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Registration for Winter Classes opens on Tuesday, November 16, at 6:00 am. Winter registration encompasses 2nd semester classes (16 weeks long) and 3rd quarter classes (8 weeks long). Classes begin January 10, 2022, and an early registration discount of 10% is offered for registrations completed before December 18.
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Mimi Nyman
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In this cooking class, the focus will be on what kids can eat, not what they can’t. If kids with food allergies are tired of safe, single ingredient foods and long for creative, “composed” recipes, they will enjoy this class’s menus which omit the top 8 food allergens: eggs, milk, nuts/tree nuts, soy, wheat, and fish/shellfish. Each week, students will make a delicious recipe with fresh ingredients and creative substitutions that the whole family will enjoy. The quarter’s menu includes:

  • -Tomato Chicken Vegetable Soup
  • -Roasted Vegetables with Fresh Herbs
  • -Pumpkin Lasagna
  • -Thai-inspired Zucchini Noodles
  • -Chickpea salad
  • -Rice Balls
  • -Eggless Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce
  • -Chocolate Chip Cookies and/or Brownie Bites
  • Students will be taste-testing what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Please note that this class is offered first thing in the morning, after the kitchen has been sanitized and before other cooking classes that use conventional ingredients. Every effort will be made to avoid cross-contamination, but students with air-borne sensitivities should know that conventional ingredients, such as flour, milk, and eggs may be stored in closed containers in cabinets in the same kitchen. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 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.

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    Mimi Nyman
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    Students will enjoy making hearty favorites and winter weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Up recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    -Appetizer- Bang Bang Chicken

    -Salad- Savory Potato Salad

    -Soup- Vichyssoise

    -Entree- Orange Chicken Stir Fry

    -Side- Stuffed Veggies

    -Dessert- Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

    -Extra- Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). Meeting Dates: This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 2/5/22.For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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    Mimi Nyman
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    Trouble getting your teen to eat something in the morning? Too tired or too busy for breakfast? Teens can now enjoy a hearty, healthy start to the morning with Breakfast Table cooking classes at Compass! Teens will enjoy the fun and friendship of making and eating breakfast together. At the same time, they will learn valuable life skills in meal planning and cooking essentials, while ensuring that they have a well-balanced, nutritious start to their day.

    Breakfasts will include a cooking lesson on a different breakfast entree each week. The main dish will be accompanied by side items like juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, etc., to create a complete morning meal. Breakfasts are planned to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' breakfast adventures will include:

    • -Eggs Benedict
    • -Baked Oatmeal
    • -Protein-Packed on-the-Go Bites
    • -Hash Brown Casserole
    • -Spinach and Sweet Potato Frittata
    • -Granola and Energy Bars
    • -Red Pepper Avocado Eggs
    • -Chilled Chia Breakfast Pudding

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Topics in this Series: Daybreak Dishes (Quarter 1), Early Eats (Quarter 2), Sunrise Starts (Quarter 3), and Morning Menus (Quarter 4).

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript. For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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    Hugh Gardner

    Students will be immersed in detail and fully engaged in this intensive history course led by well- known homeschool instructor and historian Hugh Gardner. This history class is unlike other high school history course. Instead of learning a sequential set of names, dates, and battles, students will learn how to analyze and interpret history. Much like a college seminar, this approach to world history incorporates historiography (the history of the history.) Mr. Gardner does not teach a narrow view from a single textbook or static set of prepared notes. Instead, he presents the back story and multiple interpretations for the "why" questions in world history. Class discussion considers interpretations from a wide array of scholars and is updated as new sources are published. Rather than running through a timeline of outcomes, students will evaluate contributing factors (the "how" questions) and will learn about the personalities, prejudices, and biases of the people involved ("who").

    Second semester, students will examine the Viking Age, Saxon England, and the Normans. The class will culminate with the decisive battles of these three peoples for control of England in 1066. The group will meet Alfred the Great and decipher the Bayeux Tapestry to further their understanding of the period. Just for fun, one class session will be dedicated to Norse games.

    This is no ordinary history class as Mr. Gardner surrounds the students with vivid posters, maps, charts, primary sources, and artifacts to supplement his story-telling style. Students will be able to examine and handle period pieces such as antique and replica weapons and military accoutrements of the era while learning how these tools helped shape the battlefields and turning points in history. Students will be introduced to the art, music, and literature of the times in addition to warfare and politics. With an emphasis on primary sources, students will scrutinize historical atlases and original writings, all in a collaborative and interactive setting. Just for fun, students earn historical trading cards for class participation.

    This is a 16-week (semester) class. It is the second part in a four semester (two-year series). The second year of Medieval study will include Robin Hood, Byzantium, the Rise of Islam and the beginning of the Crusading Era (Fall 2022); the end of the Crusading Era, the Mongols, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce (winter/spring 2023).

    Topics in this Series: Early Medieval History: Rise of Roman Empire through 9th c. British Isles (Semester 1), Early Medieval History: The Vikings (Norse), Saxons, and Normans (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester. Prerequisites: None Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Reading assignments will be assigned in class and noted in the weekly e-mail. Assessments: Will not be given. Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase: (1) The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings by John Haywood, Penguin, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-140-51328-8) and (2) The Vinland Sagas by Keneva Kunz, trans., Penguin, 2008. (ISBN 978-0-140-44776-7) Note: Earlier Penguin editions are not the same.) What to Bring: Paper or notebook; pen or pencil; assigned texts. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in world history for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Sandra Preaux
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    A tsunami threatens Sumatra. High tides hit Hilton Head. An ice floe threatens Iceland. Atmospheric and oceanic phenomena are in the news almost every single day!

    Are there any forces on earth more powerful or influential than atmospheric and oceanic sciences? These fields affect almost every aspect of human existence, and understanding them can answer questions from, 'Should I bring an umbrella today?' to 'How deadly will this year's drought be in Dakar?' and 'How will changes in the Gulf Stream affect the migration and mating of Minke Whales?' Oceanic science is an interdisciplinary field that applies princples of geology, physics, chemistry, biology, climatology and environmental science.

    Oceanography is the study of the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the ocean. Key themes in oceanography include ocean-land interaction, atmosphere-ocean interactions (such as El Nino and La Nina cycles), wave motion, tidal cycles, currents, and thermohaline circulation. The class will consider water chemistry and the oceanic carbon cycle. Finally, students will learn how we measure and map the ocean and use earth system computer models.

    Weekly discussions will be paired with labs. Some lab assignments will take multiple weeks, and some will use computers and a spreadsheet to analyze publicly available data.

    Note: This class has a Tuesday, in-person lecture section from 10:00 am - 10:55 am in addition to the Friday lab section from 9:30 am - 10:55 am

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class.
    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates.
    Assessments: Completed assignments will be assessed points. Parents can calculate a letter grade using the student's points earned divided by points available, in weighted categories that include assignments, labs, quizzes, tests, projects, and presentations. Parents may view all scoring and comments at any time through the Canvas site.
    Textbook/Materials: TBD
    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $50.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
    What to Bring: Students will need to bring laptop computers to some class sessions for modeling and data analysis labs.
    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a partial credit in laboratory science for purposes of a high school transcript

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    Tia Murchie-Beyma

    This full-year lab science course introduces classic biology topics updated for the 21st century. Biology studies living things and their relationships from microscopic to massive, ancient to modern, arctic to tropic. Our survey includes: (1) cellular and molecular biology, (2) ecology, (3) genetics, (4) biology of organisms (with selected human health and anatomy topics), and (5) evolution and diversity.

    You will observe microscopic organisms and give monarch butterflies a health exam before tagging them for their 2,800 mile migration to Mexico. You will extract DNA, model its processes, and learn how scientists manipulate this magnificent molecule to make mice glow. You will observe animal behavior, test your heart rate, and practice identifying and debunking pseudo-science.

    By the end of the course, students will be able to explain the nature of science as a system of knowing; cite evidence for foundational theories of modern biology; explain basic biological processes and functions; describe structures and relationships in living systems; outline systems of information, energy, and resources; demonstrate valid experimental design; discern ethical standards; relate their values and scientific ideas to decision-making; and apply biology knowledge to their own health.

    In this flipped classroom, students are responsible for covering new material such as readings from the textbook and additional popular and scholarly sources, videos, and animations PRIOR to class meetings. In-person sessions focus on active discussion, clarification, exploration of content, review, modeling, and hands-on activities.

    Labs address not only technical skills and sequential operations, but also forming testable predictions, collecting data, applying math, drawing conclusions, and presenting findings. Hands-on dissection, always optional, is taught with preserved crayfish and fetal pigs.

    Sensitive issues: human reproduction is not taught separately, but mentioned as students learn about other, related topics such as sperm, eggs, stem cells, genetic disease, hormones, fetal development, breast-feeding, adolescence, and HIV. While there may be some debate-style discussion of topics such as GMO, abortion will not be debated. Birth control and sexuality education are not covered, but distinctions between gender and biological sex are discussed in detail in the genetics unit. Dissections are optional. Evolution is embedded in every topic, from molecular to ecological, inseparably from other content. It is addressed in a scientific context, not from a faith standpoint.

    The course provides a substantive, full-credit experience on either an Honors or On-Level track. All class members share core material and participate in the same labs. Honors has longer or additional readings, more analytical work, and more thorough and difficult assessments. Brief, required summer assignments are due in August for those who elect to take Honors. Students register online for the same course, but must indicate which level they wish to study via e-mail by August 15. Students may move down a level (from Honors to On-Level) at any time.

    Schedule: Note:This class will be taught in a Hybrid format with an online lecture on Mondays (9:00 am - 9:55 am) over a live, online platform and in-person lab and activities on Fridays (9:30 am - 10:55 am).

    Prerequisites: Students should be very strong, independent readers and able to understand graphs, tables, percentages, decimals, ratios, and averages.

    Workload: Homework includes term cards, brief written responses, weekly online quizzes, unit tests, occasional lab reports, and some creative assignments including sketching. Students will sometimes prepare short, in-class presentations, participate in group projects, run simulations, or conduct simple experiments at home. All students should expect to spend 4-6 hours outside of class reading and preparing homework.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments; upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests; track grades; message instructor and classmates; and attend virtual conferences.

    Assessments: Completed homework, projects, quizzes, and tests receive points and narrative feedback. Parents can calculate a letter grade using the student's points earned divided by points available, in weighted categories that include assignments, reading quizzes, tests, and participation and presentations. Parents may view all scoring and comments at any time through the Canvas site.

    Textbook/Materials: Students must purchase or rent the textbook Biology (2010 edition with baby alligator cover) by Stephen Nowicki, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Holt McDougal (ISBN# 9780547219479) An e-book version is also available (ISBN# 9780547221069). Core textbook readings are supplemented by the instructor with updated information drawn from sources such as peer-reviewed science journals, popular science publications, and podcasts.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $130 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Supplies/Equipment: Students will need access to a computer/internet, compound microscope with 400X magnification and cool lighting, splash goggles, water-resistant/acid-resistant lab apron, kitchen or postal scale, 3-ring binder, approximately 400- 3"x5" index cards; and plain, lined, and graph paper. Some of these supplies are used at home. Weekly "Read Me First" web pages and sometimes additional class announcements on Canvas tell students what items to bring to class.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
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    Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. xxxx

    Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through the two, prepared scripts together. Through group activities and guided discussion, they will create new characters, brainstorm variations, craft plot changes, add lines, and cast their parts. The instructor will then update and customize the class script with the students' input.

    The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.

    Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. Note: Students who are emerging readers (not able to read at a 3rd/4th grade level) would be better suited to the Young Actor's Playhouse class, rather than this level.

    Topics in this Series: Back to the Future (Quarter 1); Mix-Up on Mars (Quarter 2); Goofed-Up Game Show (Quarter 3), Twisted Treasure Tale (Quarter 4).

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    Judith Harmon

    Acting is an adventure! Young actors will voyage into the depths of outer space to create an original play with creative characters like aliens, asteroids, and astronauts. Will they travel to populated planets, strange solar systems, or gargantuan galaxies in their extraterrestrial adventures?

    Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to begin to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the young actors will decide on characters, conflict, and conclusion, and the story they want to tell. The script will be developed and customized for this class with input from the students.

    Young actors will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original character. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and planning the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence in preparation for a final sharing for parents.

    Students will work from a simple, written script, but emerging readers can be accommodated. Parents will be emailed the script after the 3rd or 4th class and will be expected to help their children memorize their lines and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class.

    Topics in this Series: Medieval Madness (Quarter 1); Silliest Circus (Quarter 2); Outrageous Outer Space (Quarter 3); and Wacky Wild West (Quarter 4).

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    Juan Urista
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    In this semester-long course, students will delve into the fascinating technology of advanced aircraft. The class will look at the aerodynamic concepts related to drones, how drones are being used today, and applications for drones in the future. They will look at FAA rules governing drones- even amateur, hobby drones- in our airspace today. The group will also look at gliders and sailplanes- unique, fixed wing aircraft with no engines. They will design and model gliders and consider their uses in aviation. Next, the students will learn about the forces, physics, and flight of rotorcraft, such as helicopters, autogyros, and gyrodynes and hybrid tiltrotors such as the V-22 Osprey. Students will weigh advantages, disadvantages, and applications of these blade and rotor- driven aircraft, including their unique ability to take of and land vertically. For these advanced type of aircraft, students will take the controls of RC (radio controlled) models. Finally, in order to plan and design for all types of aircraft, the class will learn about advanced meteorological concepts affecting aviation. This is a 16-week, semester-long class led by a professional in aviation.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Becca Sticha

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Third quarter, rush hour comes to Compass as students build and program automated vehicles like a dune buggy, Formula 1 race car, tow truck, tractor trailer, bus, and more.

    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"). Student 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.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

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    Becca Sticha
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    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- much like an erector set!

    Each week, students will build a new gadget or gizmo like a mechanized inchworm, a ball shooter, a claw, an insect-like crawler, and more. Students will incorporate simple machines, complex machines, and small motors into their projects. They will work with new parts, more gears, and specialty pieces that they have not used even in prior 'Build It Better' classes.

    Topics in this Series: Marble Mazes (Quarter 1); Crazy Contraptions (Quarter 2): Gadgets & Gizmos (Quarter 3); and Widgets and Whatsits (Quarter 4).

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    Peter Snow
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    In Intermediate Chess 3, students will learn skills that build upon each other such as, forks two; making pins work and getting out of them; x-rays and skewers; overload; removing the guard; deflection; decoys. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 30+ hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Intermediate Chess, a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner and Advanced Beginner Chess levels, or instructor permission. Homework may be given.

    Prerequisites: Chess for Adv. Beginners 1-4 or 60 hour equivalent

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    Mimi Nyman

    Students will enjoy making hearty favorites and winter weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Up recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    -Appetizer- Bang Bang Chicken

    -Salad- Savory Potato Salad

    -Soup- Vichyssoise

    -Entree- Orange Chicken Stir Fry

    -Side- Stuffed Veggies

    -Dessert- Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

    -Casserole- Sweet Lemon Chicken Bake

    -Extra- Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 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.

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    Mimi Nyman
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    Trouble getting your teen to eat something in the morning? Too tired or too busy for breakfast? Teens can now enjoy a hearty, healthy start to the morning with Breakfast Table cooking classes at Compass! Teens will enjoy the fun and friendship of making and eating breakfast together. At the same time, they will learn valuable life skills in meal planning and cooking essentials, while ensuring that they have a well-balanced, nutritious start to their day.

    Breakfasts will include a cooking lesson on a different breakfast entree each week. The main dish will be accompanied by side items like juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, etc., to create a complete morning meal. Breakfasts are planned to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' breakfast adventures will include:

    • -Eggs Benedict
    • -Baked Oatmeal
    • -Protein-Packed on-the-Go Bites
    • -Hash Brown Casserole
    • -Spinach and Sweet Potato Frittata
    • -Granola and Energy Bars
    • -Red Pepper Avocado Eggs
    • -Chilled Chia Breakfast Pudding

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Topics in this Series: Daybreak Dishes (Quarter 1), Early Eats (Quarter 2), Sunrise Starts (Quarter 3), and Morning Menus (Quarter 4).

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript. For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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    Mimi Nyman
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    Trouble getting your tween to eat something in the morning? Too tired or too busy for breakfast? Tweens can now enjoy a hearty, healthy start to the morning with Breakfast Table cooking classes at Compass! Tweens will enjoy the fun and friendship of making and eating breakfast together. At the same time, they will learn valuable life skills in meal planning and cooking essentials, while ensuring that they have a well-balanced, nutritious start to their day.

    Breakfasts will include a cooking lesson on a different breakfast entree each week. The main dish will be accompanied by side items like juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, etc., to create a complete morning meal. Breakfasts are planned to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' breakfast adventures will include:

    • -Eggs Benedict
    • -Baked Oatmeal
    • -Protein-Packed on-the-Go Bites
    • -Hash Brown Casserole
    • -Spinach and Sweet Potato Frittata
    • -Granola and Energy Bars
    • -Red Pepper Avocado Eggs
    • -Chilled Chia Breakfast Pudding

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Topics in this Series: Daybreak Dishes (Quarter 1), Early Eats (Quarter 2), Sunrise Starts (Quarter 3), and Morning Menus (Quarter 4).

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript. For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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    Mimi Nyman
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    Students with a curiosity for culinary careers will explore many aspects of cooking for the hospitality industry and for themselves. In this advanced cooking class, students will make delicious, advanced recipes and learn skills that are the foundation for a future career in culinary arts. This class will get students excited about new foods, flavors, and techniques as they gain a working knowledge of food planning and preparation.Each quarter, new technical, kitchen skills are introduced, and each week, a new recipe is made in class that demonstrates the featured food group or cooking style. Students will also prepare a base or food pairing that showcases the featured recipe.Third-quarter skills covered will include nutrition, menu planning, and knife skills -Santoku. Chapters covered in the text include Level 2 Book, Chapters 2, 6 and 7. Third-quarter recipes that showcase the lessons on Meat, Fish and Poultry include:

    • -Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
    • -Stuffed Flank Steak
    • -Honey Dijon Salmon
    • -Chili Lime Cod
    • -Thai Pork
    • -Parmesan Crusted Turkey
    • -Steak Oscar
    Culinary vocabulary will also be introduced each week. Students will leave this class with an introduction to culinary careers in the hospitality industry and a beginning foundation in culinary arts. Additionally, students will be able to take charge of a home kitchen, prepare advanced dishes, and adhere to safety and hygiene standards. They will have nutrition-planning and cooking skills that will enrich the lives of their friends and families.Notes Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. Pork will be used in the proteins unit during 3rd quarter. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market available ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics. Topics in this Series: Stocks, Soups and Sauces (Quarter 1), Potatoes, Grains, and Legumes (Quarter 2), Meat, Poultry, and Seafood (Quarter 3), and Fruits and Vegetables (Quarter 4). Students continuing from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.Prerequisites: Students must be in 9th grade (minimum age 14) to take this class. 7th-8th graders may not enroll. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.Assignments: Cooking assignments, practicing skills at home, and related homework will be given in class and e-mailed to students and parents. Brief written assignments may be given, such as recipe modification or development.Assessments: Individual feedback will be given in class. Formal assessments will not be given. At the end of the second quarter, enrolled students will be required to complete an online Virginia Food Handler Course for food safety certification through the county health department, which will cost $25.00https://courseforfoodsafety.com/states/VA?gclid=CjwKCAjw7LX0BRBiEiwA__gNw4AfZHgp_eOVTeiEXudxZhhF11E2UMggiIeYo6qL33xlUaDXbUeB5RoCG1cQAvD_BwETextbook/Materials: Students should purchase or rent the selected textbooks and workbooks. Used copies are acceptable.
    • -Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0138019389)
    • -Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380226)
    • -Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0137070503)
    • -Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380714)
    Required Tools/Materials Culinary students will be expected to begin to acquire their own tools. Students should purchase and bring with them each week the following basic, minimum tools and supplies: 

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    Black Rocket
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    Middle schoolers embrace technology and easily navigate digital sources like apps, webpages, and online video platforms. In Digital Studio, they will transform from users of these tools to the designer and coders of their own content. Learn what goes in to coding a webpage (Semester 1) and creating YouTube channel (Semester 2).

    Lessons, how-to's, tutorials, documentaries, bloopers, gaming, stunts, pranks, promotions, and original programs- everything is on YouTube! Second semester, students will begin by exploring a variety of vetted content and personalities on YouTube (rated E for everyone). They will explore how to find their niche as the next YouTube start. The class will cover do's and don't's of the YouTube platform and how to practice good digital citizenship. They will work to develop their on-camera presence, channel branding, and work on professional video editing skills. Students will take home a plan for launching their own YouTube channel with content developed in class.

    Digital Studio Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the rental of classroom laptops and all software, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

    Topics in this Series: Introduction to Coding Languages (Semester 1) and YouTube Content Creators (Semester 2), etc

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    Dr. Michele Forsythe
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    Kids are curious about electricity- the magic that powers the toys, games, and electronics they love. In this class, kids will experiment with aspects of electricity- conductors, batteries, and circuits- to take the mystery out of electricity and inspire future engineers.

    Discover basic electrical engineering using batteries and circuits with a variety of components. Through class discussions and hands-on experiments, 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. On the final day of class, each student will design, build, and share their own, unique circuit project.

    Topics in this Series: Battery Blast (Quarter 1); Cool Conductors (Quarter 2); Simple Circuits (Quarter 3); and Super Circuits (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Dr. Karleen Boyle
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    In this class, middle school students will learn to work as independent investigators using the scientific method. Students will observe the systems under investigation, choose a pattern or trend that interests them, and then develop a testable hypothesis. Students will learn how to: design a scientific experiment for either a laboratory or field setting, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and to record and analyze data.

    Third quarter will focus on investigations of small and/or microscopic organisms such as Planaria, Euglena, brine shrimp and tardigrades (water bears). Students will spend time using microscopes, making slides, and learning to keep science journals/notebooks. Our overall themes will be understanding processes that are important for organisms' survival at the microscopic scale, and comparing these lifestyles and adaptations to those from macro-scale ecological communities with which students are more familiar.

    Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed scientific literature to research their subject. By the end of the quarter, students will have completed their independent investigations, summarized the results in a poster, and will present their data to the class. Each quarter will focus on a different aspect of science. Topics in this Series: Animal Behavior (Quarter 1), Chemistry (Quarter 2), Microscopic (Quarter 3), and Environmental Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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    Judith Harmon
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    London. New York. Tokyo. What will be on the runways in 2022? Statement coats, full-body capes, tailored suits, layered skirts, vests, metallic detailing, iridescent fabrics and natural fibers. Do you study the pages of Glamour, Vogue, Marie Claire, and wish to be involved in the world of trendy fashion? Perhaps you follow fashion influencers on Instagram. Or, do you enjoy the satisfaction of making things yourself, your way? If so, this class is for you. Each week this course will cover three parallel tracks: the history of fashion, fashion design, and sewing, with the first hour of each class being lessons and design work and the second hour dedicated to application and sewing.

    Fashion trends are often cyclical, and elements of style are reimagined every few decades. Students will seek inspiration for new designs and style remixes by learning about the history of fashion in eastern and western cultures for the last century. Second semester, students will examine fashion trends by decade from the 1970s through the 2000s. The class will also highlight the work of influential designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Kenzo Takada, Prada, and others. This semester will cover chapters 4 and 5 in the textbook.

    With inspiration from historical design trends, students will learn how to create fashion renderings, from initial concepts through a chic, coordinated collection. Second semester, students' design work will focus on creating a collection and sharing those designs through a collection story board. The class will also culminate with presentation of designs and a discussion of related careers including fashion design, art, graphic design, advertising, merchandising, costuming, manufacturing, retail work or virtual style influencer.

    Topics in this Series: Stellar Style: Fashion Design & History I (Semester 1), Stellar Style: Fashion Design & History II (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: None.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class on reading assignments and completing design activities.

    Assignments: Projects and readings will be given out in class and will also be communicated via email.

    Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

    Textbook: Students should purchase Fundamentals of Fashion Design, 3rd Edition, by Richard Sorger and Jenny Udale (ISBN# 978-1474270007) before the first class. Additional information will be distributed as handouts in class.

    Lab/Supply Fee: None.

    What to Bring: Images/sample photos, swatches, and other assigned materials.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts or Career Education for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Black Rocket
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    Complete your coding skill set (or start your journey) with JavaScript development. One of the top five coding languages, Javascript is part of every software developers toolbox. Learn an array of core programming concepts with JavaScriptby experimenting in a series of digital challenges. Begin by programming animated memes and creating filters then tackle advanced
    skills such as interactive 3D experiences to program character movements, object interactions, and level creation.

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    Kerry Diederich

    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week, students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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, and watercolors.

    Junior Artists will study and create art that showcases winter with projects such as aerial view snowman, winter trees snow painting, polar bear art process, newspaper winter landscape, and fold, and print winter reflection. They will examine samples from artist who worked in similar material themes or styles.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

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    Kerry Diederich
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    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week, students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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, and watercolors.

    Junior Artists will study and create art that showcases winter with projects such as aerial view snowman, winter trees snow painting, polar bear art process, newspaper winter landscape, and fold, and print winter reflection. They will examine samples from artist who worked in similar material themes or styles.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

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    Wyndy Frederick
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    From the Muppets' Kermit (Bein' Green) to Finding Nemo in the "Big Blue World," many songs celebrate color! Discover the color in music with a fun rainbow of songs such as My Favorite Things, Colors of the Wind, Over the Rainbow, Puttin' on the Ritz and more!

    The quarter's repertoire will include at least one chorus number from a major musical film. Students will work on other music as solos, duets, or small group numbers. This introduction to vocal performance will include posture, breathing, intonation, and the principles of blending vocal harmonies. Basic musical notation will be introduced as well as melodic and harmonic intervals. No previous musical experience is required just joy in singing! Prior to the start of class, the instructor will identify song book(s) and accompaniments for students to purchase. A performance will be held at the end of the quarter. Topics in this Series: Songs from the Silver Screen (Quarter 1); Holidays Around the World (Quarter 2); The Colors of Songs (Quarter 3); and the Songs of Summer (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook.

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    Dr. Anne Taranto
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    Roundtable is a seminar-style literature analysis and discussion class for high school students. Instead of a broad, general survey of literature, Roundtable students will examine a focused, "special topic" in literature through critical evaluation and rich discussion. Written works will be selected for their contribution to a specific genre and their influence on society.

    Second semester, the class will examine classic mystery and detective novels and evaluate the genre for what makes thrilling, suspenseful stories. Works covered will include: The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins); Lady Audley's Secret (Elizabeth Braddon); The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories (Edgar Allan Poe); Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Vol. 1 (Arthur Conan Doyle); And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie); Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier); In Cold Blood (Truman Capote), and other short stories, essays, and poems.

    For this course, students should be engaged readers who come to class prepared to participate in intellectual discussion. Students are also expected to take part in in weekly class discussions by sharing their reflections and reactions to the readings and drawing conclusions and comparisons with other works. For each novel, the instructor will provide a guide with thoughtful questions and prompts on the reading that students must come to class prepared to discuss with textual evidence. The course instructor will serve as a facilitator-moderator to lead Socratic, "roundtable" discussions in addition to other in-class activities, such as partner and small group work, to further the class's understanding of the literature. This course will focus on comprehension and analysis through discussion rather than composition. Students will be assigned creative, short assignments to enhance and demonstrate their understanding of each novel such as re-writing a scene, imagining a conversation between characters from different books, developing a prequel or sequel scene, writing a review, etc.

