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The complete list of 1st Quarter Fall classes is posted below. Registration is ongoing!  1st quarter is a 7-week session (for most classes) that begins on September 6, 2017 (for Wednesday classes) and September 8, 2017, (for Friday classes). Note that some classes are semester-long (10-14 weeks), and several are year-long core classes (27-30 weeks).  New families are welcome! Filter the class list below, or click any column heading to sort by that field.

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  • Review the schedule grid to view class options hour-by-hour or filtered by grade level.Check the full class descriptions, times, recommended grade range, and prerequisites (for some)
  • Classes meet in Oakton. Read class descriptions carefully to see whether a class meets Wednesday only (most), Friday only (some), or Wednesday and Friday (few).
  • Review Compass policies regarding age/grade placement, class withdrawals and refunds.
  • For high school classes, read the Compass Program Approach.
  • Review the full Academic Calendar.

Full (Wait Listed) Classes: Please note that as classes become full, a wait list is created. Please add your child’s name to the wait list if you are interested in the course, as openings sometimes become available. You will not be asked to pay anything to be on the wait list.  Closed classes with a wait list are displayed alphabetically on the list below after open classes. Read the FAQs about Wait Listed classes.

Notes: An administrative fee of $6.00 is added to each quarter-long class at check-out ($12.00 for semester-long classes, and $24.00 for year-long classes).

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Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 9:00 am 9:55 am W Starting with Strings 3rd-8th Monika Chamasyan-Dorosheff 2 $150.00

Learn to play the violin, viola or the cello! Students will learn the basics of playing their stringed instrument: how to hold the violin/viola/cello, correctly hold of the bow, parts of the instrument, and the names of the open strings. Technique progresses by adding one finger at a time to each string until the student can play a complete scale. The students will be taught to play in unison from a songbook of arranged works. Music education enhances teamwork skills and provides children with a path for self-expression. Scientific research has shown that music lessons not only improve organizational skills and executive functioning but that they also develop self-confidence. At the end of two quarters, the class will be able to play several simple tunes and will perform for the parents. At this time, students will be invited to also join Compass s Homeschool String Orchestra if interested. Class Expectations: Students will be asked to bring their instrument, bow and case to every class. In order to fully benefit from each lesson, daily practice is required. The instrument should be set up professionally by a local music store or a string luthier. An instrument can be purchased or most music stores. Parents may contact compass for a list of recommendations from the instructor. No sheet music purchase is required for this class.

Semester Sep 06, 2017 9:30 am 11:55 am W American History Illuminated: European Discovery through the Revolution 7th - 12th Hugh Gardner 0 $374.00

Students will be immersed in detail and fully engaged in this intensive history course led by well- known homeschool instructor and historian Hugh Gardner. This history class is unlike other high school American history courses. Instead of learning a sequential set of names, dates, and battles, students will learn how to analyze and interpret history. Much like a college seminar, this approach to American History incorporates historiography (the history of the history.) Mr. Gardner does not teach a narrow view from a single textbook or static set of prepared notes. Instead, he presents the back story and multiple interpretations for the "why" questions in American history. Class discussion considers interpretations from a wide array of scholars and is updated as new sources are published. Rather than running through a timeline of outcomes, students will evaluate contributing factors (the "how" questions) and will learn about the personalities, prejudices, and biases of the people involved ("who"). For example, instead of compartmentalizing the causes of the American Revolution into a list of taxes and legislative acts, students will dig deeper and go farther back to see that the rift was 150 years in the making. First semester will investigate exploration, pirates, native Americans, colonization, and the early wars between the Europeans and the Indians as well as all of the French and Indian Wars. The class will discuss the effects on the political, social, economic, and religious climate as well as influences on the arts, science, literature, and warfare. This is no ordinary history class as Mr. Gardner surrounds the students with vivid posters, maps, charts, primary sources, and artifacts to supplement his story-telling style. Students will be able to examine and handle period pieces such as antique and replica weapons and military accoutrements of the era while learning how these tools helped shape the battlefields and turning points in history. With an emphasis on primary sources, students will scrutinize historical atlases and original writings, all in a fun and interactive setting. Students will also play historical games and earn historical trading cards for class participation. This class meets for 2.5 hours, one time per week on Wednesdays. Registration is semester long (14 weeks). The second semester (16 weeks) will evaluate the final French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the leadership of George Washington, the new Republic, and if time permits, The War of 1812. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours outside of class each week completing assigned reading. Students will be asked to purchase two books for class (approximately $30-$40). For those families who want to investigate the course themes at a deeper level, an optional reading list will be furnished. Based on the format and rich content of this class, homeschool families could count two semesters of this series as a full credit in American History for purposes of a high school transcript.

Year long Sep 06, 2017 9:30 am 10:55 am F Human Geography (AP, Honors, or On-Level) 9th - 12th Tia Murchie-Beyma 0 $890.00

Wish you could take anthropology, environmental science, and economics, but don't have enough space in your high school schedule? Human geography blends all these and adds a dose of pop culture and even sports. This is the classic interdisciplinary course for people interested in everything! Human geography explores questions like "how many pizza parlors can survive in Schenectady, NY?" and "why is French spoken in Madawaska, Maine?" and "how many teens are listening to K-Pop in Cairo?" Human geography studies people, places, and cultures. It considers how and why humans and our activities are distributed across Earth's surface. Geographers have a special way of looking at topics using the broad questions of "where?" and "why there?" In human geography, "place" is more than map coordinates and location. Places have meaning. Consider a mountain: it might be described mathematically in terms of height or geologically in terms of plate tectonics. From the perspective of humans, however, the mountain may be a barrier between nations, a place of recreation, a site for toxic waste disposal, a national symbol, or a sacred sanctuary. Human geography maps the spread of world religions, monitors the movement of epidemics, explains the rapid expansion of new technologies, and can even investigate the death of little-known languages. This year-long, multi-level, high school social science course studies how human activity and the surface of our planet interact. Seven themes, taken from the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography curriculum, will be covered: (1) the nature and perspectives of geography; (2) population and migration; (3) cultural patterns and processes; (4) political organization of space, (5) agriculture, food production, and rural land use, (6) industrialization and economic development, and (7) cities and urban land use. This course offers a substantive, full-credit experience. The course is offered at three levels, which meet together: On-Level, Honors, and Advanced Placement (AP). Pick your desired workload. You can always do more if you like, but at any level you are expected to keep up with weekly readings and homework. This allows you to enjoy active, rich discussions with your peers a big advantage of taking a class with live, in-person meetings. Students will likely need 4-5 hours each week outside class meetings for reading and homework, regardless of level. All levels use materials written at an adult or college level, but the amount and type of homework varies. Brief summer assignments are due in August for those who elect to take the AP level. There are two weekly meetings: (1) Friday in-person at Compass; and (2) Tuesday online (recorded for those who cannot attend live; time to be announced). This is a 27-week class which follows the Compass calendar, with a few exceptions. Check the course calendar for a few additional days off, assignments due on non-meeting days, early finish, etc. All students will register online for the same course. Students must designate their intent to take the on-level, honors, or AP version before August 4. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from AP to honors, or from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have begun, students may not "bump up" a level. There is an additional tuition fee of $130 for students who are approved to take the AP level of this course. Those who take AP level will receive a separate invoice for this amount before the start of classes. The fee is not refundable if the student decides mid-year to change to honors or on-level work. The fee to take the AP Human Geography exam in May 2018 is not included; each family will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam. Students who have taken a prior course with this instructor can seek approval for the AP level through a conversation or e-mail with the instructor. For a student who is new to the instructor, a short questionnaire and brief written assignment about a sample textbook chapter is needed in order to get approval for the AP level. All students should request the course information packet from Compass to receive the sample chapters, ISBN for required text(s), course calendar, projected weekly workload, and AP questionnaire. Registered students will have access to a detailed syllabus and other information on the instructor's Canvas website starting Friday, August 4.

Year long Sep 06, 2017 9:30 am 10:55 am W Macro Biology Lab Intensive 9th - 12th Donna Shackelford 5 $1030.00

Students will be introduced to the fascinating world of macro-biology through intensive laboratory work! Macrobiology is the study of larger organisms in the living world, and this lab intensive explores animals, animal systems, and human anatomy and physiology, from beaks to brains to bones! This full-year laboratory course makes biology come alive through hands-on activities, guided inquiry, and student projects. Each lab will feature a short discussion followed by active investigations, providing students with practical experience in laboratory techniques, data collection, scientific observations, and lab safety. In addition, students will develop their communication skills throughout the course by writing scientific papers, presenting individual projects, and delivering short oral presentations.

This lab intensive course covers topics not addressed in the general biology lab intensive taught in 2016-17, and the prior course is not a prerequisite. Students will begin with overview the animal kingdom through exploration of taxonomy (classification) and identification of characteristics among various phyla and classes. Taxonomy labs include microscope work and dissections of starfish and squid. Students will then explore evolution with in-class activities involving adaptation, competition for resources, and homologous body parts. The class will further address evolution through an overview of hominoid fossils and discussion of recent findings, and current theories in human evolution. With a background in the diversity found in the animal kingdom, students will transition into the examination of extraordinary range of animal systems (digestion, respiration, nervous) and behavior. Example labs in this unit include additional microscope work, dissection/observation of various gill vs lung tissues, nerve impulses in a frog's leg, and termite colonies!

During the second half of this lab intensive, students will focus on a detailed examination of human anatomy and physiology. Students will engage in a methodical overview of the primary body systems (digestive, excretory, nervous, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, integumentary, respiratory, endocrine, reproductive, and immune.) Example labs in anatomy and physiology include further microscope work, dissections of chicken wing and pig's heart, blood typing, and activities on the senses and spread of disease.

Duration: Year-long (30 weeks)/ Register for full year.

Effort: Students should expect to spend 2-3 outside of lab class each week on assigned reading, prelab questions, short assignments, and quarterly projects.

Grading: The instructor will provide qualitative feedback on the student's class participation, preparation, and understanding of the material for the parent to assign a grade in the context of the student's overall study of this and related topics.

Credit: This is a component course that will provide 45 hours of laboratory and lecture work. Coupled with independent study of the textbook including assigned readings, review questions, and projects, this may be counted by the homeschool parent as a full high school credit in a laboratory science (biology). Without the individual work, homeschool families should only consider this a component class for a partial science credit.

Materials/Supplies: The course progression, including assigned reading and questions, is meant to follow units 7 and 8 of the Miller & Levine Biology textbook. It is recommended that students rent or purchase the 2010 Student Edition (red macaw cover, ISBN # 978-0133669510). Alternatively, the homeschool family can select a different textbook to follow lab work, but they will need coordinate and make their own corresponding assignments based on the course syllabus. Students are expected to bring a lab notebook (graph ruled composition notebook is recommended) to every class. There is a year-long material and lab fee of $80.00 due to the instructor on the first day of class.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am W 3D Design & Print Studio: Futuristic Buildings 6th-8th Steamium Education 0 $179.00

Learn how to design and print in 3D! Students will learn to use CAD (Computer Aided Design) and will then see their creations transform from their imaginations to a solid, hand-held object through the technology of a 3D printer. Students will each design a futuristic building. Will it look like a charming old world shop from Harry Potter's Hogsmeade, an adobe shelter from Star Wars' dessert planet Jakku, a forest castle from Avatar's Pandora world, or something never before seen? Will the futuristic building include windows and doors, or how about turrets, spires, a moat, or a spacecraft docking port? When designing in CAD, students learn to imagine a structure from all sides and all angles and consider form and volume. In the design phase, students will learn how to address structural challenges and ensure that creations have the necessary support elements to hold up to printing, play, or display. Students should expect to spend three weeks learning the software and three weeks developing their designs. Designs will be printed offsite and presented during the 7th week. During the final class, students will learn all about the workings of the 3D printer. Students who learn the software more quickly may be able to complete more than one design. He/she will have to select which design to have printed. Additional designs can be printed at a cost of $5.00/each. Future topics in this series include Out-of-this-World Space Designs with two filament 3D printer (2nd quarter), Designing from a 3D Scan (3rd quarter), and Drawing with 3D Pens (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am W Chess: Beginners 1 2nd-5th Peter Snow 9 $85.00

This is the first class in a 4-quarter series on beginning chess. Students will learn skills that build upon each other, including: how all pieces move and capture; castling, pawn promotion, en pass ant; checks and how to get out of them; checkmate and stalemate; notation lesson and chess etiquette behavior; scholars mate & fools mate. Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches. Homework and handouts may be given. 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)

