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Pre-Algebra

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 8, 2020

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

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

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: 7th-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

Principles of Biology (Honors or On-Level) *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 10, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 pm      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.

Schedule: This section will be held entirely ONLINE as virtual conferences with a Monday morning meeting from 8:00 am - 8:55 am, and a Thursday afternoon meeting from 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm, with a 10-minute break, via Canvas Conference. Recordings will be made for students with schedule conflicts. Please note that this section is intended to be online for the full year for most. Openings in the live, in-person Friday morning section may be possible for a handful of students when COVID gathering limitations are lifted.

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

US Government and Politics (Honors or On Level) *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 10, 2020

Class Time: 3:00 pm      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: This section will be held entirely ONLINE as virtual conferences with a Monday morning meeting from 9:00 am - 9:55 am, and a Thursday afternoon meeting from 3:00 pm- 3:55 pm via Canvas Conference. Recordings will be made for students with schedule conflicts. Please note that this section is intended to be online for the full year for most. Openings in the live, in-person Friday morning section may be possible for a handful of students when COVID gathering limitations are lifted.

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: $972.00

American Sign Language (ASL) I *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

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.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

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: $655.00

American Sign Language (ASL) II *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

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.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

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: $655.00

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

Bonjour and get ready for a full year of beginner level high school French! This is a conversation-focused program in which students will build their vocabulary quickly and learn essential grammar skills in French. 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 French 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 homework assignments, and watching both grammar instruction and language immersion videos.

Level: This class will be offered on two levels: Honors and On-Level. French 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 by the end of the first month of class.

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

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

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

Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Bien Dit!: Student Edition Level 1 2013 (French Edition) (ISBN-13 978-0547871790)

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

Prerequisites: None

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

Principles of Biology (Honors or On-Level) *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

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.

Schedule: Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous ONLINE instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to HYBRID instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve. Hybrid instruction would include online instruction on Mondays (8:00 am - 8:55 am) and in-person instruction on Fridays. Instruction is recommended to be synchronous, but recordings will be made for students with schedule conflicts.

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 virtual conferences.

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) *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

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

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

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 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

US Government and Politics (Honors or On Level) *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

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: Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous ONLINE instruction via videoconferencing for fall semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to HYBRID instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve. Hybrid instruction would include online instruction on Mondays (9:00 am - 9:55 am) and in-person instruction on Fridays. Instruction is recommended to be synchronous, but recordings will be 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: $972.00

PreCalculus with Trigonometry

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 8, 2020

Class Time: 1:00 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

Acting: What a Character! (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 4, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Keely Kirk

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

The prickly private eye; the upwardly mobile mobster; or the coquettish cocktail waitress. Who will you invent? In this workshop, student actors and improv artists will be guided through the process of developing an original character! In this introduction to character work, students will invent and discover a strong, compelling character, complete with unique ways of speaking, moving, body language, and a unique, individual presence. Students will develop a back story to justify and solidify the character's point of view and interactions with other characters. Students will be guided to think through choices about their character so they can create a natural, believable embodiment of the individual they are portraying. This is a skill that is needed by both improvisational actors and those who work from a script. Students will be coached on how to break the mold and step out of the comfort zone from characters they may have portrayed previously and from their own reality. They will learn how to convey their character through first impressions, possibly even before speaking and without costuming, and then eventually transition between characters with smooth and subtle changes in voice, posture, or movement. This is a 3-day class that meets for two hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students will be encouraged to continue to develop their characters on their own on Tuesday and Thursday.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $144.00

Beatlemania: The Music and Influence of the Beatles *ONLINE* (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 4, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: John Kornacki

Grade Range: 9th-Adults

Prerequisites:

When the four members of a pop/rock band from Liverpool England landed in New York City in 1964, something changed in America. Their catchy tunes had derived from artists both black and white in the United States, but they somehow reflected it back to us in way that was familiar yet different. Their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show for a national TV audience set ratings records. Their lingering effect however was more than just the music. Their style, their irreverent manner, their clothing, and of course their hair; it was all unique. Teenage girls just screamed. Teenage boys began combing their hair over their foreheads and buying cheap guitars, DJs wanted interviews, cities wanted concerts. When a reporter asked John Lennon how long he thought Beatlemania might last he paused for moment then said: “I always thought we’d be lucky if it lasted three months.”

By the time their last album was released (Let it Be) in May of 1970, they had already split up as a band though all four would continue to perform and create as solo artists. Their contributions to world of pop music and influence in pop culture lasted a good deal longer than three months. Their musical evolution paralleled the changing world around them; they described it all in song.

Led by consummate Beatles fan and garage band musician, Compass teacher John Kornacki will take you on a Magical Mystery Tour of some of the most driving, melodic, silly, arcane, and even weird songs in Beatles collection. Songs like: I Saw Her Standing There, Hard Day’s Night, Norwegian Wood, Strawberry Fields Forever, I Am the Walrus, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey. Dr. K believes anyone who is not yet a Beatles fan, will be one by the end of this online camp. You might even know a bit more about the turbulent, yet creative 1960s when your grandma screamed at the TV and your grandpa still had hair enough to comb on his forehead. This is an online workshop that will be conducted synchronously over a Zoom virtual conference.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $220.00

Crafting Cosplay Costume Essentials (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 4, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Warrior princess. Superhero. Villain. Alien. In the world of Cosplay, costumes and personas would not be complete without customized accessories. Many cosplayers make their own costumes, and in this workshop, teens will learn crafting techniques to create versatile costume accessories.

Students will work with EVA foam, a flexible, moldable, paintable closed cell foam to create a breast plate, a shield, and a sword. They will learn to create patterns, cut the EVA form, and mold it with a heat gun. Then they will glue, paint, embellish, and learn to attached elements on their creations. The sword and shield will be crafted in accordance with official Cosplay rules for weapons that are permitted in conventions/gatherings.

A supply fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day for EVA foam, paint, and accessory materials.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $222.00

Gameschooling! (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 4, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites:

What if schoolwork was fun, and learning happened through games! In Gameschooling, that is exactly what kids will do! The group will play a variety of board games that have underlying educational skills. We are not talking about tedious multiplication facts disguised as a game. Instead, kids will discover and play a wide variety of popular- and lesser-known- board games. The selected games will encourage critical thinking, logic, reasoning, and problem solving. Some involve predictions and probability, while other games encourage cooperation and collaborative solutions. Many games feature a theme from an academic discipline such as history, geography, or science. The game master will curate a portfolio of class games from her private collection such as "Can't Stop" (probability); "Wingspan" (ornithology); "Ticket to Ride" (geography); "Sleuth" (deductive reasoning); "Isle of Skye" (spatial relations); or "Set" (pattern recognition). A different collection of games will be introduced during Winter Workshops week 1 and week 2, so students can take both sessions to build their skills without duplication.

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

Learn to Sew: Emoji Pillow (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 4, 2021

Class Time: 2:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 5th-7th

Prerequisites:

Tweens will learn the basics of hand sewing as they create a round, 2-sided emoji pillow for their rooms: smiling or sleeping, winking or weary, rolling eyes or dozens of other smiley sentiments. Tweens will learn sewing skills such as pinning and placement, scissor skills, running stitch, whip stitch, back stitch, attaching a button, simple embroidery, embellishments, detailing, and stuffing. Emoji pillows will be crafted from snuggly polar fleece. Students should be at age/grade level for fine motor skills for this class. A supply fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $166.00

Little Dental School (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 4, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Why is your front tooth loose? Do you really need to floss? In this workshop, curious kids learn about the parts of the mouth and teeth in Dental Anatomy 101. They will learn the importance of brushing, flossing, and other good oral hygiene habits! The group will find out why their teeth are loose or falling out, and what happens with permanent teeth. Our young dentists will discover what cavities are and how they are repaired. Finally, they will become familiar with basic dental tools, steps to becoming a dentist, and dental careers. There is a $35.00 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 disposable lab coat, teeth and mouth model, floss, toothbrush cover, cavity filled tooth model, tooth shaped cookie cutter, worksheets, and diploma.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $178.00

Minecraft 3D Adventures with LEGO (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 4, 2021

Class Time: 11:30 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO! Students will use elements of the Minecraft game to build in the 3D world. Builders will roll dice to collect and manage their LEGO resources just like in the Minecraft universe. Physical LEGO bricks will represent Minecraft blocks of dirt, stone, ore, water, and wood. As their constructions unfold, students will trade resources and collaborate with their classmates to build diverse biomes and terrains, and craft tools to overcome unknown challenges. Students will explore concepts in probability, mathematics, and resource management while experiencing the tactile and spatial relationships of Minecraft in three dimensions. This is not a computer or robotics-based class, and prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO is not required. Students who take the 1st and 2nd weeks of workshop will have a whole new experience each time as no two rounds are ever the same!

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

Sew Fun: Stuffed Dino Family (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 4, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Kids will learn the basics of hand sewing as a they create a set of 5 stuffed cartoonish dinosaur friends and Jurassic accessories: a t-rex, stegosaurus, triceratops, baby dino in an egg, a palm tree, and a volcano. Kids will learn sewing skills such as pinning and placement, a running stitch, attaching a button, working with a pattern, scissor skills, and stuffing. The group will be working with pre-cut felt components from kits that will be enhanced with buttons and simple clothes and accessories. Since students may work at different rates, any animals not completed in the camp will be sent home to finish sewing with the newly learned skills. Students should be at age/grade level for fine motor skills for this class. A supply fee of $26.00 is due payable to the teacher on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $112.00

Sew Simple: Safari Pals Stuffies (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 4, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Little kids will learn the basics of hand sewing as a they create a set of 5 stuffed safari animal friends: zany zebra, terrific toucan, adorable alligator, endearing elephant, and loyal lion. Kids will learn sewing skills such as pinning and placement, a running stitch, attaching a button, working with a pattern, scissor skills, and stuffing. The group will be working with pre-cut felt components from kits that will be enhanced with buttons and accessories. Since students may work at different rates, any animals not completed in the camp will be sent home to finish sewing with the newly learned skills. Students should be at age/grade level for fine motor skills for this class, and should be a minimum of age 6. A supply fee of $24.00 is due payable to the teacher on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $112.00

Acting: (More) What a Character! (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Keely Kirk

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

The bumbling banker; the magnanimous mogul; or the neurotic news anchor. Who will you invent? In this workshop, student actors and improv artists will be guided through the process of developing an original character! In this introduction to character work, students will invent and discover a strong, compelling character, complete with unique ways of speaking, moving, body language, and a unique, individual presence. Students will develop a back story to justify and solidify the character's point of view and interactions with other characters. Students will be guided to think through choices about their character so they can create a natural, believable embodiment of the individual they are portraying. This is a skill that is needed by both improvisational actors and those who work from a script. Students will be coached on how to break the mold and step out of the comfort zone from characters they may have portrayed previously and from their own reality. They will learn how to convey their character through first impressions, possibly even before speaking and without costuming, and then eventually transition between characters with smooth and subtle changes in voice, posture, or movement. This is a 3-day class that meets for two hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students will be encouraged to continue to develop their characters on their own on Tuesday and Thursday. This is the second week of two workshop options. Students who take week 2 as their first workshop will develop their first character. Students who take week 2 after week 1 can continue to refine their first character or can develop a second character.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $144.00

Babysitter Bootcamp (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Melissa Schaaf

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

How do you feed a wiggly baby? How do you bathe a squirming toddler, and how can you get rambunctious kids to sleep? These are all things that a babysitter must know how to do, and more! This workshop takes tweens through key skills that they must know before starting to babysit for their younger siblings or neighbors.

The 10-hour course begins with pediatric first training and introduces infant and child CPR. Babysitters will learn how to deal with a child's epi pen and allergies, inhaler, cuts, burns, bruises, and even ticks. The course also introduces infant and child CPR. Participants will earn an American Heart Association certificate in Pediatric First Aid.