    When discussing written works, students will be expected to give textual references such as specific quotes and examples- a higher-order high school and college-level skill that will be needed in later courses which require written analysis of literature. A key skill that will be taught in this class is how to annotate texts. Students will begin by examining samples of the instructor's own annotated novels then move to annotating the first short story in class as a group. For each novel, students will be given specific details to search for and annotate such as major plot points, character traits, interesting word choice, setting details, quotations, or questions. Later, students will be prepared to annotate automatically as they read with their own questions and reactions, a skill that can also be applied to the readings in other courses.

    Topics in this Series: The Gothic Novel (Semester 1) and The Post Modern Novel (Semester 2). Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read and comprehend at a minimum 9th grade level for this course. Per Compass guidelines, accelerated 8th grade students may register for this course, however, in addition to the 9th+ grade reading level, they must posses the maturity to handle high school level topics and more mature discussion.

    Workload: Students should expect to read approximately 100 pages per week. For students who have challenges with reading, audio books may be used, but students should still be prepared to follow along and annotate in the physical novel.

    Assignments: Weekly assignments will be posted in the Canvas classroom management system. Students will need their own e-mail addresses to access the system, and parents may be set up as additional "observers" to their teen's Canvas account.

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for preparation, participation, and short assignments, and parents may use the total points earned to calculate a grade.

    Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and because they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, a "class bundle" of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased for students. (See Supply Fee below).

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $82.50 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

    What to Bring: Students should bring the current novel, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking pages.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript. For a full credit in English, families would need to "bundle" this course with additional coursework in composition.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Natural Leaders
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    Natural Leaders is an outdoor education and leadership program. Each week, the group will venture into the woods surrounding Lake Fairfax for an authentic, immersive adventure featuring hiking, outdoor skills, leadership, and camaraderie. At each meeting, students take turns in different roles that are key to the group’s success, safety, and fun such as: coordinator (plan out the group’s schedule for the day); navigator (following the map, practice orienteering); naturalist (investigate and present a lesson about local plants, animals or ecology); skills coaches (research, practice, and demonstrate a skill to others, such as knot tying or whittling); game master (plan and teach an group game or challenge); and safety officer (present on a safety or first aid topic) They will also learn survival skills such as fire-building, outdoor edibles, building shelters, use of knives, and safety/first aid.

    The student-led portions of the program promote group cohesion, cooperation, and friendship, while students benefit from the positive peer pressure to come prepared for their weekly roles and responsibilities. Tweens and teens will also become more confident and comfortable as leaders and outdoor adventurers as their self-reliance skills grow. Natural Leaders is supervised by an experienced Natural Leaders mentor, trained and supported in providing a positive experience and managing safety. They typically have a passion for sharing nature with kids, and may have a background in a range of skills such as wilderness first aid, survival skills, tracking, primitive skills, and experience in hiking, camping, rock climbing, water sports, etc. Natural Leaders meets weekly rain, snow, or shine, in all temperatures. Students should always dress is layers for the forecasted weather conditions. Registered students will receive more detailed instructions about what to wear, what to bring, and where to meet prior to the start of the program.

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    Lori Goll
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    Learn to draw still life, birds, trees, figures, and landscapes in the styles of the masters using pastel and pencil. Each week, the class will examine examples of the works, techniques, and materials of masters such as DaVinci, Durer, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Rembrandt. Then, students will create a drawing inspired by the highlighted artist in graphite, charcoal, conte, colored pencil or pastel. Featured artistic elements may include line, value, light, perspective, proportion, basic color theory and composition. As students get comfortable with the different mediums, they are encouraged to develop their own style and expression.

    Instructor Lori Goll works predominantly in pastel professionally. She will teach proper studio techniques for all mediums. This class is suitable for beginners as well as returning art students who want to hone their skills. All materials are furnished. A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for supplies.

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    Diane Wright Cobb

    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Preschoolers will experiment with a wide variety of materials such as tempera paints, finger paints, watercolors, color pencils, markers, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, tissue paper, and specialty papers through a guided, weekly themed project. Third quarter, preschool artists will learn all about Textures through mixing and experimenting with a variety of media. Students must be a minimum of 3-1/2 years old for this class and be able to work in a small group setting independent of their parent or caregiver. Topics in this Series: Creative Color (Quarter 1); Super and Shapes (Quarter 2), Terrific Texture (Quarter 3), and Fun with Forms (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $12.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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    Taliesin Knol
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    The Industrial Revolution of the 18th century built modern society and represented the most significant and rapid transformation in human history. This lured the population away from rural farms into urban centers where they could work in factories, kick-starting the consumer culture that continues to this day. Whole ways of life would be changed, or even destroyed altogether, replaced by an industrial machine hungry for resources, outputting goods and luxuries at a scale never before seen. How these goods were made and transported to new markets of eager consumers would make or break the fortunes of many.

    Moving on from Agrarian America, the class will transition from farm to factory. Students will begin the semester as "independently wealthy" barons and tycoons of various mid-century industries. The class will use a custom Role-Playing Game to simulate a fully industrialized economy. From day one, students will be assigned to key roles in industry, from railroads and shipping, to a variety of factories or resource extraction. They must manage their initial investments wisely or risk being overrun by their classmates. They will endeavor to dominate their market and rule the supply and demand, or risk ending up penniless. In true role-playing fashion, will create characters and build their "backstories" to fit into this economy. Will they be Carnegies and Rockefellers, or will they run out of steam?

    Using the lessons taught in class, students will navigate their interconnected business world, learning to either cooperate with or destroy their rivals. Using their carefully documented ledgers, the class will learn to manage key business elements, from keeping their labor force happy enough not to strike, forging deals and making partnerships, and of course, influencing government policy to their benefit.

    The end of the semester should make clear how each business is interdependent on another, the benefits of cooperation or forceful acquisition. What role does a good (or bad) government play in encouraging and safeguarding investment and for whose benefit? Above all, it should stress the importance of keeping orderly records, making safe vs highly rewarding investments, and how to successfully manage working relationships. By recreating the circumstances of the industrial revolution, and navigating them in the role playing game, students should understand the why and how, to the history they've played through.

    Topics in this Series: Agrarian America (Semester 1), Industrial America (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: None

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: Course documents including period plans, photographs and recreations will be made available through a class Google Drive link emailed to parents (and students who provide their email address), as well as a class reading list of articles/excerpts and YouTube playlist for any videos watched in class or assigned as homework.

    Assessments: Informal assessments will be given at the instructor's discretion, but assignments will not be scored or graded. Each student's financial success in the game will be an indicator of their learning and participation for purposes of assigning a grade. Parents will also be given shared access to their student's business plan with instructor and ledger, with instructor comments at the conclusion of class.

    Textbook/Materials: None

    What to Bring: Paper or notebook, pen or pencil

    Credit: Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History, Economics, or Business for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Heather Sanderson
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    Read it! Act it! Students will enjoy this two-hour, semester-long workshop with Shakespearian coach Heather Sanderson who hails from England and is known for instilling a love of Shakespeare into the hearts of students throughout the Greater DC area. The class will explore Shakespeare's timeless tragedy, analyze its characters, plot, themes and motives.

    Students will read different roles, study and act out scenes, practice monologues, and work through the literature while having fun with fellow teens. Theatre games will be used to encourage collaboration, and specially designed improv exercises will be used to stretch teens' imaginations and help them get "in character". The class will use read-aloud and in-class dramatization to decipher the original language, word choices, and to identify humor, satire, mockery, betrayal, and rejection in this tragic tale of star-crossed lovers and feuding families. The class will work from complete texts (not redacted, abridged, or simplified school versions) to hear and practice Elizabethan lingo. (How did someone of Shakespeare's time hurl insults or woe a woman?) Students will learn how the Bard crafted scenes and conveyed the primary storyline and sub-plots in a comedy that has endured for over 400 years.

    Several scenes will be shared with parents on the last day of class as a way for students to demonstrate their appreciation and understanding of what they have learned about Shakespeare. Instructor Heather Sanderson shares a teaching style based on actions and interactions, developed from years of experience coaching Shakespeare in a way that appeals to students. Her approach brings abstract concepts, complex themes, and difficult language to the students' level, so that they can relate to and appreciate Shakespeare.

    Topics in this Series: Twelfth Night (Semester 1), Romeo and Juliet (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class reading and memorizing sections.

    Assignments: Sections will be assigned in class and included in the weekly e-mail to parents/students.

    Assessments: Will not be given.

    Textbook: The cost of the class text is included in the course fee.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English Literature or Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Heather Sanderson
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    "O Hero, what a Hero hadst thou been." (Much Ado About Nothing). Meet the most memorable heroes and villains of Shakespeare's world. Learn what drives the good and the bad in well-known characters like Iago from Othello, King Lear, the Macbeths, and of course, Falstaff who appeared in three plays. Students will enjoy this two-hour, virtual, semester-long workshop with Shakespearian coach Heather Sanderson who hails from England and is known for instilling a love of Shakespeare into the hearts of students throughout the Greater DC area.

    Students will read different roles, practice scenes and monologues, and work through the literature while having fun with fellow teens. Theatre games will be used to encourage collaboration, and specially designed improv exercises will be used to stretch teens' imaginations and help them get "in character." The class will use read-aloud and in-class dramatization to decipher the original language, word choices, and to identify the elements of supernatural in key monologues of these great works. The class will work from unabridged excerpts (not redacted or simplified school versions) to hear and practice Elizabethan lingo.

    Several scenes will be shared with parents on the last day of class as a way for students to demonstrate their appreciation and understanding of what they have learned about Shakespeare. Instructor Heather Sanderson shares a teaching style based on actions and interactions, developed from years of experience coaching Shakespeare in a way that appeals to students. Her approach brings abstract concepts, complex themes, and difficult language to the students' level, so that they can relate to and appreciate Shakespeare.

    Topics in this Series: Supernatural Shakespeare (Semester 1), Shakespeare's Heroes and Villains (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Format: All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the full semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class reading and memorizing sections.

    Assignments: Sections will be assigned in class and included in the weekly e-mail to parents/students.

    Assessments: Will not be given.

    Textbook: The cost of the class text is included in the course fee.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English Literature or Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Sirdley Taborga

    Get ready for a full year of beginner level high school Spanish! This is a conversation-focused program in which students will build their vocabulary quickly and learn essential grammar skills in Spanish. Vocabulary will include the alphabet, numbers, time, dates, seasons, school, free time activities/hobbies, likes/dislikes, personal descriptions, family relationships, emotions, food/restaurants, places/locations in town, and shopping/clothing. There will be a strong emphasis on competency using regular and irregular present tense verbs and common grammar concepts such as articles, pronouns, adjectives, and comparative phrases.

    Class will be conducted primarily in Spanish and will focus on listening and speaking skills, asking and answering questions, and correct use of grammar. At home, students will be responsible for memorizing vocabulary and grammar, completing worksheets and written assignments, and watching both grammar instruction and language immersion videos.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 30-45 per day, 4 days per week on homework outside of class.

    Assignments: Are sent by e-mail to parents and students. Students must have access to a computer and internet service for computer-based videos and practice tools that are assigned as homework and are essential to success in the class.

    Assessments: Quizzes, tests, and individual performance reviews will be given to all students at regular intervals to provide parents with sufficient feedback to assign a grade.

    Textbook: Students should purchase or rent ¡Avancemos!: Student Edition Level 1, 2018 edition (ISBN # 978-0544861213)

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Foreign Language for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Taliesin Knol
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    This class will re-enact the great unseen intelligence battles of World War II from French underground resistance schemes to Soviet spies in Germany; from the Nazi Enigma machine to Navajo code talkers, using an RPG (role playing game) custom designed by the instructor.

    Real spying is less James Bond and more Sherlock Holmes. You follow clues and codes to lead you to secrets your enemies wish you did not know. Every country has secrets, and those must be defended, because knowing is half the battle. Students will be expected to learn about and practice code-breaking and try to encode messages to pass to their colleagues. Success will bring great advantage; failure could mean capture and death! We will examine the lives and techniques of real historical spies, adopt their methods and replicate them for ourselves, pitting one half of the class against the other using a modified version of the Pathfinder story-driven role playing system. Once students have uncovered the enemy's secrets, we will attempt to make use of this stolen information and learn just how much power there is in knowledge.

    Topics in this Series: The History of Espionage, America's First Spies- Rev. War (Semester 1) and The History of Espionage, Modern Deception-WWII (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.
    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.
    Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation.
    Assessments: Will not be given.
    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Taliesin Knol
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    This class will re-enact the great unseen intelligence battles of World War II from French underground resistance schemes to Soviet spies in Germany; from the Nazi Enigma machine to Navajo code talkers, using an RPG (role playing game) custom designed by the instructor.

    Real spying is less James Bond and more Sherlock Holmes. You follow clues and codes to lead you to secrets your enemies wish you did not know. Every country has secrets, and those must be defended, because knowing is half the battle. Students will be expected to learn about and practice code-breaking and try to encode messages to pass to their colleagues. Success will bring great advantage; failure could mean capture and death! We will examine the lives and techniques of real historical spies, adopt their methods and replicate them for ourselves, pitting one half of the class against the other using a modified version of the Pathfinder story-driven role playing system. Once students have uncovered the enemy's secrets, we will attempt to make use of this stolen information and learn just how much power there is in knowledge.

    Topics in this Series: The History of Espionage, America's First Spies- Rev. War (Semester 1) and The History of Espionage, Modern Deception-WWII (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.
    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.
    Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation.
    Assessments: Will not be given.
    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Elena Zaklis
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    Successful social skills can help kids navigate almost every aspect of their lives. Building confidence in social settings can help improve self esteem and comfort in group settings, sports, new endeavors, with family, in public, or just hanging out with friends. Every child can benefit from improved social skills, but some need a little more practice. In this class, kids will work with a certified, licensed therapist (behavior analyst) to develop strategies for navigating different social challenges- from conversation skills and identifying feelings and emotions, to seeing perspective, handling stress, talking to parents, making friends, tolerating siblings, and more. The small group class will be highly interactive with games, role playing, videos, modelling behavior, and projects using a evidence-based, social-emotional curriculum

    Kids will benefit most from taking Social Skills for several quarters. Some activities will be new each quarter, and some will be repeated for reinforcement. As new students join the group, the dynamic will shift, better imitating real life scenarios. Kids' confidence and comfort level will grow when they have multiple quarters to practice their social skills.

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    Dr. Erica Hughes
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    Many students begin their study of ancient history with classical Greece and Rome. But there were vast, influential civilizations and significant human history well before these Euro-centric antiquities. This class will travel the ancient world to examine the Most Ancient History. This unique exploration will be enlivened by rich class discussions, projects, artifacts, and the instructor's personal experience at significant historical sites throughout the ancient world.Second semester, the class will explore the ancient civilizations of the Americas, including human migration across the Bering Strait and possible sea routes. They will examine the growth of agriculture in the Americas with the proliferation of maize, and the early settlements like Cahokia along the Mississippi and the Serpent Mound of the Adena mound-builder peoples. The class will survey organized religion in Mesoamerica such as the well-known human sacrifice rituals of the Olmec and Aztec civilizations and the Mayan "Ball Game." Finally, the class will visit the large civilizations in the Andes with the Inca and the Chavin, until their eventual downfall as European conquistadors made landfall.Levels:This course is offered at two levels, On-Level and Honors. The levels will meet together and use the same textbook, but have different workloads. Honors students will be given additional reading and will be expected to complete a semester project. The Most Ancient History curriculum will be spread over the course of four semesters (two years) in order to appreciate the depth and complexities of the topic. However, any student with an interest in only one or more distinct regions may enroll in any semester.Topics in this Series: The Near East (Semester 1); The Americas (Semester 2); Africa (Semester 3, Fall 2022); and the Far East (Semester 4, Spring 2023) Workload: Honors students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class; on-level students should expect to spend 1 hour outside of class. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments, quizzes, and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. Assessments: Points will be assigned for projects, quizzes, chapter summaries, and exams, and parents may use the total points earned to assign a class grade. Quizzes will be administered through Canvas. Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Images of the Past (7th Edition) by T Douglas Price and Gary Feinman (ISBN: 0078034973). Some other class readings will be uploaded to the Canvas system as pdfs. Registration: All students will register online for the same course. Students must designate their intent to take the On-Level or Honors after the first week of class. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have begun, students may not "bump up" a level. Credit:Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in World History for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol

    Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come to life for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top terrain, deploy hundreds of miniature soldiers, ships, and tanks... all while playing a military strategy game. Each student will have the opportunity to fight a battle from both sides, allowing them to test various strategies, try multiple scenarios, predict different outcomes, and rewrite history- an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of what actually happened and why!

    With war raging on in Europe for several years, it was only a matter of time until the rest of the world was dragged in. Lines were being drawn, among them was the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere '' which sought to "liberate" Asia from the imperial powers of the West. This "liberation" replaced Western exploitation with more of the same from a surging fascist Japanese Empire. Led by a "divine" emperor, it amounted to military dictatorship that controlled every aspect of Japanese life in an effort to further its conquests across oceans. The nation that would bear the brunt of this brutal colonialism was China, where Japan had been fighting since 1937, dominating the coastal cities with sea and air power and taking advantage of the fractured state the country had been left in after decades of western exploitation. To maintain a world class military, especially her navy, Japan needed the resources of the Chinese and Korean mainland. After numerous atrocities, Japan's largest trade partner, the United States of America, delivered an ultimatum: Leave China or face an embargo on critical resources like oil and steel. This was the push Japan needed to put into effect its war plans with the Allied Nations. Beginning with a sneak attack to cripple the US fleet in Pearl Harbor, the oil rich Dutch East Indies, US territory of the Philippines, and several major British Imperial holdings in the South Pacific would all be swept away by the rising tide of the Japanese Empire.

    Students will fight the early battles of the Pacific theater on land, sea, and air using a wide range of miniature soldiers, vehicles and ships. From massive naval action at Pearl Harbor and Midway to jungle and island-hopping combat reenactments, students will study the technical and strategic elements that led to the outcomes of the battle and attempt to recreate the Japanese or Allied successes (or failures.) Upon finishing this semester, every student will understand the conditions that led to war, the objectives for both sides and how successful or realistic these objectives were, both from a modern academic point of view and from the historical point of view given each country's available information. The students' simulations will follow a modified version of the Axis and Allies war at sea system. They will also examine primary sources, newsreels, propaganda material, and modern analyses of the events.

    Note: This is a 1 hour, 55 minute class with a 10-minute break part way through.

    Topics in this Series: WWII- The Early War, Fall of France- Blitzkrieg 1940 (Semester 1) and WWII- The Early War, Rise of Japan (Semester 2).

    Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: Period maps, photographs, and re-creations will be posted on a class Google Drive, and video links from YouTube will be e-mailed to parents and students for homework or supplemental investigation.

    Assessments: Will not be given.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Judith Harmon
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    Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. Will their superheroes have super speed or stupendous strength? What happens when these characters collide with vicious villains?

    Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through the two, prepared scripts together. Through group activities and guided discussion, they will create new characters, brainstorm variations, craft plot changes, add lines, and cast their parts. The instructor will then update and customize the class script with the students' input.

    The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.

    Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. Note: Students who are emerging readers (not able to read at a 3rd/4th grade level) would be better suited to the Young Actor's Playhouse class, rather than this level.

    Topics in this Series: Secrets and Spies (Quarter 1), Time Travel Tale (Quarter 2), Super Duper New Superheroes (Quarter 3), and Freaky Friday (Quarter 4).

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    David Chelf

    This is a complete course in high school Algebra II which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Topics in Algebra II include linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational and irrational algebraic functions, and quadratic relations and systems. In addition, this course will cover higher degree functions with complex numbers, sequences and series, probability, data analysis, and trigonometric and circular functions. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem solving.

    Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I in order to take this class.
    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work.
    Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address in order to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. In lieu of a graphing calculator, students should have access to websites desmos.com and wolframalpha.com for graphing assignments.
    Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by checking that weekly homework sets are complete and giving periodic take-home tests; class participation is also strongly encouraged. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for the purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.
    Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Algebra and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications- Prentice Hall Classics (ISBN-10 0131657100, ISBN-13 978-0131657106). A scientific calculator similar to the Casio fx-115ES PLUS is required for this class.
    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Algebra II for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Prerequisites: Algebra I

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    Step back in time each week for a one-of-a-kind rendez vous with key personalities in American history. Third quarter appearances will focus on the Civil War and mid 1800s. Meet great Americans such as Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant & Julia Dent Grant, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, and Susan B. Anthony.

    Each week a professional, costumed living history interpreter will deliver a compelling first-person performance portraying his or her role in American history. Living history actors are the professionals employed by museums, historical sites, and conferences. They have typically studied their historical character for years and tell their story in first person. Presentations are conversational in style, occasionally involve the audience, and conclude with spontaneous audience Q & A. Watch the historical actors answer 21st century questions in character with period replies! Students younger than third grade (or age 8) must be accompanied by a paid parent or adult. Parents and siblings interested in the program must register and pay separately.

    Topics in this series include: The 1700s (Quarter 1); The 1800s (Quarter 2); The Civil War (Quarter 3); and the 20th Century (Quarter 4).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Dr. Erica Hughes
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    Students will travel through time and around the world in this survey of the history of art! The class will look at images of art as religious icons, records of historical events, myths, portraits, propaganda, conveyors of power and authority, and fantasy to answer the big question, "What is the function of art aside from being aesthetically pleasing?" Students will be asked to predict how their definition of art will change throughout the course of the year.

    This unique exploration of art history will be enlivened by rich class discussions, projects, visits to exhibits, and the instructor's own creative style and personal experience at significant historical sites throughout the ancient world. Following the AP syllabus for this course, students will learn about the people and concepts behind each type of art, considering that the conditions of the time influenced the art and architecture: physical location, settlement, innovation, warfare, politics, beliefs, religion, funerary practices, and interconnections to other, contemporary cultures.

    This study of the history of art will begin with the earliest known Christian art, and how its symbols evolved from Old Testament figures while still illegal. The image of Jesus will be traced from a young shepherd reminiscent of Apollo, to a stern Byzantine pantokrator, to a threatening Romanesque judge, to the caring and almost human Gothic hippy Christ. Covering the thousand years from the secretive catacombs of 200 AD through the height of Gothic architecture, the class will examine cross-cultural and pan-European elements of artworks and architecture. Next the study of art will take students to the East, to see the various influences in Byzantine art. Students will learn about the techniques of mosaic and see the grandeur of the Orthodox relics and icons. The influence of contact with Islam through the Crusades will be seen in the periods of iconoclasm.

    After considering the differences between Islamic and Muslim arts, the students' exploration will move into the Early Medieval Period to investigate Carolingian and Ottonian painting, furniture and tapestries, and how these were based upon a desire to emulate those of the Roman Empire. The return of sculpture through decorative capitals enclosing cloisters and tympana covering the entranceways to churches is seen in the Romanesque Period, named for the first universalizing style across all of Europe. Finally, the class will reach the Gothic period across Europe to discuss the origins of its name, modifications to cathedrals across the early high and decadent Gothic periods, and compare French with English Gothic styles.

    Levels:This course is offered at two levels, On-Level and Honors. They have different workloads, but meet together. Honors students will work at a university freshman level, while on-level students will use the same textbook, but will have less homework.

    Topics in this Series: Caves to Colosseum, Prehistoric to Ancient Art (Semester 1), Catacombs to Cathedrals, Western Art Part 1 (Semester 2), Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2 (Semester 3), Asia to Africa, Non-Western Art (Semester 4) Workload: Honors students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class; on-level students should expect to spend 1 hour outside of class. Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments, quizzes, and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. For each chapter, there will be open book quizzes, and students should be able to describe their three favorite works. There will be a semester project based on the creation of one's own myth and culture. Image recognition is key to learning art history. Each semester, students will be assigned approximately 60 images to identify on the midterm and final. On-level students should be able to identify the art or object by style. Honors students are expected to learn the name, description and compare/contrast the images. Assessments: Points will be assigned for projects, quizzes, chapter summaries, and exams, and parents may use the total points earned to assign a class grade. Quizzes will be administered through Canvas. Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History, 15th Edition by Fred Kleiner (ISBN 13- 978-285754994). Registration. All students will register online for the same course. Students must designate their intent to take the On-Level or Honors by the first week of class. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from Honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have begun, students may not "bump up" a level. Credit:Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History or Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Wyndy Frederick
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    Did you know that the ukulele is not just a miniature guitar? It is a member of the Portuguese lute family, but its sound was popularized in Hawaiian music. Ukulele's fun, compact size also appeals to kids and is a great "first" stringed instrument! In this class, kids will learn how to hold and strum the ukulele. They will learn notes and chords and simple, songs. Students will also learn beginning music skills including reading music. Each student should have a good quality ukulele for the class. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook.

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    Peter Snow
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    In Advanced Beginner Chess 3, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other, including: Later than beginning pins; Using more or better attackers; Using more or better defenders; Finding the forcing moves when they are also the best moves; Queen and bishop teams for attacking; Queen and knight teams for attacking; and Queen and rook teams for attacking. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 15-20 hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Advanced Beginner Chess, or a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner Chess level.

    Prerequisites: Chess for Adv. Beginners 1-2 or 45 hour equivalent)

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    Mimi Nyman
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    Students will enjoy making hearty favorites and winter weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Up recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    -Appetizer- Bang Bang Chicken

    -Salad- Savory Potato Salad

    -Soup- Vichyssoise

    -Entree- Orange Chicken Stir Fry

    -Side- Stuffed Veggies

    -Dessert- Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

    -Casserole- Sweet Lemon Chicken Bake

    -Extra- Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. For the Little Kids level, students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class and must be developmentally on-level for fine motor skills and ability to follow directions.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 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.

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    Mimi Nyman

    Students will enjoy making hearty favorites and winter weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Up recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    -Appetizer- Bang Bang Chicken

    -Salad- Savory Potato Salad

    -Soup- Vichyssoise

    -Entree- Orange Chicken Stir Fry

    -Side- Stuffed Veggies

    -Dessert- Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

    -Casserole- Sweet Lemon Chicken Bake

    -Extra- Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript

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    Kinder Kitchen will get 5-year-olds excited about helping in the kitchen. Recipes will expose students to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat!  The young chefs' kitchen creations will include:

    • Savory tarts (Appetizer)
    • Gazpacho(Soup)
    • Cucumber Chickpea (Salad)
    • Pumpkin Lasagna (Main)
    • Cheesy Green Chili Rice (Side)
    • Banana Roll Ups (Breakfast)
    • Sunflower Seed Snack Balls (Snack)
    • Mini Cherry Chocolate Cream Pie (Dessert)

    Each class will make part of a single serving recipe that will be completed at home by adding in additional ingredients such as water, oil or egg.  Homework is fun, simple, and will allow students to taste-test with their family. In each class, students will be able to taste a sample of the recipe that they will finish at home.

    Students will spend time in each class learning important kitchen skills. Skills acquired will include safe knife handling, choosing the right device for measuring, proper measuring skills, as well as kitchen cleanliness and safe food handling techniques.  Recipes are designed to enhance the skills learned in class.   As students' skills progress additional recipes will be added.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. For the Kinder Kitchen level, students must be minimum age five (5) by the start of class and must be developmentally on-level for fine motor skills and ability to follow directions.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $30.00 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 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.

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    Anne Taranto

    In Cover-to-Cover, middle school-aged students will read renowned classics and award-winning young adult literature. This book discussion group will examine a different theme each quarter to introduce students to literary analysis. Students will read, examine, and compare two full-length novels that share similar themes through facilitated discussions and extension activities which encourage students to make personal connections to what is read. The group will evaluate themes, characters, setting, and writing style.

