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Environmental Science (AP, Honors, or On-Level)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

How will this year's La Nina weather pattern affect Mexico's Michoacan maize crop or monsoons in Mumbai? What are some strategies for improving water quality, reducing air pollution, and promoting renewal energy sources and sustainability around the world? Environmental Science is a critical, interdisciplinary study that merges the fields of geology, biology, chemistry, meteorology with geography, politics, economics, and sociology with several unifying themes including earth as an interconnected system with both natural and human-made influences.

Key themes in the year-long study of Environmental Science include Earth Systems consisting of geological processes and natural resources and the Living World comprised of ecosystems and cycles. Environmental Science combines the study of population and land and water usage such as agriculture, pest control, forestry, urban development, mining, and fishing. The field also examines energy resources and consumption including a comparison of types of power generation and various fuel sources. Finally, Environmental Science considers the impacts of humans on the planet including air pollution, water contamination, handling of solid waste, and climatological impacts wish as greenhouse gases, global warming, loss of habitats, reduced biodiversity, endangered/threatened species, and efforts in conservation.

This is a year-long, multilevel high school science course with laboratory and field work components. Environmental Science offers a substantive, full-credit experience. Students can pick their desired workload. They can always do more if they would like, but at any level they are expected to keep up with weekly readings and homework which will prepare them for in-class discussions, labs, and projects. All students should expect to spend 4-6 hours outside of class for reading and homework, regardless of level. All levels use materials written at a 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.

All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study by e-mail by August 15. 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 started, students may not "bump up" a level.

Students will be asked to purchase or rent the select class textbook: Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions by G. Tyler Miller. (15th edition, ISBN #978-0495015987). Students should have a ring binder for notes and handouts and a bound lab book for recording observations and measurements. There is a $160 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. The fee to take the AP exam in May 2019 is not included; each family will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1099.00

Introduction to Biology (Honors or On-Level)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Tia Murchie-Beyma

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

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

You will observe microscopic organisms; identify pill bug species; and give monarch butterflies a health exam before tagging them for their 2,800 mile migration to Mexico. You will extract real DNA, model its processes, and learn how scientists manipulate this magnificent molecule to make mice glow in the dark. You will trick plants, observe animal behavior, and practice identifying and debunking pseudo-science.

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

This course is run as a flipped classroom in which students are responsible for new content by completing readings, videos, animations, and written assignments prior to meetings. In-person classes are used for active discussion, clarification, exploration of content, review, modeling, and hands-on activities.

Labs conducted in class address not only technical skills and sequential operations, but also forming testable predictions, collecting data, applying basic math, drawing conclusions, and presenting findings. While some virtual dissections may be assigned, most are hands-on. These include flowers, crayfish, fetal pigs, a sheep heart, and a cow eyeball.

Regarding a few key issues in biology: Human reproduction is not taught as a separate, stand-alone topics, however, in the course/context of other topics, students will learn about chromosomes, sperm, eggs, stem cells, hormones, fetal development, adolescent growth, HIV, practices that harm fetuses (like drugs, tobacco, and alcohol), and benefits of breast-feeding. However, all those items appear in the context of other topics, not human reproduction specifically. The class will include some debate-type discussions on biological topics such as GMO. Abortion will not be debated. Birth control and sexuality education are not covered in this class. However, gender versus biological sex is a concept discussed in detail in the genetics unit. Dissections will be performed in this class, however, they will be optional for any student. Evolution is embedded in every topic, from molecular to ecological, and it not optional. It is addressed in a scientific context, not from a faith standpoint.

All instructor communications and assignments will take place over the password-protected platform, Canvas. On Canvas, students will find weekly homework, reading assignments, and videos; complete automated quizzes and tests; track their grades; and message the instructor and classmates. This class has a weekly, online meeting in addition to in-person sessions at Compass. Online meetings take place live through Canvas, but can be viewed asynchronously if a student has a conflict.

Introduction to Biology is a year-long, multi-level, high school laboratory science course. It offers a substantive, full-credit experience on either an Honors or On-Level track. The Honors level prepares a student to take the SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M. The amount and type of homework varies by track. All class members share core material and participate in the same labs. Honors goes deeper with longer or additional readings, more analytical work, and more thorough and difficult assessments. Brief, required summer assignments are due in August for those who elect to take Honors. All students, regardless of level, are expected to keep up with weekly readings and homework to prepare for in-class discussions, labs, and projects.