The remainder of the course includes the practical skills needed to care for children. Built around the recommendations and checklist of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the course includes: safety (gates, outlets, choking & climbing hazards); dressing infants and toddlers; diapering and assisting with the potty; feeding (bottle, spoon feeding, self-feeding, and preparing food); bath time, bedtime, and play. The instructor will share some of her favorite tricks for entertaining children that do not involve electronics. Tweens will also learn how to set up their babysitting business including setting rates and limits, scheduling, and the secrets of being invited back to babysit again.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $180.00

Close, Confusing and Controversial Presidential Elections in American History *ONLINE* (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: John Kornacki

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

-The fate of an election went to the House of Representatives when two candidates earned equal numbers of electoral votes; one of them was not even running for president.
-The successful presidential candidate won only 40% of the popular vote in a heated, 4-way race that divided the nation and led to war.
-The candidate who won the popular vote yet lost the election after a number of disputed electoral votes were awarded to the other candidate by a bipartisan commission.
-A president who lost his bid for re-election despite winning the popular vote came back four years later to retake the White House.

Close, confusing, and sometimes controversial presidential elections are not unique in American History. This workshop will examine ten of these contests with the first occurring in 1800 and the most recent, aside from the current one, in 2008.

Join former college professor Dr. John Kornacki for this discussion-based class, where students will look more closely on why these contests were so close, and in some cases, disputed. Students will take a deep dive into the political, economic, and cultural context of these elections and study their lingering impacts on future elections. This is an online workshop that will be conducted synchronously over a Zoom virtual conference.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $220.00

Comic Art: Creating Characters (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Joe Granski

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Bam! Pow! Zowie! In this workshop, students will create a 3-6 panel comic book under the guidance of a professional illustrator. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of illustrating comics, with an emphasis on creating a unique character. Students will be taught the basics of illustrating a character, including figure drawing, costumes, and facial expressions. Students will create the character and tell a 3-6 panel story about them. The comic page will be drawn in pencil, inked, and colored in. Each day, students should bring a kit of their own supplies consisting of a #2 pencil, gum eraser, manual pencil sharpener, fine sharpie, an ultra fine sharpie, and colored pencils.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $162.00

Comic Art: Creating Characters (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 2:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Joe Granski

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites:

Bam! Pow! Zowie! In this workshop, students will create a 3-6 panel comic book under the guidance of a professional illustrator. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of illustrating comics, with an emphasis on creating a unique character. Students will be taught the basics of illustrating a character, including figure drawing, costumes, and facial expressions. Students will create the character and tell a 3-6 panel story about them. The comic page will be drawn in pencil, inked, and colored in. Each day, students should bring a kit of their own supplies consisting of a #2 pencil, gum eraser, manual pencil sharpener, fine sharpie, an ultra fine sharpie, and colored pencils.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $162.00

First Aid & CPR for Teens- with Certification (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Melissa Schaaf

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

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) class meetings by a certified AHA instructor: First Aid (days 1-2), Adult CPR (day 3), AED (automatic external defibrillators) and Choking Relief (day 4) and Child/Infant CPR (day 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 classes 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. The class will be conducted using COVID prevention protocols required by the AHA.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $180.00

Garage Band Workshop (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Ney Mello

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

In the tradition of the high school Garage Band, students who play any type of instrument are invited to gather for a "jam session" to collaboratively learn, play, and perform 1-2 songs. Students who play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, any stringed, woodwind, brass, percussion instrument, or keyboard are welcome.*

The instructor, a professional, award-winning musician and composer, will write custom arrangements of songs based on the experience level of the student musicians and the instruments they play. Each musician will play a part suitable to their current ability and skill. It is recommended that as a baseline, all students have a minimum of one-year experience- or equivalent ability- on their instruments.

Students will have fun with the collaborative, interactive experience of working with other musicians in an ensemble with a variety of instruments. The group will rehearse and refine the songs throughout the workshop and will perform for families and friends on the last day of the workshop.

Students will be expected to bring their instruments, a music stand, and ancillary items for their instruments (picks, reeds, portable amplifiers, etc.) A piano is not available- pianists will have to bring electric keyboards. Percussionists are welcome as long as they can bring their own drums.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $241.00

Introduction to Sewing for Cosplay (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Steampunk, anime, comic, manga, or fantasy: some teens (and adults) love cosplay and are drawn to the world of costumed characters and imagined personas. Many cosplayers make their own costumes, and in this workshop, teens will learn basics of machine and hand sewing to create costume pieces.

This week, students will create a cape and a vest from fabrics of their choice. Their sewing instructor is a professional seamstress, costume designer, and cosplayer, and she will help each student customize his/her cape and vest to portray the genre or character they are interested in. She will assist each student in learning to embellish simple costume pieces for a more elaborate look.

Students will be asked to bring a portable sewing machine to class, and will learn about the components, attachments, and functions, along with care and use if their machines. They will begin with simple machine-stitching exercises before beginning their costume pieces. Students will also learn the basics of hand sewing, how to read and use a sewing pattern, and how to take measurements. The group will learn about hems, elastic, and closures and how/where to use them.
Students will need to bring a portable sewing machine, all fabrics, and supplies to the workshop. A list of fabric quantities/types and notions will be provided prior to the start of class. Storage will be provided for machines and supplies to remain overnight during the workshop week. A supply fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for patterns and materials that she is providing.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $222.00

Introduction to Web Design (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Alex Semanario

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Businesses, non-profits, colleges, sports, even high school clubs and hobby enthusiasts....everyone needs a website! Website Development is a fun, tangible way to introduce teens to coding! Students will be coding for themselves- to create their very own website! In this project-based workshop, students will design and develop a website on a topic of their choice. Will their personal website showcase a hobby, a club, a pet, a home business, or will it be used as their digital portfolio for future college applications?

Students will learn to se tup a website that follows industry standards and best practices. They will discover how HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and JavaScript are integrated as the core internet technologies that make a website useful, intuitive, and appealing. In the vast industry of website development, HTML serves as a website's framework, controlling content such as photos, videos, and text, while CSS is used for styling choices such as font styles, sizes, colors, and backgrounds. JavaScript is the dynamic, industry language that controls not only functionality such as inputs, interface, and responses within websites, but is also used for app and game development.

Students will develop 3-4 webpages, integrating color and font choices with photos and embedded video (if desired), and interactive table(s) for input. Students will build their web pages on protected development sites and given options on publishing their site at the end of the course. Students will need to bring a PC or Mac laptop to class. Chromebooks and tablets will not suffice for this work.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $435.00

Junior Art Studio: Whimsical Winter Works- 10AM (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diedrich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each day students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create winter-inspired projects in the style of the artist or genre 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 day such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors. Projects will highlight winter themes such as snowmen, evergreens, snowflakes, polar bears, or penguins! Projects will be all-new for students who took 'Winter Works' in January 2020. A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $135.00

Junior Art Studio: Whimsical Winter Works- 11AM (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diedrich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each day students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create winter-inspired projects in the style of the artist or genre 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 day such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors. Projects will highlight winter themes such as snowmen, evergreens, snowflakes, polar bears, or penguins! Projects will be all-new for students who took 'Winter Works' in January 2020. A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $135.00

Learn to Sew: Tie Quilt (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 2:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 5th-7th

Prerequisites:

Tweens will create one-of-a-kind, tie quilts for their rooms! They will embellish and applique personalized designs on squares of fleece. Tweens will learn sewing skills such as pinning and placement, scissor skills, running stitch, whip stitch, back stitch, attaching a button, and simple embroidery, to create personalized messages, memories, monograms, or memes in fabric appliques on fringe-edged fleece pieces. Finally, the colorful blocks of comfy polar fleece will be knotted together to create a quilt. Students should be at age/grade level for fine motor skills for this class. A supply fee of $35.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $166.00

Literature in Miniature: Harry Potter's Hogwarts (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Bring the world of Harry Potter's Hogwarts to reality, but reduced to a manageable size, because mischief is much easier to manage in miniature! This class will study the wizarding world, from Hogwarts to Hogsmead, and maybe a secret trip to the forbidden forest. Cooperatively, the class will be assigned houses, and then work to construct an ever shifting model of the inside of the famous school of witchcraft and wizardry, as well as its grounds.

Once each student's 10"x16" scene is complete and furnished, we'll use figures of the main characters as well as unique characters developed by the student, to solve mysteries, attend magical classes, and just maybe defeat a dark lord or two in a simplified magical Role Playing Game. Students will complete tasks to earn points for their house, while engaging in a wizarding world war. This will present them with a choice to join the side of evil, or be the hero in their story!

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical influences on and of the work. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $135.00

Literature in Miniature: Lord of the Rings, The Third Age (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 11:30 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

It began with the forging of great rings... and it will end with the creation of great dioramas. In this class, students will study the connection of Tolkien's Middle Earth to our own history, how it influenced the source material, and how the series in turn influenced the real world. As we study the book and discuss its influences, they will use this knowledge to craft a faithful diorama recreation of a scene from the Fellowship of the Ring's journey, using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and descriptions from the source material.

Once each 10"x16" diorama is complete with landscape elements (hills, buildings, rivers, bridges, vegetation, fences, etc), students will begin their own journey using 1:72 miniature heroes, orcs, and trolls. They will reenact the story as a Role Playing Game in the style of Dungeons and Dragons! This new story will write itself, with students competing from both sides, as the forces of the evil Sauron, or members of the fellowship and its allies.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical influences on and of the literary work. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

Little Nursing School (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Young students will discover the important responsibilities of nurses. They will learn all about immunizations, parts of the blood, how to treat broken bones, and how to screen for sight and hearing problems...just like a nurse. Students will also learn the role of nurses before, during, and after surgery, and the primary instruments a nurse uses. There is a $40.00 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: disposable scrub top, pen light, stethoscope, syringe, mask, gloves, suturing sheet, blood components model, casting model, worksheets, and diploma.

Supply fee $40

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $178.00

Minecraft 3D Adventures with LEGO (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 11:30 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO! Students will use elements of the Minecraft game to build in the 3D world. Builders will roll dice to collect and manage their LEGO resources just like in the Minecraft universe. Physical LEGO bricks will represent Minecraft blocks of dirt, stone, ore, water, and wood. As their constructions unfold, students will trade resources and collaborate with their classmates to build diverse biomes and terrains, and craft tools to overcome unknown challenges. Students will explore concepts in probability, mathematics, and resource management while experiencing the tactile and spatial relationships of Minecraft in three dimensions. This is not a computer or robotics-based class, and prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO is not required. Students who take the 1st and 2nd weeks of workshop will have a whole new experience each time as no two rounds are ever the same!

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

More Gameschooling (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites:

What if schoolwork was fun, and learning happened through games! In Gameschooling, that is exactly what kids will do! The group will play a variety of board games that have underlying educational skills. We are not talking about tedious multiplication facts disguised as a game. Instead, kids will discover and play a wide variety of popular- and lesser-known- board games. The selected games will encourage critical thinking, logic, reasoning, and problem solving. Some involve predictions and probability, while other games encourage cooperation and collaborative solutions. Many games feature a theme from an academic discipline such as history, geography, or science. The game master will curate a portfolio of class games from her private collection such as "Can't Stop" (probability); "Wingspan" (ornithology); "Ticket to Ride" (geography); "Sleuth" (deductive reasoning); "Isle of Skye" (spatial relations); or "Set" (pattern recognition). A different collection of games will be introduced during Winter Workshops week 1 and week 2, so students can take both sessions to build their skills without duplication.

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

MultiMedia: Sculpting Nature- 1PM (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

In this workshop, students will construct original hand-made pieces inspired by the birds of our area through a variety of sculpting techniques. Sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting materials and methods. Sculpture is multi-sensory and multi-modal. Students will experiment with the tactile experiences of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, molding, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, sculpted keepsakes. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions.