    Third quarter, students will examine the theme of coming-of-age through To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Mark Haddon).

    Assigned chapters are expected to be read at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the reading. Classroom discussions will emphasize the use of textual evidence when explaining thoughts and opinions. Students will be assigned creative, short assignments to enhance and demonstrate their understanding of each novel such as quote explications, thematic questions, or imagining a conversation between characters from different books.

    Topics in this Series: Other Worlds (Quarter 1); Mystery/Detective (Quarter 2); Coming of Age (Quarter 3); and Bravery/Courage (Quarter 4).

    Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and because they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

    Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

    What to Bring: Students should bring the current novel, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking pages.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Candy-cane columns, licorice lattice, gumdrop gutters, iced icicles, or a peppermint path. Journey to your own Candyland with darling gingerbread houses adorned with unique confection constructions. Enjoy your gingerbread house as a centerpiece or a delicious pull-apart treat! Students will learn how to plan their design considering layout and symmetry. Then they will learn how to embellish with Royal icing and candy-encrusted details. They will learn how to simulate frosted shingles and how to do chocolate writing. The instructor will provide a mouth-watering array of candy decor choices.

    For grades 1-3, an adult must attend with the child, and houses will be pre-assembled. (A single registration covers one child, one adult, and one house).

    For grades 4-6, students may be dropped off. They will learn to erect the roof and walls of the house with a proprietary, chocolate-gummy bear caulking!

    Note: Some garnishes (gummies or marshmallows) may contain gelatin. See the Compass Cooking Class webpage for more FAQs about our cooking classes. Each student should bring a cookie sheet to transport his/her gingerbread house home. There is a supply fee of $25.00 due to the instructor at the start of the workshop.

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    Black Rocket

    In Digital Clubhouse, students will begin exploring the magic of game design while developing fluency in essential computer skills in a fun, interactive application.

    Our youngest designers will continue to explore computer science by developing a 3D game in an imaginative world using Atmosphir, a game creation tool. They will learn beginner event scripting, level design, controlling the flow of gameplay and storytelling. At this level, students should be able to read and recognize words and short phrases that will be in the drag-and-drop block coding. Non-readers should wait another year and not register for this level.

    Digital Clubhouse is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. The lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. In the "Intro" level of a course (i.e., Part 1), students will work through the fundamentals of a new digital skill. In the "Continuing" level (i.e., Part 2), students who continue from "Intro" will develop new skills and will design and code an individual project. New students who enroll in "Intro" will begin with the introductory lessons. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the rental of classroom laptops and all software, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

    Topics in this Series: Code Explorers (Quarters 1, 2); Make Your First 3D Video Game (Quarters 3, 4).

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    Dr. Michele Forsythe
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    Students will learn how to think like electrical engineers as they learn about conductors, batteries, and circuits to understand how electricity powers the things they use every day.

    Discover basic electrical engineering using batteries and circuits with a variety of components. Through class discussions and hands-on experiments, 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. On the final day of class, each student will design, build, and share their own, unique circuit project.

    Topics in this Series: Battery Blast (Quarter 1); Cool Conductors (Quarter 2); Simple Circuits (Quarter 3); and Super Circuits (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Edwige Pinover

    Salut! French with Friends is an introductory French class for elementary-aged students. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, etc), adjectives, beginning verbs, greetings, and simple phrases. Songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities will be used in class to review vocabulary and phrases. Emphasis will be on conversation, but students will be encouraged to learn to spell and sound out written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
    Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level. This is a 7-week class that will not meet on January 19.

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    Karen Shumway

    Through the study of chemistry, high school students will learn the science behind things they observe every day! Chemistry explains properties of the food we eat, the beverages we drink, the medicines we take, the fibers we wear, and fuels in the cars we drive. Chemistry is a foundation to understanding the world around us and fundamental to other sciences such as biology, physics, geology, and environmental science.

    This full-year laboratory course makes chemistry come alive through at-home readings, practice problems, supplementary activities, and in-person hands-on labs to demonstrate key concepts. Course themes include matter, changes in state, scientific measurement, atomic structure, electrons in atoms, and characteristics of the periodic table. Students will then study ionic, metallic, and covalent bonding, chemical names and formulas, and chemical reactions. Further chemistry topics include the behavior of gases, water and aqueous solutions, acids, bases, and salts; oxidation-reduction reactions, solutions, and thermochemistry.

    Students will learn the skills necessary for successful study of chemical reactions and molecular phenomena, using common high school laboratory chemicals, glassware, and techniques. This is not a course done in microscale using pre-mixed solutions: students will learn to calculate molarity and use dimensional analysis to mix solutions, calculate yields, analyze errors, and construct graphs. Example labs include experiments in molar mass, hydrates, precipitates, filtration, density, distillation, reactants, single and double displacement, acid/base titration, polymers, heat of fusion, heat of vaporization, and stoichiometry. Class demonstrations will model other chemical concepts and processes, such as a radioactive cloud chamber.

    Note:This course has two class meetings: In-person Lecture from 11:00 am-11:55 am on Mondays and in-person Lab from 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm on Fridays. Students must enroll in both sections.

    Prerequisites: High school Algebra I

    Levels: This course provides a substantive, full-credit experience on either an on-level or honors track. All class members complete the same core material and participate in the same labs. Students taking the course at the honors level have additional assignments and alternative scoring. Honors students' homework will be graded and recorded as part of the students' total earned points. (On-level students' homework will be corrected and graded, but not factored into the total earned points.) Honors students will complete an additional research paper each semester on a chemistry topic of their choice using a minimum of 5 sources, and Honors students will be asked to memorize the polyatomic ions. Students must identify their level prior to the start of class. At any point in the year, a student may transition from honors to on-level if the workload exceeds the students' expectations.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class. Outside work must be completed to support the "flipped classroom" approach to this course in which the student pre-reads and prepares much of the lecture content at home, allowing in-person class time to be spent on highlights, clarification of challenging topics, class discussion, homework review, demonstrations, labs, and activities. In addition, students should plan for additional meeting and coordination time most weeks with their lab partners in-person, by phone, shared documents, or via virtual meeting. Students will also be required to read one scientific, non-fiction book or current events article each quarter and prepare a 2-page summary and response book report.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates. Parents can have an observer account in Canvas to review assignments and graded work. Students will have weekly readings, practice problems, and mandatory pre-lab assignments. The pre-lab assignment must be completed prior to lab and will serve as the student's "ticket" into the lab session each week.

    Assessments: Students will earn points for completed homework, unit tests, lab reports, book reports, and semester exams. Parents can calculate a letter grade using the student's points earned divided by points available. Parents may view all scoring and comments at any time through the Canvas site.

    Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase or rent Prentice Hall Chemistry by Wilbraham, Staley, et. al. 2008 edition (ISBN #978-0132512107).

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $125 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a composition notebook, graph paper, lab equipment and supplies, and safety supplies.

    What to Bring: Students should bring a paper or a notebook, pen or pencil, and a scientific calculator each week.

    What to Wear: Students should not wear any loose, drapey clothing to lab. They should also come to class with long hair tied back and should wear closed toe shoes.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Prerequisites: Algebra I

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    Kerry Diederich

    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week, students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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, and watercolors.

    Junior Artists will study and create art that showcases winter with projects such as aerial view snowman, winter trees snow painting, polar bear art process, newspaper winter landscape, and fold, and print winter reflection. They will examine samples from artist who worked in similar material themes or styles.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

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    Kerry Diederich
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    This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week, students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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, and watercolors.

    Junior Artists will study and create art that showcases winter with projects such as aerial view snowman, winter trees snow painting, polar bear art process, newspaper winter landscape, and fold, and print winter reflection. They will examine samples from artist who worked in similar material themes or styles.

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); National Gallery Garden (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

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    Sarah Reynolds
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    Krav Maga is the Israeli martial art which teaches self defense and fitness. Students of Krav Maga are taught a series of strategies to assess and respond to common situations, such as facing a bully. Kids are always taught first and foremost to get away, to get help, and to try to deescalate the situation. When that fails, students practice a technique that includes a warning strike followed by escape, and finally, they learn how to stand up for themselves and how to counterattack if a situation escalates and becomes threatening. Kids are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and in-class practice incorporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect.

    Students may enroll in Krav Maga at any time, and everyone will begin as a white belt. Each quarter, students will practice the full range of skills, but there will be two "featured" moves that a student can earn a belt stripe for being able to demonstrate. Featured moves will include a combative strike and a defensive escape technique. No one stripe is a prerequisite for any other color, and color stripes can be earned in any order.

    Third quarter, students will have the chance to earn a Yellow Stripe. Featured moves include: cover defense and wrist locks (red stripe); straight punch defense and bear hugs (orange stripe); head movement defense and front 2-handed choke (yellow stripe); round kick defense and back 2-handed choke (green stripe); front kick defense and guillotine choke (blue stripe); clinch defense and rear choke (purple stripe); ground striking defense and head lock defense (brown stripe); and 360 defense and full Nelson (black stripe).

    Students will be able to test for belt promotions to move through the ranks of white belt, yellow belt, orange belt, etc. On average, it is estimated that a student will be ready for a belt test after four quarters/four color stripes. Belt testing will be by coach approval.

    Topics in this Series: Red Stripe (1st Quarter), Orange Stripe (2nd Quarter), Yellow Stripe (3rd Quarter) and Green Stripe (4th Quarter). Assessments: Belt testing for promotion will be by coach recommendation, but on average will take 4 quarters. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the t-shirt and white belt (new students) or $5.00 for the white belt (returning students). An belt test fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor when a student is ready to test for promotion. What to Bring: Refillable water bottle. What to Wear: In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, students will be asked to wear a class t-shirt provided by the instructor. Students should also wear shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers with their class t-shirt.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon

    Learn to sew to create one-of-a kind articles of clothing, home decor, crafts, or handmade items for your side business like Etsy or Ebay. Sewing can be a relaxing hobby, a profitable side gig, and a practical money-saving life skill. Don't settle for store-bought when you can learn to sew the custom creations you envision!

    Second semester, Beginner students will learn the basics of hand sewing. Skills that will be introduced this semester include: quilter's knot, stitches (basting, running, backstitch, whip, ladder), tying a knot, and anchoring a knot. Students will learn to identify and use sewing tools such as fabric scissors, straight pins, thimbles, seam ripper, and various needles. Intermediate students (those continuing from first semester or those with prior experience), will learn how to read and cut our a sewing pattern, how to take body measurements and match to pattern measurements, and how to select the best fabric for a pattern. Intermediate students will learn how to finish pieces by selecting and attaching closures (buttons, button holes, grommets, zippers, & hook and eyes); gathering and pleating, using binding and bias tape, and attaching pockets and waistbands.

    Students will also begin with getting-to-know their sewing machines including different components, attachments, and functions, along with care, use, and maintenance of their machines. They will learn Identify parts of sewing machine; how to fill a bobbin and thread the machine; types of machine needles and how to change a needle, and how to control speeds. Students will practice machine stitches (straight, zig-zag, backstitch) and adjusting the length and width, learn about seam allowance, and sewing corners and curves. Students will begin with simple stitching exercises, and their first project will be sewing a pin cushion that they will use throughout the year.

    As part of learning to sew, students will learn about different types of fabrics, what each is best used for, and how to identify grain lines, bias, and selvedge. The class will discover how garments are assembled by deconstructing an article of clothing from its seams. Students will learn how to read a sewing pattern and take measurements The group will learn about hems and elastic along with closures and how/where to use them. Second semester's Beginner project will be sewing a custom pair of pajama pants, while the Intermediate project will be a small block quilt.

    Topics in this Series: Learn to Sew: Beginner (Semester 1), Learn to Sew: Beginner and Intermediate (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: First semester- None. Second semester- No prerequisites for someone to enroll as a beginner. Intermediate students should have taken first semester or have equivalent skills.

    Workload: Students who practice at home will find that their sewing skills are refined and perfected more quickly. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class practicing the sewing skill/step covered in class.

    Assignments: Projects will be given out in class and will also be communicated via Google Classroom.

    Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

    Textbook: None

    Equipment/Fabric: Students must bring to class each week:

  • A portable sewing machine with bobbins. If you are purchasing a new sewing machine for the class, a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine, 4400 series, model is recommended. These can be purchased from Amazon or Joann Fabrics for $160-$180. Students who are bringing a pre-owed or loaned sewing machine are expected to have the machine professionally serviced before the start of class.
  • The sewing machine owner's manual
  • An extension cord
  • Fabric for class assignments. A list of needed fabric and sewing patterns will be sent out the first day of class, with the recommended quantity, type, and deadlines.
  • Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $50.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a project box, including a sewing kit (with 1 pack of sewing machine needles, thread, and hand sewing essentials), and other materials used in class.

    What to Bring: Instructor-furnished sewing kit, sewing machine, bobbins, owner's manual, extension cord, fabric, and images/sample photos, swatches, and other assigned materials.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts or Career Education for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Wyndy Frederick
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    From the Muppets' Kermit (Bein' Green) to Finding Nemo in the "Big Blue World," many songs celebrate color! Discover the color in music with a fun rainbow of songs such as My Favorite Things, Colors of the Wind, Over the Rainbow, Puttin' on the Ritz and more!

    The quarter's repertoire will include at least one chorus number from a major musical film. Students will work on other music as solos, duets, or small group numbers. This introduction to vocal performance will include posture, breathing, intonation, and the principles of blending vocal harmonies. Basic musical notation will be introduced as well as melodic and harmonic intervals. No previous musical experience is required just joy in singing! Prior to the start of class, the instructor will identify song book(s) and accompaniments for students to purchase. A performance will be held at the end of the quarter. Students must be able to read at grade level for this class. Topics in this Series: Songs from the Silver Screen (Quarter 1); Holidays Around the World (Quarter 2); The Colors of Songs (Quarter 3); and the Songs of Summer (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook.

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    Dr. Karleen Boyle

    Earth is an ocean planet! Life began in the oceans, and they are the linchpin of the biological, chemical, and physical processes that allow our planet to support life. This class will give students a basic understanding of the chemistry, physics and biology of earth's oceans. We'll also learn how oceans are informing our search for life on other planets. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

    During the third quarter, students will continue to examine the amazing variety of marine habitats around the world. We'll explore marine habitats that are found in the open ocean (or limnetic zones) including near surface and deep water biomes, abyssal plains, deep trenches, hydrothermal vents, and polar waters. The geographic distribution, food webs, important primary producers and consumers, representative species, and notable species interactions for each biome will be discussed and compared to other marine and terrestrial biomes. Over the course of the quarter, students will assemble a "ship's log" of our virtual expedition which will include a map of the ocean biomes of the earth, with detailed sections on each biome we investigate.

    Topics in this Series: Oceanography (Quarter 1); Coastal Biomes (Quarter 2); Open Water Habitats (Quarter 3); and Marine Animal Close-Up (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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    Tia Murchie-Beyma

    This year-long, full credit high school course offers an in-depth look at how our world developed from 1200 CE to today. Long before jet travel, many portions of the globe were connected. By the early 1200s, Persian historian Juvayni reported that one might walk safely from Southeast Asia to Eastern Europe- thanks to Mongol army units. Silk Roads linked Moscow to Tibet. Vibrant Indian Ocean trade circulated goods, people, and animals from China to Indonesia to India, with linkages to East African coastal cities and the wider Muslim world, including Arab and Turkic peoples. In 200 more years, Muslim Admiral Zheng He would command China's legendary treasure fleet.

    Despite a few sporadic contacts, most of the Old World remained ignorant of lands from the Arctic Circle to the volcanic Tierra del Fuego. Here in the Americas, precursors to Incan and Aztec empires built urban city-states, while farther north, Cahokia's pyramids and Mesa Verde's cliffside apartments boomed, the Iroquois League united five great nations, and countless other populations lived as hunter-gatherers, horticulturists, whalers, fishers, and farmers. At 1200 CE, when this course begins, two halves of the world had not yet collided, but soon would.

    We will use the tools and perspectives of historians to see how this collision happened and what else built the world we know today. You will analyze primary sources and secondary sources. You will learn to identify symbols, develop arguments based on evidence, and think critically about the arguments of others. We spend a lot of time interpreting maps, letters, paintings, sculptures, photographs, speeches, and other material to understand context, causation, and continuity and change over time. By the end of the course, you may not have memorized dozens of dates (unless you wanted to), but you WILL have a much clearer idea of who was where, when, and why--and how that has affected us.

    *INSTRUCTOR'S NOTE*This is a reading-heavy course suited for students who can commit to completing homework BEFORE each meeting. That prepares you for active discussion, role play, and activities in class. The course is not lecture-based, but instead is taught as a participatory seminar. Students cannot learn the rich course material by simply attending. However, if you come with your readings finished, ready to ask questions and apply what you've learned, the world is yours!

    LEVELS:This course is offered at three levels: On-Level, Honors, and Advanced Placement (AP). Each has a different workload, but all meet together. AP students work at a university freshman level and have the potential to earn college credit or placement through the spring 2022 AP exam. AP students start class two weeks earlier, with online homework due in mid- and late August. Honors students have assignments that engage higher-level analysis and historical thinking skills. On-Level students use the same college-level textbook, but have fewer readings, less homework, and less rigorous assessments.

    SCHEDULE: There are two weekly meetings: (1) Friday in-person for all class members; and (2) Monday online in a virtual classroom from 10:00 am - 11:00 am. The Monday online session is required for AP students, but open to all students and recorded for those who cannot attend live. For Honors and On-Level, this is a 28-week course which follows the Compass calendar but ends two weeks early due to the AP exam. AP students have the equivalent of 31 weeks, as they begin two weeks before the regular Compass start date and have an additional session for a mock exam.

    WORKLOAD: Honors and On-Level students should plan 4-5 hours each week outside of class meetings for reading and homework. AP students typically need 6 hours or more, depending on reading speed and experience. All levels use materials written at a freshman college level, so students must be highly-skilled readers or else have robust reading support at home.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on a password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, message instructor and classmates; and attend virtual conferences.

    Assessments: Completed homework, projects, quizzes, and tests receive points and narrative feedback. Parents can calculate a letter grade using the student's points earned divided by points available, in weighted categories that include assignments, reading quizzes, tests, and participation and presentations. Parents may view all scoring and comments at any time through the Canvas site.

    TEXTBOOK: Registered students will receive an e-mail with the required textbook(s) over the summer.

    REGISTRATION. All students register online for the same course, but students must designate their choice of On-Level, Honors, or AP by emailing Compass before August 4. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level at any time, but the instructor will consider "bumping up" on a case-by-case basis only.

    AP FEES:An additional tuition fee of $175 is assessed for students approved to take AP level, due to additional instructional time. Families will receive a separate invoice for this amount before the start of classes. The fee is not refundable if the student decides midyear to switch to Honors or On-Level. The fee for the College Board's AP Modern World History exam in May 2022 is not included; each family is responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam.

    AP APPROVAL: Students who have taken a prior course with the instructor may seek approval for AP level through a conversation or e-mail with her. For students new to this instructor, a short questionnaire and brief written assignment about a sample textbook chapter are needed to request approval for AP level.

    CREDIT: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in World History for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Sevim Kalyoncu
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    Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and watch the changes to the watershed.

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    Step outdoors to each week 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!

    A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. 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 they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

    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.

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    Sevim Kalyoncu
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    Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and watch the changes to the watershed.

    Step outdoors to each week 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!

    A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. 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 they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

    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.

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    Lori Goll
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    Learn to draw still life, birds, trees, figures, and landscapes in the styles of the masters using pastel and pencil. Each week, the class will examine examples of the works, techniques, and materials of masters such as DaVinci, Durer, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Rembrandt. Then, students will create a drawing inspired by the highlighted artist in graphite, charcoal, conte, colored pencil or pastel. Featured artistic elements may include line, value, light, perspective, proportion, basic color theory and composition. As students get comfortable with the different mediums, they are encouraged to develop their own style and expression.

    Instructor Lori Goll works predominantly in pastel professionally. She will teach proper studio techniques for all mediums. This class is suitable for beginners as well as returning art students who want to hone their skills. All materials are furnished. A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for supplies.

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    Diane Wright Cobb
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    Elementary artists will learn to cartoon! For the first half of the quarter, students will learn about the art of cartooning by looking at well-known cartoon characters. In class, they will practice combining shapes to create classic characters like Charlie Brown + Snoopy, Calvin + Hobbs, or current favories like Sponge Bob and Picachu. By recreating well-loved favorites, students will learn how to create facial features, expressions, and body shapes. Next, students will spend several weeks creating their own cartoon characters. They will be encouraged to think of a storyline and develop a main character and an animal sidekick. After our artists refine their characters, using the techniques of combining simple shapes and adding features, they will draw a few scenes in a traditional panel layout and complete with colored pencil. Students will work with artist Diane Wright Cobb who has illustrated children's books. Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $8.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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    Anne Sharp
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    The PenPoint writing board is a home for students who love to write, who love to read writing, and who love to share writing with others. Writing is often a solitary act, but writers also need a community in which to grow. Mirroring the design of famous writing salons/groups like The Bloomsbury Group, The Algonquin Round Table, and The Inklings, this course fosters a Compass community that will encourage individual writers, promote literary collaboration and provide challenging feedback to boost creativity and artistic development.

    Our second semester will focus on editing and publishing. Students in this course will select writings from their portfolios and prepare them to submit to contests, anthologies and publications beyond our Compass campus. While continuing to draft and explore their own personal writing, students will assume editorial roles in the production of Pen Point, a beyond-our-classroom anthology. As editors, students will design and build an anthology, advertise the publication, solicit manuscripts and artwork, develop selection criteria, review/select/edit material, and learn the principles of layout and design. Embedded in this process are real-world experiences, and students will improve their communication and organization skills through goal-setting, time management, meeting deadlines, emailing, confirmations, proofreading, etc. There is a $20.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day to cover publishing costs of the printed literary magazine anthology.

    Note:This is a HYBRID class with some class meetings in person and some meetings in a synchronous, virtual classroom, as determined by the student board members and advisor.

    Topics in this Series: A Creative Writing and Literary Magazine Board (Semesters 1 and 2, with registration by semester.) Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Advanced reading, writing, and analytical skills.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class on investigation, writing, or editing for this class. Assignments: Writing and editing assignments will be delegated by the student board. Assessments: In lieu of a teacher-provided assessments, writers will receive peer feedback on their own work, and the finished product will be a printed anthology for their portfolio.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for publishing expenses

    What to Bring: Students should bring laptops to class to work collaboratively and real-time on shared documents and the class portal.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    David Chelf

    Preparation for Pre-Algebra is a year-long curriculum that will teach the fundamentals a student must master before embarking pre-algebra, algebra, and beyond. The class will review arithmetic skills, operations, and number theory. Key topics include fractions, rates, ratios, decimals, and percentages. Students will learn the computational operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions and decimals. They will learn what decimals stand for, how they relate to fractions, and how to convert between the two. They will discover how rates and ratios are also fractions. Students will learn how to work with negative numbers including strategies for completing all four common operations with negative numbers. The class will also cover exponents and orders of magnitude to make sense of really small and really big numbers and common operations.

    This class will also emphasize real world applications of the mathematical concepts through word problems so students become comfortable switching between prose (written descriptions) and mathematical representation (numbers, symbols) of real world examples such as money, mileage, weights, percentages, and scientific measures.

    Prerequisites: This course can be considered a pre-pre-algebra class that will teach the core concepts typically covered in later elementary school/early middle school after a general arithmetic curriculum and before pre-algebra. While different curriculums and student pacing will vary, this class would be appropriate for a student who has successfully covered long division, multiplication of multiple digit numbers, and an introduction to simple fractions and who has complete mastery of multiplication facts, skills often aligned with 5th grade mathematics.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class to complete practice problems, homework, and assessments.

    Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload.

    Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by: checking that weekly homework sets are complete; spot-checking the full solution 1-2 select problems in class each week, and giving quarterly take-home tests. Points will also be awarded for class participation. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.

    Textbook: Students should purchase the two class texts: "The Complete Book of Math, Grades 5-6" (ISBN# 978-1561896776) and "EP Math 5/6 Workbook" (ISBN# 979-8643323693).

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    Natalie Di Vietri
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    Would your behavior change if you suddenly found yourself working as a prison guard? Are your opinions influenced by others? If you were in distress, would it be better to have more people around you, or fewer? How do we define abnormality and classify mental disorders? How common are mental disorders and which are the most prevalent? How do mental disorders vary across cultures? The answers to these questions and others like them may surprise you! This class will begin by introducing students to the study of social interaction and human nature by reading, discussing and analyzing four influential cases that have shaped the way we understand social psychology today. Students will investigate factors that affect human behavior in different social settings and will learn about group behavior, the bystander effect, obedience to authority and more.

    Halfway through the semester, we will switch gears and examine the nature, causes, and treatment of mental disorders. We will examine case studies by renowned psychologists including Dr. Mary Pipher. These readings will be at the core of this class, leading to ongoing, intellectually stimulating discussions. Topics covered will include phobias, PTSD, eating disorders, OCD, addiction, schizophrenia, dementia and more. Students will learn how to analyze field work, evaluate theories, and think critically about how these studies apply to the world around them. They will also have an opportunity to share research on a personal topic of interest.

    Topics in this Series: Neuropsychology and Cognition (Semester 1) and Social Psychology and Abnormal Psychology (Semester 2)

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class on readings and completing assignments.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students can access assignments and upload homework. Extension assignments may include watching a short video clip, creating discussion questions, or suggesting a follow-up study.

    Assessments: The instructor will assign points for class participation and homework that the parents can use in assigning a grade.

    Lab/Supply Fee: None.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Social Sciences for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Becca Sticha
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    Design, build, and program a robotic warrior which can battle other robots in the class on a tabletop arena. Each week, students will improve their robots though the addition of new sensors and components will program their creations to withstand different battle attacks.

    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 course 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 two weeks assembling, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and re-designing their projects. Topics in this Series: Robotic Arm (Quarter 1); Lunar Lander (Quarter 2); Battle Bots (Quarter 3); Tomb Explorer (Quarter 4).

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    Becca Sticha
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    Design, build, and program a robotic warrior which can battle other robots in the class on a tabletop arena. Each week, students will improve their robots though the addition of new sensors and components will program their creations to withstand different battle attacks.

    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 course 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 two weeks assembling, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and re-designing their projects. Topics in this Series: Robotic Arm (Quarter 1); Lunar Lander (Quarter 2); Battle Bots (Quarter 3); Tomb Explorer (Quarter 4).

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    Sirdley Taborga

    Get ready for a full year of advanced high school level Spanish! This is a conversation-based program in which students will continue to build their vocabulary quickly and learn essential grammar skills in Spanish. Vocabulary will include shopping for clothing and food; ancient civilizations; modern society; legends and stories; preparing and describing food; ordering meals in a restaurant; watching/making movies and attending movie premiers; reading and writing for newspapers and other publications; family and relationships; the environment and conservation; and careers and professions. There will be a strong emphasis on using regular and irregular preterit tense verbs; imperfect tense verbs; knowing the differences between and when to use preterit vs. imperfect; subjunctive tense verbs; regular and irregular future tense verbs and other common grammar concepts such as commands; direct object pronouns; indirect object pronouns; double object pronouns; when to use por vs. para; comparative phrases; superlative phrases; impersonal expressions and routine application of common spelling changes. Additionally, we will study culture through the lens of contemporary music genres and dances and will gain advanced grammar skills through the translation of popular song lyrics.

