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    Karen Shumway
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    This intensive, "boot camp" style workshop includes the "Greatest Hits" of high school biology lab work and introduces students to the range of concepts in high school biology. Students will investigate the activity of enzymes, the cycling of carbon in mini-ecosystems, and the movement of molecules through semi-permeable membranes. Microscopy techniques will be employed to view bacteria, protist, fungi, plant, and animal cells, through both live, wet-mount samples and prepared specimen slides. Students will observe the observation of the movement of chromosomes during mitosis and extract DNA from foods. Participants will also visualize the complex processes of cellular respiration and photosynthesis using yeast and aquatic plants; investigate the genetics of taste; explore bacterial growth and evaluate disinfectant efficacy; and simulate evolution with origami birds before dissecting a frog and a sheep's brain. This lab intensive is for high school students who are pursuing or who have recently completed a virtual or textbook-only high school biology course that did not include hands-on lab work. The course can also serve as a preview for high school students who will be taking a full course in high school biology in the fall of 2024. It is suitable for a student who had an incomplete course in biology and needs "a little extra" work to conclude the course, or any other high school student who enjoys laboratory work. Prior to beginning the workshop, students will receive a list of labs, principle topics, and corresponding videos to serve as a review or a pre-lab overview. For safety reasons, Biology Lab has a dress code more restrictive than the general Compass dress code: (1) Long hair must be tied back (male or female); (2) Shirts must have at least short sleeves (such as a t-shirt). Tank tops and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. (3) Students must wear long pants. Shorts are not permitted. (4) Students must wear closed-toe shoes. Open toe sandals, slides, and flip-flops are not permitted. There is a $75.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on or before the first day. This is a five-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Teens will learn to make simple, budget-friendly foods to feed themselves. These recipes are perfect for college students who have only a microwave or for teens preparing quick meals at home. Some even have ingredients that can be taken from campus dining halls and transformed. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Homemade Pizza
    • Elevated Raman Noodles
    • Rice Pilaf
    • Loaded Baked Potato
    • Cinnamon Rolls
    • Baked Banana Blueberry Oatmeal
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Compass chefs will create the fast-casual fare and hand-held favorites found on food trucks across America. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Fish Tacos and Slaw
    • Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Homemade Marinara Sauce
    • Beef Empanadas (2 recipes: dough and filling)
    • Loaded Cheese Fries
    • Doughnuts: Cinnamon, Strawberry Puff, and Strawberry-Glazed
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Taste your way across America in this cross-country culinary adventure. From diners to dining rooms, create and enjoy regional favorites on your imaginary drive across the US. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Northeast

    • New England Clam Chowder
    • Boston Baked Beans
    • Boston Cream Pie
    South
    • Southern Tomato and Cheese Pie (with homemade pie crust)
    • Pimento Cheese Spread
    • Blue Ribbon Deviled Eggs
    • Mississippi Mud Pie
    New Orleans
    • Cajun Orzo with Sausage
    • Shrimp and Grits
    • Bananas Foster Cheesecake
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $54.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Taste your way across America in this cross-country culinary adventure. From diners to dining rooms, create and enjoy regional favorites on your imaginary drive across the US. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Northwest

    • Baked Salmon with Dill Sauce
    • Cauliflower Gratin with Gruyere and Roasted Hazelnuts
    • Blackberry Cinnamon Cobbler
    Midwest
    • Midwest Meatloaf
    • Mashed Potatoes
    • Roasted Lemon Green Beans with Bacon
    • Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs (served since 1924)
    Southwest
    • Homemade Salsa and Guacamole
    • Cheesy Green Chili Cornbread
    • Chicken Enchilada Bake
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $54.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    The start of school and homeschooling is around the corner. Kids' calendars will be filling up, and they will want to munch between meals. In this workshop, kids will learn to make 7 delicious, filling snacks for themselves. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Nachos
    • Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Bites
    • Pomegranate Slushy
    • Strawberry Almond Protein Bars
    • Air Fried Ranch Chickpeas
    • Cinnamon Sticky Buns
    • Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Summer luaus transport us to barefoot beach barbecues under picturesque Pacific palms. Celebrate Hawaiian hospitality and tropical tastes when learning to make the favorite foods of our fiftieth state. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Air Fry Hawaiian Chicken
    • Bruddah Potato Mac
    • Tropical Fruit Salad
    • Loco Moco Rice
    • Pineapple Tarts
    • Butter Mochi Cookies
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Celebrate the long, lazy days of summer with sweet treats featuring fresh fruits, refreshing freezes, and sticky summer splurges. Compass chefs will make sweets reminiscent of playful parties at the pool, breezy afternoons at the beach, or late nights at the lake. Recipes are selected to be fun and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Watermelon Sorbet
    • Strawberry Mousse
    • Peach Ice Cream
    • Raspberry Lemonade
    • Banana Split Bites
    • Mini Angel Food Cakes with Summer Berries
    • S'mores Cookies
    • Dole Whips
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Children are invited to a magical tea party that they prepare themselves! Young chefs will create a delicious menu of finger foods that they will enjoy with tea, hot chocolate, or juice. Recipes created on the first day will be refrigerated and retained for our party on the second day. The Compass Commons area will be transformed with tablecloths, tea lights, and summer centerpieces. Participants will be invited to bring one stuffed friend and one grown-up to join them for the tea party held the last 30 minutes of the second day. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Cucumber Sandwiches
    • Mini Quiches
    • Asparagus Crostini
    • Mini Cream Puffs
    • Lemon Cake
    • Mini Blueberry Scones
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Compass Chefs will learn to make the comfort foods and family favorites featured at summer cook-outs, picnics, and pot-lucks across America. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Pulled Pork BBQ with Homemade BBQ Sauce
    • Chili Dogs
    • Homemade Mac & Cheese
    • Watergate Salad
    • Corn Cakes
    • Pasta Caprese Salad
    • Red Skinned Potato Salad
    • Peanut butter Brownies
    • Raspberry-Peach Upside Down Cake
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $54.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Jessica Eastridge
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    Enjoy the camaraderie and cooperation of making music with others while using the summer to build skills and boost confidence with your band instrument. Dulles Area Summer Band Camp is a half-day program for beginners (6 months or fewer on their instruments). Read complete details of the camp online.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Kerry Diederich
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    Elementary artists can get in on the action as they learn about a different artist or artistic style and create representative pieces using a wide range of artistic supplies such as tempura and water color paints, pastels, pencils, cray pas, oil pastel crayons, specialty papers, sculpting media, and embellishments.