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am W Context Considered: Political Cartoons & Satire 7th -8th Jennifer DesRoches 9 $128.00

Context Considered is an innovative way to examine current events! Students will learn to interpret the non-written tools used in the media to convey a message. Not all political cartoons are political! Political cartoons are found throughout the media and tackle issues ranging from science, health, environment, technology, and sports, to social trends and relationships. Students will learn how to identify the persuasive techniques used in political cartoons- symbolism, exaggeration, analogy, and irony. Once students learn to spot these techniques, they will be able to decipher the cartoonist's opinion on the issue, identify any political leaning or bias that comes through, and predict what the opposing side or contrary opinion might stand for. Once students understand the persuasive techniques used in political cartoons, they be better consumers of news media and able to spot these same methods used in TV news programs and advertisements. The class will read some short news articles in class that portray the background story to some of the cartoons examined. The group will also watch some video skits or listen to audio recordings of political satire to identify the persuasive techniques employed. (All material will be rated E for everyone.) Students will do a fun quarterly project in which they illustrate and present their own political cartoons or cut out, display, and explain other cartoons that they find. For this class, students should have a curiosity about current events and be able to read at grade level. During second quarter, students will learn to read other info-graphics such as maps, charts, diagrams, and timelines used by the media.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am W Cooking for Kids: Flavorful French Favorites 4th-5th Mylene Nyman 0 $170.00

Students will enjoy a culinary tour of the world beginning in France! The menu features French-inspired menus featuring a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients that 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: * Fromage Fort (appetizer) , * French Onion Soup (soup), * Salade Nicoise (salad), * Gnocchi Parisienne (side dish), * Sausage Galette (not pork) entree, * Bouillabaisse Sandwiches (lunch), * Creme Brulee (dessert) and *Raspberry Clafoutis (dessert). A special connection this quarter is that instructor Mylene Nyman is a distant relative of Jacques Pepin, an internationally recognized French chef, television personality, and cookbook author. Two recipes this quarter come from Pepin. 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. SUPPLIES: Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. MATERIAL FEE: There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day. Future topics in this series include: Indian (2nd quarter), Italian (3rd quarter), and Chinese (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am F Cooking for Teens: Flavorful French Favorites (Friday) 7th - 12th Mylene Nyman 2 $170.00

Students will enjoy a culinary tour of the world beginning in France! The menu features French-inspired menus featuring a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients that 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: * Fromage Fort (appetizer) , * French Onion Soup (soup), * Salade Nicoise (salad), * Gnocchi Parisienne (side dish), * Sausage Galette (not pork) entree, * Bouillabaisse Sandwiches (lunch), * Creme Brulee (dessert) and *Raspberry Clafoutis (dessert). Bonus recipes for Tweens and Teens include * Poached Egg with Smoked Salmon Toast (breakfast) and *Corn Vichyssoise (soup). A special connection this quarter is that instructor Mylene Nyman is a distant relative of Jacques Pepin, an internationally recognized French chef, television personality, and cookbook author. Two recipes this quarter come from Pepin. 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. SUPPLIES: Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. MATERIAL FEE: There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day. Future topics in this series include: Indian (2nd quarter), Italian (3rd quarter), and Chinese (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am F Everyday Spanish Conversation 7th-12th Lisa Alonso 6 $149.00

Hola amigos! How about learning Spanish by just hanging out with friends and... talking? This class is all about fun and relevant Spanish conversation that you can use every day whether you are traveling, shopping, or going around town. You can't talk to your online Spanish computer program, textbook or app! You need real people to practice speaking with!
This class is designed to build your confidence as you practice a new language - out loud. Class discussions will be built around things that students want to discuss and will incorporate the vocabulary and enough essential grammar to get the conversation started. First quarter will focus on talking about Family & Friends with a focus on personal descriptions, relationships, interactions and emotions.
This class encourages students to use their Spanish even as brand-new speakers. This class should be used to complement or supplement a more traditional Spanish language curriculum for an emerging speaker. Students who come to the class with more knowledge will be offered challenge words and phrases related to the week's theme.
The student should expect to spend 20 minutes per day on short written or brief technology-based assignments. Future topics in this series: Home & Food (2nd quarter), Shopping & Clothing (3rd quarter), Daily Routines & Health (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 10:00 am 11:30 am W Fundamentals of Engineering with LEGO 1 3rd-5th PlayWell Teknologies 8 $160.00

Students will use LEGO to design and build engineering projects such as a gear car, helicopter (with crown gear), tank (with worm gear), worm gear lift, drive shaft car, and arch bridge. In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations. Students will be exposed to concepts and vocabulary of engineering, architecture, and physics. Each class session opens 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. This hands-on class is suitable for LEGO novices or experienced "enthusiasts."

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am W Great Books for Girls Group 4th-6th Megan Reynolds 0 $129.00

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. The first book of the 1st quarter will be Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan. All follow-up books will be voted on by the students from A Mighty Girl suggested titles, Newbery Medalists and Honor Books, and the Capitol Choices book lists.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am W Homeschool String Orchestra 3rd-8th Monika Chamasyan-Dorosheff 8 $129.00

Students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass are invited to join this homeschool string orchestra! Musicians will have an opportunity to develop ensemble skills and enjoy the experience of practicing, playing, and performing as a group. The class will consist of tuning and warm-ups such as playing musical scales and simple exercises. Then the class will work on 3-4 group songs each quarter where they will improve musical literacy, learn to follow the directions of the conductor, and learn to play in different keys- as a group. During the final class of the first quarter (week 7), parents will be invited to hear a working session of what the students have been learning. On the last day of the second quarter (week 14), a concert will be held for friends and family.

This orchestra is for beginning and intermediate students who are currently (or recently) enrolled in private lessons on their instruments and have played for a minimum of one year or have participated, or plan to participate, in an intensive summer orchestra camp. At a minimum, a beginning student should be able to play a D major scale on his/her instrument. The instructor will provide the orchestral repertoires, and these arrangements will be specially composed to accommodate the range of abilities of all stringed players in the orchestra. Students will be asked to pay a fee $5.00 for their individual music which will be provided on the first day of class. Participants are expected to prepare and practice at home for at least 15 - 20 minutes per day.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am W Math Masterminds: Geometry Challenges 5th-6th Natalie Di Vietri 0 $121.00

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 and concepts from the great "Geometers" including Euclid, Pythagoras, Heron, and Descartes. Future quarters will explore: Patterns and Problem Solvers including Eratosthenes, Napier, Polya, and Babbage (2nd quarter 2017); the ancient scientists Archimedes, Newton, Keplar, and Galileo (3rd quarter, 2018); and the Modern Thinkers including Fermat, Euler, Galois, and Noether (4th quarter, 2018).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 10:00 am 11:30 am W Pre-Engineering with LEGO 1 K-2nd PlayWell Teknologies 8 $160.00

Students will use LEGO to design and build beginning engineering projects such as a pullback stunt car and ramps, house and city, airplanes and airports, simple bridge, merry-go-round, boats and dock, and farm with windmill. In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations. Students will be exposed to concepts and vocabulary of engineering, architecture, and physics. Each class session opens 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 of the projects in this class were covered in the 1st quarter 2016 course, and some projects will be all-new. Students are welcome to take the class again as their building skills and understanding will have grown. Kindergartners registering for this class must be age five by the start of class.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am W Science Analyst 7th - 8th Sudhita Kasturi 3 $168.00

In this class, students will learn to be the critics and commentators on science in the news. Each week the class will examine new scientific discoveries, products, findings, and claims. They will investigate and evaluate the scientific foundations and principles behind the news. Is an innovation likely to change the direction of science or will it flop? Who is behind the research- is it a reputable research institute or a wacky commercial venture? Who could use the new technology and what ideas could spring forth from it? Find out what the real science is behind science in the news! Who proposed fighting tsunmis with sound waves? What did Cassini's dive through Saturn's rings reveal? Which moth larvae have been found to digest plastic? What is plaguing some SpaceX rocket launches? Students will also learn to evaluate the validity of scientific reports by considering the testing methods and sample size so they become wise consumers and critics of science claims. This class is well suited to students who tend to shy away from traditional lab-based sciences or who might generally prefer literature/reading to science as well as science-minded to kids who like to digest science topics. Students should be at or above grade level reading for this class and will be expected to spend 30 minutes to 1 hour each week reading or watching resources provided by the instructor.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am W Spanish Amigos K-2nd Jeanniffer Denmark 2 $136.00

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. 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.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am W, F The Great American Novel: Revolution on Four Fronts 10th-12th Anne Sharp 4 $305.00

Through the theme of revolution , this year-long series examines American Literature at four pivotal, turbulent times in our nation s history. The focus for first quarter's is: Fights for Religious Freedom and Political Independence: America s Settlement & Revolutionary War. Each quarter s study will be anchored by a novel important to the era and will also explore a variety of nonfiction and fiction that influenced revolutionary thinking, culture and action of the times: essays, letters, speeches, historical documents, court decisions, short stories, campaign material, advertising, songs, poetry, scripts. A natural outgrowth of this sampling of literature across eras will be an understanding of the development of genre through the development of media: newspapers, magazines, mass-market novels, radio, film and television. During the first quarter, students will examine the roots of America s quest for religious and governmental freedom through the journals, letters and personal narratives of early settlers, including John Smith, William Bradford, Mary Rowlandson, and Anne Bradstreet. As colonists voices and self-determination grew stronger, so did their writing moving from sermons and private communications to declarations and public forums. Students will analyze the addresses and essays of our revolutionary leaders in order to understand civil discourse and civil disobedience. American literature of this period was focused on nonfiction and the first American novel, The Power of Sympathy, didn t appear until 1789. Rather than use this little-known first work as our anchor novel, student will instead read Nathaniel Hawthorne s "The Scarlet Letter." While published in 1850, it is historical fiction set in Puritan Massachusetts, presents the theme of rebellion, and is considered a Great American Novel . Emphasis in this class will be on critiquing literature, forming a thesis statement, writing literary commentary, and citing examples to defend the opinion. Literary criticism is one of the forms of higher-level writing needed for a student to transition from a casual writer to an academic and ultimately college-level writer. Criticism follows an analytical structure that parallels the way scientists approach problem-solving by selecting an area of study, developing a thesis or theory, and then supporting it with evidence. Students will prepare short, weekly written assignments, some of which will be published as essays or presentations. Publishing is used to teach writing/revision and to share our learning with a wider audience beyond our class. Publishing allows students to develop polished writing and presentations that become part of their high school portfolio. In the process of creating portfolio pieces, students strengthen communication and organizational skills (writing, discussion, emailing, meeting deadlines, presenting) that have direct real world application. The student should expect to spend 2-3 hours of homework per week on reading, investigation, and writing for this class. The class will meet twice a week with Wednesdays introducing the concepts and vocabulary of the literature and authors, and Friday serving as a writing lab to explore the mechanics of writing criticism. Themes for future quarters include: Battles over Human Rights: The Civil War (second quarter); Campaign for Equality: Suffragists & Harlem Renaissance (third quarter); and Struggles for Social Justice: Civil rights Era of 1950s-70s (4th quarter). Prerequisite: a previous class in Literary Criticism with this instructor.

Prerequisites: One or more previous classes in literary criticism with Anne Sharp

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 10:00 am 10:55 am F Wellness Works 7th-12th Karen Ungerman 4 $129.00

Wellness is not an exhausting exercise regimen or targets measured in miles or pounds. Instead, it is an individualized, multidisciplinary journey toward healthy living! This class will dive into six components of wellness for teens, to include: physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental and spiritual (or life's purpose). Each week the class will look at different aspects within each of these components, such as movement, whole foods vs processed foods, screen time, digital mindfulness, time management, communication and relationships, sleep, stress levels, relaxation and modeling positive behavior. The class will talk about nutrition from a teen's perspective - Is breakfast really important? How much sugar is in my favorite soft drink? Are nutrition bars healthy? What colors are my food choices and does that matter? Finally, the class will discuss how to create more happiness by creating their own wellness wheel and learning how to balance it! Students will be asked to bring a notebook to start a daily wellness journal. They will be encouraged to set personal goals, develop a unique action plan, and manage them weekly. By the end of the class, students have an understanding of what "wellness" means to them, as well as how to create an increased sense of well-being in their own lives using the techniques and strategies presented. Future topics in this series include: Happiness (2nd quarter). High school families may want to count this class as a partial credit in Health.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am W Beginning Guitar 5th-8th Lee Nathanson 2 $129.00

Learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar! In this class, students will learn basic melodies, such as Ode to Joy, Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, etc Kids will learn to play chords and strumming patterns for familiar songs chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. New chords and new songs will be added each week as students also learn to read music and basic music theory. Students will also learn how to hold, tune, and care for their guitars. Students should be able to read at grade level for this class, and should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook.

