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Algebra I

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 7th-10th

Prerequisites: PreAlgebra

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

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

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

Algebra II

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: Algebra

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

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

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

Calculus (Honors or AP A/B)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 11th-12th

Prerequisites: PreCalculus

This is a complete course in high school Calculus which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Topics in Calculus include limits of functions (one-sided and two-sided limits, limits at infinity and infinite limits, limits of sequences, and continuity of functions), derivatives (various definitions of derivatives, estimating derivatives from tables and graphs, rules of differentiation, properties of derivatives, separable differential equations, and the Mean Value Theorem), applications of derivatives (related rates, optimization, and exponential growth and decay models), integrals (basic techniques of integration including basic antiderivatives and substitution), applications of integrals (in finding areas and volumes, describing motion, and as accumulation functions), and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem-solving.

Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation PreCalculus in order to take this class.
Level: This course is offered at two levels, Honors and Advanced Placement (AP). The scope and sequence are identical, however AP students may have additional practice problems. Students who wish to take the AP exam must register and pay for their own exam through the College Board in fall 2020 for the May 2021 exam.
Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work.
Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address in order to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload.
Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by checking that weekly homework sets are complete and giving periodic take-home tests; class participation is also strongly encouraged. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for the purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.
Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Calculus: Single Variable/Early Transcendentals, 8th edition by James Stewart (ISBN-13 9781305270336). A scientific calculator similar to the Casio fx-115ES PLUS is required for this class, and it is highly recommended that students preparing for the AP exam have a graphing calculator similar to the TI-83. Students without a graphing calculator must have access to desmos.com and/or wolframalpha.com for graphing assignments.
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Calculus for purposes of a high school transcript.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1333.00

Geometry

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 8th-11th

Prerequisites: Algebra

This is a complete course in high school Geometry which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Students will learn deductive reasoning, and logic by completing geometric proofs. Topics in geometry include: lines, angles, congruence, concurrence, inequalities, parallel lines, quadrilaterals, transformations, area, similarity, right triangles, circles, regular polygons, and geometric solids. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem- solving.

Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I in order to take this class.
Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work.
Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address in order to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload.
Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by checking that weekly homework sets are complete and giving periodic take-home tests; class participation is also strongly encouraged. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for the purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.
Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding, 3rd edition (ISBN-10 0716743612, ISBN-13 978-0716743613) A calculator is not needed for this course.
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Geometry for purposes of a high school transcript.

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

Integrated Middle School Science

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 8th-9th

Prerequisites:

This year-long, lab-based course is a survey of key concepts in the fields of physical science, Earth science, and life science which will give students the foundational knowledge to succeed in high school level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. Each class period will involve approximately 25 minutes of lecture and 60 minutes of lab time.

Weekly lab work will allow students to apply the scientific concepts studied, improve laboratory techniques, record observations, take a variety of measurements, use different lab equipment, record and interpret data, convert units of measure, and write lab reports. An effort is made to incorporate recent scientific discoveries and new technologies in class discussions. The background covered in this course will enable a teen to become an educated reader of scientific news and a more knowledgeable consumer.

The life science topics in this class are designed to give the student general knowledge in biology, zoology, botany, genetics and ecology. General themes in the class include life cycles, food webs, and an understanding that living things depend on each other. Microscope work will be used in life science labs. Students may want to dual register with this course and the fall Dissection Lab classes for a more robust introduction to biology and for further lab experience. The physical science portion of the class will overview fundamentals of chemistry and physics such as the properties and classification of matter, the Periodic Table, basic chemical reactions, energy, forces, work, motion, simple and compound machines, waves, light, sound, and electricity. Earth science concepts include the water cycle, weather patterns, climates, and water/air quality.

This class is appropriate for a tween or teen who had limited middle school level science and who expects to pursue high school level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, or Environmental Science on a college-preparatory track. This class is also appropriate for a homeschooled teen who will likely pursue an arts- or vocational- focused path and for whom an overview of high school science concepts is sufficient.

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

Assignments: will be given in class and repeated in the weekly e-mail to parents and students. In addition, students will have some take-home labs to complete observations and measurements longer term at home.

Assessments: The instructor will provide a quarterly student evaluation form which includes metrics on a student's class participation, homework, and general understanding of concepts for the parent's use in assigning a grade.

Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Miller & Levine Biology, 2010 edition (red macaw cover, ISBN # 978-0133669510). Students should also purchase Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide by Workman Publishing (ISBN # 978-0761160953)

Lab/Supply Fee: A lab fee of $125.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in general science for purposes of a homeschool transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1075.00

Pre-Algebra

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites: Middle school math

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to Bring: TI-34 calculator

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

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

PreCalculus with Trigonometry

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 10th-12th

Prerequisites: Algebra II

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

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

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1333.00

American Sign Language (ASL) I

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Daniel Frame

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

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

Assignments: Homework assignments will be posted online in the Canvas digital classroom platform. There may be some brief written assignments, but for most homework assignments, students will be asked to post short videos of themselves signing. Students will need either a camera phone or webcam to complete these assignments.

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

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

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

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

American Sign Language (ASL) II

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Daniel Frame

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anatomy, Physiology, & Pathology through Veterinary Case Studies

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Olsen

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Discover how anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, and biochemistry come together in the science of small animal medicine! Students will use actual case studies, anatomical dissections, and histopathology materials to understand how veterinarians and physicians diagnose a medical issue and formulate a treatment plan. The class will learn how the physical exam, imaging studies (radiographs, CT, MRI), laboratory findings, and other diagnostics provide clues in actual cases!

This full-year class will include lectures on anatomy and physiology of selected body systems, dissections of representative organs (to include the brain, eye, heart, kidney, and other virtual dissections), and case presentations involving the body system being studied. Students will work with an emergency/ critical care veterinarian and use deductive reasoning and logic to piece together the clues of each case. This class is geared towards high school students interested in pursuing a career in the biological sciences, medicine, research, and related fields. Please note that some veterinary cases presented in this course may be repeated from cases reviewed in Veterinary Science in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Prerequisites:Introductory Biology

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

Assignments: Will be sent to parents and students by e-mail.

Assessments: An exam will be given at the end of each quarter which parents can use to formulate a letter grade for their student.

Textbook/Materials: Students will receive a class notebook from the Instructor with all required readings and lab handouts.

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $150 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the year's class notebook, dissection specimens, and lab supplies.

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

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $799.00

French I (On-Level or Honors)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

Principles of Biology (Honors or On-Level)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Tia Murchie-Beyma

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments; upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests; track grades; message instructor and classmates; and participate in a weekly conference held in addition to the in-person meeting at Compass. That online session is conducted live but can be viewed asynchronously if a student has a conflict.

Assessments: Points will be assigned for completed homework, projects, quizzes, and tests. A letter grade will not be assigned, but parents can use total points earned versus total points offered to assign a grade for purposes of a homeschool transcript. Parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site

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

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $130 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. The cost for the SAT Subject Test in Biology in spring or summer 2021 is not included. Each family is responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's exam through the College Board.

Supplies/Equipment: Students will need access to a computer/internet, compound microscope with 400X magnification and cool lighting, splash goggles, water-resistant/acid-resistant lab apron, kitchen or postal scale, 3-ring binder, at least 400, 3"x5" index cards, and plain, lined, and graph paper. Some of these supplies are used at home. Students should watch class announcements on Canvas to know when to bring items to class.

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

10 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1070.00

Psychology (AP, Honors, On-Level)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

Grade Range: 10th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Why do we dream? What happens to your brain when you are in love? Why do all babies like peek-a-boo? The course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings. Students are exposed to psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the sub fields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Students will be challenged to think like a psychologist as they analyze research and design future experiments.

This is a year-long, multi-level high school course. It will cover the nine major content areas covered on the College Board's AP Psychology Exam including: Scientific Foundations of Psychology; Biological Bases of Behavior; Sensation and Perception; Learning and Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Motivation; Emotion and Personality; Clinical Psychology; and Social Psychology. Students will also learn to analyze data and psychological research studies. Themes in psychology are made tangible and approachable to students through rich, in-class discussion and debate, games, interactive models, and group work. Throughout the year, students will enjoy personalized surveys and assessments, such as those on learning style, parenting style, and personality type, and will complete individualized projects involving observations, case studies, interviews, or experiments.

The class offers a substantive, full-credit experience and will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, group work, and short videos. There is some mature content discussed in this course, especially as it pertains to abnormal psychology. A section on sexual motivation, including homosexuality, must be covered for the AP test. These topics will be discussed in a purely scientific manner, and students need to be prepared to have a respectful discussion about these subjects.

The course is offered at three levels, which meet together: Advanced Placement (AP), Honors, and On-Level. Students can pick their desired workload. Students 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, assignments, and projects. Students who choose to take this class at the AP level will be prepared to take the AP Exam on Tuesday May, 11 2021.

All students will register online for the same course. Upon completion of the summer assignment, students must indicate which level they want to study by e-mail to the instructor on August 28. 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.

Prerequisites: Students must be strong, independent readers at a high school or greater reading level. The text used is equivalent to a first year college textbook. Students can read a chapter excerpt here to confirm the reading level expected in the course.

Workload: All students must be prepared to read approximately 30 pages per week and should expect to spend 4-5 hours outside of class for reading and homework, regardless of level. The amount and type of homework varies for on-level, honors, and AP students.

Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message the instructor and classmates. Students will also have practice assignments in the Launchpad system from the publisher, and AP students will have work in the virtual AP classroom site through the College Board. Summer Assignment: Students will have two weeks of work to complete before classes begin. This will give students a feel for the different levels offered in the class. The summer assignment will cover Unit 1: Scientific Foundations of Psychology and will be due at the end of August. Successful completion of the summer assignment is a prerequisite take the course at the AP level.

Assessments: Points will be assigned for completed homework, projects, quizzes, and tests. A letter grade will not be assigned, but parents can use total points earned versus total points offered to assign a grade for purposes of a homeschool transcript. Parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site.

Textbook: With their license fee, students will receive access to the electronic version of their textbook, Myers' Psychology for AP, Updated 3rd Edition. Hard copies of the textbook are available for separate purchase. Contact the course instructor for details on different editions of the textbook. AP students will also need to have an AP Classroom account through the College Board website.

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $85.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for the access to the student Launchpad platform which includes the e-textbook and practice modules. The fee to take the AP exam in May 2021 is not included. Each family will be responsible for registering, scheduling, and paying for their student's AP exam.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete, full-year credit in Social Sciences for purposes of a high school transcript.

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

Spanish I (On-Level or Honors)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lisa Alonso

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

Level:This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. Spanish I offers a substantive, full-credit experience taught at either level. All class members share core material and participate in the same class activities, but honors students will be given homework that requires higher level reasoning and advanced application of various grammar skills. All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study via e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

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

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

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

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

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

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $599.00

Spanish II (On-Level or Honors)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lisa Alonso

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Get ready for a full year of intermediate level high school Spanish! This is a conversation-focused program in which students will build their vocabulary quickly and learn essential grammar skills in Spanish. Vocabulary will include describing homes and chores; planning a party; health, body parts and sports; vacations, leisure time activities, fun events and places of interest; communicating via phone and computer; and daily routines. There will be a strong emphasis on competency using regular and irregular past tense verbs and common grammar concepts such as commands, direct and indiect object pronouns, reflexive verbs, and the differences between ser vs. estar and saber vs. conocer.

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

Level:This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. Spanish II offers a substantive, full-credit experience taught at either level. All class members share core material and participate in the same class activities, but honors students will be given homework that requires higher level reasoning and advanced application of various grammar skills. All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study via e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

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

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

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

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

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

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $599.00

Spanish III (On-Level or Honors)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 9:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lisa Alonso

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

Level:This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. Spanish III offers a substantive, full-credit experience taught at either level. All class members share core material and participate in the same class activities, but honors students will be given homework that requires higher level reasoning and advanced application of various grammar skills. All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study via e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

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

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

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

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

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

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $599.00

US Government and Politics (Honors or On Level)

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Tia Murchie-Beyma

Grade Range: 10th-12th

Prerequisites: None

As Thomas Jefferson wrote to Richard Price in 1788, "wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government." That's what this course aims to do!

US Government and Politics is a year-long political science and civics course for high school students to build their knowledge of essential political structures and processes. Key themes in the course include Congress, Presidency, Bureaucracy, American Legal System and the Courts (30%); Constitutional Underpinnings of American Democracy (15%); Political Parties and Interest Groups (15%); Political Beliefs and Behavior (20%); and Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (15%).

Students will learn about the formal and informal machinery that "makes the system go" -– including the so-called "fourth branch of government," the bureaucracy we know so well here in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. By the end of the course, students will also be able to explain the development of civil rights and liberties from their constitutional roots and through several Supreme Court cases; how political parties and interest groups work; the structure of elections; and the means by which citizens learn about politics and form political beliefs. Students will understand enduring issues, including separation of powers, checks and balances, and then tension between majority rule and minority rights.

LevelsThe course provides a substantive, full-credit experience in either an Honors or On-Level track. Honors and On-Level students meet together and share core preparation each week, but assignments and assessments are differentiated, with longer readings, more practice of synthesis and analysis, and additional writing at the Honors level. Both tiers offer a serious, full-credit experience. A student who wishes to move up or down a level during the year may consult with the instructor. Students register online for the same course, but must indicate which level they wish to study via e-mail by August 15.

Schedule: There are two weekly meetings: Fridays in-person and Mondays online via Canvas Conference (time to be announced; recordings made for students with schedule conflicts).

Prerequisites: Students must be highly-skilled readers at the high school level or above; or else have very robust assistance at home with weekly reading assignments.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week outside class meetings for reading and homework, a range which may vary based on reading speed. Note that the core textbook is written at a basic college level, while other materials are targeted at either a high school audience or the news-reading public.

Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates. These are due by 10 AM on Thursdays before each Friday meeting to promote active, knowledgeable discussion in class. There will be a summer assignment that is due on September 10, before the first class meeting. The class Canvas site will open on August 3 with introductory information, a syllabus, and the initial assignment.

Assessments: Points will be assigned for completed homework, projects, quizzes, and tests. A letter grade will not be assigned, but parents can use total points earned versus total points offered to assign a grade for purposes of a homeschool transcript. Parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site.

This course was structured to allow interested students to prepare for the College Boards' CLEP exam in American Government. Time spent on major course themes intentionally mirror the CLEP test's percentages. Students interested in taking the CLEP exam will have to register and pay for those exams individually. This course is not offered at an AP level, but the instructor is willing to advise experienced students who wish to independently prepare for the AP United States Government and Politics exam in May 2021. Additional preparation outside of class, particularly in essay-writing and analysis of Supreme Court cases, would be needed for AP.

https://clep.collegeboard.org/history-and-social-sciences/american-government
https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-united-states-government-and-politics/exam

Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase or rent Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics, Brief 8th Edition by Christine Barbour and Gerald Wright (ISBN-13: 978-1544316215). Electronic versions are available. Be sure to purchase the EIGHTH (8th) edition that is also labeled "BRIEF." Other readings will be provided by the instructor.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component full year, one-credit course in US Government, Civics, or Humanities for purposes of a high school transcript

10 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $875.00

Acting- Kids Theater: The Craziest Dream Ever

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

When the sun goes down and the Sandman comes, dreams transform our characters and carry them away on an adventure in The Land of Nod! What weird and wacky escapades will take place in the dreamland that our young actors will create and perform?

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

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

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

Topics in this Series: The Craziest Dream Ever (Quarter 1), Medieval Mayhem (Quarter 2), The Incredible Invention (Quarter 3), and The Emperor's Ensemble (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $104.00

Acting- Tween Stage: Comedy Mash-Up

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Ready for a laugh? Kick off the year with a comedy mash-up of humorous misunderstandings and hilarious mix-ups presented as a variety show of short, comedic sketches. Discover if you are you more witty or wisecracking, side-splitting or slapstick.

Tweens will enjoy experimenting with the elements of comedy- irony, exaggeration, parody, surprise, satire, and exploiting the unexpected. Each class will begin with acting warm-ups and improv exercises. The group will begin with prepared scripts for several skits that they can work together to customize and individualize. In a collaborative process, the class will develop a series of short scene, or vignettes. Student who get the writing bug can try their hand at crafting a script for their classmates. Everyone will have the opportunity to improve their public speaking and stage presence skills while have a blast.