    In this workshop, students will learn about the abstract masters Wassily Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock and create works in their styles using drips and splatters (Pollack) and collage and layered geometric compositions (Kandinsky). There is a $15.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on or before the start of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Alchemy Ballet
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    Young dancers will practice skills in musicality, balance, flexibility, and coordination as they learn to dance as a group. Each quarter, a different musical fairytale ballet will provide the inspiration and the music for the class. Dancers will become familiar with the story of the ballet and the orchestral music as they go through their own routine. The music, story, and characters will serve as an inspiration for creative movement. Fourth quarter, young dancers will learn the story of The Carnival of the Animals, composed by Camille Saint-Saens and performed as a ballet since 2004. In class, dancers will learn to recognize, understand, and apply techniques from the Vaganova ballet method such as: 1st - 6th positions, marching and skipping, demi plie, grand plie, saute, bourree, grand jete, and tendu. Students will also develop their physical conditioning and learn teamwork. Dancers in this level must be minimum age 4 by the start of class. A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter. Registration is for one morning class, however students who wish to further their skills are encouraged to sign up for both Monday and Wednesday morning lessons. Compass ballet students will have an opportunity to audition for the Alchemy Ballet Academy Winter Performance (including excerpts from The Nutcracker). Ballet students are expected to wear appropriate attire. Young ladies must wear a leotard with skirt (attached or detached), pink tights, and soft pink ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Young men must wear a slim-fitting white t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and soft black ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Note: this is a 7-week class that will begin on 3/29.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
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    Vicksburg was the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. Its capture cut the Confederacy in two and, in combination with the other major Union victory at Gettysburg the day before, destroyed any chance of the Confederacy achieving its war goals. Unlike Gettysburg, which lasted a few days in July, the Siege of Vicksburg lasted more than two months, from May to July. The slow, grinding attritional warfare there foreshadowed the conditions of the First World War more than the US Civil War, featuring trench lines, massive amounts of heavy modern guns, mines, and naval support. The capture of Vicksburg allowed the Union to start its all-out offensives through the Confederate heartland, and ultimately bring the war to a close, as each part of the Confederacy was systematically isolated and destroyed. This was the ultimate end of the Anaconda Plan of 1861 after the disasters at Manassas and Fredericksburg meant no quick end to the fighting. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, airfields, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create larger scenes. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific conflict. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 4-day workshop.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
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    The liberation of France from Nazi control began when 156,000 allied American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along the heavily fortified coast of France's Normandy region. Code-named Operation Overlord, the invasion was the largest amphibious military assault in history. Between the American beaches of Omaha and Utah, was Pointe du Hoc. The battery of heavy artillery perched atop a massive cliff and aimed directly at the American beaches had to be neutralized at all costs to ensure the success of the invasion. The attackers would have to scale the 110 foot cliff under fire, fight through heavily fortified Axis defenses, destroy the guns, and then wait for relief from nearby Omaha beach. This mission could only be entrusted to the elite raiders of the US Army Rangers. This special force was trained to operate in small units, strike where the enemy did not think it possible, and operate behind enemy lines when necessary. For the Rangers, it was victory or certain death. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, airfields, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Axis and Allies gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 4-day workshop.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program whimsical, mechanized projects using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education. In this workshop, young builders will build two droids: one that can scoop and shove soil, such as on the Martian surface, and one that can "walk" on wheels to explore a pretend planet. Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Students will use classroom tablets to program the control units using intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules. Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program whimsical, mechanized projects using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education. In this workshop, young builders will merge modern technology with medieval times as they build a moving knight and a crushing catapult (if time permits). Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Students will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules. Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
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    Celebrate summer through the joy of relaxed crafting which unleashes a child's inner creativity and fosters innovation. Young artists will enjoy working hands-on with a variety of crafting materials and methods to create original projects. Crafting is multi-sensory, and most children enjoy the tactile, no-pressure experience of painting, sculpting, beading, sewing, cutting, assembling, weaving, and embellishing a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Crafting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages imagination and artistry to create objects in three dimensions. In this camp, children will create original hand-made pieces using a range of artistic techniques and a myriad of materials. Kids will enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside a group of friends in Creative Crafters Camp, and parents will appreciate the break! Parent Notes:

    • All the supplies are provided: No need to search high and low for the needed materials.
    • Reduce waste and clutter: No need to buy large quantities of specialty supplies for a one-time project.
    • Reduce clean-up: Leave the glue, paint, and glitter mess at Compass.
    • Kids get to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques, even if you are not crafty.
    • Crafting improves dexterity and fine motor skills, and an afterschool club makes a great social outlet.
    A supply fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on or before the first day of class. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
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    Celebrate summer through the joy of relaxed crafting which unleashes a child's inner creativity and fosters innovation. Young artists will enjoy working hands-on with a variety of crafting materials and methods to create original projects. Crafting is multi-sensory, and most children enjoy the tactile, no-pressure experience of painting, sculpting, beading, sewing, cutting, assembling, weaving, and embellishing a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Crafting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages imagination and artistry to create objects in three dimensions. In this camp, children will create original hand-made pieces using a range of artistic techniques and a myriad of materials. Kids will enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside a group of friends in Creative Crafters Camp, and parents will appreciate the break! Parent Notes:

    • All the supplies are provided: No need to search high and low for the needed materials.
    • Reduce waste and clutter: No need to buy large quantities of specialty supplies for a one-time project.
    • Reduce clean-up: Leave the glue, paint, and glitter mess at Compass.
    • Kids get to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques, even if you are not crafty.
    • Crafting improves dexterity and fine motor skills, and an afterschool club makes a great social outlet.
    A supply fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on or before the first day of class. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
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    Students will learn about the Mesozoic flora and fauna of the prehistoric world and be introduced to the ideas of plate tectonics, species variation, and the evolution of plants. This knowledge will be applied through several games in which the students will learn the characteristics of the various dinosaurs and other creatures that lived with them and how to cooperate in a group. In the role playing game "Saurian Safari", students will simulate a cooperative hunt through a Mesozoic game park using miniature figures, and in "Try-To-Survive-Asaurus," students will try to survive in the harsh and changing environment of the dinosaurs while portraying their very own dinosaur with the options of cooperating with or eating their fellow classmates. Over the course of the class, students should be able to explain the differences in the types of dinosaurs and plants found during the period, be it Cretaceous, Jurassic, or Triassic and how these differences are reflected in their very own swamp, forest, or scrub terrain type boards. Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 14 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landforms, waterways, plant life, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a zoology-based survival strategy game. Each student will create one board and receive a set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on or before the first day of the workshop. This is a 4-day workshop.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
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    At the twilight of the Roman Republic, facing increasing political instability caused by ineffective dictators surrounded by corruption, murder, and intrigue, it seemed only one man could "save" the Republic- by destroying it completely and founding an Empire! That man was Gaius Julius Caesar. Having taken on Rome's broken political system and using it to his own advantage, Caesar and his allies made themselves the most powerful men in Rome. There was no election he could not buy and no campaign he could not win. All that stood between Caesar and ultimate power for life, was the Senate and his former ally, Pompey the Great. Ordered to return from Gaul without his army or the legal immunity, Caesar would make the choice to fight instead. "Alea iacta est!" (The Die is Cast!) This was Caesar's call as he marched his army across the Rubicon River in Italy on his way back to Rome, with the intent to return as a conqueror, thus shattering the Republic and starting yet another Roman Civil War. The war would last years, spanning the entire Mediterranean from Spain to Egypt, and would ensure that Caesar was installed as "Dictator for Life" (however long that might be.) Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, airfields, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create larger scenes. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific conflict. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 4-day workshop.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    Kids are curious about electricity- the magic that powers the toys, games, and electronics they love. In this workshop, kids will experiment with aspects of electricity- conductors, batteries, and circuits- to take the mystery out of electricity and inspire future engineers. Kids will modify simple circuits to do silly things. They will discover what happens when components such as horns, fans, motors, recording chips, motion and infrared sensors are inserted into simple circuits. They will be delighted when their engineering produces silly circuits that buzz, beep, sing, and fly!

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    Kids are curious about electricity- the magic that powers the toys, games, and electronics they love. In this workshop, kids will experiment with aspects of electricity- conductors, batteries, and circuits- to take the mystery out of electricity and inspire future engineers. Kids will discover basic electrical engineering using batteries and circuits with components such as resistors, capacitors, switches, LEDs, and small lamps. Students will learn about parallel and series circuits and experiment with resistance using Snap Circuits kits. Students will learn how to wire and power lights, a fan motor, and a speaker.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Melissa Schaaf
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    Would you know what to do if you cut yourself in the kitchen? What if a friend had an anaphylactic reaction to a food or your grandparent suddenly collapsed? Whether you play outdoors, participate in sports, go to the pool, cook at home, supervise siblings, or just hang out with friends, you should know what to do when an emergency arises! First Aid and CPR are the practical life skills you hope you don't have to use, but are thankful for if you do. Earn four American Heart Association certifications in one course in preparation for working as a camp aide, babysitter, assistant coach, counselor-in-training, or part time employee. <br> This workshop will be taught in two half-day workshops by a certified AHA instructor. Topics include: First Aid and Choking Relief; Adult CPR, AED (automatic external defibrillators), and Child/Infant CPR. The course will use the AHA pediatric first aid curriculum which also emphasizes safety and prevention of accidents and injury, particularly in young children. Key topics include: lacerations/bleeding, broken bones, burns, allergic reactions, breathing problems, heat-related complications, cold-related injuries, bites/stings, fainting/unconsciousness, use of AEDs, chest compressions, rescue breathing, and more. Students will have hands-on practice with many skills and will have to demonstrate competency at certain steps to be "signed off" on learned skills. <br> At the end of the course, students will be certified in First Aid, Adult CPR, Child CPR, and Infant CPR. The certifications will be good for two years, and students will be able to print out their certifications for coaches, employers, scout leaders, or their own records from an online AHA portal. This workshop has two class meetings: Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Students must attend both class meetings in order to earn the certifications. Students registered in the course will receive a 185 page, full color textbook from the AHA, their own face shield for rescue breathing, and have their AHA registration fees covered. <br> This course is recommended for students ages 14+. At a minimum, students must be 5 feet tall and weigh at least 100 pounds to be able to properly perform chest compressions.  