Year long Sep 08, 2017 11:00 am 12:30 pm F Chemistry Lab Intensive 9th-12th Karleen Boyle-Sudol 2 $1031.00

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

This full-year laboratory course makes chemistry come alive through hands-on activities, guided inquiry, and student projects. Each lab will feature a short discussion followed by active investigations, providing students with practical experience in laboratory techniques, data collection, scientific observations, and lab safety.

This lab intensive course provides the hands-on laboratory work to support the themes of: matter, atomic structure, subatomic particles, and isotopes (weeks 1-3); orbital notation, electron configuration, and trends in the periodic table (weeks 4-6); ionic and covalent bonding, polarity, acids/bases, and pH (weeks 7-10); solutions, molarity, dilution and equilibrium (weeks 11-14). Students lab work to explore the chemical reactions, synthesis, double replacement, and decomposition (weeks 15-18); stoichiometry (weeks 19-20); phase changes and thermodynamics (weeks 21-22), gas laws (weeks 23-24), electrochemistry (weeks 25-27), and introduction to organic chemistry (weeks 28-30). Example labs include experiments in molar mass, hydrates, chromatography, acid/base titration, distillation, reactants, polymers, heat of fusion, heat of vaporization, and work with metals and hydrolysis. Laboratory work, along with outside assignments, will cover approximately 20 of the textbook's 26 chapters and will provide the foundations for students to work through the remaining chapters if they chose to do so.

Duration: Year-long (30 weeks)/ Register for full year.

Effort: Students should expect to spend 2-3 outside of lab class each week on assigned reading, prelab questions, and short assignments.

Grading: The instructor will provide qualitative feedback on the student's class participation, preparation, and understanding of the material for the parent to assign a grade in the context of the student's overall study of this and related topics.

Credit: This is a component course that will provide 45 hours of laboratory and lecture work. Coupled with independent study of the textbook including assigned readings, review questions, and projects, this may be counted by the homeschool parent as a full high school credit in a laboratory science (chemistry). Without the individual book work, homeschool families should only consider this a component class for a partial science credit.

Materials/Supplies: The course progression, including assigned reading and questions, is meant to follow the McGraw-Hill "Chemistry: Matter and Change" textbook and laboratory manual. It is recommended that students rent or purchase the 2001 Student Edition (ISBN # 978-0028283784) and purchase the accompanying student lab manual (ISBN #9780078245244). Alternatively, the homeschool family can select a different textbook to follow lab work, but they will need coordinate and make their own corresponding assignments based on the course syllabus. Students are expected to bring a lab notebook (graph ruled composition notebook is recommended) to every class. There is a year-long material and lab fee of $110.00 due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am W Chess: Advanced Beginners 1 3rd-6th Peter Snow 0 $85.00

This is the first class in a 4-quarter series on beginning chess. Students will learn skills that build upon each other, including: how all pieces move and capture; castling, pawn promotion, en pass ant; checks and how to get out of them; checkmate and stalemate; notation lesson and chess etiquette behavior; scholars mate & fools mate. Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches. Homework and handouts may be given. 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)

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am F Cooking for Teens: Flavorful French Favorites (Friday) 7th - 12th Mylene Nyman 0 $170.00

Students will enjoy a culinary tour of the world beginning in France! The menu features French-inspired menus featuring a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients that 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: * Fromage Fort (appetizer) , * French Onion Soup (soup), * Salade Nicoise (salad), * Gnocchi Parisienne (side dish), * Sausage Galette (not pork) entree, * Bouillabaisse Sandwiches (lunch), * Creme Brulee (dessert) and *Raspberry Clafoutis (dessert). Bonus recipes for Tweens and Teens include * Poached Egg with Smoked Salmon Toast (breakfast) and *Corn Vichyssoise (soup). A special connection this quarter is that instructor Mylene Nyman is a distant relative of Jacques Pepin, an internationally recognized French chef, television personality, and cookbook author. Two recipes this quarter come from Pepin. 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. SUPPLIES: Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. MATERIAL FEE: There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day. Future topics in this series include: Indian (2nd quarter), Italian (3rd quarter), and Chinese (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am W Cooking for Tweens: Flavorful French Favorites 6th-8th Mylene Nyman 0 $170.00

Students will enjoy a culinary tour of the world beginning in France! The menu features French-inspired menus featuring a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients that 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: * Fromage Fort (appetizer) , * French Onion Soup (soup), * Salade Nicoise (salad), * Gnocchi Parisienne (side dish), * Sausage Galette (not pork) entree, * Bouillabaisse Sandwiches (lunch), * Creme Brulee (dessert) and *Raspberry Clafoutis (dessert). Bonus recipes for Tweens and Teens include * Poached Egg with Smoked Salmon Toast (breakfast) and *Corn Vichyssoise (soup). A special connection this quarter is that instructor Mylene Nyman is a distant relative of Jacques Pepin, an internationally recognized French chef, television personality, and cookbook author. Two recipes this quarter come from Pepin. 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. SUPPLIES: Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. MATERIAL FEE: There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day. Future topics in this series include: Indian (2nd quarter), Italian (3rd quarter), and Chinese (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am W Extreme Animal Kingdom: Life Cycles 5th-6th Donna Shackelford 0 $180.00

Before delving into the fascinating and diverse world of animals, students will learn how scientists classify organisms in the science of taxonomy. The class will review highlights of the kingdoms of protozoan, bacteria, animals, plants, and fungi through labs and observations of their life cycles and characteristics. Weekly labs will include such studies as pond water analysis- what organisms can be observed, and how are their life cycles and food chains intertwined? The class will discover the crazy world of extremophiles including organisms that can live in extreme conditions and those that can pause their life cycles. Students will handle and observe two types of extremophiles- brine shrimp and tardigrades (water bears). Students will spend time using microscopes, making slides, and learning to keep science journals/notebooks.

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am F Fundamentals of Drawing for Teens: Cityscapes 7th-12th Lassie Corbett 2 $114.00

Learn how to capture the drama of a panoramic skyline, the majesty of a modern high rise, or the symmetry in a block of brownstones through pencil and paper. Being able to draw what you see (or what you imagine) is an essential skill for architects, engineers, graphic artists, engineers, interior designers, product innovators, and even travelers and hobbyists. From houses and apartments to public buildings, places of worship, centers of art and commerce, and bustling markets, cities provide fascinating scenes to study and sketch. Cityscapes will be the theme as teens learn and practice the drawing fundamentals of form, composition, and depth. Students will work with the drawing techniques of perspective, vanishing point, and scale while learning to recognize, and represent, the patterns, symmetry, and repetition found in the built environment. How do you draw a shady urban alley or represent a sun-lit metal spire? Fundamentals such as value, shading, and contrast will be integrated into every lesson as students learn how to add texture, depth, and detail to the structures they draw. Students will work primarily with charcoal pencils, but some projects may incorporate pen and ink, or colored pencils. Students will be asked to purchase a basic drawing kit (tablet, charcoal pencils, white highlight pencil, and kneaded eraser) through Compass for $14.00, and additional supplies for specific projects will be furnished by the instructor. Future topics in this series include Landscapes (2nd quarter), Still Life (3rd quarter), and People/Animals (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am F Intermediate Guitar for Teens/Adults 7th-Adult Lee Nathanson 6 $129.00

Intermediate Guitar is a continuation of Beginning Guitar. Students will continue to build on the fundamentals of playing the acoustic guitar! In this class, students will continue learn basic melodies to familiar songs and will add new chords and strum patterns each week. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. The class will continue to learn to read music, use tablature notations for guitar, and cover basic music theory. As an intermediate level class, most students will have had 14-30 weeks of instruction through Compass, or equivalent. The pace of the class and material covered will be adapted by the instructor once he has assessed enrolled students. Students should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook if the student does not have one. Compass parents are welcome to enroll in this class.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am W Junior Art Studio: Artists and their Animals K-2nd Kerry Diederich 2 $114.00

Junior Art Studio: Artists and their Animals This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a famous artist, view sample works of art, and then will create a project in the style of the featured artist using either the artist's preferred medium or their signature technique, such as collage or drip painting. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, construction paper, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, and watercolors. In this session, students will learn about famous artists and their animals, or pets! Featured artists include Hockney, Pollock, Picasso, Kahlo, O Keefe, Rockwell and Klee. Which artist painted a rooster? Who liked crazy, colored geometric cats, and who else favored standard American hounds? Whose self-portraits included monkeys, black cats, and parrots? Learn all about the animals portrayed by these artists, and create unique projects each week to celebrate them! There is a material/supply fee of $12 due payable to the instructor on the first day. Future themes in this series include Cultural Art (2nd quarter), French Artists (3rd quarter), and History of Photography (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am W,F Learning Literary Criticism Through Film (Wed/Fri) 9th-10th Anne Sharp 6 $275.00

In this course series, students will learn to navigate the elements of literary criticism beginning with the more finite media of film (1st quarter) and transitioning through increasingly abstract media of short works (2nd quarter), poetry (3rd quarter), and art and music (4th quarter.)

Film is a natural first step in literary criticism because few elements are left to the critic's imagination. The viewer can watch the story unfold and easily identify characters, settings, plot, tone. Film allows a simultaneous audience experience leaving viewers "on the same page" and saturating the experience with other elements such as sound, camera angles, lighting, and editing. Students will use the very visual experience of film to develop the vocabulary to discuss the medium and then form and write an academic opinion. Crafting reviews of film will prepare students to tackle more complex concepts of literary criticism.

This class meets twice a week for 7 weeks with the Wednesday session focused on the concept and the Friday session serving as a writing lab format to explore the mechanics of writing criticism.

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am F Lessons in Leadership 9th-12th Monifa Hamilton 9 $149.00

What is your definition of leadership? Dwight D. Eisenhower defined, "The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity," while Steve Jobs proposed, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." John F. Kennedy argued that, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." Did you know Amazon has over 168,000 book titles on the subject? Have you wondered what makes a great leader? Have you considered that leaders come from all realms, not just politics? There are leaders in the performing and visual arts, technology, business, education...even in pop culture. In this class, teens will study the fundamentals of leadership. Students will be empowered to identify best practices and application of leadership techniques through character studies and student interviews with leaders in our communities. To promote discussion, the class will read and analyze the book, "Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times" by Donald Phillips (ISBN 978-0446394598).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am W Manipulating Math: Measurement Madness 3rd-4th Natalie Di Vietri 6 $121.00

Kids love real-life measurements and intuitively have a lot of questions about them: How high did I jump? How far did I run? How many gallons of water are in the bathtub? Measuring and estimating units of measure are practical, real life skills that can't be learned from pictures in a textbook! Measurement skills are best learned hands-on using real tools and common objects. In this class, students will practice- and play- with different modes of measurement each week. Students will be able to visualize units of measure for length, weight, area, volume, and temperature. Students will work with everyday objects to be able to answer, which is greater- a pound or a kilogram- and approximately how much more, or which is smaller- a liter or a quart? Students can practice linear measurements with a ruler, yardstick, or tape measure, but how can they measure the length of a curved wall? They can learn length x width x height to find the volume of a shoebox, but how can they find the volume of a lump of playdoh? Kids will learn techniques for measuring non-standard objects along with strategies for converting measurements and shortcuts for estimating measures. Do you know which body part approximates a centimeter and what common sports toy is close to one cup? All work with measurements will be performed in both the English and metric systems so children will improve their fluency going back and forth between the two scales. Students will practice problem solving skills, reasoning, and basic math in this class. Future quarters in the Manipulating Math series will explore fractions (2nd quarter), geometry (3rd quarter), and statistics (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am W Minecraft Mod Masters: Bits & Bricks 4th-6th Steamium Education 1 $179.00

Learn to build more realistic looking buildings in Minecraft with the new "ArchitectureCraft" and "Chisels and Bits" mods! Cylinders, ovals, and other non-cubic forms are impossible in the basic Minecraft application, but by learning these two mods, builders can create refined designs. The ArchitectureCraft mod introduced realistic columns, Roman arches, and even circular blocks into the world of Minecraft. Chisels and Bits gives builders a way to scalp, sculpt, and chip individual blocks to get rid of the chunky, pixelated appearance. These building and sculpting mods empower the virtual builder to enhance and refine their Minecraft structures. Beginners will be taught the basics of Minecraft along with these mods, and more advanced builders will be given individualized construction challenges. Students who ordinarily play Minecraft on a game console or tablet will expand their understanding with a different functionality in the keyboard-based PC version. Students will be using local installations of Minecraft 1.8 rather than having open internet access. Students will work in creative mode and refrain from survival mode to avoid violence, death, and loss of all virtual work. For parents who are not Minecrafters, "mods" are add-on software bundles that give expanded flexibility and enhanced functions in the Minecraft world. Future quarters will introduce the Medieval Times (2nd quarter), Cities (3rd quarter) and Secret Rooms (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am W Money Matters: Personal Finance 7th-8th Jen DesRoches 0 $142.00

Middle school students are going to learn that "money matters" in this all-new class! 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, quarter-long 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 dog, will they have enough money left for a vacation? Kids 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 have the middle schoolers fared in the game of "Life"? Students should expect to spend 1 to 1.5 hours each week investigating costs on the internet, newspapers, or in stores. Future quarters will explore How Money Works (2nd quarter), Entrepreneurship (3rd) and Business Start-Up.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am W Nature Quest: Adventurers 1st -3rd Nick Grenier 1 $110.00

Look up in that tree! Why is that robin alarming ? is there a hawk passing by? Is that a drey (a squirrel's nest)? What animal rubbed the bark off that sapling? Which plants are useful and which should be avoided? 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 program 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! 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.

