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World War II in the Pacific: Curated Virtual Series *ONLINE* (7 Programs)

Quarter 3: Starts on February 23, 2021

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Varies

Instructor: Various

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

Kamikaze attacks. Island hopping. Incendiary raids. Discover WWII in the Pacific through online field trips and interactive, presentations given by educators and docents at museums and historic sites around the country in this curated* virtual series.

Join us as we examine the war with Japan through 7 engaging programs offered by 6 specialty museums. Criss-cross the country from the comfort of your own home to explore the WWII Museum (New Orleans); The National Museum of the Marine Corps (Quantico, VA), The Museum of Aviation (Robins AFB, GA); The Battleship IOWA Museum (Los Angeles); The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (New York, NY); and The National Museum of the Pacific War (Fredericksburg, TX). Programs include:

  • 2/23/2021: "A Day of Infamy: The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor" (WWII Museum)
  • 3/2/2021: "USMC in the Pacific" (National Museum of the Marine Corps)
  • 3/9/2021: "I AM an American! Japanese American Internment in WWII" (WWII Museum)
  • 3/16/2021: "Virtual Tour of WWII Hangar" (Museum of Aviation)
  • 3/23/2021: "Iowa in WWII" (Battleship Iowa Museum)
  • 3/30/2021: "Intrepid in the Pacific" (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum)
  • 4/6/2021: "Island Hopping through the Museum" (National Museum of the Pacific War)
  • All programs begin at 3:00 PM EST/EDT on Tuesdays with the exception of The Museum of Aviation program (3/16/21) which begins at 2:30 PM. Participants will be e-mailed a Zoom link prior to each session. The registration fee is per family, not per student. The program is geared for 9th-12th grade students, but younger students may participate if they can remain on topic. Parents are welcome to participate alongside their teens.

    *What is a curated virtual series? Compass has researched the distance learning options offered by museums and historic sites around the country in order to schedule and package synchronous, virtual class workshops and field trips around a central topic. Use these curated programs to enhance a subject you have worked on this year or to introduce a new unit study. The programs are all offered as "classroom" experiences meaning a group registration is needed to access the opportunity. Almost all sessions are synchronous, live presentations with a museum educator or docent who can answer participants' specific questions real-time.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $99.00

    Starstruck! Your Galactic Address Workshop*ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 5, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    How are we affected by the orbit and rotation of our planet? How far away are we from the Sun? In this space science class, students learn how Earth fits into our vast and ever-–changing universe. Students will learn about the scale of our solar system, space time, and how stars align to form the familiar shapes we know as constellations. Topics include astronomy and space science.

    9 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Go West! Frontier 101 Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 9, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Log Cabin Village

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Participants virtually travel from cabin to cabin for live, interactive conversations with our historical interpreters dressed in period attire. The interpreters discuss 19th century Texas frontier history, demonstrate various crafts from the time period, and engage participants in discussions about the past. Demonstrations vary but may include weaving, candle-dipping, blacksmithing, and milling.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! Heading West (St. Louis) Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 9, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Gateway Arch National Park

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    How do you pack a covered wagon? Learn how the pioneers prepared for the dangerous journey across prairies, rivers, and mountains as they migrated west to Oregon and California.

      Price: $15.00

    WWII: I AM an American! Japanese American Internment in WWII Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 9, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 60 min

    Instructor: WWII Museum

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Virtual workshop led by WWII Museum, New Orleans, LA

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Blast-Off! Living & Working in Space Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 11, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    The more we know about the universe, the more we learn about ourselves. Every NASA mission embodies the spirit of discovery. While living in space might appear to be nothing but fun; some of the known and unknown effects of space can spoil the party. This field trip will provide a glimpse into astronauts' daily lives while in space and the impact on the human body.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Starstruck! Our Place In Space Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 12, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Discover our place in space! Students will learn about the scale of the universe, discover how distance affects the appearance and luminosity of stars, and explore observable patterns of change that arise from the motions of the Earth, Moon, Sun, stars and galaxies. Activities include using powers of ten to understand scale, measuring the relationship between distance and brightness, and modeling how and why the seasons change.

    9 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Go West! Heading West (Sacramento) Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 16, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Sacramento History Museum

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Why did thousands of people risk their lives both on land and by sea to journey to California? Students learn about how people traveled in the 1800's and why.