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    Judith Harmon
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    Learn to use your sewing machine this summer! Discover the wide world of unique creations you can sew with this essential tool: clothing, costumes, alterations, decorative items, accessories, gifts, toys, and more. This workshop is designed to demystify your sewing machine and get you started. Learn to thread your machine, understand the basic functions, adjust tension, and select and practice stitches through guided sewing activities. Each participant must bring a sewing machine with power cord, foot pedal, and at least one bobbin. Participants must provide the model number of their sewing machines prior to the start of the workshop. This enables the instructor to find practice handouts specific to each machine, otherwise they will receive a generic handout.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
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    Learn to use your sewing machine this summer! Discover the wide world of unique creations you can sew with this essential tool: clothing, costumes, alterations, decorative items, accessories, gifts, toys, and more. This workshop is designed to demystify your sewing machine and get you started. Learn to thread your machine, understand the basic functions, adjust tension, and select and practice stitches through guided sewing activities. Each participant must bring a sewing machine with power cord, foot pedal, and at least one bobbin. Participants must provide the model number of their sewing machines prior to the start of the workshop. This enables the instructor to find practice handouts specific to each machine, otherwise they will receive a generic handout.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! Students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations. In this workshop, students will explore marine and nautical engineering with projects such as an airboat, a catamaran, a ferry, and a lighthouse. Each session begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Notes: (1) Students must be minimum age 5, fable to follow directions, and be able to separate from their parents for this workshop. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can drop in 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! Students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations. In this workshop, students will look at extraordinary engineering in cities and towns with projects such as a skyscraper, house, suspension bridge, and a rail system. Each session begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Notes: (1) Students must be minimum age 5, be able to follow directions, and be able to separate from their parents for this workshop. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can drop in 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Kerry Diederich
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    This workshop is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a projects in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, chalk, fabric, and watercolor paints.


    In this session, Junior Artists will explore multi-media compositions. They will create abstract alphabet art, create a summer rainstorm with paint, tissue paper, and glue, and they will experiment with painting rocks. There is a $10.00 supply fee payable to the instructor on or before the start of the program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    Student sleuths will tackle a variety of puzzles, games, and riddles while learning about ciphers and code-breaking. Hands-on activities will incorporate cards, dice, coins, cubes, toothpicks, and of course, lots of numbers. Students will discover the intriguing world of cryptology- the science of secret writing which uses math and reasoning to create and decode mystery alphabets.


    For each new puzzle, game, and riddle, students will learn concepts and strategies that they can apply to solving ANY math challenge, such as the phases of solving a problem, what to do when you get stuck, how to make predictions, how to generalize from specific cases, and how to test different outcomes. The workshop will culminate in a collaboration to solve puzzles and crack codes to flee the classroom Escape Room with challenges such as coded letters, picture clues, mirror image writings, invisible ink, puzzling word searches, and cryptograms.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    Student sleuths will tackle a variety of puzzles, games, and riddles while learning about ciphers and code-breaking. Hands-on activities will incorporate cards, dice, coins, cubes, toothpicks, and of course, lots of numbers. Students will discover the intriguing world of cryptology- the science of secret writing which uses math and reasoning to create and decode mystery alphabets.


    For each new puzzle, game, and riddle, students will learn concepts and strategies that they can apply to solving ANY math challenge, such as the phases of solving a problem, what to do when you get stuck, how to make predictions, how to generalize from specific cases, and how to test different outcomes. The workshop will culminate in a collaboration to solve puzzles and crack codes to flee the classroom Escape Room with challenges such as coded letters, picture clues, mirror image writings, invisible ink, puzzling word searches, and cryptograms.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Iman Castaneda
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    Mixed martial arts is a fun physical fitness workshop for tweens that blends the Brazilian self-defense martial art of Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai, a combat boxing-like sport from Thailand. An experienced coach, black belt, and practitioner of mixed martial arts will lead a well-rounded physical fitness program that incorporates moves and strategies from both sports to increase strength, flexibility, conditioning, endurance, coordination, and balance. Jiu-Jitsu uses grappling and ground work, while Muay Thai introduces standing strikes with fists, elbows, knees, and shins. The latter emphasizes distance and being in or out of an opponent's range with the legs and feet being used to kick and maintain distance. Mixed Martial Arts helps tweens stay active, builds self-esteem, and encourages teamwork. Students will practice techniques for resolving conflicts, dealing with bullies, projecting confidence, and developing stranger awareness in the games and exercises they complete in class. Some partner work may be co-ed. Students must be a minimum of age 10 to enroll. Students will work on mats in socks or bare feet and should come to class wearing loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants and bring a refillable water bottle.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Sevim Kalyoncu
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    Experience the excitement of summer! Watch as the forest matures each week with fulls leaves, flowers, nests, and the stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, searching for animal tracks, identifying birds, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and warm summer days. Step outdoors to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under! Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Students will take short hikes and play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 6 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class. This is a 4-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Sevim Kalyoncu
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    Experience the excitement of summer! Watch as the forest matures each week with fulls leaves, flowers, nests, and the stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, searching for animal tracks, identifying birds, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and warm summer days. Step outdoors to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under! Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Students will take short hikes and play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 6 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class. This is a 4-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
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    Percy Jackson enthusiasts will embark on a mythical crafting adventure that will transport them to Camp Half-Blood right here in Herndon (no need to travel to Long Island!) Middle school-aged half-bloods and demi-gods will learn a variety of crafting techniques and connect with other fans of Percy Jackon as they create magical projects inspired by their favorite Rick Riordan adventures. Create your own Camp Half-Blood t-shirt, Wings of Hermes for your shoes, lightening in a bottle, and more as you discuss the adventures of the Olympians and explore key themes in mythology while exercising your imagination and unleashing your creativity. A supply fee of $50.00 is due payable to the instructor on or before the first day of class. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Catherine Vanlandingham
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    Reading and writing affect a student's achievement in all aspects of schoolwork, so strong language arts skills are fundamental to success in homeschooling. This weekly class is a small group of 3-6 students who read and write at a similar level. Students follow a comprehensive language arts curriculum under the guidance of an experienced reading specialist. Each Monday class meeting will include a short story with select vocabulary words, a graphic organizer, main themes, and embedded learning objectives. Students will continue to practice language arts skills at home with easy-to-implement "page a day" workbook activities assigned by the instructor and implemented by the parents. For most early elementary learners, enrollment in Reading Rally can serve as a complete, self-contained language arts curriculum where families will not need additional resources in reading, comprehension, composition, spelling, and grammar.


    Weekly readings are organized around thematic units. The instructor will teach students how to approach a new story as a fun reading puzzle. For example, before reading aloud in class, students will conduct a "picture walk" to overview and predict elements of the story from the illustrations, review a graphic organizer to assist in writing sentences, define vocabulary words, and preview summary questions. Then, the instructor will read the story aloud, model good reading practices, and encourage students to read. Students will only be asked to read aloud when they feel comfortable and have built trust in their group. All follow-up activities are designed around learning objectives such as decoding, comprehension, prediction, visualization, and verbalization.


    READINESS: As a comprehensive language arts curriculum, a student must be at a similar grade level ability in reading, comprehension, and writing. Early readers who have not learned to write, for example, or emerging readers who struggle with comprehenion, may not be a good fit for this class. In addition, students must have the hand-eye coordination and basic handwriting skills to be able to copy the instructor's many notes, examples, and definitions from the classroom white board into their own notebook.


