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2nd quarter classes begin on October 25 (Friday classes) and October 30 (Wednesday classes). Registration is a-la-carte, and new families are welcome to enroll. A ten percent (10%) early registration discount is offered on all class registrations completed by midnight on October 11. Please note that there are some semester-long and year-long classes that are in-progress. Contact Compass about enrolling mid-session. Anyone who is unsure about what classes to select for different aged students or different learning styles can request a phone consultation before registration by calling Compass.
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Natalie DiVietri
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Math Lab is a tutoring center where students can go for weekly help on math homework! In Math Lab, homeschooled students bring the math homework they are assigned- whether from a Compass math class, an online math program, or material taught at home. Help is available for all topics from middle school (6th-8th grade) math through Algebra I, encompassing concepts such as: number lines, integers, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, factoring, exponents, roots, order of operations, inequalities, coordinate plane, working with variables, solving equations, and word problems.

Students will be expected to come to Math Lab with a current math assignment including any textbook, workbook, or worksheets and a pencil. They will work independently until they have a question, reach a stumbling block, or need clarification on a concept or computation. The Math Lab tutor will then work with them to check answers, remind them of a technique, or demonstrate a different way to solve the problem. Sometimes just hearing it from someone else will help a concept "click"!

An experienced Compass math instructor will oversee the Math Lab and will be circling the room and continually checking in with students. The tutor will not prepare or deliver structured lessons, but will be giving on-the-spot support/guidance as needed and may suggest additional practice to reinforce a concept. Math Lab students will receive discounts on subscriptions to IXL Math, on an online, learning platform. See the Compass Store for details on IXL subscriptions.

This registration is for a Compass student currently enrolled in Pre-Algebra or Algebra I.

Prerequisites: None

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Luc Atangana
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In Paint Studio II, student artists will further develop their skills in acrylic painting in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional paint instructor. Paint Studio II is a 2-hour session where a focused lesson is demonstrated and practiced in the first hour, and students may continue to paint in open studio (shared with Paint Studio I students) the second hour. The second hour of Paint Studio II is optional in the event that a student must attend a 10:00 am class.

The second quarter workshop will have students experimenting and practicing special effects with acrylic paints. Beginning with Impasto, novice painters will learn to lay paint on thick, then scrape, scoop, sculpt and sgraffito, for a variety of effects. Students will also learn to underlay tissue to create 3D and textured effects. Painters will also learn to create repeated designs and patterns by carving foam, rolling paint, and stamping. Students will round out their special effects skillset by adding colorful oil pastel lines and accents, or adding an acrylic wash over a pastel drawing.

This class is suitable for returning teen students who have completed at least two quarters of Paint Studio I, or adult students. Compass parents are welcome to register for this class to work alongside their teens or to work on their own while their teen is another Compass class. Painting can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

Topics in this Series: Advanced Fundamentals I, Color Studies (Quarter 1), Special Effects Workshop (Quarter 2), Advanced Fundamentals II: Blending & Brush Techniques (Quarter 3), and Advanced Perspective (Quarter 4). Prerequisites: at least 2 quarters of Paint Studio I 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 class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for canvas, pallet, pallet knife, 12 piece paint brush set, a sketchbook, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, acrylic paint, brushes, paper products, etc). Returning students who are continuing in this class from a prior quarter can continue using their sketchpad, pallet, pallet knife, and 12 piece paint brush set, but there is still a $20.00 fee for the other materials. What to Wear: Students may wish to wear an apron, smock, or paint shirt when working 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. This 4-week workshop meets on 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, and 12/13.

Prerequisites: Paint Studio I

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This is a compilation of 14 quarters of recipes from the Compass cooking classes taught by Mimi Nyman. This is a collection of more than 130 recipes that are family friendly and kid-tested! This book makes a nice memento from your child's experience in cooking class or a thoughtful gift. All proceeds from the sale of these cookbooks will be donated to a local food bank to help feed others in our community. Sold at the Compass Front Desk for $9.00. Purchase online for $13.00 to include shipping and handling.

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Great for tote bags, backpacks, scouts, or as a keepsake. 3" diameter, full color embroidered patch with iron-on backing. Sold at the Compass Front Desk for $3.50. Purchase online for $5.00 to include shipping and handling.

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Natalie DiVietri
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Math Lab is a tutoring center where students can go for weekly help on math homework! In Math Lab, homeschooled students bring the math homework they are assigned- whether from a Compass math class, an online math program, or material taught at home. Help is available for all topics from middle school (6th-8th grade) math through Algebra I, encompassing concepts such as: number lines, integers, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, factoring, exponents, roots, order of operations, inequalities, coordinate plane, working with variables, solving equations, and word problems.

Students will be expected to come to Math Lab with a current math assignment including any textbook, workbook, or worksheets and a pencil. They will work independently until they have a question, reach a stumbling block, or need clarification on a concept or computation. The Math Lab tutor will then work with them to check answers, remind them of a technique, or demonstrate a different way to solve the problem. Sometimes just hearing it from someone else will help a concept "click"!

An experienced Compass math instructor will oversee the Math Lab and will be circling the room and continually checking in with students. The tutor will not prepare or deliver structured lessons, but will be giving on-the-spot support/guidance as needed and may suggest additional practice to reinforce a concept. Math Lab students will receive discounts on subscriptions to IXL Math, on an online, learning platform. See Compass Store for details on IXL subscriptions.

Prerequisites: None

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Dr. Kristin Keenan
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An earthquake rocks Irvine, CA; A cyclone hits the Solomon Islands; New fossils found in the Philippines; Volcanoes viewed on Venus. Aspects of Earth Science are in the news every single day! Earth Science is a study of the physical Earth and the universe- past and present- around us. It is a course that focuses on the study of space, geologic structures and forces, the waters on our planet, and the atmospheric forces above us, all of which shape our world. Students will explore the Earth's spheres including the geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and atmosphere, as well as the cycles of the Earth such as the water and carbon cycle.

In this course, students will use scientific practices to understand overarching concepts related to Earth and space science and to recognize unifying themes that integrate the major areas of study such as plate tectonics, weather, climate and climate change, water, ocean circulation, topography, natural resources, human impact on the environment, ecology, ice ages, and mass extinctions, among others. The curriculum integrates critical thinking and laboratory skills that stress the development of experimental design, detailed observation, accurate recording, data interpretation, and analysis. Ultimately, this course prepares students to be scientifically literate as well as prepare them for future courses in biology, physics, and environmental science.

An estimated 45 minutes of each class will be dedicated to delving into a specific, and the remainder of the time will be spent performing labs, observing demonstrations, reading and discussing articles, or using laptops for in-class investigation. Each student will do a long-term project that will incorporate research, data collection, a paper, and a year-end presentation. Ultimately, students will develop a conceptual and analytical understanding of the principals of Earth Science, with the design of this course being to introduce students to scientific thinking and reasoning, problem solving, and experimentation.

This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. All class members share the core, weekly lesson and participate in the same in-class labs and activities. Honors students will be assigned supplemental articles, videos, and/or additional homework problems each week. 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. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

Students will be expected to take notes during class, study independently, read, and take detailed notes on concepts before coming to class, complete various problem-solving activities or handouts, analyze data, and write formal lab reports.

Pre- or co-requisite: Pre-algebra Workload: Students should expect to spend 5-6 hours per week outside of class. 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 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 assignments are complete; spot-checking the full solution to 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 or rent Earth Science by Tarbuck and Lutgens, 2015 ed. (ISBN-13: 978-0134543536)
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $150 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: Students will need a class notebook, a lab notebook with graph paper, a scientific calculator, and a laptop.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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Sarah Fraser
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Whether college admissions tests (SAT, PSAT, or ACT) are right around the corner or down the road, this class will teach you how to tackle the tests, decode the questions, and boost your scores. While SAT/ACT test scores are not automatic ticket into the college of your choice, higher scores will get your application in the to-be-considered pile where admissions staff will take a closer look at all the other amazing things you have done.

This class will help you feel prepared to face standardized admissions tests and take away some of the worry and mystery that surround these assessments. Each week, students will spend time on strategies for math and English portions of the tests. Students will learn about test designs and the types and difficulty levels of reading, grammar, and math questions. The class will learn how to approach multiple choice questions, how to read passages for comprehension, and what to do when you don t know an answer. This class is not a crash course that preps you for one test sitting, but rather teaches you lasting techniques to get you ready for whenever you decide to take a standardized test. The instructor will lay out a study plan for test-ready students and be able to offer tips on many aspects of the college admissions process. When the class wraps up, students and parents will understand the process of SAT and ACT testing and feel prepared for the personal challenge of the test experience.

Topics in this Series: Success Skills for School: High School and Beyond (Semester 2). Prerequisites: For this class, students should be reading and have comprehension at or above grade level and have completed Algebra I. While geometry is included on the tests, completion of geometry is not assumed. Geometry formulas are provided within the tests, and the instructor will teach how to find and apply those formulas.Workload: Students should expect to spend one hour per week on homework for this class. Assignments: Prior to the start of class, each student should have taken a scored, practice SAT or ACT exam (found on the College Board or ACT website). All other assignments will be made in class and e-mailed to parents/students. Assessments: Students will take a variety of in-class and at-home time, practice test sections. The instructor will not provide additional assessments beyond the practice tests. Textbook: Students should purchase either The Official SAT Study Guide, 2019 Edition, published by the College Board (2018 ISBN # 978-1457309281), when published, or the The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2019-20 Edition (2018-19 ISBN #978-1119508069), when published. What to Bring: Students should bring their test book, notebook/paper, and a TI-83 or equivalent calculator to class to practice math questions that permit the use of a calculator. Phone calculators cannot be used. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) elective credit purposes of a high school transcript.

Prerequisites: None

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Judith Harmon
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After an imaginary twister transports our actors to Oz, they set off on a theatrical quest for home, discovering surprises in a magical land and making great friends along the way!

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to start to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the actors will decide on characters, conflict, conclusion, and the story they want to tell. Students will pitch ideas to the group, and those concepts will be developed and blended to into a script that reflects the contributions of each student. The script will be customized for this class by the instructor with input from the students.

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.

Students will work from a written script, and ideally, students would be able to read at grade level. Emerging readers can be accommodated if the parent is willing to do a little extra memorization work with the student at home including memorizing cues in the script. Parents will be emailed the script after the 3rd or 4th class and will be expected make sure their child learns his/her lines and assembles 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 8 to sign up for this class.

Topics in this Series: Our Wacky Vacation (Quarter 1), The Day We Woke Up in Oz (Quarter 2), Freaky Friday (Quarter 3), and The Craziest Dream Ever (Quarter 4)

Prerequisites: None

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Taliesin Knol
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This class will explore the judicial processes of the ancient world, starting with Ancient Greece. Students will learn how justice was carried out in a time before codified written legal systems, prisons, lawyers, or even formal judges existed and where the facts of your case depended entirely on how well your rhetoric could convince hundreds of your fellow citizens that would serve on a jury. Like a traditional mock trial program, the class will hear cases, and students will defend themselves, but will be expected to do so as an Ancient Greek citizen would have, through open debate. Real historical cases will be studied and trial parts assigned to the class, which will be expected to debate from the perspective of both citizen and non-citizen residents of an ancient Polis. The class will serve as the jury and, if necessary, select period-appropriate verdicts and explain how they arrived at their decisions.

Topics in this Series: Roman law, From Republic to Empire (Semester 2). 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: Students should purchase a copy of: Select Orations of Lysias by James Morris Whiton (ISBN# 9780530892238 at Barnes & Noble online). 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.

Prerequisites: None

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Dan Gallagher
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Young engineers will participate in the Lego "Great Ball Contraption" challenge! Lego Mindstorm 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! Students will each be challenged with developing a unique, individual segment of a contraption that moves a ball from point A to point B, and each segment will link to a classmate's invention to keep the ball moving! A contraption is a series of mechanized steps that will automate the process of moving a small ball along, much like a Rube Goldberg innovation.