Students will register online for the same course, but must indicate which level they wish to study via e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from Honors to On-Level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

Students at all levels should expect to spend 4-6 hours outside of class reading and preparing homework. They should be strong, independent readers and able to understand graphs, tables, percentages, decimals, ratios, and averages. Homework consists of readings (both in the textbook and additional scholarly and popular sources), videos, animated clips and models, term cards, brief written responses, lab reports, online quizzes, and unit tests. Students will sometimes prepare short, in-class presentations; participate in group projects, run simulations, or conduct simple experiments at home.

Students need to purchase or rent the textbook Biology (2010 edition with baby alligator cover) by Stephen Nowicki, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Holt McDougal (ISBN# 9780547219479) An e-book version is also available (ISBN# 9780547221069). By second semester, those who elect to take the SAT Subject Test will also need the College Board s The Official SAT Subject Test in Biology Study Guide (ISBN# 978-1457309205) and a prep book of their choice, such as Princeton Review's Cracking the SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M, 16th Ed (ISBN# 978-1524710750) or Barron's SAT Subject Test Biology E/M, 6th Edition (ISBN# 978-1438009605).

Students will need the following materials and equipment: access to a computer/internet service, a compound microscope with at least 400X magnification and cool lighting (may be shared by up to two students at family discretion), splash goggles, water-resistant/acid-resistant lab apron, transparent metric ruler, kitchen or postal scale, 3-ring binder, a supply of at least 400 3 X 5 index cards, and plain, lined, and graph paper.

There is a $90 lab fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. The fee to take the SAT Biology E/M Test in June 2019 is not included; each family is responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's exam. The instructor will provide a numerical score in the class which the homeschool parent may consider when assigning a letter grade.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $895.00

Bio-Chem Learning Labs (4 sessions)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on December 4, 2018

Class Time: 11:30 am      Duration: 180

Instructor: Sudhita Kasturi

Grade Range: 8th-10th

Prerequisites:

Conduct biology, chemistry, and environmental science experiments in a university laboratory setting! Use advanced lab equipment, follow college-level lab protocols, and receive instruction from university lab staff. Lab activities are taken from AP curricula and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Bio-Chem Learning Labs is a series of 4 sessions, held off-site at Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence in downtown Baltimore (60 miles from Compass.) This lab series is a complement to and offers further hands-on experience for students taking Integrated Science, Environmental Science, Biology, or Micro-Biology at Compass in 2018-19. Homeschool students following another curriculum, doing self-study, or taking an online class may take this series to add a lab component to their work.

Each session, students will complete a series of lab experiments around a central theme. Tentative activities include: collecting and testing for water quality and salinity; identifying organisms living on a biofilm; categorizing soil types, percolation, and absorption; measuring concentrations of carbon dioxide; evaluating the antimicrobial properties of different plants; and extracting DNA samples from plant and animal sources. Each lab will emphasize the importance of control samples, recording and graphing data, and will demonstrate the process of identifying a problem, scientifically testing a hypothesis, interpreting results of an experiment, and supporting a scientific claim. All labs are 2.5 -3.0 hours long.

Lab dates are held on Tuesdays: February 12, March 12, April 9, and May 14, 2019. Labs begin at 11:30 am, and students are asked to arrive by 11:15 am. Compass science instructor Sudhita Kasturi will remain with the students throughout the labs and will send a post-lab summary to parents. A class roster will be distributed before the first session to allow parents to form carpools. Families will be responsible for any parking fees incurred on site. Note: Registration for the first lab, October 2, has closed, and is not included in this registration. This registration is for labs 2-5.

16 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $124.00

Aerospace Engineering Simulation Lab: Space Station Challenge

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Space stations, such as the ISS, are ambitious projects, but will be necessary staging sites for humans to travel to Mars- or beyond. Students will learn about the science of long-term space habitation and the engineering that makes it all possible. The class will use KerbalEDU simulation software on laptops to immerse themselves in a realistic, simulated environment to complete a series of challenging missions. In the KerbalEDU environment, students will design, launch, construct, and re-supply a multi-player space station of their own. Students will design and build simulated modules for command, housing, scientific research, storage, and support for long-term space exploration. Then they will tackle the challenge of launching the modules and assembling them in virtual space. Topics in this year's simulation class series include: Space Missions (first quarter), Aircraft Challenge (second quarter), Space Station Design (third quarter); and Marine Engineering Simulation: Ships & Submarines (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Aquatic Biology: Where Rivers Meet the Sea