    Grade level references in Reading Rally are based on scope, sequence and pacing that correlate to the Grade Level Equivalent (GLE) standards of learning. Students who are more than one year behind in GLE in language arts or who have a difference in skill level between their reading and writing may be recommended for a second, weekly class meeting on Fridays or 1-on-1 private instruction to make up ground in reading or writing skills. Additional class meetings or private instruction will be an additional cost.


    ATTENTION! Parents should not register for a Reading Rally class until they have had a Language Arts Skills Inventory (i.e. brief assessment) and placement determination by the reading specialist. This must be scheduled separately through Compass at a cost of $125.00. The fee is due prior to the assessment and is not refundable in the event the child is not recommended for a reading group. The instructor has experience working with reluctant and fearful readers, those who are late bloomers, neurodivergent, dyslexic, and ESOL students. However, she might recommend a more complete evaluation by another professional if she suspects other learning differences are impacting the student's langauge arts learning.


    Students will work from a spiral bound copy of reading textbook and workbook by Pearson. A class fee of $XX.00 is due payable to Compass for the required books.


    Students continuing from one semester to the next will receive priority registration to remain with their reading group.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Iman Castaneda
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    This Women's Self Defense Workshop is for older teen girls and young adult women who are heading to college for the first time, returning to campus, working, driving, or traveling alone. First and foremost, this workshop will teach young women about situational awareness and making safe choices: critical life lessons that they would rather hear from a professional than a parent. Students will work in pairs and small groups to act out mock scenarios, rehearse strategies to get away from an attacker, and practice defensive moves and strikes. The National Center for Education Statistics reports a decline in the overall college crime rates from 2009-2019 due to falling burglary rates, but a steady increase in forcible sex offenses during the same time. If you are not sure self defense is needed or pertinent to your daughter, see the following very concerning campus assault statistics: https://students.umw.edu/counseling/sexual-assault-information/statistics/ This workshop is taught by Iman Casteneda, Compass's homeschool PE and Jiu Jitsu Fit instructor. She earned a black belt in Jiu Jitsu under Royce Gracie, a particularly grueling program that took her more than 10 years to prepare for. She is also personal trainer, Cross-Fit instructor, Muy Thai practitioner, former MMA (mixed martial arts) competitor, former EMT, and survivor of assault. Note: Minimum age: 16. This workshop is also appropriate for young women who have had previous instruction in self defense as a refresher for strategies and techniques. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Catherine Vanlandingham
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    Reading and writing affect a student's achievement in all aspects of schoolwork, so strong language arts skills are fundamental to success in homeschooling. This weekly class is a small group of 3-6 students who read and write at a similar level. Students follow a comprehensive language arts curriculum under the guidance of an experienced reading specialist. Each Monday class meeting will include a short story with select vocabulary words, a graphic organizer, main themes, and embedded learning objectives. Students will continue to practice language arts skills at home with easy-to-implement "page a day" workbook activities assigned by the instructor and implemented by the parents. For most early elementary learners, enrollment in Reading Rally can serve as a complete, self-contained language arts curriculum where families will not need additional resources in reading, comprehension, composition, spelling, and grammar.


    Weekly readings are organized around thematic units. The instructor will teach students how to approach a new story as a fun reading puzzle. For example, before reading aloud in class, students will conduct a "picture walk" to overview and predict elements of the story from the illustrations, review a graphic organizer to assist in writing sentences, define vocabulary words, and preview summary questions. Then, the instructor will read the story aloud, model good reading practices, and encourage students to read. Students will only be asked to read aloud when they feel comfortable and have built trust in their group. All follow-up activities are designed around learning objectives such as decoding, comprehension, prediction, visualization, and verbalization.


    READINESS: As a comprehensive language arts curriculum, a student must be at a similar grade level ability in reading, comprehension, and writing. Early readers who have not learned to write, for example, or emerging readers who struggle with comprehenion, may not be a good fit for this class. In addition, students must have the hand-eye coordination and basic handwriting skills to be able to copy the instructor's many notes, examples, and definitions from the classroom white board into their own notebook.


    Grade level references in Reading Rally are based on scope, sequence and pacing that correlate to the Grade Level Equivalent (GLE) standards of learning. Students who are more than one year behind in GLE in language arts or who have a difference in skill level between their reading and writing may be recommended for a second, weekly class meeting on Fridays or 1-on-1 private instruction to make up ground in reading or writing skills. Additional class meetings or private instruction will be an additional cost.


    ATTENTION! Parents should not register for a Reading Rally class until they have had a Language Arts Skills Inventory (i.e. brief assessment) and placement determination by the reading specialist. This must be scheduled separately through Compass at a cost of $125.00. The fee is due prior to the assessment and is not refundable in the event the child is not recommended for a reading group. The instructor has experience working with reluctant and fearful readers, those who are late bloomers, neurodivergent, dyslexic, and ESOL students. However, she might recommend a more complete evaluation by another professional if she suspects other learning differences are impacting the student's langauge arts learning.


    Students will work from a spiral bound copy of reading textbook and workbook by Pearson. A class fee of $72.00 is due payable to Compass for the required books.


    Students continuing from one semester to the next will receive priority registration to remain with their reading group.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Kerry Diederich
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    Elementary artists can get in on the action as they learn about a different artist or artistic style and create representative pieces using a wide range of artistic supplies such as tempura and water color paints, pastels, pencils, cray pas, oil pastel crayons, specialty papers, sculpting media, and embellishments.


    In this workshop, the class will voyage to Paris and The Louvre museum. Students will create art inspired by Paris and its artists, mimic masterpieces in the Louvre and create special projects featuring the Eiffel Tower. There is a $15.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on or before the start of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Kerry Diederich
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    This workshop is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a projects in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, chalk, fabric, and watercolor paints.