Second quarter, students will discover what happens when simple machines are combined to work together. Engineers will use additional motors and more complex components to move the ball through a series of lifts, automated carts, moving gates, escalators, and more! Will each contraption transfer the ball to its neighbor without hitting the floor? Parents will be invited to the final class to see the demonstration of all of students' wacky contraptions linked together. See http://greatballcontraption.com/ or You Tube videos for impressive examples of the Great Ball Contraption.

Topics in this Series: Simple Machine Contraptions (Quarter 1); Wacky Contraptions (Quarter 2): Gadgets & Gizmos (Quarter 3); and Widgets and Whatsits (Quarter 4).

Prerequisites: None

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Peter Snow
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In Intermediate Chess 2, students will learn skills that build upon each other such as, intermediate queenExperts 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.

and pawn endings; intermediate bishop, knight and pawn endings; refresh on score-sheet notation; decoys; obstructions; and king defense when under attack.

Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner Chess or equivalent

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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:

-Spicy Plum Gruyere Quesadillas (appetizer)

-Spinach and Artichoke Soup

-Blue Apple Salad

-Sauteed Kale and Tomatoes (side)

-Mini Turkey Meat Pies (entree)

-Apple Eggrolls (dessert)

-Holiday Breakfast Ring

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: Sorry, but 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. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid.

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: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided

Prerequisites: None

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Mylene Nyman
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Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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:

-Spicy Plum Gruyere Quesadillas (appetizer)

-Spinach and Artichoke Soup

-Blue Apple Salad

-Sauteed Kale and Tomatoes (side)

-Mini Turkey Meat Pies (entree)

-Apple Eggrolls (dessert)

-Holiday Breakfast Ring

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: Sorry, but 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. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid.

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: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided

Prerequisites: None

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Michelle Dzema

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Don't write poetry? Think you can't draw? Maybe not, but you may still want a creative way to record your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and ideas! Journaling is an ongoing process of discovery and exploration that allows one to be conscious of and connect with his/her thoughts, emotions and ideas. It is a form of expression that supports both academic and personal growth.

Creative journaling is not writing daily "Dear Diary" style entries on dated pages. Instead, students will explore various journaling methods, blending self-expression and self-discovery to guide them in learning new ways to problem-solve, achieve goals, and process emotions. Students will work with several writing techniques and a range of art media to develop a personal journal throughout the quarter, and will have the opportunity to expand on it in subsequent quarters. Techniques such as freeform writing, black-out poetry, stream-of-consciousness writing, and creative list making- in addition to experimenting with simple mixed media like collage and photography- will be explored. Weekly prompts will cover a range of topics such as choices, ambition, fear, and self-esteem as they relate to the students' personal lives and current events. Conversation around the prompts will complement the students' work in their individual journals.

Topics in this Series: Journal work is done in an open studio environment that allows students to join in any quarter throughout the year. Prerequisites: No formal writing or art experience is needed. All teens are welcome. Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-2 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: are given in class. Assessments: Not provided. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a spiral bound journal and a kit of supplies. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English, Fine Arts, or general Elective for purposes of a high school transcript.

Prerequisites: None

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Anne Sharp
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Find out how historical facts and creativity collide in writing historical fiction! Students will learn why the literary elements of time and place are prescribed in popular historical tales such as Gone with the Wind, A Tale of Two Cities, and Johnny Tremain. Sometimes details of real historical characters or events are woven in to bring credibility to this genre. Students will research a historical period or event in order to select appropriate details to weave into their historical fiction.

Great writing doesn't always begin "from scratch." Sometimes writers use a formula, or template storyline, to create fiction. This class series examines different types of popular storylines to give the young writer a "formula" for creating original fiction. For each genre, the class will examine samples of literature and excerpts from well-known works that illustrate the story template. Each fiction formula includes a different mix of elements (characters, setting, plot) that change in the new story while others remain fixed to preserve the genre.

A portion of each class will be dedicated to sharing students' working drafts through collaboration and in-class feedback. Students will be expected to conduct some writing and reading at home each week. Literature selections will not be assigned in their entirety, but students may want to continue reading the complete work. The culmination of the students' work will be a bound class literary magazine. Topics in this Series: Mystery and Detective Stories (Quarter 1); Historical Fiction (Quarter 2); Prequels and Sequels (Quarter 3); and Revisioning a Classic (Quarter 4).

Prerequisites: None

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David Chelf
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This is a complete course in high school Geometry 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. Students will learn deductive reasoning, and logic by completing geometric proofs. Topics in geometry include: lines, angles, congruence, concurrence, inequalities, parallel lines, quadrilaterals, transformations, area, similarity, right triangles, circles, regular polygons, and geometric solids. 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 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 Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding, 3rd edition (ISBN-10 0716743612, ISBN-13 978-0716743613) A calculator is not necessary for this course. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Geometry for purposes of a high school transcript.12.08.0612

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 or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

Second quarter, junior artists will study and create art projects that are inspired by exciting destinations around the world: Australia, Canada, France, Egypt, Japan, Ireland, and Hawaii. Our youngest artists will create maple leaf art, work with Celtic art which focuses on geometric shapes, create a pineapple art project, and represent the pyramids with sand paper creations, as examples. The class will use paint, construction paper, tacky glue and glue sticks, markers, cray pas, chalk pastels, colored pencils, scissors, watercolor mixed media paper along with some unique art supplies such as sand paper and wooden frames.

Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); Art Around the World (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); and Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

Prerequisites: None

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Natalie DiVietri
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Does your child lack confidence in his or her mathematical ability? It might be because your child has not mastered basic math facts! Students who know their math facts can move confidently through other, higher levels of math. Basic math facts are to arithmetic as phonics are to reading! Math facts are the building blocks needed to be successful in multi-digit multiplication, long division, fractions, decimals, pre-algebra, and beyond! Fluent math facts help a student keep up in math and reduce frequent arithmetic errors.

Learning math facts for life does not have to be tedious drudgery! Flash cards and repetitive worksheets don't work for everyone, and a student won't always be able to use a calculator. This class will focus on strategies and introduce games that improve a student's number sense and fact fluency. Techniques such as counting up, tens partners, adding nine, and more will be explicitly modeled and reinforced in class. Students will play make-and-take math games in class like SLAP!, U-Know, and more that they will also be expected to practice at home. This class will provide an engaging, low-pressure environment and focus on individual skill development.

Topics in this Series: Addition (Quarter 1); Subtraction (Quarter 2); Multiplication (Quarter 3), and Division (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $5.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the make-and-take games and materials.

Prerequisites: None

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Luc Atangana
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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. They will work on framed canvas and easels and will learn elements of art and principles of design in addition to methods in painting.

The second quarter workshop will have students experimenting and practicing special effects with acrylic paints. Beginning with Impasto, novice painters will learn to lay paint on thick, then scrape, scoop, sculpt and sgraffito, for a variety of effects. Students will also learn to underlay tissue to create 3D and textured effects. Painters will also learn to create repeated designs and patterns by carving foam, rolling paint, and stamping. Students will round out their special effects skillset by adding colorful oil pastel lines and accents, or adding an acrylic wash over a pastel drawing.

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 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.

Topics in this Series: Botanicals- Line, Color, Shape, and Texture (Quarter 1/2); Special Effects Workshop (Quarter 2), Still Life- Values, Form, and Space (Quarter 3); Landscapes- Composition, Unity, and Repetition (Quarter 4). 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 class fee of $26.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for canvas, a sketchbook, foam, roller, pastels, 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 $20.00 fee for the other materials. What to Wear: Students may wish to wear an apron, smock, or paint shirt when working 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. Dates: This is a 4-week workshop that will meet on 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, and 12/13.

Prerequisites: None

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Dr. Kristin Keenan

When you hear the term paleontology, you probably think of dinosaurs! Plant-tearing, earth-stomping creatures with strange-shaped heads and spiky plates down their backs. And you're right, but paleontology spans the entire history of life on this planet. Paleontology draws elements from physics, botany, ecology, chemistry, biology, and geology--and works to explain how all of these fields are intertwined in our planet's past.

In this class, students will work with a real life paleontologist! Dr. Kristin Keenan will help students understand how paleontologists use physical clues- fossils- to ask and answer questions about the evolution of ancient life and Earth history.

Second quarter, students will explore unique creatures of the continents, the oceans, and the sky, as well as the changes that occurred to them through time. Find out what we know about these prehistoric creatures- and how- and what is still undiscovered. Students will explore concepts such as ammonites and their unique shell patterns, birds as modern dinosaurs, plate tectonics and hunting for fossils, the geologic time scale, and much more. During the quarter, students will build their very own fossil kits, learning how to correctly identify, label, and care for their fossils. At the end of each class, students will be given a fossil to add to their kit, and at the end of the quarter, students will take their completed fossil kits home with them.

Topics in this Series: Fossil Fieldwork (Quarter 1); Prehistoric Creatures (Quarter 2); Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Level: Because of the vocabulary and scientific terminology involved in the field of paleontology, students should be able to read and write at grade level.

Prerequisites: None

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Lisa Alsono
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Get ready for a full year of intermediate 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 describing homes and chores; planning a party; health, body parts and sports; vacations, leisure time activities, fun events and places of interest; communicating via phone and computer; and daily routines. There will be a strong emphasis on competency using regular and irregular past tense verbs and common grammar concepts such as commands, direct and indiect object pronouns, reflexive verbs, and the differences between ser vs. estar and saber vs. conocer.

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.

This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. Spanish 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 via e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

Prerequistes Spanish I 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. 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.10.07.0612

Prerequisites: Spanish I

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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

Prerequisites: None

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Beloved Yoga
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Come in out of the morning rush! Catch your breath, refresh and reset for the day ahead with yoga! Whole Health Yoga is a health and fitness program for teens and adults of all fitness and experience levels -beginners are welcome. It is intended to reduce overall stress and tension, and improve flexibility, strength, and balance. Each class will begin with "centering", or a breathing exercise to calm, focus, and unwind (approx. 5 mins). Next, the class will do warm-up stretching with particular focus on the spine (approx. 10 mins). which will help loosen the joints. Each class will include a work-out comprised of stretches and poses for the whole body that touch on major muscle groups and body parts (approx. 35 mins). Each week will include focused work on a featured body part such as back, hips, or shoulders. This is not a yoga class that is based on holding the perfect pose. Instead, participants will learn gentle, adaptable poses that are accessible to all ages, body types, and fitness levels. There is no set, repetitive class sequence: no two sessions will be the same! Each class will conclude with a final relaxation, which is typically done lying down, and may include some visualization (approx. 10 mins). Yoga philosophy is not included in this course. All participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat to class.

Prerequisites: None

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Megan Reynolds

Word Masters is a language challenge for students who enjoy word games, spelling, building their vocabulary, and verbal adventures. Why study lists of words if you can make a game of it? The best way to learn new words is to use them! This class is inspired by the annual Word Masters Challenge (www.wordmasterschallenge.com). Each week students will tackle new vocabulary words and practice them through analogies and critical thinking challenges. Students will examine word meanings, relationships, synonyms and antonyms with in-class activities and games such as Pictionary, Scategories, Charades, and Apples-to-Apples. Word Masters will improve a student's reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, logic skills, and the ability to think analytically and metaphorically. Word Masters introduce all new word lists, analogies, and activities each quarter.

Prerequisites: None

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Judith Harmon
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Acting is an adventure! Young actors will find themselves in a mix-up among dogs and cats in an imaginative drama where they will create an original storyline and unique characters for their very own original play! Will someone let the "cat out of the bag" or will our pet friends find themselves "barking up the wrong tree" on this pet-venture? Join us for purr-fectly hair-raising fun!