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

Topics in this Series: Comedy Mash-Up (Quarter 1); One Minute Plays (Quarter 2); Improv Scenes (Quarter 3); and Who Dunnit? (Quarter 4). Taken these classes before? No problem, you can take them again, as they offer a new and different experience every time!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $104.00

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Rainforest Rescue

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will find themselves on a Rainforest Rescue where they will create an imaginative storyline and unique characters for their very own original play. Will they encounter a silly sloth, a jolly jaguar, a crazy crocodile, an angry anaconda, or other tropical pals on their equatorial escapades?

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

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

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

Topics in this Series: Rainforest Rescue! (Quarter 1), Fractured Fairy Tales (Quarter 2), Our Own Pirate Play (Quarter 3), and Detective Drama (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $104.00

Aquatic Biology: Lakes & Ponds

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen 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 first quarter, the class will focus on freshwater lakes and the variety of unique biomes that exist in them. Students will compare major lake systems around the world and learn about general limnological processes such as seasonal turnover and phytoplankton blooms. They will also explore the incredible range of lake biomes, from acidic, volcanic lakes and hot springs, to ancient temperate lakes like Lake Baikal. Students will learn about the extreme chemistry that occurs in some systems, like stratified lakes with toxic gas layers at the bottom, and will study the many unique, endemic species of plants and animals that have evolved in lake systems.

Topics in this Series: Lakes & Ponds (Quarter 1); Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams (Quarter 2); Marshes and Estuaries, Where the River Meets the Sea (Quarter 3); and Extreme Marine (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Art: Sculpture Studio

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting materials. Sculpture is multi-sensory, and student sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different artists and sculpting techniques.

First quarter, young sculptors will experiment with materials such as papier mache, airdry and polymer clays, wire, etc. to create sculptures. Possible projects may be a wire wave sculpture, layered paper collage, animal creation, or sculpey flower magnets. Some projects may take two weeks to complete with one week dedicated to forming and shaping the base sculpture and the second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. Each week, the instructor will show examples and introduce an artist who served as inspiration and worked in a similar style.

There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: Sculpture Studio for Kids (1st quarter), Paper Printing, Stamping & Stenciling (2nd quarter), Fun with Fiber arts (3rd quarter), and Painting with Acrylics (4th quarter).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Art: Sculpture Studio

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting materials. Sculpture is multi-sensory, and student sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different artists and sculpting techniques.

First quarter, young sculptors will experiment with materials such as papier mache, airdry and polymer clays, wire, etc. to create sculptures. Possible projects may be a wire wave sculpture, layered paper collage, animal creation, or sculpey flower magnets. Some projects may take two weeks to complete with one week dedicated to forming and shaping the base sculpture and the second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. Each week, the instructor will show examples and introduce an artist who served as inspiration and worked in a similar style.

There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: Sculpture Studio for Kids (1st quarter), Paper Printing, Stamping & Stenciling (2nd quarter), Fun with Fiber arts (3rd quarter), and Painting with Acrylics (4th quarter).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Art: Sculpture Studio

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting materials. Sculpture is multi-sensory, and student sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different artists and sculpting techniques.

First quarter, young sculptors will experiment with materials such as papier mache, airdry and polymer clays, wire, etc. to create sculptures. Possible projects may be a wire wave sculpture, layered paper collage, animal creation, or sculpey flower magnets. Some projects may take two weeks to complete with one week dedicated to forming and shaping the base sculpture and the second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. Each week, the instructor will show examples and introduce an artist who served as inspiration and worked in a similar style.

There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: Sculpture Studio for Kids (1st quarter), Paper Printing, Stamping & Stenciling (2nd quarter), Fun with Fiber arts (3rd quarter), and Painting with Acrylics (4th quarter).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- WWII from the Russian Perspective, Stalingrad/Berlin

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make!

From Stalingrad to Berlin, the downfall of Nazi Germany. This quarter will cover the climactic urban battles of the Eastern Front in Europe, or as the Russians call it, The Great Patriotic War. The Eastern front is often sidelined in Western history, but it was quite possibly the most brutal theater of war in human history. The Germans invaded Eastern Europe to wage a war of extermination, and instead found themselves hunted like rats in the cities they destroyed. This is not the Blitzkrieg, where a modern German army used fancy new tactics to destroy larger armies. This is the rat warfare, brutal attrition more akin to the 1st World War, with the trenches swapped for bitter street fighting, where each side was literally fighting in their own homes, for everything they had.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 16" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, buildings, rivers, bridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: WWII from the Russian Perspective, Stalingrad/Berlin (1st quarter), WWII The Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (2nd quarter), WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1945 (3rd quarter), and Korean War, 1950-1953 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- WWII from the Russian Perspective, Stalingrad/Berlin

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 4:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make!

From Stalingrad to Berlin, the downfall of Nazi Germany. This quarter will cover the climactic urban battles of the Eastern Front in Europe, or as the Russians call it, The Great Patriotic War. The Eastern front is often sidelined in Western history, but it was quite possibly the most brutal theater of war in human history. The Germans invaded Eastern Europe to wage a war of extermination, and instead found themselves hunted like rats in the cities they destroyed. This is not the Blitzkrieg, where a modern German army used fancy new tactics to destroy larger armies. This is the rat warfare, brutal attrition more akin to the 1st World War, with the trenches swapped for bitter street fighting, where each side was literally fighting in their own homes, for everything they had.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 16" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, buildings, rivers, bridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: WWII from the Russian Perspective, Stalingrad/Berlin (1st quarter), WWII The Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (2nd quarter), WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1945 (3rd quarter), and Korean War, 1950-1953 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Bibiliophiles Books Group: Deception & Disguise

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Danielle Rhodes

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

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

First quarter, students will examine the themes of Deception and Disguise through The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Prince and The Pauper by Mark Twain.

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

Topics in this Series: Deception and Disguise (Quarter 1); Greed (Quarter 2); Order and Chaos (Quarter 3); Power and Powerlessness (Quarter 4).

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

Supply Fee: A class fee of $34.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

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

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

Building Better Readers: Thinking about Books

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites:

Calling all young readers! Does your child love stories but seems to forget what she read or misses the moral of the story? Do you want to make sure your child is getting the most out of his independent reading time? This class will guide reluctant and enthusiastic readers alike through the wonderful world of reading through strategies to become better readers. Each student will create a Reader's Notebook to track individual reading progress and record weekly strategies. Each quarter will include award winning literature, poetry and non-fiction reading material. The work in this class will lay the foundation for reading success in all content areas.

First quarter, we will begin to develop awareness of our thoughts and build thinking strategies. The instructor will model thinking strategies to help students understand the process. Students will learn to differentiate between what they know and what they don't know about their reading. They will learn beginning annotating skills using symbols and a children's news article. The formal reading strategies introduced this quarter are Metacognition, Schema & Monitoring.

Students will love the stories and the fun, low pressure environment as they gain confidence by working with manageable chunks of text to isolate and practice their new skills. Students taking this class will receive a full-year's subscription to Scholastic News, 3rd grade level, which will be distributed in class and incorporated into in class reading activities.

Topics in this Series: Thinking about Books (Quarter 1), Connecting to Books (Quarter 2), Going Beyond the Book (Quarter 3), Finding the Big Picture in Books (Quarter 4)

What to Bring: Students need to bring a pack of Post-It Notes, 2 Highlighters, Colored Pencils, and their Reader's Notebook to each class

Material/Supply Fee: Included

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $154.00

Chess: Advanced Beginners 1

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites: Beginning Chess series, or equivalent

In Advanced Beginner Chess 1, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other, including a review of: castling, pawn promotion, and en pass ant rules; a notation lesson; a review of basic mates; strategies for using the draw rules for drawing a game when too far behind to win; using batteries to cause checkmates; back-rank checkmates; proper development of bishops; proper development of rooks (in the middlegame); advanced beginning overextended pieces; and other topics based on observed need. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 15-20 hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Advanced Beginner Chess, or a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner Chess level.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $100.00

Chess: Beginners 1

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites:

In Beginning Chess 1, students will learn beginner basics such as: how all pieces move and capture; castling, pawn promotion, en pass ant; checks and how to get out of them; checkmate and stalemate; notation lesson and chess etiquette behavior; scholars mate & fools mate. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $100.00

Chess: Intermediate Players 1

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 9:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner Chess series, or equivalent

In Intermediate Chess 1, students will learn skills that build upon each other such as, 8 Questions to ask before you move; mating nets; piece defenses against typical tactics; forcing combinations; king and pawn endings; offensive tactics used in the openings; and review of two move checkmates and two move tactics. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 30+ hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Intermediate Chess, a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner and Advanced Beginner Chess levels, or instructor permission. Homework may be given.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Coding Lab: Mobile App Design

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

Coding Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Coding 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. Computer science-trained coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.

Tweens and teens love their phones and tablets and have fun coding 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.

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

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $188.00

Coding Workshop: Minecraft Mods

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Coder Kids

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Coding Workshop is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Coding 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. Computer science-trained coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.

Kids 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 and cool new effects using Python. Later they create mods that add custom items 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.

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

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $188.00

Cooking for Kids: Fall Fare with Flair

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

-Appetizer- Bite-Sized Cheese Balls

-Salad- Coconut Cous Cous

-Soup- Pesto Potatoes

-Entree- Salmon Yakitori

-Side- Pumpkin Pizza

-Dessert- Autumn Fruit Bread

-Extra- Japanese Noodles

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

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

Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

Cooking for Kids: Fall Fare with Flair

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

-Appetizer- Bite-Sized Cheese Balls

-Salad- Coconut Cous Cous

-Soup- Pesto Potatoes

-Entree- Salmon Yakitori

-Side- Pumpkin Pizza

-Dessert- Autumn Fruit Bread

-Extra- Japanese Noodles

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

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

Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

Cooking for Little Kids: Fall Fare with Flair

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

-Appetizer- Bite-Sized Cheese Balls

-Salad- Coconut Cous Cous

-Soup- Pesto Potatoes

-Entree- Salmon Yakitori

-Side- Pumpkin Pizza

-Dessert- Autumn Fruit Bread

-Extra- Japanese Noodles

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

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

Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

Cooking for Tweens: Fall Fare with Flair

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

-Appetizer- Bite-Sized Cheese Balls

-Salad- Coconut Cous Cous

-Soup- Pesto Potatoes

-Entree- Salmon Yakitori

-Side- Pumpkin Pizza

-Dessert- Autumn Fruit Bread

-Extra- Japanese Noodles

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

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

Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

Cooking for Tweens: Fall Fare with Flair

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

-Appetizer- Bite-Sized Cheese Balls

-Salad- Coconut Cous Cous

-Soup- Pesto Potatoes

-Entree- Salmon Yakitori

-Side- Pumpkin Pizza

-Dessert- Autumn Fruit Bread

-Extra- Japanese Noodles

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

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

Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

Cooking- Breakfast Table: Daybreak Dishes

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 9:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

-Turkey Bacon and Cheese Tarts

-Breakfast Quesadillas

-Crepes with Fruit Sauce

-Flower Sunshine Eggs

-Corned Beef Hash

-Homemade Granola and Yogurt Parfait

-French Toast Casserole

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

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

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

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

What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers.

What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided.

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

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

Cooking- Confection Kitchen: Gooey Goodies

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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

- Chocolate Butterscotch Clusters

- Strawberry Fudge

- Coconut Drops

- Chocolate Brittle

- Chocolate Divinity

- Orange Bars

- Dried Fruit Chocolate Discs

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

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

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

Cooking- Confection Kitchen: Gooey Goodies

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 4:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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

- Chocolate Butterscotch Clusters

- Strawberry Fudge

- Coconut Drops

- Chocolate Brittle

- Chocolate Divinity

- Orange Bars

- Dried Fruit Chocolate Discs

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

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

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

Cracking Codes, Cryptology for Kids: Spies

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Students will learn the language of spies and secret agents in this children's cryptology class. Cryptology is the science of secret writing which uses math and logical reasoning to decode and create mystery alphabets. Each week, students will learn one or more ciphers and will practice using them to decode messages and write secret messages to each other!

Student operatives will begin their stealth options by making their own cipher wheels, cipher strips, and experimenting with shift ciphers. They will learn about algorithms and keys and test different recipes for invisible ink. The quarter will culminate in a collaboration to crack a variety of codes to flee a classroom Escape Room which may include challenges such as coded letters, picture clues, mirror image writings, puzzling word searches, and cryptograms. We will also share the stories of famous writers and code-crackers including some female cryptologists and Navajo Code Talkers.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Creative Movement: Contemporary Dance

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Alison Fisher

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

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

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

Dynamic Dioramas: Prehistoric Series- Ancient Seas Survival (billions to 250 million years ago)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Dive deep, back to the time of some of the first life on Earth, into prehistoric seas filled with monstrous and mysterious creatures that were the ancient ancestors of all life as we know it. This class will cover the early ocean life on Earth, from the darkest depths, where life exists because of geothermal vents, to the shallow inland sea that was the American Mid-West in the Jurassic age through the ancient seas as the dinosaurs swam them.

We will learn to play "Submarine Safari" to simulate cooperative oceanographic research, exploring and cataloging ocean life, and an aquatic version of Try-To-Survive-Asaurus, where students role play as a shark or prehistoric marine reptile in their very own food chain. Over the course of the class, students should be able to explain the differences in the types of marine life over time and depth, and how these differences are reflected in their very own marine habitat boards.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, reefs, geothermal vents, and paint different ocean depths. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a pre-history-based survival strategy game. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include Prehistoric Seas Survival (1st quarter), A Jurassic Survival Challenge (2nd quarter), Ice Age Survival (3rd quarter), and Sumerian Settlement (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Virginia History- Jamestown and the Powhatan Confederacy, 1607

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Explore the State of Virginia from its earliest colonial settlement 400 years ago. The class will discuss the driving factors for colonization of the "New World" by European powers, especially Great Britain and The Virginia Company which founded the colony. In counterpoint, the existing Powhatan Confederacy of Native Americans will also be studied, as well as several failed attempts at colonizing and how Jamestown narrowly escaped complete destruction!

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and politics of the time. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include Virginia History: Jamestown and the Powhatan Confederacy, 1607 (1st quarter), The American War of Independence (2nd quarter), The War of 1812 (3rd quarter), and The Civil War 1861-1865 (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Eco Scientist: The Americas and Antarctica

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen Boyle

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

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.

First quarter, students will journey through the tundra, prairies, temperate rain forests, deciduous forests, and deserts of North and South America. We ll learn how global climate patterns form these different ecosystems, and learn about the amazing diversity of plants and animals that inhabit them. We'll investigate the rainshadow effect, and see why it forms deserts on the leeward side of coastal mountain ranges around the world. Then we ll jump from the tip of Chile across the roaring 40 s to explore one of our planet s most extreme ecosystems- Antarctica!

Topics in this Series: The Americas and Antarctica (Quarter 1); Northern Latitudes (Quarter 2); Africa & Asia (Quarter 3); and All About Islands (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

French Foundations

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Bonjour! French Foundations is an introductory class for middle school-aged students. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), adjectives, greetings, and simple phrases. Students will learn beginning grammatical constructions such as noun-verb agreement, noun-adjective agreement, adjective placement, and the rules of regular verb conjugation. Students will be encouraged to speak aloud and converse with classmates, but also to learn to sound out, spell, and read beginning, written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, grammar, and usage while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Students should be at grade level in their reading. Fluency should not be expected at this level. This is a 6-week class that will not meet on October 14.

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

French with Friends

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Salut! French with Friends is an introductory class for elementary aged beginner. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, etc), adjectives, beginning verbs, greetings, and simple phrases. Songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities will be used in class to review vocabulary and phrases. Emphasis will be on conversation, but students will be encouraged to learn to spell and sound out written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level. This is a 6-week class that will not meet on October 14.

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

Fun with Number Systems: Ancient Arithmetic

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

When is a lotus more than a flower bloom? When it means one thousand in the hieroglyphic number system of ancient Egypt! Did you know that not everyone uses 1, 2, 3 to count, and some civilizations did not have a zero!

