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Navigator News: 9.30.19

posted Mon, Sep 30, 2019

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Ventures Ventures Everywhere

You may know what your Compass student is working on in their Venture Project, but we thought you might want to know what else is going on!

  • Emmanuelle’s Venture is exploring news and media. Emmanuelle’s Positive News venture has been exploring the news in all its forms. We have watched news segments with and without sound, researched and analyzed various online news platforms, taken to social media to compare the news teens are exposed to there versus through more traditional sources, conducted interviews in Old Town Square to find out what the general population thinks about the news, and finally we have taken a trip to the Old Town Library to examine physical newspapers. This last activity was particularly exciting as the majority of students had never held, much less read a real newspaper! Overall, we discovered that the news is often negative and can give people, young and not as young, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. We have idea-ted a variety of ways in which this could be addressed. We are now hard at work crafting our final products! 
  • Elana’s students are taking a deep dive into exploring identity—an important aspect for this age group—and all other humans on this planet! They are working on exploring their own identities, and how different identities are represented (and misrepresented). 
  • Dawn’s venture is delving deep into First Lego League Robotics and Tech Challenges. The theme of this year’s competition is “City-Shaper”—perfect for our community based learning model! In true Compass fashion, this venture is working on urban design with input from the City of Fort Collins Planning Department.
  • Shamayim’s students are hard at work creating sustainability plans for the school. You may have seen them on the streets in Old Town participating in the Student Strike for Climate Change inspired by Greta Thunberg. We are getting lots of positive community feedback about our engaged students!
  • Sam’s venture is exploring wildland restoration in partnership with Wildland Restoration Volunteers and theCSU Environmental Learning Center. Based on all they are learning about soil and plants and ecosystems, students are working in teams to design restoration projects for degraded parcels of land around town.
  • Bonnie’s students are getting a head start on designing the Compass yearbook. And gauging how busy our students have been ALREADY—only one month into the year—they have their work cut out for them!  
  • Karen’s venture is exploring communication in the form of everything from Latin to computer coding. As part of this project, students are working with a local occupational therapist to design and make electronic toys that move and talk to donate to students with special needs. Along the way they have made some zombified prototypes!

Mark your calendar for the first quarter Exhibition of Learning, October 15 at 5:30p. You won’t want to miss seeing the products of these ventures.

Teamwork in the shop!

**Grab a Rake! Lend a Hand**

At Compass we take the “community” in Compass Community Collaborative School to heart. On Saturday, October 19, join other Compass families in a show of giving back to the community by participating in Service Saturday! Service Saturday! is a twice-yearly event providing volunteer assistance to older adults with various home maintenance jobs, cleaning, organizing, yard work, and other household tasks.

The event is hosted by A Little Help—a nonprofit organization that connects neighbors of all ages to enhance lives and strengthen our community. This video offers a good idea for what A Little Help is all about.We hope you will join us and get acquainted with members of the Compass AND Fort Collins communities!

Want to join in? Get more info and REGISTER.

We Had a Great Turnout for Prospective Family Night!

It is hard to believe we are already talking about NEXT year! Thank you to all prospective families who came out last Tuesday night to learn about Compass. And a special thanks to Jan, Jason, Pamela, and (most importantly) our three student representatives, Tessa, Laisa, and Chloe, for filling them in on what our learning community is all about!

**School Accountability Committee (SAC)**

Thank you to our amazing parents for a productive and informative School Accountability Committee last Thursday night! We talked about our School Performance Framework from the state. We feel grateful to have such a thoughtful and insightful group of parents on board continuing to make sure Compass is awesome!

Please join our very own Compass board member and technology expert, Irene Nissen, in a discussion on raising children in a digital world. This Perspectives in Parenting Meetup will take place Monday, October 21 from 7:00-8:30pm (location TBA). Get more info and RSVP. 

Seeking Board Members

The Compass Board is on the lookout for 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 at [email protected].

More Snapshots from Last Week

Thank you community partners for showing us how to use our sewing machines!

Seed cleaning in Sam’s Wildland Restoration Venture

Sewing is an important life skill!

The Compass podcasting studio is getting a lot of use

Marty has students busy in the shop!

Making, making and more making

Once again, student John R.’s Herpetology Seminar was a hissing hit! Esther made lots of friends, too.

… and John and Esther participated in Bike-to-School Week (yep, Esther rode in a messenger bag)! Kudos to all who biked, boarded, walked (or slithered) and bussed-it to school.

Dawn helps with a Virtual Reality seminar

Compass students participate in a student strike for climate change

Students making self-portraits using yarn and cardboard. What would yours look like?

Art seminars always fill up fast