    Class will be conducted almost exclusively in Spanish and will focus on listening and speaking skills, asking and answering questions, and correct use of grammar. At home, students will be responsible for memorizing vocabulary and grammar, completing worksheets and written assignments, and watching both grammar instruction and language immersion videos.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 30-45 per day, 4 days per week on homework outside of class.

    Assignments: Are sent by e-mail to parents and students. Students must have access to a computer and internet service for computer-based videos and practice tools that are assigned as homework and are essential to success in the class.

    Assessments: Quizzes, tests, and individual performance reviews will be given to all students at regular intervals to provide parents with sufficient feedback to assign a grade.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for class materials in lieu of a textbook.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Foreign Language for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Elena Zaklis
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    Successful social skills can help tweens/teens navigate almost every aspect of their lives. Building confidence in social settings can help improve self esteem and comfort in group settings, sports, new endeavors, with family, in public, or just hanging out with friends. Every tween and teeen can benefit from improved social skills, but some need a little more practice. In this class, students will work with a certified, licensed therapist (behavior analyst) to develop strategies for navigating different social challenges- from conversation skills and identifying feelings and emotions, to seeing perspective, handling stress, talking to parents, making friends, tolerating siblings, and more. The small group class will be highly interactive with games, role playing, videos, modelling behavior, and projects using a evidence-based, social-emotional curriculum

    Tweens and teens will benefit most from taking Social Skills for several quarters. Some activities will be new each quarter, and some will be repeated for reinforcement. As new students join the group, the dynamic will shift, better imitating real life scenarios. Their confidence and comfort level will grow when they have multiple quarters to practice their social skills.

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    Shannon McClain
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    Scriptophobia. Break the block. Get past the paralysis. Every student struggles with writing at some point. Fearful writers worry what others will think. Reluctant writers have trouble getting started. Even strong, prolific writers experience roadblocks in their writing. Every teen can benefit from Writing Lab, a safe, supportive writing workshop where an experienced writing coach facilitates peer revision groups. Writing Lab is based on the idea of revision, revision, revision; teaching teens that writing does not have to be perfect; sometimes they just need to put words on paper to get started.

    Writing Lab will give students the opportunity to revise their own writing at their own pace. Writing Lab may be taken stand-alone or to complement other classes. Each class will include the opportunity to write to a prompt or on a topic of choice, to confer with classmates about writing, and to work on developing pieces. Each session will include dedicated writing time. Students may bring pieces of writing from another class or something they are working on at home-- history paper, English composition, lab report, short story, personal essay, etc. No two will be the same. If a student shows up with no in-progress writing, the instructor will provide sample prompts to get the writing process started. After writing, students will break up into groups of 3-4 students to share their work and receive feedback from peers. Writers will benefit from having an audience and receiving input on their drafts. That feedback will inspire further revision, refinement, and clarification of their writing as well as ideas for new pieces. Each week the writing coach will provide writing tips and guidance on everything from organizing big ideas and writing mechanics to how to give and receive constructive criticism.

    Revision is a vital step in the writing process in which writers consider what they have accomplished and what they can do to make their work more effective. Having the opportunity to revise is helpful to reluctant writers, who learn to free themselves of high expectations of every word they put to paper, as well as prolific writers, who benefit from honing their craft. Having models written by peers in addition to a peer audience is inspiring, and it trains writers to be critical readers who can give constructive feedback. Students will improve as writers if they choose to work on their pieces in class only, but working independently will significantly amplify the benefits of the class.

    Topics in this Series: Writing Lab will continue in Semester 2, and students may continue the course to further develop/improve their writing. Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend time outside of class writing, however the time will vary based on the type of writing and students' goals for the writing.

    Assignments: Students should bring works-in-progress to lab. The number of assignments completed or advanced will depend on the amount of outside writing a student does and the length of his/her piece.

    Assessments: The writing coach will provide individual feedback on pieces that a student brings to work on in lab.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Keely Kirk
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    The bumbling banker; the magnanimous mogul; or the neurotic news anchor. Who will you invent? In this class, student actors and improv artists will be guided through the process of developing an original character! In this introduction to character work, students will invent and discover a strong, compelling character, complete with unique ways of speaking, moving, body language, and a unique, individual presence. Students will develop a back story to justify and solidify the character's point of view and interactions with other characters. Students will be guided to think through choices about their character so they can create a natural, believable embodiment of the individual they are portraying. This is a skill that is needed by both improvisational actors and those who work from a script. Students will be coached on how to break the mold and step out of the comfort zone from characters they may have portrayed previously and from their own reality. They will learn how to convey their character through first impressions, possibly even before speaking and without costuming, and then eventually transition between characters with smooth and subtle changes in voice, posture, or movement.

    Character actors will improve their ability to think on-their-feet, play off each other, and react with spontaneous wit, sarcasm, and irony. Actors' creative thinking and communication skills will be strengthened as they work "outside-of-the-box" and learn to read their audience. No previous experience is needed. Beginners are welcome, and experienced students will further develop their skills. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, flexible, and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work collaboratively in a group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class.

    Note: This will be a Hybrid class in which the class meets in person 4X each quarter and meets online in a synchronous, virtual classroom 3-4 times each quarter. As a rule, in-person and online weeks will alternate, but that might change from quarter to quarter to accommodate the instructor's travel and performance schedule.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class.

    Assignments: If any, will be sent to parents and students by e-mail.

    Assessments: will not be given.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon

    A glimpse of the Marvel Universe comes to stage! In this "marvelous" scripted play for school theater, actors and audience will learn some of the backstories of their favorite superheroes.

    Meet Kamala Khan- a regular, 16-year old high school student from Jersey City. Before she was Ms Marvel, the sidekick of Carol Danvers' Captain Marvel, she was an awkward, nerdy teen. Kamala Khan struggles with her strict parents, her schoolwork, AND her superpowers. She tries to balance fighting crimes and physics class. When Kamala decides to boost her alter ego's image by writing her own Ms Marvel fan fiction, she starts to lose track of what really matters- her studies and her relationships. Join young Ms Marvel as she learns to accept herself and figures out what kind of hero she will be.

    This script comes from Marvel Spotlight, a collection of plays from the Marvel Universe. Students, along with their acting instructor, will cast, rehearse, and coordinate a class performance of this comedy. Students will be encouraged to design and assemble simple costumes, props, and backdrops from items at home. Student actors will be expected to learn their lines and participate fully. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class. The students will perform for family and friends at the end of the semester.

    Topics in this Series: Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play (Marvel Spotlight)- Semester 1; Mirror of Most Value: A Ms Marvel Play (Marvel Spotlight)- Semester 2. Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester. Material Fee There is a $30.00 licensed script fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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    Sagar Kothari

    Are you interested in learning a new language that is used right here in America? Are you intrigued by a modern language that has no written form? Do you want to find out why American Sign Language is much more closely linked to French Sign Language than British Sign Language? If so, American Sign Language (ASL) is a great language for you! In this class, students will learn the basic skills in production and comprehension of ASL while covering thematic units such as personal and family life, school, social life, and community. Each unit will include presentations and readings on Deaf culture and Deaf history. Students will learn fingerspelling and numbers, developing conversational ability, culturally appropriate behaviors, and fundamental ASL grammar. Class time will be dedicated to interactive ASL activities and face-to-face signing practice with the instructor and partners.

    ASL students will have a Deaf instructor. He regularly teaches all-hearing classes and is an excellent role model for students to meet and interact with a native speaker of ASL and to lean natural facial expressions, gestures, and body language used in Deaf communications. ASL students will have more confidence when they encounter Deaf instructors in college or greet speakers of ASL in social settings. Because the instructor is Deaf, students are not permitted to speak aloud in class. This approach improves visual attention and encourages immersion in the language. Students will be able to ask questions of the instructor by writing on individual white boards, but they will be encouraged to sign in order to communicate with the instructor. Lessons are facilitated with Power Point presentations, and a professional ASL interpreter will assist the class on the first day of class. Enrolled students are not expected to know any sign language prior to beginning ASL I.

    Hundreds of colleges and universities, including all public institutions of higher learning in Virginia, accept ASL as a distinct foreign language. This allows hearing and Deaf students to fulfill foreign language requirements for admission to college. Teens who have difficulty writing, spelling, or have challenging pronunciation in English, can be successful with ASL as a second or foreign language choice. Penn State University research demonstrated that the visual and kinesthetic elements of ASL helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in hearing students.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours each week outside of class on required vocabulary exercises, readings, and signing practice.

    Assignments: Homework assignments will be posted online in the Canvas digital classroom platform. There may be some brief written assignments, but for most homework assignments, students will be asked to post short videos of themselves signing. Students will need either a camera phone or webcam to complete these assignments. They will use the Go React platform to upload their signing videos so the instructor can make comments/leave feedback in ASL and English.

    Assessments: The instructor will assign points using a class rubric for the parent's use in assigning a course grade. Course rubrics will evaluate students on their sign production, fingerspelling, ASL grammar, facial expressions including "above the nose" grammar (brows and body movement), and "below the nose" modifiers (lip expressions).

    Textbook: Students should purchase or rent "Signing Naturally Units 1-6 workbook" (ISBN# 978-1581212105) which includes a DVD or signing videos. This class will cover units 1-4.

    Supply Fee: There is a $60.00 supply fee for the student license to the GoReact assessment platform.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in World Languages for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Taliesin Knol
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    This class will explore the judicial processes of the Roman Republic. Starting with the Regicide of the Tarquin King, followed by the first legal code, the Laws of the 12 Tables, all the way to the Codes of Emperor Justinian. This Semester will explore the foundation of the Roman Legal system that endures in some forms to this day. Like a traditional mock trial program, the class will hear cases, and students will defend themselves. Real historical cases will be studied and trial parts assigned to the class, which will be debated from the perspective of Plebes and Senators of ancient Rome. The class will serve as the jury and, if necessary, select period-appropriate verdicts and explain how they arrived at their decisions, while striving for period accuracy.

    Topics in this Series: Crime & Punishment in Ancient Greece (Semester 1); Roman law, From Republic to Empire (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation. Textbooks: None Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: The cost of photocopied class documents is included in the course fee.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History or Civics for purposes of a high school transcript.

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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 each week and create a representative piece 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.

    Third quarter, the class will meet Russian and Dutch masters Rembrandt Van Rijn, Piet Mondrian, M.C. Escher, Pieter Bruegel, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, and
    Mark Rothko. Each artist has a unique style and inspiration in their art. The class will overview the life and times of each artist and look at a sampling of their works to understand preferred subjects, style, techniques, and mediums. Then, the students will create a weekly project to represent the featured artist, such as Mondrian's geometric red, yellow, and blue art; Kandinsky's circle art, and Rembrandt Van Rijn's famous windmills.

    Topics in this Series: American Artists on Display (Quarter 1); Element Art of the Ancient World (Quarter 2); Dutch and Russian Masters (Quarter 3); American Landscape Artists (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol

    Students will learn the basic history of the Civil War, with a focus on the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil, the three days at Gettysburg. Gettysburg would be the last major offensive action by the Confederate Army on Union soil, shattering the myth of Lee's invincibility on the field and signaling the beginning of the Confederacy's downfall.

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield. 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 historical war 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. Each student will have at least one board and 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 $20.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: Revolutionary War- Lexington & Concord (Quarter 1); The Alamo & the Mexican-American War (Quarter 2); The Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg (Quarter 3); and The Spanish-American War, Invasion of San Juan Hill, Cuba (Quarter 4)

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    Taliesin Knol
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    Students will learn the basic history of the Civil War, with a focus on the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil, the three days at Gettysburg. Gettysburg would be the last major offensive action by the Confederate Army on Union soil, shattering the myth of Lee's invincibility on the field and signaling the beginning of the Confederacy's downfall.

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield. 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 historical war 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. Each student will have at least one board and 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 $20.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: Revolutionary War- Lexington & Concord (Quarter 1); The Alamo & the Mexican-American War (Quarter 2); The Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg (Quarter 3); and The Spanish-American War, Invasion of San Juan Hill, Cuba (Quarter 4)

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    Becca Sticha

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Third quarter, rush hour comes to Compass as students build and program automated vehicles like a dune buggy, Formula 1 race car, tow truck, tractor trailer, bus, and more.

    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"). Student 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.

    Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

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    Peter Snow

    In Beginning Chess 3, students will learn fundamental skills such as: discovered checks and attacks; pins and double checks; counting: center squares, squares of control with attackers and defenders; checkmate drills; keeping the King safe in the opening; tactics lesson 1 forks; tactics lesson 2 skewers and x-rays; reviewing opening principles. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches. A student can enroll in Beginning Chess 3 as his/her first class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mimi Nyman

    Students will enjoy making hearty favorites and winter weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Up recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    -Appetizer- Bang Bang Chicken

    -Salad- Savory Potato Salad

    -Soup- Vichyssoise

    -Entree- Orange Chicken Stir Fry

    -Side- Stuffed Veggies

    -Dessert- Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

    -Casserole- Sweet Lemon Chicken Bake

    -Extra- Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. For the Little Kids level, students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class and must be developmentally on-level for fine motor skills and ability to follow directions.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 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.

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    Mimi Nyman

    Students will enjoy making hearty favorites and winter weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Up recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    -Appetizer- Bang Bang Chicken

    -Salad- Savory Potato Salad

    -Soup- Vichyssoise

    -Entree- Orange Chicken Stir Fry

    -Side- Stuffed Veggies

    -Dessert- Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

    -Casserole- Sweet Lemon Chicken Bake

    -Extra- Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. For the Little Kids level, students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class and must be developmentally on-level for fine motor skills and ability to follow directions.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 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.

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    Mimi Nyman
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    Students will enjoy making hearty favorites and winter weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Up recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    -Appetizer- Bang Bang Chicken

    -Salad- Savory Potato Salad

    -Soup- Vichyssoise

    -Entree- Orange Chicken Stir Fry

    -Side- Stuffed Veggies

    -Dessert- Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

    -Casserole- Sweet Lemon Chicken Bake

    -Extra- Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript

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    Judith Harmon
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    Kratos wears a leather baldric. Captain America grasps a shield. Harley Quinn sports spiked wrist cuffs, and Lara Croft wouldn't go to war without her weaponry. Great accessories and carefully crafted garments make great cosplay. If you are interested in the world of cosplay and want to bring some of your favorite characters to life, this class will teach you the skills to craft costumes and accessories.

    Third quarter, students will learn leather-working techniques such as dyeing, cutting, embossing, punching, and hand sewing. Projects for the quarter include a belt and pouch or sheath for the belt.

    In this class, students will follow templates and patterns provided by and demonstrated by the instructor. Pieces will be individualized through paint and embellishments, but the goal is for cosplayers to learn specialized crafting techniques that they can use at home to make additional, unique pieces. There is a $60.00 supply fee for in-class materials, the shared use of classroom tools/supplies, and some take-home tools to continue crafting at home. Third quarter, students will take home leather embossing tools.

    Cosplayers who would like to create original fabric costume elements such as capes, vests, skirts, and more, may want to co-register for this instructor's Learn to Sew classes.

    Topics in this Series: Foam & Plastics (Quarter 1), Pendants & Ornaments (Quarter 2), Leather Work (Quarter 3), Mending & Alterations (Quarter 4) etc. Students continuing from one quarter receive priority pre-registration for the next quarter.

    Prerequisites: None

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: Will be communicated in weekly e-mails and posted in a Google classroom.

    Assessments: will not be given

    Textbook/Materials: All materials will be furnished.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $60.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in fine arts/theater for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Black Rocket
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    In Digital Workshop, students will become immersed in the digital universe of Minecraft Engineerin as they learn to manipula.

    Go beyond simply playing Minecraft to become a Redstone engineer. In the world of Minecraft, Redstone is the resource that powers, animates, and automates elements. Students will learn how to use command and structure coding blocks to incorporate Redstone into their builds to take Minecraft to the next level. Through creating a series of mini-games in an amusement park, students will learn the fundamentals for building with Redstone to create more complex and interactive worlds. Minecraft projects created in this class will run on PC/laptop (i.e. Java) versions of Minecraft and will not be compatible with tablet, phone, or console versions of Minecraft.

    Digital Workshop is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. The lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. In the "Intro" level of a course (i.e., Part 1), students will work through the fundamentals of a new digital skill. In the "Continuing" level (i.e., Part 2), students who continue from "Intro" will develop new skills and will design and code an individual project. New students who enroll in "Intro" will begin with the introductory lessons. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the rental of classroom laptops and all software, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

    Topics in this Series: ROBLOX Makers (Quarters 1, 2); Minecraft Redstone Engineers (Quarters 3, 4).

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    To Be Assigned
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    Students will be introduced to drawing in a relaxed, informal studio setting, where they will learn the fundamentals of drawing along with the elements of art and principles of design.

    Third quarter, students will work on techniques of realism with an emphasis on textures, shading, shadows, form and dimension. Portrait drawing may be introduced. Principles of design, including symmetry, movement, and balance, will guide development of compositions. Elements of art taught in prior quarters including line, shape, texture, value, form, and composition, will be reviewed and refined. Over the course, students should progress to draw more carefully and more accurately and to represent more refined details in their drawings. Toward the end of the quarter, students may also choose to add color to their drawings. Students who enroll third quarter will be given some individual attention to learn concepts covered earlier quarters.

    The instructor will demonstrate various techniques by developing a sample drawing. Students may elect to follow the class sample or may apply the drawing skills to an entirely unique drawing. This class is suitable for beginners who have never drawn before and for intermediate art students who have worked in other mediums and are interested in exploring drawing. Drawing can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

    Workload: Work outside of class is optional for those who wish to practice their drawing techniques.

    Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for a sketchbook, a pencil box with pencils of varying hardness, and an eraser. Returning drawing students do not need to pay a supply fee and are expected to replace their drawing supplies as needed, with similar or better quality.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Sci Genius
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    Earth Explorers uncover many mysteries of Earth Science. From the vast expanse of the solar system to the water, weather, and rocks around us, Earth Explorers look high and low to understand the forces, systems, and cycles that continue to shape the Earth.

    What's the weather today? Students will learn about the atmosphere and its relationship to weather conditions, weather patterns, and phenomena such as fronts, storm systems, cloud formation, and more. The class will learn about global weather systems and how the oceans and currents drive weather patterns. Students will be introduced to the technologies and instruments used in monitoring, forecasting, and mapping weather including measuring wind speed, rainfall, and humidity. Each class begins with a brief discussion, demonstrations, and includes one or more hands-on activities and experiments. There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Topics in this Series: Geology (Quarter 1), Seasons & Water Cycle (Quarter 2), Weather & Climate (Quarter 3), and Beyond Earth- The Solar System (Quarter 4).

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    Dr. Anne Taranto
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    This comprehensive, full-credit English course will ask students to think critically about the "American Dream" and what it means to be an American by reading literature that engages with these topics from the 19th century to today. Students taking this class should have mastered the foundations of Introduction to Genre and British Literature (or similar English courses) aand are expected to take an active role in discussion using an analytical method that focuses on rhetorical context (subject, purpose and audience). In this course, students will read both fiction and non-fiction texts, with featured authors including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harriet Jacobs, Edith Wharton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and others.

    Composition: The course is designed to prepare students for college-level academic writing. Students will continue to hone the components of academic writing, including how to construct a thesis statement that makes an argument, how to support their ideas effectively with textual evidence, how to organize an argument logically, and how to cite sources in MLA format. Writing assignments for this course will emphasize rhetorical analysis skills. Writing assignments will include a personal essay and one full-scale critical essay per semester.

    Literature: Second semester works include: Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain); For Whom the Bell Tolls (Earnest Hemingway); Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston); Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner); The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien); White Noise (Don Delillo); and a selection of contemporary short fiction by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Susan Sontag, John Updkike, and others.

    Topics in this Series: American Literature, Part I (Semester 1) and American Literature, Part II (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level, and it is recommended that students have had a prior high school-level writing class.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted in a Google Classroom management site. Students will need their own gmail accounts to access Google Classroom.

    Assessments: Students' written assignments will be graded using a rubric and assigned points that the homeschool parent can use when assigning an overall class grade.

    Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

    Supply Fee: A class fee of $91.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for the class pack of books and handouts.

    What to Bring: Students should bring the current literature, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking passages/pages. Some weeks students will be asked to bring laptops to do some in-class writing.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a half-credit (one semester) or full credit (both semesters) in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: English 10/11 or equivalent

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    Edwige Pinover
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    Bonjour! French Foundations is an introductory class for middle school-aged students. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), adjectives, greetings, and simple phrases. Students will learn beginning grammatical constructions such as noun-verb agreement, noun-adjective agreement, adjective placement, and the rules of regular verb conjugation. Students will be encouraged to speak aloud and converse with classmates, but also to learn to sound out, spell, and read beginning, written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
    Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, grammar, and usage while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Students should be at grade level in their reading. Fluency should not be expected at this level. This is a 7-week class that will not meet on January 19.

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    Edwige Pinover

    Bonjour and welcome to the second year of high school French. This is a conversation-focused program in which students will build their vocabulary quickly and learn essential grammar skills in French. Students will cover the broad themes and vocabular for: my family and my friends, celebrations, shopping, high school, a typical day, and the good old days. The class will begin with a review of adjective-noun agreement, negations, and regular -er, ir-, and -re verbs. They will review and continue to expand their list of irregular verbs such as avoir (to have) and etre (to be). Students will be introduced to the passe compose and Imparfait (imperfect) tenses, and they will learn how to use negations, direct and indirect pronouns, and reflexive verbs with present, past, and imperfect tenses. They will practice comparative and superlative statements, and will continue to have brief cultural lessons integrated in their units.

    Class will be conducted primarily in French and will focus on listening and speaking skills, asking and answering questions, and correct use of grammar. At home, students will be responsible for memorizing vocabulary and grammar, completing homework assignments, and watching both grammar instruction and language immersion videos.

    French I: None

    Level: This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. French I offers a substantive, full-credit experience taught at either level. All class members share core material and participate in the same class activities, but honors students will be given homework that requires higher level reasoning and advanced application of various grammar skills. All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study by the end of the first month of class.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 30-45 minutes per day, 4 days per week on homework outside of class.

    Assignments: Are sent by e-mail to parents and students. Students must have access to a computer and internet service for computer-based videos and practice tools that are assigned as homework and are essential to success in the class.

    Assessments: Quizzes, tests, and individual performance reviews will be given to all students at regular intervals to provide parents with sufficient feedback to assign a grade.

    Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Bien Dit! Level II: Student Edition Level 1 2018 edition (ISBN-13 978-0544861343)

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Foreign Language for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: French I

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    Judy Okun
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    Geography spotlight is a series of virtual seminars facilitated by a college professor of geography and history. Through live, online presentations and rich discussions, teens will examine the globe, region-by-region, to gain an understanding of each corner of the world. Geography is much more than just political boundaries, bodies of water, and land forms! Physical geography will be reviewed, but the seminar will also take students on a tour of ethnic groups, languages, religions, population trends, migrations, trade, economy, agriculture, natural resources, cultural highlights, and the history that shaped the region. The group will review today's news to understand headlines and hot spots in the region and how happenings there impact the rest of the world.

    The third seminar is an 8-week look at Central Asia, Russia, the Black Sea, and the Arctic. Watch for future seminars to be scheduled on Southwest Asia, South Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Central America, US and Canada, and Pacific/Antarctica/Australia. 12.10.12.06

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    Ney Mello
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    Students will continue to learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar. In this class, students will continue to learn basic melodies, chords, and strumming patterns for familiar songs from a variety of genres such as, "Sweet Jane” (by The Velvet Underground), “House of the Rising Sun,” (by Eric Burdon and The Animals) and "Willow” (by Taylor Swift) chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. New chords and new songs will be added each week as students also learn to read music and basic music theory. Students will also learn how to hold, tune, and care for their guitars. Students should be able to read at grade level for this class, and should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. New students who wish to enroll 2nd semester should have at least 12-15 hours of prior instruction in order to match the pace of the enrolled students.

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    Judith Harmon
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    You've dreamed about going to Hogwarts, and now is your chance to experience a year of magical classes! In this maker class, students will create projects inspired by their core classes at Hogwarts (Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, Potions, and Transfiguration) and a Hogwarts guest professor. Students learn to work with a variety of materials and learn a broad range of crafting skills such as hand-sewing, painting, papercrafting (including precision cutting, folding, and stenciling) sculpting, and wireworking to create magical pieces inspired by the World of Harry Potter.Welcome to the third term at Hogwarts! This term we welcome Professor Snape to instruct us on making a useful cauldron, and Professor Slughorn who will teach us to concoct Amortensia just in time for Valentine's Day. Of course, you'll also make crafts related to your core classes, including Bowtruckles (Care of Magical Creatures), Patronuses (Defense Against the Dark Arts), and more!This is a great class for Harry Potter fans who love the magical world, even for those who have not read all of the books or watched all of the movies. Projects and class discussions are geared to not reveal significant series spoilers. Note: A few classes may include a Harry Potter-inspired food creation or personal care product. The ingredients will be identified in advance, and students with food or ingredient allergies or dietary restrictions will need to check before handling/consuming. Substitute ingredients cannot be provided for those with food allergies or restrictions.Topics in this Series: Guest Prof. Dumbledore (Quarter 1); Guest Prof. Sprout (Quarter 2); Guest Profs. Snape & Slughorn (Quarter 3), and Guest Profs. Hagrid & Hooch (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: Students should bring good scissors for cutting paper/fabric, a ruler, and a low temp, mini hot glue gun to class each week.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Laura Adler
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    Businesses, non-profits, colleges, sports, even high school clubs and hobby enthusiasts....everyone needs a website. Website Development is a fun, tangible way to introduce teens to coding! Students will be coding for themselves- to create their very own website! In this project-based workshop, students will design and develop a website on a topic of their choice. Will their personal website showcase a hobby, a club, a pet, a home business, or will it be used as their digital portfolio for future college applications?

    Students will learn to set up a website that follows industry standards and best practices. They will discover how HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and JavaScript are integrated as the core internet technologies that make a website useful, intuitive, and appealing. In the vast industry of website development, HTML serves as a website's framework, controlling content such as photos, videos, and text, while CSS is used for styling choices such as font styles, sizes, colors, and backgrounds. JavaScript is the dynamic, industry language that controls not only functionality such as inputs, interface, and responses within websites, but is also used for app and game development.

    Students will develop 3-4 webpages, integrating color and font choices with photos and embedded video (if desired), and interactive table(s) for input. Students will learn how to develop on their local device and will also have access to publicly available shared hosting to display their work. Students will need to bring a PC or Mac laptop to class with a minimum Intel 64 processor, Windows 7 or 8 operating system, 256 MB of RAM, and 200 MB of available hard-disk space for installation.

    Topics in this Series: App Design (Semester 1) and Web Development (Semester 2) Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: Will be given in class and noted in the weekly e-mails.

    Assessments: Will not be given.

    What to Bring: Students should bring a laptop with charger each week. Students should have the login and primary access to the laptop's systems and software. (i.e., the student should not be just a user with the parent primary on the laptop.) Chromebooks, tablets, and phones are not sufficient for the applications in this class.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Career Exploration, Technology, or Applied Computer Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Sarah Reynolds
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    Krav Maga is the Israeli martial art which teaches self defense and fitness. Students of Krav Maga are taught a series of strategies to assess and respond to common situations, such as facing a bully. Teens are always taught first and foremost to get away, to get help, and to try to deescalate the situation. When that fails, students practice a technique that includes a warning strike followed by escape, and finally, they learn how to stand up for themselves and how to counterattack if a situation escalates and becomes threatening. Teens are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and in-class practice incorporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect.