In the exploration of the history of numbers and ancient arithmetic, students will learn to count using hieroglyphics, Greek numerals, and cuneiform characters. From primitive number systems to modern number systems, we will trace the development of numbers through the ages. Students will see how easy it was for the ancient Babylonians to multiply by 60, and how hard it was for Romans and Egyptians to do the same!

By performing calculations using different forms of numerical representation, students will be able to assess the relative advantages and disadvantages of these number systems. We will consider how the number systems met the needs of the civilizations that used them, and perhaps, where they fell short. Students will learn the importance of place value and be introduced to alternatives to our base ten system by the end of this class.

Topics in this Series: Fun with Number Systems: Ancient Arithmetic (Quarter 1), Fun with Number Systems: The Great Base Race (Quarter 2), Mental Math: Logic and Reasoning Puzzles (Quarter 3) and Mental Math: MORE Logic and Reasoning Puzzles (Quarter 4)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

FUNctional Fitness: Conditioning and Cross-Training (Homeschool PE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Diane Mack

Grade Range: 2nd-6th

Prerequisites:

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

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $109.00

Geo Detective: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Karleen 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.

First quarter, students will examine natural disasters that come from activity in the earth's layers such as volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Students will study the geological forces that shape our planet by tracing the paths of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis around the world. What do these occurrences tell us about tectonic plate theory? Students will learn about the rock cycle, subduction and spreading zones, and different types of earthquake faults. They will learn about fossils and other lines of evidence that support the theory of plate tectonics, and learn how the sizes, shapes and positions of land masses and oceans have changed through our planet's history.

Topics in this Series: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes
(Quarter 1); Wacky World Weather (Quarter 2); Sensational Cycles and Seasons (Quarter 3); and Exploring Ecosystems (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Great Books for Girls Group

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Megan Reynolds

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Great Books for Girls offers preteen students the opportunity to read high quality literature and expand their understanding of what they read through book discussion and hands-on extension activities. Through facilitated class discussion, students will analyze plot, theme, characters, genre, and setting by citing specific examples from the story. In addition, students will complete a wide range of extension activities, such as acting out or illustrating favorite scenes, writing alternate endings or prequels, or researching specific aspects of the story. Students will be asked to read assigned chapters from their books at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Readers will be encouraged to take notes on key passages or questions. All books selected for 2020-21 will feature the theme, "XXXX." The first book of Quarter 1 will be Front Desk by Kelly Yang. A second, follw-up book will be voted on by the students each quarter from A Mighty Girl suggested titles, Newbery Medalists and Honor Books, and the Capitol Choices book lists.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $132.00

Hands on History: River Valley Civilizations- Mesopotamia

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Discover the world's first civilization, Mesopotamia, and its contributions to the modern world in this vibrant hands-on history class! Learn about the cultural development and traditions of ancient Mesopotamia (such as homes, architecture, clothing, food, transportation, and beliefs) through weekly projects. Students will make cuneiform tablets, pottery, murals, and model ziggurats as they learn about life in ancient Mesopotamia! Students will identify inventions and contributions of the ancient Mesopotamians such as the first written language, wheel, plow, chariot, sailboat, and more! The class will also sample the literature of the period through weekly read-alouds of fables and folklore like "The Epic of Gilgamesh."

Students will be excited by history when approached through this engaging, multi-disciplinary exploration of historical connections and integrated concepts rather than memorizing dates and disconnected facts! Note: This is a 75-minute class that will end at 4:10 pm. Topics in this Series include the River Valley Civilizations of: Mesopotamia (Quarter 1), Ancient Egypt (Quarter 2), Ancient China (Quarter 3), and India (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $176.00

Historical Swordsmanship: Introduction Two-Handed Sword

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Virginia Academy of Fencing

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will explore the sword arts the way they were originally practiced on the duelling grounds and battlefields of the Middle Ages and Renaissance! In the first quarter students will focus on the art of fencing with the two-handed sword of 14th and 15th centuries as they learn to fence like a knight of Medieval Europe, and will learn the basic stance, footwork, attacks, defenses, and strategies for fencing with the two-handed sword. By the end of the course students will be able to both fence and referee matches (called "bouts") with each other, as well as understand the history and context of historical swordsmanship with the two-handed sword. Historical swordsmanship recreates the techniques used by fencers who lived before the modern sport was created, bringing these fighting arts to life in a safe and fun environment. Protective masks, jackets and safety tipped swords are used, and make fencing one of the safest activities. It is a fun, physical workout as well as an educational experience. Historical Swordsmanship will continue 2nd quarter with an introduction to the rapier and dagger.

10 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $189.00

Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:30 pm      Duration: 90 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

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

First quarter, junior engineers will tackle Fantastic Fliers and Space Race with projects inspired by the Space Station, Shuttle, Mars Rover, Gondola Gliders, Helicopeters, and Airplanes.

Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown.

Notes:(1)Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can step into class 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (Quarter 1); Animal Architects (Quarter 2); Winter Workshop (Quarter 3); Amusement Park (Quarter 4)

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $173.00

Junior Art Studio: Artists and their Animals

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

First quarter, students will learn about famous artists and their favorite animals or pets! Featured artists include Hockney, Pollock, Picasso, Kahlo, O'Keefe, Rockwell and Klee. Which artist painted a rooster? Who liked crazy, colored geometric cats, and who else favored standard American hounds? Whose self-portraits included monkeys, black cats, and parrots? Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their animal projects while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

Topics in this Series: Artists and their Animals (Quarter 1); Famous Abstracts (Quarter 2); Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 3), and Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

Junior Art Studio: Artists and their Animals

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

First quarter, students will learn about famous artists and their favorite animals or pets! Featured artists include Hockney, Pollock, Picasso, Kahlo, O'Keefe, Rockwell and Klee. Which artist painted a rooster? Who liked crazy, colored geometric cats, and who else favored standard American hounds? Whose self-portraits included monkeys, black cats, and parrots? Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their animal projects while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

Topics in this Series: Artists and their Animals (Quarter 1); Famous Abstracts (Quarter 2); Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 3), and Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

Krav Maga Self Defense for Kids- Blue Stripe

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sarah Reynolds

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

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

Topics in this Series: Blue Stripe (1st Quarter), Purple Stripe (2nd Quarter), Brown Stripe (3rd Quarter) and Black Stripe (4th Quarter). Assessments: Belt testing for promotion will be by coach recommendation, but on average will take 4 quarters. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the t-shirt and white belt (new students) or $5.00 for the white belt (returning students). A belt test fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor when a student is ready to test for promotion. What to Bring: Refillable water bottle. What to Wear: In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, participants should wear their class t-shirt and belt along with shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers.Non-Meeting Days: In addition to the scheduled days-off on the published Compass schedule, this class does not meet on October 7.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $104.00

Learn to Sing: Songs from the Silver Screen

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Wyndy Frederick

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

The classical tradition of musical movies have given us major American hits from Grease, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Westside Story, and more recently, The Greatest Showman. Now you can learn to sing your favorite songs from the silver screen!

The quarter's repertoire will include at least one chorus number from a major musical film. Students will work on other music as solos, duets, or small group numbers. This introduction to vocal performance will include posture, breathing, intonation, and the principles of blending vocal harmonies. Basic musical notation will be introduced as well as melodic and harmonic intervals. No previous musical experience is required just joy in singing! Prior to the start of class, the instructor will identify song book(s) and accompaniments for students to purchase. A performance will be held at the end of the quarter. Topics in this Series: Songs from the Silver Screen (Quarter 1); Holidays Around the World (Quarter 2); The Colors of Songs (Quarter 3); and the Songs of Summer (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

Little Medical School: Dog Veterinarian

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

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.

Topics in this Series: Dog Veterinarian (Quarter 1); Cat Veterinarian (Quarter 2); Nutrition (Quarter 3) and Sports Medicine (Quarter 4).

Materials/Supply FeeThere is a $43.00 material fee due on the first day of class and payable to the instructor 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.

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

Little Medical School: Dog Veterinarian

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: K-1st

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.

Topics in this Series: Dog Veterinarian (Quarter 1); Cat Veterinarian (Quarter 2); Nutrition (Quarter 3) and Sports Medicine (Quarter 4).

Materials/Supply FeeThere is a $43.00 material fee due on the first day of class and payable to the instructor 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.

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

Math Lab

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 6th-9th

Prerequisites:

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

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

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

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $169.00

Music Makers: Rhymes

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kathy Preisinger

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

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

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Nature Quest: Fall Adventurers

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

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. 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: $118.00

Nature Quest: Fall Adventurers

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

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. 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: $118.00

Nature Quest: Fall Pathfinders

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites:

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. 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: $118.00

Nature Quest: Fall Explorers

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nick Grenier

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites:

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. 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 duration of the class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $118.00

Number Ninjas: Play with Place Value & Money

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Does your child learn best by touch, movement, music, and play? Number Ninjas is based on the belief that children need to work with mathematics in a concrete, physical, and tangible way. Young students will love learning numerical concepts in this hands-on, exploration-based class where work with numbers feels like a game.

First quarter, students will explore the concepts of even and odd numbers, comparing and ordering, place value, rounding, counting by 2, 5, 10, 25, and money. We will build an abacus, solve skip counting puzzles, run a sticker store, and more!

This class covers many of the 1st and 2nd grade Standards of Learning for math. Weekly update e-mails to parents will include suggestions for practice at home and extension activities. Students will receive a binder with a pouch for manipulatives that they need to bring to class each week.

Topics in the Series: Play with Place Value & Money (Quarter 1), Measurement Madness (Quarter 2), Super Shapes (Quarter 3), and Fun with Fractions (Quarter 4).

Supply Fee: Included

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

Public Speaking: The Great Speeches (Oratorical)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Arthuretta Martin

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

-"Four score and seven years ago.."

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.."

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

What causes some phrases to be inked into history and some speeches to become a permanent part of our culture? What makes a speech memorable and quotable?

In this class, students will work with a professional storyteller, keynote speaker, coach and Toastmasters leader to learn how to give great speeches by listening to great speakers and then practicing and presenting portions of someone else's great words. The pressure will be off student speakers to also be writers. Instead, they will hone public speaking skills such as timing, pauses, enunciation, eye contact, and gestures using familiar, well-known, time-tested and inspiring speeches. The class will listen to recordings and watch videos to critique some modern day speakers. Can you pronounce like FDR, persuade like Frederick Douglass, or proclaim like Patrick Henry? Students can select from among many genres of speakers- from history, entertainment, politics, commentary- even literature.

This workshop is open to students new to public speaking or those with experience, and students may repeat the program to continue to refine their public speaking skills. Topics in this Series: The Great Speeches [Oratorical] (Quarter 1), Telling Your Story [Informative] (Quarter 2), Finding Your Voice [Expository] (Quarter 3), and Making Your Point [Persuasion] (Quarter 4)

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

Rhythm Rocks: Drumming Workshop

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kofi Dennis

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites:

Students of all ages will love the energy and exhilaration of drumming in this percussion workshop! Students will learn rhythms and drumming patterns from Afro-Latin, South American, and jazz percussion traditions. In this "hands-on" workshop, Drummers will use congas, djembes, bongos, shakers, and more to learn beats such as the tumbao (African-Cuban), the Merengue (Dominican), Soca (African), and Batucada (Afro-Brazilian). Students will be encouraged to experiment with different percussion instruments and to improvise. In this multi-age class, Drummers will be divided into three groups by age with the same rhythm of varying degrees of difficulty taught to each group. Drummers will be "in the groove" as they learn single stroke rolls, single and double paradiddle, frills, 1-bar and 3-bar rhythms, and call-and-response patterns, with and without recorded music. All instruments are provided each week, and a final exhibition will be performed for parents on the last day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Robot Fab Lab: Robotic Claws

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites:

Student engineers will be given the challenge of designing, building, and programming a robotic arm and claw to simulate a factory assembly line. Each week, students will improve their assembly though the use of new sensors and additional components and will program their creations to complete specific manufacturing tasks.

Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axles, gears, levers, and special components. Students will have to install touch, sound, color, gyro, ultrasonic, and/or infrared sensors while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices for controlled movements and precise turns. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 programming menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as fixed values, variables, loops, and logic constructs.

This course integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. But, don't worry, this is a beginning robotics class. Prior experience is not expected, but returning students are welcome. Each student will build his/her own robotic project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend two weeks assembling, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and re-designing. Topics in this Series: Robotic Arms (Quarter 1), Spider Bots (Quarter 2), Maze Runner (Quarter 3), and Tomb Explorer (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $158.00

Science Kids: Living World

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 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. Living World will introduce biology and life science concepts. Students will complete labs such as observing microscopic organisms in a microscope, examining life cycles and metamorphosis, and learning about biological functions such as respiration and digestion. Topics in this Series: Living World (Quarter 1), Earth/Space (Quarter 2), Chemistry (Quarter 3), and Physics (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Science Kids: Living World

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

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. Living World will introduce biology and life science concepts. Students will complete labs such as observing microscopic organisms in a microscope, examining life cycles and metamorphosis, and learning about biological functions such as respiration and digestion. Topics in this Series: Living World (Quarter 1), Earth/Space (Quarter 2), Chemistry (Quarter 3), and Physics (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $171.00

Simulation Lab: Aeronautical Engineering- High Altitude Space Planes

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Have you wondered about re-usable, high altitude space planes? This simulation class will focus on building planes that can go into space and return to earth. Students will learn about the aeronautical principles of design, form, and fuel as they design and test high altitude space planes- on screen. Each week, students will also learn about aeronautical history and the physics of flight concepts such as lift, drag, and thrust-to-weight ratios.

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

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

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $158.00

Spanish Amigos

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jeanniffer Denmark

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Hola! Spanish Amigos is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young children. Much like learning their native language, children will be exposed to the sounds, vocabulary, and phrases in Spanish through songs, games, stories, interactive and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. Spanish language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with themes about colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, parts of the house, common objects, body parts, etc. Greetings and simple phrases will be woven into the day's activities, as well as cultural traditions when applicable. Writing, spelling, and grammar will not be emphasized in this class. Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level. Students may join Spanish Amigos during any quarter.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Spanish Club for Kids: About Me

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jeanniffer Denmark

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Students will learn beginning Spanish through games, songs, stories, and skits in a predominantly immersion environment (limited cues in English). Each week students will work on the "basics" such as greetings, colors, numbers, adjectives and weather and will explore focused themes. Through age-appropriate games and activities, students will learn and practice the vocabulary and simple phrases related to the week's theme. Basic, beginners-level spelling, reading, and grammar will be introduced. Since the class is taught in "themes", or units, students may join during any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

Topics in this Series: About Me (Quarter 1); My Family (Quarter 2); Around Town (Quarter 3); and Fun Times (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

Successful Social Skills for Tweens

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Elena Zaklis

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

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

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $163.00

Whole Health Yoga for Teens & Adults (Wed Q1)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jean McTigue

Grade Range: 7th - Adult

Prerequisites: None

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

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

Wizard's Workshop: Hogwart's Handicrafts- Guest Prof. Dumbledore

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Bette Cassatt

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

You've dreamed about going to Hogwarts, and now is your chance to experience a year of magical classes! In this maker class, students will create projects inspired by their core classes at Hogwarts (Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, Potions, and Transfiguration) and a Hogwarts guest professor. Students learn to work with a variety of materials and learn a broad range of crafting skills such as hand-sewing, painting, papercrafting (including precision cutting, folding stamping, and stenciling) sculpting, and wireworking to create magical pieces inspired by the World of Harry Potter.

Welcome to the first term at Hogwarts! This term, we welcome Professor Dumbledore to inspire us as we create a Pensieve along with crafts related to your core classes such as a magic wand (Charms), Repelling Dementors (Defense Against the Dark Arts), pictures that "magically" change from one image to another (Transfiguration), and more!

This is a great class for Harry Potter fans who love the magical world, even for those who have not read all of the books or watched all of the movies. Projects and class discussions are geared to not reveal significant series spoilers. Note: A few classes may include a Harry Potter-inspired food creation or personal care product. The ingredients will be identified in advance, and students with food or ingredient allergies or dietary restrictions will need to check before handling/consuming. Substitute ingredients cannot be provided for those with food allergies or restrictions.