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: Zany Zoo (Quarter 1), Cat & Dog Drama (Quarter 2), Our Arctic Adventure (Quarter 3), and Rainforest Rescue! (Quarter 4).

Prerequisites: None

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David Chelf
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This is a complete course in 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 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. 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; 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 Algebra and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications- Prentice Hall Classics (ISBN-10 0131657100, ISBN-13 978-0131657106). A scientific calculator similar to the TI-83 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. 12.06.0612

Prerequisites: Algebra I

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Peter Snow
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In Advanced Beginner Chess 2, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other, including: advanced beginning counting in chess; Double attack tactics; Using the center once you control it; Advanced beginning king and pawn endgames; Key positions in rook and pawn endgames; Principles of minor piece endgames; and Simple, pawn-less endgames. 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: Beginner Chess or equivalent

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Mylene Nyman
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Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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:

-Spicy Plum Gruyere Quesadillas (appetizer)

-Spinach and Artichoke Soup

-Blue Apple Salad

-Sauteed Kale and Tomatoes (side)

-Mini Turkey Meat Pies (entree)

-Apple Eggrolls (dessert)

-Holiday Breakfast Ring

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: Sorry, but 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. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid.

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: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided

Prerequisites: None

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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:

-Spicy Plum Gruyere Quesadillas (appetizer)

-Spinach and Artichoke Soup

-Blue Apple Salad

-Sauteed Kale and Tomatoes (side)

-Mini Turkey Meat Pies (entree)

-Apple Eggrolls (dessert)

-Holiday Breakfast Ring

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: Sorry, but 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. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid.

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: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided

Prerequisites: None

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David Newbold
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What makes those instantly recognizable comic heroes and cartoon characters so special? Do you recognize Spiderman, Wonder Woman, BB-8, or Pikachu every time you see them? Students will work with acclaimed comic artist David Newbold to learn the art of illustrating comic characters!

Each quarter, students will complete several character studies by following along as David breaks well-known characters down into elemental steps. Students will draw step-by-step following the artist's lead as they learn to visualize how a character's form is composed of basic geometric shapes. The class will discover the many ways artists can portray motion and feelings in these characters as well as what makes them so fun and interesting. In the process, students will learn about the world of comics and how comic books are created. p>

Second quarter, students will learn to draw favorite DC characters. The first character study will be Batman. Students will vote in class on the other two Marvel characters that they will learn to draw. Students should expect to complete 3 characters each quarter with approximately two classes drawing each character in pencil. Students will outline in Sharpie and color their characters in during the final week of class. Students can use the techniques learned in class to create their own, unique comic characters.

Topics in this Series: Marvel Characters (Quarter 1); DC Characters (Quarter 2); Star Wars (Quarter 3); and Manga Characters (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 class kit that the students will need to bring every week.

Prerequisites: None

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Donna Shackelford

Students will investigate the comparative anatomy of a variety of organisms through in-class dissections. Students will complete individual and group dissections of organisms from a range of phyla including a sponge, hydra, grasshopper, worm, starfish, and bony fish. Students will examine major systems in each such as digestion and respiration. 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. To enhance each dissection lab, students will also use microscopes to look at tissue samples. There is a $30.00 lab fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this Series: Dissection Lab: Organs and Organ Systems (Quarter 1); Dessection Lab: Organisms (Quarter 2); CSI Forensic Science- Analysis (Quarter 3); and CSI Forensic Science- Investigation (Quarter 4). 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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Anne Sharp/Melanie Kosar
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Overview

Modern Narratives focuses on the incorporation of style, voice, and tone in literature and in writing. Viewing literature as "published writing", students will examine the products and processes of other writers in order to understand and refine their own. Through the analysis of professional and student works, students will explore what makes truly great writing.

Literature

First semester of Modern Narratives in Nonfictionwill examine the works of great essayists. Examples of some essays that may read in this course are those by Henry David Thoreau, George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, Robert Benchley, James Baldwin, Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, and Joyce Carol Oates. In addition, the class will use style manuals and classic writing texts such as Strunk & White's The Elements of Styleand William Zinsser's On Writing Well. The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term. In addition, students will be asked to read several selections over the summer. Students may also need to do some supplemental, parallel personal reading on his/her own to support the semester project.

Composition

First semester Senior Composition, dovetailing with the college admissions season, will focus on "the personal essay", writing to prompts, writing with a deadline, and ruthless editing (a.k.a. "meeting a word count"). Going beyond the five-paragraph template that encourages "cookie cutter" essays, students will create a unique architecture embedded with personal style, voice, and narrative structure. In short, students will uncover not just who they are as individuals, but who they are as writers... and how to fuse these two identities into a creative, organized, clear, and elegant essay.

In the process, students will master their writing process and identify personal writing strengths. These strengths will be developed into a writing workshop that they will present to classmates and the Compass community. Portfolios (now a potential college resume addition) will be expanded to include essays, research papers, and extracurricular support (artwork, performances, powerpoints, etc.) .

This course is part of a custom curriculum developed and team-taught by Anne Sharp and Melanie Kosar. The courses are designed in a sequential program that complements the developmental skills of the adolescent learner. It is a seminar-style approach that mirrors university literature and writing classes. Mrs. Kosar will teach the literature components of the course on Wednesdays, and Mrs. Sharp will teach the writing portion of the class on Fridays.

Topics in this Series: Modern Narratives in Nonfiction Works (Semester 1) and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize Writings (Semester 2). Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level. Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of classAssignments: will be posted on a Google Classroom. Assessments: are portfolio-based. Students will create a digital portfolio that incorporates annotated reading lists, reflects individual interests and accomplishments and showcases a variety of writing. Textbook: Students should purchase or borrow the assigned literature. In some cases, specific editions will be identified with ISBN numbers so students can be on the "same page" (literally!) What to Bring: Students should bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, current literature selection, and personal writing journal to class each week. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.12.06.0612

Prerequisites: None

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Megan Reynolds
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Great Books for Girls offers preteen students the opportunity to read high quality literature and expand their understanding of what they read through book discussion and hands-on extension activities. Through facilitated class discussion, students will analyze plot, theme, characters, genre, and setting by citing specific examples from the story. In addition, students will complete a wide range of extension activities, such as acting out or illustrating favorite scenes, writing alternate endings or prequels, or researching specific aspects of the story. Students will be asked to read assigned chapters from their books at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Readers will be encouraged to take notes on key passages or questions. All books selected for 2019-20 will feature the theme, "Perspective." The first book of Quarter 2 will be Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. A second, follw-up book will be voted on by the students each quarter from A Mighty Girl suggested titles, Newbery Medalists and Honor Books, and the Capitol Choices book lists.

Prerequisites: None

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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 or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

Second quarter, junior artists will study and create art projects that are inspired by exciting destinations around the world: Australia, Canada, France, Egypt, Japan, Ireland, and Hawaii. Our youngest artists will create maple leaf art, work with Celtic art which focuses on geometric shapes, create a pineapple art project, and represent the pyramids with sand paper creations, as examples. The class will use paint, construction paper, tacky glue and glue sticks, markers, cray pas, chalk pastels, colored pencils, scissors, watercolor mixed media paper along with some unique art supplies such as sand paper and wooden frames.

Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); Art Around the World (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); and Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

Prerequisites: None

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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.

Second quarter, students will have the chance to earn an Orange 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. Non-Meeting Days: In addition to the scheduled days-off on the published Compass schedule, this class does not meet on October 4.

Prerequisites: None

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Sarah Reynolds

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.

First quarter, students will have the chance to earn an Orange 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. Non-Meeting Days: In addition to the scheduled days-off on the published Compass schedule, this class does not meet on October 4. 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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Wyndy Frederick
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Celebrate Christmas and the winter holidays with some well-known secular songs. Learn to sing songs such as "Silver Bells", "White Christmas", and "I'll Be Home for Christmas", along with some international ones from France, Spain, Germany, and Africa.

The quarter's repertoire will include at least one choral number. 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 Stage (Quarter 1); Holidays Around the World (Quarter 2); Music from the Heart (Quarter 3); and Songs from the Silver Screen (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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Natalie DiVietri

Kids encounter fractions everyday but may not realize it! They intuitively understand half of a cookie, one quarter of cake, or a third of a pizza. Each week students will use real world examples to illustrate fraction concepts such as part of a whole, part of a set, number lines, comparing fractions, and more. For example, have you ever wondered where music notes get their names? Explore fractions as part of a whole by examining a measure and how different notes make up the whole. Students will create rhythms and be able to explain the math behind the music. Enjoy games? Learn a new version of the game War and dazzle your friends with tricks to quickly compare fractions in your head. Do you like to cook? Fractions are found in recipes that kids like to bake. Explore what it means to buy three quarters of a pound of cheese at the deli, be half way to grandma's house, and express that there were 72 red Legos in a package of 500. Fractions even pop up in telling time- half past ten or quarter 'til one. Fractions can be learned through hands-on experiments with everyday objects. Students will cut, chop, slice, and separate to see that 2/6 is the same as 1/3. They will experiment with combining fractions, such as doubling or tripling a recipe. These activities will provide a real-life understanding of different denominators and equivalent fractions. Students will practice problem solving skills, reasoning, and basic math in this class. Demystify fractions and enjoy math in your daily life!

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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Teenagers will learn to be money savvy in this interactive course! The critical life skills of personal finance through budgeting and money management will be introduced through real-world, hands-on activities.

Students will begin with the discussion about different careers and the range of expected starting salaries for different fields. They will learn about cost of living indices and that not all salaries are created equal when locale is considered. Students will be given a simple career interest inventory and will examine jobs that are projected to be in high demand in the future. Students will then embark on a guided, multi-week project where they will learn about developing a personal budget that works with the salary for their dream job. Each week students will tackle a new piece of the budget pie. They will see the effects of tax withholdings from an imaginary paycheck and that take-home pay may not be what they thought. Students will research and make selections on housing and perform cost comparisons among apartments, condos, or buying or renting a house. They will uncover what the real cost of utilities and insurance could be. Kids will select a dream car and see what the cost of owning (and insuring, maintaining, and fueling it) would be. As the students make personal choices in their budget, they will learn about opportunity costs. If they chose to have a pet, will they have enough money left for a vacation? Teens will develop a one-week meal plan and calculate the cost of the associated groceries. They will develop a budget for clothing, personal items, and entertainment. When the project is complete, how will teens be prepared for the game of "Life"?

Once students gain an understanding of how much money they could earn with various career choices, they will learn about saving and investing! The class will learn the difference between stocks and bonds and discover how the Stock Market works. They will simulate an investment in the market by selecting and following the price of several stocks throughout the quarter. Students will explore loans and mortgages and how interest rates, credit scores, and down payments affect the costs of borrowing. They will evaluate the workings of credit cards, and how minimum payments, interest, and fees work against them. The class will learn about money and how it drives the economy and the basics of supply, demand, and price. Students will also learn the real life lessons of balancing a checkbook and what happens when you don't pay off your credit card debt!

