people with experience in finance, development, law, or marketing/PR. Interested? Know any other community members who would be a good fit? (Being a Compass parent, while ALWAYS welcome, is not a prerequisite for Board membership.) The first step is to reach out to our Governance Committee.

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).