Topics in this Series: Guest Prof. Dumbledore (Quarter 1); Guest Prof. Snape (Quarter 2); Guest Profs. Snape & Slughorn (Quarter 3), and Guest Profs. Hagrid & Hooch (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: Students should bring good scissors for cutting paper/fabric, a ruler, and a (low temp, mini) hot glue gun to class each week, which will earn them house points.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Word Masters: Verbal Analogies & Vocab Challenges

Quarter 1: Starts on September 9, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Megan Reynolds

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

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

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $132.00

Acting- Teen Stage: Irresistible Improv

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Keely Kirk

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

First quarter, actors will explore the basics of improvisation, story-telling, and stagecraft through activities and exercises that encourage cooperation, communication, and team work. With fun, interactive improv games such as "Yes, and.." and "Improved Stories," students will learn how to use short form improv to play off of each other to convey character, emotion, situation, setting, and to highlight their scene partners. The variety of improv activities each week will help develop the "group mind" and class dynamic. Small group and partner work will boost teens' confidence and trust in a supportive environment.

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

Improv can be for everyone! No previous experience is needed. Beginners are welcome, and experienced students will further develop their improv skills. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, flexible, and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work collaboratively in a group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class.

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

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

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

Assessments: will not be given.

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

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

Cooking for Teens: Fall Fare with Flair

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

-Appetizer- Bite-Sized Cheese Balls

-Salad- Coconut Cous Cous

-Soup- Pesto Potatoes

-Entree- Salmon Yakitori

-Side- Pumpkin Pizza

-Dessert- Autumn Fruit Bread

-Extra- Japanese Noodles

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

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

Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

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

Cooking for Teens: Fall Fare with Flair

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

-Appetizer- Bite-Sized Cheese Balls

-Salad- Coconut Cous Cous

-Soup- Pesto Potatoes

-Entree- Salmon Yakitori

-Side- Pumpkin Pizza

-Dessert- Autumn Fruit Bread

-Extra- Japanese Noodles

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

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

Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

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

Cooking for Teens: Fall Fare with Flair

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making flavorful fall recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Fare recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

-Appetizer- Bite-Sized Cheese Balls

-Salad- Coconut Cous Cous

-Soup- Pesto Potatoes

-Entree- Salmon Yakitori

-Side- Pumpkin Pizza

-Dessert- Autumn Fruit Bread

-Extra- Japanese Noodles

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

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

Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

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

Cooking- Breakfast Table: Daybreak Dishes

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 9:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

-Turkey Bacon and Cheese Tarts

-Breakfast Quesadillas

-Crepes with Fruit Sauce

-Flower Sunshine Eggs

-Corned Beef Hash

-Homemade Granola and Yogurt Parfait

-French Toast Casserole

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

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

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

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

What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers.

What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided.

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

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

Creative Journaling for Teens (Q1)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Michelle Dzema

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

Topics in this Series: Journal work is done in an open studio environment that allows students to join in any quarter throughout the year.

Prerequisites: No formal writing or art experience is needed. All teens are welcome.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-2 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: are given in class.

Assessments: Not provided.

Lab/Supply Fee: A NEW STUDENT class fee of $24.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a spiral bound journal and a kit of supplies. A RETURNING STUDENT class fee of $12.00 is due for consumable, in-class supplies.

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

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $142.00

Fundamentals of Drawing: Marine Life- Line, Shape & Texture

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Luc Atangana

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

First quarter, teens will begin basic, freehand sketching of marine life such as fish, dolphins, coral, or seaweed to learn to represent the objects that they observe. Teen artists will learn techniques such as drawing a "good line", fading, shading, and blending using crosshatching and smudging. Through the objects study, artists will learn techniques with pencil to help them replicate different effects in light and surfaces. Elements of art that will be emphasized include line, shape, and texture. Over the course, students should progress to draw more carefully and more accurately and to represent more refined details in their drawings. Toward the end of the quarter, students may also choose to add color to their drawings.

The instructor will demonstrate various techniques by developing a sample drawing. Students may elect to follow the class sample or may apply the drawing skills to an entirely unique drawing. This class is suitable for beginners who have never drawn before and for intermediate art students who have worked in other mediums and are interested in exploring drawing. Students who have two or more quarters of drawing with this instructor, may choose to draw with a digital stylus and iPad/laptop (owned and brought to class by the student), to create digital drawings. Drawing can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

Topics in this Series: Marine Life- Line, Shape & Texture (Quarter 1), Realistic Renderings- Value, Form & Composition (Quarter 2), The Built Environment- Space, Depth & Dimension (Quarter 3), and Fantasy Landscapes- Unity & Harmony (Quarter 4).

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

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

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a sketchbook, a pencil box with pencils of varying hardness, and an eraser. Returning drawing students do not need to pay a supply fee and are expected to replace their drawing supplies as needed, with similar or better quality.

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

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

Krav Maga Self Defense for Teens- Blue Stripe

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sarah Reynolds

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

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

Topics in this Series: Blue Stripe (1st Quarter), Purple Stripe (2nd Quarter), Brown Stripe (3rd Quarter) and Black Stripe (4th Quarter). Assessments: Belt testing for promotion will be by coach recommendation, but on average will take 4 quarters. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the t-shirt and white belt (new students) or $5.00 for the white belt (returning students). A belt test fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor when a student is ready to test for promotion. What to Bring: Refillable water bottle. What to Wear: In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, participants should wear their class t-shirt and belt along with shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers.Non-Meeting Days: In addition to the scheduled days-off on the published Compass schedule, this class does not meet on October 9.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $104.00

Mosaic Masterpieces Open Studio (Q1)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-Adult

Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

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

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

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

-3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques

-Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design

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

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

Assessments: will not be given.

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

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

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

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $159.00

Music Appreciation: Medieval, Renaissance, & Baroque Styles

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Goretti Vinuales

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

What do Vivaldi's 1716 concerti 'The Four Seasons' and the enduring rock and roll hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons band have in common? Or 'A Hazy Shade of Winter' by Simon and Garfunkel and Ella Fitzgerald's 'Summertime? For one thing, they are all "classics" in their respective genres! This class is for students who enjoy listening to or playing music and would like to connect more with a wide range of classical musical pieces through an understanding of their elements and origins.

In this course, students will be introduced to representative musical masterworks from a variety of historical periods and styles: ancient, classical, modern, jazz, and folk styles. By listening to and discussing relevant examples, students will gain an understanding of core musical elements-–melody, rhythm, harmony, texture-–and will develop a meaningful musical vocabulary in each genre that will help them think and talk about musical works, and, above all, expand their appreciation of music.

First quarter, students will learn basic terminology to describe the elements of music and how standard notation for rhythm, pitch, and expressive elements are used to record musical ideas. Students will be introduced to compositions from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras including works from Vivaldi and Bach, and they will compare characteristics of musical pieces of different historical periods and styles.

A different composer will be introduced each week. The class will listen to a musical piece and then learn to analyze and talk about it. Students will learn the context of each musical work, when it was written, and about the composer. They will listen to and learn about the melody and rhythm, the form and the harmony of a composition, and learn how to notate what they hear in the music. They we will ask the questions, How did the composer use the melody?, How did they use rhythm? And going more broadly, why is this score a classic example of its genre? Through these experiences, students will learn to recognize and describe music styles, and compositions.

Students will leave this class with an ability to recognize, discuss, and connect to different genres of music from the styles and composers the class learned about. Additionally, this class will prepare students to learn to read, write, and listen to music, which are the foundational skills for someone who would like to learn an instrument (including voice), or is currently taking lessons. Like other fine arts classes, Music Appreciation is a fun break from academics, and enriches and educates students more broadly.

Topics in this Series: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Styles (Quarter 1); The Classical Era of Music. Music (Quarter 2); Romanticism and Impressionism in Music. (Quarter 3); Music in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Quarter 4). Continuing students from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration next quarter.

Prerequisites:The ability to read music or play an instrument is not required for this course.

Workload: Students will receive recommended readings to prepare for classroom discussion. Work outside of class is optional, however students are encouraged to listen to the classical pieces studied in class, to connect more with their learning.

Assessments: Formal assessments will not be given.

Textbook: Students should purchase "Music: An Appreciation" (11TH edition, 2014) by Roger Kamien (ISBN-13: 978-0078025204). A used copy is acceptable, and it does not need to include a CD or media access code. All musical pieces studied will be put on a Google Drive for student access at home.

Lab/Supply Fee: A minimal material cost is included in the course fee for instructor-furnished paper with staves and sheet music.

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

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $147.00

Paint Studio I: Botanicals- Line, Color, Shape, & Texture

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Luc Atangana

Grade Range: 7th - Adult

Prerequisites: None

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

Students will work on framed canvas and easels and will learn elements of art and principles of design in addition to methods in painting. Painters will learn basic techniques such as shading, blending, stippling, and broad stroke. Each quarter, the instructor will demonstrate techniques by developing a sample painting. Students may elect to follow the class sample or may apply the painting skills to an entirely unique composition. Students will complete one or two 16" X 20" canvases each quarter, depending on the level of detailing.

First quarter, students will begin painting botanicals such as flowers, plants, or leaves. Through the botanical study, painters will learn to represent different textures and effects in natural subjects. Elements of art introduced in the first quarter projects include line, color, shape, and texture.

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

Prerequisites: None

Topics in this Series: Botanicals- Line, Color, Shape, & Texture (Quarter 1); Still Life- Values, Form, & Composition (Quarter 2); 3D Perspective- Space, Depth, & Distance (Quarter 3); and Landscapes- Unity & Harmony (Quarter 4).

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

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

Lab/Supply Fee: A new student class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for two canvases, a sketchbook, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, paints, brushes, paper products, etc.). Returning students who are continuing in this class from a prior quarter can continue using their sketchpad, but there is still a $14.00 fee for the other materials.

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

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

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

Paint Studio II: Abstracts- Advanced Color Work

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 9:00 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Luc Atangana

Grade Range: 8th - Adult

Prerequisites: Min. 2 Quarters of Paint Studio I or prior class(es) in acrylic painting

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

Students will work on framed canvas and easels and will learn elements of art and principles of design in addition to methods in painting. Advanced painting techniques that will be taught including dry brush work, washing, splattering, dabbing, pallet knife, underpainting, and layering. Each quarter, the instructor will demonstrate techniques by developing a sample painting. Students may elect to follow the class sample, or may apply the painting skills to an entirely unique composition. Students will complete one or two 16" X 20" canvases each quarter, depending on the level of detailing.

First quarter's lessons will include color studies such as partial mixing of colors and creating a family of colors, to achieve a variety of effects and contrasting textures. Five main color schemes used in art will be introduced including: complimentary, analogous, triadic, split-complimentary, and tetradic. Lessons will explore desaturation of hues to create tints, shades, or tones. Students can apply this understanding to create a color palette for their painting that makes it look more or less natural, depending on their choices.

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

Prerequisites: A minimum of two quarters of Paint Studio I or prior class(es) in acrylic painting

Topics in this Series: Abstracts- Advanced Color Work (Quarter 1), Landscapes- Advanced Acrylic Techniques (Quarter 2), Structures & Cities- Advanced Linear Perspective (Quarter 3), and Create Your Own- A Study in Composition (Quarter 4).

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

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

Lab/Supply Fee: A New Student Class Fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for canvases, pallet, pallet knife, 12-piece paint brush set, a sketchbook, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, acrylic paint, brushes, paper products, etc.). The Returning Student Class Fee is $20.00 for canvases and shared class supplies.

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

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

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $172.00

Sweets Shop- Delectable Desserts

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kati Andresen

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

-Homemade Pop Tarts

-Cheesecake Cookies

-Honeycomb Candy

-Chocolate Puff Pastry Twists

-Buttercream & Piping Techniques

-Pound Cake Tea Sandwiches

-Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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

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

Assessments: Will not be given.

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

What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers.

What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

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

Sweets Shop- Delectable Desserts

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kati Andresen

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

-Homemade Pop Tarts

-Cheesecake Cookies

-Honeycomb Candy

-Chocolate Puff Pastry Twists

-Buttercream & Piping Techniques

-Pound Cake Tea Sandwiches

-Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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

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

Assessments: Will not be given.

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

What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers.

What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

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

Whole Health Yoga for Teens & Adults (Fri Q1)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 11, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Nora May

Grade Range: 7th - Adult

Prerequisites: None

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

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $111.00

Culinary Foundations: Stocks, Soups and Sauces

Quarter 1: Starts on September 14, 2020

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: See Class Description

Students with a curiosity for culinary careers will explore many aspects of cooking for the hospitality industry and for themselves. In this advanced cooking class, students will make delicious, advanced recipes and learn skills that are the foundation for a future career in culinary arts. This class will get students excited about new foods, flavors, and techniques as they gain a working knowledge of food planning and preparation.

Each quarter, new technical, kitchen skills are introduced, and each week, a new recipe is made in class that demonstrates the featured food group or cooking style. Students will also prepare a base or food pairing that showcases the featured recipe.

First quarter technical skills will include kitchen essentials, basic kitchen first aid, and knife skills-focusing on the Chef Knife. Chapters covered in the text include Level 1 book, Chapter 3, 4 and 6. First quarter recipes that showcase the lessons on Stocks, Soups and Sauces include:

  • -Bechamel Sauce, White Wine Sauce, Creamy Garlic Sauce, and Three-Cheese Sauce (served over broccoli and pasta)
  • -Hollandaise Sauce and Béarnaise Sauce (served over Eggs Benedict and asparagus)
  • -White Stock and Court Boullion (stocks will be transformed into a hearty Italian vegetable soup)
  • -Chocolate Sauce and Pineapple Cream Sauce (served over coconut cream soft ice cream)
  • -Fumet and Clam Chowder (paired with a savory homemade cheese cracker)
  • -Hot and Sour Soup (paired with a Chinese cucumber salad)
  • Culinary vocabulary will also be introduced each week. Students will leave this class with an introduction to culinary careers in the hospitality industry and a beginning foundation in culinary arts. Additionally, students will be able to take charge of a home kitchen, prepare advanced dishes, and adhere to safety and hygiene standards. They will have nutrition-planning and cooking skills that will enrich the lives of their friends and families.

    Notes Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. Pork will be used in the proteins unit during 3rd quarter. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market available ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.

    Topics in this Series: Stocks, Soups and Sauces (Quarter 1), Potatoes, Grains, and Legumes (Quarter 2), Meat, Poultry, and Seafood (Quarter 3), and Fruits and Vegetables (Quarter 4). Students continuing from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.

    Prerequisites: Students should have completed at least 2 quarters of 7th-12th grade cooking classes with this instructor or equivalent. Students must be in 9th grade (minimum age 14) to take this class. 7th-8th graders may not enroll. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

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

    Assignments: Cooking assignments, practicing skills at home, and related homework will be given in class and e-mailed to students and parents. Brief written assignments may be given, such as recipe modification or development. There will also be a brief summer assignment before the start of Quarter 1.

    Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given. At the end of the second quarter, enrolled students will be required to complete an online Virginia Food Handler Course for food safety certification through the county health department, which will cost $25.00

    Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase or rent the selected textbooks and workbooks. Used copies are acceptable.

  • -Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0138019389)
  • -Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380226)
  • -Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0137070503)
  • -Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380714)
  • Required Tools/Materials Culinary students will be expected to begin to acquire their own tools. Students should purchase and bring with them each week the following basic, minimum tools and supplies:

  • -Chef’s Knife Set, Professional Quality- (purchased individually or as a starter set) Recommended model (Amazon): J.A Henckels International Classic Starter Knife Set, 3-Piece, Black/Stainless Steel

  • -Knife Guards- Recommended model (Amazon): 3- Piece Universal Knife Edge Guards Set

  • -Carrying Case- Recommended model (Amazon): Tosnail Chef Knife Case Roll Bag with 15 Slots

  • -Food Storage Container with Tight-Fitting Lid - Recommended model (Amazon): Pyrex 3-Cup Rectangle Food Storage

  • -Chef’s Jacket- (long sleeve, white. Brought to class clean each week)
    Recommended model- women’s (Amazon): Chef Works Women's Le Mans Chef Coat

    Recommended model-men’s (Amazon): Chef Works Men's Bordeaux Chef Coat

  • -Chef’s Cap - (student’s choice of color) Recommended model (Amazon): Nanxson 3pcs Chef Hat

  • -Office Supplies: Ring binder, pen or pencil, note cards and loose-leaf paper

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $65.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for perishable food items, ingredients, and supplies that are used in this class.

