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Navigator News: 9/9/19

posted Mon, Sep 09, 2019


Venture Spotlight

Shamayim Watson is one of our new teachers for the 2019-20 school year and she brings a wealth of experience teaching social studies around the world. Originally from England (south London), she is full of energy and enthusiasm for Fort Collins and Compass Community Collaborative School!

Shamayim’s first Venture Project with Compass is offering an opportunity for students in 6th-11th grades to explore sustainability in partnership with the CSU Center for the Built Environment, the City of Fort Collins, and Green Apple Schools Day of Service. The Venture students are creating Compass Climate Action Report that will be submitted to the Green Apple School competition and City of Fort Collins.The class is researching sustainability with focus on climate change and they will be doing a deep dive into the functioning of our school building in terms of energy and water usage, waste production, and culture. The United Nations Climate Report and City Climate Action Plan and are two of the foundational documents from which the students are modeling their own report. Each student’s final report will include suggestions for improvement to our building, improvements to our school culture of sustainability and the economic impact of our response to the plan. At Exhibition, expect to see evidence of research and action on this important topic, including each student’s final, written report, episodes of a video blog, photos, and journalistic reports of a weekly protest of climate change outside of Fort Collins City Hall. Thanks for the great work, Compass!

NEWS FLASH!!!! This just in at 3:00p, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

The students were out at their first protest when Jan got a call from a woman named Laura. Laura is from Colorado Springs and in town for the day. She called the school after seeing our students and meeting and talking with them. She told Jan that she was “blown away by their spirit, eloquence, and candor”and encouraged us by saying: “What ever you are doing, keep doing it!”. What a nice boost for a Friday afternoon!

Partner Offering: Sacred Owl Wellness

In addition to offering a series of Seminars for our students, our community partner and neighbor business, Sacred Owl Wellness, is offering special discount deals for Compass staff and families.Sacred Owl Wellness offers wellness classes (yoga, nutrition, meditation), facials, massages, holistic nutrition consulting, skin and body products and many more services for body and mind. We have flyers at our front desk with more information, please check it out!

Partner Offering: McMahon Training Center

Another neighboring Compass Community Partner, McMahon Training Center, is extending an invitation to Compass families sign up for one of two anti-bullying seminars. They are FREE and open to the public!

If you would like your child to start the new school year with self-confidence and tools to protect themselves, consider registering. Each school year provides obstacles for children, and unfortunately, one of those obstacles can be physical or mental abuse from other kids. Our two seminars will give those that attend the skills to defend themselves safely and effectively from a bully. 

Follow Your School

Last week on Facebook, Sam used a chair to demonstrate how gravity transformed a nebulainto our solar system. Take a look!

Want regular glimpses into the day-to-day happenings at Compass? Follow the school here:

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Snapshots from Last Week

Our new art teacher, Erica, taught a seminar on color theory that all the students loved!

6th graders have jumped right in!

Students in Marty’s Construction 101 seminar helped repair picnic tables

Learning through service — a win-win

Our virtual reality equipment is a hit!

Our Bike-to-School Week organizing team is also tuning bikes

Our students help each other learn every day. It is so inspiring!


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).