Topics in this Series: Money Savvy: Personal Finance Fundamentals (Semester 1) and The Stock Market Game (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 2 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: will be given in class and e-mailed to parents and students. Textbook: Students will use, The Complete Guide to Personal Finance For Teenagers and College Students Revised 2nd Edition with Workbook on Companion CD, ISBN #978-1620230701, by Tamsen Butler. This book has been pre-purchased by Compass and can be picked up at the Compass from desk for $13.00. In addition, Instructor will furnish copies of H.S.F.P.P. booklet sets to each student. What to Bring: Some weeks students will be asked to bring tablets or laptops to class to research cost information. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Personal Finance for purposes of a high school transcript.12.10.0908

Prerequisites: None

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Nick Grenier
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Got shelter? Late fall is the best time of year to learn to build a debris-hut, the most life-saving survival skill for our region. It's also harvest time for wild nuts, and fruits like persimmons. Look around for evidence of animals getting ready for winter. Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge and Natural Leaders programs that the instructor has lead for several years. Students will follow the paths and create their own through the wooded campus at Compass 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 with the changing fall season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!
p>Students will get to know about 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. 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. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. "

Prerequisites: None

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Tia Murchie Beyma
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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; it is appropriate for students who seek more challenge or plan to take the SAT Subject Test in Biology. 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. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

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 participate in a weekly conference held in addition to the in-person meeting at Compass. That online session is conducted live but can be viewed asynchronously if a student has a conflict. Assessments: Points are assigned for class submissions, and parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site. Textbook: 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). By second semester, those who elect to take the SAT Subject Test will also need the College Board's "Official SAT Subject Test in Biology Study Guide" (ISBN# 978-1457309205) and a prep book of their choice, such as the latest '"Princeton Review's Cracking the SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M" or "Barron's SAT Subject Test Biology E/M." 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, at least 400, 3"x5" index cards, and plain, lined, and graph paper. Some of these supplies are used at home. Students should watch class announcements on Canvas to know when to bring items to class. Notes: The cost for the SAT Subject Test in Biology in spring or summer 2020 is not included. Each family is responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's exam through the College Board. 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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Dan Gallagher

Students will design, build, and program robots to battle each other! On a custom-designed battle table, students' robots will be put to the test in match-ups with different challenges. Each week students will improve their battle-ready robot though the use of new sensors and additional components and will program their creations with new constraints.

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 programming 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. Topics in this Series: Lunar Lander Challenge (Quarter 1); BattleBots (Quarter 2); Walking Humanoid (Quarter 3); and To Be Determined(Quarter 4).

Prerequisites: None

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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 romantic comedy, The Winter?s Tale, and analyze its characters, plot, themes and motives. Students will voyage to the shores of Sicilia to take on the personas of Kings Leontes and Polixenes, Queen Hermione, courtiers Camillo, Paulina, and Antigonus. A kindly shepherd, a wise oracle, a clown, and a young girl make up the cast of characters in this mixed-up tale of jealousy, intrigue, revenge, and redemption.

Students will read various 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 mixed-up comedic tale of mistaken identity. 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 woo a woman?) Students will learn how the Bard crafted scenes and conveyed the primary storyline and sub-plots in a dark tale that has endured for over 400 years.

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: Shakespeare Off the Page: The Winter's Tale (Semester 1), Shakespeare Off the Page: Death by Shakespeare (Quarter 3), and Shakespeare's Famous Re-Writes of English History: Antony & Cleopatra (Quarter 4). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class reading 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. Non-Meeting Dates: This is a 13-week class, and the week off will be announced. 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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Lisa Alsono
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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.

This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. Spanish 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 via e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

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. 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.

Prerequisites: None

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Karen Hickman
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Does that person with blue hair you just saw riding a motorcycle belong in your story? Do you have a great idea for an animal that travels around the world? Do trains fascinate you? Fantasy and fiction can merge in this class all about finding colorful characters. Students will learn from the Paragraph Train to the 4 P's (people, places, problem, and plot solution) all about how to construct a story that hooks the reader. The class will begin with responding to prompts and making our writing time a place to focus. Strategies for getting started are covered as we move into the strengths in a story and the importance of journals. Students will publish one of their stories in an anthology at the close of the class.

The Writers' 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 the story 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 Series: Reading Classics, Writing New Endings (Quarter 1); Finding Colorful Characters for our Fiction (Quarter 2); Writing from the Inside Out (Quarter 3); and Classics, Paintings, and Poetry- A Passport Adventure (Quarter 4).

Prerequisites: None

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John Waldron
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Tweens will work in small teams to develop a variety of comedy skits which will combined to for the nightly newscast of utterly nutty news! Students can opt to write their own spoofs, perform a classic comedy routine, or work from rated E (for everyone) scripts to perform hilarious news scenes. Imagine an outlaw captured by grammar police, a wild wacky weather report, or a comedic mix-up between a reporter and his on-air guest!

In this class, actors will learn the art of a cold read in front of a director. If a student would like to write a script for the class, he/she should bring a hard copy to the first day of class to review and edit with the instructor before the script is offered to the class.

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.

Topics in this Series: Quick Scripts (Quarter 1); Nutty News (Quarter 2); Improv Scenes (Quarter 3); and Mystery Busters (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!

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 prehistoric art through Paleolithic examples (image making, cave painting, etc); Neolithic art, created as humans settled into communities such as Jericho and Catalhoyuk; and Megalithic remains like Stonehenge. The class will then move into Near Eastern art looking at examples from around the Fertile Crescent region: Sumerian, Akkadian, Neo-Sumerian, Babylonian, Hittite, Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, and Sasanian. Next the study of art will take students to ancient Egypt where art was dominated for millennia by their religion, the ruling pharaohs, and a belief in the afterlife giving them embellish rock-cut tombs, elaborate pyramids, and intricate sarcophagi.

After Egypt, the students' exploration will move into Aegean art including the funeral Cycladic art, Minoan art with frescoes and palaces, and Mycenaean art with its bold fortresses and celebrated Cyclopean masonry. The class will survey the influential art and architecture of Ancient Greece covering the Greek Geometric, Orientalizing, Archaic, Classical, Late Classical, and Hellenistic periods with its emphasis on form, balance, harmony, and an idealized human form on vases, statues, temples, and monuments. Next, students will journey across the Mediterranean to examine Etruscan art and architecture in the Orientalizing and Archaic periods, recognized by terra-cottas, sarcophagi, and bronze sculpture. Finally, the class will reach ancient Rome to view its art and architecture across several periods including the Roman Republic, Early Empire, High Empire, and Late Empire, with emphasis on painting styles, mosaics, and architecture spanning the typical Roman home, triumphal arches, public arenas, and aqueducts.

Levels:This course is offered at two levels, On-Level and Advanced Placement (AP). They have different workloads, but meet together. AP level students will work at a university freshman level and have the potential to earn college credit or placement through the spring 2021 AP exam. On-level students will use the same textbook, but will have less homework. The AP Art History curriculum will be taught using an approved AP syllabus over the course of four semesters (two years) in order to appreciate the depth and complexities of the topic. AP Art History taught in a typical one-year course would compact and compress the study to not be a thorough, enjoyable exploration of art. In order to list AP Art History on the student's syllabus, all four (4) semesters would be needed. Otherwise, any student may enroll in any semester for a solid Art History (non-AP) experience.

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: AP 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 (25% of the AP's 250) on the midterm and final. On-level students should be able to identify the art or object by style. AP 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 AP version by emailing Compass before August 16. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from AP to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have begun, students may not "bump up" a level. AP Fees: The fee to take the College Board's AP Art History exam in May 2021 is not included; each family will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam 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.12.08.0905

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Peter Snow

In Beginning Chess 2, students will learn introductory skills such as: back rank mates; draws, all 5 types; elementary checkmates 2Rs+K, K+Q vs. K, K+R vs. K; elementary opening principles 1, elementary opening principles 2, pawn structure 1, pawn structure 2. 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 2 as his/her first class.

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Mylene Nyman
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Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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:

-Spicy Plum Gruyere Quesadillas (appetizer)

-Spinach and Artichoke Soup

-Blue Apple Salad

-Sauteed Kale and Tomatoes (side)

-Mini Turkey Meat Pies (entree)

-Apple Eggrolls (dessert)

-Holiday Breakfast Ring

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: Sorry, but 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. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid.

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: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided

Prerequisites: None

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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:

-Spicy Plum Gruyere Quesadillas (appetizer)

-Spinach and Artichoke Soup

-Blue Apple Salad

-Sauteed Kale and Tomatoes (side)

-Mini Turkey Meat Pies (entree)

-Apple Eggrolls (dessert)

-Holiday Breakfast Ring

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: Sorry, but 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. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid.

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: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided

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David Newbold
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What makes those instantly recognizable comic heroes and cartoon characters so special? Do you recognize Spiderman, Wonder Woman, BB-8, or Pikachu every time you see them? Students will work with acclaimed comic artist David Newbold to learn the art of illustrating comic characters!

Each quarter, students will complete several character studies by following along as David breaks well-known characters down into elemental steps. Students will draw step-by-step following the artist's lead as they learn to visualize how a character's form is composed of basic geometric shapes. The class will discover the many ways artists can portray motion and feelings in these characters as well as what makes them so fun and interesting. In the process, students will learn about the world of comics and how comic books are created. p>

Second quarter, students will learn to draw favorite DC characters. The first character study will be Batman. Students will vote in class on the other two DC characters that they will learn to draw. Students should expect to complete 3 characters each quarter with approximately two classes drawing each character in pencil. Students will outline in Sharpie and color their characters in during the final week of class. Students can use the techniques learned in class to create their own, unique comic characters.

Topics in this Series: Marvel Characters (Quarter 1); DC Characters (Quarter 2); Star Wars (Quarter 3); and Manga Characters (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 class kit that the students will need to bring every week.

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Velocity Dance
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Add some Creative Movement to your child's day! Break-up sit-down, quiet, or serious time with this creative, exploratory dance class. Creative Movement will incorporate Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, and other dance styles. Each week, the class will focus on a different genre of dance, exploring the music and movement behind that style, choreography, and enjoying improv/free style dancing. Beginning and experienced dancers will learn a variety of styles while improving their own creativity, movement quality, and artistic expression. Creative Movement will also enhance body awareness, movement, and musicality. All dance will be to clean edits of popular music (rated E for everyone). The last class of the quarter, students will perform a group routine for parents. Creative Movement is a co-ed style that accommodates kids who have not danced before and those who don't want the structure of more traditional dance formats while providing a fun, creative work out. Creative Movement continues each quarter, and students may repeat the class to continue to improve skill. No two dance sessions are the same!

Prerequisites: None

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Dan Gallagher
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p>Learn all about electronics in this practical, hands-on workshop! Electronics are fundamental to lots of things that kids want to build such as automated toys, robots, and computers. Students will increase their understanding of electronics through work with the Arduino microcontroller and integration of Arduino sensors: motion sensors, temperature sensors, light sensors, humidity sensors, tilt sensors, and more, to build new electronic circuits using these inputs each week. The work with circuits and sensors will prepare students to build a robot later in the year. Topics in this Series: Electronics- Circuit Basics (Quarter 1); Electronics + Programming (Quarter 2); Applied Electronics & Programming- Robotic Car (Quarter 3); and Applied Electronics & Programming- DIY AI (artificical intellienge) (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $65.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for NEW students for an electronics kit, soldering iron, and take-home materials. There is a class fee of $20.00 for RETURNING students for additional sensors and components.

Prerequisites: None

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Melanie Kosar/ Anne Sharp
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Overview

The Introduction to Literary Analysis & Writing is a high school student's first look at the higher-level relationship between literature and personal writing. Literary analysis and critical writing move a teen from being merely a good reader- a middle school skill- to becoming a scholarly reader and diagnostic writer which are the foundations of high school and college level inquiry into all forms of written works.

In this course, literature is not restricted to a particular genre or form, and writing is not limited to a common five-paragraph composition. Instead, literature is presented as a survey, sampling many different types of works, and composition is approached as the development of a student's personal responses to what he reads. During the first semester, students will examine the basic elements of literature, and second semester will evaluate forms and genres to create a "big picture" of the development of literature.

Literature

First semester Literary Analysis will focus on the basic elements of literature- character, setting, theme, plot, and conflict- and how they interact to create story. These building blocks exist across all forms of literature, so the class may evaluate the plot in an epic poem, a character in a classic play, or the setting in a short story. Some well-known literature will be used to introduce students to the various literary elements, and new works will be studied to demonstrate the best examples of a vivid fictional universe, a strong narrator, beloved (or feared) characters, and other literary components. Examples of some literature that students may read in this course are The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Journey to the Center of Earth by Jules Verne, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term. In addition, students will be asked to read several selections over the summer. Students may also need to do some supplemental, parallel personal reading on his/her own to support the semester project.