In each session, the instructor will introduce a local bird species such as the cardinal, gulls, warblers, or Canada Geese. The class will examine photos of the birds to observe their proportions, coloring, textures, etc., before beginning to sculpt from materials such as plaster strips, paper clay, or air-dry clay. Projects will be painted and embellished with details. Some projects may take multiple sessions to complete, with one day dedicated to forming and shaping the base, one or more days for drying/curing, and a partial session for finishing, but students will complete 3 projects in this workshop. There is a $25.00 material fee due payable to in the instructor on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

MultiMedia: Sculpting Nature- 2:30PM (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 2:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

In this workshop, students will construct original hand-made pieces inspired by the birds of our area through a variety of sculpting techniques. Sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting materials and methods. Sculpture is multi-sensory and multi-modal. Students will experiment with the tactile experiences of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, molding, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, sculpted keepsakes. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions.

In each session, the instructor will introduce a local bird species such as the cardinal, gulls, warblers, or Canada Geese. The class will examine photos of the birds to observe their proportions, coloring, textures, etc., before beginning to sculpt from materials such as plaster strips, paper clay, or air-dry clay. Projects will be painted and embellished with details. Some projects may take multiple sessions to complete, with one day dedicated to forming and shaping the base, one or more days for drying/curing, and a partial session for finishing, but students will complete 3 projects in this workshop. There is a $25.00 material fee due payable to in the instructor on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

Naval Warfare: Barbary Pirates, The Shores of Tripoli

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 2:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

At the start of the 1800s the United States found itself facing its first overseas threat. The Barbary Corsairs, ruthless pirates from the North African Coast had been seizing and ransoming (or worse) American ships and their crews. This was a serious problem, since the newly formed nation was lacking major allies to offer protection, and had to build a navy from scratch to carry the battle to the pirates!

And that's what we're going to do too. This class will construct model 19th century sailing ships of the US Navy and Barbary pirates, as well as pirate bases, for the purpose of refighting the formative US overseas battles that helped establish the United States as an equal world power. We will learn the different kinds of vessels that made up our early fleet, and using artistic model making techniques make scale replicas, populated with 1:72 sailors and marines, or Corsair pirates. As mentioned in the Marine Corps Hymn, we're going to literally make the "shores of Tripoli."

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical influences of the time period and events. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

Sew Fun: Stuffed Woodland Friends (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Kids will learn the basics of hand sewing as a they create a set of 5 adorable woodland friends and a forest accessory: a fox, owl, bear, raccoon, gopher and a tree stump! Kids will learn sewing skills such as pinning and placement, a running stitch, attaching a button, working with a pattern, scissor skills, and stuffing. The group will be working with pre-cut felt components from kits that will be enhanced with buttons and simple clothes and accessories. Since students may work at different rates, any animals not completed in the camp will be sent home to finish sewing with the newly learned skills. Students should be at age/grade level for fine motor skills for this class. A supply fee of $26.00 is due payable to the teacher on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $112.00

Sew Simple: Jungle Friends Stuffies (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Little kids will learn the basics of hand sewing as a they create a set of 5 stuffed animal friends from the jungle: a tamed tiger, mischievous monkey, precocious parrot, silly snake, and playful panda. Kids will learn sewing skills such as pinning and placement, a running stitch, attaching a button, working with a pattern, scissor skills, and stuffing. The group will be working with pre-cut felt components from kits that will be enhanced with buttons and accessories. Since students may work at different rates, any animals not completed in the camp will be sent home to finish sewing with the newly learned skills. Students should be at age/grade level for fine motor skills for this class, and should be a minimum of age 6. A supply fee of $24.00 is due payable to the teacher on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $112.00

Songwriting for Beginners (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Ney Mello

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

Students will learn a fun, simplified way to write songs from a professional, award-winning, soundtrack composer. During each session of the workshop, students will tackle a different phase of songwriting. This workshop is open to students who play instruments, sing, write lyrics, or a combination of all three talents!

The group will learn about the song structure that is popular today with verse, chorus, pre-chorus, pre-verse, intros, and outros. They will listen to some examples of songs to convey what a verse, chorus, and bridge are, and will cover an overview of the basics of functional and classical harmony.

Each day, the group will approach a different stage of the songwriting process, working through ideas on their instruments, writing lyrics, or both. Student artists will be guided through making their own background tracks to encourage self- expression and to allow individual voices to emerge. They can use songs they know as inspiration, but they will be encouraged to create everything like a real songwriter. Musicians will be given ready-made chord options so their focus can remain on the creative aspects of songwriting.

If the student is only writing lyrics, he/she will be assigned a songwriting partner student who will write the melody and chords. In this case, the lyricist student will be provided with that song's work in progress tracks to write to at home.

Students who wish to record their songs should download the free Abbey Road 'Topline' app for Android or Apple smartphones. (The instructor uses this app professionally to share songs and concepts via e-mail, text message, or over social media with colleagues.) The app allows the artist to record songs in sections and play back all together. Microphones will not be needed.

The workshop is open to all instrument and voice students, not just guitar. Any style of music is acceptable (pop, folk, country, etc), but all lyrics must be rated "E" for everyone.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $181.00

Stage & Special Effects Make-Up (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Alison Johnson

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

From glamorous to gory, learn special effects and stage make-up tricks from a professional make-up artist! On the first day, students will learn basic stage make-up techniques using a palette of professional cream make-up. They will practice highlights and shadowing to change the contours of a face as well as tips to play up other facial features. On the second day, the class will channel their inner elf, vulcan, fairy, witch, or other mythological creature as they learn to change their noses and ears! Students will learn to create false extensions to their noses with professional molding putty which is then blended with cream make-up. Then, students will learn to adhere and shape prosthetic latex ears to their own ears. On day three, students will learn how to build, layer, shape, and color scars and boils from molding putty, and on the fourth day, they will earn how to create bruises, burns and minor wounds such as cuts and scabs. On the fifth and final day, the group will learn (everyone's favorite)- major wounds such as gashes, slashes, and ripping or peeling skin. There is a $75.00 supply fee for a kit of professional Mehron make-up products: Mini-Pro Professional Make-Up Kit (cream make-up); a bruise color ring (5 colors), coagulated blood gel (1 oz.), liquid latex (1 oz), spirit gum adhesive (1.3 oz), molding putty/wax (1.3 oz), latex make-up sponges, brushes, and stippling sponges. Each student must bring a stand-up table top mirror and pre-moisteneed make-up remover or baby wipes to the class. The clinic is for students ages 13 and up.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $300.00

Wonderous Winter Magic Camp (Winter Workshop)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 11, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Joe Romano

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites:

Celebrate the wonder of the winter season with some magic! Students will learn how to pluck light out of the air, blend white and red scarves into a striped handkerchief, turn water into ice and even make it snow! Children will amaze their family and friends with tricks such as, "The Baffling Beads of Destiny" and "The Perplexing Pea Can" trick. These new illusions are mesmerizing and magical.

This worshop will be co-taught by professional magicians Joe Romano and Mike Hummer. Students will receive a kit of props that are used by professional magicians.

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

Abstract Geometrics in Pen & Ink: Borders, Frames and Vignettes *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Marisela Rumberg

Grade Range: 6th-Adult

Prerequisites:

Students will learn to create beautiful images, abstracts, or monograms by drawing structured, geometric patterns in pen and ink in an art form called Zentangle. The Zentangle Method (R) is a fun, easy-to-learn process of creating beautiful images by drawing small, repeating patterns. You don't need to be an artist to create Zentangle art! This class will be taught by Marisela Rumberg, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Click here to see examples of Marisela's Zentangle abstracts and geometrics.

The Zentangle method is based on small geometric or organic elements called "tangles" replicated and arranged in patterns to create an overall design. Let your mind go and relax in the repetition of drawing intricate, abstract, black and white designs to add the zen to the tangles in this unique art form.

Third quarter, students will learn to create intricate borders, frames, and vignettes using design basics. Then, students will learn to embellish and embolden their designs with blended patterns into an overall composition. Practice designs and in-class exercises will initially be drawn on blank grid step-out templates that students will print at home. Students may wish to keep their completed and in-progress designs in a folder or cut them out to glue into a sketchbook, notebook, or journal. Finished designs will be inked on 3.5" X 3.5" white Zentangle paper tiles.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the full quarter.

Supply Fee: Students will order and pay for class supplies directly from the instructor with a credit card number or PayPal account. Kits will be shipped to enrolled students prior to class. Kits will include 2 pens, a pencil, a blender, and paper tiles in a canvas bag. Students may select from a kit for 1 quarter or 2 quarters of classes.

Topics in this Series: Design Basics (Quarter 1); Monograms (Quarter 2); Borders, Frames and Vignettes (Quarter 3); and Zendalas/Mosaics (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $182.00

Acting- Kids Theater: The Incredible Invention

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Our actors create an imaginative invention that will change the world! What crazy adventure unfolds when this invention is revealed? What does it do? Where did it come from? Will the invention go missing? Will it do something unplanned? That is for our actors to know and share in their own original play. Find out on this incredible adventure!

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: $123.00

Acting- Tween Stage: Improv Scenes

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will learn how to develop a scene with a partner with no script, no planning, and no casting! Tweens will learn how to react, interact, and respond "on the fly" and in character to each other in situations that are made-up on-the-spot. Actors will practice taking cues from their partners to keep the scene going in a hilarious, creative development that no one can anticipate or replicate.

Popular improvisational exercises such as "Scene Jump", "Columns," and "Two-Minute Story" will be the backdrop for unusual, unexpected, and mixed-up settings which will be the catalyst for wild and crazy interactions among characters. Students' cooperative work will improve their creative thinking, interpersonal skills, and ability to think outside the box.

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. Drawing on their favorite improv exercises, 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 improv-based acting will be a new and different experience every time!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $123.00

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Our Own Pirate Play

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Ahoy, maties! Acting is an adventure! Young actors will find themselves on a pirate ship, where they will create an imaginative storyline and unique characters for their very own original play. Will they encounter a kooky pirate captain, a prickly peg-leg mate, a bottom-dwelling bilge buccaneer, or a shanty- singing scallywag on their quest for pirate booty?

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: $123.00

Aquatic Biology: Marshes and Estuaries, Where the River Meets the Sea

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

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 3, students will focus on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of estuarine systems. We will learn about salinity gradients, nutrient cycling, and biological communities in temperate estuaries and tropical mangrove swamps. Students will study the amazing adaptations that allow plants and animals in these habitats to tolerate rapid changes in temperature and salinity. We ll also discuss human impacts to estuarine habitats, including habitat loss, water diversion, and eutrophication.

Topics in this 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: $196.00

Art: Fun and Functional Fiber Arts for Kids (1PM)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

In this specialty art class, students will work with a variety of fibers and textiles to create unique, 3-dimensional projects. From fuzzy chenille to fluffy cotton and scratchy jute to scrumptious viscose, students will enjoy the tactile experience of looping, lashing, layering, weaving or knotting assorted textures in fabrics and fibers. Students may work with burlap, felt, leather, muslin, wool, yarn, or string to complete decorative pieces such as a string sculpture, a knotted flannel scarf, a wall hanging, or wool felting projects. Students may sew embellishments such as buttons on their finished projects, but this is not a sewing class. There is a $40.00 material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

Art: Fun and Functional Fiber Arts for Tweens (2PM)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

In this specialty art class, students will work with a variety of fibers and textiles to create unique, 3-dimensional projects. From fuzzy chenille to fluffy cotton and scratchy jute to scrumptious viscose, students will enjoy the tactile experience of looping, lashing, layering, weaving or knotting assorted textures in fabrics and fibers. Students may work with burlap, felt, leather, muslin, wool, yarn, or string to complete decorative pieces such as a string sculpture, a knotted flannel scarf, a wall hanging, or wool felting projects. Students may sew embellishments such as buttons on their finished projects, but this is not a sewing class. There is a $40.00 material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

Bibliophiles Books Group: Order and Chaos

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

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.

Third quarter, students will examine the themes of Order and Chaos through The Maze Runner by James Dashner and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

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 $16.00 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: $186.00

Cracking Codes, Cryptology for Kids: Sleuths

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Rebecca Sticha

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Students will learn the language of spies, secret agents, and sleuths 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 sleuths will continue their undercover operations with all-new codes such as the Atbash Cipher, Running Key Cipher, and Four-Square Cipher. Students will also learn about fingerprinting, a key clue to real sleuths solving crimes and will mix and test an invisible ink that can only be read under a black light. 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.

