Schedule and Room Assignments

Classes meet on Wednesdays in Oakton, VA, with some classes also meeting on Fridays.  See our Academic Calendar for specific dates.

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Nature Quest: Adventurers Nature Quest: Adventurers - 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.

11:00 am-11:55 am

1st -3rd

Nature Quest: Explorers Nature Quest: Explorers - 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.

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

PK-K

Nature Quest: Path Finders Nature Quest: Path Finders - 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.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

3rd-5th

Nature Quest: Adventurers Nature Quest: Adventurers - 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.

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

1st -3rd

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Context Considered: Current Events through Political Cartoons Context Considered: Current Events through Political Cartoons - 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.

10:00 am-10:55 am

7th -8th

Money Matters: Personal Finance Money Matters: Personal Finance - 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.

11:00 am-11:55 am

7th-8th

Experimental Methods & Design: Animal Behavior Experimental Methods & Design: Animal Behavior - 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).

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

7th - 8th

Who Wants to Be a Scientist? Paleontology, Geology & Field Biology Who Wants to Be a Scientist? Paleontology, Geology & Field Biology - 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).

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

1st - 2nd

Who Wants to Be a Scientist? Paleontology, Geology & Field Biology Who Wants to Be a Scientist? Paleontology, Geology & Field Biology - 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).

3:00 pm-3:55 pm

1st - 2nd

Room 3

Dynamic Dioramas: Native Americans- East Coast Indian Nations Dynamic Dioramas: Native Americans- East Coast Indian Nations - 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).

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

2nd-4th

Modeling the Great Conquests: Viking Invasions Modeling the Great Conquests: Viking Invasions - 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)!

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

5th-8th

Dynamic Dioramas: Castles, the Ruins of Rome Dynamic Dioramas: Castles, the Ruins of Rome - 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.

3:00 pm-3:55 pm

2nd-4th

Room 4

Macro Biology Lab Intensive Macro Biology Lab Intensive - 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.

9:30 am-10:55 am

9th - 12th

The Great American Novel: Revolution on Four Fronts The Great American Novel: Revolution on Four Fronts - 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.

10:00 am-10:55 am

10th-12th

Learn to Write Literary Criticism of Film (Wed/Fri) Learn to Write Literary Criticism of Film (Wed/Fri) - 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.
There will be a presentation or report that shares findings and defends a thesis. 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.
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.

11:00 am-11:55 am

9th-10th

Room 5

Algebra II and Trigonometry Algebra II and Trigonometry - 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.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

9th-12th

Pre-Algebra Skill Builders (Computation): Fractions, Rates & Ratios Pre-Algebra Skill Builders (Computation): Fractions, Rates & Ratios - 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.

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

6th-8th

Room 9

Manipulating Math: Measurement Madness Manipulating Math: Measurement Madness - 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).

11:00 am-11:55 am

3rd-4th

ASL (American Sign Langauge) for Everyone ASL (American Sign Langauge) for Everyone - 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!

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

3rd-5th

History Investigators: How Free Were Free Blacks in the North? History Investigators: How Free Were Free Blacks in the North? - 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).

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

7th - 10th

Room 10
Atrium A

American History Illuminated: European Discovery through the Revolution American History Illuminated: European Discovery through the Revolution - 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.

9:30 am-11:55 am

7th - 12th

Historical Games of the Ancient World Historical Games of the Ancient World - 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).

12:30 pm-1:30 pm

4th-8th

Mobile Maker Lab Mobile Maker Lab - 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).

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

4th-8th

Mobile Maker Lab Mobile Maker Lab - 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).

3:00 pm-3:55 pm

4th-8th

Atrium B

Smart Start: Thinking Fun for Young Learners Smart Start: Thinking Fun for Young Learners - 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.

11:00 am-11:55 am

K-2nd

Writers' Workshop: Creating Colorful Characters Writers' Workshop: Creating Colorful Characters - 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.

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

5th-6th

Atrium C

3D Design & Print Studio: Futuristic Buildings 3D Design & Print Studio: Futuristic Buildings - 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).

10:00 am-10:55 am

6th-8th

Minecraft Mod Masters: Bits & Bricks Minecraft Mod Masters: Bits & Bricks - 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).

11:00 am-11:55 am

4th-6th

Build It Better! Simple Machine Contraptions Build It Better! Simple Machine Contraptions - 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!

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

3rd-5th

Music Room

Homeschool String Orchestra Homeschool String Orchestra - 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.