    Students may enroll in Krav Maga at any time, and everyone will begin as a white belt. Each quarter, students will practice the full range of skills, but there will be two "featured" moves that a student can earn a belt stripe for being able to demonstrate. Featured moves will include a combative strike and a defensive escape technique. No one stripe is a prerequisite for any other color, and color stripes can be earned in any order.

    Third quarter, students will have the chance to earn a Yellow Stripe. Featured moves include: cover defense and wrist locks (red stripe); straight punch defense and bear hugs (orange stripe); head movement defense and front 2-handed choke (yellow stripe); round kick defense and back 2-handed choke (green stripe); front kick defense and guillotine choke (blue stripe); clinch defense and rear choke (purple stripe); ground striking defense and head lock defense (brown stripe); and 360 defense and full Nelson (black stripe).

    Students will be able to test for belt promotions to move through the ranks of white belt, yellow belt, orange, etc. On average, it is estimated that a student will be ready for a belt test after four quarters/four color stripes. Belt testing will be by coach approval.

    Topics in this Series: Red Stripe (1st Quarter), Orange Stripe (2nd Quarter), Yellow Stripe (3rd Quarter) and Green Stripe (4th Quarter). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-2 hours per week outside of class. Assessments: Belt testing for promotion will be by coach recommendation, but on average will take 4 quarters. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the t-shirt and white belt (new students) or $5.00 for the white belt (returning students). An belt test fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor when a student is ready to test for promotion. What to Bring: Refillable water bottle. What to Wear: In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, students will be asked to wear a class t-shirt provided by the instructor. Students should also wear shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers with their class t-shirt. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Physical Education for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Kathy Preisinger

    Music Makers explores many facets of the musical experience- singing, moving, dancing, listening, and playing instruments. The class will explore musical stories, famous composers, and different genres of music while playing a variety of percussion instruments (drums, sticks, triangles, woodblocks and more!). Students will learn to play a beginning pitched instrument on glockenspiels (a small barred instrument like the xylophone). Using an Orff-based approach, students will learn to read and write beginning musical notation and learn musical terminology all in the context of fun and play. Music Makers classes provide a fun, pressure-free environment to experience music and movement with the goal of general musicianship and excellent preparation for further, individual instrument lessons if desired. Music Makers helps every child acquire the essential building blocks for a future of musical learning! Students may join Music Makers at any quarter, and they may return again and again since new music, themes, and skills are constantly introduced.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Sevim Kalyoncu
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    Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and watch the changes to the watershed.

    Step outdoors to each week 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!

    A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. 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 they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

    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.

    (PK-K) Each week, ONE parent volunteer (with no baby/toddler in tow) will be asked to accompany the group into the woods to be the extra set of hands and eyes! Students must be minimum age 4 by the start of class, be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of class and must be able to stay in a group and follow instructions.

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    Sevim Kalyoncu
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    Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and watch the changes to the watershed.

    Step outdoors to each week 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!

    A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. 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 they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

    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.

    (PK-K) Each week, ONE parent volunteer (with no baby/toddler in tow) will be asked to accompany the group into the woods to be the extra set of hands and eyes! Students must be minimum age 4 by the start of class, be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of class and must be able to stay in a group and follow instructions.

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    Lori Goll
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    Learn to draw still life, birds, trees, figures, and landscapes in the styles of the masters using pastel and pencil. Each week, the class will examine examples of the works, techniques, and materials of masters such as DaVinci, Durer, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Rembrandt. Then, students will create a drawing inspired by the highlighted artist in graphite, charcoal, conte, colored pencil or pastel. Featured artistic elements may include line, value, light, perspective, proportion, basic color theory and composition. As students get comfortable with the different mediums, they are encouraged to develop their own style and expression.

    Instructor Lori Goll works predominantly in pastel professionally. She will teach proper studio techniques for all mediums. This class is suitable for beginners as well as returning art students who want to hone their skills. All materials are furnished. A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for supplies.

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    David Chelf

    This is a full year course in Pre-Algebra that will provide an introduction to basic algebra concepts and a review of arithmetic algorithms with an emphasis on problem solving. The major topics covered in this course are Numbers and Operations, Expressions & Properties, Equations & Inequalities, Functional Relationships and Ratios, Percent & Proportions. Students will learn to use formulas to solve a variety of math problems encompassing geometry, measurement probability, and statistics. Students will also be applying their learning to real life scenarios to solve problems.

    Prerequisites: Students must be fluent in the four basic operations- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will need to show proficiency and have a thorough command of basic computation. In addition, a basic, introductory understanding and ability to work with fractions and decimals is required to solve equations and simplify expressions. If you are unsure about your child's readiness for this class, the instructor will recommend one or more practice platforms and/or assessments to confirm placement.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class to complete practice problems, homework, and assessments.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, link to quizzes and tests, track grades, and message the instructor and classmates.

    Assessments: All chapter tests will be taken outside of class with parental oversight to maximize in-class instructional time. Points will be assigned for completed homework, quizzes, and tests. A letter grade will not be assigned, but parents can use total points earned versus total points offered to assign a grade for purposes of a homeschool transcript. Parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site.

    Textbook: The selected textbook is available free online, and a link will be posted on Canvas. Students who prefer a hard copy textbook may purchase or rent McDougall Littell's Pre-Algebra (ISBN #978-0618250035). As an alternative, for any student who struggles with reading, the textbook can be purchased as an audio CD (ISBN #978-0618478828). In addition, students will be assigned work in IXL and class note packets. (See Supply Fee notes below).

    Lab/Supply Fee: This course has a $65.00 supply fee which covers a 1-year subscription to IXL online math platform and a class binder with unit notes. The unit notes packet will be distributed at the beginning of each unit and includes additional examples, supplemental explanations, and practice problems. Please bring cash or a check made out to Compass on the first day of class.

    What to Bring: TI-34 calculator

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in Mathematics for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Prerequisites: Mastery of Middle School Math

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    Sarah Fraser
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    p>Quizzes, tests, homework, projects, reports, teams, clubs, jobs, internships, volunteer work, applications, life decisions arghhh! The demands of high school can be overwhelming or downright intimidating to most teens, even those who are homeschooled! And guess what? That variety of new responsibilities and expectations doesn t go away. They will likely increase in the later years of high school and into college. But don t worry- there are strategies and core skills that will help prepare a teen for success in high school and beyond.

    Study skills and college success basics include a toolbox of key life skills that will help your teen tackle high school and prepare for college. These skills are taught through in-class activities, some at-home trials, and by evaluating best practices. They are not taught as a one-size-fits all, but rather a range of options to accomplish the same thing for individual learners and different learning styles. Skills that will be addressed in this class include time management skills and tools like planners, to-do lists, calendars, and reminders- paper or electronic- what are the options, and what works best? Students will look at ways to manage short-term and long-term assignments; setting goals; how to break a bigger project into manageable steps and milestones; and how to avoid procrastination. The class will also learn fundamentals such as how to tackle a new chapter, read to retain, recall details, annotate, make margin notes, and take notes from readings, lectures, or videos; outline, and the art of brainstorming. Students will learn how to study and prepare for tests.

    In their toolbox, teens will also learn soft skills needed in school such as communicating and coordinating with a team on group projects and how to ask for information from teachers, employers, and other adults. The group will complete a career inventory and think about what they might be interested in doing in the future and will get tips on internships, mentor relationships, and options for junior/senior summer or a gap year. Finally, the class will look at sleep, diet, stress, screen time, and other personal habits that can impact a teen's work and effectiveness.

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    Sirdley Taborga
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    Hola! Spanish Para Pequenos (Spanish for Little Ones) is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young children. Much like learning their native language, children will be exposed to the sounds, vocabulary, and phrases in Spanish through songs, games, stories, interactive and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. The teacher will bring toys and objects each week to give young children tangible, hands-on examples of the vocabulary being introduced.

    Third quarter, little ones will learn about La Casa (The Home) and will practice basic vocabulary and simple phrases about rooms of the house, common objects, and food. Every quarter, basics such as numbers, colors, the alphabet, and greetings will be incorporated.

    Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so children can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. All instruction will be verbal in this class. Reading, writing, and spelling will not be expected. Fluency should not be expected at this level. Students must be minimum age 4 in order to enroll in this class.

    Topics in this Series: Todo Sobre Mi (All About Me)- Quarter 1, La Familia (The Family)- Quarter 2, La Casa (The Home)- Quarter 3, and En la Cuidad (Around Town)- Quarter 4.

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    Mimi Nyman
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    The tantalizing aroma of cookies in the oven. A mouth-watering burst of mint. The silky feel of melted chocolate. The sticky sweet of fresh-made caramel. A subtle hint of lemon. Student bakers will enjoy these delicious sensations- and more- as they explore the world of baking homemade desserts.Sweet Shop treats are scrumptious, fun, and simple to make. Compass bakers will learn to prepare a variety of desserts for friends and family, as an everyday treat or for holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. Each quarter, students will create a range of desserts including a pie, a cake, a tray bake, cookies, a tart, a mousse or pudding, and a chocolate (plus, a frozen dessert in 8-week quarters). The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:-Cherry Tarts-Banana Pudding-Fortune Cookies-Chocolate Orange Truffles-Choux Pastry/Cream Puffs-Ice Cream-Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins-Buttery ShortbreadStudents will be eating what they bake each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging baking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week. Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a small group. Topics in this Series: Delectable Desserts (Quarter 1); Innovative Indulgences (Quarter 2), Decadent Delights (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).Assessments: Will not be given.Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript. For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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    Dr. Karleen Boyle

    There are so many ways to do science! This class allows our youngest scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

    Third quarter, we will learn some basics of chemistry and medical science. Students will learn about pH, make their own acid-base indicator solution, make thermochromic (color-changing) putty and learn the physics behind its color-change. They will intersperse their chemistry experiments with studies of medical science. The class will review the basics of how human bodies work and how to keep ourselves healthy. The group will discuss our circulatory, respiratory and immune systems and learn how germs make us sick. Students will take samples from our classroom and other locations and culture them to see what bacteria we're able to grow. After that (sometimes alarming) experiment, we'll learn proper hand-washing techniques and test our effectiveness with the same UV glow lotion hospitals use in their infection control programs. Look out germs!

    Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astronomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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    Karen Hickman

    Exploring a deserted island, arriving in a magical world, evading pirates, and time travel. Great childhood adventures come from reading and dreaming about some classic works. But have you wondered how the story would transform if you changed key elements and penned a new ending?

    In this class, students will read and evaluate sample chapters from Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne, Sir Walter Scott, Lewis Carroll, and Madeleine L'Engle. They will learn how to summarize chapters and identify the elements of the story. With an emphasis on creativity and imagination, the tween writers will first study six picture books by favorites Jane Yolen, Margaret Wise Brown, Eric Carle, E.B White, Roald Dahl, and Kenneth Grahame. They will write new endings to these classical children's stories. Students will also select a classic work from a list provided by the instructor at the beginning of the quarter. They will read the text and write a new ending to the classic tale. Students can even adapt a classic to a graphic novel-style ending. An anthology of the students' original endings will be published at the close of the class.

    The Writer's Workshop gives students in grades 5-6 the skills they need for writing, reading, listening, and speaking that come from practicing by putting pen to paper. Sharing drafts and in-progress works enhances the understanding of language structure, encourages revision, and improves editing in story writing. Each quarter, students will review samples of literature and write about popular themes using elements of that theme. Imagination and creativity come easily to most young writers, but acquiring technical skills is also important. Each quarter, students will focus on specific skills. The skills are a part of their Writer's Tool Kit that includes understanding parts and kinds of sentences, plurals, possessives, and punctuation. Learning how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus, as well as practical, higher, middle school level skills such as summarizing, outlining, note taking, writing a book report, or citing sources are included throughout the four sessions. Topics in this year's Writers' Workshop series include: Historical Fiction? (1st quarter); Writing Children's Books (2nd quarter); Reading Classics, Writing New Endings (3rd quarter); and Creating Colorful Characters (4th quarter).

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    Shannon McClain

    Writing is one of the most essential communication skills, and it gives kids a voice! In this class, upper elementary-aged students will learn the FUN-damentals of Writing Well! Kids will learn the foundations of good writing, step-by-step, in manageable, weekly pieces. Students will start the year with learning to formulate strong sentences and eventually move to organized, cohesive paragraphs in this class series. Classes will consist of lessons on writing basics, reading great examples (and weak ones) from literature and publications, and in-class writing practice. The emphasis will be on varying sentence structures, word choice, and correct structure- all with fun, creative topics that will keep kids interested in writing!

    During quarter 3, the class will exercise their paragraph-writing skills in writing about fictional scenarios and brief stories. Students will take the skills of writing topic sentences, supporting sentences, and the clincher and weave in elements of story writing such as characters, setting, and situation. Fiction writing builds confidence as it is sun for students to fill in supporting details such as creative names, colorful adjectives, captivating adjectives, and concise verbs in order to tell their story. The class will learn to define what they want to convey in a paragraph and how to guide the reader through the points of their paragraph. By the end of quarter two, students will be able to write clear, cohesive and well-organized body paragraphs.

    The goal for this course is for students to increase their writing fluency, gain confidence, and strengthen their abilities to write clear, cohesive, and grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs. The group will learn the stages of writing--prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing--and various approaches to each stage. Throughout the quarter, mini-lessons on vocabulary and grammar will be presented on topics such as correct capitalization, agreement, tenses, parts of speech, synonyms, etc. Each week, students will have brief homework assignments based on what was covered in class using creative and non-fiction free response prompts to practice techniques at home. Regular writing practice improves fluency and comfort level. Students should expect 45-60 minutes of writing at home throughout the week (3-4 days at 15 minutes per sitting.)

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
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    Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come to life for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top terrain, deploy hundreds of miniature soldiers, ships, and tanks... all while playing a military strategy game. Each student will have the opportunity to fight a battle from both sides, allowing them to test various strategies, try multiple scenarios, predict different outcomes, and rewrite history- an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of what actually happened and why!

    With war raging on in Europe for several years, it was only a matter of time until the rest of the world was dragged in. Lines were being drawn, among them was the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere '' which sought to "liberate" Asia from the imperial powers of the West. This "liberation" replaced Western exploitation with more of the same from a surging fascist Japanese Empire. Led by a "divine" emperor, it amounted to military dictatorship that controlled every aspect of Japanese life in an effort to further its conquests across oceans. The nation that would bear the brunt of this brutal colonialism was China, where Japan had been fighting since 1937, dominating the coastal cities with sea and air power and taking advantage of the fractured state the country had been left in after decades of western exploitation. To maintain a world class military, especially her navy, Japan needed the resources of the Chinese and Korean mainland. After numerous atrocities, Japan's largest trade partner, the United States of America, delivered an ultimatum: Leave China or face an embargo on critical resources like oil and steel. This was the push Japan needed to put into effect its war plans with the Allied Nations. Beginning with a sneak attack to cripple the US fleet in Pearl Harbor, the oil rich Dutch East Indies, US territory of the Philippines, and several major British Imperial holdings in the South Pacific would all be swept away by the rising tide of the Japanese Empire.

    Students will fight the early battles of the Pacific theater on land, sea, and air using a wide range of miniature soldiers, vehicles and ships. From massive naval action at Pearl Harbor and Midway to jungle and island-hopping combat reenactments, students will study the technical and strategic elements that led to the outcomes of the battle and attempt to recreate the Japanese or Allied successes (or failures.) Upon finishing this semester, every student will understand the conditions that led to war, the objectives for both sides and how successful or realistic these objectives were, both from a modern academic point of view and from the historical point of view given each country's available information. The students' simulations will follow a modified version of the Axis and Allies war at sea system. They will also examine primary sources, newsreels, propaganda material, and modern analyses of the events.

    Note: This is a 1 hour, 55 minute class with a 10-minute break part way through.

    Topics in this Series: WWII- The Early War, Fall of France- Blitzkrieg 1940 (Semester 1) and WWII- The Early War, Rise of Japan (Semester 2).

    Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: Period maps, photographs, and re-creations will be posted on a class Google Drive, and video links from YouTube will be e-mailed to parents and students for homework or supplemental investigation.

    Assessments: Will not be given.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Judith Harmon
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    Imagine that the last chocolate chip cookie pleads with you not to ear it! The math book begs to be studied. The toys that ask to remain on the floor. Discover the mixed-up world of Taylor, a teen who acquires the ability to hear what the objects and animals around her are saying. Are Taylor's ears burning when hears what the cat really thinks of the family? Or, does she keep an ear to the ground to find out what everyone and everything around her is planning?

    The class will cast, practice, and perform the cyber play in an interactive, virtual setting for an online audience, yet students will communicate as if they're all in the same place together. The selected script was specifically written for virtual theater. New and returning acting students will have fun and be challenged to think on their feet with costumes, props, and backdrops when the show is literally happening in their own home.

    This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class. The students will perform for family and friends at the end of the quarter online.

    Topics in this Series: Alice in Cyberland (Quarter 1); Sherlock Holmes, a Radio Mystery (Quarter 2); If They Could Talk (Quarter 3); Goose Napped (Quarter 4)

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    Keely Kirk

    Snappy comebacks, one-liners, sarcasm, exaggeration, irony...and teenagers. These things just go together! Improv gives kids an outlet for fun, creative stories and spontaneous humor. Teens who find amusement in the unexpected and humor in the unpredictable will enjoy improvisational acting!

    Third quarter, actors will continue to hone their "short game", or short form improv skills. Class activities will teach students how to do edits, perfect their scene work, create characters, escalate emotions, elevate relationships, and use object work to create a more involved stories. They learn about timing, transitions, and how to connect scenes and travel through the improv story with recurring characters, patterns, and common themes to portray a hilarious or witty situation. Class exercises will help students improve listening stills and build the collective, group imagination.

    Improvisation is the art of entertaining with connected, unpredictable twists and turns often seen from the great comedians and best live entertainers. Improv students will improve their ability to think on-their-feet, play off each other, and react with spontaneous wit, sarcasm, and irony. Actors' creative thinking and communication skills will be strengthened as they work "outside-of-the-box" and learn to read their audience.

    Improv can be for everyone! No previous experience is needed. Beginners are welcome, and experienced students will further develop their improv skills. If you have taken this class before, go ahead and take it again because no two classes are ever alike. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, flexible, and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work collaboratively in a group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class.

    Note: This will be a Hybrid class in which the class meets in person 4X each quarter and meets online in a synchronous, virtual classroom 3-4 times each quarter. As a rule, in-person and online weeks will alternate, but that might change from quarter to quarter to accommodate the instructor's travel and performance schedule.

    Topics in this Series: Irresistible Improv (Quarter 1), Innovative Improv (Quarter 2), Immersive Improv (Quarter 3), Improv in Action (Quarter 4). Continuing students from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class.

    Assignments: If any, will be sent to parents and students by e-mail.

    Assessments: will not be given.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon

    Acting is an adventure! Young actors will work together to develop an original play featuring polar pals enjoying frigid fun. What will happen when penguins and polar bears meet seals and snowy owls in icy incidents and snowy scenes?

    Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to begin to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the young actors will decide on characters, conflict, and conclusion, and the story they want to tell. The script will be developed and customized for this class with input from the students.

    Young actors will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original character. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and planning the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence in preparation for a final sharing for parents.

    Students will work from a simple, written script, but emerging readers can be accommodated. Parents will be emailed the script after the 3rd or 4th class and will be expected to help their children memorize their lines and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class.

    Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fables (Quarter 1); Magical Monsters (Quarter 2); Arctic Adventure (Quarter 3); and Under the Sea Secrets (Quarter 4).

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    David Chelf

    This is a complete course in high school Algebra I which will cover fundamental concepts in algebra and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. This course is designed to emphasize the study of algebraic problem-solving with the incorporation of real-world applications. Topics in Algebra I include number systems, linear systems, rational numbers, complex numbers, exponents, roots, radicals, quadratic equations, polynomials, factoring, absolute values, ratios, and proportions. In addition, the course will cover solving and graphing systems of functions, linear equations, and inequalities. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem-solving.

    Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation in pre-algebra topics in order to take this class.
    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work.
    Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address in order to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload.
    Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by checking that weekly homework sets are complete and giving periodic take-home tests; class participation is also strongly encouraged. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for the purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.
    Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Algebra I: Expressions, Equations, and Applications by Paul A. Foerster. It is available in a few different editions, each of which is virtually identical: 2nd edition (ISBN-10 020125073X, ISBN-13 978-0201250732), 3rd edition (ISBN-10 0201860945, ISBN-13 978-0201860948), and Classic edition (ISBN-10 020132458X, ISBN-13 978-0201324587). It is also available under the title Foerster Algebra I, Classics edition (ISBN-10 0131657089, ISBN-13 978-0131657083). A calculator is not needed for this course.
    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Algebra I for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra

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    Sagar Kothari

    Students of ASL will continue to improve their fluency in this 2nd year course. As students become more advanced signers, emphasis will be on focusing on the meaning of a conversation (whole) rather than individual signs (parts). In conversation, students will learn to confirm information by asking questions in context. Second year students will continue to build their vocabulary, apply ASL grammar, and will learn to make requests, ask for advice, give opinions, make comparisons and use superlatives, and narrate stories. Other skills covered in ASL II include expressing year, phone numbers, time, and currency in numbers, appearance, clothing, giving directions, locations, etc. Each unit will include presentations and readings on Deaf culture and Deaf history. Class time will be dedicated to interactive ASL activities and signing practice.

    ASL students will have a Deaf instructor. He regularly teaches all-hearing classes and is an excellent role model for students to meet and interact with a native speaker of ASL and to lean natural facial expressions, gestures, and body language used in Deaf communications. ASL students will have more confidence when they encounter Deaf instructors in college or greet speakers of ASL in social settings. Because the instructor is Deaf, students are not permitted to speak aloud in class. This approach improves visual attention and encourages immersion in the language. Students will be able to ask questions of the instructor by writing on individual white boards, but they will be encouraged to sign in order to communicate with the instructor. Lessons are facilitated with Power Point presentations, and a professional ASL interpreter will assist the class on the first day of class.

    Hundreds of colleges and universities, including all public institutions of higher learning in Virginia, accept ASL as a distinct foreign language. This allows hearing and Deaf students to fulfill foreign language requirements for admission to college. Teens who have difficulty writing, spelling, or have challenging pronunciation in English, can be successful with ASL as a second or foreign language choice. Penn State University research demonstrated that the visual and kinesthetic elements of ASL helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in hearing students.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours each week outside of class on required vocabulary exercises, readings, and signing practice.

    Assignments: Homework assignments will be posted online in the Canvas digital classroom platform. Through Canvas, students will be asked to post short videos of themselves signing as homework. Enrolled students will be asked to review ASL 1 vocabulary, grammar, and facial expressions. They will use the Go React platform to upload their signing videos so the instructor can make comments/leave feedback in ASL and English.

    Assessments: The instructor will assign points using a class rubric for the parent's use in assigning a course grade. Course rubrics will evaluate students on their sign production, fingerspelling, ASL grammar, facial expressions including "above the nose" grammar (brows and body movement), and "below the nose" modifiers (lip expressions).

    Textbook: Students should purchase or rent "Signing Naturally Units 1-6 workbook" (ISBN# 978-1581212105) and "Signing Naturally Units 7-12 Student Workbook" (ISBN# 978-1581212211) which includes a DVD of signing videos. This class will cover units 5-8.

    Supply Fee: There is a $60.00 supply fee for the student license to the GoReact assessment platform.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in World Languages for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Prerequisites: ASL I

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    Karen Shumway
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    Did you know?- The brain is only 2% of the mass of a body, but demands 20% of our oxygen and blood supply. Babies are born with 300 bones, but have only 206 by adulthood, and every second, your body produces 25 million new cells. The anatomy and physiology of the human body is a fascinating field filled with astonishing facts about how we function. Students interested in going into any health or wellness careers in the future should consider taking anatomy and physiology: medicine (doctor), nursing, sports or rehabilitative medicine, medical assistant, medical technician, radiology/imaging, physical therapy, veterinarian, or personal trainer, as examples.

    In this semester-long high school lab science course, the class will move through systems of the body starting with the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, endocrine system, and senses (unit 3); the circulatory system, lymphatic system, and immune responses (unit 4); the respiratory and urinary system, upper and lower digestive tracts, and nutrition, metabolism (unit 5); and reproduction and human development (unit 6) including the male and female systems, growth, and genetics/heredity.

    Weekly, hands-on labs and dissections will correspond to lecture content to reinforce concepts. A partial list of labs includes: blood typing, muscle biophysics, enzymes/digestion, urinalysis, kidneys and blood filtration, and bone construction. Comparative vertebrate anatomy will be examined through four dissections: owl pellet (for vole and shrew skeletal remains), frog, dogfish, and fetal pig. A venipuncture lab unit will teach the basic principles and techniques of phlebotomy.

    Classwork will come from assigned readings in the text along with online EdX lectures, viewed at home, from the University of Michigan. Students will also be assigned scientific and non-fiction books on anatomy and physiology (The Body: A Guide for Occupants; The Icepick Surgeon; Human Anatomy, a Visual History; Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; and Anatomies: A Cultural History of the Human Body) to read and discuss. Students will be required to write one formal lab report per semester and practice technical writing skills.

    Note:This course has two class meetings: In-person Lecture from 2:00 pm- 2:55 pm on Thursdays and in-person Lab from 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm on Mondays. Students must enroll in both sections.

    Prerequisites: High school Algebra I

    Levels:

    Students may opt to take this course at the honors level. All class members complete the same core material and participate in the same labs. Students taking the course at the honors level have additional assignments and alternative scoring. Honors students will be required to write a research paper on a physiology topic, using a minimum of five sources each. Honors students will also be expected to memorize anatomical structures observed during dissections and take a test identifying structures on labeled photographs. Finally, Honors students will be expected to memorize the majority of the human skeleton including the Latin names of bones and major muscles. Students must identify their level prior to the start of class. At any point in the year, a student may transition from honors to on-level if the workload exceeds the students' expectations.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 5-6 hours per week outside of class. Outside work must be completed to support the "flipped classroom" approach to this course in which the student pre-reads and prepares much of the lecture content at home, allowing in-person class time to be spent on highlights, clarification of challenging topics, class discussion, homework review, demonstrations, labs, and activities. In addition, students should plan for additional meeting and coordination time some weeks with their lab partners in-person, by phone, using shared documents, and/or via virtual meeting.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message the instructor and classmates. Students will have a mandatory pre-lab assignment that must be completed prior to lab and will serve as the student's "ticket" into the lab session each week.

    Assessments: Students will earn points for completed lab packets, chapter tests, and semester exams. Parents can calculate a letter grade using the student's points earned divided by points available. Parents may view all scoring and comments at any time through the Canvas site. Students have the option of paying for a verified certificate demonstrating successful completion of the online EdX Anatomy series which is used as a supplement to this course.

    Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase or rent Anatomy & Physiology, 10th ed. by Patton (ISBN #978-0323528900). Students should purchase Netter's Anatomy Coloring (ISBN-13: 978-0323545037) and The Physiology Coloring Book (ISBN-13: 978-0321036636). Students should also set up access to EdX's online lecture series "Anatomy" by the University of Michigan.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $65 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a composition notebook, graph paper, lab equipment and supplies, and safety supplies.

    What to Bring: Students should bring a paper or a notebook, pen or pencil, and a set of colored pencils to class each week.