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

  •   Price: $251.00

    Culinary Foundations: Stocks, Soups and Sauces

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 14, 2020

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: See Class Description

    Students with a curiosity for culinary careers will explore many aspects of cooking for the hospitality industry and for themselves. In this advanced cooking class, students will make delicious, advanced recipes and learn skills that are the foundation for a future career in culinary arts. This class will get students excited about new foods, flavors, and techniques as they gain a working knowledge of food planning and preparation.

    Each quarter, new technical, kitchen skills are introduced, and each week, a new recipe is made in class that demonstrates the featured food group or cooking style. Students will also prepare a base or food pairing that showcases the featured recipe.

    First quarter technical skills will include kitchen essentials, basic kitchen first aid, and knife skills-focusing on the Chef Knife. Chapters covered in the text include Level 1 book, Chapter 3, 4 and 6. First quarter recipes that showcase the lessons on Stocks, Soups and Sauces include:

  • -Bechamel Sauce, White Wine Sauce, Creamy Garlic Sauce, and Three-Cheese Sauce (served over broccoli and pasta)
  • -Hollandaise Sauce and Béarnaise Sauce (served over Eggs Benedict and asparagus)
  • -White Stock and Court Boullion (stocks will be transformed into a hearty Italian vegetable soup)
  • -Chocolate Sauce and Pineapple Cream Sauce (served over coconut cream soft ice cream)
  • -Fumet and Clam Chowder (paired with a savory homemade cheese cracker)
  • -Hot and Sour Soup (paired with a Chinese cucumber salad)
  • Culinary vocabulary will also be introduced each week. Students will leave this class with an introduction to culinary careers in the hospitality industry and a beginning foundation in culinary arts. Additionally, students will be able to take charge of a home kitchen, prepare advanced dishes, and adhere to safety and hygiene standards. They will have nutrition-planning and cooking skills that will enrich the lives of their friends and families.

    Notes Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. Pork will be used in the proteins unit during 3rd quarter. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market available ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.

    Topics in this Series: Stocks, Soups and Sauces (Quarter 1), Potatoes, Grains, and Legumes (Quarter 2), Meat, Poultry, and Seafood (Quarter 3), and Fruits and Vegetables (Quarter 4). Students continuing from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.

    Prerequisites: Students should have completed at least 2 quarters of 7th-12th grade cooking classes with this instructor or equivalent. Students must be in 9th grade (minimum age 14) to take this class. 7th-8th graders may not enroll. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

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

    Assignments: Cooking assignments, practicing skills at home, and related homework will be given in class and e-mailed to students and parents. Brief written assignments may be given, such as recipe modification or development. There will also be a brief summer assignment before the start of Quarter 1.

    Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given. At the end of the second quarter, enrolled students will be required to complete an online Virginia Food Handler Course for food safety certification through the county health department, which will cost $25.00

    Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase or rent the selected textbooks and workbooks. Used copies are acceptable.

  • -Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0138019389)
  • -Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380226)
  • -Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0137070503)
  • -Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380714)
  • Required Tools/Materials Culinary students will be expected to begin to acquire their own tools. Students should purchase and bring with them each week the following basic, minimum tools and supplies:

  • -Chef’s Knife Set, Professional Quality- (purchased individually or as a starter set) Recommended model (Amazon): J.A Henckels International Classic Starter Knife Set, 3-Piece, Black/Stainless Steel

  • -Knife Guards- Recommended model (Amazon): 3- Piece Universal Knife Edge Guards Set

  • -Carrying Case- Recommended model (Amazon): Tosnail Chef Knife Case Roll Bag with 15 Slots

  • -Food Storage Container with Tight-Fitting Lid - Recommended model (Amazon): Pyrex 3-Cup Rectangle Food Storage

  • -Chef’s Jacket- (long sleeve, white. Brought to class clean each week)
    Recommended model- women’s (Amazon): Chef Works Women's Le Mans Chef Coat

    Recommended model-men’s (Amazon): Chef Works Men's Bordeaux Chef Coat

  • -Chef’s Cap - (student’s choice of color) Recommended model (Amazon): Nanxson 3pcs Chef Hat

  • -Office Supplies: Ring binder, pen or pencil, note cards and loose-leaf paper

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $65.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for perishable food items, ingredients, and supplies that are used in this class.

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

  •   Price: $251.00

    First Aid and CPR for Teens

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 14, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: CPR4Everyone

    Grade Range: 8th - 12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Would you know what to do if you cut yourself in the kitchen? What if a friend had an anaphylactic reaction to a food or your teacher suddenly collapsed? Whether you play outdoors, participate in sports, go to the pool, cook at home, supervise siblings, or just hang out with friends, you should know what to do when an emergency arises! First Aid and CPR are the practical life skills you hope you don't have to use, but are thankful for if you do. Earn four American Heart Association certifications in one course in preparation for working as a camp aide, babysitter, assistant coach, counselor-in-training, or part time employee.

    This workshop will be taught in five (5) sessions by certified AHA instructor Melissa Schaaf: First Aid (weeks 1, 2), Adult CPR (week 3), AED (automatic external defibrillators) and Choking Relief (week 4) and Child/Infant CPR (week 5). The course will use the AHA pediatric first aid curriculum which also emphasizes safety and prevention of accidents and injury, particularly in young children. Key topics include: lacerations/bleeding, broken bones, burns, allergic reactions, breathing problems, heat-related complications, cold-related injuries, bites/stings, fainting/unconsciousness, use of AEDs, chest compressions, rescue breathing, and more. Students will have hands-on practice with many skills and will have to demonstrate competency at certain steps to be "signed off" on learned skills.

    At the end of the course, students will be certified in First Aid, Adult CPR, Child CPR, and Infant CPR. The certifications will be good for two years, and students will be able to print out their certifications for coaches, employers, scout leaders, or their own records from an online AHA portal. Students must attend all sessions in order to earn the certifications. Students registered in the course will receive a 185 page, full color textbook from the AHA, their own face shield for rescue breathing, and have their AHA registration fees covered.

    This course is recommended for students ages 14+. At a minimum, students must be 5 feet tall and weigh at least 100 pounds to be able to properly perform chest compressions. This class will meet from 10:00 am - 11:20 am on five (5) Mondays: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, and 10/19.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $136.00

    Preschool Science with Penny's Puppets: Terrific Trees!

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 16, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Penny Russell

    Grade Range: PK

    Prerequisites:

    Preschoolers will have fun with weekly science topics presented through stories, songs, and games with puppeteer Miss Penny! Storytime with Penny is extra-special because she brings a different character from her cast of colorful puppets each week. Three and four- year-olds will dive into the wonderful world of science through play, performing arts, and puppets!

    Preschoolers will develop their observational skills as they listen to, act out, and learn from stories. Throughout the quarter, Miss Penny will use drama, puppetry, music, movement and stories to teach science concepts and beginning science vocabulary. Our youngest students will learn to work in a group, exercise their senses, improve their attention spans, make predictions, and think creatively when science is introduced in a fun, multi-sensory setting- with puppets.

    First quarter will introduce all the parts of a tree- roots, trunk, leaves, flowers, fruit, and seeds, as well as creatures who call trees home!

    Children must be age 3 by the start of this program to enroll. This is program includes a 40-minute structured time with 10-minutes at the beginning for gathering and separating and 5 minutes at the end of the hour for winding-down and leaving. Parents will be invited to sit nearby but may not remain in the classroom, so children must be comfortable separating from the parent for this class. Dates This is a 6-week program that meets on 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, and 10/21. Topics in this Series: Terrific Trees! (Quarter 1); Imagine Engineering (Quarter 2); Wonders of Water (Quarter 3), and Up, Up, and Away (Quarter 4).

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $130.00

    Civics Critics: Constitution Connection

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

    Grade Range: 7th-9th

    Prerequisites:

    Civics Critics will explore themes related to the US Constitution through guided inquiry and evidence-based analysis. These topics are posed as a series of thought-provoking questions that students will research, debate, discuss, and form opinions about. First semester will examine themes such as the Articles of Confederation, branches of government, checks and balances, divided powers, the federal budget, and unalienable rights in a relevant, approachable, and interactive context. The class will apply this knowledge to analyze three big DBQ inquiries: The Ideals of the Declaration: Which is the Most Important? How Did the Constitution Guard Against Tyranny? and Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students' Online Speech?

    Civics Critics is an interactive, multi-disciplinary examination of some of the key issues in American Government 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 themes, students will use factual findings to develop structured, evidence-based essays. Students will also complete additional short and interactive assignments throughout the semester.

    Topics in this Series: Constitution Connection (Semester 1) and Bill of Rights Battles (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read and write at grade level.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on homework, investigation, or reading for this class.

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

    Assessments: The instructor may offer parent conferences to provide feedback on the student's work and participation.

    Lab/Supply Fee: The fee for a class notebook is included in the class tuition.

    What to Bring: Class notebook, paper, and pen or pencil.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $288.00

    Dissection Lab: Comparative Anatomy

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Donna Shackelford

    Grade Range: 7th-9th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will investigate the comparative anatomy of a variety of organisms and organs through a semester-long dissection study. Students will complete dissections of organisms from a range of phyla, in order of increasing complexity of the organism. A preliminary list of dissections includes: a sponge, hydra, flatworms, clam, earth worm, starfish, grasshopper, crayfish, crab, squid, octopus, bony fish, and shark. Students will examine major systems in each such as digestion and respiration. Students will also investigate characteristics of major organ systems in higher order animals through the dissections of a heart, brain, kidney, eye, muscles/tendons, and intestines/stomach.

    The class will cover lab safety, practice proper dissection techniques, and learn how to set up and maintain a lab journal with notes and drawings of cells, organs, and organisms. Students will also use microscopes to look at tissue samples throughout the semester. In order to accommodate student distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, all small organism and organ dissections will be done individually, not with a class partner. Dissections of larger, more complex organisms (such as shark), will be performed as an instructor-led, in-class demonstration.

    The final list of organs and organisms may vary depending on availability. This class will not include the dissection of amphibians, reptiles, or mammals due to cost, class duration, and ethical and safety concerns. The instructor will provide links to recommended, online virtual dissections of these additional phyla. Note: This class was last taught in two quarters in Fall 2019, and much content will be repeated.

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

    Topics in this Series: Comparative Anatomy Dissection Lab (Semester 1) and CSI Forensic Science Lab (Semester 2).

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0.5 -– 1.0 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: Students will be given pre-lab work each week that must be completed before they will be allowed to begin the week's dissection.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A lab fee of $110 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $345.00

    English: Advanced Literary Criticism & Composition- Overview of Literary Movements

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Anne Sharp, Melanie Kosar

    Grade Range: 10th-11th

    Prerequisites: None

    Overview

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

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

    Literature

    First semester of Advanced Literary Criticism will include a chronological grouping of literature in "movements" and a study of how movements combine to create genre. Students will be assigned brief, weekly mini-research assignments on history, geography (if applicable), music and art of the period, politics, religion, philosophy, author biography, etc, to establish a foundation and background information on the literary movement. Students will discover how literature reflects the people, events, discoveries, and ideology of the time and how literary movements provide clues to the philosophical, scientific, and societal climate. The class will look at wars and conflict as a creative element that drives evolution in literary movements. The types of literature used to examine movements will span novels, short stories, poetry, letters, political writings, slave narratives and analytical essays. Examples of literature that will be read first semester include selections from the Odyssey (Homer), Arabian Nights, Don Quixote, Jonathan Swift and poetry by Shakespeare. The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term. In addition, students will be asked to read several selections over the summer.

    Composition

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

    Class Structure

    This course is part of a custom curriculum developed and team-taught by Anne Sharp and Melanie Kosar. The courses are designed in a sequential program that complements the developmental skills of the adolescent learner. It is a seminar-style approach that mirrors university literature and writing classes. Mrs. Kosar will teach the literature components of the course on Wednesdays, and Mrs. Sharp will teach the writing portion of the class on Fridays. Friday writing classes will begin in the fall in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing—with the option to move to in-person instruction as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

    Topics in this Series: Overview of Literary Movements (Semester 1) and Survey of Themes in Literature (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level. Students should have had a prior course in literature to have established a firm foundation in basic literary elements and form.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class. In addition, students should complete the summer assignments consisting of the literature identified above and a hand-out of literary terminology to learn.

    Assignments: will be posted on a Google Classroom.

    Assessments: are portfolio-based. Students will create a digital portfolio that incorporates annotated reading lists, reflects individual interests and accomplishments and showcases a variety of writing. See the Compass memorandum for more information on assessments in Language Arts.

    Textbook: Students should purchase or borrow the assigned literature. In some cases, specific editions will be identified with ISBN numbers so students can be on the "same page" (literally!)

    What to Bring: Students should bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, current literature selection, and personal writing journal to both class meetings each week.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $681.00

    English: Introduction to Literary Analysis & Writing- Elements of Literature

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Anne Sharp, Melanie Kosar

    Grade Range: 9th-10th

    Prerequisites: None

    Overview

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

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

    Literature

    First semester Literary Analysis will focus on the basic elements of literature- character, setting, theme, plot, and conflict- and how they interact to create story. These building blocks exist across all forms of literature, so the class may evaluate the plot in an epic poem, a character in a classic play, or the setting in a short story. Some well-known literature will be used to introduce students to the various literary elements, and new works will be studied to demonstrate the best examples of a vivid fictional universe, a strong narrator, beloved (or feared) characters, and other literary components. Examples of some literature that students may read in this course are The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Sallinger), Nation (Terry Pratchett), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith), Journey to the Center of Earth (Jules Verne), Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), and a selection of short stories. The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term. In addition, students may be asked to read several selections over the summer.

    Composition

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

    Class Structure

    This course is part of a custom curriculum developed and team-taught by Anne Sharp and Melanie Kosar. The courses are designed in a sequential program that complements the developmental skills of the adolescent learner. It is a seminar-style approach that mirrors university literature and writing classes. Mrs. Kosar will teach the literature components of the course on Wednesdays, and Mrs. Sharp will teach the writing portion of the class on Fridays. Friday writing classes will begin in the fall in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing—with the option to move to in-person instruction as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

    Topics in this Series: Elements of Literature (Semester 1) and Forms of Literature (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

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

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class. In addition, students should complete the summer assignments consisting of the literature identified above and a hand-out of literary terminology to learn.

    Assignments: will be posted on a Google Classroom.

    Assessments: are portfolio-based. Students will create a digital portfolio that incorporates annotated reading lists, reflects individual interests and accomplishments and showcases a variety of writing. See the Compass memorandum for more information on assessments in Language Arts.

    Textbook: Students should purchase or borrow the assigned literature. In some cases, specific editions will be identified with ISBN numbers so students can be on the "same page" (literally!)

    What to Bring: Students should bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, current literature selection, and personal writing journal to both class meetings each week.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $681.00

    English: Modern Narratives in Nonfiction Work

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Anne Sharp, Melanie Kosar

    Grade Range: 11th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Overview

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

    Literature

    First semester of Modern Narratives in Nonfiction will examine the works of great essayists. A partial list of reading selections includes I am Malala (Malala Yousafzai), I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou), essays by Joan Didion and Ray Bradbury, speeches by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, etc., Ted Talks, and an discussion of "real" versus "fake" news. In addition, the class will use style manuals and classic writing texts such as Strunk & White's The Elements of Style and William Zinsser's On Writing Well. The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term. In addition, students will be asked to read several selections over the summer. Students will be assigned brief, individual research assignments and take turns leading the class discussion on topics related to the featured author or event.

    Composition

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

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

    Class Structure

    This course is part of a custom curriculum developed and team-taught by Anne Sharp and Melanie Kosar. The courses are designed in a sequential program that complements the developmental skills of the adolescent learner. It is a seminar-style approach that mirrors university literature and writing classes. Mrs. Kosar will teach the literature components of the course on Wednesdays, and Mrs. Sharp will teach the writing portion of the class on Fridays. Friday writing classes will begin in the fall in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing—with the option to move to in-person instruction as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

    Topics in this Series: Modern Narratives in Nonfiction Works (Semester 1) and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize Writings (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class

    Assignments: will be posted on a Google Classroom.