    In this session, Junior Artists will celebrate the wacky, wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. Students will use a variety of materials to create the colorful, imaginative art from some of Dr. Seuss favorites. There is a $10.00 supply fee payable to the instructor on or before the start of the program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Sevim Kalyoncu
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    Venture outdoors each day to explore the woods with a senior naturalist and mentor while learning valuable survival skills. Students will learn how to construct a temporary debris shelter, make cordage, identify edibles, track animals, purify water, perform basic first aid, and use maps and compass (orienteering). Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things you encounter outdoors, safe exploration of the woods, how to be a good steward of nature, and what to do if you ever became lost or injured in the woods. The group will also take daily hikes and play games in the woods. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong connection to nature and to the real world! Explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. For information on where the class meets, what to wear, and inclement weather, see the webpage for Compass's Nature Quest program. This is a 4-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Sevim Kalyoncu
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    Venture outdoors each day to explore the woods with a senior naturalist and mentor while learning valuable survival skills. Students will learn how to construct a temporary debris shelter, make cordage, identify edibles, track animals, purify water, perform basic first aid, and use maps and compass (orienteering). Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things you encounter outdoors, safe exploration of the woods, how to be a good steward of nature, and what to do if you ever became lost or injured in the woods. The group will also take daily hikes and play games in the woods. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong connection to nature and to the real world! Explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. For information on where the class meets, what to wear, and inclement weather, see the webpage for Compass's Nature Quest program. This is a 4-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
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    Steampunk, anime, comic, manga, or fantasy: some teens love cosplay and are drawn to the world of costumed characters and imagined personas. Many cosplayers make their own costumes, and in this workshop, teens will learn basics of machine to create a custom, lined cloak or cape. The workshop instructor is a professional seamstress, costume designer, and cosplayer, and she will help each student customize his/her cloak or cape to portray the genre or character they are interested in. She will assist each student in learning to embellish simple costume pieces for a more elaborate or authentic look. Students must bring working, portable sewing machine* with foot pedal, power cord, and at least one bobbin to class where they will learn about the components, and functions, along with care and use if their machines. They will begin with simple machine-stitching exercises before beginning their project. Students will also learn how to read and use a sewing pattern, and how to take measurements. The group will learn about hems, elastic, and closures and how/where to use them. A list of fabric quantities/types and notions will be provided prior to the start of class. Storage will be provided for machines and supplies to remain overnight during the workshop. A supply fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on or before the first day of class for patterns and supplies that she is providing. *A limited number of sewing machines are available to rent through the instructor for $20.00 per day. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
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    Warrior princess, superhero, villain, pirate, or alien. In the world of cosplay, costumes and personas would not be complete without customized accessories. Many cosplayers make their own costumes, and in this workshop, teens will learn crafting techniques to customize and embellish a sword and a dagger. The workshop instructor is a professional seamstress, costume designer, and cosplayer, and she will help each student customize his/her own sword, dagger, and a scabbard or sheath for one weapon. Students will work from pre-made blanks and will paint, glue, and decorate their creations. Example embellishments include leather wrapping, wire wrapping, and adhered resin jewels. Using materials such as EVA foam, leather, or fabric, students will also design and create a scabbard or sheath for one of their blades. The mock gear will be crafted in accordance with official Cosplay rules governing play weapons in conventions/gatherings. A supply fee of $85.00 is due payable to the instructor on or before the first day of class. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
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    You may have dreamed about heading to Hogwarts, but if you have not yet received your offer of admission, you can continue your preparations for the famous school of wizardry by creating key apparatus from different classes at Hogwarts. In this workshop, future wizards will craft three magical pieces: a Monster Book of Monsters, the textbook used in your Care of Magical Creatures class with Hagrid; a Potted Mandrake, the magical animated plant from Professor Sprout's Herbology class; and a Patronus Shadow Box, the embodiment of a spell from Professor Lupin's Defense Against the Dark Arts class. Muggles will learn a variety of crafting techniques and connect with other fans of Harry Potter as they create magical projects inspired by their favorite childhood books. A supply fee of $60.00 is due payable to the instructor on or before the first day of class. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Catherine Vanlandingham
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    Reading and writing affect a student's achievement in all aspects of schoolwork, so strong language arts skills are fundamental to success in homeschooling. This weekly class is a small group of 3-6 students who read and write at a similar level. Students follow a comprehensive language arts curriculum under the guidance of an experienced reading specialist. Each Monday class meeting will include a short story with select vocabulary words, a graphic organizer, main themes, and embedded learning objectives. Students will continue to practice language arts skills at home with easy-to-implement "page a day" workbook activities assigned by the instructor and implemented by the parents. For most early elementary learners, enrollment in Reading Rally can serve as a complete, self-contained language arts curriculum where families will not need additional resources in reading, comprehension, composition, spelling, and grammar.


    Weekly readings are organized around thematic units. The instructor will teach students how to approach a new story as a fun reading puzzle. For example, before reading aloud in class, students will conduct a "picture walk" to overview and predict elements of the story from the illustrations, review a graphic organizer to assist in writing sentences, define vocabulary words, and preview summary questions. Then, the instructor will read the story aloud, model good reading practices, and encourage students to read. Students will only be asked to read aloud when they feel comfortable and have built trust in their group. All follow-up activities are designed around learning objectives such as decoding, comprehension, prediction, visualization, and verbalization.


    READINESS: As a comprehensive language arts curriculum, a student must be at a similar grade level ability in reading, comprehension, and writing. Early readers who have not learned to write, for example, or emerging readers who struggle with comprehenion, may not be a good fit for this class. In addition, students must have the hand-eye coordination and basic handwriting skills to be able to copy the instructor's many notes, examples, and definitions from the classroom white board into their own notebook.


    Grade level references in Reading Rally are based on scope, sequence and pacing that correlate to the Grade Level Equivalent (GLE) standards of learning. Students who are more than one year behind in GLE in language arts or who have a difference in skill level between their reading and writing may be recommended for a second, weekly class meeting on Fridays or 1-on-1 private instruction to make up ground in reading or writing skills. Additional class meetings or private instruction will be an additional cost.


    ATTENTION! Parents should not register for a Reading Rally class until they have had a Language Arts Skills Inventory (i.e. brief assessment) and placement determination by the reading specialist. This must be scheduled separately through Compass at a cost of $125.00. The fee is due prior to the assessment and is not refundable in the event the child is not recommended for a reading group. The instructor has experience working with reluctant and fearful readers, those who are late bloomers, neurodivergent, dyslexic, and ESOL students. However, she might recommend a more complete evaluation by another professional if she suspects other learning differences are impacting the student's langauge arts learning.


    Students will work from a spiral bound copy of reading textbook and workbook by Pearson. A class fee of $95.00 is due payable to Compass for the required books.


    Students continuing from one semester to the next will receive priority registration to remain with their reading group.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
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    Castles were the ultimate expression of Medieval political power. From there, the noble few could rule the peasant masses, sending out elite knights to exert their will on the countryside, collecting taxes and making war. The designs of castles varied from simple wooden forts and towers to devilishly complicated stone monoliths with layers of defenses, all to allow few to contend with many. It was usually so monumentally dangerous and ineffective to attack these fortresses head on, that the preferred methods of subduing them were either treachery or starvation. But for those opponents who could muster huge armies, amass proper siege equipment, and employ tactics, the successful storming of a castle could be the turning point in an entire war. This class will examine the evolution of castle defenses in the Middle Ages. Students will either work individually to create small towers and wooden motte-and-bailey forts or work cooperatively to recreate massive historical stone castles, like those of the Normans and French in Europe or the Crusaders in the Middle East. But what goes up, must come down, and students will build these dioramas to recreate castles under siege, completed with attacking forces and battle machines. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape and architectural elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, stone walls, moats, towers, etc) to represent a medieval castle. Students will each receive 1:72 scale soldiers to populate their construction. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger fortress. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Axis and Allies gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how a battle against a castle might have progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 4-day workshop.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
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    The Second World War was a titanic struggle across the entire planet, but since our planet is 71% water, that means the battles took place in the oceans too. No empire could dominate the world without also controlling the seas, using massive, floating steel "castles" with the largest guns ever made, in concert with airplanes hunting targets from hundreds of miles away and deadly submarines beneath the waves. This class will use scale warships to re-enact the key naval battles of WWII as they happened, scouting vast trackless oceans to find the enemy fleet being found. In doing so, the class will learn about the technology and economic factors that allowed different nations' navies to operate and how those affected the outcome of the war from the immense shipyards of America to the submarine pens of Nazi occupied Europe. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive scale miniature naval ships to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Axis and Allies gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 4-day workshop.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Karen Shumway
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    This intensive, "boot camp" style workshop includes the "Greatest Hits" of high school chemistry lab work and introduces students to the range of concepts in high school chemistry. Students will conduct experiments demonstrating the five types of chemical reactions (single-displacement, double-displacement, synthesis, decomposition, and combustion.) They will test the physical and chemical separation of compounds, acid-base chemistry, the gas laws, oxidation-reduction, and colligative properties. Finally, participants will experiment with the properties of solutions with flame tests, electrical conductivity, and the Tyndall Effect. This lab intensive is for high school students who are pursuing or who have recently completed a virtual or textbook-only high school chemistry course that did not include hands-on lab work. The course can also serve as a preview for high school students who will be taking a full course in high school chemistry in the fall of 2024. It is suitable for a student who had an incomplete course in chemistry and needs "a little extra" work to conclude the course, or any other high school student who enjoys laboratory work. Prior to beginning the workshop, students will receive a list of labs, principle topics, and corresponding videos to serve as a review or a pre-lab overview. For safety reasons, Chemistry Lab has a dress code more restrictive than the general Compass dress code: (1) Long hair must be tied back (male or female); (2) Shirts must have at least short sleeves (such as a t-shirt). Tank tops and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. (3) Students must wear long pants. Shorts are not permitted. (4) Students must wear closed-toe shoes. Open toe sandals, slides, and flip-flops are not permitted. There is a $75.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on or before the first day. This is a five-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Teens will learn to make simple, budget-friendly foods to feed themselves. These recipes are perfect for college students who have only dorm room toaster oven or first apartment or for teens preparing quick meals at home. Some even have ingredients that can be taken from campus dining halls and transformed. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Frugal Fried Rice
    • Burrito Bowls (+ 4 component recipes: Corn Salsa, Tomato Salsa, Carnitas, and Cilantro Lime Rice)
    • Pasta Pumpkin Alfredo
    • Cheese Pizza with Homemade Tomato Sauce
    • Chicken Parmesan
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Compass chefs will create the fast-casual fare and hand-held favorites found on food trucks across America. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Fish Tacos and Slaw
    • Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Homemade Marinara Sauce
    • Beef Empanadas (2 recipes: dough and filling)
    • Loaded Cheese Fries
    • Doughnuts: Cinnamon, Strawberry Puff, and Strawberry-Glazed
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Kids will gain confidence and competency in the kitchen when they learn to correctly cut with knives. No ninja tricks here! Students will learn parts of the knife, knife safety, and proper grips including the "claw." They will practice the basic cuts: baton, julienne, dive, chiffonade, randelles, dice, and brunoise. Students will practice their cuts on potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, radishes, asparagus, and more. They will bring home their beautifully cut work as a tray of crudites (cut veggies) and mashed potatoes. All knives provided. Knife gloves and finger guards will be available. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $18.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 1-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Taste your way across America in this cross-country culinary adventure. From diners to dining rooms, create and enjoy regional favorites on your imaginary drive across the US. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Northeast