    What to Wear: Students should not wear any loose, drapey clothing to lab. They should also come to class with long hair tied back and should wear closed toe shoes.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a partial credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: Algebra I

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    Peter Snow
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    In Beginning Chess 3, students will learn fundamental skills such as: discovered checks and attacks; pins and double checks; counting: center squares, squares of control with attackers and defenders; checkmate drills; keeping the King safe in the opening; tactics lesson 1 forks; tactics lesson 2 skewers and x-rays; reviewing opening principles. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches. A student can enroll in Beginning Chess 3 as his/her first class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mimi Nyman

    Students will enjoy making hearty favorites and winter weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Up recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    -Appetizer- Bang Bang Chicken

    -Salad- Savory Potato Salad

    -Soup- Vichyssoise

    -Entree- Orange Chicken Stir Fry

    -Side- Stuffed Veggies

    -Dessert- Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

    -Casserole- Sweet Lemon Chicken Bake

    -Extra- Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. For the Little Kids level, students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class and must be developmentally on-level for fine motor skills and ability to follow directions.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 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.

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    Mimi Nyman
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    Students will enjoy making hearty favorites and winter weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Up recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    -Appetizer- Bang Bang Chicken

    -Salad- Savory Potato Salad

    -Soup- Vichyssoise

    -Entree- Orange Chicken Stir Fry

    -Side- Stuffed Veggies

    -Dessert- Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

    -Casserole- Sweet Lemon Chicken Bake

    -Extra- Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 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.

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    Judith Harmon
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    Children are full of stories and bubbling over with big ideas! In this class, students will learn how to capture their creative vision into a simple story that they will write and illustrate. Third quarter, they will fabricate a fantasy adventure. Will their story feature fantastical creatures, faraway places, or fictional events?

    Students will learn how to build a Story Arc through guided, weekly activities. They will discover the key elements to composing a story such as crafting characters, posing a problem, advancing the action, constructing the climax, and writing the resolution- through brainstorming questions like, "Who is in your story?", "Where does this take place?", "What does that look like?" and "What happened after ____?"

    Emerging writers or readers are welcome and will receive support, if needed, to get their own words written down. Psst- don't tell your child, but this class helps lay the foundation in language arts for more advanced creative writing and composition. Pair this class with Acting: Kids Theater or Writing Well: Sentences that Speak to further encourage communication and storytelling skills. The supply fee is included in the class tuition. Topics in this Series: A Secret Room (Quarter 1); A Hero's Journey (Quarter 2); A Fantasy Adventure (Quarter 3); and A Walk in the Woods (Quarter 4).

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    Mylene Nyman
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    Candy-cane columns, licorice lattice, gumdrop gutters, iced icicles, or a peppermint path. Journey to your own Candyland with darling gingerbread houses adorned with unique confection constructions. Enjoy your gingerbread house as a centerpiece or a delicious pull-apart treat! Students will learn how to plan their design considering layout and symmetry. Then they will learn how to embellish with Royal icing and candy-encrusted details. They will learn how to simulate frosted shingles and how to do chocolate writing. The instructor will provide a mouth-watering array of candy decor choices.

    For grades 1-3, an adult must attend with the child, and houses will be pre-assembled. (A single registration covers one child, one adult, and one house).

    For grades 4-6, students may be dropped off. They will learn to erect the roof and walls of the house with a proprietary, chocolate-gummy bear caulking!

    Note: Some garnishes (gummies or marshmallows) may contain gelatin. See the Compass Cooking Class webpage for more FAQs about our cooking classes. Each student should bring a cookie sheet to transport his/her gingerbread house home. There is a supply fee of $25.00 due to the instructor at the start of the workshop.

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    Dr. Michele Forsythe
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    How genetically similar are an orangutan and a gorilla? How can two siblings have different eye color? How tall will you grow? Answers to these questions and thousands more can be found in a study of genetics and the instruction-carrying molecules, DNA.In this class, students will survey the structure and function of DNA, genes and chromosomes to understand how organisms generate everything from this simple code. They will discover how cells 'silence' or modulate the expression of certain genes. The class will learn how gene expression vectors used for making biopharmaceuticals and discuss how organisms can be modified for use in agriculture, commonly called GMOs (genetically modified organisms).Students will follow in the footsteps of some of Mendel's ground-breaking heredity research and use Punnett squares to predict the inheritance of traits. They will learn about incomplete dominance, co-dominance, sex-linked disorders, and epigenetics to predict disease in offspring such as the pedigree of hemophilia in Europe's royal families. Students will examine mitotic and meiotic cell division under the microscope and use manipulatives to illustrate the complexities of chromosome movement during cell division. The class will understand what aneuploidy is and several diseases associated with it and then use karyotyping to diagnose patients. They will learn about the maternal inheritance of mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) and the endosymbiont theory. Students will use restriction enzymes and gel electrophoresis while participating to complete a DNA fingerprinting lab. Topics in this Series: BioChemistry Basics (Semester 1), Decoding DNA and Genetics (semester 2). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Shona D\'Cruz
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    Student artists will enjoy working hands-on, in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting and crafting materials to create original Decorative Arts. Assembling decorative items is multi-sensory, and students enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Decorative art engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this studio environment, students will create original hand-made pieces using a range of artistic techniques and a myriad of materials to choose from.

    Third quarter, students will work with a variety of fibers and textiles to create unique, 3-dimensional projects. From fuzzy chenille to fluffy cotton and scratchy jute to scrumptious viscose, students will enjoy the tactile experience of looping, lashing, layering, weaving or knotting assorted textures in fabrics and fibers. Students may also work with burlap, felt, leather, muslin, wool, yarn, or string. Example past projects include a string sculpture, a knotted flannel scarf, a wall hanging, and wool felting projects. Students may sew embellishments such as buttons on their finished projects, but this is not a sewing class. A supply fee of $30.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 6-week class that begins on February 1.

    Topics in this Series: Sculpture Skills (Quarter 1), Marvelous Mosaics (Quarter 2), Fiber Arts Fun (Quarter 3), and Upcycled, Recycled Projects (Quarter 4).

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    Black Rocket
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    In Digital Lab, students will become immersed in the digital worlds of Minecraft that they will learn to navigate and transform through coding!

    What can you do if your vision of a unique Minecraft world cannot be built with the standard blocks and virtual raw materials? You need to change it yourself! Students will create mods (modifications) to the classic game in order to create a wide variety of new elements, custom structures, cool new effects, upgraded mechanics, and improved gameplay to enhance their entire Minecraft experience. Students use their imaginations to make Minecraft do what they want it to do- through the power of modding. Minecraft projects created in this class will run on PC/laptop (i.e. Java) versions of Minecraft and will not be compatible with tablet, phone, or console versions of Minecraft.

    Digital Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. The lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. In the "Intro" level of a course (i.e., Part 1), students will work through the fundamentals of a new digital skill. In the "Continuing" level (i.e., Part 2), students who continue from "Intro" will develop new skills and will design and code an individual project. New students who enroll in "Intro" will begin with the introductory lessons. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the rental of classroom laptops and all software, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

    Topics in this Series: ROBLOX Coders & Entrepreneurs (Quarters 1, 2); Minecraft Modders (Quarters 3, 4).

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    Taliesin Knol
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    After the height of the Hellenistic period, when Greek Culture dominated the Mediterranean world, two rivals would emerge onto the scene- Carthage, on the coast of North Africa, and Rome in central Italy. Rome had tangled with the Greek successor states before, and despite losing, had fought so doggedly that King Phyrrhus of Epirus would declare, "one other such victory would utterly undo him" showing Rome's resolve to keep fighting after massive defeats. This gives us the phrase, "Pyrrhic victory," for a win so costly that it may as well have been a defeat. Rome suffered massive defeats in the second of three punic wars, at the hands of Carthage's greatest general, Hannibal. The winner of these titanic clashes would dominate for another 500 years and shape the core of Western History and Culture. Two empires enter, only one leaves! Hannibal's brilliance versus Roman obstinance.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger terrain and then compete in a history-based role-playing game which will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, and/or warfare of the time. Each student will have at least one board and 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 $20.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include:

    Ancient Egypt & the Sea Peoples (Quarter 1); Ancient Greece & the Trojan War (Quarter 2); The Roman Republic (Quarter 3); and Viking Invasions (Quarter 4)

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol

    The Aeneid is the story of the mythical founding of Rome, as told by Rome's greatest epic poet, Virgil. Often compared to the Odyssey, another epic story of a journey, but with a dash of Roman propaganda thrown in. This is the tale of Aneas, a Trojan refugee who exemplifies all the great Roman virtues, such as piety, prudence, and gravitas. Each story in the epic exemplifies a different virtue and seeks to connect the founding of Rome and the family of Julius Caesar to mythical heroes and the gods themselves! The class will recreate these scenes in miniature for a role playing game, testing our knowledge of Roman culture, virtue, and favor of the goddess Fortuna!

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger terrain and then compete in a history-based role-playing game which will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, and/or warfare of the time. Each student will have at least one board and 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 $20.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include:

    The Pyramids & Gods of Ancient Egypt (Quarter 1); The Odyssey- Ancient Greece (Quarter 2); The Aeneid- Ancient Rome (Quarter 3); and Beowulf- The Vikings (Quarter 4)

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    Becca Sticha
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    Would you live in a long-term space habitat? In this simulation class, students will examine aspects of Astronautical Engineering to design, build, launch, and resupply their own space station modules in a multi-player environment. On screen, student engineers will construct modules for command, housing, research, storage and support for a virtual for a space stations, such as the ISS, while considering the challenges of long-term space habitation.

    The class will use KerbalEDU simulation software on laptops to immerse themselves in a realistic, simulated environment to complete a series of challenging missions. In the KerbalEDU environment, students can design and build different marine vessels, launch them, and use mission data to improve their designs.

    Topics in this Series: Aeronautical Engineering- High Altitude Space Planes (Quarter 1); Aerospace Engineering- Space Missions (Quarter 2); Astronautical Engineering- Space Station Design (Quarter 3); Marine Engineering- Ships & Submarines (Quarter 4).

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    Dr. Anne Taranto
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    This comprehensive, full-credit English course is a survey of British literature that builds on the foundations of Introduction to Genre (or similar 9th/10th grade English course) and covers a range of genres and historical eras from the Anglo-Saxon period to today. Students will deepen their literary analysis skills, continue to develop the components of academic writing, and hone their critical thinking skills. Through a mix of analytical essays and creative assignments, students will explore questions such as, can literature enact social change, what separates cultural diffusion from cultural appropriation, and most of all, what it means to be British in various time periods and geographical contexts. Featured authors will include Austen, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Shelley, Orwell, Blake, and Wordsworth.

    Composition: Students will continue to hone the components of academic writing, including how to construct a thesis statement that makes an argument, how to support their ideas effectively with textual evidence, how to organize an argument logically, and how to cite sources in MLA format. Writing assignments will include one critical response, one creative assignment, and one full-scale essay (outline, draft, and revision) per semester.

    Literature: Second semester works include: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Mary Wollstonecraft); Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe); Paradise Lost (John Milton); Frankenstein (Mary Shelley); and 1984 (George Orwell); and a selection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, James Joyce, and others.

    Topics in this Series: British Literature, Part I (Semester 1) and British Literature, Part II (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level, and it is recommended that students have had a prior high school-level writing class.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted in a Google Classroom management site. Students will need their own gmail accounts to access Google Classroom.

    Assessments: Students' written assignments will be graded using a rubric and assigned points that the homeschool parent can use when assigning an overall class grade.

    Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

    Supply Fee: A class fee of $54.10 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for the class pack of books and handouts.

    What to Bring: Students should bring the current literature, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking passages/pages. Some weeks students will be asked to bring laptops to do some in-class writing.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a half-credit (one semester) or full credit (both semesters) in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: English 9/10 or equivalent

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    Sci Genius
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    From Judy Moody and Harriet the Spy to Theodore Boone and Encyclopedia Brown, and the classics Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to modern TV crime dramas, kids will feel like famous detectives when they study Forensic Science. Forensic Science is the field which combines biology, chemistry, and physics to solve mysteries.

    Third quarter, our scientists will learn to put their forensic investigations to work to solve environmental crimes. The class will discuss characteristics of soil, air pollution, and contamination in marine and fresh water environments. They will use forensic microscopy and other techniques to test for chemicals in water and leaked oil. All hands-on activities and labs will be framed by a fictious mystery "back story." Students will combine these skills along with logic, deductive reasoning, and the scientific method to solve mock crimes and CSI mysteries. For sensitive students, please note that while actual crime scene details and graphic photographs will not be shown to students, the nature of forensic science will suggest and reference crime scenarios. There is a $15.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Topics in this Series: Genetic Clues (Quarter 1), Forensic Psychology (Quarter 2), Environmental Forensics (Quarter 3), and Evidence Investigation (Quarter 4).

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    Iman Castaneda
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    FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic kids' PE program that incorporates well-rounded exercises to get kids up and moving mid-day! No two workouts are the same, but each day's activities incorporate exercises that target 10 areas: cardio-vascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. FUNctional Fitness focuses on functional movements that are fundamental to all aspects of play and exercise- pulling, pushing, running, throwing, climbing, lifting, and jumping. Work-outs are scalable and adaptable to different individual's own level, and the emphasis is on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. When the weather permits, some exercises may be taken outdoors. The physical challenges of FUNctional Fitness will foster self-confidence, focus, and help instill a foundation for a lifetime of fitness. All equipment is furnished. Students are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes. FUNctional Fitness continues each quarter, and students may repeat the class to continue to improve fitness. No two workouts are the same! Students must be minimum age 7 to take this class.

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    Iman Castaneda
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    FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic kids' PE program that incorporates well-rounded exercises to get kids up and moving mid-day! No two workouts are the same, but each day's activities incorporate exercises that target 10 areas: cardio-vascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. FUNctional Fitness focuses on functional movements that are fundamental to all aspects of play and exercise- pulling, pushing, running, throwing, climbing, lifting, and jumping. Work-outs are scalable and adaptable to different individual's own level, and the emphasis is on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. When the weather permits, some exercises may be taken outdoors. The physical challenges of FUNctional Fitness will foster self-confidence, focus, and help instill a foundation for a lifetime of fitness. All equipment is furnished. Students are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes. FUNctional Fitness continues each quarter, and students may repeat the class to continue to improve fitness. No two workouts are the same! Students must be minimum age 7 to take this class.

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    Ney Mello
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    Students will learn more advanaced techniques of playing the guitar! In this class, students will continue to learn melodies, chords, and strumming patterns for familiar songs from a variety of genres chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. In this semester, chromatic and whole tone scales will be introduced. Students will also begin to read simple chords charts, and basic harmony will be introduced. Students should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. New students who wish to enroll in Advanced Beginner should have approximately 30-40 hours of prior instruction in order to match the pace of the enrolled students.

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    David Chelf

    The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million. 77% of teens ages 12-17 have cell phones. One out of every two of youth voters cast a ballot in 2020. From election polls to stock market data and weather reports to medical test results, statistics and probability are all around us. They are quoted in the podcasts we listen to, the news we watch, and the textbooks and articles we read. Statistics and probability are used in almost every field of study and career for forecasting, decision making, and tracking progress. In 2021-22, the government will release a tsunami of 2020 census statistics about our country's population. (Coincidentally, the odds of a tsunami hitting the east coast- less than the Powerball win.) But statistics and probability are also often misused, misquoted or incorrectly applied, so having a solid understanding of what these numbers represent will help make teens informed consumers and decision-makers.

    This course will explore the collection and analysis of data, inferences and conclusions, and the use of this information. Themes include relationships between variables, gathering data, interpreting categorical versus quantitative data. The class will also cover sample surveys, experiments, and observational studies and evaluate randomness and probability. Finally, students will learn about making inferences, justifying conclusions, and using probability to make decisions.

    Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I and Geometry in order to take this class. It is an ideal class for a student who needs an additional credit in high school math, but who may not wish to pursue more advanced mathematics courses such as Algebra II and Pre-Calculus.

    Levels:The course provides a substantive, full-credit experience on either an Honors or On-Level track. All class members share core material and participate in the same class lectures. Honors students will receive additional, more challenging problems. Students register online for the same course, but must indicate which level they wish to follow by the first day of class. Students may move down a level (from Honors to On-Level) at any time.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-1.5 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on an approximately 11-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Tuesday (day 1), lecture on Friday (day 4), questions and answers on the next Tuesday (day 8), and homework due the next Friday (day 11). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the next lecture. Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work.

    Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload.

    Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by: checking that weekly homework sets are complete; spot-checking the full solution 1-2 select problems in class each week, and giving quarterly take-home tests. Points will also be awarded for class participation. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.

    Textbook: The required textbook for this class is "Stats In Your World" 1st edition by David E. Bock (ISBN-13 : 978-0131384897).

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in mathematics for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Beth Ross

    Kids love horses! In this class, they will learn all about our equine friends- breeds, categories, and names. They will brainstorm all of the roles that horses play- now and throughout history- and how these have created such a special bond between horses and humans. They will learn about horse nutrition, proper diet, and exercise. They will discover what makes an ideal horse farm, how much shelter horses need, and the requirements for a safe, healthy stall/stable. Students will learn what to do to get a horse ready to ride, how to care for the horse after a ride, and proper grooming. Finally they will learn about horse anatomy and some health conditions unique to horses and how equine veterinarians care for them. Discover what is different at a hospital for horses. Since horses can't some to Compass, students will adopt and name their own stuffed horse to be used in class. There is a $43.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor for the horse, doctor's coat, and the complete class take-home kit.

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    Ruth Wood
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    Ni hao! Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world! In this beginning class, the Chinese language will be introduced in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), and simple greetings. The class will enjoy songs, games, and stories to reinforce learning. Aspects of Chinese culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be introduced in the classes. The class will be run as partial immersion, with the instructor prompting and modelling vocabulary and phrases in Chinese but providing limited cues in English to prevent roadblocks. For elementary-aged students, emphasis will be on spoken Chinese with sounds, tones, and inflection and not on written representation of the language. Students in this level will not be expected to take notes or make written responses. Since the class is taught in "themes", or units, students may join during any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level. The cost of a workbook is included in the course fee.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Becca Sticha
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    Without geometry, life might be POINTless! Shapes are everywhere! We will sort them into categories and answer questions like, "Is a square always a rectangle?" Design a hidden picture puzzle to share with your friends, learn about edges and vertices by building 3-D solids, use cubes to fill containers and explore volume, discover Pi for yourself by measuring circles, create Cartesian art by using a coordinate grid and ordered pairs, and more! Each week, master a new concept with hands-on, real world math! Topics will include angles, polygons, triangles, circles, three dimensional solids and more. Students will practice problem solving skills, reasoning, and basic math in this class. Topics in this Series: Measurement Madness (Quarter 1); Fun with Fractions (Quarter 2); Geometry Games (Quarter 3); and Simple Statistics (Quarter 4)

    Prerequisites: None

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    Tia Murchie-Beyma

    This year-long, full credit high school course offers an in-depth look at how our world developed from 1200 CE to today. Long before jet travel, many portions of the globe were connected. By the early 1200s, Persian historian Juvayni reported that one might walk safely from Southeast Asia to Eastern Europe- thanks to Mongol army units. Silk Roads linked Moscow to Tibet. Vibrant Indian Ocean trade circulated goods, people, and animals from China to Indonesia to India, with linkages to East African coastal cities and the wider Muslim world, including Arab and Turkic peoples. In 200 more years, Muslim Admiral Zheng He would command China's legendary treasure fleet.

    Despite a few sporadic contacts, most of the Old World remained ignorant of lands from the Arctic Circle to the volcanic Tierra del Fuego. Here in the Americas, precursors to Incan and Aztec empires built urban city-states, while farther north, Cahokia's pyramids and Mesa Verde's cliffside apartments boomed, the Iroquois League united five great nations, and countless other populations lived as hunter-gatherers, horticulturists, whalers, fishers, and farmers. At 1200 CE, when this course begins, two halves of the world had not yet collided, but soon would.

    We will use the tools and perspectives of historians to see how this collision happened and what else built the world we know today. You will analyze primary sources and secondary sources. You will learn to identify symbols, develop arguments based on evidence, and think critically about the arguments of others. We spend a lot of time interpreting maps, letters, paintings, sculptures, photographs, speeches, and other material to understand context, causation, and continuity and change over time. By the end of the course, you may not have memorized dozens of dates (unless you wanted to), but you WILL have a much clearer idea of who was where, when, and why-- and how that has affected us.

    *INSTRUCTOR'S NOTE*This is a reading-heavy course suited for students who can commit to completing homework BEFORE each meeting. That prepares you for active discussion, role play, and activities in class. The course is not lecture-based, but instead is taught as a participatory seminar. Students cannot learn the rich course material by simply attending. However, if you come with your readings finished, ready to ask questions and apply what you've learned, the world is yours!

    LEVELS:This course is offered at three levels: On-Level, Honors, and Advanced Placement (AP). Each has a different workload, but all meet together. AP students work at a university freshman level and have the potential to earn college credit or placement through the spring 2022 AP exam. AP students start class two weeks earlier, with online homework due in mid- and late August. Honors students have assignments that engage higher-level analysis and historical thinking skills. On-Level students use the same college-level textbook, but have fewer readings, less homework, and less rigorous assessments.

    SCHEDULE: There are two weekly meetings: (1) Friday online in a virtual classroom from 1:00 pm- 1:55 pm for all online class members; and (2) Monday online in a virtual classroom from 10:00 am - 11:00 am. The Monday online session is required for AP students, but open to all students and recorded for those who cannot attend live. For Honors and On-Level, this is a 28-week course which follows the Compass calendar but ends two weeks early due to the AP exam. AP students have the equivalent of 31 weeks, as they begin two weeks before the regular Compass start date and have an additional session for a mock exam.

    WORKLOAD: Honors and On-Level students should plan 4-5 hours each week outside of class meetings for reading and homework. AP students typically need 6 hours or more, depending on reading speed and experience. All levels use materials written at a freshman college level, so students must be highly-skilled readers or else have robust reading support at home.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on a password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, message instructor and classmates; and attend virtual conferences.

    Assessments: Completed homework, projects, quizzes, and tests receive points and narrative feedback. Parents can calculate a letter grade using the student's points earned divided by points available, in weighted categories that include assignments, reading quizzes, tests, and participation and presentations. Parents may view all scoring and comments at any time through the Canvas site.

    TEXTBOOK: Registered students will receive an e-mail with the required textbook(s) over the summer.

    REGISTRATION. All students register online for the same course, but students must designate their choice of On-Level, Honors, or AP by emailing Compass before August 4. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level at any time, but the instructor will consider "bumping up" on a case-by-case basis only.

    AP FEES:An additional tuition fee of $175 is assessed for students approved to take AP level, due to additional instructional time. Families will receive a separate invoice for this amount before the start of classes. The fee is not refundable if the student decides midyear to switch to Honors or On-Level. The fee for the College Board's AP Modern World History exam in May 2022 is not included; each family is responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam.

    AP APPROVAL: Students who have taken a prior course with the instructor may seek approval for AP level through a conversation or e-mail with her. For students new to this instructor, a short questionnaire and brief written assignment about a sample textbook chapter are needed to request approval for AP level.

    CREDIT: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in World History for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Sevim Kalyoncu
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    Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and watch the changes to the watershed.

    Step outdoors to each week 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!

    A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. 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 they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

    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.

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    Sevim Kalyoncu
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    Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and watch the changes to the watershed.

    Step outdoors to each week 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!

    A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. 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 they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

    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.

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    Dr. John Korncki

    Seventy-seven percent of Americans ages 18 - 34 do not recognize either senator from their home state and 53 percent of millennials cannot name even one US Supreme Court justice. Yet there are celebrities from Hollywood, the NFL, and the music industry who have a recognition rate of 98%. Why are so many young Americans disconnected and disinterested in politics, government, economics, and most current events? One reason may be because these subjects seem dull and dated. They require looking backward and may appear devoid of things teens care about. Yet, an understanding of these issues is what is needed to ensure engaged, informed citizens who understand our country's policies and politics.

    This course will examine the top stories and news of the day and put them in the context of our political institutions and free enterprise system. The class will select topics and trends from the news and evaluate what is "really" behind them. Migrants gathering along our southern border: Can a president change our immigration policy? Mounting student loan burden: Can Congress erase the debt? Governors failing their states: What is a recall? This class will help students understand current events and contemporary controversies by connecting them to the building blocks of political science: American history, government, politics, and economics.

    This class will employ a Socratic method of teaching. Students should be active, engaged contributors, who come to class prepared to participate in weekly discussions. Students are also expected to take the lead by introducing current events that they have followed or investigated. Each class meeting will be approximately 2/3 discussion of current topics and 1/3 discussion/lecture on connecting the issue to relevant principles in political science and public policy. Students will be assigned weekly readings or videos which will provide background and context on the issues they are discussing. Guest speakers will include current and former public officials.

    Students may take this course on-level or at the Honors level. Honors students will be assigned additional readings each week and will have a one research or position paper due each semester. Students may want to simultaneously register for this instructor's companion course, Civics in Action, in order to experience a more complete view of American Government and Civics.

    Prerequisites: None Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class on homework. Assignments: Assignments will consist of readings and individual and group projects. All assignments will be posted on Google Classroom site. Assessments: Points will be awarded for the competition of assignments, quizzes, and projects, and parents can assign a grade based on the number of points earned as compared to the number of points available. Textbook/Materials: The instructor will select a class text and/or compile a packet of selected readings and articles by August 1. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee (TBD) will be assessed for the selected class text and packet. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as partial credit in American Government for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    When disaster strikes, robots are often used in environments that would be too hazardous or inaccessible to rescue crews. In preparation for the next earthquake, tornado, or flood, students will construct a disaster response robot. They will work in small teams to design, build, and program prototype rescue robots that can maneuver through or clear rubble, find survivors (using temperature and IR sensors), turn off leaking valves, retrieve unsafe materials, and other emergency response tasks.

    The class will focus on construction and programming, with an emphasis on the design of functional robots. The rovers will be programmed to sense and react to the environment and to complete a series of missions on a pre-defined course. Students will build with Tetrix Prime metal robotics components, incorporate sensors [such as, ultrasonic distance, infrared (IR) proximity, mini-LIDAR (laser radar), touch, line-following, color- sensing, or sound sensors], electronics, and motors from Tetrix Prizm, and code using the Arduino IDE. Teams will conduct research, apply the engineering design process, follow the general rules and conventions of the engineering profession, including maintaining an engineering notebook. Each robot will be put through a series of tests/challenges related to the specific robot design. Please note that students do not get to keep finished projects. Please note that students do not get to keep finished projects.

    Topics in this Series: Mars Rover (Semester 1) and Disaster Response Robots (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: None. Students with no prior experience in robotics or programming are welcome.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class researching robot and automation design

    Assessments: Ongoing feedback is provided in class on construction and programming. Formal assessments are not provided.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Technology or Career Exploration for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Dr. Karleen Boyle

    Find out what different scientists do! This class allows young scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

    Third quarter, we will learn some basics of chemistry and medical science. Students will learn about pH, make their own acid-base indicator solution, make thermochromic (color-changing) putty and learn the physics behind its color-change. They will intersperse their chemistry experiments with studies of medical science. The class will review the basics of how human bodies work and how to keep ourselves healthy. The group will discuss our circulatory, respiratory and immune systems and learn how germs make us sick. Students will take samples from our classroom and other locations and culture them to see what bacteria we're able to grow. After that (sometimes alarming) experiment, we'll learn proper hand-washing techniques and test our effectiveness with the same UV glow lotion hospitals use in their infection control programs. Look out germs!

    Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astronomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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    Buenas tardes! Spanish Exploradores (Explorers) is a fun, immersive introductory Spanish class for elementary students. Much like learning their native language, students will be exposed to the sounds, vocabulary, and phrases in Spanish through songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. The teacher will bring objects each week to give students tangible, hands-on examples of the vocabulary being introduced.Third quarter, children will learn about La Casa (The Home) and will practice expanded vocabulary and simple beginning about rooms of the house, common objects, food, and celebrations. Every quarter, basics such as numbers, colors, the alphabet, and greetings will be incorporated. In this level, students will be encouraged to begin to combine adjectives with nouns and nouns with verbs.Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so children can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. While the theme might be the same as that of a younger level of instruction, more vocabulary will be introduced at the older level. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Instruction will be predominantly verbal, but key vocabulary words may be written down for students to begin a sense of spelling. Students will be encouraged to write down new words each week, but reading, writing, and spelling will not be expected. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

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    Mimi Nyman
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    The tantalizing aroma of cookies in the oven. A mouth-watering burst of mint. The silky feel of melted chocolate. The sticky sweet of fresh-made caramel. A subtle hint of lemon. Student bakers will enjoy these delicious sensations- and more- as they explore the world of baking homemade desserts.

    Sweet Shop treats are scrumptious, fun, and simple to make. Compass bakers will learn to prepare a variety of desserts for friends and family, as an everyday treat or for holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. Each quarter, students will create a range of desserts including a pie, a cake, a tray bake, cookies, a tart, a mousse or pudding, and a chocolate (plus, a frozen dessert in 8-week quarters). The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

    -Cherry Tarts

    -Banana Pudding

    -Fortune Cookies

    -Chocolate Orange Truffles

    -Choux Pastry/Cream Puffs

    -Ice Cream

    -Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

    -Buttery Shortbread

    Students will be eating what they bake each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging baking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week. Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a small group.

    Topics in this Series: Delectable Desserts (Quarter 1); Innovative Indulgences (Quarter 2), Decadent Delights (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).

    Assessments: Will not be given.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript. For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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    Shannon McClain
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    Writers @ Work is a fundamental writing class that will prepare seventh and eighth grade students for high school level composition. The class will progress from getting started on learning how to effectively structure purposeful paragraphs) (first semester) to multiple paragraphs linked into articulate and organized essays (second semester).

    Second semester will focus on essay writing by combining several paragraphs to form a paper. Essays will cover persuasive, personal, and formal themes. Students will learn about topic sentences, transitions between paragraphs, clarity, and guiding the reader through their discussion. Writers will learn about organizing their thoughts or evidence and selecting the most important points to craft a multi-paragraph composition. Students have freedom to choose topics for each form. They will be encouraged to first write about something they already know about and then write about a new topic where they will be challenged to define the question they want to investigate, find sources for their research, organize details, and document information used.

    Grammar concepts will be introduced throughout the year, and students will be encouraged to incorporate the technique in their next writing or revision. Grammar concepts will include a "toolbox" of writing techniques and rules such as sentence structure, complex and compound sentences, independent and dependent clauses, parts of speech, agreement, tense, use of dialogue and quotation marks, and correct use of punctuation. Students will also be taught techniques for brainstorming and outlining before beginning to write and will be given tips on choosing creative, interesting, and powerful words over mundane, vague, and over-used words.

    In both semesters, there will be an emphasis on revision. Writing is seldom just the way the author hopes in the first draft. At times, students will be encouraged to use the same paragraph for several weeks to build-upon their first draft, incorporate feedback, apply writing and grammar techniques, in order for them to see the benefits of revision. They will learn to read their own writing from a reader's perspective and develop strategies for improving it. Students will give and receive feedback from class peers and receive regular feedback from the instructor. Time will be set aside in most classes for dedicated, in-class writing (8-10 minutes.)

    Prerequisites: None

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    Alex Seminario
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    This course will provide a hands-on perspective of common cybersecurity attacks, explain their mechanisms so that students can learn how to mitigate their impacts, discuss why these attacks pose constant threats to netizens, and introduce tools, techniques, and processes used to put us in a better position in the battle against cybercrimes.

    Computer crime is an area of study that is rapidly growing in today's socio-technical environment. Both profit and non-profit organizations have increasingly emphasized the importance and visibility of cybersecurity. With the easy access and use of malicious computing tools, people can commit crimes with and against computers. There is a growing need for a future IT workforce to be equipped with the skills to investigate and respond to these threats. Hence, this course will introduce the topics of cybersecurity attacks and defense. Students will be exposed to different aspects of malicious software, system intrusions, and ways in which to detect and protect digital assets.

    This course will examine some popular cybersecurity practices and concepts through ethical hacking. Ethical hacking is the practice of intentionally trying to penetrate or gain unauthorized access to an organization's information systems to test its vulnerabilities, i.e., legally "breaking in." Real world examples, simulations, and hands-on labs will assist the students in learning about the malicious tools and techniques commonly used by hackers to exploit someone's computer system. Having a good understanding of these tools and techniques allows students to design and develop coping strategies and actionable plans to safeguard the computer information systems they are defending. The four modules in this course are: How to setup a virtual environment; Introduction to Cybersecurity Concepts and Practices; Cybersecurity Threats & Attacks; and Managing Cybersecurity Defense.

    Topics in this Series: Cyber Security for the Digital Consumer (Semester 1), Cyber Security: Ethical Hacking (Semester 2), etc. Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: None

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates.

    Assessments: Completed assignments will be assessed points. Parents can calculate a letter grade using the student's points earned divided by points available, in weighted categories that include assignments, labs, quizzes, tests, projects, and presentations. Parents may view all scoring and comments at any time through the Canvas site.

    What to Bring: Students should bring a laptop with charger each week. Students should have the login and primary access to the laptop's systems and software. (i.e., the student should not be just a user with the parent primary on the laptop.) Chromebooks, tablets, and phones are not sufficient for the applications in this class.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Career Exploration, Technology, or Applied Computer Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Becca Sticha

    Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! In this 90-minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

    Third quarter, junior engineers will tackle Monster Machines, building conveyor belts, elevators, catapults, tunnel-boring diggers, and a ferris wheel.

    Each class 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. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown. Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. Topics in this Series: Super Structures (Quarter 1); Awesome Automobiles (Quarter 2); Monster Machines (Quarter 3); Colossal Construction (Quarter 4).

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    Teens will enjoy the creativity and camaraderie of putting on a one-act comedy that is a spin-off or spoof on a well-known tale. The class will begin by reading through three* possible scripts to select one that bests suits their group and grabs their interest from among:

  • To Kill a Mocking Birdie
  • Puffs: One Act for Young Wizards
  • The Mad Tea Party
  • Students, along with their acting coach, will cast, rehearse, and coordinate a class performance. Teens will enjoy taking on unusual personas and bringing their characters to life while interacting with classmates. They will be encouraged to design and assemble simple costumes, props, and backdrops from items at home. They will be expected to learn their lines and fully participate in planning their performance. The group will perform the 45-60 minute piece for family and friends at the end of the semester.

    Classes in acting and theater education build a teen's confidence along with improving their social and communication skills. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work collaboratively in a group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class.

    (*An additional script might be introduced based on final cast size.)

    Topics in this Series: One Act Murder Mysteries (Semester 1), One Act Spin-Offs and Spoofs (Semester 2). Continuing students from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class.

    Assignments: If any, will be sent to parents and students by e-mail.

    Assessments: will not be given.

    Supply Fee: There is a $30.00 licensed script fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Sagar Kothari

    Students of ASL will continue to improve their fluency in this 3rd year course. As students become more advanced signers, emphasis will be on focusing on the meaning of a conversation (whole) and storytellings rather than individual signs (parts) or phrases. In conversation, students will learn to confirm information by asking questions in context. Third year students will continue to build their vocabulary, apply ASL grammar, and will learn to describe places, giving directions, giving opinions about others, discussing plans and goals, ask for advice, give opinions, make comparisons and use superlatives, and narrate stories. Other skills covered in ASL III include expressing year, phone numbers, time, and currency in numbers, giving directions, locations, etc. Each unit will include presentations and readings on Deaf culture and Deaf history. Class time will be dedicated to interactive ASL activities and signing practice.

    ASL students will have a Deaf instructor. He regularly teaches all-hearing classes and is an excellent role model for students to meet and interact with a native speaker of ASL and to lean natural facial expressions, gestures, and body language used in Deaf communications. ASL students will have more confidence when they encounter Deaf instructors in college or greet speakers of ASL in social settings. Because the instructor is Deaf, students are not permitted to speak aloud in class. This approach improves visual attention and encourages immersion in the language. Students will be able to ask questions of the instructor by writing on individual white boards, but they will be encouraged to sign in order to communicate with the instructor. Lessons are facilitated with Power Point presentations, and a professional ASL interpreter will assist the class on the first day of class.

    Hundreds of colleges and universities, including all public institutions of higher learning in Virginia, accept ASL as a distinct foreign language. This allows hearing and Deaf students to fulfill foreign language requirements for admission to college. Teens who have difficulty writing, spelling, or have challenging pronunciation in English, can be successful with ASL as a second or foreign language choice. Penn State University research demonstrated that the visual and kinesthetic elements of ASL helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in hearing students.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours each week outside of class on required vocabulary exercises, readings, and signing practice.

    Assignments: Homework assignments will be posted online in the Canvas digital classroom platform. Through Canvas, students will be asked to post short videos of themselves signing as homework. Enrolled students will be asked to review ASL 1 vocabulary, grammar, and facial expressions.

    Assessments: The instructor will assign points using a class rubric for the parent's use in assigning a course grade. Course rubrics will evaluate students on their sign production, fingerspelling, ASL grammar, facial expressions including “above the nose” grammar (brows and body movement), and “below the nose” modifiers (lip expressions).

    Supply Fee: There is a $60.00 supply fee for the student license to the GoReact assessment platform.

    Textbook: Students should purchase or rent "Signing Naturally Units 7-12 Student Workbook" (ISBN# 978-1581212211) which includes a DVD of signing videos. This class will cover units 9-12.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in World Languages for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: ASL II

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    Karen Shumway
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    Did you know?- The brain is only 2% of the mass of a body, but demands 20% of our oxygen and blood supply. Babies are born with 300 bones, but have only 206 by adulthood, and every second, your body produces 25 million new cells. The anatomy and physiology of the human body is a fascinating field filled with astonishing facts about how we function. Students interested in going into any health or wellness careers in the future should consider taking anatomy and physiology: medicine (doctor), nursing, sports or rehabilitative medicine, medical assistant, medical technician, radiology/imaging, physical therapy, veterinarian, or personal trainer, as examples.

    In this semester-long high school lab science course, the class will move through systems of the body starting with the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, endocrine system, and senses (unit 3); the circulatory system, lymphatic system, and immune responses (unit 4); the respiratory and urinary system, upper and lower digestive tracts, and nutrition, metabolism (unit 5); and reproduction and human development (unit 6) including the male and female systems, growth, and genetics/heredity.

    Weekly, hands-on labs and dissections will correspond to lecture content to reinforce concepts. A partial list of labs includes: blood typing, muscle biophysics, enzymes/digestion, urinalysis, kidneys and blood filtration, and bone construction. Comparative vertebrate anatomy will be examined through four dissections: owl pellet (for vole and shrew skeletal remains), frog, dogfish, and fetal pig. A venipuncture lab unit will teach the basic principles and techniques of phlebotomy.

    Classwork will come from assigned readings in the text along with online EdX lectures, viewed at home, from the University of Michigan. Students will also be assigned scientific and non-fiction books on anatomy and physiology (The Body: A Guide for Occupants; The Icepick Surgeon; Human Anatomy, a Visual History; Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; and Anatomies: A Cultural History of the Human Body) to read and discuss. Students will be required to write one formal lab report per semester and practice technical writing skills.

    Note:This course has two class meetings: In-person Lecture from 2:00 pm- 2:55 pm on Thursdays and in-person Lab from 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm on Mondays. Students must enroll in both sections.

    Prerequisites: High school Algebra I

    Levels:

    Students may opt to take this course at the honors level. All class members complete the same core material and participate in the same labs. Students taking the course at the honors level have additional assignments and alternative scoring. Honors students will be required to write a research paper on a physiology topic, using a minimum of five sources each. Honors students will also be expected to memorize anatomical structures observed during dissections and take a test identifying structures on labeled photographs. Finally, Honors students will be expected to memorize the majority of the human skeleton including the Latin names of bones and major muscles. Students must identify their level prior to the start of class. At any point in the year, a student may transition from honors to on-level if the workload exceeds the students' expectations.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 5-6 hours per week outside of class. Outside work must be completed to support the "flipped classroom" approach to this course in which the student pre-reads and prepares much of the lecture content at home, allowing in-person class time to be spent on highlights, clarification of challenging topics, class discussion, homework review, demonstrations, labs, and activities. In addition, students should plan for additional meeting and coordination time some weeks with their lab partners in-person, by phone, using shared documents, and/or via virtual meeting.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message the instructor and classmates. Students will have a mandatory pre-lab assignment that must be completed prior to lab and will serve as the student's "ticket" into the lab session each week.

    Assessments: Students will earn points for completed lab packets, chapter tests, and semester exams. Parents can calculate a letter grade using the student's points earned divided by points available. Parents may view all scoring and comments at any time through the Canvas site. Students have the option of paying for a verified certificate demonstrating successful completion of the online EdX Anatomy series which is used as a supplement to this course.

    Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase or rent Anatomy & Physiology, 10th ed. by Patton (ISBN #978-0323528900). Students should purchase Netter's Anatomy Coloring (ISBN-13: 978-0323545037) and The Physiology Coloring Book (ISBN-13: 978-0321036636). Students should also set up access to EdX's online lecture series "Anatomy" by the University of Michigan.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $65 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a composition notebook, graph paper, lab equipment and supplies, and safety supplies.

    What to Bring: Students should bring a paper or a notebook, pen or pencil, and a set of colored pencils to class each week.

    What to Wear: Students should not wear any loose, drapey clothing to lab. They should also come to class with long hair tied back and should wear closed toe shoes.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a partial credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: Algebra I

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    Dr. John Kornacki
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    Some teens may dislike government and politics because the system seems too big and too broken, and they feel like they could never make a difference. This workshop-style class will show teens that they can get involved, and they can become part of the solution. The class will give teens the tools they need to take action in their communities, enact change, and become citizen lobbyists. The class will welcome guest speakers who have taken action and tackled a problem in their community.Students will be encouraged to identify a problem in the local community and develop an action-oriented plan to address that need. First, students will examine how local and state government is structured and will be expected to attend at least one meeting or hearing of a local or state legislative or administrative body such as a town council, supervisors' meeting, school board meeting, planning/zoning commission, hearing, etc., related to an issue they care about. Worried about affordable housing in our region? Visit a meeting of the Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Dislike homeschoolers' exclusion from high school sports? Attend a school board meeting. Thrilling? Probably not, but these are the actual forums in which issues- and solutions- are first raised and considered. There, students will witness how business is conducted and how ordinary citizens can be heard.Students will also learn how to take action by writing effective letters, crafting an op-ed piece, and using social media to spread the word on the issues they care about. The group will look at how to create a petition (online or on paper) and make effective use of them. Students will be expected to write at least one letter to an official and at least one opinion article to a newspaper, blog, or social media platform. Finally, students will be encouraged to develop a project, start an initiative, or find an ongoing program or organization in the community to volunteer with. Students may volunteer individually or in small groups if several similar interests. At the end of the semester, students will be expected to give a class presentation on their issue, investigation, initiatives, and project plans.Taking action in the community is not only important for teaching teens how to become engaged citizens, but it also develops qualities that colleges and sometimes scholarships are seeking in applicants. Almost every college asks about a student's community service, leadership, and commitment to activities outside of regular "school" hours. Developing and implementing a community action plan would demonstrate the student's leadership and volunteerism to colleges. In addition, most hours invested in a project could be counted as community service for purposes of earning a President's Volunteer Service Award through Compass. Finally, mentors and adult partners in the community might be able to eventually write a recommendation letter for the teen volunteer.Students may want to simultaneously register for this instructor's companion course Political Science through Current Events in order to experience a more complete view of American Government and Civics..Prerequisites: None Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class on the investigation of issues/projects. Assignments: Assignments will consist of readings, some written assignments (letters, op-ed, etc), and phased steps of developing the community action project. All assignments will be posted on Google Classroom site. Assessments: Points will be awarded for the competition of assignments and personal community action project and parents can assign a grade based on the number of points earned as compared to the number of points available. Textbook/Materials: The instructor compile a packet of selected readings and articles by August 1. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee (TBD) will be assessed for the photocopied class packet. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as partial credit in Civics for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Laura Adler

    Imagine a phone app that could quickly reunite lost pets, connect the poor with resources that they need, or report a problem in the community! Code for a Cause is the Compass-based Technovation hub where middle school girls will participate in the world's largest technology entrepreneurship program for girls. Each year, Technovation teams solve real world problems through technology that they develop!

    Through Technovation, girls work with women mentors, identify a problem in their community, develop a mobile app, and launch a startup. Since 2010, 23,000 girls around the world have developed mobile apps and startups to solve problems around a diverse range of problems, including food waste, nutrition, women's safety, and much more. In this year-long program, girls will work in teams and learn the skills they need to change the world with technology.

    Girls will begin with get-to-know-you and team building activities before breaking into teams of 3-4. Each team will brainstorm to identify a problem in the community. They will propose a mobile app solution to their problem and conduct market research to see if their idea is the best possible solution. Next, the girls will learn to program their unique application using a web-based software called Thunkable (an app inventor platform). In class, girls will be coached step-by-step on the process and logic of creating an interactive application. Finally, girls will learn how to brand their app, create a business plan, and look at what it would take to bring the app to market.

    Participation in Technovation gives girls the confidence to pursue more computer science courses (70%), and give many the foundation to eventually major in computer science (26%). Technovation teams are in 100 countries, and the program is sponsored by Oracle, Google, 3M, Adobe Foundation, and others.

    TechnologyEach student will need to have- and check- her own e-mail account and bring her own laptop to class each week. Chrome Books and tablets will not work for this application.Homework Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours outside of class each week on coding or collaborating with team members. Age: The Compass team will be competing at the middle school level. Team members must not turn 15 before August 2022 for this team.

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    Mimi Nyman

    Students will enjoy making hearty favorites and winter weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Winter Warm-Up recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    -Appetizer- Bang Bang Chicken

    -Salad- Savory Potato Salad

    -Soup- Vichyssoise

    -Entree- Orange Chicken Stir Fry

    -Side- Stuffed Veggies

    -Dessert- Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

    -Casserole- Sweet Lemon Chicken Bake

    -Extra- Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 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.

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    Mimi Nyman
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    Toffee. Taffy. Truffles... End the day on a sweet note! Students will enjoy making and eating seasonal confections. Each week they will bring home fresh, handmade candies, fudge, brittle, and other delicious treats for their family and friends. This quarter, the Compass bakers' confectionary adventures will include:

    - Pineapple Gummy Candy

    - Creamsicle Fudge

    - Cinnamon truffles

    - Scotch Drops

    - White Chocolate Caramel Clusters

    - Cream Cheese Mints

    - Chocolate Molding

    - Layered Mint Candy

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. This engaging candy-making class will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week.

    Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a small group.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 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.

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    Shona D\'Cruz
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    Student artists will enjoy working hands-on, in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting and crafting materials to create original Decorative Arts. Assembling decorative items is multi-sensory, and students enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Decorative art engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this studio environment, students will create original hand-made pieces using a range of artistic techniques and a myriad of materials to choose from.

    Third quarter, students will work with a variety of fibers and textiles to create unique, 3-dimensional projects. From fuzzy chenille to fluffy cotton and scratchy jute to scrumptious viscose, students will enjoy the tactile experience of looping, lashing, layering, weaving or knotting assorted textures in fabrics and fibers. Students may also work with burlap, felt, leather, muslin, wool, yarn, or string. Example past projects include a string sculpture, a knotted flannel scarf, a wall hanging, and wool felting projects. Students may sew embellishments such as buttons on their finished projects, but this is not a sewing class. A supply fee of $30.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 6-week class that begins on February 1.

    Topics in this Series: Sculpture Skills (Quarter 1), Marvelous Mosaics (Quarter 2), Fiber Arts Fun (Quarter 3), and Upcycled, Recycled Projects (Quarter 4).

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    Judith Harmon
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    Picture the mysterious count in a dark, dreary stone castle in Transylvania or the frail, young Lucy Seward ailing in an English sanitorium, afflicted by nightly, blood-sucking visits from a vampire. How would you portray these scenes on stage?

    Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes to bring a production to stage? It takes a team of people to put on a show: stage managers, specialized designers for costumes, sets, props, lighting, music, and sound. There are also choreographers, fight directors, a dramaturge, a technical director, casting director, publicist, producer, and stage director to guide them all.

    This class will explore the different roles of the production team, designers, and crew responsibilities as students analyze a script and make decisions as if they were the Director. Under the guidance of a theater professional, students will learn how the pre-production and design teams develop the director's vision to bring a production to life!

    Students will begin with reading and analyzing a script without stage directions or notes. The group will make technical and artistic decisions to formulate a vision for the production. Students will learn to notate stage directions (such as 'stumble in from downstage right') and how to block scenes. They will make aesthetic decisions on set design and props, costuming, and technical effects such as lighting, sound effects, or music. The class will consider casting requirements and discuss the audition process. Example class projects include sketching costume concepts, creating a miniature set, and preparing audition notices.

    This class is recommended for beginners as well as experienced theatre and production students. Every script is different and offers new sets of challenges. The emphasis in this course is on the vision, design decisions, and the teamwork required to bring a performance to stage, but the class will not be putting on an actual production. Students who want to further their study of theatrical production might wish to co-register for the 2021-22 courses on costume fabrication, Sewing for Cosplay, Stage Combat, or one of several acting/improvisation classes.

    Topics in this Series: Director's Chair: Murder on the Orient Express (Semester 1), Bram Stoker's Dracula (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.
    Prerequisites: None Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Will be reviewed in class and summarized in the weekly e-mail. Assessments: Qualitative feedback will be given throughout the semester. A quantitative score/grade will not be provided. Textbook/Materials: Furnished by instructor. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a copy of the licensed script and project materials. What to Bring: Script and notes. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts or Career Exploration for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Taliesin Knol
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    Long, long ago, in a props studio on the other side of the country, George Lucas created the worlds of Star Wars. Now, we will do the same in the form of custom-crafted dioramas! This class will study and examine the methods of movie miniatures from the sci-fi/fantasy classic, and replicate them to create our own piece of a far away galaxy. Just like the Hollywood pros, we’ll compare the real world settings used as “alien” backdrops, learn which Star Wars planets are possible and why, and recreate favorite scenes from the series. Alternatively, as we discuss the inspiration for the Star Wars planets, students may be inspired to design their own alien worlds. Of course, it’s not Star Wars without the wars, so the class will also go back to the source material and learn which elements of the fictional universe are “borrowed” from history: From WWII-inspired starfighter combat, to Samurai armor on the villains, and medieval-style sword duels!

    Each student will create an individual diorama, which can be stand-alone or optionally be made to align with the scenes of one or more classmates. 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 landscape elements, waterways, unique flora and fauna of the setting, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger landscape. Students will then compete in a team-based strategy game. Each student will have at least one board and 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 $20.00 material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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    Dr. Anne Taranto
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    In this comprehensive, full-credit English course, students will explore the major literary genres and become proficient in academic writing practices. While gaining familiarity with lyric poetry, drama, epic, and the novel, students will acquire the fundamental principles of critical reading and literary analysis, learning to recognize figurative language, tone, subtext and diction, understand symbolism and imagery, and develop an awareness of narrative perspective and of the social-historical contexts in which these works were created. Featured authors will include: George Orwell, William Shakespeare, and Ray Bradbury.

    Composition: Students will also learn the fundamental components of academic writing, including how to construct a thesis statement that makes an argument, how to support their ideas effectively with textual evidence, how to organize an argument logically, and how to cite sources in MLA format. Writing assignments will include one analytical paragraph, one creative writing assignment, and one critical essay (outline, draft, and revision) per semester.

    Literature: Second semester works include: Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe); Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare); Animal Farm (George Orwell); and Farenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), and additional short stories, poems, speeches, and essays.

    Topics in this Series: Introduction to Genre, Part I (Semester 1) and Introduction to Genre, Part II (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level, and it is recommended that students have had a middle school writing class.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted in a Google Classroom management site. Students will need their own gmail accounts to access Google Classroom.

    Assessments: Students' written assignments will be graded using a rubric and assigned points that the homeschool parent can use when assigning an overall class grade.

    Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

    Supply Fee: A class fee of $43.90 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for the class pack of books and photocopied articles.

    What to Bring: Students should bring the current literature, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking passages/pages. Some weeks students will be asked to bring laptops to do some in-class writing.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a half-credit (one semester) or full credit (both semesters) in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: Middle school writing

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    Fencing Sports Academy
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    Fencing is the clashing of steel and competitive spirit combined with the battle of the wits. Apply the rules of Olympic fencing, and you have a physically and mentally challenging game of strategy, often called, "physical chess." In Beginning Fencing, students will learn the rules of the sport as well as footwork, attacks, parries, responses, and how to judge matches. Beginning students will use the epee, a thin, lightweight sword with broad hand guard and will wear a wireless electronic scoring sensor over layers of protective gear. Returning students will work with both the epee and foil. The physical benefits of fencing are an increase in agility, balance and coordination. Fencing also provides mental benefits such as improved focus, strategy and confidence. Fencing is safety-oriented with blunt tip weapons, chest protectors, chest/sleeve pads, fencing jacket, gloves, and face mask. All equipment is provided by the instructor. Students are asked to wear comfortable athletic pants such as running pants or sweatpants (no jeans, no dresses), and low-heeled athletic shoes.

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    Becca Sticha
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    Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! In this 90-minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

    Third quarter, junior engineers will tackle Monster Machines, building conveyor belts, elevators, catapults, tunnel-boring diggers, and a ferris wheel.

    Each class 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. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown. Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. Topics in this Series: Super Structures (Quarter 1); Awesome Automobiles (Quarter 2); Monster Machines (Quarter 3); Colossal Construction (Quarter 4).

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    Dr. Michele Forsythe

    Kids can learn some basics of biochemistry when they can touch it and test it! Students will explore key macromolecules such as lipids, fats, carbohydrates, and protein. They will perform a 'mystery lab', in which they use standard chemistry assays to identify unknown samples of macromolecules. Students will discover the functions of these macromolecules including, structure, energy storage and intracellular/ intercellular communication. Students will use hands-on experiments probe the factors that affect protein structure and conduct assays to examine their effect on the protein's function. The class will learn how their body builds important polymers, required for life, using dehydration synthesis. Students will discuss how living organisms harvest energy by using hydrolysis reactions when metabolizing food and how they store energy in the chemical bonds of sugar or fat. Topics in this Series: Kids' Chemistry Lab: Atoms & Molecules (Quarter 1); Kids' Chemistry Lab: Properties of Matter (Quarter 2); Kids' BioChemistry Lab: Manipulating Molecules (Quarter 3); and Kids' BioChemistry Lab: Discovering DNA (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Beth Ross
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    Kids love horses! In this class, they will learn all about our equine friends- breeds, categories, and names. They will brainstorm all of the roles that horses play- now and throughout history- and how these have created such a special bond between horses and humans. They will learn about horse nutrition, proper diet, and exercise. They will discover what makes an ideal horse farm, how much shelter horses need, and the requirements for a safe, healthy stall/stable. Students will learn what to do to get a horse ready to ride, how to care for the horse after a ride, and proper grooming. Finally they will learn about horse anatomy and some health conditions unique to horses and how equine veterinarians care for them. Discover what is different at a hospital for horses. Since horses can't some to Compass, students will adopt and name their own stuffed horse to be used in class. There is a $43.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor for the horse, doctor's coat, and the complete class take-home kit.