Semester Sep 15, 2017 11:00 am 12:55 pm F Shakespeare Off the Page: Twelfth Night 8th-12th Heather Sanderson 6 $257.00

Read it! Act it! Students will enjoy this two-hour, 10-week 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 comedy, analyze its characters, plot, themes and motives.

Students will read different roles, study and act out scenes, practice monologues, and work through the literature while having fun with fellow teens.  Theatre games will be used to encourage collaboration, and specially designed improv exercises will be used to stretch teens' imaginations and help them get "in character".  The class will use read-aloud and in-class dramatization to decipher the original language, word choices, and to identify humor, satire, mockery, betrayal, and rejection in this 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 woe a woman?) Students will learn how the Bard crafted scenes and conveyed the primary storyline and sub-plots in a comedy that has endured for over 400 years.

Several scenes will be shared with parents on the last day of class as a way for students to demonstrate their appreciation and understanding of what they have learned about Shakespeare. Instructor Heather Sanderson shares a teaching style based on actions and interactions, developed from years of experience coaching Shakespeare in a way that appeals to students. Her approach brings abstract concepts, complex themes, and difficult language to the students' level, so that they can relate to and appreciate Shakespeare. There will be a $6.00 fee payable to Compass on the first day of class for the selected paperback edition of the play. Homeschool families could count this course as a component, or partial credit, in British Literature or Fine Arts (drama).

 

 

 

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am W Smart Start: Thinking Fun for Young Learners K-2nd Megan Reynolds 5 $129.00

Stretch your child's brain with this metacognitive class! In Smart Start, children will sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills to become more independent and effective learners. Using in-class readings of high quality literature, children will be introduced to a broad range of thinking strategies such as de Bono's Thinking Hats, SCAMPER, and FFOE (Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration). Through facilitated discussion and community inquiry, children will learn to ask their own questions and raise issues for discussion, explore and develop their own ideas and theories, and give creative reasons. Each week, students will complete engaging activities that require them to apply what they have learned. For example, the class might consider, What happens when Max returns to Where the Wild Things Are the next day? Next year? How about 10 years from now? (Green Hat Thinking). They may expand to discuss what would happen if another character from literature, like Curious George or Cinderella, visited Where the Wild Things Are? (SCAMPER approach "C" for combining two things that do not normally go together). Young learners will have fun on this engaging, creative class which will boost their ability to use higher order thinking skills, predict outcomes, and solve problems! New stories and activities are introduced each week and not repeated from previous sessions. Students must be able to think independently, work collaboratively, and enjoy a good challenge. Emerging readers and writers can be accommodated.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 11:00 am 11:55 am W Spanish Conversation for Kids 3rd-5th Jeanniffer Denmark 6 $136.00

Students will learn beginning Spanish through games, songs, stories, and skits in a predominantly immersion environment (limited cues in English). Each week students will work on the "basics" such as greetings, colors, numbers, adjectives and weather and will explore focused themes. First quarter's theme of "Fun Times" will examine Spanish and Latin American cultural traditions, sports, and holidays. Future themes include "Around Town" (2nd quarter), "Food" (3rd quarter), and "All About Me" (4th quarter). Through age-appropriate games and activities, students will learn and practice the vocabulary and simple phrases related to the week's theme. Basic, beginners-level spelling, reading, and grammar will be introduced. Since the class is taught in "themes", or units, students may join during any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W Acting FUNdamentals: Stupendous Superheroes & Sidekicks 1st - 3rd Acting for Young People 8 $90.00

Students learn to use their own unique qualities to act out fun stories about superheroes using theater games, improvisation, storytelling, and text. Students will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional development, and observation/concentration while learning to perform a classic tale. The script will be selected by the teacher and students from among fairy tales, fables, or well known classics. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and running the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence and each will make a significant contribution to our final sharing for parents. This program has been specially adapted for Compass Homeschool Enrichment from Acting for Young People's curriculum, and is ideal for students with any level of experience. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class.

Year long Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W, F Algebra I 7th-10th Jeannie Genoese-Zerbi 9 $1115.00

This is a full high school course in Algebra I. We will cover the fundamental algebraic topics of variables, graphing, linear equations and inequalities, rates, ratios and percentages, proportional relationships, quadratic equations and inequalities, factoring quadratics, special factorizations, and complex numbers. Students will learn to tackle the challenging problems and exercises provided by "The Art of Problem Solving: Introduction to Algebra" text, but will also have ample opportunity to practice working more conventional Algebra I problems provided by the instructor. The class will cover chapters 1 through 14 in the Art of Problem Solving book. Students who wish to complete the advanced topics (those normally covered in Algebra II) in chapters 15 through 22 will be well prepared to do so independently.

The student should expect to do a substantial number of exercises outside of class with 5-6 hours of homework each week.

Supplies: Students will need the Art of Problem Solving textbook Introduction to Algebra as well as Introduction to Algebra, Solutions Manual, available from www.artofproblemsolving.com/store. Please purchase a high quality quadrille notebook for homework assignments. A calculator is not required for this course.

Prerequisites: Students must have mastered pre-algebra before beginning this class.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W American History Alive! The 1700s 3rd - Adult Various 35 $120.00

Step back in time each week for a one-of-a-kind rendez vous with key personalities in American history. First quarter appearances will focus on the 1700s with heroes of the Revolutionary War such as Thomas Jefferson, Martha Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, "Molly Pitcher" Mary Ludwig Hays, John Adams and Dolly Madison! Each week a professional, costumed living history interpreter will deliver a compelling first-person performance portraying his or her role in American history. Living history actors are the professionals employed by museums, historical sites, and conferences. They have typically studied their historical character for years and tell their story in first person. Presentations are conversational in style, occasionally involve the audience, and conclude with spontaneous audience Q & A. Watch the historical actors answer 21st century questions in character with period replies! Students younger than third grade (or age 8) must be accompanied by a paid parent or adult. Parents and siblings interested in the program must register and pay separately.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W ASL (American Sign Langauge) for Everyone 3rd-5th Natalie Di Vietri 6 $121.00

ASL for Everyone is a fun, play-based sign language class for elementary students. Students will begin to learn the language of the Deaf community by signing the alphabet and developing a vocabulary for greetings, everyday objects, and common phrases and idioms. In Quarter One, children will learn signs for people, questions, numbers, colors, animals, and opposites in an engaging setting. Students will watch short movie clips of a Deaf family demonstrating signs, play games, work with partners, and have familiar stories signed to them. This level will include more emphasis on the five elements of each sign; handshape, motion, location, palm orientation, and facial expression. For example, 'please' and 'sorry' have the same motion, location, and palm orientation, but differ in handshape. In this level, students will also be taught to finger spell unique words and proper nouns and begin to learn about the grammar of ASL. We will also learn about the history and culture of the Deaf community. ASL is an excellent second language choice for children who are not ready for a foreign language with difficult writing, spelling, or challenging pronunciation. Penn State University research demonstrated that adding the visual and kinesthetic elements of ASL to verbal communication helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in hearing students. New themes and vocabulary will be introduced every quarter, but students may join ASL for Everyone at any time. Themes for future quarters will include weather, clothing, holidays, food, directions, manners, and more!

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm F Beginning Guitar 1 for Teens/Adults 7th - 12th Lee Nathanson 2 $129.00

Learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar! In this class, students will learn basic melodies, such as Ode to Joy, Happy Birthday, etc Teens will learn to play chords and strumming patterns for familiar songs chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. New chords and new songs will be added each week as students also learn to read music and basic music theory. Students will also learn how to hold, tune, and care for their guitars. Students should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook. Compass parents are welcome to enroll in this class.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W Coding Fun: Intro to Scratch 2nd-4th Steamium Education 3 $179.00

Students will enjoy a fun, intuitive introduction to computer coding with Scratch, the graphical programming language created by MIT! They will create short animations by learning to link blocks of script (programming instructions). Students will learn to compile the instructions to control and change onscreen elements such as graphics, text, photos, sound effects, and animated characters. Young coders will begin to use logic and computational reasoning while learning to manipulate variables. Students will develop individual projects as they learn to use different features in Scratch through direct instruction, class examples, and tutorials. Students should be able to read at a 2nd-3rd grade level to be able to interact with the software. Future quarters in this series include Story Telling using Google CS with Scratch (2nd quarter), Sports and Fashion Design using Google CS with Scratch (3rd quarter), and Game Design using Google CS with Scratch (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W Cooking for Little Kids: Flavorful French Favorites 1st-3rd Mylene Nyman 0 $170.00

Students will enjoy a culinary tour of the world beginning in France! The menu features French-inspired menus featuring a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients that 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: * Fromage Fort (appetizer) , * French Onion Soup (soup), * Salade Nicoise (salad), * Gnocchi Parisienne (side dish), * Sausage Galette (not pork) entree, * Bouillabaisse Sandwiches (lunch), * Creme Brulee (dessert) and *Raspberry Clafoutis (dessert). A special connection this quarter is that instructor Mylene Nyman is a distant relative of Jacques Pepin, an internationally recognized French chef, television personality, and cookbook author. Two recipes this quarter come from Pepin. 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 registering for the Little Kids level must be age 6 by the start of classes. SUPPLIES: Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. MATERIAL FEE: There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day. Future topics in this series include: Indian (2nd quarter), Italian (3rd quarter), and Chinese (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm F Cooking for Teens: Flavorful French Favorites (Friday) 7th - 12th Mylene Nyman 0 $170.00

Students will enjoy a culinary tour of the world beginning in France! The menu features French-inspired menus featuring a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients that 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: * Fromage Fort (appetizer) , * French Onion Soup (soup), * Salade Nicoise (salad), * Gnocchi Parisienne (side dish), * Sausage Galette (not pork) entree, * Bouillabaisse Sandwiches (lunch), * Creme Brulee (dessert) and *Raspberry Clafoutis (dessert). Bonus recipes for Tweens and Teens include * Poached Egg with Smoked Salmon Toast (breakfast) and *Corn Vichyssoise (soup). A special connection this quarter is that instructor Mylene Nyman is a distant relative of Jacques Pepin, an internationally recognized French chef, television personality, and cookbook author. Two recipes this quarter come from Pepin. 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. SUPPLIES: Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. MATERIAL FEE: There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day. Future topics in this series include: Indian (2nd quarter), Italian (3rd quarter), and Chinese (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W Cross Fit Kids 4th-8th Jamie Gallagher 1 $130.00

CrossFit Kids is a dynamic kids' fitness 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. CrossFit Kids 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 CrossFit Kids will foster self-confidence, focus, and help instill a foundation for a lifetime of fitness. All equipment is furnished. Students will be asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes.