Composition

First semester Writing will focus on personal response to literature, with the core being a personal writing journal. The students' journals will be a place to record what they think and feel about what they are reading. Students will learn to annotate, to cite passages from text, and to format. Notes made in the journals will be used to develop short, informal written pieces about the literature read in the course. Observations from the student's journal will also be used to collect supporting, textural evidence to support the reader's opinions which will be formulated into a thesis (personal position). Written assignments will include summaries, compare/contrast analyses, and parallel structure writings that focus on character, setting, plot, conflict, etc., to further underscore and assess student's understanding of the building blocks of literature. First semester will conclude with a culminating project on a subgenre of the student's own choosing which will analyze works for character, plot, setting, and other literary elements studied.

Class Structure

This course is part of a custom curriculum developed and team-taught by Anne Sharp and Melanie Kosar. The courses are designed in a sequential program that complements the developmental skills of the adolescent learner. It is a seminar-style approach that mirrors university literature and writing classes. Mrs. Kosar will teach the literature components of the course on Wednesdays, and Mrs. Sharp will teach the writing portion of the class on Fridays.

Topics in this Series: Elements of Literature (Semester 1) and Forms of Literature (Semester 2). Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level. Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class. In addition, students should complete the summer assignments consisting of the literature identified above and a hand-out of literary terminology to learn. Assignments: will be posted on a Google Classroom. Assessments: are portfolio-based. Students will create a digital portfolio that incorporates annotated reading lists, reflects individual interests and accomplishments and showcases a variety of writing. Textbook: Students should purchase or borrow the assigned literature. In some cases, specific editions will be identified with ISBN numbers so students can be on the "same page" (literally!) What to Bring: Students should bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, current literature selection, and personal writing journal to class each week. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

Prerequisites: None

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Dr. Kareleen Boyle

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, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and to record and analyze data.

During second quarter, students will design experiments relating to chemistry! Our focus will be on chemical reactions that we observe in everyday life and/or hear about in the news. Students will design experiments that test the chemistry of food, household products, or environmental agents. Possible areas of investigation include the effects of street runoff on water quality, how increasing levels of carbon dioxide change the acidity of freshwater and seawater, and the effects of acid rain on plant growth.

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 and families. 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 Botany (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 class for elementary aged beginner. 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.

Prerequisites: None

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Natalie DiVietri
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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. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of math terms, concepts, and patterns from the great problem solvers including Eratosthenes, Napier, Polya, and Babbage.

Topics in this Series: Geometry (Quarter 1) featuring Euclid, Pythagoras, Heron, and Descartes; Patterns and Problem Solvers (Quarter 2) featuring Eratosthenes, Napier, Polya, and Babbage; Great Discoveries (Quarter 3) featuring Archimedes, Newton, Keplar, and Galileo; and Modern Challenges (Quarter 4) featruring Fermat, Euler, Galois, and Noether.

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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Nick Grenier

Got shelter? Late fall is the best time of year to learn to build a debris-hut, the most life-saving survival skill for our region. It's also harvest time for wild nuts, and fruits like persimmons. Look around for evidence of animals getting ready for winter. Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge and Natural Leaders programs that the instructor has lead for several years. Students will follow the paths and create their own through the wooded campus at Compass 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 with the changing fall season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!
p>Students will get to know about 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. 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. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. "

Prerequisites: None

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David Chelf
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This is a complete course in 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 Precalculs 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 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. 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; 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 textbooks for this class are Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 6th edition by Stewart, Redlin, and Watson (ISBN-10 0840068077, ISBN-13 978-0840068071) and the downloadable Stitz-Zeager Precalculus, Preliminary 4th edition (www.stitz-zeager.com/Precalculus4.pdf) A scientific calculator similar to the TI-83 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.12.07.0612

Prerequisites: Algebra I, II, Geometry

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Mo Hamilton
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Glossophobia is defined as the fear of public speaking", and in a recent survey conducted by Chapman University, public speaking was again defined as the #1 fear! Unfortunately, it is that fear that hinders many teens from becoming expressive, confident, and capable of speaking and being heard. Yet, public speaking is an invaluable skillset that we need throughout our lives!

In this class, students will find their voice! Preparation is the key, so students will learn how to select and formulate a speech topic, get to know their audience, and develop a speech. The class will learn how to control the nerves, incorporate gestures, eye contact, and other nonverbal body language techniques, and how to enhance their presentations with vocal variety, props, and visual aids in addition to learning the Art of Engagement.

Students will practice three speaking styles: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, and Original Oratory. Impromptu Speech is an off-the-cuff oral response to a question, statement, or phrase with minimal preparation. Participants will learn how to quickly think on their feet and deliver a two- minute speech. Extemporaneous Speech is prepared on short notice with thirty minutes to outline a position on an issue or theme given three prompts to consider. Original Oratory, a favorite in the National Forensics and Speech competition, can be an informative or persuasive speech that is composed, rehearsed, and delivered by the speaker on any topic they choose. At the end of the quarter, we will crown an Original Oratory Speech Champion...the first for Compass!

Topics in this Series: Public Speaking for Success (Semester 1) and Debate-Able (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: will be sent by e-mail to parents and students. Assessments: will be provided in the form of score sheets/feedback from judges at the conclusion of final speech presentations. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English or Communications for purposes of a high school transcript.

Prerequisites: None

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Donna Shackelford

Matter is everywhere! Students in this class will learn about phases of matter with hands-on labs and activities. Students will be able to answer, "What is a molecule?" and, "How can I arrange them?" Young scientists will practice measuring mass and volume and will learn correct scientific terms for the materials and techniques that they use. Experimenting with liquids and gases will help students understand the shape and arrangements of matter and discover how we these materials in every-day life. In learning about the properties of liquids and gases, students will perform experiments such as using dry ice to generate bubbles and compare sublimation versus evaporation and modeling the liquid-vapor-condensation interactions of the water cycle. Topics in for this Age/Grade: What's the Matter? Solids and Polymers (Quarter 1); What's the Matter?Liquids and Gases (Quarter 2), Fun with Physics: Electricity and Magentism (Quarter 3); and Fun with Physics: Forces and Fears (Quarter 4).

Prerequisites: None

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Beloved Yoga
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Come in for a mid-day break! Transition from morning classes to afternoon classes and shake off the stress of the week! Refresh and refocus for the weekend with yoga! Whole Health Yoga is a health and fitness program for teens and adults of all fitness and experience levels -beginners are welcome. It is intended to reduce overall stress and tension, and improve flexibility, strength, and balance. Each class will begin with "centering", or a breathing exercise to calm, focus, and unwind (approx. 5 mins). Next, the class will do warm-up stretching with particular focus on the spine (approx. 10 mins). which will help loosen the joints. Each class will include a work-out comprised of stretches and poses for the whole body that touch on major muscle groups and body parts (approx. 35 mins). Each week will include focused work on a featured body part such as back, hips, or shoulders. This is not a yoga class that is based on holding the perfect pose. Instead, participants will learn gentle, adaptable poses that are accessible to all ages, body types, and fitness levels. There is no set, repetitive class sequence: no two sessions will be the same! Each class will conclude with a final relaxation, which is typically done lying down, and may include some visualization (approx. 10 mins). Yoga philosophy is not included in this course. All participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat to class.

Prerequisites: None

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PlayWell Teknologies
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Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favoriate 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.

Second quarter, junior engineers will tackle Monster Machines, building conveor 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); Monster Machines (Quarter 2); Awesome Automobiles (Quarter 3); Fantastic Fliers & Space Race (Quarter 4).

Prerequisites: None

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John Waldron
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In the tradition of Saturday Night Live, students will work in small teams to develop a variety of comedy skits. Students can opt to write their own scripts, perform a classic comedy routine, or work from rated E (for everyone) scripts to perform hilarious scenes such as a game show gone awry, a goofy newscast, or a comedic misunderstanding between a server and a diner in a mixed-up restaurant!

In this class, actors will learn the art of a cold read in front of a director. If a student would like to write a script for the class, he/she should bring a hard copy to the first day of class to review and edit with the instructor before the script is offered to the class.

The students will perform for family and friends at the end of the quarter. 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.

Topics in this Series: Wednesday Afternoon Live (Quarter 2); Long Form Improv (Quarter 3); and Mystery on Demand (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! Workload: Students should expect to spend 1 hour per week outside of class learning his/her lines. Assignments: Parts will be assigned in class. 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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David Chelf
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This is a complete course in 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 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 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 textbooks for this class are (1) Practical Algebra: A Self-Teaching Guide, 2nd edition paperback- new copy recommended- (ISBN-10 0471530123, ISBN-13 978-0471530121) and (2) A-Plus Notes for Beginning Algebra: Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 (ISBN-10 0965435229, ISBN-13 978-0965435222). A calculator is not necessary 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.12.10.0619

Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra

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Laura Albert
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Students will get creative and design their own special use space using technical drawings and renderings to convey their building concepts. Students will learn not only the technical side of architectural design and construction techniques, but also how light, space, and material selections make great buildings.

Classes will begin with instruction on basic, two-dimensional architectural drawings (i.e., floor plans, elevations, sections, and details). Using tracing paper, grid paper, an architect's scale, pencil, and pen, students will develop graphic skills to draw like an architect and communicate room shapes, wall materials, window patterns, door swings, bathroom fixtures, etc. Later, using their drawing skills and relying on inspiration from favorite buildings and architects, students will begin working on the design of their own project. The design process will begin with site studies and programming before moving on to block diagrams, schematic design, design development, and construction drawings.

The student's design challenge will be to dream, draw, diagram, and detail a 2000 SF addition to an existing home that will house the student's ultimate hobby or hangout room. A student who is passionate about music might design a rehearsal studio with a recording room. A baseball enthusiast might design an indoor workout facility with a batting cage and a pitching bullpen. Student architect will use their own interests to guide their special use space: will it be a mega media room, an art studio, an indoor bowling area, a gourmet kitchen, a spa, or an arcade?

Completed projects consisting of drawings, renderings, and design boards will be presented at the final class for classmates and parents.

Topics in this Series: Architecture in 2D- Drafting and Drawing
(Semester 1) and Architecture in 3D- Modelling (Semester 2) Prerequisites: Students should be able to work with fractions for scaled drawing work.Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Will be given in class and e-mailed to parents and students. Assessments: Throughout the semester, the class will work as in a collaborative design studio atmosphere with frequent, informal reviews.Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a kit consisting of tracing paper, grid paper, pencils, architect's and engineer's scales, presentation boards, and printing architectural drawings. What to Bring: Students should bring their architectural kit materials to class each week.
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts or Visual Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

Prerequisites: None

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Lori Goll

Learn about the beauty, fun, and flexibility of watercolor paints! Students will learn techniques for mixing, shading, blending, and tweaking the opacity of watercolors as well as tricks with various papers and different brushes. They will experiment with a variety of water color techniques to create textures, patterns, and effects. Basic color theory will be introduced as students mix colors and experiment with saturation. Each week will be a different, themed project such as landscapes, florals, abstracts, animals, and still life subjects. We will paint from both real life and photographic references. Some curriculum will come from a new skill-based art trailed atelier called the Da Vinci Initiative. This class is suitable for beginners as well as returning art students who want to hone their skills. Topics in this Series: Anyone Can Draw! (Quarter 1); Wonders of Watercolor (Quarter 2); Drawing with Color & Texture (Quarter 3); and Painting with Pastels (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: All materials are furnished. A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Prerequisites: None

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Taliesin Knol

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! In the aftermath of Germany's failed summer offensive, all that remained was for the newly bolstered Allies to launch their own attack and end the war. This was easier said than done, because, aside from a handful of units, the entire American army was dreadfully inexperienced. American generals were unwilling to allow Americans troops to fight and under Allied command, and had deliberately held back until ready to fight en-masse as one army. This was great for newsreels, but deadly for thousands of Americans who were suddenly fighting experienced, war-hardened Germans from the Western front. Could the US army relearn four years of modern warfare in four months?