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Sudol Boyle

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

More than 70% of the Earth's surface is water! Understanding the earth s oceans and freshwater systems is critical to understanding life on our planet- from beginnings in the seas to the water cycle that supports ongoing life. The study of aquatic and marine biology provides a basis for understanding much of the chemistry, physics, biology, and meteorology on our planet. Budding marine biologists will travel inland to learn about freshwater systems like lakes and ponds, rivers and streams before returning to the coast to study marshes and estuaries followed by extreme marine environments- all under the guidance of an experienced marine biologist. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in several demonstrations and experiments in each class.

During Quarter 3, students will focus on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of estuarine systems. We will learn about salinity gradients, nutrient cycling, and biological communities in temperate estuaries and tropical mangrove swamps. Students will study the amazing adaptations that allow plants and animals in these habitats to tolerate rapid changes in temperature and salinity. We ll also discuss human impacts to estuarine habitats, including habitat loss, water diversion, and eutrophication. Topics in this year s class series include: Lakes and Ponds (first quarter); Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams (second quarter); Marshes and Estuaries, Where the River Meets the Sea (third quarter); and Extreme Marine (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $185.00

Eco Scientist: Africa & Asia

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Sudol Boyle

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Become a world-travelling eco adventurer and earth scientist without leaving Compass! Study the world's most exciting and diverse ecosystems and learn about the incredible biologic and geologic phenomena that shape them. Venture into caves and coasts, tundra and taiga, and forests and fjords. Each week student scientists will begin by locating the fascinating features on a map before learning about these incredible habitats from the ground-up, starting with the geology of a place, then working their way through the climate, biome, flora, and fauna. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce regional and ecological diversity by examining rock types, classifying plants, observing insects, or modelling weather phenomena. Throughout their journey to fascinating ecosystems, explorers will keep a science log to document their discoveries. Finally, students will link their studies to current events in these regions.

This quarter s journey begins at the highest point on earth Mt. Everest. We ll journey through Asia and India and see how these land masses have changed over geologic time. Why are there elephants in India and Africa, but not in the Middle Eastern lands that connect them? We ll follow the elephant s trail through time and explore the African continent and the world s largest rift valleys where the earth is literally tearing apart! Topics in this year s class series include: The Americas & Antarctica (first quarter), Northern Lattitudes- The Arctic, Greenland, Russia, Europe (second quarter); Middle East Africa and Asia (third quarter); and Islands (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $185.00

Engineering Lab: Arduino Controlled Robots

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Learn all about electronics in this practical, hands-on workshop! Electronics are fundamental to lots of things that kids want to build such as automated toys, robots, and computers. In this electronics lab, students will build an Arduino-controlled robot. Students will use their prior knowledge of electronic circuits, the Arduino microprocessor, and sensors: motion, temperature, light, humidity, and tilt sensors. They will add new components such as motors and shields combined with mechanical construction to build an arduino-controlled robot. There is a $65.00 supply fee for robotics kits for new and returning students.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Environmental Science: Water Science

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Sudol Boyle

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

A powerful hurricane season forecasted. Polar ice caps receding. Hydraulic fracking. Solar power. Everywhere we look, Environmental Science is in the news! Environmental science is an exciting interdisciplinary study that merges the fields of geology, biology, chemistry, and meteorology to explain the earth as an interconnected system with both natural and human-made influences. This year middle schoolers will sample Environmental Science topics in a hands-on, lab-based investigation.
Second quarter, students will focus on water. We will study the global water cycle, water chemistry and water quality, water tables, water reclamation, desalination, as well as environmental issues related to water resources including pollution and freshwater limitation.
Topics in this year's class series include: Geology and Soil Sciences (first quarter); Atmospheric Science (second quarter); Water Science (third quarter); and Current Issues in Environmental Science (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $185.00

Flight Academy: Aviation Challenge

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

In the Flight Academy lab, students will explore the physics of airplanes, parachutes, and gliders. They will experiment with wing shapes, the geometry of nose cones, and the volume of parachutes, for example. Students will test various class-built craft to understand the mechanics of lift, drag, and thurst, and they will build with a variety of materials to understand how weight affects flight performance. Each aviation project will incorporate the engineering-design process or brainstorm, design, build, test, and modify as students tweak their creations to achieve improved performance. The fourth quarter theme in this series is Space Race, looking at rockets, satellites, space stations, and other out-of-this world constructions.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $204.00