    • New England Clam Chowder
    • Boston Baked Beans
    • Boston Cream Pie
    South
    • Southern Tomato and Cheese Pie (with homemade pie crust)
    • Pimento Cheese Spread
    • Blue Ribbon Deviled Eggs
    • Mississippi Mud Pie
    New Orleans
    • Cajun Orzo with Sausage
    • Shrimp and Grits
    • Bananas Foster Cheesecake
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $54.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Taste your way across America in this cross-country culinary adventure. From diners to dining rooms, create and enjoy regional favorites on your imaginary drive across the US. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include: Northwest

    • Baked Salmon with Dill Sauce
    • Cauliflower Gratin with Gruyere and Roasted Hazelnuts
    • Blackberry Cinnamon Cobbler
    Midwest
    • Midwest Meatloaf
    • Mashed Potatoes
    • Roasted Lemon Green Beans with Bacon
    • Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs (served since 1924)
    Southwest
    • Homemade Salsa and Guacamole
    • Cheesy Green Chili Cornbread
    • Chicken Enchilada Bake
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $54.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    The start of school and homeschooling is around the corner. Kids' calendars will be filling up, and they will want to munch between meals. In this workshop, kids will learn to make 7 delicious, filling snacks for themselves. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Nachos
    • Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Bites
    • Pomegranate Slushy
    • Strawberry Almond Protein Bars
    • Air Fried Ranch Chickpeas
    • Cinnamon Sticky Buns
    • Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Summer luaus transport us to barefoot beach barbecues under picturesque Pacific palms. Celebrate Hawaiian hospitality and tropical tastes when learning to make the favorite foods of our fiftieth state. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Air Fry Hawaiian Chicken
    • Bruddah Potato Mac
    • Tropical Fruit Salad
    • Loco Moco Rice
    • Pineapple Tarts
    • Butter Mochi Cookies
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Celebrate the long, lazy days of summer with sweet treats featuring fresh fruits, refreshing freezes, and sticky summer splurges. Compass chefs will make sweets reminiscent of playful parties at the pool, breezy afternoons at the beach, or late nights at the lake. Recipes are selected to be fun and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Watermelon Sorbet
    • Strawberry Mousse
    • Peach Ice Cream
    • Raspberry Lemonade
    • Banana Split Bites
    • Mini Angel Food Cakes with Summer Berries
    • S'mores Cookies
    • Dole Whips
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $36.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 2-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Compass Chefs will learn to make the comfort foods and family favorites featured at summer cook-outs, picnics, and pot-lucks across America. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Pulled Pork BBQ with Homemade BBQ Sauce
    • Chili Dogs
    • Homemade Mac & Cheese
    • Watergate Salad
    • Corn Cakes
    • Pasta Caprese Salad
    • Red Skinned Potato Salad
    • Peanut butter Brownies
    • Raspberry-Peach Upside Down Cake
    This engaging cooking workshop will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be introduced to ingredients and flavors they may not regularly eat. They will discover the joy of cooking while practicing skills that range from math (volume, weight, unit conversion, fractions, decimals), reading (instructions, ingredients), geography (traditions, flavors, food sources), and science (nutrition, food chemistry), and life skills. They will also learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced in class, and recipes are provided online for enrolled students to prepare their new foods at home. Notes: Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Recipes cannot be adapted to students with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $54.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes, closed-toe shoes, and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
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    The best way to understand a biome is to build (a model) one! A biome is a large zone on Earth characterized by its climate, soil, vegetation, and organisms with special adaptations for the unique environment. In modeling biomes, students will learn how they are different from similar ecological concepts like habitats and ecosystems. Students will discover how human activities, such as deforestation and habitat destruction, are transforming biomes. In this science-themed diorama class, students will be exposed to concepts such as trophic levels, the water cycle, biological competition, geographic isolation, convergent evolution, species diversification, natural vs unnatural climate change, food webs, habitat loss, and ecological niches, while they are working on their models. This Class will focus on wetland biomes, such as the swamps of the American southeast or South America's Pantanal. The defining features of wetland environments are the bodies of water they interact with such as a delta at the mouth of a large river, coastal areas of marshes and lagoons, or bogs. These habitats are essential for a wide variety of life, from birds to fish, and are vital geographic zones that can actually keep human civilization safe from natural disasters and pollution. Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 14 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landforms, waterways, plant life, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a zoology-based survival strategy game. Each student will create one board and receive a set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on or before the first day of the workshop. This is a 4-day workshop.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
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    It began with the forging of great rings... and it will end with the creation of great dioramas. In this class, students will study the connection of Tolkien's Middle Earth to our own history: how history inspired the author and how the series, in turn, influenced the real world. As we study the book and discuss its influences, students will use this knowledge to recreate a scene from the penultimate battle of the War of the 3rd Age at Minas Tirith. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and descriptions from the source material students in this class will recreate a section of the Gondorian Fortress Capital, Minas Tirith and the battlefield around it. Once everyone finishes their diorama, the class will combine them to simulate the battle from the book and attempt to save mankind from Sauron! (or bring about the age of the Orc.) Each student will receive 1:72 scale figures to populate their scene, from Soldiers of Gondor and Riders of Rhohan, to Orcs, trolls, and evil men of Rhun and Harrad. This is a 4-day workshop.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    What if schoolwork was fun, and learning happened through games? In Gameschooling, that is exactly what kids will do! The group will play a variety of board games that have underlying educational skills. We are not talking about tedious multiplication facts disguised as a game. Instead, kids will discover and play a wide variety of popular- and lesser-known- board games. The selected games will encourage critical thinking, logic, reasoning, and problem solving. Some involve predictions and probability, while other games encourage cooperation and collaborative solutions. Many games feature a theme from an academic discipline such as history, geography, or science. The game master will curate a portfolio of class games from her private collection such as "Wingspan" (ornithology); "Ticket to Ride" (geography); "Isle of Skye" (spatial relations); "Trekking the National Parks" (geography/natural resources); and "Blokus" (geometry/spatial relations).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    What if schoolwork was fun, and learning happened through games? In Gameschooling, that is exactly what kids will do! The group will play a variety of board games that have underlying educational skills. We are not talking about tedious multiplication facts disguised as a game. Instead, kids will discover and play a wide variety of popular- and lesser-known- board games. The selected games will encourage critical thinking, logic, reasoning, and problem solving. Some involve predictions and probability, while other games encourage cooperation and collaborative solutions. Many games emphasize math skills and incorporate math reasoning. The game master will curate a portfolio of class games from her private collection such as "Can't Stop" (probability); "Sleuth" (deductive reasoning); "Set" (pattern recognition); "Dinosaur Tea Party" (deductive reasoning); and "Lucky Numbers" (ordinal numbers/probability).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
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    Embark on a magical journey this summer with our enchanting workshop "Magical Creatures' Quest: A Familiar Problem!" This workshop is for middle school students who adore whimsical tales, creative adventures, and the magic of tabletop role-playing games. Each day of the workshop, the group will weave a captivating story where each participant takes on the role of a magical animal on a quest to reunite with its owner. Are you more like a daring dragon, mysterious mermaid, playful Pegasus, or a fearless fairy? Each session presents a new chapter, filled with challenges, mysteries, and opportunities for magical mischief. Tweens will unleash their creativity and collaborate with other participants to shape the adventure, solve puzzles, and make decisions to advance the story. The workshop will be managed by an experienced Game Master who will guide students through the art of role-playing. Tweens will connect and form friendships with other middle schoolers who share a love of magical stories and imaginative play- in person! Previous role-playing experience is not required, but this workshop serves as a great introduction for tweens and teens who might be interested in embarking on Dungeons and Dragons. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    Master Engineers will discover what happens when simple machines are combined to work sequentially. They will be challenged to develop a unique, automated maze that moves a ball from start to end with intentionally complex steps! They will use simple machines like ramps, pulleys, and levers and complex machines (compounded simple machines) like tracks and screws to move the ball through a series of lifts, flippers, automated carts, moving gates, escalators, and more! Each successful step will initiate the next step. Can the ball move through the maze without hitting the floor? LEGO Mindstorms components and motors are not just for building robots. These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines. This workshop integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Iman Castaneda
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    Mixed martial arts is a fun physical fitness workshop for tweens that blends the Brazilian self-defense martial art of Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai, a combat boxing-like sport from Thailand. An experienced coach, black belt, and practitioner of mixed martial arts will lead a well-rounded physical fitness program that incorporates moves and strategies from both sports to increase strength, flexibility, conditioning, endurance, coordination, and balance. Jiu-Jitsu uses grappling and ground work, while Muay Thai introduces standing strikes with fists, elbows, knees, and shins. The latter emphasizes distance and being in or out of an opponent's range with the legs and feet being used to kick and maintain distance. Mixed Martial Arts helps tweens stay active, builds self-esteem, and encourages teamwork. Students will practice techniques for resolving conflicts, dealing with bullies, projecting confidence, and developing stranger awareness in the games and exercises they complete in class. Some partner work may be co-ed. Students must be a minimum of age 10 to enroll. Students will work on mats in socks or bare feet and should come to class wearing loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants and bring a refillable water bottle.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    Build and program a Mario Kart-inspirated robotic racer! Students will enjoy video-game racing in real-life with the projects that they build. Build a coupe or a dragster inspired by Mario, Luigi or the gang. Program your racer to navigate a maze and avoid surprise obstacles while dropping boxes and banana peels to throw off your opponent. Incorporate video-inspired sound effects in your program. Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axles, gears, levers, and special components. Students will have to install touch, sound, color, and infrared sensors while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices for controlled movements and precise turns. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 coding menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as fixed values, variables, loops, and logic constructs. This workshop integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. But don't worry, this is a beginning robotics class. Prior experience is not expected, but returning students are welcome. Each student will build his/her own robotic project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend 2-3 hours assembling, 2-3 hours programming, and 2 hours testing and re-designing their projects.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Rebecca Sticha
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    Can you build a robot to move a ball down a field? Can it capture the ball from another robot? Students will design, build, and program robots to compete in two-on-two soccer matches against each other! Students' robots will be put to the test in match-ups with different challenges. Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axles, gears, levers, and special components. Students will have to install touch, sound, color, and infrared sensors while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices for controlled movements and precise turns. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 coding menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as fixed values, variables, loops, and logic constructs. This workshop integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. But don't worry, this is a beginning robotics class. Prior experience is not expected, but returning students are welcome. Each student will build his/her own robotic project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend 2-3 hours assembling, 2-3 hours programming, and 2 hours testing and re-designing their projects.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Cristin Harber
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    What does it take to write a story that jumps off the page and comes alive in a reader's mind? Great authors have mastered the Artistry of Writing. This two-hour workshop will focus on one facet of excellent storytelling:suspenseful and scary scenes.