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

Dynamic Dioramas: Virginia History- The War of 1812 *ONLINE*

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

After the American war of Independence, the young nation of the United States struggled to gain its footing internationally, especially in the eyes of its former colonial masters, Great Britain. The class will discuss the lead-up to the War of 1812, from the perspectives of the young American nation and the British Empire, how America's first political parties opposed or supported the war, and the national consequences that would result. Once the diorama boards are completed, students will re-enact battles like the burning of Washington.

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 $25.00 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: $177.00

Eco Scientist: Africa & Asia

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

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.

This quarter s journey begins at the highest point on earth Mt. Everest. We'll journey through Asia and India and see how these land masses have changed over geologic time. Why are there elephants in India and Africa, but not in the Middle Eastern lands that connect them? We'll follow the elephant s trail through time and explore the African continent and the world s largest rift valleys where the earth is literally tearing apart!

Topics in this 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: $196.00

Geo Detective: Sensational Cycles and Seasons

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

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.

Third quarter, Geo Detectives will take a big picture perspective on the physical, chemical and biological processes that occur on our planet. We will learn about the rock cycle, water cycle, carbon and nitrogen cycling, primary productivity and the flow of energy through ecosystems.

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: $196.00

Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Winter Workshop (TUE)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 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.

Third quarter, students will build for an icy winter environment and explore constructions like a bobsled course, snow plows, snow mobiles, a Polar Express train, and gondola ski lifts!

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: $198.00

Junior Art Studio: Cultural Art Creations (TUE-10am)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

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.

Third quarter, junior artists will create art with influences from African Art, Mexican Art and Folk Art. As examples, we will make Mexican bead brackets, African masks, recreate Folk Art from the famous El Salvadoran artist Fernando LLort, and design our own folk art cat. Additional project materials this quarter will include beads, raffia, paints, and clay.

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: $144.00

Junior Art Studio: Cultural Art Creations (TUE-11am)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

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.

Third quarter, junior artists will create art with influences from African Art, Mexican Art and Folk Art. As examples, we will make Mexican bead brackets, African masks, recreate Folk Art from the famous El Salvadoran artist Fernando LLort, and design our own folk art cat. Additional project materials this quarter will include beads, raffia, paints, and clay.

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: $144.00

Nature Quest: Winter Explorers (TUE- 10am)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites:

Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and witness the changes to the watershed.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities 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: $135.00

Puppet Craft Workshop: Hand Puppets

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Students will discover the art of crafting a cast of playful hand puppets from a variety of materials and techniques! Puppets will begin with a base that students decorate and embellish with facial features such as googly eyes and hair, miniature costumes, and accessories. Students should be able to use scissors for this class.

Throughout the course, the instructor will also share tips and techniques for puppetry performances. At the end of each class, students will show and tell their classmates what they have crafted that week.

By the end of this course, each student should have 6-8 unique hand puppets. Puppets will be kept by the instructor each week to allow glue to dry and to ensure that all puppets are present on the final day. During the final class meeting, students will showcase, from behind a curtain, a brief skit incorporating all of their puppet creations. Due to space constraints and distancing in the classroom, their audience will be limited to their teacher and classmates, but their performance will be videotaped and e-mailed to parents.

Pair this class with Creative Storytelling, Playful Puppet Workshop, or Acting- Kids Theater to encourage more creative expression and theatrical basics. There is a $10.00 material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this Series: Finger Puppets (Quarter 2); Hand Puppets (Quarter 3); and Moving/String Puppets (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $123.00

Writing Well: Fascinating Fiction Paragraphs

Quarter 3: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Danielle Rhodes

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Writing is one of the most essential communication skills, and it gives kids a voice! In this class, upper elementary-aged students will learn the FUN-damentals of Writing Well! Kids will learn the foundations of good writing, step-by-step, in manageable, weekly pieces. Students will start the year with learning to formulate strong sentences and eventually move to organized, cohesive paragraphs in this class series. Classes will consist of lessons on writing basics, reading great examples (and weak ones) from literature and publications, and in-class writing practice. The emphasis will be on varying sentence structures, word choice, and correct structure- all with fun, creative topics that will keep kids interested in writing!

During quarter 3, the class will exercise their paragraph-writing skills in writing about fictional scenarios and brief stories. Students will take the skills of writing topic sentences, supporting sentences, and the clincher and weave in elements of story writing such as characters, setting, and situation. Fiction writing builds confidence as it is sun for students to fill in supporting details such as creative names, colorful adjectives, captivating adjectives, and concise verbs in order to tell their story. The class will learn to define what they want to convey in a paragraph and how to guide the reader through the points of their paragraph. By the end of quarter two, students will be able to write clear, cohesive and well-organized body paragraphs.

The goal for this course is for students to increase their writing fluency, gain confidence, and strengthen their abilities to write clear, cohesive, and grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs. The group will learn the stages of writing--prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing--and various approaches to each stage. Throughout the quarter, mini-lessons on vocabulary and grammar will be presented on topics such as correct capitalization, agreement, tenses, parts of speech, synonyms, etc. Each week, students will have brief homework assignments based on what was covered in class using creative and non-fiction free response prompts to practice techniques at home. Regular writing practice improves fluency and comfort level. Students should expect 45-60 minutes of writing at home throughout the week (3-4 days at 15 minutes per sitting.)

Topics in this Series: Sentences that Speak (Quarter 1); Planning Paragraphs (Quarter 2); Fascinating Fiction Paragraphs (Quarter 3); and Fun Factual Paragraphs (Quarter 4)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

Acting- Cyber Stage: Objection! Disorder in the Courtroom *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

What happens when your simple cross-country trip takes you through Berserksville? Arrested for a triple-crime you didn't commit! The level-headed lead in this made-for virtual-script discovers that the public defender is a doofus and the prosecutor is a clown in a trial filled with a colorful cast of witnesses and jocular judge. Our student actors will connect in an interactive, online platform to put on a hilarious play about a courtroom trial turned upside down!

The class will cast, practice, and perform the chosen play in a virtual setting for our online audience, yet students will communicate as if they're all in the same place together. The selected script was specifically written for virtual theater. New and returning acting students will have fun and be challenged to think on their feet with costumes, props, and backdrops when the show is literally happening in your own home.

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 online.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the full quarter.

Topics in this Series: A Mystery Murdered (Quarter 2); Objection! Disorder in the Courtroom (Quarter 3), and A Selection of Skits: A series of 10-minute virtual plays (Quarter 4)

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $155.00

Around the World: Geography of the Middle East & North Africa *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kouthar Muttardy

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Around the World is a creative, interactive examination of world geography! Geography is much more than just maps and mountain ranges! Students will make an in-depth investigation of all aspects of geography region-by-region. Third quarter will explore the geography of the Middle East and North Africa, from Nazareth and the Nile to Marrakesh and Medina.

Students will engage in hands-on activities, such as games and scavenger hunts, to learn about the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena and five themes of geography (location, place, human and environment interaction, movements, and regions) for each area that they study. For each major region, the class will look at aspects of human geography: political boundaries, cities and communities, cultural, social, and economic themes (dominant languages, religions, ethnic groups, agriculture, and trade), along with aspects of physical geography such as landforms, waterways, climate zones, biomes, etc. The class will also touch on the geographic specialties of meteorology and hydrology to understand how these impact physical and human geography.

Note: Map basics, including reading maps, types of maps, latitude and longitude, and understanding representations on maps, will only be covered during the first quarter of each year. Any student enrolling in the course after the first quarter will be expected to review map basics from a class packet of map information.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the full quarter.

Topics in this Series: North America (Quarter 1); Central and South America (Quarter 2); Middle East & North Africa (Quarter 3); Sub-Saharan Africa (Quarter 4). Second year (2021-22) Europe (Quarter 5); Russia & East Asia (Quarter 6); South & Southeast Asia (Quarter 7); and Oceania, Antarctica & Earth's Oceans (Quarter 8). Lab/Supply Fee: Included in the course fee. Non-Meeting Dates This is an-week class that does not meet on March 10 due to instructor's travel, but the class will meet on Wednesday, March 17.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $167.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1942 (WED)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

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!

The opening stage of the Pacific Theater of WWII was a painful lesson for the United States, especially the Navy. Starting with the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that crippled much of the fleet, Japan continued with devastating and coordinated strikes across the whole Pacific that pushed the US and its allies back across thousands of miles of ocean. That changed at Midway, when the outnumbered US fleet ambushed and wrecked the Japanese on their way to take yet another isolated island. This opened the way for the US to go on the offensive and regain the initiative, starting between Hawaii and Allied Australia, in the Solomons at Guadalcanal. Rather than focus solely on the ground campaign, this class will also include a naval component, using models of the ships that fought the many naval battles of Guadalcanal at the infamous Iron Bottom Sound.

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, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, airfields, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive scale miniature naval ships 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 Axis and Allies War at Sea gaming rule system for moving ships 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: $177.00

Chess: Advanced Beginners 3

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

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 3, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other, including: Later than beginning pins; Using more or better attackers; Using more or better defenders; Finding the forcing moves when they are also the best moves; Queen and bishop teams for attacking; Queen and knight teams for attacking; and Queen and rook teams for attacking. 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: $127.00

Chess: Beginners 3

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites:

In Beginning Chess 3, students will learn fundamental skills such as: discovered checks and attacks; pins and double checks; counting: center squares, squares of control with attackers and defenders; checkmate drills; keeping the King safe in the opening; tactics lesson 1 forks; tactics lesson 2 skewers and x-rays; reviewing opening principles. 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 3 as his/her first class.

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

Dynamic Dioramas: Prehistoric Series- Ice Age Survival (2.6 million - 4000 BCE)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Brrrr, it's cold! Travel back to the Ice Age, a world filled with wilderness and wonder that began 2.6 million years ago. Learn about early man and the animals that were among the megafauna of the Pleistocene era through an Ice Age Safari, in which students will hunt Mammoths and other prehistoric beasts using their own miniature hunters simulating authentic prehistoric cooperative hunting tactics that allowed our ancestors to take down mighty mammoths with pointy sticks and rocks! Students will also make a miniature prehistoric human settlement complete with primitive huts, mega-fauna, people, and Ice Age animals, and play competitive games to hunt and gather food and grow their tribe. Over the course of the class, students should be able to explain the lifestyle of early man and the adaptations of the animals he lived with and the environment that necessitated them.

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 landforms, waterways, plant life, 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 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: $177.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Virginia History- The War of 1812

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

After the American war of Independence, the young nation of the United States struggled to gain its footing internationally, especially in the eyes of its former colonial masters, Great Britain. The class will discuss the lead-up to the War of 1812, from the perspectives of the young American nation and the British Empire, how America's first political parties opposed or supported the war, and the national consequences that would result. Once the diorama boards are completed, students will re-enact battles like the burning of Washington.

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: $177.00

Electronics Workshop: Personal Arduino Projects

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Students will continue to learn about electronics in this practical, hands-on workshop! Electronics are fundamental to lots of things that kids want to build such as automated toys, robots, and computers. In this electronics lab, students will design, build, and test an individual project powered by an Arduino microprocessor. Will it be a robot, a rover, a game, or something never-before-seen? Students will use their prior knowledge of electronic circuits, the Arduino microprocessor, and motion, temperature, light, humidity, and tilt sensors. They will add new components such as motors and shields combined with mechanical construction.