Flight Academy: Aviation Challenge

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

In the Flight Academy lab, students will explore the physics of airplanes, parachutes, and gliders. They will experiment with wing shapes, the geometry of nose cones, and the volume of parachutes, for example. Students will test various class-built craft to understand the mechanics of lift, drag, and thurst, and they will build with a variety of materials to understand how weight affects flight performance. Each aviation project will incorporate the engineering-design process or brainstorm, design, build, test, and modify as students tweak their creations to achieve improved performance. The fourth quarter theme in this series is Space Race, looking at rockets, satellites, space stations, and other out-of-this world constructions.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $204.00

Geo-Detectives: Exploring Ecosystems

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Sudol Boyle

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Geo-Detectives discover the many mysteries of Earth Science. From large scale disasters that come from inside the planet to microscopic contaminants in the water and soil, Geo-Detectives look high and low to understand the forces, systems, and cycles that continue to shape the Earth, its climates and ecosystems. Geo-Detectives will explore concepts as diverse as fossils to fault lines, ozone to ocean trenches, and trade winds to tundra. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce geological phenomena such as examining fossils, classifying rocks, reading the seismographic charts, or modelling the water cycle.

Third quarter, students will focus on the biological components of the world s climate zones. We ll investigate how global weather patterns affect the formation of ecological communities of plants and animals in a region. Students will learn how the physical characteristics (temperature range, precipitation, light exposure, etc.) of a habitat determine the type of plants and animals that can colonize and survive in a region. We ll also learn about the amazing range of physical and behavioral adaptations organisms have evolved to flourish in various biomes.

Topics in this year s class series include: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis, and Earthquakes (first quarter); Wacky World Weather (second quarter); Global Ecosystems (third quarter); and Global Cycles (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $185.00

Jr. Engineering: Colossal Construction with LEGO

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

Instructor: PlayWell Teknologies

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Students will use LEGO to dig into engineering with monster trucks, giant construction vehicles, and super machines in this 90-minute class. Students will be exposed to engineering terms, concepts, and vocabulary behind large-scale building projects while playing with their favorite building system: LEGO! Each class session opens with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually and in groups depending on the projects. Students will learn about unitized construction when each constructor builds a section, and then all components will be linked together for a colossal construction. Will the group construct a towering skyscraper, a massive waterfront development, or a hulking space station? Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, and encourage performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $200.00

Little Medical School: Future Veterinarian- Dogs

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

Little Veterinarians will learn what it takes to care for dogs! Students will learn how to make measurements and assessments when a dog has come in for an exam. They will learn the ABC's of dog care including the importance of hydration and proper nutrition and discover what to do when a dog is sick or injured. Our future vets will learn about tick borne diseases, what to do when a dog has a tick, and tick prevention. They will learn how to give medicine to a dog and find out what a laceration is, how to suture, and the proper care of stitches . They will also view different types of radiographs and learn how to read them. Little vets will be able to label and explain the digestive organs and find out what happens when a foreign body becomes stuck in the digestive track. Finally, students will learn about dog behavior and how to identify different types of dog body language.

There is a $40.00 material fee for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a plush dog, dog bandana, adoption certificate, dog bowl, dog bone cookie cutter and recipe card, disposable lab coat, medical gloves, mask, sutures, syringe, tape measure, ruler, journal, dog anatomy worksheet, laminated x-ray and wax pencil, dog body language chart, and a class diploma. This is a 7-week class that will not meet on March 6. Fourth quarter, students will continue Future Veterinarian focused on cat care.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $170.00

Little Medical School: Future Veterinarian- Dogs

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites:

Future Veterinarians will learn what it takes to care for dogs! Students will learn how to make measurements and assessments when a dog has come in for an exam. They will learn the ABC's of dog care including the importance of hydration and proper nutrition and discover what to do when a dog is sick or injured. Our future vets will learn about tick borne diseases, what to do when a dog has a tick, and tick prevention. They will learn how to give medicine to a dog and find out what a laceration is, how to suture, and the proper care of stitches . They will also view different types of radiographs and learn how to read them. Little vets will be able to label and explain the digestive organs and find out what happens when a foreign body becomes stuck in the digestive track. Finally, students will learn about dog behavior and how to identify different types of dog body language.