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10 X 16 shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, trenches, rivers, ridges, vegetation, barbed wire, etc.) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the 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.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. Topics in this Series: WWI, Germany's Summer Offensive (Quarter 1); WWI, America's Arrival (Quarter 2): WWII, D-Day (Quarter 3); and WWII, The Battle of the Bulge (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 12/18/19.

Prerequisites: None

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Megan Reynolds
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In the Bibliophiles Book Group, middle school-aged students will examine a different theme each quarter through high quality literature, poetry, songs, and art. Students will read, analyze, 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 literary and thematic elements, the author’s style, and how the author’s personal experiences shape his or her writing.

The first book of the first quarter will be The Outsiders by SE Hinton, which will be used to analyze the theme of Individuality. A follow-up book will be voted on by the students from a list of titles which explore the same theme.

Assigned chapters from the books must be read at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Weekly written assignments require students to think critically about what they read. In addition, students will complete a final project to synthesize their learning each quarter. Topics in this Series: Identity (Quarter 1); Individuality (Quarter 2); Truth (Quarter 3); and Survival (Quarter 4).

Prerequisites: None

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Coder Kids
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In Coding Club, students will create interactive stories, games, and animations. Our youngest coders will use the simple drag-and-drop block programming from the new 3.0 version of Scratch, a visual coding language designed for kids. Kids will learn the logic and patterns behind coding and will be introduced to hardware integration- where outside devices can be controlled by the code they construct. They will learn to use add-ons called "extensions" to incorporate new and interesting features to their code. Kids will discover how to integrate text-to-speech to make more immersive and interactive stories, and they will learn how to integrate a camera into their project for a whole new twist!

Coding Club is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.

Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Coding course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Coding Club continues all quarters. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

Prerequisites: None

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Tia Murchie Beyma
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Why is Easter, the most holy celebration of Christianity, named for an ancient European goddess? Why do Sufi dervishes "whirl?" Why do some people shave their hair, while others refuse to cut it, both in order to please God? How have nations, including the United States, been shaped by religion? Are all religions just different ways of saying the same thing, or do they have real differences as well as similarities? If you are curious about the history of religion and the beliefs and practices of different religions around the world, including those of your neighbors here in Northern Virginia, you will enjoy studying Comparative World Religions.

This course will examine the Eastern faiths of Hinduism and Buddhism and the western, Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. What a rare opportunity! For most of human history, in nearly every society, neither religious diversity nor tolerance existed. Discussions about comparative religion were simply not possible. Only recently -- and still in just some parts of the world -- have we been able to enjoy calm, fruitful, and respectful conversations about religion that are not "catechism" (a term that means instruction in a particular faith). Those kinds of conversations are what students can expect in our study of comparative religion. This class will look at how and why religion plays such an important role in the lives of many ordinary people. Understanding our neighbors' belief systems and assumptions, even if we do not share them, can help everyone get along in a pluralistic world. Classes will include discussion, role play, and presentations. Once each quarter, the class will have a guest speaker to learn more about the values, beliefs, and practices of world religions.

Topics in this Series: Comparative World Religions (Semester 1) and World History in the Making: Current Events & Courageous People (Semester 2) Workload: Students should expect to spend 2 hours outside of class each week to complete readings, watch videos, and sometimes create a brief written assignment or artwork. For those interested in covering more, there will be additional, optional material suggested by the instructor. 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: Points are assigned for class submissions and tests, and parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Humanities for purposes of a high school transcript.12.10.0612

Prerequisites: None

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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:

-Spicy Plum Gruyere Quesadillas (appetizer)

-Spinach and Artichoke Soup

-Blue Apple Salad

-Sauteed Kale and Tomatoes (side)

-Mini Turkey Meat Pies (entree)

-Apple Eggrolls (dessert)

-Holiday Breakfast Ring

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: Sorry, but 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. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid.

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: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided

Prerequisites: None

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Melanie Kosar/ Anne Sharp
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Overview

Advanced Literary Criticism & Composition introduces the high school student to a deeper investigation into literary movements and literary themes throughout the ages. Like art, literature is a writer's response to his world and a reflection of his society and contemporary culture. Literary genres evolved in response to significant events, prevailing philosophies, and impactful innovations and discoveries in the writer's lifetime. Literary movements create a timeline that reflects those influences. In this course, students will read and evaluate selections from various literary movements: Romanticism, Dark Romanticism, Gothic, Transcendentalism, Realism, Naturalism, Magical Realism, Stream of Consciousness, Expressionism, Harlem Renaissance, Modernism, Beat, etc., and make connections to significant effects of the period.

Advanced composition in this course will move beyond personal interpretation of the work ("What do I think?") and transition into two Schools of Literary Criticism: Biographical Criticism, which views literature through the personal world of the writer ("What did the writer think?"), and Historical/Societal Criticism which views literature through the society/times of the writer ("What was going on around the writer?")

Literature

First semester of Advanced Literary Criticism will include a chronological grouping of literature in "movements" and a study of how movements combine to create genre. Students will discover how literature reflects the people, events, discoveries, and ideology of the time and how literary movements provide clues to the philosophical, scientific, and societal climate. The class will look at wars and conflict as a creative element that drives evolution in literary movements. The types of literature used to examine movements will span novels, short stories, poetry, letters, political writings, slave narratives and analytical essays. Examples of some literature that students may read in this course are Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term. In addition, students will be asked to read several selections over the summer. Students may also need to do some supplemental, parallel personal reading on his/her own to support the semester project.

Composition

First semester Composition will apply the Schools of Literary Criticism to craft essays that demonstrate and understanding of movements in the broader context of literature- across eras, across genre/form, across writers and across the world. Teens will write a series of short essays that use different "filters" or "lenses" to view literary genres. Students will develop skills in notetaking, adding research to their literary essays, and managing their writing portfolios. They will also perform parallel, independent research in literature to develop a presentation on a movement or era culminating a semester project.

Class Structure

This course is part of a custom curriculum developed and team-taught by Anne Sharp and Melanie Kosar. The courses are designed in a sequential program that complements the developmental skills of the adolescent learner. It is a seminar-style approach that mirrors university literature and writing classes. Mrs. Kosar will teach the literature components of the course on Wednesdays, and Mrs. Sharp will teach the writing portion of the class on Fridays.

Topics in this Series: Overview of Literary Movements (Semester 1) and Survey of Themes in Literature (Semester 2). Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level. Students should have had a prior course in literature to have established a firm foundation in basic literary elements and form. Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class. In addition, students should complete the summer assignments consisting of the literature identified above and a hand-out of literary terminology to learn. Assignments: will be posted on a Google Classroom. Assessments: are portfolio-based. Students will create a digital portfolio that incorporates annotated reading lists, reflects individual interests and accomplishments and showcases a variety of writing. Textbook: Students should purchase or borrow the assigned literature. In some cases, specific editions will be identified with ISBN numbers so students can be on the "same page" (literally!) What to Bring: Students should bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, current literature selection, and personal writing journal to class each week. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

Prerequisites: None

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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."

Prerequisites: None

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Diane Mack
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FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic kids' homeschool 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 in on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. Kids will use a variety of small equipment and gear in their workouts such as mat, dumbbells, kettlebells, jump ropes, medicine balls, slam balls, rope ladders, and more. 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!

Prerequisites: None

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Dr. Kareleen 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 second quarter, students will take a detailed look at the amazing variety of marine habitats around the world. We'll explore marine biomes that are found along the coasts: tropical coral reef systems, temperate kelp forests, tidal communitites, salt marshes, mangrove forests, and rocky shores. 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.

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 their specialized 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, millifiori, 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.
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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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Nick Grenier

Got shelter? Late fall is the best time of year to learn to build a debris-hut, the most life-saving survival skill for our region. It's also harvest time for wild nuts, and fruits like persimmons. Look around for evidence of animals getting ready for winter. Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge and Natural Leaders programs that the instructor has lead for several years. Students will follow the paths and create their own through the wooded campus at Compass 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 with the changing fall season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!
p>Students will get to know about 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. 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. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 5 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the length of the class.

Prerequisites: None

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Natalie DiVietri

In this class, students will learn all about...learning! Have you ever felt smart in a way that doesn't show up on tests? Does everyone with a super high IQ turn into a rocket scientist? Can you remember something that never even happened? Let's find out together! Each student will take and analyze a learning style inventory to see how he or she learns best. We will also look at traditional definitions of intelligence (IQ) and Dr. Terman's study that followed geniuses over 75 years, to see if it really matters. We'll compare that data to alternative definitions of intelligence, like Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, and discuss the ways in which we are smart. We will also investigate the importance of other factors including the ability to delay gratification (with marshmallows) and the 10,000 Hour Rule. Finally, students will learn all about how memories are made. With personal surveys, interactive games, and real world studies, you'll love to learn about learning!

Future quarters will include Me Myself, and Others (Quarter 3), and When Brains are Wired Differently (Quarter 4). This class is a great introduction to psychology and will have a hands-on, fun vibe which will allow students to access these challenge ideas in simple ways.

Prerequisites: None

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Dan Gallagher
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Following in the footsteps of NASA's Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers, in the race to the red planet, students will build a robotic Mars rover prototype in this project-based class. Students will work in small teams to design, build, and program rovers that operate with multiple axles and independently powered wheels. Rovers will have cameras (to film the Martian surface) and will be constructed to collect samples, climb craters, traverse sandy and rocky terrain, and re-route around boulders and obstacles.

The class will focus on construction and programming, with heavy emphasis on design. The robots 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 metal components, incorporate sensors, electronics, and motors from Tetrix Prizm, and will program 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. Please note that students do not get to keep finished projects.

Topics in this Series: Mars Rover (Semester 1) and Robo Ball Race (Semester 2). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class researching rover design. All other work is done in class. Assessments: Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Technology for purposes of a high school transcript.

Prerequisites: None

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Kati Andresen

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:

-Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

-Caramel Apple Jam

-Spiced Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

-Triple Chocolate Scones

-Pumpkin Kiss Cookie

-Tiramisu Cups

-Peppermint Popcorn Bark/Balls

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. Notes: Sorry, but 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: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. 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/Technical for purposes of a high school transcript.

Prerequisites: None

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Donna Shackelford
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Students will learn all about the tools that scientists use to see far-away worlds up close! Discover how different tools aid in distant observations- from binoculars to telescopes- and learn what different magnifications can reveal about the distant universe. Students will learn the different parts of a telescope, and will build a model telescope. The class will learn how lenses can be combined to give us the power to observe things millions of miles away in space. The class will learn about the capabilities and limitations of back yard telescopes versus mega-earth mounted telescopes, and space-based telescopes. They will compare and contrast images collected from different type of telescopes. Students will also practice keeping a lab notebook and making detailed observations and drawings of what they observe. Topics in this Series: Micro Investigator (Quarter 1); Macro Investigator (Quarter 2). Jr. Chemist in the Kitchen (Quarter 3). Jr. Chemist at Home (Quarter 4).

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 alive for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top seas, deploy dozens of miniature ships and planes... 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!

The Second World War was a titanic struggle across the entire planet, but our planet is 71% water which means that the fight happened there too! No real empire could hope to dominate the world without also controlling the seas, using massive steel castles with the largest guns ever made, in concert with airplanes hunting targets from hundreds of miles away and deadly submarines beneath the waves. This class will use scale warships to re-enact the key naval battles of WWII as they happened, scouting vast trackless ocean to find the enemy fleet before they find you! In doing so we will learn about the technology and economic drivers that allowed different nations? navies to operate and how that affected the war?s outcome from the immense shipyards of America to the submarine pens of Nazi occupied Europe.