Topics in this Series: Circuit Basics (Quarter 1); Circuits + Programming (Quarter 2); Individual Arduino Projects (Quarter 3); and Build a Drone (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $65.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for new and returning student for an Arduino processor and robotics kit and take-home materials.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $164.00

Fencing for Beginners & Advanced Beginners

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Fencing Sports Academy

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Fencing is the clashing of steel and competitive spirit combined with the battle of the wits. Apply the rules of Olympic fencing, and you have a physically and mentally challenging game of strategy, often called, "physical chess." In Beginning Fencing, students will learn the rules of the sport as well as footwork, attacks, parries, responses, and how to judge matches. Beginning students will use the epee, a thin, lightweight sword with broad hand guard and will wear a wireless electronic scoring sensor over layers of protective gear. Returning students will work with both the epee and foil. The physical benefits of fencing are an increase in agility, balance and coordination. Fencing also provides mental benefits such as improved focus, strategy and confidence. Fencing is safety-oriented with blunt tip weapons, chest protectors, chest/sleeve pads, fencing jacket, gloves, and face mask. All equipment is provided by the instructor. Students are asked to wear comfortable athletic pants such as running pants or sweatpants (no jeans, no dresses), and low-heeled athletic shoes.

  Price: $187.00

French Foundations

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

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.

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

French with Friends

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

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.

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

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

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Iman Castaneda

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 is on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. 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! Students must be minimum age 7 to take this class.

  Price: $142.00

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

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Iman Castaneda

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 is on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. 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! Students must be minimum age 7 to take this class.

  Price: $142.00

Great Books for Girls Group

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

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. The first book of Quarter 3 will be "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making" by Catherynne M. Valente. A second, follow-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: $167.00

Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Winter Workshop (WED)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

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.

Third quarter, students will build for an icy winter environment and explore constructions like a bobsled course, snow plows, snow mobiles, a Polar Express train, and gondola ski lifts!

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: $198.00

Junior Art Studio: Cultural Art Creations (WED-10am)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

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.

Third quarter, junior artists will create art with influences from African Art, Mexican Art and Folk Art. As examples, we will make Mexican bead brackets, African masks, recreate Folk Art from the famous El Salvadoran artist Fernando LLort, and design our own folk art cat. Additional project materials this quarter will include beads, raffia, paints, and clay.

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: $144.00

Junior Art Studio: Cultural Art Creations (WED-11am)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

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.

Third quarter, junior artists will create art with influences from African Art, Mexican Art and Folk Art. As examples, we will make Mexican bead brackets, African masks, recreate Folk Art from the famous El Salvadoran artist Fernando LLort, and design our own folk art cat. Additional project materials this quarter will include beads, raffia, paints, and clay.

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: $144.00

Kids' Engineering Lab: Aviation Challenge (11am)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

In Engineering Lab, students will explore the physics of airplanes, parachutes, and gliders! They will experiment with wing shapes, the geometry of nose cones, and the volume of parachutes, for example. Students will test various class-built craft to understand the mechanics of lift, drag, and thrust, and they will build with a variety of materials to understand how weight affects flight performance. Newton's Laws of Motion are introduced and tested in hands-on experiments.

Each aviation project will incorporate the engineering-design process of brainstorm, design, build, test, and modify as students tweak their creations to achieve improved performance. As examples, students will build gliders, test various weights and adjust components to perform loops. They will learn about the physics of flight for helicopters and then experiment with 'how high' could propellers fly at Compass and how to make a controlled landing with a paper helicopter.

Topics in this Series: Inventors' Lab: Eureka (Quarter 1); Inventors' Lab: Going Green (Quarter 2); Kids' Engineering Lab: Aviation Challenge (Quarter 3); and Kids' Engineering Lab: Rocket Race (Quarter 4)

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

Kids' Engineering Lab: Aviation Challenge (1PM)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

In Engineering Lab, students will explore the physics of airplanes, parachutes, and gliders! They will experiment with wing shapes, the geometry of nose cones, and the volume of parachutes, for example. Students will test various class-built craft to understand the mechanics of lift, drag, and thrust, and they will build with a variety of materials to understand how weight affects flight performance. Newton's Laws of Motion are introduced and tested in hands-on experiments.

Each aviation project will incorporate the engineering-design process of brainstorm, design, build, test, and modify as students tweak their creations to achieve improved performance. As examples, students will build gliders, test various weights and adjust components to perform loops. They will learn about the physics of flight for helicopters and then experiment with 'how high' could propellers fly at Compass and how to make a controlled landing with a paper helicopter.

Topics in this Series: Inventors' Lab: Eureka (Quarter 1); Inventors' Lab: Going Green (Quarter 2); Kids' Engineering Lab: Aviation Challenge (Quarter 3); and Kids' Engineering Lab: Rocket Race (Quarter 4)

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

Krav Maga Self Defense for Tweens & Teens- Brown Stripe

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sarah Reynolds

Grade Range: 5th-9th

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.

Third quarter, students will have the chance to earn a Brown 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: None

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

Little Medical School: Wilderness Medicine (2PM)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Spring is around the corner, and students should know how to stay safe outdoors! Our young wilderness doctors will learn about snake bites, insect stings, mosquito-borne illnesses, and staying safe in the forest. They will learn about hypothermia symptoms and prevention, how to clean water so it is safe to drink, what plants are edible and which must be avoided, and what to do in the event of forest fires, floods, and lightning. They will learn what should be in an emergency supply kit and how to treat an injury in the wilderness. All topics are covered through role-playing and hands-on activities in an age-appropriate way so students feel empowered, rather than scared, away from home.

Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Wilderness Medicine (Quarter 3); and Nutrition Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $35.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, model snake, thermal blanket, bandana, spray bottle, emergency supply kit project, handy worksheets and charts on temperature, water, edible/inedible plant identification, fires, floods, lightning, bleeding and broken bones, and a class diploma.

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

Little Medical School: Wilderness Medicine (3PM)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites: None

Spring is around the corner, and students should know how to stay safe outdoors! Our young wilderness doctors will learn about snake bites, insect stings, mosquito-borne illnesses, and staying safe in the forest. They will learn about hypothermia symptoms and prevention, how to clean water so it is safe to drink, what plants are edible and which must be avoided, and what to do in the event of forest fires, floods, and lightning. They will learn what should be in an emergency supply kit and how to treat an injury in the wilderness. All topics are covered through role-playing and hands-on activities in an age-appropriate way so students feel empowered, rather than scared, away from home.

Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Wilderness Medicine (Quarter 3); and Nutrition Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $35.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, model snake, thermal blanket, bandana, spray bottle, emergency supply kit project, handy worksheets and charts on temperature, water, edible/inedible plant identification, fires, floods, lightning, bleeding and broken bones, and a class diploma.

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

Master Engineering with LEGO: Star Wars Challenge

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Use the Force in this advanced engineering course for young Jedi! Each week students will "visit" a galaxy far, far away and construct Star Wars-themed projects such as shield generators, settlements, spacecraft, and droids. Each project incorporates key mechanical and structural engineering elements like gear trains, worm drives, and eccentric motion. This approach taps in to the "forces" of imagination and engineering design concepts!

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $198.00

Math Lab

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 6th-12th

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.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $186.00

Music Makers: Rhythms

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      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.

  Price: $165.00

Nature Quest: Winter Adventurers (TUE- 11am)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and witness the changes to the watershed.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities 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: $135.00

Nature Quest: Winter Adventurers (WED- 11am)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and witness the changes to the watershed.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities 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: $135.00

Nature Quest: Winter Adventurers (WED- 2pm)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and witness the changes to the watershed.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities 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: $135.00

Nature Quest: Winter Explorers (WED- 10am)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites:

Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and witness the changes to the watershed.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities 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: $135.00

Nature Quest: Winter Explorers (WED- 1pm)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites:

Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and witness the changes to the watershed.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities 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: $135.00

Nature Quest: Winter Pathfinders (TUE- 12pm)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites:

Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and witness the changes to the watershed.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities 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: $135.00

Nature Quest: Winter Pathfinders (WED- 12pm)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: 4th-5th

Prerequisites:

Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and witness the changes to the watershed.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon 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 each season. Students will get to know 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. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. 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. The group exploration/activities 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: $135.00

Number Ninjas: Super Shapes

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

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.

Third quarter, students will dive into geometry by creating plane figures and sorting them according to the number of sides, vertices, and angles. We will complete symmetrical pictures with pattern blocks and drawings. Students will compare and sort 2-D and 3-D shapes using everyday objects. We will build a in-class projects featuring shapes.

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).

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

Robot Fab Lab: Maze Runner

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

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 robot to complete several unique mazes in the fastest possible time. Students will learn to program their robots to make "decisions" when exploring an unfamiliar maze such as "go straight until you encounter a wall" and "turn to the right if you run into an obstacle."

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: $164.00

Science Kids: Chemistry Sampler (WED)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

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. In Chemistry sampler students will learn about acids and bases, melting point, physical properties, solutions, polymers, and simple reactions that give off heat, gas, etc. Topics in this Series: Living World (Quarter 1), Earth/Space (Quarter 2), Chemistry (Quarter 3), and Physics (Quarter 4).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

Simulation Lab: Astronautical Engineering- Space Station Design

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dan Gallagher

Grade Range: 6th-7th

Prerequisites:

Would you live in a long-term space habitat? Space stations, such as the ISS, are ambitious projects, but will be necessary staging sites for humans to travel to Mars- or beyond. This simulation class will focus on designing, launching, constructing, and re-supplying a modular, multi-player space station- on screen. Students will tackle the specification and design of modules for command, housing, scientific research, storage, and support for long-term space exploration. Each week, students will also learn about the science of astronautical engineering and challenges of long-term space habitation.

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 space station modules, 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: $164.00

Spanish Amigos

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sirdley Taborga

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: $170.00

Spanish Club for Kids

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sirdley Taborga

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: $170.00

Ultimate Magic Academy: Perplexing Purple Wand

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Joe Romano

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites: None

Curious coins, baffling balls, confounding cards, and puzzling papers! Students will learn tricks of the trade from a professional magician using the Discover Magic curriculum! This class will present tricks from the Purple Wand curriculum.

Each week, kids will learn how to perform a unique magic trick, and students will practice and perfect the illusion in class so they can come home and mystify their friends and family. Students will unlock the secrets to eight special magic tricks: Heads-Up, Bermuda Papers, Mind Trip, Baffling Bandana, Acrobatic Jacks, Magic IOU, IncrediBall and Presto Print. For each trick, students will receive a custom magic prop and full color instructions, and at the end of each class, every magician will take home a Top Secret file folder with additional tricks they can practice. Student magicians will be given a secret password each week to gain access to an additional magic trick on the Discover Magic website (parents will need to work the magic to set up the child's online account.) Along with the actual magic, students will discuss a life skill each week that is essential to a good magician (and student) such as public speaking, presentation skills, practicing, being prepared, and reading your audience. Magicians who complete the class will receive a certificate and magic wand. There is a $45.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Look for Groovy Green Wand (Quarter 4).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $245.00

Word Masters: Verbal Analogies & Vocab Challenges

Quarter 3: Starts on January 20, 2021

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: $167.00

All About Astronomy: Are We Alone? Exoplanets and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Quarter 3: Starts on January 21, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Rebecca Sticha

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

In July 2020, NASA launched the Perseverance Rover to search for fossilized evidence of ancient microbial life in a crater on Mars. In September 2020, scientists announced that traces of phosphine gas, whose source is microbes, had been detected in the noxious clouds of Venus. And in October 2020, NASA announced that water molecules have been discovered across surface of the moon. This class will explore the big questions of, "Are we alone in the universe?"; "Is there other life"; and "Where?"

In this class students will examine the evidence from recent studies and past findings to debate these questions. They will discuss exoplanets and what conditions are needed for a "Goldilocks Planet", the "just-right" conditions for life to thrive. The class will learn about aspects of astrobiology and biomarkers for possible life, and will debate, "How will we know if life is found?" This class will use some NASA projects for educators in their investigation. Future themes in this series include: Inner Solar System (Quarter 1); Outer Solar System (Quarter 2); Exoplanets (Quarter 3); and Stars (Quarter 4).