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    Sci Genius
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    Children love to explore the living world around them. Much of the living world is tangible and touchable: they can observe plants and animals in their backyards, in the woods, at the beach, and at zoos and farms. The magic of the microscope reveals the universe of tiny living organisms that most children are seeing for the first time, and an exploration of the human body helps connect children themselves to the moving, growing, learning, living world.

    Meet the invisible, microscopic world around us! Students will first learn about the power of microscopes and what they can see under magnification. Each week the class will talk about the microscope universe including atoms, molecules, animal cells, plant cells, bacteria, and viruses. Students will peer into microscopes, create models, and perform experiments to examine evidence and effects of these microscopic marvels. Each class has a brief discussion followed by classroom demonstrations, hands-on activities, and labs. There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Topics in this Series: Animals (Quarter 1), Plants (Quarter 2), Microscopic Universe (Quarter 3) and Human Body (Quarter 4).

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    Becca Sticha
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    Each week, students will tackle math puzzles, challenges, and learn new "tricks" and techniques to solve a variety of math problems, all while learning about the masterminds behind founding principles of modern mathematics. Students will learn about the life and times of a great mathematician and then explore key concepts, principles, and formulas introduced by the featured master. Students' problem- solving skills will be honed as they examine the historical, cultural, and personal context for discoveries in mathematics. The class will work sample problems and use experiments and manipulatives to demonstrate the formulas, theories, short-cuts, or alternate approaches suggested by famous mathematicians., Third quarter, students will be exposed to a wide variety of mathematical terms and concepts from the ancient scientists Archimedes, Newton, Keplar, and Galileo. Topics in this Series: Geometry Challenges (Quarter 1); Pattens & Problems Solvers (Quarter 2); Great Discoveries (Quarter 3); and Modern Challenges (Quarter 4).

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    Taliesin Knol
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    At the twilight of the Roman Republic, Gaius Julius Caesar learned he could gain the support of the mob of common Romans by bribing them with treasure plundered in conquest. Discover how Caesar would break The Republic and lay the foundation for an Empire. Fresh from his victories in Gaul and Germania, but still badly in need of money and glory, he set his sights on Britannia, to conquer what would become the last frontier of the Roman Empire. Caesar's veteran legions would battle hoards of barbarians, planting the roots of Roman civilization that linger today, and watering those roots with the blood of his enemies!

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of this conquest while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war 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. Each student will have at least one board and 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 $20.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: Alexander the Great (Quarter 1); Hannibal (Quarter 2); Julius Caesar in Britain (Quarter 3); and Attila the Hun (Quarter 4).

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    Mimi Nyman
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    Mosaics is run as a studio art class where students create unique compositions and work at their own pace under the guidance of an experienced mosaic artist. Each quarter, students are taught new design, cutting, layout, and finishing techniques and are introduced to new mosaic materials which they can incorporate into inspired, original pieces. Throughout the quarter, the instructor will suggest possible themes for projects based on the featured materials, but students are always welcome to pursue a different direction.

    Students who are new to mosaics will complete a quick checkerboard project (complete with wooden checkers) to teach pattern, layout, and lines before starting an individual projects. For each project, students will be able to choose from a variety of substrates- rectangular, square, shaped, or circular backboards (typically first-year students), or special forms or 3D objects (experienced students). Each project will expand a student's understanding of color, pattern, rhythm, texture, and spacing as they complete rich, dimensioned compositions. Students will be able to incorporate other glass, ceramic, and porcelain tiles into their projects and may select feature elements such as beautiful glass gems, millefiori, sliced stone, metallic ornaments, mirrored bits, or shells, to serve as focal points in their mosaic piece. The mosaic can be monochromatic, complimentary, or contrasting colors. A broad pallet of colors is always available, and new colors are added each quarter to reflect the season.

    Students will develop a skillset for mosaic artistry over multiple quarters or years. As each student demonstrates mastery of basic skills, safety, and artistic expression, that student will be taught advanced techniques, materials, tools, composition, and color theory. A typical progression in mosaics is:

    -Flat, rectangular substrate, whole tiles, symmetric design, proper spacing and adhesion

    -Flat, circular substrate, tile cutting with nippers, themed design and color choice

    -Flat or curved substrate, cutting sheet glass with pistol grip, breaking pliers, and running pliers, composition and color design

    -3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques

    -Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design

    There is no prerequisite for this class. The number of projects completed each quarter depends on the student's work speed and attendance in class. Compass parents are welcome to register for the class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

    Assessments: will not be given.

    Materials Fee: Materials used vary depending on a student's experience with mosaic. Beginner Material Fee: $40.00 for a selection of Beginner Materials, including: vitreous glass, ceramic, mini, eco recycled glass, beach glass, glitter glass, glass gems, ceramic pebble, shells, metallic crystal, subway glass; Adhesive: weld bond; Grout: bone or charcoal color; Cutters: wheeled tile nippers; Substrate: 2D/Flat 12" x 12",10" x 10", 8" X 8", 4" X 4", framed mirrors, ornament shapes. Advanced Material Fee: $50.00 for a selection of Advanced Materials including: All Beginner Materials plus, iridized glass, cathedral sheet glass, opaque sheet glass, color fusion, millefiori, Van Gogh glass, natural stone and minerals, special effects glass, water glass, colored mirror, illumination glass, china plates, rhinestone, ball chain; Adhesives: weld bond, thin-set mortar, silicone; Grout: Custom colors (purple, rose, green, blue, earth, orange); Cutters: wheeled tile nippers, porcelain hand tool, hand file, pistol grip, beetle bits cutting system; Substrates: All flat shapes plus, 3D forms (egg, sphere, cone, pyramid etc),cut out sentiments, trays, glass bottle, mini sleds, flower pot, picture frame, sun catcher. Additional Fee: Tesserae by request and consultation with instructor: mother of pearl, 24 kt gold tiles (market rate), specially cut substrate. All material fees are due payable to the instructor on the first day of class by cash, check or electronic payment.

    What to Bring: In-progress project must be brought back to studio each week.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mimi Nyman
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    Mosaics is run as a studio art class where students create unique compositions and work at their own pace under the guidance of an experienced mosaic artist. Each quarter, students are taught new design, cutting, layout, and finishing techniques and are introduced to new mosaic materials which they can incorporate into inspired, original pieces. Throughout the quarter, the instructor will suggest possible themes for projects based on the featured materials, but students are always welcome to pursue a different direction.

    Students who are new to mosaics will complete a quick checkerboard project (complete with wooden checkers) to teach pattern, layout, and lines before starting an individual projects. For each project, students will be able to choose from a variety of substrates- rectangular, square, shaped, or circular backboards (typically first-year students), or special forms or 3D objects (experienced students). Each project will expand a student's understanding of color, pattern, rhythm, texture, and spacing as they complete rich, dimensioned compositions. Students will be able to incorporate other glass, ceramic, and porcelain tiles into their projects and may select feature elements such as beautiful glass gems, millefiori, sliced stone, metallic ornaments, mirrored bits, or shells, to serve as focal points in their mosaic piece. The mosaic can be monochromatic, complimentary, or contrasting colors. A broad pallet of colors is always available, and new colors are added each quarter to reflect the season.

    Students will develop a skillset for mosaic artistry over multiple quarters or years. As each student demonstrates mastery of basic skills, safety, and artistic expression, that student will be taught advanced techniques, materials, tools, composition, and color theory. A typical progression in mosaics is:

    -Flat, rectangular substrate, whole tiles, symmetric design, proper spacing and adhesion

    -Flat, circular substrate, tile cutting with nippers, themed design and color choice

    -Flat or curved substrate, cutting sheet glass with pistol grip, breaking pliers, and running pliers, composition and color design

    -3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques

    -Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design

    There is no prerequisite for this class. The number of projects completed each quarter depends on the student's work speed and attendance in class. Compass parents are welcome to register for the class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

    Assessments: will not be given.

    Materials Fee: Materials used vary depending on a student's experience with mosaic. Beginner Material Fee: $40.00 for a selection of Beginner Materials, including: vitreous glass, ceramic, mini, eco recycled glass, beach glass, glitter glass, glass gems, ceramic pebble, shells, metallic crystal, subway glass; Adhesive: weld bond; Grout: bone or charcoal color; Cutters: wheeled tile nippers; Substrate: 2D/Flat 12" x 12",10" x 10", 8" X 8", 4" X 4", framed mirrors, ornament shapes. Advanced Material Fee: $50.00 for a selection of Advanced Materials including: All Beginner Materials plus, iridized glass, cathedral sheet glass, opaque sheet glass, color fusion, millefiori, Van Gogh glass, natural stone and minerals, special effects glass, water glass, colored mirror, illumination glass, china plates, rhinestone, ball chain; Adhesives: weld bond, thin-set mortar, silicone; Grout: Custom colors (purple, rose, green, blue, earth, orange); Cutters: wheeled tile nippers, porcelain hand tool, hand file, pistol grip, beetle bits cutting system; Substrates: All flat shapes plus, 3D forms (egg, sphere, cone, pyramid etc),cut out sentiments, trays, glass bottle, mini sleds, flower pot, picture frame, sun catcher. Additional Fee: Tesserae by request and consultation with instructor: mother of pearl, 24 kt gold tiles (market rate), specially cut substrate. All material fees are due payable to the instructor on the first day of class by cash, check or electronic payment.

    What to Bring: In-progress project must be brought back to studio each week.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Sevim Kalyoncu
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    Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and watch the changes to the watershed.

    Step outdoors to each week 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!

    A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. 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 they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

    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.

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    Sevim Kalyoncu
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    Venture outdoors each week 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. Skills will be repeated and reinforced each quarter, because the available plants, animals, materials, and water sources change with each season. 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.

    Prerequisites: None

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    To Be Assigned
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    Students will be introduced to painting with acrylics in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional paint instructor.

    Students will work on framed canvas or canvas boards and easels and will learn elements of art and principles of design in addition to methods in painting. Painters will learn basic techniques such as shading, blending, stippling, and broad stroke. Each quarter, the instructor will demonstrate techniques by developing a sample painting. Students may elect to follow the class sample or may apply the painting skills to an entirely unique composition. Students will complete one or two canvases each quarter, depending on the level of detailing.

    Third quarter, students will begin painting scenes or objects from realistic reference photographs, but they will transform their subjects into a fantasy-based enviroment through the selection of alternative, fantasy color palettes and use of techniques to represent light to change the mood of the setting. Elements of art taught in prior quarters will be reviewed or reinforced throughout third quarter, including line, color, shape, texture, value, form, and composition.

    This class is suitable for beginners who have never painted before, and for experienced art students who have worked in other mediums and are interested in exploring acrylic painting. Compass parents are welcome to register for this class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class. Painting can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

    Prerequisites: None

    Workload: Work outside of class is optional, however students who want to continue to practice their painting techniques might want to purchase a tabletop easel (approx. $10.00) and set of basic acrylic paints ($30.00+) for home use.

    Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A new student class fee of $25.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for two canvases, a sketchbook, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, paints, brushes, paper products, etc.). Returning students who are continuing in this class from a prior quarter can continue using their sketchpad, but there is still a $14.00 fee for the other materials.

    What to Wear: Students may wish to wear an apron, smock, or paint shirt when working with acrylic paints.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    David Chelf

    This is a complete course in high school PreCalculus which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Topics in Precalculus include functions: polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric (right angle and unit circle). In addition, the course will cover polar coordinates, parametric equations, analytic trigonometry, vectors, systems of equations/inequalities, conic sections, sequences, and series. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem solving.

    Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry in order to take this class.
    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work.
    Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address in order to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. In lieu of a graphing calculator, students should have access to websites desmos.com and wolframalpha.com for graphing assignments.
    Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by checking that weekly homework sets are complete and giving periodic take-home tests; class participation is also strongly encouraged. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for the purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.
    Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 6th edition by Stewart, Redlin, and Watson (ISBN-10 0840068077, ISBN-13 978-0840068071). A scientific calculator similar to the Casio fx-115ES PLUS is required for this class.
    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Precalculus for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Prerequisites: Algebra II

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    Kofi Dennis
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    Students of all ages will love the energy and exhilaration of drumming! Students will learn rhythms and drumming patterns from West Africa and other cultures. In this "hands-on" class, students will learn hand-drumming on djembe drums and accompanying percussion accessories such as tambourines, triangles, rhythm sticks, maracas, and bongos.Students will learn the difference between steady beat, rhythms, and polyrhythms, which involve patterning, call and response, and different tonal levels. Drummers will be "in the groove" as they learn single stroke rolls, single and double paradiddle, frills, and patterns. They will be encouraged to experiment with different percussion instruments and to improvise.New drummers are welcome to enroll any quarter, and returning drummers are encouraged to return and continue to learn more complex drumming techniques. Drummers may be divided by age and/or drumming experience in class with each group taught the same rhythm with varying degrees of difficulty. All instruments are provided by the instructor.

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    Sirdley Taborga
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    Buenos dias! Spanish Amigos (Friends) is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young students. Much like learning their native language, students will be exposed to the sounds, vocabulary, and phrases in Spanish through songs, games, stories, interactive and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. The teacher will bring toys and objects each week to give kids tangible, hands-on examples of the vocabulary being introduced.Third quarter, young students will learn about La Casa (The Home) and will practice vocabulary and simple phrases about rooms of the house, common objects, and food. Every quarter, basics such as numbers, colors, the alphabet, and greetings will be incorporated.Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so children can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. While the theme might be the same as that of a younger level of instruction, more vocabulary will be introduced at the older level. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Instruction will be predominantly verbal, but key vocabulary words may be written down for students to begin a sense of spelling. Students will be encouraged to write down new words each week, but reading, writing, spelling, and note-taking will not be expected. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

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    Mallory Shear
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    From superhero blockbusters to Shakespearian plays, musketeers to mythological heroes, and pirates and princesses, great stories on stage and screen have great fight scenes! Picture buccaneers Barbossa and Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean or Rey versus Ren in the Star Wars sagas. Sometimes they use weapons and sometimes just their bare hands. Fight scenes can be thrilling, heart-breaking, or hilarious. This is the art of Stage Combat- creating the illusion of violence for storytelling in entertainment!

    Third quarter, students will learn techniques for a two-handed sword such as the historical broadsword brandished by knights, katanas carried by samurai, and the light saber used by Jedi. They will learn 5 cuts (attacks), 6 parries (deflecting), basic footwork and the technique of half-swording. Students will practice two 'pris de fer' moves (taking the steel) and how to feign two types of wounds. They will discuss the art of storytelling through sword fighting and develop a short, choreographed sword fight. Aspects of the two-handed sword work in third quarter build upon techniques learned for one-handed sword in second quarter. Students who wish to enroll third quarter for the first time will be required to schedule and pay for an additional one-hour session with the instructor to cover basics from the previous quarter.

    Aspects of stage combat may look like fencing and martial arts, but are instead a different set of theatrical skills that mimic the contact sports, often in a dramatic and choreographed manner meant to convey conflict on stage or screen. Emphasis in stage combat is on safety, so techniques are learned and rehearsed in slow-motion and at increased distance between partners. Students will work with blunt, wooden dowels instead of bladed training weapons. The instructor will present and frequently review class safety rules. This class is best suited for students who are focused, have self-discipline, can follow instructions, and can work in a group. Topics in this Series: Bare Fists and Brawls- Unarmed Combat (Quarter 1); Swashbuckling, Single-Handed Sword (Quarter 2) Dueling, Double-Handed Broadsword (Quarter 3); and Daring Rapier & Dagger (Quarter 4).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
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    Students will learn how to develop a scene with a partner with no script, no planning, and no casting! Tweens will learn how to react, interact, and respond "on the fly" and in character to each other in situations that are made-up on-the-spot. Actors will practice taking cues from their partners to keep the scene going in a hilarious, creative development that no one can anticipate or replicate.

    Popular improvisational exercises such as "Scene Jump", "Columns," and "Two-Minute Story" will be the backdrop for unusual, unexpected, and mixed-up settings which will be the catalyst for wild and crazy interactions among characters. Students' cooperative work will improve their creative thinking, interpersonal skills, and ability to think outside the box.

    This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class. Drawing on their favorite improv exercises, the students will perform for family and friends at the end of the quarter.

    Topics in this Series: Comedy Mash-Up (Quarter 1); Quick Scripts (Quarter 2); Improv Scenes (Quarter 3); and Who Dunnit? (Quarter 4). Taken these classes before? No problem, you can take them again as improv-based acting will be a new and different experience every time!

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    Joe Romano
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    Curious coins, baffling balls, confounding cards, and puzzling papers! Students will learn tricks of the trade from a professional magician using the Discover Magic curriculum! This class will present tricks from the Purple Wand curriculum.

    Each week, kids will learn how to perform a unique magic trick, and students will practice and perfect the illusion in class so they can come home and mystify their friends and family. Students will unlock the secrets to eight special magic tricks: Heads-Up, Bermuda Papers, Mind Trip, Baffling Bandana, Acrobatic Jacks, Magic IOU, IncrediBall and Presto Print. and others. For each trick, students will receive a custom magic prop and full color instructions, and at the end of each class, every magician will take home a Top Secret file folder with additional tricks they can practice. Student magicians will be given a secret password each week to gain access to an additional magic trick on the Discover Magic website (parents will need to work the magic to set up the child's online account.) Along with the actual magic, students will discuss a life skill each week that is essential to a good magician (and student) such as public speaking, presentation skills, practicing, being prepared, and reading your audience. Magicians who complete the class will receive a certificate and magic wand.

    Topics in this Series: Baffling Blue Wand (Quarter 1); Orange Wand Wonders (Quarter 2); Perplexing Purple Wand (Quarter 3) Bewildering Black Wand (Quarter 4)Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 7-week class that does not meet on March 2 (unless a prior week was missed due to snow.)

    Prerequisites: None

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    Dr. Karleen Boyle

    There are so many ways to do science! This class allows our youngest scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

    Third quarter, we will learn some basics of chemistry and medical science. Students will learn about pH, make their own acid-base indicator solution, make thermochromic (color-changing) putty and learn the physics behind its color-change. They will intersperse their chemistry experiments with studies of medical science. The class will review the basics of how human bodies work and how to keep ourselves healthy. The group will discuss our circulatory, respiratory and immune systems and learn how germs make us sick. Students will take samples from our classroom and other locations and culture them to see what bacteria we're able to grow. After that (sometimes alarming) experiment, we'll learn proper hand-washing techniques and test our effectiveness with the same UV glow lotion hospitals use in their infection control programs. Look out germs!

    Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astronomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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    Shannon McClain
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    Writing is a fundamental skill for school and for life, and it gives kids a voice! In this class, third and fourth graders will explore writing in many different ways. They will learn the basics of good writing and the art of revision. Classes will consist of simple lessons on writing plus in-class writing practice. Students will always be encouraged to write about what interests them, but they will also always be given fun, creative writing prompts so no one feels the panic of figuring out “what to write.”

    Third quarter, students will write fictional stories from a variety of genres. Will their writing include a fairy or a phoenix; witches or wizards; magicians or monsters; distant space or deep sea adventures?

    The goal for this course is for young students to gain confidence, increase writing fluency, and learn how to incorporate writing into everyday work and play. Each week, the instructor will share brief lessons on grammar such as correct capitalization, agreement, tenses, parts of speech, use of adjectives/adverbs, etc. They will also learn the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing, and strategies for each state. Student must be minimum age 8 to take this class and should be on grade level for reading and handwriting.

    Topics in this Series: My Memories (Quarter 1); Transforming Tales (Quarter 2), Fun with Fiction (Quarter 3), and Fact Finder (Quarter 4).

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    Mimi Nyman
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    Toffee. Taffy. Truffles... End the day on a sweet note! Students will enjoy making and eating seasonal confections. Each week they will bring home fresh, handmade candies, fudge, brittle, and other delicious treats for their family and friends. This quarter, the Compass bakers' confectionary adventures will include:

    - Pineapple Gummy Candy

    - Creamsicle Fudge

    - Cinnamon truffles

    - Scotch Drops

    - White Chocolate Caramel Clusters

    - Cream Cheese Mints

    - Chocolate Molding

    - Layered Mint Candy

    Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. This engaging candy-making class will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week.

    Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a small group.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 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 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.

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    Judith Harmon
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    Crafty Kids Club is a weekly after-school meet-up for kids in grades 2-5. Kids will gather and socialize while completing a craft around a monthly theme. An experienced Compass arts instructor will facilitate the crafting each week. Projects are selected to showcase a variety of materials and crafting techniques and to promote creativity and imagination. Each month, a minimum of four projects will be included from among eight craft categories: wooden, wearables, simple sewing, painting, sculpting, paper, beading, and mixed media.

    Kids will enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside a group of friends in Crafty Kids Club, and parents will appreciate the break! Parent Notes:

  • All the supplies are right there, in one convenient kit: 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.
  • Take-Home Option:
    If your child is working virtually or cannot come to Compass in person, no problem, you can subscribe to Crafty Kids and get a monthly kit with all materials, supplies, and written instructions to complete the projects on your own. For an extra fee, your monthly materials will be mailed to you or can be picked up at Compass. To purchase the shipping option for winter/spring ($9.50/ month), click HERE. To purchase the pick-up option ($3.50/month), click HERE.

    Winter/spring themes and example projects are:

  • January: Wild West (cross stitch badge, horse puppet, etc.)
  • February: Magical Masterpieces (wand, owl companion, etc)
  • March: Dynamic Dinosaurs (dino visors, triceratops planter, etc.)
  • April: Terrific Transportation (wooden boat, hot air balloon sun catcher, etc)
  • May: Beach Bonanza (crab puppet, sand art, etc)
  • If a student misses a week, no problem! His/her supplies for the missed project will be bagged and sent home with instructions to complete it solo or with parents.

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    Fencing Sports Academy
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    Fencing is the clashing of steel and competitive spirit combined with the battle of the wits. Apply the rules of Olympic fencing, and you have a physically and mentally challenging game of strategy, often called, "physical chess." In Beginning Fencing, students will learn the rules of the sport as well as footwork, attacks, parries, responses, and how to judge matches. Beginning students will use the epee, a thin, lightweight sword with broad hand guard and will wear a wireless electronic scoring sensor over layers of protective gear. Returning students will work with both the epee and foil. The physical benefits of fencing are an increase in agility, balance and coordination. Fencing also provides mental benefits such as improved focus, strategy and confidence. Fencing is safety-oriented with blunt tip weapons, chest protectors, chest/sleeve pads, fencing jacket, gloves, and face mask. All equipment is provided by the instructor. Students are asked to wear comfortable athletic pants such as running pants or sweatpants (no jeans, no dresses), and low-heeled athletic shoes. This section if for younger beginners in 3nd- 5th grade, with a minimum of age 8.

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    Karen Shumway
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    Dissection! The critical lab skill that schools skip and parents hate hosting at home. This lab can be paired with any independent study or online course in high school biology or anatomy in order to gain significant hands-on experience to complete a lab science credit. Students whose public or private school bio class dodges dissection are also welcome to sign up for the course.

    Students will investigate the comparative anatomy of a variety of organisms through a semester-long dissection study. Students will complete weekly dissections of organisms from a range of phyla, in order of increasing complexity of the organism. Dissections will include: a sponge, mussel, jellyfish, starfish, earthworm, squid, octopus, crayfish, grasshopper, perch, dogfish, frog, owl pellets (for small mammal remains), fetal pig, and vertebrate comparison bone lab. The class will conclude with a review and celebration.

    The class will cover lab safety, practice proper dissection techniques, and learn how to set up and maintain a lab journal with notes and drawings of organs and organisms. Students will also use microscopes to look at tissue samples throughout the semester. Students will have a pre-lab activity (video and/or packet) to complete each week as "admission" to the following session's dissection.

    Topics in this Series: Organ Systems (Semester 1) and Organisms (Quarter 2), etc. Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students must have age/grade-level dexterity and fine motor skills for the detailed instrument work in this class.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1 hour per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates. Students will have a mandatory pre-lab assignment that must be completed and will serve as the student's "ticket" into the lab session each week.

    Assessments: Will not be given

    Textbook/Materials: The Anatomy Coloring Book (ISBN-13 : 978-0321832016)

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $80.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    What to Bring: Students should bring a paper or a notebook, pen or pencil, and a set of colored pencils to class each week.

    What to Wear: Students should not wear any loose, drapey clothing to lab. They should also come to class with long hair tied back and should wear closed toe shoes.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in a laboratory science for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Laura Adler
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    What does it take to make a game? Art, music, storytelling, programming? All these things and more. Whether you are interested in game art, game design or coding, Unity is the place where it all comes together. Unity is a professional game development environment that has been used to create AAA games like Hearthstone and Kerbal Space Program and can also be used to create fun learning games, like ball rolling and pickup games. Unity games can be compiled for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android or Web GL, all from the same project file.

    Students will learn their way around the Unity development environment. They will learn to incorporate audio and art assets from the internet, as well as any original audio or art students have created. The class will use Unity's non-coding features to create action and will also do some scripting in C#. Students will create their own game, either chosen from Unity's catalog of beginner game tutorials or designed from scratch, and learn to deploy on the platform of their choice.

    Second semester will focus on 2D game design and will cover concepts like manipulating game objects in 2D space, working with "sprites" (2D game objects), and using the 2D camera setting. The class will learn techniques to create games like side-scrolling, top-down, platform and puzzle games. Even if you are most interested in 3D games, 2D development skills are useful for creating quick prototypes to show off your ideas.

    This course is for teens who are interested in either the artistic/graphic design aspect or programming aspect of video game development. Students should bring a laptop and charger to class each week. A gaming laptop with enhanced graphics card is preferred. No prior coding experience is expected.

    Topics in this Series: Video Game Designer: 3D (Semester 1) and Video Game Designer: 2D (Semester 2) Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: Will be given in class and noted in the weekly e-mails.

    Assessments: Will not be given.

    What to Bring: A laptop and charger to class each week.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Career Exploration, Technology, or Applied Computer Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

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    Becca Sticha
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    Students will model challenging engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building brick- LEGO! In this 90-minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while testing and customizing their constructions.

    Third quarter, students will model some of the fastest vehicles on Earth- and beyond- such as drag racers, speed boat, space shuttle, motorcycle, and super-sonic plane.

    Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion of the key science and engineering elements and sample photos/videos of real-life constructions. For most projects, students build individually. Instructor will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects for students who complete their base builds more quickly. Topics in this Series: Behemoth Builds (Quarter 1); Wildlife Whiz (Quarter 2); Speedsters and Spaceships (Quarter 3); Military Machines (Quarter 4).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Becca Sticha
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    Design, build, and program a robotic warrior which can battle other robots in the class on a tabletop arena. Each week, students will improve their robots though the addition of new sensors and components will program their creations to withstand different battle attacks.

    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 course 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 two weeks assembling, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and re-designing their projects. Topics in this Series: Robotic Arm (Quarter 1); Lunar Lander (Quarter 2); Battle Bots (Quarter 3); Tomb Explorer (Quarter 4).

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