Topics in this Series: Naval Battles of WWII (Semester 1) and The Forgotten Fronts (Semester 2). 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.

Prerequisites: None

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Lori Goll
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Learn about the beauty, fun, and flexibility of watercolor paints! Students will learn techniques for mixing, shading, blending, and tweaking the opacity of watercolors as well as tricks with various papers and different brushes. They will experiment with a variety of water color techniques to create textures, patterns, and effects. Basic color theory will be introduced as students mix colors and experiment with saturation. Each week will be a different, themed project such as landscapes, florals, abstracts, animals, and still life subjects. We will paint from both real life and photographic references. Some curriculum will come from a new skill-based art trailed atelier called the Da Vinci Initiative. This class is suitable for beginners as well as returning art students who want to hone their skills. Topics in this Series: Anyone Can Draw! (Quarter 1); Wonders of Watercolor (Quarter 2); Drawing with Color & Texture (Quarter 3); and Painting with Pastels (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: All materials are furnished. A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Prerequisites: None

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Coder Kids
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In Coding Studio, students will learn how to create coded instructions that make electronic devices come to life! Students will explore digital communications through interactive block programming in the new 3.0 version of Scratch, a visual coding language designed for kids. Coders will connect their programmed instructions to a micro:bit: a tiny, external, programmable circuit board (i.e. hardware). The micro:bit helps kids code with technology by providing responsive LEDs, buttons, and sensors which can be incorporated into creative projects. Students will begin by coding the micro:bit to respond as a digital musical instrument!

Coding Studio is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week. /p>

Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Coding course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Coding Club continues all quarters. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

Prerequisites: None

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Anne Sharp
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This Literarians 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 first semester will focus on building a personal writing portfolio strengthening students' passions for genres and forms they are comfortable with as well as trying writing that is new to them. Using writing workshops to capitalize on what they already know and to encourage experimentation in unfamiliar areas, students can expect to grow as writers, editors and leaders in our Compass community.

Students will use their own work and the works of professional authors to understand what makes good writing, to improve technique, to experiment with new forms/genre and to understand the drafting, editing and publishing process. They will explore publishing options through online platforms and hardbound journals.

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.

Topics in this Series: A Creative Writing and Literary Magazine Board (Semesters 1 and 2, with registration by 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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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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:

-Spicy Plum Gruyere Quesadillas (appetizer)

-Spinach and Artichoke Soup

-Blue Apple Salad

-Sauteed Kale and Tomatoes (side)

-Mini Turkey Meat Pies (entree)

-Apple Eggrolls (dessert)

-Holiday Breakfast Ring

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: Sorry, but 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. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid.

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: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided

Prerequisites: None

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Dr. Erica Hughes
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Archeology is the field of study that unlocks the clues to past civilizations. In this class, students will explore key time periods and look at the archeological evidence that tells us what was going on in different civilizations: what people ate, what they wore, who they worshipped, the art they created, the houses that they lived in, the wars they fought, and even what pets lived alongside them! This archeological tour will be guided by a scholar of art and antiquity: Dr. Erica Hughes has traveled and participated in archaeological explorations throughout the ancient world. Students will "dig" her personal photos and stories and participate in class discussions, group activities, and individual hands-on experiences that are designed to help young people understand the creation and conservation of artifacts.

Second quarter will enlighten the Bronze age through archeology. The class will look at Egyptian archaeology and discover why it is so hard to dig in Egypt? They will uncover the meaning of the Sphinx and the purpose of the pyramids. Students will meet the Minoans and the Myceneans and find out where they were so influential in...international trade! Finally, students will find out where ancient Anatolia was and learn who the Hittites, Hatti, and Hurrians were and why Anatolia was so important. Example activities in this class include making a cartouche with your name in hieroglyphs and crafting your own seal as a Hittite king or queen.

Topics in this Series: Early Archaeology: Paleolithic to Mesopotamian (Quarter 1); Bronze Age Archaeology: Egypt, Anatolia, Myceneans (Quarter 2); Classical Archaeology: Greece & Rome (Quarter 3); and Forensic Archaeology: Piecing Together History (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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Taliesin Knol
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After the Original Brexit, when Rome pulled all her legions back to defend from the Barbarian invasions, Roman Britain was left vulnerable. The Angles, Saxons, Jutes, and the Frisians would pour into Britain like a flood and never leave. There was one legendary, near mythical figure who would stand against this rising tide. The Last Roman, Artorius Rex, who would come to be known as King Arthur in (much later) medieval legend. We will study the alleged history, the battles of Badon Hill and Camlann, and the later literature that gave us Lancelot, the Holy Grail, and Camelot, and how we got from one to the other.

Each student will create an individual diorama of a scene Arthurian Legend or History! Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature heroes and monsters, then combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create larger terrain. Students will then compete in history-based survival strategy games. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and mythology 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.

Topics in this Series: Beowulf & the Vikings (Quarter 1); King Arthur & the Saxons (Quarter 2); Song of Roland & the Franks (Quarter 3), and Saladin & the Third Crusade (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 12/18/19.<

Prerequisites: None

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Donna Shackelford
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Students will continue their study of fascinating world of animals and learn what characteristics set different phyla and groups apart from each other. Weekly labs will answer questions like, "How do animals regulate temperature?", and "How do animals fight disease?" Students will understand different means of respiration in animals through an examination of fish gills and lungs. They will observe behavior instincts in worms. The class will observe differences in animal habitats and discuss the impact of habitat destruction and environmental changes on different groups of animals. Students will learn the basics of dissection using proper tools and techniques and will keep science journals/notebooks.

Topics in for this Age/Grade: Extreme Animal Kingdom: Extraordinary Organisms (Quarter 1); Extreme Animal Kingdom: Fascinating Phyla (Quarter 2); Engineering Challenge Lab: Civil, Structural, Mechanical (Quarter 3); and Engineering Challenge Lab: Electrical, Chemical, BioMedical (Quarter 4).

Prerequisites: None

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Beth Ross
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Calling all doctors! Our young physicians will learn more about what physicians do, what tools they use, and key parts of the body! They will continue their elementary tour of medical school as they learn how to treat minor injuries and assemble a first aid kits. These junior docs will discover what to do in big emergencies including basic CPR and how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver. The class will learn what is a prescription, how medications are dispensed, and how to stay safe with medicines. They will continue their discovery of the human body including the different parts of the human brains, all about blood and blood components, and the spine. Young doctors will learn the facts behind some not-so-pleasant aspects of the human body (that kids love to laugh about) like burping, belching, and what is mucous (with play slime)!

Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Wilderness Medicine (Quarter 3); and Nutrition Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $43.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, a first aid kit, brain model and brain hat, spine model, skeleton sticker set, pharmacy chart, CPR chart, blood model, "mucus" (slime), and a class diploma.

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Nick Grenier

Got shelter? Late fall is the best time of year to learn to build a debris-hut, the most life-saving survival skill for our region. It's also harvest time for wild nuts, and fruits like persimmons. Look around for evidence of animals getting ready for winter. Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge and Natural Leaders programs that the instructor has lead for several years. Students will follow the paths and create their own through the wooded campus at Compass 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 with the changing fall season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!
p>Students will get to know about 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. 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. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. "

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Natalie Di Vietri
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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 integers, order of operations, expressions, variables, equations, inequalities and polynomials. The course will also cover factors, fractions, exponents, and rational numbers. Students will learn to use formulas to solve a variety of math problems encompassing geometry, 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: will be e-mailed to parents and students after each class. Assessments: All chapter tests will be taken outside of class with parental oversight to maximize in-class instructional time. Textbook: Students should purchase or rent McDougall Littell?s Pre-Algebra (ISBN #978-0618250035) and accompanying practice workbook (ISBN # 978-0618257522). As an alternative, parents can purchase the textbook on audio-CD for any student who struggles with reading (ISBN #978-0618478828). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $39.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for the student?s online subscription to IXL online math platform where additional practice assignments are made. Please note that this subscription is typically $79.99 per student if purchased individually. What to Bring: Students will need a 1-1/2 inch binder with lined paper, graph paper, and a set of (5) dividers, a 12 inch ruler, and a 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.12.06.0612

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Arthuretta Martin
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Students develop their public speaking skills and their own "voice" through the art of storytelling in a fun, supportive environment taught by a seasoned speaker, coach, and storyteller! Students will build on the theme of interpretive reading, voice, and inflection by adding memorization and use of their bodies to communicate the stories. Storytelling is not acting but it is a creative, performing art and a great tool in successful public speaking. Students will have the option of writing and telling their own stories or re-telling a known tale. Students will have the opportunity to view videos of professional storytellers from different genres and countries and choose the genre they would like to demonstrate. Students will practice posture, eye contact, enunciation, pauses, and timing while receiving tips and techniques from the instructor and peer feedback. The class will culminate in an end of the quarter presentation for parents. This workshop is open to students new to public speaking or those with experience, and students may repeat the program to continue to refine their public speaking skills.

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Jeanniffer Denmark

Hola! Spanish Amigos 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. Spanish language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with themes about colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, parts of the house, common objects, body parts, etc. Greetings and simple phrases will be woven into the day's activities, as well as cultural traditions when applicable. Writing, spelling, and grammar will not be emphasized in this class. Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, 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. Students may join Spanish Amigos during any quarter.

Prerequisites: None

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Bette Cassatt
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From the depths of Middle Earth to the heights of the Galactic Empire, knights everywhere have chosen double-handed blades when they need a powerful weapon. Those in armor heft the mighty broadsword, while those who are Jedi prefer the elegant lightsaber. While one excels at cracking through armor and the other is adept at slicing Stormtroopers, both broadswords and lightsabers require similar techniques to wield—especially when they are presented on film or stage.

Stage combat is the theatrical art which gives actors the skills to perform fight scenes in movies and on stage without getting hurt. It creates the illusion of violence for advancing the plot and revealing character motivations. With an emphasis on safety, students will learn the movements used to create great fight scenes with two-handed weapons. Students will learn footwork, weapons handling, and sword techniques, as well as some acting and choreography skills. Join us in stage combat to learn behind-the-scenes methods from a rich theatrical and cinematic tradition in this galaxy and one far, far away.

This class is for beginners and experienced students. This class is best suited for students who are focused and have self-discipline, can following instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work well in a group. Topics in this Series: Sword & Unarmed Fights (Quarter 1); Double-Handed Blades (Quarter 2); Dual Duels (Quarter 3); and Fight Scenes (Quarter 4).

Prerequisites: None

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Kati Andresen

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:

-Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

-Caramel Apple Jam

-Spiced Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

-Triple Chocolate Scones

-Pumpkin Kiss Cookie

-Tiramisu Cups

-Peppermint Popcorn Bark/Balls

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. Notes: Sorry, but 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: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. 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/Technical for purposes of a high school transcript.

Prerequisites: None

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Coder Kids
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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 class, students will design and develop a website on a topic of their choice. Will their personal website showcase a hobby, a club, a home business, or will it be used as their digital portfolio for future college applications?

In Visual Design, Students will learn to set up a website that follows industry standards and best practices. They will discover how HTML, CSS, and JavaSript 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 build their websites on protected development sites. They can take their in-progress work home on a thumb drive each week. All work will be done on instructor-furnished laptops to prevent connectivity and technology problems in class. In order to work at home, students should have a laptop or desktop with a minimum Intel 64 processor, Windows 7 or 8 operatins system, 256 MB of RAM, and 200 MB of available hard-disk space for installation.

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. Topics in this Series: Visual Design (Semester 1) and Interactive Design (Semester 2) Lab/Supply Fee: The technology fee is included in the cost of the class. What to Bring: A thumbdrive Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Technology for purposes of a high school transcript.12.10.0703

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Dr. Kareleen Boyle
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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.