There is a $40.00 material fee for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a plush dog, dog bandana, adoption certificate, dog bowl, dog bone cookie cutter and recipe card, disposable lab coat, medical gloves, mask, sutures, syringe, tape measure, ruler, journal, dog anatomy worksheet, laminated x-ray and wax pencil, dog body language chart, and a class diploma. This is a 7-week class that will not meet on March 6. Fourth quarter, students will continue Future Veterinarian focused on cat care.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $170.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Hooray for winter! It's a great time of year for active outdoor games and exploration, to make fires and enjoy the cozy warmth of our earth shelter. Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the winter- wth a little luck we will have snow to track in. Many students consider this their favorite session of the year!
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 led for several years. Students will follow the paths or 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 winter 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.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Nature Quest: Adventurers

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Hooray for winter! It's a great time of year for active outdoor games and exploration, to make fires and enjoy the cozy warmth of our earth shelter. Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the winter- wth a little luck we will have snow to track in. Many students consider this their favorite session of the year!
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 led for several years. Students will follow the paths or 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 winter 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.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Nature Quest: Explorers

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Hooray for winter! It's a great time of year for active outdoor games and exploration, to make fires and enjoy the cozy warmth of our earth shelter. Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the winter- wth a little luck we will have snow to track in. Many students consider this their favorite session of the year!
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 led for several years. Students will follow the paths or 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 winter 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. Students must be age 5 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the length of the class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Nature Quest: Pathfinders

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Hooray for winter! It's a great time of year for active outdoor games and exploration, to make fires and enjoy the cozy warmth of our earth shelter. Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the winter- wth a little luck we will have snow to track in. Many students consider this their favorite session of the year!
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 led for several years. Students will follow the paths or 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 winter 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.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $127.00

Programming Lab: Creating Games

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

Our youngest coders learn to program simple video games using the block-based and text-based programming languages of Scratch, Roblox, and Lua. Students learn to create their very own game worlds and animate their own characters. They learn to add scripting logic to make their games interactive. Programming skills at this level include conditionals, loops, if-statements, multiple branches, and variables. Other computer science skills at this level include predicting outcomes, sequencing activities, debugging code, and incorporating responsive elements such as game objects that respond to an event or condition or keeping score. Students may program one simple video game each quarter, or may continue to build on and enhance their original game concept over many quarters.
Programming Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.
Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Programming Lab course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a $35.00 per student, per quarter technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $267.00

Programming Lab: Minecraft Mods

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Students are introduced to coding in the virtual world they already know and love. Students learn to enhance their Minecraft world through mods (modifications) that they program themselves. Young coders begin by creating custom structures, teleporting, and cool new effects through Python. Later they create mods that add custom items, armor, tools, and blocks to the game using Java. Students use their imaginations to make Minecraft do what they want it to do- through the power of coding. The custom features that each coder develops create one-of-a-kind mods for an enhanced gaming experience. When students learn Python to code mods, they add functions, loops, conditionals, predefined constructs, and parameters to their programming. They also gain a basic understanding of Minecraft s client-server architecture and the iterative design process. In learning to program with Java, students learn about hierarchy in coding languages, instruction sets, and logic circuits. They learn to create computational models and to program interactive elements that respond to an event or condition.
Programming Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.
Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Programming Lab course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a $35.00 per student, per quarter technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $267.00

Programming Lab: Mobile Apps

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Tweens and teens love their phones and tablets and have fun writing custom apps (applications) for them. Students start with the Swift programming language which is used for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. Later students move into programming responsive web design to create hybrid apps for both desktop and mobile devices using Web App Maker. In all app programming languages, students practice the iterative design process to define a problem, generate ideas, build, test, and improve their app.
Programming Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.
Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Programming Lab course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a $35.00 per student, per quarter technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $267.00

Robot Fab Lab: Sumo Bots

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Student engineers will be challenged to design, build, and program Sumo robot to compete in our tabletop version of battlebots. Each week students will improve their robot as they learn about better construction techniques and sensors, as well as programming their winning strategy Students will have to install touch, gyro, and ultrasonic sensors and multiple motors on their robots from the range of modular Lego Mindstorms components. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 programming menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as constants, variables, loops, and logic constructs. Don't worry, this is a beginning robotics class! Prior experience is not expected, but returning students are welcome. Each student will build his/her own robot project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend three weeks designing building, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and making modifications as necessary.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Science Kids: Chemistry Sampler