    Assessments: are portfolio-based. Students will create a digital portfolio that incorporates annotated reading lists, reflects individual interests and accomplishments and showcases a variety of writing. See the Compass memorandum for more information on assessments in Language Arts.

    Textbook: Students should purchase or borrow the assigned literature. In some cases, specific editions will be identified with ISBN numbers so students can be on the "same page" (literally!)

    What to Bring: Students should bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, current literature selection, and personal writing journal to both class meetings each week.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $681.00

    Middle School Math Builders: Fractions, Ratios, Decimals & Percentages

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Math Builders is a class that is meant to "fill in the gaps" and strengthen a student's middle school math know-how! Math Builders will help solidify key concepts and before a student embarks on pre-algebra, algebra, and beyond. This class will also emphasize real world applications of the mathematical concepts and word problems so students become comfortable switching between prose (written descriptions) and mathematical representation (numbers, symbols).

    Fractions, rates , ratios, decimals, and percentages are used everyday, in all aspects of everyday life! Students will tackle real-world challenges such as, "How much flour do you need for a triple batch of cookies when the single recipe calls for 2-1/3 cups?" How long will it take to get to Virginia Beach if the traffic on I-95 is only moving 35 mph? Or, which is a better bargain, "Buy two, get one free" or "50% off"? 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. They will work examples with money, sales tax, mileage, weights, and measures to visualize common scenarios where decimals and percentages are used in "real life." Students will also practice the computational operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals, and they will learn what decimals stand for, how they relate to fractions, and how to convert between the two.

    Prerequisites: This course is meant to reinforce and ensure a solid foundation in the core concepts needed for Pre-Algebra. For this course to have the most impact, a student should be solid through upper elementary math (approx. 6th grade) and should be working at a 7th grade math level. This course is meant to complement or supplement an at-home middle school math curriculum. If you are unsure if your child should take Middle School Math Builders or is ready for the full year Pre-Algebra course, the instructor can provide a placement test. If you are concerned about the scope and sequence of this class fitting with your selected math program, the Instructor can hold a curriculum coordination meeting (for an additional fee).

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

    Assignments: Homework will be given each week to build fluency with basic skills.

    Lab/Supply Fee: Each student enrolled in this class will need a subscription to IXL Math for practice problems. IXL is an online subscription-based learning platform which uses continuous diagnostics to develop a personalized practice plan. This is a 12-month discounted subscription through Compass. A class fee of $19.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

    What to Bring: Paper or notebook, pen or pencil.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $292.00

    The History of WWII: From Looming War through Stalingrad

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

    Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 145 min

    Instructor: Hugh Gardner

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will be immersed in detail and fully engaged in this intensive history course led by well- known homeschool instructor and historian Hugh Gardner. This history class is unlike other high school history course. Instead of learning a sequential set of names, dates, and battles, students will learn how to analyze and interpret history. Much like a college seminar, this approach to 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").

    First semester will cover the background, events, and inter-war years leading up to the Second World War. The class will examine Hitler's rise to power, election in 1933, and his massive effort to rebuild the German war machine. They will discover Hitler's systematic takeover of eastern European countries before launching a blitzkrieg invasion of France. They will look at Britain acting alone to resist Germany through the deployment of commandos and special forces in targeted raids and the German threat to cross the Channel to invade Britain. The class will learn about military and naval engagements throughout the Mediterranean including north Africa, Sicily, and mainland Italy along with a fight in the Middle East to gain control of the oil supply. Finally, the class will study conflicts along the Eastern Front. The class will discuss the effects on the political, social, and economic climate as well as influences on the arts, science, literature, religion, 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 collaborative and interactive setting. Just for fun, students earn historical trading cards for class participation.

    Topics in this Series: WWII: From Looming War through Stalingrad (Semester 1), WWI: The Defeat of Germany and the Wars Against Japan (Semester 2). Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

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

    Assignments: are given in class and e-mailed to parents and students.

    Assessments: Will not be given

    Textbook: Students should purchase two books: (1) Atlas of World War II by Richard Natkiel, published by The Military Press, 1985. (Note: hardback or paperback editions from the 1980s are preferred over more recent small format editions from 2011 -– on. Used copies available on Amazon.) (2) Collins Atlas of the Second World War, by John Keegan ed., published by HarperCollins, 2003. (Note: This is a very large format atlas in different editions with some titled Times instead of Collins; key is John Keegan as editor. Used copies available on Amazon.) For those families who want to investigate the course themes at a deeper level, an optional reading list will be furnished.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count two semesters of this course as a full credit in American or World History for purposes of a high school transcript.

    10 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $329.00

    Writers @ Work: Paragraphs with Purpose

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shannon McClain

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

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

    First semester will be all about paragraphs! Early in the term, the goal will be writing fluency- encouraging students to get ideas onto paper. The class will introduce not only sentence structure, paragraph structure, and effective language, but will also help students define the objective of their paragraph. Students will be given broad prompts and a variety of writing options to encourage them to write about things they care about. Over the course of the semester, writers will compose descriptive and informative paragraphs encompassing fiction and non-fiction themes.

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Paragraphs with Purpose (Semester 1) and Papers with Pizzazz (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: None

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 0.5-1 hour per week outside of class.

    Assignments: will be discussed in class and sent by e-mail to parents each week.

    Assessments: Informal instructor feedback will be given on papers.

    What to Bring: Paper or notebook and pen or pencil

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

    Writing Lab

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 9, 2020

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shannon McClain

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    3D History: WWI- No Man's Land, 1914-1915

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come alive for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top 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!

    In 1914 the world was rocked by the Assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. His death, and a tangled web of secret and public alliances would be the spark that dragged the whole world into a Great War. The Entente, the triple Alliance of France, Russia, and Great Britain would face off against the Central Powers of Imperial Germany and Austria Hungary, across "No Man's Land" the nightmare zone between the famous trenches of WWI, with all the world's industrialized militaries focused on them.

    This semester, students will study the early years of WWI, and how it settled into the stalemate on the Western Front with its infamous trench warfare, as well as the vast Eastern Front.

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

    Topics in this Series: WWI- No Man's Land 1914-1915 (Semester 1) and WWI- Over the Top 1916-1918 (Semester 2).

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

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

    Assessments: Will not be given.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $312.00

    3D History: WWI- No Man's Land, 1914-1915

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Why read about key military battles on maps or in books when you can learn about them hands-on, in three dimensions, using historical miniature gaming? In 3D History, pivotal engagements come alive for new and experienced students, as they navigate a table-top 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!

    In 1914 the world was rocked by the Assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. His death, and a tangled web of secret and public alliances would be the spark that dragged the whole world into a Great War. The Entente, the triple Alliance of France, Russia, and Great Britain would face off against the Central Powers of Imperial Germany and Austria Hungary, across "No Man's Land" the nightmare zone between the famous trenches of WWI, with all the world's industrialized militaries focused on them.

    This semester, students will study the early years of WWI, and how it settled into the stalemate on the Western Front with its infamous trench warfare, as well as the vast Eastern Front.

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

    Topics in this Series: WWI- No Man's Land 1914-1915 (Semester 1) and WWI- Over the Top 1916-1918 (Semester 2).

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

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

    Assessments: Will not be given.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $312.00

    Ace the ACT & SAT: Strategies for College Entrance Exams

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 9:30 am      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Sarah Fraser

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Whether college admissions tests (PSAT, SAT, or ACT) are right around the corner or down the road, this class will teach you how to tackle the tests, decode the questions, and boost your scores. While SAT/ACT test scores are not automatic ticket into the college of your choice, higher scores will get your application in the to-be-considered pile where admissions staff will take a closer look at all the other amazing things you have done. This course will also help prepare students who will be taking the VPT (Virginia Placement Test) or the College Board's ACCUPLACER test for admission to community college.

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

    Topics in this Series: Ace the ACT & SAT: Strategies for College Entrance Exams (Semester 1), Success Skills for School: High School and Beyond (Semester 2). Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: For this class, students should be reading and have comprehension at or above grade level and have completed Algebra I. While geometry is included on the tests, completion of geometry is not assumed. Geometry formulas are provided within the tests, and the instructor will teach how to find and apply those formulas.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend one hour per week on homework for this class.

    Assignments: Prior to the start of class, each student should have taken a scored, practice SAT or ACT exam (found on the College Board or ACT website). All other assignments will be made in class and e-mailed to parents/students.

    Assessments: Students will take a variety of in-class and at-home time, practice test sections. The instructor will not provide additional assessments beyond the practice tests.

    Textbook: Students should purchase either The Official SAT Study Guide, 2020 Edition, from the College Board (ISBN # 978-1457312199) or the 2021 edition, when published, or the The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2020-21 Edition, when published.

    What to Bring: Students should bring their test book, notebook/paper, and a TI-83 or equivalent calculator to class to practice math questions that permit the use of a calculator. Phone calculators cannot be used.

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

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $419.00

    Ancient Justice: Crime & Punishment in Medieval Times

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    This class will explore the judicial processes of Europe following the collapse of Rome. From witch trials and Viking blood feuds, then back again to the real barbarians, lawyers! Like a traditional mock trial program, the class will hear cases, and students will defend themselves. Real historical cases will be studied, and trial parts assigned to the class, which will be debated from the perspective of Royal Courts, Church Ordeals, or a Viking assembly they creatively called "a Thing." The class will serve as the jury and, if necessary, select period-appropriate verdicts and explain how they arrived at their decisions, while striving for period accuracy. Second semester will move to codified Renaissance legal systems, leading up to the direct Ancestor to American legal traditions, Common Law.

    Topics in this Series: Crime & Punishment in Medieval Times (Semester 1), Crime and Punishment in the Early Modern Era (Semester 2).

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

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

    Assessments: A mid-term and final exam may be given.

    Textbooks: None. Case documents are provided in class.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $282.00

    Architecture: Green Buildings- Sustainable Design and Renewable Energy

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Laura Albert

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    What makes a building "green"? Green paint? Plants? Students will explore the concepts of sustainable design, which will include LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), landscaping with native vegetation, sustainable building material choices and renewable energy sources in the architectural design process through hands-on simulations, model-building, and team projects.

    Students will learn about net zero building design. They will calculate the energy usage for their own homes and learn about energy-reducing strategies. They will learn how insulation, window placement, thermal mass, surface colors, and site orientation play important roles in passive solar heating. Student designers will use this information to design and build their own model homes and test them for thermal gains and losses during a simulated day and night. Students will compare designs and make suggestions for improvement.

    In this exploration, students will learn about renewable energy sources. The class will explore solar energy by experimenting with a virtual solar cooker to discover the mathematical relationship among reflection, transmission, and absorption. Next, students will learn how to harness the energy of the wind to produce power. They will learn where to place wind turbines and advantages/disadvantages of using wind power over non-renewable energy sources. The class will use the design process to prototype and test types of wind turbines to discover which is most efficient.

    Students will also learn about the best practices and challenges to supplying clean water. Working in teams, students will design and construct small-scale models of a working water filtration system to simulate multi-stage wastewater treatment plants and test for quality and reclaimed quantities. They will conduct common tests to check the water quality before and after treatment, and will redesign for improvement.

    The students will work together on a final project which will incorporate the concepts learned throughout the semester and will present the projects on the final day of class.

    Topics in this Series: Green Buildings- Sustainable Design and Renewable Energy (Semester 1), Inspired by Nature (Semester 2)

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to do pre-algebra-level math for some calculations and working with architectural/engineering scales.

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

    Assignments: will be communicated in class and weekly e-mail updates.

    Assessments: feedback will be given in class on projects and assignments. Points will not be tracked, and formal grades will not be given.

    Textbook: None

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $50 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    What to Bring: See weekly assignments for project materials needed.

    Non-Meeting Days: None

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $432.00

    Art History: Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

    This study of the history of art will begin with the early Renaissance in Northern Europe and the innovation of oil painting. This technique was used to evoke different ideas in Burgundy, Flanders, France and the remains of the Holy roman Empire. Students will discover how etching and engraving are different and explore the illustration of printed books. Next, the investigation turns to Quattrocento Florence and the influence of Humanistic principles and innovations in perspective. Women's participation in Italian art during the High Renaissance will be introduced through the works of several female artists. The allegorical symbols and minute details of the North will be contrasted with the joyful mythologies of Italy. The class will then examine the changes brought about by Mannerism, and how these were expressed in both Italy and the North, as well as the difference in focus of Protestant and Catholic artists. Looking at spectacular Baroque art, the class will discuss the continuation of patronage with an art market and without royalty. The study of the Dutch vanitas paintings will open a discussion of the importance of the household and of personal contribution to society and science. After a century of revolutions, European art has a quick dalliance with the Rococo, then the enlightenment focuses artists on a more austere neoclassicism. Next, the exploration will take students to the effects on art of the Industrial Revolution through materials, technologies and subjects. Students will learn about the political and artistic revolutions that led to the Romantic spirit, the Realist reaction against Romanticism, and how landscape painting was somewhere between the two. The 19th century brings the first public art museum, prefabricated architecture, and the advent of photography. Finally, we will investigate the end of the 19th century and the beginning of Modernism in art: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, symbolism, and the first skyscrapers.

    Levels:This course is AP Optional for students who took the prior semesters in 2019-20. All four Compass semesters are needed to prepare for the 2020 AP Art History exam.

    Topics in this Series: Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2 (Semester 1), Asia to Africa, Non-Western Art (Semester 2)

    Workload: AP students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class; on-level students should expect to spend 1 hour outside of class.

    Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments, quizzes, and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. For each chapter, there will be open book quizzes, and students should be able to describe their three favorite works. There will be a semester project based on the creation of one's own myth and culture. Image recognition is key to learning art history. Each semester, students will be assigned approximately 60 images to identify (25% of the AP's 250) on the midterm and final. On-level students should be able to identify the art or object by style. AP students are expected to learn the name, description and compare/contrast the images.

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for projects, quizzes, chapter summaries, and exams, and parents may use the total points earned to assign a class grade. Quizzes will be administered through Canvas.

    Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History, 15th Edition by Fred Kleiner (ISBN 13- 978-285754994).

    AP Fees: The fee to take the College Board's AP Art History exam in May 2021 is not included; each family will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $326.00

    Compass Literarians: Creative Writing & Literary Magazine Board

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Anne Sharp

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

    Note:Note: The literary magazine board will begin in the fall in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing—with the option to move to in-person instruction as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

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

    Prerequisites: Advanced reading, writing, and analytical skills.

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

    Lab/Supply Fee: None

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

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $341.00

    History Investigators: Medieval Europe

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    History Investigators will examine formative periods in European History through guided inquiry and evidence-based analysis. These topics are posed as a series of thought-provoking questions that students will research, debate, discuss, and form opinions about. First semester will examine several big questions about Medieval Europe:

    -What was the authority of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages?

    -How did manorialism and feudalism come to dominate Medieval Europe?

    -What factors contributed to the spread of the Black Death in Medieval Europe?

    -What were the varying roles for women in Medieval Europe?

    History Investigators is an interactive, multi-disciplinary examination of some of most significant events and turning points in European 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 themes, students will use factual findings to develop structured, evidence-based essays.

    Topics in this Series: Medieval Europe (Semester 1) and Renaissance and Reformation (Semester 2). Students may register for either or both semesters independently. Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester. Students may register for either or both semesters independently. Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

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

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

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for completed homework, projects, quizzes, and tests. A letter grade will not be assigned, but parents can use total points earned versus total points offered to assign a grade for purposes of a homeschool transcript. Parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site.

    Textbook: None.

    Lab/Supply Fee: The cost of class copies is included in the course fee.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $288.00

    Introduction to Philosophy: Morals and Ethics

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    What does it mean to be a good person? What does it mean to be happy? Can a machine be moral? Philosophy is the study of life's big questions related to existence, knowledge, value, reason, and the mind. Through pre-readings, short response papers, and class discussions, the class will explore the themes of morals and ethics using approachable, well-known characters from the Simpsons and Isaac Asimov's short stories. These discussions will provide an introduction to some of the ideas from Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics, Nietzsche's various writings, and Kant's categorical imperative.

    Topics in this Series: Morals and Ethics (Semester 1), Minds and Knowledge (Semester 2), etc. Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at or above grade level and be able to participate in thoughtful class discussion.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-3 hours per week outside of class, depending on speed of reading.