      Price: $15.00

    WWII: Virtual Tour of WWII Hangar Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 16, 2021

    Class Time: 2:30 pm      Duration: 45 min

    Instructor: Museum of Aviation

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Virtual tour led by Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB, GA

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Blast-Off! Space Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 18, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Museum of Flight

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Every astronaut in the 30-year history of the Space Shuttle program trained on?the Space Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer to?get ready to go to space.?In this?live virtual tour, your students can learn what it was like for a Space Shuttle astronaut to go to and?live in?space.?

    The Museum of Flight?is?home?to?this unique artifact and?our?tours of the Crew?Compartment use 360 degree?high-resolution?scans to give an up-close look of?the "flight deck" (cockpit) and the "mid-deck" (crew living and working areas), while an educator provides in-depth information about what you're seeing.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Starstruck! Lunar Exploration Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 19, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    The Moon is our closest neighbor and companion as we make our way around the Sun, but it is more than just a friendly beacon in the sky. Students will discover the secrets of this fascinating world--why it goes through phases, how it interacts with the Earth and the processes that shaped its surface. Topics include learning about crater formation, lunar mapping and tidal forces.

    9 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Go West! Pioneer Life Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 23, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: The Durham Museum

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Visit our log cabin and experience the life of a Great,Plains pioneer. Students will take part in a tour of our covered wagon and log
    cabin where they will learn about the tough choices the pioneers had to make as
    they prepared to travel west and build a new life!

      Price: $15.00

    WWII: The Iowa in WWII Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 23, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Battleship Iowa Museum

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Virtual tour led by Battleship Iowa Museum, Los Angeles, CA

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Blast-Off! Virtual Europa Mission Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 25, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Museum of Flight

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    It is the year 2040. Astronauts have finally settled in the Jupiter Gateway after a long 6 years trip from Earth. The Jupiter Gateway is equipped with a Poseidon vehicle that will travel to Jupiter's moon of Europa to launch the Trident probe into the icy moon. Its goal is to dive deep into the salty ocean underneath the ice sheets studied by the Europa Clipper in the 2020s.

    Due to an emergency, Mission Control is closed and we are going to use the lessons learned from the 2020 pandemic on how to work remotely to have a remote Mission Control finish the mission. You have been chosen as a member of the remote Mission Control crew. Your goal is to keep the Mission Commander safe from dangers such as radiation, guide them to the proper location, determine the impact location of the Trident probe, and launch and analyze data from it.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Starstruck! Explore Astrobiology Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 26, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Life exists in some surprising places! Motivated by the increasing number of known Earth-sized planets, scientists are turning their attention to those distant worlds to look for life. In this lab, students will learn about the missions to search for life in the solar system and beyond and discuss some of the extreme environments where life is found on Earth. Activities include exploring the characteristics of life, demonstrations of experiments based on actual Mars missions, and modeling the habitable zone where liquid water can exist.

    9 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Go West! Gone to Texas Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 30, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: The Bullock Texas State History Museum

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Why did people move to Texas from other countries? What challenges and opportunities did they face? A Museum Educator will discuss the four primary waves of immigration to the United States through Texas from 1845-1924, the history behind the movement of people to Texas then and now, interesting stories from immigrants, and show artifacts that people brought with them on the journey. Many of the stories of immigration to Texas can also be compared to the characteristics of immigration to the United States.

      Price: $15.00

    WWII: Intrepid in the Pacific Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on March 30, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 45 min

    Instructor: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Virtual tour led by Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York, NY

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Blast-Off! Lunar Landers Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on April 1, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Ready for launch? Students will take their learning out of this world as they immerse themselves in the history of human spaceflight through the Museum's newest exhibit, SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure. Students will recreate historic experiments done in space, and be challenged to engineer a landing system to protect cargo being sent to the moon, using materials from around their houses.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Starstruck! To the Moon and Beyond Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on April 2, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    The Moon has fascinated people throughout time. The 1969 Apollo 11 mission was the first time humans set foot on a celestial body. This field trip will discuss the science of landing humans on the Moon and its lifeless environment. Content is scaffolded to explain how the moon affects us here on Earth, NASA's fight for first place in the space race, and today's journey to produce future missions to explore the Moon and Mars.