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Science Kids is a lab-based science sampler program where our youngest scientists will be exposed to the concepts, acquire scientific vocabulary, and learn hands-on skills to needed to be comfortable with more advanced science classes as they get older. Your first or second grader will come home with an understanding of concepts like phases of matter, melting point, buoyancy, and life cycles. Most importantly, young students will gain confidence discussing science concepts and working with science equipment. Labs will teach students how to use a thermometer, take linear measurements, weigh items on a scale, peer into a microscope, record elapsed time, and make scientific sketches, for example.
Each quarter will reinforce principles and lab skills around a central, unifying theme. In Chemistry sampler students will learn about acids and bases, melting point, physical properties, solutions, polymers, and simple reactions that give off heat, gas, etc. Topics in this year s class series include: Living World (first quarter), Earth/Space (second quarter), Chemistry (third quarter), and Physics (fourth quarter).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $204.00

Science of Human Body Systems: Circulatory, Musculo-Skeletal, Respiratory & Digestive

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Ed Max

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

In this course students will examine the circulatory, musculo-skeletal, respiratory and digestive systems of the human body (with other systems to be addressed in the 4th quarter). The class will cover the basic anatomy and physiological function of each system, with some in-class demonstrations performed by students, some dissections (heart, lung, and intestine, mostly performed by the instructor), and examination of cells and tissues under a microscope. We will discuss methods scientists use to learn about how the body works, what can go wrong when body systems malfunction, and strategies to correct these malfunctions. There is a $20.00 lab supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $197.00

VR (Virtual Reality) Science

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Maneuver the Curiosity Mars Rover over rugged terrain. Climb through the structures of a human cell. Hold a beating human heart in your hand. Yes, these scientific explorations and others will be possible in the comfort of a Compass classroom through cutting edge AR/VR (augmented reality/virtual reality) technology! Tweens will engage in a variety of discoveries using the Merge Cube and virtual reality goggles. The Merge Cube and its miniverse of apps project holographic images in the palm of the user s hand. When viewed through a smart phone or VR goggles, students can rotate the Cube in their hands to actually see what is on the underside of the human brain or hurling through the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. Other apps allow the user to experience 360 degree environments such as NASA s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) for space walk training. Not just for gaming, these AR/VR devices have dozens of educational apps that reveal the scientific possibilities of modern imaging.
Each week students will view different AR/VR apps and will engage in a lesson about the concepts they are seeing in three dimensions. Mini lessons will encompass a sampling of earth and biological sciences and engineering. The class will engage in thoughtful discussion about the possibilities and future applications of AR/VR and holographic imaging for education and science. Because of the instructor s relationship with the Merge company software development, the class s explorations will also serve as Beta testing of not-yet-commercially-released applications. Students should bring an iOS or Android smart phone to class. Students may want to purchase their own Merge cube (approx. $7.00) and/or VR googles (approx. $25.00). Otherwise, the instructor will provide one Merge cube per every two students and cardboard viewers. This class topic will continue in the third quarter. Second and fourth quarters will introduce middle schoolers to Citizen Science applications.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $204.00

Outbreak! The Microbiology of Disease: Viruses & Parasites (Honors, On-Level)

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Olsen

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

Out of breath, sudden fever, rash! What could be wrong with this patient? This class is a case-based approach to the many infectious diseases that humans share and contract from domestic animals. Each week, students will be presented with a sick patient, and will follow that person's case through diagnostics, progression, treatments, and outcome.

The class will integrate principles of microbiology, immunology, physiology, and pharmacology within the framework of each individual case. We will also discuss the historical, economic, and societal impacts that plagues and pestilence resulting from these infectious agents have wrought over the course of recorded history.

The class will include laboratory activities in microbiologic techniques. Students will become familiar with principles of laboratory safety, light microscopy, biologic stains, culture techniques, and common immunologic tests.

Second semester lectures and labs will cover viral and parasitic diseases, including Smallpox, Rabies, HIV/AIDS, Hookworm, Toxoplasma, and others.

This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. All students will be expected to keep a lab manual for notetaking, lab reports, and assigned homework questions. On-level students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on assigned readings and lab reports. Honors students will be assigned additional readings, homework questions, and lab reports. Honors students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week on work outside of the classroom. At the end of the semester, the instructor will review student notebooks and assign numerical scores to their notebooks, if requested, for the parents use in assigning letter grades.