    Assignments: Students will be assigned weekly pre-reading consisting of a chapter or article, which will be discussed in the next class. Students will have two papers or projects during the semester. All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates.

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for class participation (50%), projects/papers (40%), and written journal responses to pre-readings (10%).

    Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase two books: (1) Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence, Second Edition by Susan Schneider (Print ISBN# 978-1118922613, Online ISBN:9781118922590) and (2) The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer, by William Irwin, Mark T Conard, Aeon J Skoble (ISBN#978-0812694338).

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $326.00

    Media Literacy in the Age of Misinformation

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Tia Murchie-Beyma

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Media Literacy in the Age of Misinformation is a two-semester high school course that looks at media literacy from both social science and journalism perspectives. Students will develop analytical skills, awareness of national and global current events, and an understanding of how news information is acquired and packaged for our consumption. You will read news each week and discuss current stories in our live meetings. We will examine arguments and evidence, considering reliability, verification, ethical standards, balance and bias, context, and more. We will study some logical fallacies, such as the Slippery Slope and Straw Man. By the end of this course, you will be a better-informed, smarter consumer of news -– and hopefully a more involved citizen, better able to take action on issues you care about.

    Topics in this Series: Media Literacy in the Age of Misinformation (Semester 1 and Semester 2). Although both semesters have the same title, content will naturally be different because of changing events and circumstances in national and world news. Students may register for either or both semesters independently. Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: No prerequisites. Strong independent reading skills (or robust home support) are necessary, as much news material aims for a reading level pegged at approximately tenth grade. Students must also be able to discuss sometimes difficult and mature themes

    Workload: Students should plan for 2-3 hours per week outside class meetings for reading and homework, a range which may vary based on reading speed. Additional time may be needed to pursue individual news interests, as the student wishes.

    Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post weekly assignments, such as readings, videos, podcasts, written work, and news quizzes, and scores. These are due by 10:00 AM each Thursday (the day before Friday in-person meetings) to promote active, knowledgeable discussion. Students should have their own e-mail address in order to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload.

    Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by checking that weekly homework sets are complete and giving periodic take-home tests; class participation is also strongly encouraged. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for the purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.

    Textbook/Materials: The cost of an individual subscription to New York Times Upfront, a high school current events magazine is included in the course fee. Families should budget approximately $30.00 for one additional paid news subscription (details to be provided in class). Other readings and materials will be provided by the instructor.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $317.00

    Roundtable Literature Seminar- Science Fiction

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Danielle Rhodes

    Grade Range: 10th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    First semester, the class will examine the Science Fiction genre with a critical eye on what elements are found in all science fiction works. The class will examine the role of identity and the individual in the strange, new worlds through a study of works such as: Blood Child (1995), a short story by Octavia Butler, Frankenstein (1818) by Mary Shelley, Invisible Man (1933) by HG Wells, and Ready Player One (2011) by Ernest Cline. Genre-aligned poetry and excerpts will be incorporated throughout the semester.

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Science Fiction (Semester 1) and Dystopian Literature (Semester 2). Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

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

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

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

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

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

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $34.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

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

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $296.00

    Shakespeare Off the Page: Henry IV Part One

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Heather Sanderson

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Read it! Act it! Students will enjoy this two-hour, semester-long workshop with Shakespearian coach Heather Sanderson who hails from England and is known for instilling a love of Shakespeare into the hearts of students throughout the Greater DC area. The class will explore a very popular play from Shakespeare's series of histories- Henry IV, Part 1, and analyze its characters, plot, themes and motives.
    In this thrilling and poignant coming-of-age story, students will be introduced to a jocular knight, a troubled king, a hot-blooded warrior, a prodigal prince, and a whole host of lovable rabble-rousers.

    Students will read various roles, study and act out scenes, practice monologues, and work through the literature while having fun with fellow teens. Theatre games will be used to encourage collaboration, and specially designed improv exercises will be used to stretch teens' imaginations and help them get "in character". The class will use read-aloud and in-class dramatization to decipher the original language, word choices, and to identify humor, mockery, and political intrigue, in this tale of power, honor and rebellion.

    The class will work from complete texts (not redacted, abridged, or simplified school versions) to hear and practice Elizabethan lingo. (How did someone of Shakespeare's time hurl insults or woo a woman?) Students will learn how the Bard crafted scenes and conveyed the primary storyline and sub-plots in a tale that has endured for over 400 years.

    Instructor Heather Sanderson shares a teaching style based on actions and interactions, developed from years of experience coaching Shakespeare in a way that appeals to students. Her approach brings abstract concepts, complex themes, and difficult language to the students' level, so that they can relate to and appreciate Shakespeare.

    Topics in this Series: Henry IV, Part I (Semester 1), Hysterical Scenes and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Semester 2). Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

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

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

    Assessments: Will not be given.

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

    Non-Meeting Dates: This is a 13-week class, which follows the Compass first semester schedule with the exception of October 9th, when the class will not meet.

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

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $359.00

    Spy Games RPG, The History of Espionage inThe Civil War

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    This class will re-enact the great unseen intelligence battles of the Civil War- and learn about far more than spying in the process- using an RPG (role playing game).

    The Civil War was America's deadliest conflict and was fought on all the fronts that existed at the time- on land, at sea, and underground. Knowing your enemy is the surest way to defeat them, and in the Civil War everyone did their part. This class will focus on the clandestine activities of one of America's most successful spies, Elizabeth Van Lew, leader of the Richmond Underground, a Union spy ring which operated under the nose of the highest levels of the Confederate government. The class will role play as Richmond high society, simulating the wartime economy of the Capitol of the South, while working to either support the war effort or undermine it. (Or the third option, war profiteering by playing both sides.)

    The class will use a Role-Playing Game system, designed by the instructor for the Spy Games series of classes, to allow for "Dungeons and Dragons" style game play. Students will attempt to bluff, sneak, and steal their way into positions of power, completing secret objectives while trying to avoid detection and capture. Missions and information will have to be passed via historic methods, such as shift ciphers and code wheels, and as such, part of class will include lessons on basic cryptography. This will of course culminate in the Siege of Richmond, as the Union Army grinds its way into the South, and our student spies will be able to see and affect the scale of the outcomes of this (and other) major Civil War battles.

    Topics in this Series: Early American Spying in The Civil War (Semester 1), Modern American Spying in the Cold War (Semester 2)

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

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

    Assessments: Will not be given.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $282.00

    Stage Combat for Beginners & Masters: Developing Dynamics

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 11, 2020

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Bette Cassatt

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Chases! Suspense! Surprise Attacks! A great action scene is more than good technique performed well. It has drama. It has highs and lows. Action on stage and screen needs moments of intensity, anticipation, and movement to draw the audience into the fates of these fighting characters. It must seem dangerous and dynamic!

    This semester will explore how to take a piece of fight choreography to the next level by enhancing it with varying tempos, rhythm, and movement. Students will take a simple piece of choreography and elevate it to performance quality by adding nuance and interest through movement, sound, and varying intensity levels. The students' fight scenes will be shared in the final class. Costumes and makeup are welcome for the demonstration, but are not required.

    Stage combat is the cooperative art of creating the illusion of violence for storytelling in theatre and film. This class is great for people who enjoy theatre, film, history, or just have a curiosity about using swords and throwing (pretend) punches in a fun, safe, and friendly environment. Aspiring actors and future fight choreographers rarely experience coaching in the art of stage combat until college or later. This is a great way to get ahead of the game and impress future directors at auditions or in productions with knowledge of weapons and choreography.

    Through stage combat, students will work on their coordination, balance, focus, efficiency and fluidity of movement, spatial awareness, verbal and non-verbal communication, and confidence. Each student, whether beginner or master, will develop in this class to their next level of proficiency.

    Levels: This class is offered at two levels which meet together. All students, regardless of level, will learn how to increase dynamics in stage combat and storytelling. Beginners will learn basic stage combat techniques (cuts, parries, footwork), while also learning how to incorporate some of those techniques into a simple piece of choreography. Masters students will continue to refine the stage combat techniques they have learned previously, while embellishing a simple piece of choreography with more advanced techniques. Masters students will have the additional goal of performing at, or close to, performance tempo using professional stage combat weapons.

    Topics in this Series:Developing Dynamics (Semester 1), and Unequal Opponents (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Students need to be able to follow directions and exercise self-discipline. Students younger than the stated age are advised to enroll in the Wednesday Stage Combat class, or need instructor and Compass approval to enroll in this Friday class.

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

    Assignments: Will be made in class and repeated in the weekly e-mail to parents and students.

    Assessments: Continual feedback through in-class coaching and demonstrations will be given; formal assessments will not be provided.

    What to Wear: Students should wear clothes they are comfortable moving in and athletic shoes.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $282.00

    Energy Economics: Strategy & Simulation RPG- The Industrial Revolution

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 14, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 10th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    This class will study and simulate the revolution that built the modern world, from coal to oil!

    For thousands of years, the most advanced feats of human engineering came about through brute labor of men and beasts. Armies, soldiers, and slaves built roads and temples, and cargo was transported on waterways or pulled on animal-drawn carts. Once humanity began the widespread use of mechanical engines, it kick-started a massive leap in technology and progress. The limits were no longer set by biology, but by technology. This took people out of fields and into factories, producing goods at superhuman rates and raising the standard of living for humanity to unimaginable levels. This class will study the early Energy Economy, how modern nations exploited new technology and energy sources in the Industrial Revolution.

    The class will use a custom Role-Playing Game to simulate a transitional industrial economy. Students will role play as either industry or energy tycoons and attempt to dominate the market and rule the supply and demand, while balancing the construction and maintenance of a class energy grid. Economic systems, infrastructure, labor organization, all must be precariously balanced to keep civilization out of literal darkness. Will they be Carnegies and Rockefellers, or will they run out of steam? To accomplish this, students will create a business plan and run balance sheets week-by-week to justify their strategies. These strategies will have to account for decisions like, how much fuel to acquire versus how much energy/goods to produce and sell in the in-class economy. We will track this in a class ledger, updated weekly and posted online. The students' bookkeeping will reveal profit or loss and guide their choices for the next week's game. Players will learn to change their strategies and tactics based on what everyone else is doing so their businesses remain profitable. Will they avoid bankruptcy or achieve a monopoly -– true to history?

    Each student's business plan and bookkeeping ledger will be updated on class Google Drive and will be developed with feedback from the instructor. At the end of the semester, students will add a reflection about what they learned and what they would have done differently in their business plan with their new knowledge and game experience.

    Students are encouraged, but not required, to take both semesters of this class. First semester will use a simple energy and business model, while second semester will be more technical including more energy options and considerations, resulting in more complex business plans and game strategies. During the second semester, students will learn about the different types of jobs found in the energy industry.

    Topics in this Series: The Industrial Revolution (Semester 1), The Oil Economy and Beyond (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

    Textbook/Materials: None

    Lab/Supply Fee: None

    What to Bring: Paper or notebook, pen or pencil

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

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $414.00

    Investigative Archaeology- Field Methods

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 14, 2020

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: See course description regarding 8th grade enrollment

    Archaeology is the field of study that unlocks the clues to past civilizations. Forensic archaeology applies these methods to solve puzzles. In this class, students will use physical evidence to try to understand or re-create what happened to an individual through life, death, and burial or to an object though its creation, use, and after it was lost, buried, or discarded. Students will practice field archaeological techniques such as surveys, excavation, and mapping, as well as documentation, analysis, and illustration of human material culture. This archaeological lab will be guided by a scholar of art and antiquity. Dr. Erica Hughes has traveled and participated in archaeological explorations throughout the ancient world. Students will "dig" her personal photos and stories. Class discussions, group activities, and individual hands-on experiences are designed to help teens understand the creation, recovery, and conservation of artifacts and remains.

    First semester, students will learn the field component of investigative archaeology. The class will first learn to plan their trench on grid paper and then practice actual excavation techniques in a field square. Students will learn to use the baulk trimming method in addition to using a total station and plumb bob. The instructor will teach methods of recording stratigraphy, drawing sections and trenches, and documenting artifacts through site photography and sketching. The class will learn about lighting, angles, and scales for photographing their finds. Archaeological illustration of bones, figurines, and pottery, metal, and stone vessels will be taught with pencil, and students will ink their best work for a grade.

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

    Prerequisites: 8th grade students may only enroll in this course if they successfully completed one of Dr. Hughes' 2019-20 archaeology classes.

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

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

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for class activities and demonstration of field techniques in addition to a semester project.

    Textbook/Materials: A pdf version of the required textbook will be posted on the class Canvas site for reading assignments.

    Supplies/Equipment: Students should purchase and bring with them each week the following tools and supplies:

  • - Archaeology Trowel- Recommended model (Digitup.com): Eco Archaeology Trowel- Soft Grip Handle. (Note: trowels from garden stores tend to have the wrong shape and are unsuitable.)
  • - Sketching Kit- Recommended model (Amazon): Drawing and Sketching Pencil Set in Zippered Carrying Case. (Includes: 6B, 5B, 4B,3B, 2B, B, HB, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, and 5H pencils as well as an eraser, pencil sharpener, and a sketch pad.)
  • Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Social Sciences for purposes of a high school transcript.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $419.00

    Pre-College Art Portfolio Studio- Drawing and Oil Painting

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 14, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Nataliya Gurshman

    Grade Range: 10th-12th

    Prerequisites: See Class Description

    Are you considering a college major in fine art, animation, illustration, graphic design, architecture or film? If so, you need a portfolio of works to apply to art school! Each of these concentrations requires the same core proficiencies and fundamentals in the beginning. A successful portfolio will include examples of the candidate's drawings, illustrations, paintings, and visual design creations. And within those select works, students must demonstrate specific artistic competencies.

    Unlock the mystery of "what do I include in my portfolio?" by working with a professional artist and college art professor who has helped dozens of high school students prepare to apply to art school. This advanced art studio is designed to help high school students develop a range of works they can include in their portfolios as well as tips on how to compose, curate, and present a winning portfolio. Each week, a lesson will be presented and followed by the instructor circulating throughout the room to provide individual feedback.

    First semester, students will develop drawings and oil paintings for their portfolios. Students will demonstrate that they can translate three-dimensional objects that they see into two-dimensional representations through drawing and painting. Students will first work on observational drawings of still lifes, landscapes, and models. A (clothed) human model will pose for figure and portrait drawing during three class sessions. Students will use oil paints on canvas (framed, board, or canvas paper) and receive instruction on working in oils. During the final class of the semester, students will be asked to bring all works back for a class critique, exhibit for parents, and potluck party.

    Students will be responsible for furnishing all of their own art supplies for the class from a recommended minimum list provided by the instructor. The class will focus on smaller pieces, such as 9" X 12" or 11" X 14" in order to produce more pieces to consider for a portfolio. Students will be encouraged to develop drawings and paintings throughout the week (recommended at least 15 minutes per day.)

    The instructor's methodologies have earned her students significant art scholarships ($25,000-$40,000 per year) to local art programs such as those at Virginia Commonwealth University, GMU, and Maryland Institute College of Art, and nationally known art programs like Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at GW, Rhode Island School of Design, School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, Montserrat College of Art, Boston University, Art Institute of Chicago, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Ringling College of Art & Design, Drexel University, Temple University, and Parsons School of Design.

    Topics in this Series: Drawing and Oil Painting (Semester 1), Illustration and Visual Design (Semester 2). Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: Prior coursework in drawing or painting.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend at least 1.5 - 2 hours per week outside of class on developing or completing art works.

    Assignments: Will be discussed in class and e-mailed to parents and students.

    Assessments: Continual feedback will be provided in class, but formal assessments will not be given.

    Supplies/Materials: The cost of this class includes the shared cost for the live human model for 3 weeks. Students should purchase and replenish their own art supplies from a list of suggested items provided by the instructor.

    What to Wear/Bring: For work with oil paints, students may wish to wear old clothes, a smock, or apron. Students should bring a shallow box or tray to transport wet paintings home each week.

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

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $526.00

    Robotics Tech Challenge: Medical Robots

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 14, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Dan Gallagher

    Grade Range: 7th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Working in small teams, students will design, build, and program a medical-assist robot capable of one of the following medical-related tasks: telepresence (to minimize in-person interactions), remote patient processing and vitals inspection, autonomous delivery of critical supplies, shut-in companionship (must be soft, cuddly, and cute), or autonomous sanitization of areas and surfaces.