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

Art: Pencil & Paint: Rollicking Rainforest

Quarter 3: Starts on January 21, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Elementary artists will enjoy a journey in a drawing and painting in this art basics class! Second quarter, students will be inspired by the rainforest and complete projects that feature projects such as favorite rainforest fauna- a poison dart frog, sloth, or howler monkey- or flora, in the forms of the unique trees and flowers. Students will learn how to combine basic shapes into the more complex forms of plants and animals. Some pieces will introduce the idea of composition with a featured element plus a background. Principles of drawing such as perspective, light, shading and textures will be presented and practiced. Paint will be applied to several of the projects to add color to a rollicking rainforest! Supple fee: There is a $10.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $144.00

Jiu-Jitsu Fit for Kids

Quarter 3: Starts on January 21, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Iman Castaneda

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Jiu-Jitsu Fit is a fun, interactive, physical fitness program for kids inspired by the Brazilian self-defense martial art jiu-jitsu. Students will follow a well-rounded physical fitness program that incorporates moves and strategies of jiu-jitsu including strength, flexibility, conditioning, endurance, coordination, balance, and fun! Included in the games and exercises of this class, students will practice techniques for resolving conflicts, dealing with bullies, projecting confidence, and developing stranger awareness. This class helps keeps kids active, builds self esteem, and encourages teamwork.

Jiu-Jitsu Fit activities will be adapted for COVID prevention. Grappling and ground work will not be included in the program while COVID measures are in place. Students will be required to wear masks in class, and distances will be maintained for many activities in the workout. However, some self-defense work will require partners to work more closely, while both in masks, for simple moves such wrist-grabs.

What to Bring: Refillable water bottle. What to Wear: Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes.

  Price: $142.00

Mental Math Fun: More Logic & Reasoning Puzzles

Quarter 3: Starts on January 21, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Students will tackle a variety of puzzles, games, and riddles each week that will develop their mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills while having loads of fun in class! Hands-on activities may use cards, dice, coins, cubes, toothpicks, and of course, lots of numbers. Every activity is in essence a math problem, and students will learn tips and techniques for tackling the challenges.

For each new puzzle, game, and riddle, students will learn concepts and strategies that they can apply to solving ANY math challenge, such as: the phases of solving a problem, what to do when you get stuck, how to make predictions, how to generalize from specific cases, and how to become your own questionner. Through these weekly activities, students will learn that math isn't just something done at a desk with pencil and paper, but is present everywhere you look, and that the ability to think mathematically can not only be useful, but also fun!

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

Paint Studio I: Landmarks & Landscapes

Quarter 3: Starts on January 21, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

Grade Range: 7th-Adult

Prerequisites:

Students will be introduced to painting with acrylics in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional painter. Students will work on canvas boards 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 color mixing, shading, blending, stippling, broad stroke, dry brush, and glazing techniques. 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 two or three 8" X 10" or 11" X 14" canvases each quarter, depending on the level of detailing.

Third quarter, students will paint compositions of landscapes and natural landmarks inspired by America’s National Parks. “From sea to shining sea,” paintings may feature majestic mountains, craggy canyons, desolate desserts, or arid arches. These projects will introduce perspective in addition to the representation of light (shadows, reflections, silhouettes) and textures.

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 (Quarter 1); Stunning Sunsets & Starry Skies (Quarter 2); TBD (Quarter 3); and TBD (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 canvases and brushes and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, paints, paper products, etc.). Returning students who are continuing in this class from a prior quarter can continue using their personal brushes, but there is a $10.00 fee for canvases and shared supplies.

What to Wear: Students may wish to bring an apron, smock, or paint shirt to wear 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: $172.00

Preschool Art Adventures: Lines & Shapes

Quarter 3: Starts on January 21, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 45 min

Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

Grade Range: Ages 3.5-5

Prerequisites:

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Preschoolers will experiment with a wide variety of materials such as tempera paints, finger paints, watercolors, color pencils, markers, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, tissue paper, and specialty papers through a guided, weekly themed project. Third quarter, preschool artists will learn all about Lines and Shapes through mixing and experimenting with a variety of media. Students must be a minimum of 3-1/2 years old for this class and be able to work in a small group setting independent of their parent or caregiver. Topics in this Series: Creative Color (Quarter 2); Lines and Shapes (Quarter 3), and Terrific Texture (Quarter 4). This is a 7-week class that will not meet on March 11. Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $12.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $144.00

Science Kids: Chemistry Sampler (THU)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 21, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Science Kids is a lab-based science sampler program where our youngest scientists will be exposed to the concepts, acquire scientific vocabulary, and learn hands-on skills to needed to be comfortable with more advanced science classes as they get older. Your first or second grader will come home with an understanding of concepts like phases of matter, melting point, buoyancy, and life cycles. Most importantly, young students will gain confidence discussing science concepts and working with science equipment. Labs will teach students how to use a thermometer, take linear measurements, weigh items on a scale, peer into a microscope, record elapsed time, and make scientific sketches, for example.

Each quarter will reinforce principles and lab skills around a central, unifying theme. In Chemistry sampler students will learn about acids and bases, melting point, physical properties, solutions, polymers, and simple reactions that give off heat, gas, etc. Topics in this Series: Living World (Quarter 1), Earth/Space (Quarter 2), Chemistry (Quarter 3), and Physics (Quarter 4).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

WordMasters Challenge Competition Club

Quarter 3: Starts on January 21, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Megan Reynolds

Grade Range: 3rd-8th

Prerequisites:

The WordMasters Competition Club takes the love of words and word games to a new level! For students who have enjoyed Compass’s Word Masters classes on Wednesdays or those who appreciate the thrill of a friendly contest, the Competition Club will elevate (heighten, uplift, pump up) the word fun!
“The WordMasters Challenge ™ is a national competition for students in grades 3-8 that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning.” The contest challenges students to think critically about word relationships through analogies. Students will work from newly released 2020-21 vocabulary lists for their grade level. Each student will be able to select from the Blue Division (above-average reading and reasoning) or the Gold Division (superior/accelerated readings and reasoning).
Weekly sessions at Compass will include games, activities, and mock meets to help students learn and analyze their challenge words. Three times throughout the year, there will be 20-minute in-class analogy-solving “meets.” Individual and team results from the meet will be uploaded to the nationwide challenge-tracking system. Across the whole US program, the 100 most outstanding schools and 200 outstanding individuals will be announced. At the end of the year, students who competed in all three Compass meets will receive a certificate, and one Compass student will earn a school-level champion medal.
The program tuition includes weekly facilitation and activities organized by a long time Compass instructor and WordMasters coordinator but does NOT include the cost(s) to register Compass teams or Compass individuals. The number and level of teams will be determined by the instructor after working with students for a few weeks. The cost per student could range from $99.00/each for one student who is the only one working at a particular level to $9.90/each if Compass has ten students who all qualify to work from the same grade/grade division. The registration cost will be invoiced separately once teams and levels are determined.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $167.00

Writer's Workshop: Classics, Paintings, and Poetry- A Passport Adventure *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3: Starts on January 21, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karen Hickman

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Students will journey around the world reading classic stories and finding poetry in paintings as they study the masters of various art forms. A journal and passport will be handed out. Using an Ekphrastic poetry style to extend their thinking and encourage the writing of new meanings into old works, students will identify traditional poetry and free verse in classic literature. Student interpretations will extend influence the meaning of their own poetry as they study several famous artists and poets with international appeal: Van Gogh, Vermeer, Klimpt, Homer, Hopper, and O'Keefe, while Basho, Issa, and Muth will provide haiku, tanka, sijo, freeverse and sonnets as students travel from Europe to the States and on to Asia. In tandem, the class will read portions of Dickens, Twain, and Grahame to hear the voices of humanity and borrow a few lines to influence our own poetry. Each student will choose an artist for a report that will be shared in a printed class anthology. It will seem like a class game to get their passports stamped! Join us in our global travel.

The Writers' Workshop gives students in grades 5-6 the skills they need for writing, reading, listening, and speaking that come from practicing by putting pen to paper. Sharing drafts and in-progress works enhances the understanding of language structure, encourages revision, and improves editing in story writing. Each quarter, students will review samples of literature and write about popular themes using the story elements of that theme.

Imagination and creativity come easily to most young writers, but acquiring technical skills is also important. Each quarter, students will focus on specific skills. The skills are a part of their Writer's Tool Kit that includes understanding parts and kinds of sentences, plurals, possessives, and punctuation. Learning how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus, as well as practical, higher, middle school level skills such as summarizing, outlining, note taking, writing a book report, or citing sources are included throughout the four sessions.

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

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $174.00

Acting- Teen Stage: Immersive Improv *HYBRID*

Quarter 3: Starts on January 22, 2021

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!

Third quarter, actors will continue to hone their "short game", or short form improv skills. Class activities will teach students how to do edits, perfect their scene work, create characters, escalate emotions, elevate relationships, and use object work to create a more involved stories. They learn about timing, transitions, and how to connect scenes and travel through the improv story with recurring characters, patterns, and common themes to portray a hilarious or witty situation. Class exercises will help students improve listening stills and build the collective, group imagination.

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.

Format:This class will run as a hybrid format with 50% of the classes being taught in-person and 50% taught online, in a virtual classroom environment. The dates of in-person and virtual sessions will be announced in the first class meeting.

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: $173.00

Fundamentals of Drawing: Fantasy Figures

Quarter 3: Starts on January 22, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

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

Third quarter, teens will be doing basic, freehand sketching of favorites from the realm of fantasy such as dragons, fairies, elves, mermaids, unicorns, and a project from anime. Teen artists will learn to draw different types of lines, fading, shading, and blending using crosshatching and smudging. Through fantasy drawings, artists be introduced to basic figure drawing and proportions. This class will introduce composition by introducing backgrounds such as a castle, garden, or woods. Over the course, students should progress to draw more carefully, more accurately and to represent more refined details in their drawings. Towards 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. 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 (Quarter 1), Endangered Animal Art (Quarter 2), Fantasy Figures (Quarter 3), and TBD (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 new student 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: $144.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- WWII The USMC at Guadalcanal, 1942 (MON)

Quarter 3: Starts on January 25, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 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!

The opening stage of the Pacific Theater of WWII was a painful lesson for the United States, especially the Navy. Starting with the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that crippled much of the fleet, Japan continued with devastating and coordinated strikes across the whole Pacific that pushed the US and its allies back across thousands of miles of ocean. That changed at Midway, when the outnumbered US fleet ambushed and wrecked the Japanese on their way to take yet another isolated island. This opened the way for the US to go on the offensive and regain the initiative, starting between Hawaii and Allied Australia, in the Solomons at Guadalcanal. Rather than focus solely on the ground campaign, this class will also include a naval component, using models of the ships that fought the many naval battles of Guadalcanal at the infamous Iron Bottom Sound.

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, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, airfields, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive scale miniature naval ships 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 Axis and Allies War at Sea gaming rule system for moving ships 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: $177.00

Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a Medieval Castle

Quarter 3: Starts on January 25, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Children are full of stories and bubbling over with big ideas! In this class, students will learn how to capture their creative vision into a simple story that they will write and illustrate. Second quarter, they will spin the tale of their own, unique Magic Kingdom. Will their journey include wizards or warlocks, castles or caves, spells, dragons.. or something else?

Students will learn how to build a Story Arc through guided, weekly activities. They will discover the key elements to composing a story such as crafting characters, posing a problem, advancing the action, constructing the climax, and writing the resolution- through brainstorming questions like, "Who is in your story?", "Where does this take place?", "What does that look like?" and "What happened after ____?"

Emerging writers or readers are welcome and will receive support, if needed, to get their own words written down. Psst- don't tell your child, but this class helps lay the foundation in language arts for more advanced creative writing and composition. Pair this class with Playful Puppet Workshop, Acting: Kids Theater, or Writing Well: Sentences that Speak to further encourage communication and storytelling skills. The supply fee is included in the class tuition. Topics in this Series: Awesome Adventure (Quarter 1), Magic Kingdom (Quarter 2), Medieval Castle (Quarter 3), and Zany Zoo (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $149.00

Little Pediatrician School

Quarter 3: Starts on January 25, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Beth Ross

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Little Pediatrician is for young children who already have a baby brother or sister, might have one someday, have an infant cousin, or who just love or are curious about babies! Students will learn how to examine a baby, about vaccinations, and the umbilical cord. Our young pediatricians will learn how to diaper a baby, prevent diaper rash, burp, bathe, and feed a baby. They will understand why babies can choke and how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver. Infant CPR will be demonstrated for the group. Finally, our helpers will understand safe sleeping practices, learn about the Finnish Baby Box and make their own, write a bedtime story, learn a lullaby, and other steps to becoming a pediatrician.

Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Little Pediatrician School (Quarter 3); and Nutrition(Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. For a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, a plush baby, a baby box, birth certificate, gloves, paper tape measure, bedtime story worksheet, lullaby music sheet, assesment form, and a class diploma.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $202.00

Robotics Tech Challenge: Autonomous Delivery Robots

Quarter 3: Starts on January 25, 2021

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 an autonomous delivery robot capable of detecting and avoiding obstacles, following changeable routes, parking itself at a pre-defined destination to deliver goods, and returning to base station. The robot will be built with a secure compartment that can only be opened by password.

The class will focus on construction and programming, with heavy emphasis on design of functional robots. The delivery robots will be programmed to sense and react to their environment, users, or patients through sensors. Sensors for delivery robots may include: ultrasonic distance, infrared (IR) proximity, mini-LIDAR (laser radar), touch, line following, and sound sensors, along with cameras to drive on marked city streets.

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 Robot (Semester 1) and Autonomous Delivery Vehicle (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: $327.00

Introduction to Philosophy: Minds and Knowledge *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 15, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Erica Hughes

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

How can we be sure we are not a character in someone else's videogame? How can a brain know itself? What kinds of things can be known? This course introduces the basics of epistemology and philosophy of mind though a discussion of Bart Simpson's actions, movies such as The Matrix, and Asimov's robot stories. Through relevant pop culture references and modern examples, students will become familiar with some theories of Plato, Descartes, and Heidegger.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the remainder of the year.

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: $405.00

Literature Roundtable Seminar- Dystopian Discourse *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 15, 2021

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.

Second semester, the class will examine the genre of dystopian literature with a critical eye on what elements are found in all dystopian fiction works. The class will examine the role of government and society in the imagined, oppressive or apocalyptic realms through a study of works such as: Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley; Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) by George Orwell; The Lottery (1948), a short story by Shirley Jackson; and Handmaid's Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood. 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.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the remainder of the year.

Topics in this Series: Science Fiction (Semester 1) and Dystopian Literature (Semester 2).

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 possess 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: 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 $51.00 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: $372.00

Civics Critics: Know Your Rights (TUE) *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 19, 2021

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 Bill of Rights 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. Second semester will examine themes such as the first ten amendments, the justice system, and Supreme Court cases in a relevant, approachable, and interactive context. The class will apply this knowledge to analyze three big DBQ inquiries: Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students' Online Speech? Search and Seizure: Did the Government Go Too Far? Is the American Jury System Still a Good Idea?

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.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the remainder of the year.

Topics in this Series: Constitution Connection (Semester 1) and Know Your Rights (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 course documents is included in the class tuition.

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

Schedule: This class will not meet on Tuesday, March 9, but will instead meet on Tuesday, March 16, a Compass make-up day.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $361.00

Beginning Guitar II

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Ney Mello

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will continue to learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar! In this class, students will continue to learn basic melodies, chords, and strumming patterns for familiar songs chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. New chords and new songs will be added each week as students also learn to read music and basic music theory. Students will also learn how to hold, tune, and care for their guitars. Students should be able to read at grade level for this class, and should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. New students who wish to enroll 2nd semester should have at least 12-15 hours of prior instruction in order to match the pace of the enrolled students.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $352.00

Civics Critics: Know Your Rights (WED) *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 20, 2021

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 Bill of Rights 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. Second semester will examine themes such as the first ten amendments, the justice system, and Supreme Court cases in a relevant, approachable, and interactive context. The class will apply this knowledge to analyze three big DBQ inquiries: Should Schools Be Allowed to Limit Students' Online Speech? Search and Seizure: Did the Government Go Too Far? Is the American Jury System Still a Good Idea?

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.

Note:Class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for 3rd quarter. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for 4th quarter as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

Topics in this Series: Constitution Connection (Semester 1) and Know Your Rights (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 course documents is included in the class tuition.

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

Schedule: This class will not meet on Wednesday, March 10, but will instead meet on Wednesday, March 17, a Compass make-up day.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $361.00

CSI Forensic Science Lab (WED)

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will delve into the world of crime scene investigators (CSIs) as seen each week on Law and Order, NCIS, and the CSI television series! Students will be introduced to the field which combines knowledge of biology, chemistry, and physics! They will learn how to examine a crime scene and collect evidence. They will perform labs and hands-on activities such as different kinds of fingerprinting, finger print patterns, and learning how to find and lift latent fingerprints. The class will practice identifying footprints and making molds. They will further their skills in collecting and analyzing evidence through labs and hands-on activities that demonstrate fiber and hair analysis. They will test different fabrics, and learn how to use pollen and insects to determine the location of a crime. Students will use equipment similar to CSI analysts and FBI detectives such as microscopes and chromatography and combine those techniques along with logic, deductive reasoning, and the scientific method to solve mock crimes and CSI mysteries. Students will take notes and record their findings in science journals/notebooks.

Notes: (1) Portions of this class were taught in winter 2020, and some activities will be repeated. (2) For sensitive students, please note that while actual crime scene details and graphic photographs will not be shown to students, the nature of forensic science will suggest and reference crime scenarios.

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: Some weeks, students will be given pre-lab work that must be completed before they can start the week's lab activities.

Lab/Supply Fee: A lab fee of $40.00 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: $419.00

English: Advanced Literary Criticism & Composition- Survey of Themes in Literature *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 20, 2021

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

Second semester of Advanced Literary Criticism will include a grouping of literature in "themes" and a study of how themes 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 works that will be read second semester include complete texts or selections from Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, Shelley, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and more recent writers. Other selections include The Importance of Being Ernest (Oscar Wilde), The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald), and The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka). The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term.

Composition

First semester Composition will apply the Schools of Literary Criticism to craft essays that demonstrate and understanding of themes 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 literary theme culminating a semester project.

Class Structure

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

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

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the remainder of the year.

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: $724.00

English: Introduction to Literary Analysis & Writing- Forms of Literature *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 20, 2021

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 second semester, students will examine forms and genres to create a "big picture" of the development of literature.

Literature

Second semester Literary Analysis will focus on forms of literature- novels, short stories, essays, plays, poems, etc.- and the different ways they tell a story. Some well-known literature will be used to introduce students to the different forms. Some well-known literature will be used to introduce students to the various literary elements, and new works will be studied to demonstrate the best examples of a vivid fictional universe, a strong narrator, beloved (or feared) characters, and other literary components. Examples of some literature that students may read in this course are The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho), Journey to the Center of Earth (Jules Verne), Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr), Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson), and Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston). The full reading list will be presented in the course syllabus at the beginning of the term.

Composition

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

Class Structure

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

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the remainder of the year.

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: $724.00

English: Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Non Fiction *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp, Melanie Kosar

Grade Range: 11th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Overview

Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Non Fiction 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

Second semester will examine Nobel and Pulitzer-Prize winning non-fiction. Examples of some essays that may read in this course include Long Day's Journey Into Night (Eugene O'Neill), The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway), The Bluest Eyes (Toni Morrison) and other prize-winning poets and journalists. 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

Second semester Senior Composition will focus on criteria for the assessment of writing, the writing that fulfills that criteria, and how a writer can meet those expectations. Students will develop a variety of non-fiction writings that reflect communication in the "real world" such as writing boards, contests, ads/solicitations conveying criteria, awards, letters of acceptance and rejection, press releases, announcements, decisions. Finally, students will set their own writing goals called, Personal Writing Agendas (PWAs) and design the criteria for exploration of a genre such as poetry, personal narrative, op-ed, or articles. 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.

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.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the remainder of the year.

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: $724.00

Middle School Math Builders: Exponents, Orders of Operations, & Integers

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

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).

Exponents and orders of magnitude are used every day by scientists! How far away is the sun? How small is an atom? How many cells are in our bodies? The class will make sense of really small and really big numbers by working with exponents, powers of ten, scientific notation, and order of magnitude. Students will learn different ways of expressing large and miniscule numbers. Students will practice the computational operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with exponents.

Integers are used everyday by almost everyone! Answering the question, what's the balance in my checking account? Is it cold enough to snow? Or, how do I score a game of golf? This course will make the abstract concept of negatives numbers concrete through the use of number lines and other tools. Students in this class will learn algorithms and strategies for completing all four operations with integers. Being able to work with integers is essential throughout Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and beyond.

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: $280.00

Spy Games RPG, The History of Espionage in The Cold War *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

This class will pull aside the Iron Curtain, and uncover the secrets of spying during the Cold War, learning about far more than spying in the process- using an RPG (role playing game).

When the world's last two superpowers faced off for fifty years, the intelligence battle had to go incognito. It was the USA vs the USSR, and any advantage could mean the difference between life and nuclear annihilation. No expense was spared as spying went Space Age. The real stories of espionage were just as interesting as James Bond and Q, and the stakes just as high. Computers worked on large scale to obscure secrets from invasion plans and to nuclear codes and knowing just who is really on your side. Field agents subtly advised potential allies and sometimes outright topples whole regimes with well (or poorly) placed assassinations.

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. The class will examine the lives and techniques of real Cold War spies, adopt their methods and replicate them for ourselves, pitting one half of the class against the other. Once students have the enemy's secrets, they will attempt to make use of this stolen information and learn just how much power there is in knowledge.

Note: This section will be held entirely ONLINE in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the full year.

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: $356.00

CSI Forensic Science Lab (THU)

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 21, 2021

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Donna Shackelford

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will delve into the world of crime scene investigators (CSIs) as seen each week on Law and Order, NCIS, and the CSI television series! Students will be introduced to the field which combines knowledge of biology, chemistry, and physics! They will learn how to examine a crime scene and collect evidence. They will perform labs and hands-on activities such as different kinds of fingerprinting, finger print patterns, and learning how to find and lift latent fingerprints. The class will practice identifying footprints and making molds. They will further their skills in collecting and analyzing evidence through labs and hands-on activities that demonstrate fiber and hair analysis. They will test different fabrics, and learn how to use pollen and insects to determine the location of a crime. Students will use equipment similar to CSI analysts and FBI detectives such as microscopes and chromatography and combine those techniques along with logic, deductive reasoning, and the scientific method to solve mock crimes and CSI mysteries. Students will take notes and record their findings in science journals/notebooks.

Notes: (1) Portions of this class were taught in winter 2020, and some activities will be repeated. (2) For sensitive students, please note that while actual crime scene details and graphic photographs will not be shown to students, the nature of forensic science will suggest and reference crime scenarios.

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: Some weeks, students will be given pre-lab work that must be completed before they can start the week's lab activities.

Lab/Supply Fee: A lab fee of $40.00 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: $419.00

Hysterical Shakespeare: The Bard's Best Comedy Scenes *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 21, 2021

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 take a tour of the funniest, most hysterical comedic acts across a broad selection of Shakespeare’s plays.

From mistaken identities to clowning to plain old verbal whit and timing, the works of Shakespeare have plenty of comedy to enjoy. The class will read and act out funniest scenes from the great comedies of Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and The Taming of the Shrew. But did you know there are also great comedic moments in the Bard’s history and tragedy plays as well? Students will discover the humor in Henry IV’s Falstaff or Hamlet gravedigger scene. After a sidesplitting journey through scenes, the class will delve into Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, where the class will unravel the twisted tale of six amateur actors, four lovers, and upcoming wedding, and a band of meddling of forest fairies.

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 satire across many famous tales.

The class will work from selections of original 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.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the full semester. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for second semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

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 first-semester class will last 16 weeks, meeting during Compass winter make-up dates (3/18 and 3/25), but off on April 1, and finishing on May 12.