    Some books make you laugh. Others make you cry. Then there are those special stories that force your heart into your throat. You have to know what will happen next, but you aren't sure you can turn the page. This workshop will focus on writing heart-pounding emotions.



    Suspense and scares go beyond the building blocks of a story (plot, characters, setting) and dive into mood, tone, and theme. This is where less is more. Where sentences can be a single word, and a change in punctuation transforms everything. Students will analyze passages and ask what emotion the author had hoped for. As a class, we will build a scene fraught with tension before turning to independent writing. There will be an opportunity to share and receive feedback.



    This session is part of a series of writers' workshops led by a celebrated author and focused on the Artistry of Writing. Topics in this series include: Compelling Characters (3/5/23); Daring Dialogue (3/19/24); Astounding Action Scenes (4/9/24) and Suspenseful & Scary Scenes (4/23/24).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Iman Castaneda
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    This Women's Self Defense Workshop is for older teen girls and young adult women who are heading to college for the first time, returning to campus, working, driving, or traveling alone. First and foremost, this workshop will teach young women about situational awareness and making safe choices: critical life lessons that they would rather hear from a professional than a parent. Students will work in pairs and small groups to act out mock scenarios, rehearse strategies to get away from an attacker, and practice defensive moves and strikes. The National Center for Education Statistics reports a decline in the overall college crime rates from 2009-2019 due to falling burglary rates, but a steady increase in forcible sex offenses during the same time. If you are not sure self defense is needed or pertinent to your daughter, see the following very concerning campus assault statistics: https://students.umw.edu/counseling/sexual-assault-information/statistics/ This workshop is taught by Iman Casteneda, Compass's homeschool PE and Jiu Jitsu Fit instructor. She earned a black belt in Jiu Jitsu under Royce Gracie, a particularly grueling program that took her more than 10 years to prepare for. She is also personal trainer, Cross-Fit instructor, Muy Thai practitioner, former MMA (mixed martial arts) competitor, former EMT, and survivor of assault. Note: Minimum age: 16. This workshop is also appropriate for young women who have had previous instruction in self defense as a refresher for strategies and techniques. This is a 3-day program.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Catherine Vanlandingham
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    Reading and writing affect a student's achievement in all aspects of schoolwork, so strong language arts skills are fundamental to success in homeschooling. This weekly class is a small group of 3-6 students who read and write at a similar level. Students follow a comprehensive language arts curriculum under the guidance of an experienced reading specialist. Each Monday class meeting will include a short story with select vocabulary words, a graphic organizer, main themes, and embedded learning objectives. Students will continue to practice language arts skills at home with easy-to-implement "page a day" workbook activities assigned by the instructor and implemented by the parents. For most early elementary learners, enrollment in Reading Rally can serve as a complete, self-contained language arts curriculum where families will not need additional resources in reading, comprehension, composition, spelling, and grammar.


    Weekly readings are organized around thematic units. The instructor will teach students how to approach a new story as a fun reading puzzle. For example, before reading aloud in class, students will conduct a "picture walk" to overview and predict elements of the story from the illustrations, review a graphic organizer to assist in writing sentences, define vocabulary words, and preview summary questions. Then, the instructor will read the story aloud, model good reading practices, and encourage students to read. Students will only be asked to read aloud when they feel comfortable and have built trust in their group. All follow-up activities are designed around learning objectives such as decoding, comprehension, prediction, visualization, and verbalization.


    READINESS: As a comprehensive language arts curriculum, a student must be at a similar grade level ability in reading, comprehension, and writing. Early readers who have not learned to write, for example, or emerging readers who struggle with comprehenion, may not be a good fit for this class. In addition, students must have the hand-eye coordination and basic handwriting skills to be able to copy the instructor's many notes, examples, and definitions from the classroom white board into their own notebook.


    Grade level references in Reading Rally are based on scope, sequence and pacing that correlate to the Grade Level Equivalent (GLE) standards of learning. Students who are more than one year behind in GLE in language arts or who have a difference in skill level between their reading and writing may be recommended for a second, weekly class meeting on Fridays or 1-on-1 private instruction to make up ground in reading or writing skills. Additional class meetings or private instruction will be an additional cost.