    The class will focus on construction and programming, with heavy emphasis on design of functional robots. The medical robots will be programmed to sense and react to their environment, users, or patients through sensors. Sensors for medical robots may include: digital infrared (IR) temperature, IR proximity, mini-LIDAR (laser radar), gesture (for patient input/communication with the robot), heart-rate, galvanic skin response, muscle movement, and cameras.

    Teams will conduct research, apply the engineering design process, follow the general rules and conventions of the engineering profession, including maintaining an engineering notebook. Teams will be using the Tetrix Prime robotics system, Grove sensors, and other components to build the robot, and Arduino software to program it. Each robot will be put through a series of tests/challenges related to the specific robot design. Please note that students do not get to keep finished projects.

    Topics in this Series: Medical Robots (Semester 1) and Autonomous Delivery Vehicles (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $439.00

    Style Studio: Fashion Design & Sewing I

    Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 14, 2020

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    What's on the runways in 2020? Wide disco collars, chic trench coats, and layered skirts in simmering neons, crochet knits, and faux leather. Do you study the pages of Glamour, Vogue, Marie Claire, and wish to be involved in the world of trendy fashion? Perhaps you follow fashion influencers on Instagram. Or, do you enjoy the satisfaction of making things yourself, your way? If so, this class is for you. Each week this course will cover three parallel tracks: the history of fashion, fashion design, and sewing, with the first hour of each class being lessons and design work and the second hour dedicated to application and sewing.

    Fashion trends are often cyclical, and elements of style are reimagined every few decades. Students will seek inspiration for new designs and style remixes by learning about the history of fashion in eastern and western cultures for the last century. First semester, students will look at fashion trends by decade from 1900 through the 1960s. This semester will cover chapters 1 through 3 in the textbook.

    With inspiration from historical design trends, students will learn how to create fashion renderings, from initial concepts through a chic, coordinated collection. First semester, the class will learn about color theory, color psychology, and composing color palettes. They will learn to draw their designs by sketching a croquis (a quick, rough sketch of a garments on a proportioned figure.) Students will practice vision boarding and developing a story board.

    In this class, students will also learn to sew clothing as way of sharing- and wearing- fashions that they have designed. First semester, students will begin by getting-to-know their sewing machines including different components, attachments, and functions, along with care and use if their machines. Students will begin with simple stitching exercises, and their first project will be sewing a pin cushion that they will use throughout the year. The class will also learn the basics of hand sewing. The class will discover how garments are assembled by deconstructing an article of clothing from its seams. The group will learn how to read a sewing pattern and take measurements and will learn about different types of fabrics, their uses, and care. The group will learn about hems and elastic along with closures and how/where to use them. First semester's project will be sewing a custom pair of PJ pants.

    Students who practice at home will find that their sewing skills are refined and perfected more quickly. However, due to the complexity of constructing wearable, functional pieces of clothing, students should understand that by the end of the year, their sewn items will be more basic than the complex designs they render in the fashion design portion of the class. It takes years of practice before designers can create the complete, detailed collection that they have designed!

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

    Prerequisites: First semester- none. A student who wishes to enroll in the second semester must know some of the beginning sewing and artistic skills (equivalent to first semester) and will require instructor approval to enroll.

    Levels: There will be different levels of the sewing instruction: a basic pattern for those new to the craft and a more complex version of the same project for those with more advanced sewing knowledge. Interested students with advanced sewing skills may take the course and sew their own projects during the second hour. These students would be asked to review their projects with the instructor in advance.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class on reading assignments and completing or practicing the sewing skill/step covered in class.

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

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

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

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

  • A portable sewing machine with bobbins. If you are purchasing a new sewing machine for the class, a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine, 4400 series, model is recommended. These can be purchased from Amazon or Joann Fabrics for $160-$180. Students who are bringing a pre-owed or loaned sewing machine are expected to have the machine professionally serviced before the start of class.
  • The sewing machine owner's manual
  • An extension cord
  • Fabric for class assignments. A list of needed fabric and sewing patterns will be sent out the first day of class, with the recommended quantity, type, and deadlines.
  • Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a project box, including a sewing kit (with 1 pack of sewing machine needles, thread, and hand sewing essentials), sketchpad, folder, tracing paper, colored pencils, eraser. The supply fee also includes the shared cost and use of a lightbox for tracing. The cost of photocopied class documents is included in the course fee.

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

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

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $383.00

    Acting- Kids Theater: Medieval Mayhem

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Knights, Kings, Queens, and castles. What tales come from the land of dragons and magic? An epic story of old will come to life, with the help of our fine actors and actresses. Will our tale be of King Arthur and his mighty knights, or will we have a tale from Robin Hood and his Merry Men? What adventure will unfold when we come together for the show of a lifetime?

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

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

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

    Topics in this Series: The Craziest Dream Ever (Quarter 1), Medieval Mayhem (Quarter 2), The Incredible Invention (Quarter 3), and The Emperor's Ensemble (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $104.00

    Acting- Tween Stage: One Minute Plays

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Imagine a scene at a crazy concert, an awkward birthday party, the worst movie ever, a misunderstanding in a foreign country, or a close encounter with a celebrity!

    Envision those scenarios all in one zany production, as a collection of one-minute plays! The class will race through at least twenty short scripts featuring a range of whacky mini stories. The class will cast, practice, and perform them in a rapid-fire form called tiny theater and flash fiction. One-minute plays are popular around the country in venues such as college theater, indie stage, and countless festivals such as the annual "Gone in 60 Seconds" event.

    New and returning acting students will have fun and be challenged to think on their feet with the rapid-fire pace of these super-short plays as they connect with the audience, bring their character to life, and tell their story... in just one minute. Students will change characters and plots in quick succession and bring the audience along with them. If they forget a line, they'll improvise! From story to story, students will develop clever transitions and sequence the short scenes to a coherent class production.

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

    Topics in this Series: Comedy Mash-Up (Quarter 1); One Minute Plays (Quarter 2); Improv Scenes (Quarter 3); and Who Dunnit? (Quarter 4). Taken these classes before? No problem, you can take them again, as they offer a new and different experience every time!

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $104.00

    Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Fractured Fairy Tales

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    Acting is an adventure! What happens when Goldilocks meets the 3 Bullfrogs? Or, when "Cinderella" becomes "Spiderella?" Our young actors will work together to twist and retell well-known fairy tales! Kids have fun introducing new names, silly settings, and plot twists to familiar storylines from favorite fables and folk tales.

    Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through prepared scripts together. Once they have selected their favorites, the scripts will be customized with input from the students. Through group activities and guided discussion, the class will brainstorm to create characters and dream up details to transform the tale and make it their own.

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Rainforest Rescue! (Quarter 1), Fractured Fairy Tales (Quarter 2), Our Own Pirate Play (Quarter 3), and Detective Drama (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $104.00

    Aquatic Biology: Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Karleen 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 2, students will learn the basics of Riparian Biology, the study of aquatic life in rivers and streams. We ll discuss differences in water flow, sedimentation, and hydrodynamics that are used to classify riparian habitats and will learn about the characteristic assemblages of organisms that occur in different flow regimes. Students will compare various major river systems around the world and study the diversity of riverine biomes and organisms.

    Topics in this Series: Lakes & Ponds (Quarter 1); Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams (Quarter 2); Marshes and Estuaries, Where the River Meets the Sea (Quarter 3); and Extreme Marine (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

    Art: Stamping, Stenciling & Screen-Printing

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Marisela Rumberg

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

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    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $119.00

    Art: Stamping, Stenciling & Screen-Printing

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Marisela Rumberg

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites:

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    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $126.00

    Art: Stamping, Stenciling & Screen-Printing

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Marisela Rumberg

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites:

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    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $119.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- WWII The Battle of the Bulge, 1944

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make!

    In late 1944, the outcome of the Second World War wasn't in doubt to anyone but the most deluded of Nazis. That didn't make the fighting any less lethal, but did increase Hitler's desperation to pull off a miraculous victory in the West and buy time to deal with the encroaching Soviet Red Army. The focal point of this plan was the Ardennes, a "quiet" sector of the front in Luxembourg where the Allies had sent badly mauled units to recover from fierce fighting elsewhere. The logic being, nobody in their right mind would invade through the forest, in winter, especially given the dire circumstances the German army was facing literally everywhere else. This was a miscalculation. Hitler used this opportunity to ram the last functioning units at his disposal to "drive the Allies back into the sea" and try and take the port of Antwerp, the only major port not left in total ruin by the German retreat. A victory here would have potentially reset the clock all the way back to D-Day, six months earlier.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 16" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, buildings, rivers, bridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

    The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: WWII from the Russian Perspective, Stalingrad/Berlin (1st quarter), WWII The Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (2nd quarter), WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1945 (3rd quarter), and Korean War, 1950-1953 (4th quarter).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- WWII The Battle of the Bulge, 1944

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 4:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make!

    In late 1944, the outcome of the Second World War wasn't in doubt to anyone but the most deluded of Nazis. That didn't make the fighting any less lethal, but did increase Hitler's desperation to pull off a miraculous victory in the West and buy time to deal with the encroaching Soviet Red Army. The focal point of this plan was the Ardennes, a "quiet" sector of the front in Luxembourg where the Allies had sent badly mauled units to recover from fierce fighting elsewhere. The logic being, nobody in their right mind would invade through the forest, in winter, especially given the dire circumstances the German army was facing literally everywhere else. This was a miscalculation. Hitler used this opportunity to ram the last functioning units at his disposal to "drive the Allies back into the sea" and try and take the port of Antwerp, the only major port not left in total ruin by the German retreat. A victory here would have potentially reset the clock all the way back to D-Day, six months earlier.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 16" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, buildings, rivers, bridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

    The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: WWII from the Russian Perspective, Stalingrad/Berlin (1st quarter), WWII The Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (2nd quarter), WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1945 (3rd quarter), and Korean War, 1950-1953 (4th quarter).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

    Bibiliophiles Books Group: Greed

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Danielle Rhodes

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

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

    Second quarter, students will examine the theme of Greed through The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien and The Pearl by John Steinbeck.

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

    Topics in this Series: Deception and Disguise (Quarter 1); Greed (Quarter 2); Order and Chaos (Quarter 3); Power and Powerlessness (Quarter 4).

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

    Supply Fee: A class fee of $22.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

    Building Better Readers: Connecting to Books

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Natalie Di Vietri

    Grade Range: 2nd-4th

    Prerequisites:

    Calling all young readers! Does your child love stories but seems to forget what she read or misses the moral of the story? Do you want to make sure your child is getting the most out of his independent reading time? This class will guide reluctant and enthusiastic readers alike through the wonderful world of reading through strategies to become better readers. Each student will create a Reader's Notebook to track individual reading progress and record weekly strategies. Each quarter will include award winning literature, poetry and non-fiction reading material. The work in this class will lay the foundation for reading success in all content areas.

    Second quarter, we will begin by visualizing our books. Students will carefully examine how the author's words create pictures in our minds. The class will then move on to connecting to books at different levels (ourselves, our world, and other books we love). One technique the group will use is the "5 Senses Strategy" to examine text for clues as to what we see, hear, taste, smell, and feel while we read. Students will use small example paragraphs and a graphic organizer to practice this strategy, and then apply this strategy to the beloved book, Where the Wild Things Are. Class will end with students creating sentences of their own with strong imagery. The formal reading strategies introduced this quarter are Visualizing & Connecting.

    Students will love the stories and the fun, low pressure environment as they gain confidence by working with manageable chunks of text to isolate and practice their new skills. Students taking this class will receive a full-year's subscription to Scholastic News, 3rd grade level, which will be distributed in class and incorporated into in class reading activities.

    Topics in this Series: Thinking about Books (Quarter 1), Connecting to Books (Quarter 2), Going Beyond the Book (Quarter 3), Finding the Big Picture in Books (Quarter 4)

    What to Bring: Students need to bring a pack of Post-It Notes, 2 Highlighters, Colored Pencils, and their Reader's Notebook to each class

    Material/Supply Fee: Included

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $154.00

    Chess: Advanced Beginners 2

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Peter Snow

    Grade Range: 3rd-6th

    Prerequisites: Beginning Chess series, or equivalent

    In Advanced Beginner Chess 2, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other, including: advanced beginning counting in chess; Double attack tactics; Using the center once you control it; Advanced beginning king and pawn endgames; Key positions in rook and pawn endgames; Principles of minor piece endgames; and Simple, pawn-less endgames. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 15-20 hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Advanced Beginner Chess, or a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner Chess level.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $100.00

    Chess: Beginners 2

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Peter Snow

    Grade Range: 2nd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    In Beginning Chess 2, students will learn introductory skills such as: back rank mates; draws, all 5 types; elementary checkmates 2Rs+K, K+Q vs. K, K+R vs. K; elementary opening principles 1, elementary opening principles 2, pawn structure 1, pawn structure 2. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches. A student can enroll in Beginning Chess 2 as his/her first class.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $100.00

    Chess: Intermediate Players 2

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 9:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Peter Snow

    Grade Range: 4th-8th

    Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner Chess series, or equivalent

    In Intermediate Chess 2, students will learn skills that build upon each other such as, intermediate queenExperts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 30+ hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Intermediate Chess, a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner and Advanced Beginner Chess levels, or instructor permission. Homework may be given.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $133.00

    Coding Lab: Mobile App Design

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Coder Kids

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Coding Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Coding 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. Computer science-trained coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.

    Tweens and teens love their phones and tablets and have fun coding 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.

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

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $188.00

    Coding Workshop: Minecraft Mods

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Coder Kids

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Coding Workshop is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Coding 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. Computer science-trained coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week.

    Kids 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 and cool new effects using Python. Later they create mods that add custom items 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.

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

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $188.00

    Cooking for Kids: Festive Fall Flavors

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    -Appetizer- Spinach and Ricotta Medallions

    -Salad- Artichoke Salad

    -Soup-Indian Pea Soup

    -Entree-Ginger Beef

    -Side- Baked Fennel

    -Dessert- Cherry Clafoutis

    -Extra-Black Bean Casserole

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

    Cooking for Kids: Festive Fall Flavors

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    -Appetizer- Spinach and Ricotta Medallions

    -Salad- Artichoke Salad

    -Soup-Indian Pea Soup

    -Entree-Ginger Beef

    -Side- Baked Fennel

    -Dessert- Cherry Clafoutis

    -Extra-Black Bean Casserole

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

    Cooking for Little Kids: Festive Fall Flavors

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

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

    -Appetizer- Spinach and Ricotta Medallions

    -Salad- Artichoke Salad

    -Soup-Indian Pea Soup

    -Entree-Ginger Beef

    -Side- Baked Fennel

    -Dessert- Cherry Clafoutis

    -Extra-Black Bean Casserole

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

    Cooking for Tweens: Festive Fall Flavors

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    -Appetizer- Spinach and Ricotta Medallions

    -Salad- Artichoke Salad

    -Soup-Indian Pea Soup

    -Entree-Ginger Beef

    -Side- Baked Fennel

    -Dessert- Cherry Clafoutis

    -Extra-Black Bean Casserole

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

    Cooking for Tweens: Festive Fall Flavors

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    -Appetizer- Spinach and Ricotta Medallions

    -Salad- Artichoke Salad

    -Soup-Indian Pea Soup

    -Entree-Ginger Beef

    -Side- Baked Fennel

    -Dessert- Cherry Clafoutis

    -Extra-Black Bean Casserole

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

    Cooking- Breakfast Table: Early Eats

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 9:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 7th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

  • -Breakfast Egg Casserole
  • -Banana Waffles
  • -Morello Cherry and Vanilla Steel-Cut Oats
  • -Perfect Hash Browns
  • -Breakfast Burritos
  • -Biscuits and Gravy
  • -Mushroom & Leek Quiche
  • Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

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

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

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

    What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers.

    What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided.

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

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

    Cooking- Confection Kitchen: Holiday Treats

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2020

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    -Rose Petal Bark

    -Candied Carrots

    -Cranberry Jellies

    -Chocolate Taffy

    -Corn Nougat Delights

    -Oreo Wreaths

    -Peppermint Fudge

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

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

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).

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

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