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm F Debate 101: Lincoln-Douglas Style Debate 7th-12th Monifa Hamilton 0 $165.00

Don't raise your voice, improve your argument." (Desmond Tutu, 2004) Do you have what it takes to strategically win an argument? Effective debate is a life skill that incorporates logic, communication, and public speaking skills. Being able to debate helps teens improve reasoning, conflict resolution, and confidence. In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of debate including the three persuasive appeals, a brief history of debate, and different styles of debate. Debaters will learn how to structure an argument, build their evidence, and best practices for researching a topic. Students will learn techniques for quoting sources, presenting statistics, acknowledging opposing views, and incorporating visual aids in debate. The class will also practice stylistic elements of public speaking such as using transitional words, timing, gestures, and eye contact. In this class, students will learn how to really listen to their opponent and how to craft a rebuttal. At the same time, debaters will be taught to read their audience, hold their attention, and establish credibility. In each class, students will practice giving brief impromptu speeches, delivering prepared presentations, and debating classmates. Students will practice evaluating classmates and giving, receiving, and incorporating constructive feedback. First quarter will introduce Lincoln-Douglas, or prepared, one-on-one style debate. Future quarter debate focuses include: Extemporaneous Debate (2nd quarter), Open Forum Debate (3rd quarter), and Parliamentary Debate (4th quarter)

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W Experimental Methods & Design: Animal Behavior 7th - 8th Karleen Boyle Sudol 0 $163.00

In this class, middle school students will learn to work as independent investigators using the scientific method. Students will observe the systems under investigation, choose a pattern or trend that interests them, and then develop a testable hypothesis. Students will learn how to: design a scientific experiment for either a laboratory or field setting, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and to record and analyze data. During first quarter, students will design experiments relating to animal behavior. Possible areas of investigation include behavior at the individual level (such as substrate selection with pill bugs or millipedes); learned behavior with planaria; foraging and habitat preferences with hermit crabs; territoriality among betta fish or hissing cockroaches; or social behavior with ant colonies. Others may design experiments that test intraspecific interactions, predator-prey relationships, or animal competition. 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. There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Each quarter will focus on a different aspect of science: Chemistry (2nd quarter), Microscopic (3rd quarter), and Botany (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm F Formula for Fiction: Mystery and Detective Stories 6th-8th Anne Sharp 2 $153.00

Writers will find out why the "Whodunit" is already done in writing mystery and detective fiction! 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-know works that illustrate the story template. Each fiction formula includes a different mix of elements (characters, setting, plot) that change with the new story while others remain fixed to preserve the genre. In Mystery and Detective fiction, students will learn why the literary elements of setting, character, and plot are often prescribed in popular mysteries such as Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, and Nancy Drew. In subsequent quarters, they will learn the formulas for Historical Fiction (2nd quarter), Prequel and Sequel Fiction (3rd quarter), and Revisioning Classic Fiction (4th quarter). A portion of each class will be dedicated to sharing students' working drafts with 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.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W French Foundations 6th-8th Edwige Pinover 0 $150.00

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. Students should be at grade level in their 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. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W Nature Quest: Explorers PK-K Nick Grenier 0 $110.00

Look up in that tree! Why is that robin alarming ? is there a hawk passing by? Is that a drey (a squirrel's nest)? What animal rubbed the bark off that sapling? Which plants are useful and which should be avoided? 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 program 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! 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.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W Philosophically Speaking 9th-12th Christine Keen 4 $149.00

Philosophy is not about finding life's answers. It s about considering life's questions. This discussion-based class, will introduce the vocabulary of philosophy and explore some of philosophy s greatest hits, weaving together the work of specific philosophers (classic and modern) with thought experiments and real-life examples. From Plato's "Ring of Gyges" to John Searle's "Chinese Room", this practical philosophy class will provide a context for students to think more deeply about the choices and experiences of their everyday lives. Because of the nature of the assignments, excellent reading skills (high school+ level) and the maturity to participate in thoughtful discussion are necessary. This class was last taught in September 2016.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W Science of the Senses: Light and Vision, from Eye to Brain 5th-6th Ed Max 7 $158.00

How is your eye like a camera? Students will have fun examining the science of sight, light, and optics in this multiple disciplinary approach to science. See how biology, physics, and chemistry come together to explain how we can see! We will start by considering the physics of light and the many things that can happen when light interacts with objects. We will learn about the anatomy of the eye and how its structure explains surprising limitations to the way we see. Do you know why you are color blind in dim light and have a blind spot in each eye? Students will participate in the class dissection of a real eye to see many of the structures we discuss. Students will experiment with stereopsis (draw your own 3D pictures) and motion detection (draw your own movies) and observe optical illusions that give hints about how the brain processes visual information. We will also build spectroscopes to understand color arithmetic, that is, how the eye and brain interpret the addition of different colored lights and the subtraction of colors by dyes, pigments and filters. Along the way, we will discuss what patients with abnormal vision can teach us about how the eye and brain work together to create a sense that we often take for granted.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W What's the Matter? Solids and Polymers 1st-2nd Donna Shackelford 3 $180.00

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 solids and polymers 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 solids and polymers, students will make rubber balls, mix slime, blend quicksand (a non-Newtonian fluid), formulate elephant toothpaste, and build molecular models. The future theme in this series is Liquids and Gases (2nd quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:00 pm 12:55 pm W Writers' Workshop: Creating Colorful Characters 5th-6th Karen Hickman 0 $142.00

Creating Colorful Characters is writing workshop for upper elementary-aged students who like to write or want to learn to love to write. Writing is a complex cognitive process, so students will be taught strategies to get started and make the creative decisions about creating new characters. Using classic literature to define what makes a strong character in a good story, students will explore a variety of activities that contribute to creating new characters. Activities will include character sketching, using our senses, guided imagery, and steppingstones for story elements that bring characters to life. Students will think like writers, appreciate their words, and share their stories among classmates so that writing, reading, listening and speaking skills become part of the class. The weekly session includes a mini-lesson related to writing process along with time to write and share their work for constructive feedback. In addition, the instructor s two published books, "The Missing Caboose" and "Milton, the Lighthouse Mouse" will be included in our reviews of picture books and classic storied literature. Determining how colorful characters fit into the story elements is part of the construction of a story to be shared in an anthology at the close of the class. Students are expected to write outside of class time (four minutes a day during the week), reply in a journal to bookmark prompt assignments, and read and respond in their journals to three books from a bibliography shared on the first day. Guidance for responding and books will be available in instructor s lending library during class.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 12:30 pm 1:30 pm W Historical Games of the Ancient World 4th-8th Hugh Gardner 3 $129.00

Try your hand at Hounds and Jackals! Capture your opponent's scarabs in Seega! Challenge your classmates to a game of Senet, just as ancient Egyptians did over 5000 years ago. Students will learn basics from the field of ludology, the study of games, while getting a unique glimpse into world cultures and history, the peoples and their pastimes. During first quarter, students will learn about the games of the ancients such as The Royal Game of Ur (also known as the Game of Twenty Squares from Mesopotamia), Mehan (the Game of the Snake), and Mancala, a strategy game of seeds, stones, or pottery shards from north Africa. Test the game of Knucklebones, a precursor to jacks mentioned in the Iliad and the Odyssey and played with bones or stones. The group will transition to ancient Rome to play Ludus Latrunculorum (known as the soldiers' game or bandit's game.) Players will learn about the beginning of dice games (Tesserae) . In their study of games, students will test the precursors to even more of today's games such as Terni Lapilli (Roman Tic Tac Toe), Tabula (ancient Backgammon), or Ludus Calculorum (Five in a Row). Most importantly, we will see how games change over the centuries as they pass from culture to culture. In this class, players will see and use games boards and pieces crafted in many styles. They will learn the basic types of board games and discuss what makes a fun and interesting game. Students will examine how the rules of ancient games are known or recreated. Historian Hugh Gardner has crafted homemade games, and will give students tips on how to develop and construct games at home. Future quarters will examine historic games from Medieval Times (2nd quarter), Asia (3rd quarter) and Colonial America/Native Americans (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 1:00 pm 2:55 pm F 3D History: WWI, Before the Trenches- Tannenburg in the East, Belgium 1914 8th-12th Taliesin Knol 1 $161.00

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 students as they navigate a table-top terrain, deploy hundreds of miniature soldiers, ships, and tanks... all while playing a military strategy game. Each student will have the opportunity to fight a battle from both sides, allowing them to test various strategies, try multiple scenarios, predict different outcomes, and rewrite history- an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of what actually happened and why! Mud and Blood. These are the two words that are usually used to explain the battlefields of World War I. However, that wasn t how the war was "supposed" to happen. The first months of the war were lightning wars of maneuver, where troops would race into enemy territory on armored trains, and sweep across the countryside to outwit a larger and more powerful foe. In the East, at Tannenburg, that is exactly what happened. As the immense and unwieldy Russian army slowly mobilized its massive reserves of manpower, the highly professional and mobile German army rushed in and cut the isolated pieces of the Tzar s Army to shreds, losing only one man for every ten Russians killed. Then they turned around and almost succeeded the same way in Belgium and France. What they had failed to account for was the highly trained and modernized British and French armies. The Russian Army, although large, was ill-led and poorly equipped, making it vulnerable to an enemy using modern weapons, like super heavy howitzers and massed machine gun fire. In the face of the most lethal battlefield weapons invented yet, even discipline of the German army faltered. Despite beating the British Expeditionary Force and supporting French armies, the German plans were so delayed by the fierce resistance that the Allies had chance to dig in. This class will be the first look at WWI in a year-long series where students will cover the buildup, outbreak, and early campaigns. First quarter examines early WWI, before the trenches, through the battles of Tannenburg, Mons, and Charleroi in Belgium in 1914. Future quarters include: Beyond the Trenches: Gallipoli and Lawrence of Arabia in 1916 (2nd quarter); Breaking the Stalemate: Verdun and The Somme Offensive in 1916 (3rd quarter), and Germany s Last Gasp: The Ludendorff Offensive and America s Arrival in 1918 (4th quarter). Course documents including period maps, photographs and recreations will be made available through a class Google Drive link emailed to parents, as well as a class YouTube playlist for any videos watched in class or assigned as homework.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W Acting Improv Stage: Drama Mash-Up 6th-12th John Waldron 3 $106.00

This popular class will blend new team drama challenges and improv games. Students will learn to think on-their-feet and work as a team to "play off each other" as they create hilarious and witty moments. Each week, students engage in a range of drama-development activities, such as a warm-up game, sensory challenge, pantomime, story-telling, sound-focused activity. They will also read scripts, work on team script-writing, create characters, and do blocking and improvistation. Improvisation is the art of entertaining with connected, unpredictable twists and turns often seen from the great comedians and best live entertainers. This class focuses on developing communication skills through playful challenges. Drama students will release their creative and expressive potential, while becoming more confident communicators and performers. 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.

Year long Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W, F Algebra II and Trigonometry 9th-12th Jeannie Genoese-Zerbi 0 $1235.00

This is a full high school level Algebra II class. In it, we will reinforce the problem solving skills and mathematical knowledge developed in Algebra I. The core topic areas include: linear systems and matrices, polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, and trigonometry. We will delve more deeply into linear systems, generalizing from two equations/two unknowns to linear systems of arbitrary dimension. We will learn to represent and solve such systems using matrices, with support of appropriate computational aids. We will develop facility with exponential functions and their inverses, logarithmic functions. We will tackle application specific problems drawn from multiple subject areas, including physics, chemistry, biology, finance, and everyday life. Our study of polynomials will begin with a review of quadratic equations. Specific skills developed will include addition, subtraction, multiplication, long division and synthetic division of polynomials. We will learn to identify all possible rational roots for polynomials of arbitrary order, and then test them to find all rational roots. We will also study rational functions, which are ratios of polynomials, learning to add, subtract, multiply and divide them. Although our primary focus throughout the year will be on functions, we will also develop an understanding of conic sections, including parabolas, circles, ellipses, and hyperbolas. We will graph equations in all our areas of study both by hand and on graphing calculators. The student should expect to do a substantial number of exercises outside of class with 5-6 hours of homework each week. Prerequisites: Students must have completed Algebra I successfully. No knowledge of geometry beyond the Pythagorean theorem is assumed. Supplies: The text for this class has not yet been selected, but it will be a College Algebra book available from amazon.com. Students should purchase a high quality quadrille notebook for homework assignments. A TI-84 calculator is required for this course.

Prerequisites: Algebra I

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W ASL (American Sign Langauge) for Little Fingers K-2nd Natalie Di Vietri 5 $121.00

ASL for Little Fingers is a fun, play-based sign language class for younger children. Students will begin to learn the language of the Deaf community by developing a vocabulary for greetings, everyday objects and common phrases. In Quarter One, children will learn signs for the ASL alphabet, numbers, greetings, colors, people, animals people, opposites, questions, and more in a fun setting. Students will watch short videos of a Deaf family demonstrating the signs, learn about Deaf culture, play games, work with partners, and have familiar stories signed to them. ASL is an excellent second language choice for young children who are not ready for a foreign language with difficult writing, spelling, or challenging pronunciation. Penn State University research demonstrated that adding the visual and kinesthetic elements of ASL to verbal communication helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in hearing students. Students may join ASL for Little Fingers during any quarter. Future quarters will delve into weather, clothing, holidays, home, food, and more! At the end of the year, we will do a small performance for parents so that the students can showcase their learning.