    ATTENTION! Parents should not register for a Reading Rally class until they have had a Language Arts Skills Inventory (i.e. brief assessment) and placement determination by the reading specialist. This must be scheduled separately through Compass at a cost of $125.00. The fee is due prior to the assessment and is not refundable in the event the child is not recommended for a reading group. The instructor has experience working with reluctant and fearful readers, those who are late bloomers, neurodivergent, dyslexic, and ESOL students. However, she might recommend a more complete evaluation by another professional if she suspects other learning differences are impacting the student's langauge arts learning.


    Students will work from a spiral bound copy of reading textbook and workbook by Pearson that they already have.


    Students continuing from one semester to the next will receive priority registration to remain with their reading group.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
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    Teens will embark on an unforgettable fantasy journey this summer with a virtual role-playing adventure. Aspiring adventurers, creative minds, and strategic thinkers will enjoy these one-shot (i.e. one-day) "shorts." From epic fantasy to futuristic sci-fi escapades, teens will experience a different genre and setting each week. They will unleash their creativity and collaborate with other participants to shape the adventure, solve challenges, and make decisions to advance the story. The weekly online meet-up will be managed by an experienced Game Master who will guide students through the art of role-playing. One-shot RPGs use a simplified rule system of 1-2 pages which make a great introduction for new role-players yet also fun for those with more extensive experience in D&D. The short format works well for summer so a long, involved campaign is not interrupted by other summer plans, and the virtual meeting allows students to connect wherever their summer plans take them. This is a 5-week, 2 hour/week program hosted in a virtual environment.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
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    Teens will embark on an unforgettable fantasy journey this summer with a virtual role-playing adventure. Aspiring adventurers, creative minds, and strategic thinkers will enjoy these one-shot (i.e. one-day) "shorts." From epic fantasy to futuristic sci-fi escapades, teens will experience a different genre and setting each week. They will unleash their creativity and collaborate with other participants to shape the adventure, solve challenges, and make decisions to advance the story. The weekly online meet-up will be managed by an experienced Game Master who will guide students through the art of role-playing. One-shot RPGs use a simplified rule system of 1-2 pages which make a great introduction for new role-players yet also fun for those with more extensive experience in D&D. The short format works well for summer so a long, involved campaign is not interrupted by other summer plans, and the virtual meeting allows students to connect wherever their summer plans take them. This is a 5-week, 2 hour/week program hosted in a virtual environment.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Catherine Vanlandingham
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    Reading and writing affect a student's achievement in all aspects of schoolwork, so strong language arts skills are fundamental to success in homeschooling. This weekly class is a small group of 3-6 students who read and write at a similar level. Students follow a comprehensive language arts curriculum under the guidance of an experienced reading specialist. Each Monday class meeting will include a short story with select vocabulary words, a graphic organizer, main themes, and embedded learning objectives. Students will continue to practice language arts skills at home with easy-to-implement "page a day" workbook activities assigned by the instructor and implemented by the parents. For most early elementary learners, enrollment in Reading Rally can serve as a complete, self-contained language arts curriculum where families will not need additional resources in reading, comprehension, composition, spelling, and grammar.


    Weekly readings are organized around thematic units. The instructor will teach students how to approach a new story as a fun reading puzzle. For example, before reading aloud in class, students will conduct a "picture walk" to overview and predict elements of the story from the illustrations, review a graphic organizer to assist in writing sentences, define vocabulary words, and preview summary questions. Then, the instructor will read the story aloud, model good reading practices, and encourage students to read. Students will only be asked to read aloud when they feel comfortable and have built trust in their group. All follow-up activities are designed around learning objectives such as decoding, comprehension, prediction, visualization, and verbalization.


    READINESS: As a comprehensive language arts curriculum, a student must be at a similar grade level ability in reading, comprehension, and writing. Early readers who have not learned to write, for example, or emerging readers who struggle with comprehenion, may not be a good fit for this class. In addition, students must have the hand-eye coordination and basic handwriting skills to be able to copy the instructor's many notes, examples, and definitions from the classroom white board into their own notebook.


    Grade level references in Reading Rally are based on scope, sequence and pacing that correlate to the Grade Level Equivalent (GLE) standards of learning. Students who are more than one year behind in GLE in language arts or who have a difference in skill level between their reading and writing may be recommended for a second, weekly class meeting on Fridays or 1-on-1 private instruction to make up ground in reading or writing skills. Additional class meetings or private instruction will be an additional cost.


    ATTENTION! Parents should not register for a Reading Rally class until they have had a Language Arts Skills Inventory (i.e. brief assessment) and placement determination by the reading specialist. This must be scheduled separately through Compass at a cost of $125.00. The fee is due prior to the assessment and is not refundable in the event the child is not recommended for a reading group. The instructor has experience working with reluctant and fearful readers, those who are late bloomers, neurodivergent, dyslexic, and ESOL students. However, she might recommend a more complete evaluation by another professional if she suspects other learning differences are impacting the student's langauge arts learning.


    Students will work from a spiral bound copy of reading textbook and workbook by Pearson. A class fee of $98.00 is due payable to Compass for the required books.


    Students continuing from one semester to the next will receive priority registration to remain with their reading group.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Catherine Vanlandingham
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    Reading and writing affect a student's achievement in all aspects of schoolwork, so strong language arts skills are fundamental to success in homeschooling. This weekly class is a small group of 3-6 students who read and write at a similar level. Students follow a comprehensive language arts curriculum under the guidance of an experienced reading specialist. Each Monday class meeting will include a short story with select vocabulary words, a graphic organizer, main themes, and embedded learning objectives. Students will continue to practice language arts skills at home with easy-to-implement "page a day" workbook activities assigned by the instructor and implemented by the parents. For most early elementary learners, enrollment in Reading Rally can serve as a complete, self-contained language arts curriculum where families will not need additional resources in reading, comprehension, composition, spelling, and grammar.


    Weekly readings are organized around thematic units. The instructor will teach students how to approach a new story as a fun reading puzzle. For example, before reading aloud in class, students will conduct a "picture walk" to overview and predict elements of the story from the illustrations, review a graphic organizer to assist in writing sentences, define vocabulary words, and preview summary questions. Then, the instructor will read the story aloud, model good reading practices, and encourage students to read. Students will only be asked to read aloud when they feel comfortable and have built trust in their group. All follow-up activities are designed around learning objectives such as decoding, comprehension, prediction, visualization, and verbalization.


    READINESS: As a comprehensive language arts curriculum, a student must be at a similar grade level ability in reading, comprehension, and writing. Early readers who have not learned to write, for example, or emerging readers who struggle with comprehenion, may not be a good fit for this class. In addition, students must have the hand-eye coordination and basic handwriting skills to be able to copy the instructor's many notes, examples, and definitions from the classroom white board into their own notebook.


    Grade level references in Reading Rally are based on scope, sequence and pacing that correlate to the Grade Level Equivalent (GLE) standards of learning. Students who are more than one year behind in GLE in language arts or who have a difference in skill level between their reading and writing may be recommended for a second, weekly class meeting on Fridays or 1-on-1 private instruction to make up ground in reading or writing skills. Additional class meetings or private instruction will be an additional cost.


    ATTENTION! Parents should not register for a Reading Rally class until they have had a Language Arts Skills Inventory (i.e. brief assessment) and placement determination by the reading specialist. This must be scheduled separately through Compass at a cost of $125.00. The fee is due prior to the assessment and is not refundable in the event the child is not recommended for a reading group. The instructor has experience working with reluctant and fearful readers, those who are late bloomers, neurodivergent, dyslexic, and ESOL students. However, she might recommend a more complete evaluation by another professional if she suspects other learning differences are impacting the student's langauge arts learning.


    Students will work from a spiral bound copy of reading textbook and workbook by Pearson. A class fee of $101.00 is due payable to Compass for the required books.


    Students continuing from one semester to the next will receive priority registration to remain with their reading group.

    Prerequisites: None

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