10:00 am-10:55 am

3rd-8th

Acting Kids' Theater: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Acting Kids' Theater: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - 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.

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

3rd-5th

Kitchen

Cooking for Kids: Flavorful French Favorites Cooking for Kids: Flavorful French Favorites - 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).

10:00 am-10:55 am

4th-5th

Cooking for Tweens: Flavorful French Favorites Cooking for Tweens: Flavorful French Favorites - 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).

11:00 am-11:55 am

6th-8th

Cooking for Little Kids: Flavorful French Favorites Cooking for Little Kids: Flavorful French Favorites - 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).

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

1st-3rd

Cooking for Kids: Flavorful French Favorites Cooking for Kids: Flavorful French Favorites - 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).

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

4th-5th

Cooking for Tweens: Flavorful French Favorites Cooking for Tweens: Flavorful French Favorites - 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).

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

6th-8th

Cooking for Little Kids: Flavorful French Favorites Cooking for Little Kids: Flavorful French Favorites - 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).

3:00 pm-3:55 pm

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Wellness Works Wellness Works - 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. This is a 6-week (but 7 hours class) that will not meet on 9/8/17. The class will begin on 9/15/17, and the final class session on 10/20/17 will be double from 9:00 am - 10:55 am. Future topics in this series include: Happiness (2nd quarter). High school families may want to count this class as a partial credit in Health.

10:00 am-10:55 am

7th-12th

Shakespeare Off the Page: Twelfth Night Shakespeare Off the Page: Twelfth Night - 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).
 
 
 

11:00 am-12:55 pm

8th-12th

Aviation Science: The Physics of Flight Aviation Science: The Physics of Flight - 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.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

7th-8th

Veterinary Science: Medical Mysteries Veterinary Science: Medical Mysteries - 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. There is a $20.00 material fee for the class notebook and in-class supplies. 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.

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

8th - 12th

Room 2

Human Geography (AP, Honors, or On-Level) Human Geography (AP, Honors, or On-Level) - 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.

9:30 am-10:55 am

9th - 12th

Debate 101: Lincoln-Douglas Style Debate Debate 101: Lincoln-Douglas Style Debate - 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)

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

7th-12th

Website Development: Coding with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Website Development: Coding with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript - 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.

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

7th - 12th

Room 3

Chemistry Lab Intensive Chemistry Lab Intensive - 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.

11:00 am-12:30 pm

9th-12th

3D History: WWI, Before the Trenches- Tannenburg in the East, Belgium 1914 3D History: WWI, Before the Trenches- Tannenburg in the East, Belgium 1914 - 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.

1:00 pm-2:55 pm

8th-12th

Room 4

The Great American Novel: Revolution on Four Fronts The Great American Novel: Revolution on Four Fronts - 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.

10:00 am-10:55 am

10th-12th

Learn to Write Literary Criticism of Film (Wed/Fri) Learn to Write Literary Criticism of Film (Wed/Fri) - 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.
There will be a presentation or report that shares findings and defends a thesis. 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.
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.

11:00 am-11:55 am

9th-10th

Formula for Fiction: Mystery and Detective Stories Formula for Fiction: Mystery and Detective Stories - 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.

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

6th-8th

Compass Literarians Writing Board Compass Literarians Writing Board - 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.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

8th-12th

Room 5

Fundamentals of Drawing for Teens: Cityscapes Fundamentals of Drawing for Teens: Cityscapes - 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).

11:00 am-11:55 am

7th-12th

Algebra II and Trigonometry Algebra II and Trigonometry - 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.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

9th-12th

Pre-Algebra Skill Builders (Concept): Order of Operations, Properties Pre-Algebra Skill Builders (Concept): Order of Operations, Properties - 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.

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

6th-8th

Music Rm
Kitchen

Cooking for Teens: Flavorful French Favorites (Friday) Cooking for Teens: Flavorful French Favorites (Friday) - 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).

10:00 am-10:55 am

7th - 12th

Cooking for Teens: Flavorful French Favorites (Friday) Cooking for Teens: Flavorful French Favorites (Friday) - 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).

11:00 am-11:55 am

7th - 12th

Cooking for Teens: Flavorful French Favorites (Friday) Cooking for Teens: Flavorful French Favorites (Friday) - 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).

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

7th - 12th

Mosaic Masterpieces: Game Boards, Geometrics and Geodes Mosaic Masterpieces: Game Boards, Geometrics and Geodes - 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.

1:00 pm-2:55 pm

7th - 12th