During the second quarter, students will begin as biologists, using our powers of observation and digital microscopes to investigate plants and animals from the woods around us and learn the science of how they survive. As entomologists, we ll take an up close look at insects and discover the many important ecological functions that they perform from nutrient cycling to pollination. Guest insects will include pillbugs, millipedes, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and an ant farm. While we re on the topic of nutrient cycling, students will also make their own worm farms to take home to observe, and learn the basics of composting household waste. Then we ll journey into the field of marine biology, learn about the amazing diversity of ocean life, and try out underwater corers and mini-ROVs to investigate aquatic habitats.

Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astonomer, & 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.

Prerequisites: None

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Lori Goll
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Learn about the beauty, fun, and flexibility of watercolor paints! Students will learn techniques for mixing, shading, blending, and tweaking the opacity of watercolors as well as tricks with various papers and different brushes. They will experiment with a variety of water color techniques to create textures, patterns, and effects. Basic color theory will be introduced as students mix colors and experiment with saturation. Each week will be a different, themed project such as landscapes, florals, abstracts, animals, and still life subjects. We will paint from both real life and photographic references. Some curriculum will come from a new skill-based art trailed atelier called the Da Vinci Initiative. This class is suitable for beginners as well as returning art students who want to hone their skills. Topics in this Series: Anyone Can Draw! (Quarter 1); Wonders of Watercolor (Quarter 2); Drawing with Color & Texture (Quarter 3); and Painting with Pastels (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: All materials are furnished. A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Prerequisites: None

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Coder Kids
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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 beging 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 MIT App Inventor. 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.

Girls will work on laptops provided by the instructor to eliminate technology or connectivity problems in class. However, since the app inventor platform is web-based, girls may continue to code at home. The course tuition includes a technology use/access fee.

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. The Compass Technovation facilitator/instructor will be a coding coach from Coder Kids. This is a year-long program that follows the Compass calendar.12.07.0809

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Coder Kids
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In Coding Lab, middle school students will learn to code what they love to play- video games! Students will learn how to code more sophisticated game interface by combining data input and output. They will learn how to connect and code external hardware and collect data from sensors, such as gyroscopes, to function as hand-held game controllers. They will experiment with combining LEDs (small lights) to provide feedback, such as when a point is earned or enemy eliminated, and they will discover how to make their games more interactive and interesting by allowing multiple players, keeping score, and integrating music or sound effects. Never programmed a video game? No problem, beginners are welcome.

Coding Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.

Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Coding course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

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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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Kouthar Muttardy

Discover the vibrant array of Native North American cultures in this hands-on history class! Learn about the cultural development and traditions of a selection of Native American tribes (including their homes, architecture, clothing, food, transportation, and beliefs) through weekly projects. Students will make Lakota winter counts, model Pueblos, sand art, dream catchers, parfleches, corn-husk dolls, and more as they learn about life in pre-Columbian North America! The class will sample the oral traditions and literature of several tribal groups through read-alouds of fables and folklore and learn how the cultural traditions of Native North Americans continue to endure today.

Students will be excited by history when approached through this engaging, multi-disciplinary exploration of historical connections and integrated concepts rather than memorizing dates and disconnected facts! Topics in this Series: Stone Age (Quarter 1); Native North Americans (Quarter 2); The Mayans and Aztecs (Quarter 3); and the Incas (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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Mylene Nyman

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:

-Peppermint Bark

-Fancy Chocolate Pretzels

-Butter Creams

-Old Fashioned Divinity

-Millionaire Shortbread

-Nougat with Jellied Drops

-Soft Ginger Fudge

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. Notes: Sorry, but 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: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided

Prerequisites: None

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Beth Ross

Calling all doctors! Our young physicians will learn more about what physicians do, what tools they use, and key parts of the body! They will continue their elementary tour of medical school as they learn how to treat minor injuries and assemble a first aid kits. These junior docs will discover what to do in big emergencies including basic CPR and how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver. The class will learn what is a prescription, how medications are dispensed, and how to stay safe with medicines. They will continue their discovery of the human body including the different parts of the human brains, all about blood and blood components, and the spine. Young doctors will learn the facts behind some not-so-pleasant aspects of the human body (that kids love to laugh about) like burping, belching, and what is mucous (with play slime)!
Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Wilderness Medicine (Quarter 3); and Nutrition Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $43.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. For a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, a first aid kit, brain model and brain hat, spine model, skeleton sticker set, pharmacy chart, CPR chart, blood model, "mucus" (slime), and a class diploma.

Prerequisites: None

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David Chelf
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Math Lab is a tutoring center where students can go for weekly help on math homework! In Math Lab, homeschooled students bring the math homework they are assigned- whether from a Compass math class, an online math program, or material taught at home. Help is available for all topics from middle school (6th-8th grade) math through Algebra I, encompassing concepts such as: number lines, integers, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, factoring, exponents, roots, order of operations, inequalities, coordinate plane, working with variables, solving equations, and word problems.

Students will be expected to come to Math Lab with a current math assignment including any textbook, workbook, or worksheets and a pencil. They will work independently until they have a question, reach a stumbling block, or need clarification on a concept or computation. The Math Lab tutor will then work with them to check answers, remind them of a technique, or demonstrate a different way to solve the problem. Sometimes just hearing it from someone else will help a concept "click"!

An experienced Compass math instructor will oversee the Math Lab and will be circling the room and continually checking in with students. The tutor will not prepare or deliver structured lessons, but will be giving on-the-spot support/guidance as needed and may suggest additional practice to reinforce a concept. Math Lab students will receive discounts on subscriptions to IXL Math, on an online, learning platform. See Compass Store for details on IXL subscriptions.

This registration is for a Compass student currently enrolled in Pre-Algebra or Algebra I.

Prerequisites: None

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Taliesin Knol
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Centered in modern day Turkey, the Ottoman Empire of the 16th century was at its strongest. Sultan Suleiman, often given the title "Magnificent" or "Lawgiver", would battle almost all of Europe, win control of the Mediterranean Sea, and march all the way to the gates of Vienna. During first quarter, the class examined battles fought by his subordinate, Admiral Hayreddin Barbarossa (Red Beard); now the class will discover the campaigns personally led by the Sultan himself, the 40 year long Habsburg-Ottoman wars in Hungary, specifically, the battles of Mohacs, and the first Siege of Vienna.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 10 X 16 diorama board of a Renaissance Hungarian battlefield, and populate it with 1:72 scale invading armies and their adversaries for historical re-enactments. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the conquest while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical wargaming rule system for moving troops and siege equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how battles progressed and test different scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents.
Topics in this Series: Barbarossa aka Pirate Redbeard, Europe, 16th century (Quarter 1); Suleiman the Magnificent, Europe, 16th century (Quarter 2); Pirates of the New World, 1650-1730 (Quarter 3); and Ivan the Terrible Russia, 16th century (4th quarter). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 12/18/19.<

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Dr. Kareleen Boyle
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Find out what different scientists do! This class allows young scientists to explore different careers 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.

Our 2nd quarter of science investigations will focus on physics, engineering and astronomy. We ll begin by exploring our solar system. We ll learn about local planets and make our own glow-in-the-dark Saturns to take home. We ll discuss the newest discoveries possible hydrothermal vents on Jupiter s moons, a huge planet (Planet X) believed to be orbiting the outer reaches of our system, even the detection of gravitational waves and a hyper-NOVA. Then, we ll look at the sciences of physics and engineering that are making these discoveries possible. We ll learn the physics behind the telescopes and other instruments that help us learn about outerspace, and the principles of engineering that help us travel there. How was the team able to launch the new Falcon Heavy rocket? Engineering! We ll do our own adaptive engineering projects, including designing a space station, a structure that can survive earthquakes, and learning how to combine physics and engineering design to make robots do useful work. Come explore with us!

Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astonomer, & 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.

Prerequisites: None

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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 Orange 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: Legendary Loops, Forgotten Fairy Tales, Lightning Ball, Hocus Pocus Handkerchief, Magic Map, Special Delivery, 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)- New; Orange Wand Wonders (Quarter 2) last taught in Sept. 2018; Perplexing Purple Wand (Quarter 3) last taught in Oct. 2018; and Groovy Green Wand (Quarter 4) last taught in Mar. 2019. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Prerequisites: None

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Bette Cassatt

Magicians and Muggles alike love Harry Potter! In this charming craft class, we celebrate the exquisite magical world J. K. Rowling created. This class features crafts related to the fifth Harry Potter book: The Order of the Phoenix. We will conjure, charm, and create items to wear, items to decorate our rooms, and items to celebrate our fandom! Following is a note from Hogwart's new Defense-Against-the-Dark-Arts professor:

"Ahem. Dolores Umbridge here. This quarter will be unlike any other Wizard’s Workshop class. We will focus on obedient and useful crafts like an Olivander-style wand, a warm and tidy scarf in the colors of each student’s House, and, of course, something wonderful and cuddly-looking with kittens. Students will learn that rules make education fun. We will most likely make a craft to remind us of these rules in the form of a very special writing implement. I’m sure we’re all going to be very good friends."

Topics in this Series: Best of Books 1-4 & More! (Quarter 1), Order of the Phoenix (Quarter 2), Half-Blood Prince (Quarter 3), Deathly Hallows (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: Students should bring good scissors for cutting paper/fabric and a (low temp) hot glue gun to class each week, which will earn them house points.

Prerequisites: None

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David Chelf
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Math Lab is a tutoring center where students can go for weekly help on math homework! In Math Lab, homeschooled students bring the math homework they are assigned- whether from a Compass math class, an online math program, or material taught at home. Help is available for all topics from middle school (6th-8th grade) math through Algebra I, encompassing concepts such as: number lines, integers, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, factoring, exponents, roots, order of operations, inequalities, coordinate plane, working with variables, solving equations, and word problems.

Students will be expected to come to Math Lab with a current math assignment including any textbook, workbook, or worksheets and a pencil. They will work independently until they have a question, reach a stumbling block, or need clarification on a concept or computation. The Math Lab tutor will then work with them to check answers, remind them of a technique, or demonstrate a different way to solve the problem. Sometimes just hearing it from someone else will help a concept "click"!

An experienced Compass math instructor will oversee the Math Lab and will be circling the room and continually checking in with students. The tutor will not prepare or deliver structured lessons, but will be giving on-the-spot support/guidance as needed and may suggest additional practice to reinforce a concept. Math Lab students will receive discounts on subscriptions to IXL Math, on an online, learning platform. See Compass Store for details on IXL subscriptions. This is a 5-week session that begins on September 25.

Prerequisites: None

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Taliesin Knol
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Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! In the aftermath of Germany's failed summer offensive, all that remained was for the newly bolstered Allies to launch their own attack and end the war. This was easier said than done, because, aside from a handful of units, the entire American army was dreadfully inexperienced. American generals were unwilling to allow Americans troops to fight and under Allied command, and had deliberately held back until ready to fight en-masse as one army. This was great for newsreels, but deadly for thousands of Americans who were suddenly fighting experienced, war-hardened Germans from the Western front. Could the US army relearn four years of modern warfare in four months?

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10 X 16 shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, trenches, rivers, ridges, vegetation, barbed wire, etc.) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the 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.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. Topics in this Series: WWI, Germany's Summer Offensive (Quarter 1); WWI, America's Arrival (Quarter 2): WWII, D-Day (Quarter 3); and WWII, The Battle of the Bulge (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 12/18/19.

Prerequisites: None

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Mylene 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:

-Peppermint Bark

-Fancy Chocolate Pretzels

-Butter Creams

-Old Fashioned Divinity

-Millionaire Shortbread

-Nougat with Jellied Drops

-Soft Ginger Fudge

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. Notes: Sorry, but 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: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided

Prerequisites: None

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