Semester Sep 08, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm F Aviation Science: The Physics of Flight 7th-8th AviationEd 7 $370.00

In this semester-long course, students will delve into the fascinating physics of flight and dynamics of aircraft. This class provides a real-world context for applied physics, technology, even meteorology and math, all within the exciting realm of aviation. Students will discover the forces of flight (lift, thrust, drag, and weight) and experiment with the principles of aerodynamics, Bernoulli s Laws of air pressure, and the physics of stalls and spins. In-class labs and activities will include constructing airfoils to compare and contrast wing design and building model aircraft from household materials to understand aerodynamics. As they grasp the principles of flight, students will begin to learn the practical skills of piloting an aircraft. Students will use laptop-based aviation simulators and aircraft controls. The class will learn piloting skills such as instrumentation, the proper maneuvering of aircraft around airports, how to determine compass headings, calculate speed, time, and distance, and how to plot a course using aviation maps. Students will learn about the process of weather and how to determine if conditions are appropriate for flight. After mastering the simulation software and flight preparation, students will plan and execute a virtual, multi-leg, cross-country flight. Emphasis will be on understanding the physics concepts and applied technologies in aviation. While some formulas may be demonstrated, the class does not include an intensive math component.

Semester Sep 08, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm F Compass Literarians Writing Board 8th-12th Anne Sharp 3 $305.00

This semester-long course is a home for literarians students who love to write, who love to read writing, and who love to share writing with others. Writing is 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, students will create a Compass community that will encourage individual writers, promote literary collaboration and provide challenging feedback to boost creativity and artistic development. 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. The members of this class will form an editorial board of a student anthology, journal, or magazine that will provide a publishing opportunity for themselves and for other homeschooled student writers. As editors, students will design and build an anthology and/or website, 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. A portion of each class will be devoted to writing time, but students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week writing at home. Each student is expected to publish in the anthology. Some students might also publish submit works to other journals or contests. In addition to this published piece, each student will also develop a personal portfolio of writing that includes a variety of forms and genre and that provides samples from all phases of the writing process: brainstorming, drafting, revision, editing.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W Cooking for Kids: Flavorful French Favorites 4th-5th Mylene Nyman 1 $170.00

Students will enjoy a culinary tour of the world beginning in France! The menu features French-inspired menus featuring a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients that 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: * Fromage Fort (appetizer) , * French Onion Soup (soup), * Salade Nicoise (salad), * Gnocchi Parisienne (side dish), * Sausage Galette (not pork) entree, * Bouillabaisse Sandwiches (lunch), * Creme Brulee (dessert) and *Raspberry Clafoutis (dessert). A special connection this quarter is that instructor Mylene Nyman is a distant relative of Jacques Pepin, an internationally recognized French chef, television personality, and cookbook author. Two recipes this quarter come from Pepin. 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. SUPPLIES: Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. MATERIAL FEE: There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day. Future topics in this series include: Indian (2nd quarter), Italian (3rd quarter), and Chinese (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W CSI Forensic Science: Analysis 7th-8th Donna Shackelford 0 $180.00

Students will delve into the world of crime scene investigators (CSIs) as seen each week on Law and Order, NCIS, and the CSI television series! Students will be introduced to the field which combines knowledge of biology, chemistry, and physics! Students will learn how to examine a crime scene and collect evidence. They will perform labs and hands-on activities such as different kinds of fingerprinting and learning how to find and lift latent fingerprints. The class will practice identifying footprints and making molds. Students will use equipment similar to CSI analysts and FBI detectives such as microscopes and chromatography. They will combine these skills along with logic, deductive reasoning, and the scientific method to solve mock crimes and CSI mysteries. Students will take notes and record their findings in science journals/notebooks. For sensitive students, please note that while actual crime scene details and graphic photographs will not be shown to students, the nature of forensic science will suggest and reference crime scenarios.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W Drawing Lessons from the Masters 3rd-4th Lori Goll 0 $114.00

This class will combine fundamental drawing techniques with lessons from art history. Each week the class will focus on a basic art concept such as line, value, light on planes, perspective, forms, proportion, basic color theory and composition. We ll look at online and book examples the work, techniques, and materials of a particular artist, either past (i.e. DaVinci, Durer, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt) or present, and prepare a drawing study inspired by that master. The subject of our lessons may include still life, birds, trees, figures, animals and landscapes, and our age-appropriate exercises will reinforce the concepts learned. We ll practice with various media including graphite, charcoal, conte, pen, colored pencil and crayon. There is a $3.00 material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Students should purchase a 9" X 12" gray-toned sketch pad. These are available through Compass for $7.00 or at local art stores.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W Dynamic Dioramas: Native Americans- East Coast Indian Nations 2nd-4th Taliesin Knol 2 $150.00

American history began long before the arrival of Europeans! This year, students will discover native American Indian cultures from coast to coast, starting in our own region- the Nations of the East Coast, like the Iroquois Confederacy, Tuscarora, and Powhatan. Each student will create an individual diorama of an East Coast Indian village. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10" x 12" 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 miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based survival strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about native American culture, agriculture, warfare and tribal politics. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Future topics in this series include Nomadic Indians of the Great Plains (2nd quarter), Southwestern Pueblo Indians (3rd quarter) and the tribes of the Pacific Northwest (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W French with Friends 3rd-5th Edwige Pinover 8 $150.00

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.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W Little Hands Family Music 0 - 4 years Kathy Preisinger 3 $96.00

Little Hands is a family music and movement classes for parents and children, aged infant to 5 years old. Be part of an engaging musical world while building confidence, coordination, and communications skills. Singing, imitating sounds, rhyming, and object identification foster language skills. Creative movement to various musical moods develops a sense of balance, timing and spatial awareness. Listening and taking turns encourage blossoming social skills. Children and parents meet weekly for a 30-minute class and enjoy singing, moving, listening, and playing simple, specially designed instruments. Structured time runs from 1:15-1:45 pm, with time before and after for gathering and transitions.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W Marine Biology: Oceanography 5th - 6th Karleen Boyle Sudol 0 $163.00

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. In first quarter Oceanography, students will examine physical processes such as the global ocean circulation and the role of oceans on the planet's weather patterns, temperatures, salinity, and major ocean currents. The class will discover the physics of the ocean including light and waves, along with some the oceans' primary chemistry processes like carbon dioxide sequestration and nitrogen cycling. Students will learn about the geography of the ocean basins, mid-ocean ridges, plate tectonics, and island formation, along with the habitable zones: wetlands, intertidal, sub-tidal nearshore, photic zone of the open ocean, and deep sea. There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Future themes in this series include: Systems & Cycles (2nd quarter), Biomes (3rd quarter), and Animal Close-Up (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 1:00 pm 2:55 pm F Mosaic Masterpieces: Game Boards, Geometrics and Geodes 7th - 12th Mylene Nyman 3 $147.00

Teen artists will take a contemporary look on this age old art form. Each artist will create archival quality mosaics from a variety of materials including glass, mirror, ceramic, shells, and stones. Tentatively, students will create a usable checkers/chess board, a geometric mosaic shape, and a mosaic in which a geode slice is the focal point. The number of projects completed depends on the student s work speed and attendance in class. The checkers/chess board project will be used to learn and practice ideal spacing of tiles, so that the grouted finished project is symmetrical and appealing. Students will be able to use their choice of glass tile colors, to add individuality to this piece. Students will take their chess/checkers board home with a set of wooden checkers to match any color scheme. (Chess pieces can be purchased separately from Amazon or a hobby store if desired.) For their second project, students will chose a geometric pattern such as a triquetra, trinity ring, interlocking rings, Irish knots, or other. This project will expand student s learning to include use of a pattern, coordinating colors, glass cutting and fitting, and creating the illusion of overlapping shapes. For the third project, students will choose from a selection of beautiful geode slices, which will become the focal point of their final mosaic piece. Utilizing all their learning and skills, students will follow their own creativity to create patterns or waves of colorful mosaic coming from, or surrounding the geode slice for a rich composition. This course will cover design, layout, basic glass cutting and as time allows students will learn grouting and finishing methods. There is a $40.00 per student material and supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Homeschool families who are creating a high school transcript may want to count this class as a component, or partial, Fine Arts credit.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W Nature Quest: Path Finders 3rd-5th Nick Grenier 0 $110.00

Look up in that tree! Why is that robin alarming ? is there a hawk passing by? Is that a drey (a squirrel's nest)? What animal rubbed the bark off that sapling? Which plants are useful and which should be avoided? 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 program 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! 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.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W Robot Fab Lab: Mars Rover Challenge 4th-6th Robot Works 0 $145.00

Student engineers will be given the challenge of designing, building and programming a robotic rover to explore a simulated Martian challenge. Each rover will have to fit in a mock Mars lander and be able to drive out the lander door, down a ramp, and onto the Mars surface. Once in the Compass Mars environment, each student's lander must be able to maintain a course while driving over a bumpy terrain and will have to pick up and collect red rocks while ignoring Martian rocks of other colors. Students will have to install touch, sound, color, and infrared sensors and multiple motors on their rovers from the range of modular Lego Mindstorms components. 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. 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 rover 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.

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm F Teen Open Mic/Jam Session 7th - 12th Lee Nathanson 10 $129.00

Teens will have fun playing their instruments and performing- and jamming- with other musicians under the guidance of a professional musician/guitarist. Songs can range from simple melodies to full, popular songs. Students can bring music to class from any genre that they are working on or would like to learn, and the instructor can provide some selections for the group to work on together. This class will be creative and fluid with the direction driven by the teen musicians. All instruments and vocalists are welcome. Students must have a basic level of proficiency on their respective instrument: Guitar players should have their open chords down pretty well. Piano players should be able to read simple melodies and play chords. Bass players should know how to play simple bass lines. Other instruments should be able to play notes and some scales. Guitarists with electric guitars should have a small amplifier so they can be heard.

Semester Sep 08, 2017 1:00 pm 2:30 pm F Website Development: Coding with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript 7th - 12th Generation Code 4 $499.00

Website design and development is a fun, tangible way to introduce teens to coding! Rather than writing code for the sake of memorizing syntax and symbols, 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? 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. This is a 14 week, semester-long class that meets for 90 minutes on Fridays. AirMac laptops with all required software applications will be furnished in class by the instructor. Students will have links to protected development sites where they can continue to work on their websites during the week, between classes. As a follow-up to this class, a semester-long (16 weeks) class in Website Development II will be offered in winter/spring 2018.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm 1:55 pm W Where in the World? Physical Geography 5th-8th Christine Keen 0 $149.00

Geography is our window into understanding the world around us. It helps us make sense of history and economics, peoples and culture, politics and current events. The focus of this class will be on physical geography: the longest rivers, driest deserts, tallest mountains, and other landforms that shape our planet and the way we use it. Where were yesterday s earthquakes? What is the biggest lake in the world, and why is it getting bigger? Where do two rivers of different colors run side by side without mixing for nearly 4 miles? Each week will feature a variety of hands-on activities, games, and at-home assignments designed to enrich students understanding of both U.S. and world geography. Prior geographic knowledge is welcome but not assumed. Students must be able to read at or above grade level and be prepared to complete several brief projects at home to present during class time. This is the first class in a year-long series which includes Destinations (2nd quarter), Human Geography (3rd quarter), and BioGeography (4th quarter). This class was previously taught in September 2016. This class will help prepare students for the National Geographic Bee and, more importantly, give them the geographic knowledge to be more informed citizens of their world.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Acting Kids' Theater: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 3rd-5th John Waldron 1 $106.00

Students will not want to miss the chance to perform this set of scenes from Roald Dahl's hilarious book about the opening of Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory to five special children. Watch the hilarity unfold when spoiled guests Augustus, Violet, Veruca, and Mike, along with Charlie encounter the zany Oompa-Loompas and the eccentric Will Wonka with candy factory pitfalls like the Chocolate River and magic bubble gum! Young actors will further their theatrical skills and stretch their imaginations by working on characters, envisioning scenes, and exploring the plot as they develop a student production in which everyone has a role in this twisted adventure. Students will benefit from experimenting with public speaking through acting in a safe, supportive environment, and enjoy the satisfaction of working as a team. Students will be coached on acting basics such as facing the audience, projecting their voices, and dramatizing their character through body language and movements. The final class will showcase their process and performance of all they have learned. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, can follow directions, can collaborate with others, do their best to memorize lines, and enjoy working in a group. Students should be able to read on grade level in order to follow the script. There is a script fee of $7.00 payable to Compass on the first day of class.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Build It Better! Simple Machine Contraptions 3rd-5th Robot Works 0 $145.00

Young engineers will participate in a 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 simple machines and transitions that will automate the process of moving a small ball along, much like a Rube Goldberg innovation. During first quarter, students will be challenged to incorporate as many simple machines as possible into their contraption. They will learn about levers, inclined planes, wheel and axle, wedges, screws, and pulleys while inventing. Can they move a ball through a maze with a ramp (inclined plane), a flipper (lever), or lowered bucket (pulley) without using their hands? Can they pass the ball to their neighbor without hitting the floor? Parents will be invited to the final class to see the demonstration of all of students' contraptions linked together. See http://greatballcontraption.com/ or You Tube videos for impressive examples of the Great Ball Contraption. Second quarter students will be challenged to build bigger, better, more complex contraptions with compound machines and more mechanization!