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

3D History: WWI- Over the Top, 1916-1918

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 22, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 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 1916 The Great War had been churning through men and material for two years. Something had to be done- warring countries were driving deep into debt and losing entire generations of young men at the front. The armies had to go "Over the Top." Great Battle Plans were drawn up for massive, simultaneous attacks across the whole of Western Europe. In secret, the British built new technological horrors to drive through the German lines: land battleships bristling with guns, covered in armor and belching smoke and fire. The gears of war reached as far as Gallipoli in Turkey and the deserts of the Middle East. In the West, an untapped American giant slowly stirred to war. Provoked by unrestricted submarine warfare, diplomatic intrigue, and a righteous desire to defend democracy, would America arrive in time to decide the outcome of the Great War?

This semester will study later years of WWI, the major battles of the Western Front, where tens of thousands of men went "over the top" of their trenches to near certain death, as well as the desperate attempts to break the stalemate in other theaters of war with new technologies.

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: $423.00

Ancient Justice: Crime & Punishment in the Early Modern Era

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 22, 2021

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 mainland Europe and their divergence from English
Common Law. 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 Englishmen, from commoners to nobility, and Europeans in both
criminal and church courts. 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. This semester
will examine the Justice systems of Renaissance Europe up to Colonial Britain.

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: $356.00

Art History: Asia to Africa, Non-Western and Global Modern Art *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 22, 2021

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. Following the AP syllabus for this course, students will learn about the people and concepts behind each type of art, considering that the conditions of the time influenced the art and architecture: physical location, settlement, innovation, warfare, politics, beliefs, religion, funerary practices, and interconnections to other, contemporary cultures.

This study of the history of art will begin with the early 20th century, leap back to the origins and development of arts in Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, then return to World War II to trace the influences of a global culture on modern art. Starting with Cubism, Primitivism, Neoplasticism, and Readymades will allow the students to see the recombined elements before breaking them down by cultural contribution. Returning to India, students will discover the origins of Hindu and Buddhist architecture and sculpture and examine their many similarities. Next, the class will travel to early China, to trace the evolution from pottery, to stonewares, to the origin of Chinese writing on bronze cast vessels. The class will be introduced to ideas of the afterlife through the terracotta warriors and uses of jade before moving to Japan to examine investigate the arts before the introduction of Buddhism. Human sacrifice, ball games, and a fabulous slew of composite deities will frame the discussion of the role of art in Native American cultures from Vancouver Island to the southern tip of the Andes. Next, students will discuss prehistoric African rock art, the idea of kingship in Benin through royal portraiture, and the visual interaction of cultures through the Sapi-Portuguese saltcellars. Later, students will travel to Oceania to investigate images of the Australian Dreamtime, Tongan barkcloth, and Maori men's meetinghouse architecture. We will return to the aftermath of World War II to see how each of these elements is expressed in the contradictions and complexity of Modernist art and architecture. Finally, the class will discuss how personal and group identity can be symbolized in art, investigate environmental and site-specific art, and consider the possible futures of artistic expression.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the remainder of the year.

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: $405.00

Compass Literarians: Creative Writing & Literary Magazine Board *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 22, 2021

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.

Our second semester will focus on editing and publishing. Students in this course will select writings from their portfolios and prepare them to submit to contests, anthologies and publications beyond our Compass campus. While continuing to draft and explore their own personal writing, students will assume editorial roles in the production of Pen Point, a beyond-our-classroom anthology. As editors, students will design and build an anthology, advertise the publication, solicit manuscripts and artwork, develop selection criteria, review/select/edit material, and learn the principles of layout and design. Embedded in this process are real-world experiences, and students will improve their communication and organization skills through goal-setting, time management, meeting deadlines, emailing, confirmations, proofreading, etc. There is a $20.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day to cover publishing costs of the printed literary magazine anthology.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the remainder of the year.

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: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for publishing expenses

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

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

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $422.00

History Investigators: The Renaissance and Reformation *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 22, 2021

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. Second semester will examine several big questions surrounding the Renaissance and Reformation:

- Is the Renaissance a mischaracterization of an age?

-How did the Renaissance change man's view of man?

-How did the Northern Renaissance differ from the Italian Renaissance?

-Between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who was the more representative example of a Renaissance man?

-How did the Protestant Reformation change Christianity?

-What were Martin Luther's arguments against the Catholic Church?

-How did the Catholic Church respond to the Reformation?

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.

Note:Class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for 3rd quarter. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction for 4th quarter as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

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.

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.

Non-Meeting Days: In addition to the scheduled days-off on the published Compass schedule, this class does not meet on March 12.

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: $361.00

Media Literacy in the Age of Misinformation *ONLINE/TRANSITION*

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 22, 2021

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.

Note: Class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for 3rd quarter. At the instructors' option, the class may transition to in-person instruction mid-semester as COVID-19 scenarios improve.

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.

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: $372.00

Spy Games RPG, The History of Espionage in The Cold War

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 22, 2021

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

This class will pull aside the Iron Curtain, and uncover the secrets of spying during the Cold War, learning about far more than spying in the process- using an RPG (role playing game).

When the world's last two superpowers faced off for fifty years, the intelligence battle had to go incognito. It was the USA vs the USSR, and any advantage could mean the difference between life and nuclear annihilation. No expense was spared as spying went Space Age. The real stories of espionage were just as interesting as James Bond and Q, and the stakes just as high. Computers worked on large scale to obscure secrets from invasion plans and to nuclear codes and knowing just who is really on your side. Field agents subtly advised potential allies and sometimes outright topples whole regimes with well (or poorly) placed assassinations.

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. The class will examine the lives and techniques of real Cold War spies, adopt their methods and replicate them for ourselves, pitting one half of the class against the other. Once students have the enemy's secrets, they will attempt to make use of this stolen information and learn just how much power there is in knowledge.

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: $356.00

Cybersecurity Basics: Networks

Quarter 3, 4: Starts on January 25, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Alex Seminario

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: Cyber Security Semester 1

More than 4.4 billion people saw their personal data stolen in just three of the top data breeches in the last decade! Key personal, financial, and business data is unintentionally released, or worse, hacked, when digital information is not properly secured in cyberspace. Cyber-viruses crippled and compromised major businesses long before Coronavirus was in the news. This is why the cybersecurity industry is in high demand, with a job growth projection of 38% per year and starting salaries in excess of $100,000!

This course is an introduction to fundamentals of cybersecurity in an interactive, information technology (IT) class taught by a cybersecurity expert and college professor. The course is designed to give students an overview of cybersecurity as a potential career field and get them interested in pursuing cybersecurity learning at a higher level.

Second semester, students will learn about computer network concepts including networking protocols and network architecture with basic network security. The class will cover information related to network concepts, installation, configuration, media and topologies, along with network management and security.

Topics in this Series: Operating Systems/Hardware (Semester 1) and Networks (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 completing reading and virtual labs.

Assignments: Homework will be a combination of reading chapters, completing online quizzes, virtual labs, and a semester project. 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 awarded for the competition of assignments, quizzes, and projects, and parents can assign a grade based on the number of points earned as compared to the number of points available.

Textbook/Materials: Second semester, students should purchase or rent the CompTIA Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 6th edition, by Mark Ciampa (ISBN 978-1337288781). This text is available as a paperback or e-book.

Software Fee: Students will have to pay a fee of $119 (estimated) for a one-year subscription to the Cengage online learning platform which allows students to complete virtual lab exercises.

What to Bring/Equipment: Students must bring a PC or Mac laptop to class each week. These should be no more than 3 years old. Chromebooks and tablets cannot be used. Students should also bring their laptop charger and a 6 foot extension cord to class each week.

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.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $879.00

Writing Lab

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 19, 2021

Class Time: 2:00 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: $338.00

Stellar Style: Fashion Design & History II *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 7th-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. Second semester, students will examine fashion trends by decade from the 1970s through the 2000s. The class will also highlight the work of influential designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Kenzo Takada, Prada, and others. This semester will cover chapters 4 and 5 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. Second semester, students' design work will focus on creating a collection and sharing those designs through a collection story board. The class will also culminate with presentation of designs and a discussion of related careers including fashion design, art, graphic design, advertising, merchandising, costuming, manufacturing, retail work or virtual style influencer.)

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the remainder of the year.

Prerequisites: None

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

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.

Lab/Supply Fee: None

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: $253.00

The History of WWII: The Defeat of Germany and Wars Against Japan *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 20, 2021

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").

Second semester, students will continue to examine the Eastern Front in World War II and the match-up between Hilter and Stalin as the Germans attempted an invasion of Russia. Students will also learn about the Holocaust and the enslavement of Europe. The class will look at the US Army's involvement in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) and the progression from D-Day to VE Day with a special examination of strategic warfare and the weapons and machines of war. Next, the class will turn its attention to Asia and study Japan's long road to Pearl Harbor followed by the Japanese onslaught and wars against Japan in World War II. 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.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the remainder of the year.

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: Continuing students will continue to use the atlases from first semester. New students should purchase: (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: $376.00

The History of WWII: The Defeat of Germany and Wars Against Japan *ONLINE ONLY*

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 20, 2021

Class Time: 1:00 pm      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").

Second semester, students will continue to examine the Eastern Front in World War II and the match-up between Hitler and Stalin as the Germans attempted an invasion of Russia. Students will also learn about the Holocaust and the enslavement of Europe. The class will look at the US Army's involvement in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) and the progression from D-Day to VE Day with a special examination of strategic warfare and the weapons and machines of war. Next, the class will turn its attention to Asia and study Japan's long road to Pearl Harbor followed by the Japanese onslaught and wars against Japan in World War II. 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.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the remainder of the year.

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: Continuing students will continue to use the atlases from first semester. New students should purchase: (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: $376.00

Energy Economics: Strategy & Simulation RPG- The Oil Economy and Beyond

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 25, 2021

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

This class will study and simulate the modern fossil fuel-based Energy Economy.

Millions of years ago, the Earth was a covered in vast swamps which buried plant life and trapped that carbon underground for what should have been eternities. Humanity, in its ever-increasing hunger for power, has tapped these energy sources across the globe in the forms of petroleum. It powers our cars, heats our homes, and gives us the ability to fly. Countries that have it get rich, and countries that do not have it fight wars for it. Some economists even use the term "petro-dollar" to describe the basis of the modern Energy Economy. But oil is not the only source of power. In the early Industrial Revolution, coal was king, and though much diminished, is still being used. Natural gas is gaining widespread popularity for its abundance, cleanliness, and comparatively cheap rates. Wind and water- power have been around for millennia but are making a comeback as plentiful, planet-friendly energy sources. The nuclear age, fueled by splitting the atom and harnessing it's power, is almost a century old, and solar is growing in popularity. Critically, we know that the oil will eventually run out.

The class will use a custom Role-Playing Game to simulate a mature industrial economy. Students will role play as energy users or providers. They will choose power sources and balance a simulated power grid. Too little energy, and it's lights out. Too much, and you go bust! The choices must balance pros and cons of the energy form. Do you go with cheap coal and gas and pay later in health outcomes and climate change? Or can you afford the upfront cost of nuclear, and the risks of meltdowns? What are the weaknesses of renewable energy sources? The student who can best apply the knowledge learned will "win" the game and end the semester healthy, wealthy, and wise! 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: $608.00

Investigative Archaeology- Forensics

Quarter 3,4: Starts on January 25, 2021

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.

Second semester, students will explore the forensic component of investigative archaeology. They will explore issues such as the interpretation of skeletal remains, excavating Native burial grounds, and the differences between restoration and reconstruction. The class will review examples and different methods of aging artifacts through archaeological chemistry, phytolith analysis, charcoal, K-Ar and C-14 dating, isotope analysis, and dental calculus. They will look at paleoclimate as a means of site restoration and will learn proper recording techniques for forensic investigations. Example activities to demonstrate these concepts include: using the 6-6 rule to restore a smashed pot; assembling a complete, but disarticulated, human skeleton; and role-playing to debate the ethics of paving over a local heritage site.

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 forensic 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: $608.00

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