Although previous classwork in Biology and Chemistry will be helpful, they are not prerequisites. Students should purchase or rent the required class textbook: Microbiology: A Systems Approach, 5th Edition" by Marjorie Kelly Cowan (ISBN # 978-1259706615). A lab fee of $100 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s class series include: Bacteria and Prions (first semester) and Viruses and Parasites (second semester).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $423.00

Physics Phenomena (Full Course, Honors): Heat, Sound/Waves, Light/Optics, Electricity, Etc.

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Katherine Hoeck

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: Algebra, Trigonometry

Heat/Temperature, Sound/Waves, Electricity/Magmetism, Light/Optics : Fascinating physics phenomena are found everywhere! In this course, students will explore everyday phenomena from our physical world and develop an in-depth conceptual and analytical understanding of these principles such as fluid dynamics, heat and kinetic theory, thermodynamics, harmonic motion, waves and sound, light and optics, and electricity and magnetism, and an introduction to relativity and nuclear physics.
This course will use algebra- and trigonometry-based mathematical models to introduce the fundamental concepts that describe the physical work. The course is designed to emphasize scientific thinking and reasoning, problem solving, and experimentation. Students can expect to spend most of the time in class performing labs and collecting data relative to the current topic of discussion.

A significant independent study component will focus on reading chapters and taking detailed notes about concepts before they are presented in class, completing various problem-solving activities, and analyzing data and writing formal laboratory reports. Students should expect to spend 3 hours of independent study/homework for every 1 hour in class (or about 6 hours per week) for the full course at the honors level.
First semester Newtonian Mechanics is not required for second semester, but a basic understanding of mechanics and trigonometry is advised. If a student is interest in exploring these physics concepts but lacks the math background or time for independent study of the complete course, he/she can take the lab only portion of this class for enrichment.

Students will be asked to rent or purchase the textbook Physics Fundamentals by Vincent Coletta (2010 ed.) ISBN #978-0971313453. There is a $125.00 lab fee due to the instructor on the first day of class. Students will also need a scientific calculator for this course.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $845.00

Physics Phenomena (Lab Only): Heat, Sound/Waves, Light/Optics, Electricity, Etc.

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 11:30 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Katherine Hoeck

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Heat/Temperature, Sound/Waves, Electricity/Magmetism, Light/Optics : Fascinating physics phenomena are found everywhere! In this course, students will explore everyday phenomena from our physical world and develop an in-depth conceptual understanding of these principles through the study of fluid dynamics, heat and kinetic theory, thermodynamics, harmonic motion, waves and sound, light and optics, and electricity and magnetism.

Students who wish to explore physics at an enrichment level may take the lab portion of this course only. The lab section meets for 90 minutes each week, and the emphasis will be on lab protocols, measurements, and data collection. The labs are designed to encourage scientific thinking and reasoning, problem solving, and experimentation. After each lab, students will discuss their data and findings qualitatively and will be encouraged to make predictions for the phenomena they observe. Where math is needed for lab data, formulas will be given rather than derived.

For the lab-only class, students should have a beginning understanding of Algebra. Homework, problem sets, projects, and chapter readings will NOT be required of lab-only students. Written lab reports will be optional. There is a $125 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $635.00

Robotics Tech Challenge: Disaster Response Robots

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Disaster response in environments dangerous to human responders calls for robots with unique capabilities. In this project-based class we will work in small teams to design, build, and program disaster response robots that can maneuver through or clear rubble, find survivors (using temperature and IR sensors), turn off leaking valves, retrieve unsafe materials, and other emergency response tasks.

The class will focus on construction and programming, with heavy emphasis on design. The robots will be programmed to sense and react to the environment and to complete a series of missions on a pre-defined course. Students will build with Tetrix metal components, incorporate sensors, electronics, and motors from Tetrix Prizm, and will program using the Arduino IDE. Teams will conduct research, apply the engineering design process, follow the general rules and conventions of the engineering profession, including maintaining an engineering notebook

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $595.00

Veterinary Science: Medical Mysteries- General Practice & Behavior

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 11, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Olsen

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

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!

Each week students become "veterinarians for an hour." Using real veterinary cases from general practice including topics on canine and feline allergy, behavior, trauma and inherited diseases, 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 for new students and a $5.00 fee for returning students. The topics in this class series include Emergency Medicine (first semester) and General Practice (second semester), the latter of which will include topics on canine and feline behavior. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on investigation and reading for this class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $423.00

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