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Cooking for Tweens: Flavorful French Favorites 6th-8th Mylene Nyman 0 $170.00

Students will enjoy a culinary tour of the world beginning in France! The menu features French-inspired menus featuring a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients that 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: * Fromage Fort (appetizer) , * French Onion Soup (soup), * Salade Nicoise (salad), * Gnocchi Parisienne (side dish), * Sausage Galette (not pork) entree, * Bouillabaisse Sandwiches (lunch), * Creme Brulee (dessert) and *Raspberry Clafoutis (dessert). Bonus recipes for Tweens and Teens include * Poached Egg with Smoked Salmon Toast (breakfast) and *Corn Vichyssoise (soup). A special connection this quarter is that instructor Mylene Nyman is a distant relative of Jacques Pepin, an internationally recognized French chef, television personality, and cookbook author. Two recipes this quarter come from Pepin. 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. SUPPLIES: Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. MATERIAL FEE: There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day. Future topics in this series include: Indian (2nd quarter), Italian (3rd quarter), and Chinese (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Drawing Lessons from the Masters 5th-6th Lori Goll 0 $114.00

This class will combine fundamental drawing techniques with lessons from art history. Each week the class will focus on a basic art concept such as line, value, light on planes, perspective, forms, proportion, basic color theory and composition. We ll look at online and book examples the work, techniques, and materials of a particular artist, either past (i.e. DaVinci, Durer, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt) or present, and prepare a drawing study inspired by that master. The subject of our lessons may include still life, birds, trees, figures, animals and landscapes, and our age-appropriate exercises will reinforce the concepts learned. We ll practice with various media including graphite, charcoal, conte, pen, colored pencil and crayon. There is a $3.00 material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Students should purchase a 9" X 12" gray-toned sketch pad. These are available through Compass for $7.00 or at local art stores.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W History Investigators: How Free Were Free Blacks in the North? 7th - 10th Kouthar Muttardy 1 $136.00

Between the arrival of the first black Americans in Jamestown in 1619 and the end of the Civil War, the dark cloud of slavery cast its shadow over much of this nation's history. What is often forgotten is that not all black Americans during this period were slaves. This DBQ takes a look at the years between 1800 and 1860 and asks, "How free were free blacks in the Northern states?" Students will examine the historical evidence in order to understand the plight of free blacks in the north. History Investigators is an interactive, multi disciplinary examination of some of most pivotal points in American History using sources from The DBQ Project. DBQs, or document based questions, are derived from AP History exams and help develop high school level critical thinking skills. Students will review an array of primary sources such as letters, journal entries, inventories, ship's manifestos, newspaper articles, period maps, and court documents along with selected secondary sources like excerpts, charts, and graphs. Students will be guided through analyzing the documents, interpreting the data, drawing inferences, and forming conclusions. In some historical scenarios, the class will consider conflicting perspectives and be able to defend and debate multiple sides of a key issue. To demonstrate comprehension and a deeper understanding of the class theme, students will use factual findings to develop a structured, evidence-based essay. Future themes in this series include: What Was Harriet Tubman's Greatest Achievement? (2nd quarter); The Battle of Gettysburg: Why Was It a Turning Point? (3rd quarter); and North or South: Who Killed Reconstruction? (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Mandarin for Beginners 3rd-5th Lisa Li 1 $169.00

Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world! From the beginning, students will be taught Chinese characters and correct pronunciation of sounds, tones, and inflection. Language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), and simple greetings. The class will incorporate projects, games, and songs to reinforce learning. Aspects of Chinese culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes. This is taught as a small group class of 4-6 students. Students will be asked to purchase a student workbook, but specific edition will be recommended based on the age range and experience of the enrolled students.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Mobile Maker Space 4th-8th FutureMakers 3 $170.00

Calling all Compass inventors, tinkerers, crafters, and builders! Do you want to use a PVC cutter or learn to solder? Each Wednesday, the large atrium will be transformed into a Maker Space! Experienced maker coaches will be on hand to demonstrate new tools, to suggest possible materials, to assist with design or construction details, and to encourage creative problem solving. Instead of a structured lesson and prescribed project, each student has the opportunity to tinker, explore, design and build one or more projects of her/his own interest. The workshop will be stocked with essential tools and basic materials kids need to build what they dream up. Students will be coached to safely and effectively cut, shape, join, solder, drill, and modify wood, foam and plastic. They will have access to basic electronic components such as switches, LED lights, batteries and mini motors along with an array of fasteners, connectors, and adhesives. Students will be encouraged to research possible construction details or methods (How many ways can you build a potato launcher?) Time in the Maker Space will be free-build (but not free play). Students should bring materials in from home to incorporate into their project, and some ideas may require families to make a trip to the local hardware or craft supply store. Parents should be prepared to transport in-process projects home in a tote bag - in-progress projects will not be stored on site. Students who enjoy working longer, getting more detailed, or digging deeper into their projects may want to register for two hours of Maker Space. There is a $10.50 per student consumable material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. ($21.00 if the student takes two hours).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Modeling the Great Conquests: Viking Invasions 5th-8th Taliesin Knol 0 $150.00

Centuries after barbarians had settled into the ruined cities of Roman Europe, converted to Christiantiy, and taken up farming, a new medieval menace, known as The Great Heathen Army, crossed the freezing North Atlantic. The pagan Danes, Swedes, and other Norsemen come as Vikings seeking fortune and battle. For decades they burned down or stole the last vestiges of civilization, taking relics and slaves from coastal abbeys and monasteries. The Great Heathen Army burned a path across the scattered Anglo Saxon Kingdoms for nearly 15 years, and would be stopped only by King Alfred the Great of Wessex. This would make Alfred the first true king of all England, and only English King to be known as The Great. Our class will focus on Alfred the Great s campaigns against the Vikings and specifically his victory at the Battle of Edington in 878. Students will choose from among several options for their diorama: a battlefield, and English monastery, or a medieval town. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 12" X 18" diorama board and populate it with 1:72 scale Viking raiders and Saxon soldiers. 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 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 battles progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. Students will also receive dozens of miniatures to re-enact the historical battles! Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Future themes in this series include Charlemagne (2nd quarter), William the Conqueror (3rd quarter), and the Crusades (4th quarter)!

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Nature Quest: Adventurers 1st -3rd Nick Grenier 1 $110.00

Look up in that tree! Why is that robin alarming ? is there a hawk passing by? Is that a drey (a squirrel's nest)? What animal rubbed the bark off that sapling? Which plants are useful and which should be avoided? 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 program 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! 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.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Pre-Algebra Skill Builders (Computation): Fractions, Rates & Ratios 6th-8th Avril Garland 2 $150.00

Pre-Algebra Skill Builders is a class series that is meant to "fill in the gaps" and strengthen a student's elementary and middle school math background. This series of pre-algebra topics will help ensure a solid foundation in key concepts before embarking on high school algebra. This class will also emphasize real world applications of the mathematical concept and word problems so students become comfortable switching between prose (written descriptions) and mathematical representation. Fractions, rates & ratios are used everyday, in all aspects of "real" life! Students will practice the computational operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions with everyday examples. The class will also discover how rates and ratios are also just fractions. How much flour do you need for a triple batch of cookies when the single recipe calls for 2-1/3 cups? Which size Dominoes pizza has the highest crust-to-cheese ratio? How long will it take you to get to Virginia beach if the traffic on I-95 is only moving 35 mph? Please note that there are two, distinct Pre-Algebra Skill Builders classes: the Wednesday series will focus on four computational themes: Fractions, Rates & Ratios (1st quarter), Decimals & Percentages (2nd quarter), Geometry (3rd quarter), and Exponents/Orders of Magnitude (4th quarter). The Friday series will examine four conceptual topics: Order of Operations & Algebraic Properties (1st quarter), Inequalities & Number Line (2nd quarter), Graphing (3rd quarter), and Equations & Variables (4th quarter). Registration is separate for each series (Wednesday and Friday) and each topic (by quarter), and students can take one, both, or mix-and-match each quarter based on the skill they need to review. As a baseline, students should have completed 7th grade math prior to taking this class. If a family is unsure about placement, the Instructor can suggest some 7th grade assessments to check a student's readiness and some resources to strengthen 7th grade skills.

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm F Pre-Algebra Skill Builders (Concept): Order of Operations, Properties 6th-8th Avril Garland 5 $150.00

Pre-Algebra Skill Builders is a class series that is meant to "fill in the gaps" and strengthen a student's elementary and middle school math background. This series of pre-algebra topics will help ensure a solid foundation in key concepts before embarking on high school algebra. This class will also emphasize real world applications of the mathematical concept and word problems so students become comfortable switching between prose (written descriptions) and mathematical representation. Every sport has a unique set of rules, and math is no exception! Students will practice the mathematical rules that govern the order of operations. Which came first- the chicken or the egg? Multiply first or add first in a numeric expression? Students will work examples to show how the answer is not the same, and that the order matters! The class will also practice the numeric properties- associative, communicative, distributive, and identity properties, because fluency in these give students the dexterity to easily factor, regroup, rearrange, slice and dice numbers- skills which will help tackle high school algebra. Please note that there are two, distinct Pre-Algebra Skill Builders classes: the Wednesday series will focus on four computational themes: Fractions, Rates & Ratios (1st quarter), Decimals & Percentages (2nd quarter), Geometry (3rd quarter), and Exponents/Orders of Magnitude (4th quarter). The Friday series will examine four conceptual topics: Order of Operations & Algebraic Properties (1st quarter), Inequalities & Number Line (2nd quarter), Graphing (3rd quarter), and Equations & Variables (4th quarter). Registration is separate for each series (Wednesday and Friday) and each topic (by quarter), and students can take one, both, or mix-and-match each quarter based on the skill they need to review. If a family is unsure about placement, the Instructor can suggest some 7th grade assessments to check a student's readiness and some resources to strengthen 7th grade skills.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Public Speaking: The Art of Storytelling 5th-8th Arthuretta Martin 0 $142.00

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.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Soccer Shots PK-K Soccer Shots 0 $91.00

Soccer Shots is a fun, engaging class for the youngest Compass students or their preschool-aged siblings! Soccer Shots is an outdoor skills class in which children learn basic mechanics of soccer such as passing, dribbling, and shooting through imaginative games in a fun, supportive, small-group experience with a dedicated coach. Equally as important, young athletes get to practice valuable life skills such as working with teammates, good sportsmanship, taking turns, cooperation, and communicating with their coach! Each week, young soccer players will be guided through warm-ups, skill-building games, and a scrimmage. This program includes 30 minutes of structured coaching from 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm. Time before is for gathering, and the final 15 minutes are for cool-down and free play. This is a 6-week program that will meet weeks 1-6 with the 7th week of the quarter reserved for an inclement weather make-up, if needed. Students must be age 3 by the start of this program to participate. There is an optional fee of $8.50 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a high quality Adidas team jersey.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Stage Combat: Fantastic Fisticuffs (Unarmed Combat) 5th - 9th Bette Cassatt 0 $143.00

"Bam!", "Pow!", "Zowie!"...Ah, the sounds of superheroes, cowboys, and pirates having a good old-fashioned brawl. What happens when a character has nothing but their bare hands to fight with? Fantastic Fisticuffs, that's what! Take this unarmed stage combat class if you want to know how fights are created without weapons. Stage combat is the art of creating the illusion of violence for storytelling in theatre and film. With an emphasis on safety, students will develop an arsenal of basic punches, slaps, chokes, and more, as well as perform fight choreography. For a new twist on "hands-on problem solving," sign up for Fantastic Fisticuffs. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. This class is for beginning and experienced students.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Up Close! Micro Investigator 3rd-4th Donna Shackelford 2 $180.00

Students will learn all about the tools that scientists use to see microscopic world up close! Discover how different tools aid in microscopic observations- from magnifying glasses to microscopes- and learn what different magnifications can reveal about the microscopic universe. Students will learn the parts of a microscope and how to make slides. In labs, they will make slides using living and non-living organisms, stain an onion peel, and make a wet-mount slide to observe the nucleus. The class will examine microscopic plants (aquatic plant leaf) and animals (hydra and daphnia). Students will also practice keeping a lab notebook and making detailed observations and drawings of what they observe. The future theme in this series is Macro Investigator.

Qtr 1 Sep 08, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm F Veterinary Science: Medical Mysteries 8th - 12th Kathleen Olsen 0 $185.00

Discover the science (and art) of small animal medicine! Find out how vets- and even human physicians and other medical professionals- use clues to form a diagnosis. Analyze actual cases and make predictions based on health history, exam findings, and diagnostics. See how anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and biochemistry come together! The same symptoms can be the result of many disease processes, and in this class, students gain an appreciation of what being a medical professional is all about. Each week students become veterinarians for an hour." Using real veterinary cases, the group will work together to evaluate a patient s history, consider various diagnostic tests, interpret results, and form a treatment plan. Students will work with a practicing veterinarian and use deductive reasoning and logic to piece together the clues of the medical mystery. Will they be successful clinicians? This class is geared towards students interested in pursuing any career in the biological sciences, but will be interesting for anyone curious to learn more about the health of their furry friends. A basic understanding of biology and anatomy is recommended for this class. Students will receive a printed notebook with essential information to be reviewed before the first class. They will also be responsible for some research at home each week as they analyze their findings and formulate a diagnosis. In first quarter, all animals present with the same owner complaint difficulty breathing. In future sessions, students will tackle Weakness/Collapse (2nd quarter), Seizures (3rd quarter) and Weight Loss/Weight Gain (4th quarter). Homeschool families could count this course as a component, or partial credit, in science.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm 2:55 pm W Who Wants to Be a Scientist? Paleontology, Geology & Field Biology 1st - 2nd Karleen Boyle Sudol 0 $163.00

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 first quarter, students will begin as paleontologists, learning the science and methods they will need as they prepare for a fossil dig. Students will handle real fossils, learn how the process of fossilization occurs and try their hand at excavating fossils and reconstructing a dig site. While they are still in the dirt, students will learn about the field of geology. The class will discover how geologists study rocks, dig up our own mineral samples, identify them and learn about the geologic processes that formed them. Students will make their own crystal gardens to take home and observe. Next, the team will venture out into the woods and get our hands dirty as field biologists! Students will learn how field scientists measure data in the real world and try out some field methods of collecting data like running transects, point-intercept quadrats, sediment coring, and more. There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Future themes in this class series include: Biologist, Entomologist, Marine Biologist (2nd quarter); Chemist, Medical, Human Body, Nutrition (3rd quarter); and Physics, Astronomy, Engineering (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 3:00 pm 3:55 pm W Cooking for Little Kids: Flavorful French Favorites 1st-3rd Mylene Nyman 0 $170.00

Students will enjoy a culinary tour of the world beginning in France! The menu features French-inspired menus featuring a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients that 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: * Fromage Fort (appetizer) , * French Onion Soup (soup), * Salade Nicoise (salad), * Gnocchi Parisienne (side dish), * Sausage Galette (not pork) entree, * Bouillabaisse Sandwiches (lunch), * Creme Brulee (dessert) and *Raspberry Clafoutis (dessert). A special connection this quarter is that instructor Mylene Nyman is a distant relative of Jacques Pepin, an internationally recognized French chef, television personality, and cookbook author. Two recipes this quarter come from Pepin. 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 registering for the Little Kids level must be age 6 by the start of classes. SUPPLIES: Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. MATERIAL FEE: There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day. Future topics in this series include: Indian (2nd quarter), Italian (3rd quarter), and Chinese (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 3:00 pm 3:55 pm W Drawing Lessons from the Masters 7th-9th Lori Goll 1 $114.00

This class will combine fundamental drawing techniques with lessons from art history. Each week the class will focus on a basic art concept such as line, value, light on planes, perspective, forms, proportion, basic color theory and composition. We ll look at online and book examples the work, techniques, and materials of a particular artist, either past (i.e. DaVinci, Durer, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt) or present, and prepare a drawing study inspired by that master. The subject of our lessons may include still life, birds, trees, figures, animals and landscapes, and our age-appropriate exercises will reinforce the concepts learned. We ll practice with various media including graphite, charcoal, conte, pen, colored pencil and crayon. There is a $3.00 material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Students should purchase a 9" X 12" gray-toned sketch pad. These are available through Compass for $7.00 or at local art stores.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 3:00 pm 3:55 pm W Drum Jam with Kofi: Beginning Rhythms 3rd - 6th Kofi Dennis 7 $139.00

Students will be introduced to the culture of West African drumming polyrhythms, which involve patterning, call and response, and different tonal levels. This kind of drumming is mostly hand drumming, using the djembe drums and accompanying percussion accessories such as tambourines, triangles, rhythm sticks, maracas, bongos, and more. Students will learn the difference between steady beat and rhythm. The students will also have fun with djembe drum storytelling and develop a traditional West African rhythm to perform for parents at the end of the quarter. All drums and percussion instruments are provided by the instructor.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 3:00 pm 3:55 pm W Dynamic Dioramas: Castles, the Ruins of Rome 2nd-4th Taliesin Knol 3 $150.00

Meet Ambrosius Aurelianus, a Romano-British governor, who is considered by many to be the inspiration for King Arthur! In the fifth century CE, Rome fell the West, leaving behind the skeletons of empire. These bones would be picked apart by the inhabitants of Western Europe for the next 1000 years, but leave an enduring legacy as the foundations of the new millenium's system of castles. Old Roman Legionary garrisons provided centuries of stability, and behind the walls of these permanent forts, and commerce thrived in safety. In their tour of the development of castles, each student will create a diorama of an early Romano-British fort. Each student s diorama will be on a 10 x 12 foam board hand-shaped by the student using artistic, model-making techniques and customized with landscape elements, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate it with 1:72 miniature Romano-British and Saxon figures for historical gaming. They may combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain for historical gaming. Each student will have at least one board, and set of miniatures that they will take home with them. At the conclusion of class, every student should know the basics of the collapse of Rome with an emphasis on the British Isles, how the armies fought, who fought at the battles studied, as well as the outcomes of the battles. Following this quarter's study of the Ruins of Rome, this class will follow the history of castles from wooden motte-and-bailey castles (2nd quarter), to early stone castles (3rd quarter), and finally to Renaissance castles (4th quarter). Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 3:00 pm 3:55 pm W Eco System Expedition: Global Weather & Geography 3rd - 4th Karleen Boyle Sudol 12 $147.00

Explore the amazing range of ecosystems found on our planet! We will learn the physics behind global weather patterns and climate, and see how these patterns determine where on our planet deserts, rainforests and temperate forests are found. Why are Mediterranean climates found around 30 degrees of latitude and always on the west coast of continents in the northern Hemisphere? What are the tradewinds- why do they occur, and how did they shape history? Why are the world s largest deserts located on the inland side of high mountain ranges? We ll find out the answers to these questions. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class. There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Additional topics in 1st quarter include: biogeography, the effects of longitude, latitude, and altitude on habitat patterns, the physics of earth s water cycle, and weather phenomena including; hurricanes, tornadoes, precipitation and patterns of winds. Future themes in this series include: Life at the Extremes: Polar Regions and Deserts (2nd quarter), Temperate Ecosystems (3rd quarter), and Tropical Ecosystems (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 3:00 pm 3:55 pm W Engineering Workshop: Build a Drone 6th-8th Robot Works 0 $145.00

Students will fuse several engineering disciplines as they build, test, and fly their own drones! Student engineers will learn about basic circuitry and electronics as they assemble drone controls. They will solder and wire the drone motors and instrumentation. The class will learn about aeronautics including the forces of flight, aerodynamics of helicopters, and synchronization of propellers. Next, engineers will use real hand tools such as manual and motorized drivers to assemble their drone units. The student engineers will download and practice apps to launch, land, and pilot their drones. Each student will need a smart phone or tablet device with bluetooth connectivity for weeks 5, 6, and 7 to control their drone units. Students will learn about aviation rules governing the operation of drones. Finally, engineers will take their drones outdoors for test flights and a final Drone Rodeo challenge. A material fee of $60.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class, and students will keep the drones that they built!

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 3:00 pm 3:55 pm W Fencing for Beginners & Advanced Beginners 4th-8th Fencing Sport Academy 4 $113.00

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.

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 3:00 pm 3:55 pm W Hands on History: Mesopotamia 3rd - 5th Kouthar Muttardy 5 $136.00

Discover the world's first civilization, Mesopotamia, and its contributions to the modern world in this vibrant hands-on history class! Learn about the cultural development and traditions of ancient Mesopotamia (such as homes, architecture, clothing, food, transportation, and beliefs) through weekly projects. Students will make cuneiform tablets, pottery, murals, and model ziggurats as they learn about life in ancient Mesopotamia! Students will identify inventions and contributions of the ancient Mesopotamians such as the first written language, wheel, plow, chariot, sailboat, and more! The class will also sample the literature of the period through weekly read-alouds of fables and folklore like "The Epic of Gilgamesh." 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! There is a $15.00 material/supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Future themes in this series include: Egypt (2nd quarter), Israel (3rd quarter), and Mali (4th quarter).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 3:00 pm 3:55 pm W Mandarin for Advanced Beginners 4th-6th Lisa Li 4 $169.00

Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world! The emphasis in Advanced Beginners is for students to continue to add and learn Chinese characters. Students will work on reading, writing, and speaking at the same time. The group will work on reading comprehension and will be encouraged to develop their own, creative tricks for memorizing and recalling a growing list of Chinese characters. Since this is offered as small class of 4-6 students, the curriculum will be adjusted and customized to the pace of the enrolled students. Students may be asked to purchase a student workbook, but specific edition will be recommended based on the age range and experience of the enrolled students. Students taking this class should have had a minimum of 30 hours of instruction (once per week for a year).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 3:00 pm 3:55 pm W Mobile Maker Space 4th-8th FutureMakers 11 $170.00

Calling all Compass inventors, tinkerers, crafters, and builders! Do you want to use a PVC cutter or learn to solder? Each Wednesday, the large atrium will be transformed into a Maker Space! Experienced maker coaches will be on hand to demonstrate new tools, to suggest possible materials, to assist with design or construction details, and to encourage creative problem solving. Instead of a structured lesson and prescribed project, each student has the opportunity to tinker, explore, design and build one or more projects of her/his own interest. The workshop will be stocked with essential tools and basic materials kids need to build what they dream up. Students will be coached to safely and effectively cut, shape, join, solder, drill, and modify wood, foam and plastic. They will have access to basic electronic components such as switches, LED lights, batteries and mini motors along with an array of fasteners, connectors, and adhesives. Students will be encouraged to research possible construction details or methods (How many ways can you build a potato launcher?) Time in the Maker Space will be free-build (but not free play). Students should bring materials in from home to incorporate into their project, and some ideas may require families to make a trip to the local hardware or craft supply store. Parents should be prepared to transport in-process projects home in a tote bag - in-progress projects will not be stored on site. Students who enjoy working longer, getting more detailed, or digging deeper into their projects may want to register for two hours of Maker Space. There is a $10.50 per student consumable material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. ($21.00 if the student takes two hours).

Qtr 1 Sep 06, 2017 3:00 pm 3:55 pm W Ultimate Magic Academy 3rd - 5th Joe Romano 1 $219.00

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! Each week, kids will learn how to perform a unique magic trick, and students will practice and perfect the illusion in class so they can come home and mystify their friends and family. Students will unlock the secrets to eight special magic tricks: Heads-Up, Bermuda Papers, Mind Trip, Baffling Bandana, Acrobatic Jacks, Magic IOU, IncrediBall and Presto Print. 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. There is a $45.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.