    9 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    WWII: Island Hopping through the Museum Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 45 min

    Instructor: National Museum of the Pacific War

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Virtual tour led by National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, TX

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Blast-Off! Mission to Mars Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    From Mariner's first pictures of Mars in 1964 to Perservearance's anticipated landing in March of 2021, humans have been on a mission to learn more about the red planet. Students will explore the climate and geology of Mars, along with the challenges of robotic exploration in space.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $20.00

    Go West! Gold Rush Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on April 13, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Sacramento History Museum

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Students learn how the California Gold Rush began, the importance of newspapers during this era, and gold mining techniques.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! Westward Ho! (San Jose) Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on April 20, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: History San Jose Museum

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    What challenges did American settlers face when traveling West overland during the mid-1800s? During the mid-1800s, many American settlers moved west in covered wagons. History San Jose offers students the opportunity to travel as part of an American caravan from Independence, MO to Sacramento, CA. Students will visually analyze photographs and paintings to determine the environmental dynamics settlers faced across the terrain and inspect artifacts settlers carried over the course of their 1,700-mile journey West. By the end of the presentation, students will understand the motivating factors that led people to trek overland and recognize the challenges American settlers faced when traveling westward to California.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! Stories of San Diego Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on April 27, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: San Diego History Center

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Discover San Diego's early beginnings and how the history of San Diego is reflected in our culture today by exploring the changes that have occurred here over time.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! Legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on May 4, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Union Pacific Railroad Museum

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Start your history investigation! What does the transcontinental railroad mean in American history? Analyze the clues, consider different perspectives, and draw your own conclusion. Students will work with primary source documents to understand the history of the transcontinental railroad from multiple perspectives.The group half, conducted with the museum via a one hour lesson on Zoom or other video chat platform, is about delving deeper into understanding and learning from primary sources. Students will practice several different methods of interrogating and analyzing historical documents. They will learn from each other to piece together the whole story of the transcontinental railroad.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! A Day in the Life of a Homesteader Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on May 11, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Homestead National Monument of America

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    A brief of overview of the Homestead Act is discussed. Discussion includes the types of houses built on the plains and the chores of a homestead child. A guided discussion on the inside of a log cabin with pictures. If time allows there is a video on general stores and one on growing wheat not only to
    show the process, but show how agricultural machinery has evolved.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! A Day in the Life of a Frontier Soldier on theSanta Fe Trail (+Wives of Soldiers) Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on May 18, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Fort Larned National Historic Site

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Fort Larned National Historic Site's programs offer students an exciting introduction to the daily life of a frontier soldier. Through a live and interactive lesson with park rangers via the Internet, students journey back through time to examine the daily routines and living conditions of a common soldier.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! A School Day in 1872 Workshop *ONLINE*

    Quarter 3: Starts on May 25, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Various

    Instructor: Homestead National Monument of America

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    This program will answer: What the Homestead Act of 1862 was and how it brought people west to settle. Students will compare and contrast life in a classroom in 1872 and today.

      Price: $15.00

    Go West! Virtual, Curated Westward Expansion Series *ONLINE* (13 Programs)

    Quarter 3, 4: Starts on March 2, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: Varies

    Instructor: Various

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    The Oregon and Sante Fe Trails. The transcontinental railroad. The Gold Rush. The lure of America’s vast, unsettled west drew millions in the 19th century. Discover stories of the journey west through live, synchronous online programs and virtual field trips facilitated by educators and docents at museums around the country in this curated* virtual series.

    Join us as we learn how to pack a covered wagon, which direction to head, and what to look for when we get there. Peek inside log cabins, meet costumed interpreters, and see an 1870s one-room-school house on the plains. Fans of Little House on the Prairie, and anyone learning about American history will enjoy this interactive series. “Tour” locations throughout the western US - through 13 engaging programs offered by 11 museums and historic sites. Criss-cross the country from the comfort of your own home to visit the The Frontier Culture Museum (Staunton, VA); Log Cabin Village (Fort Worth, TX); Gateway Arch National Park (St. Louis, MO); The Bullock Texas State History Museum (Austin, TX); Durham Museum (Omaha, NE); Sacramento History Museum (Sacramento, CA); Union Pacific Railroad Museum (Council Bluffs, IA); San Diego History Center (San Diego, CA); San Jose History Museum (San Jose, CA); Homestead National Monument of America (Beatrice, NE); and Fort Larned National Historic Site (Larned, KS)
    The Programs will cover:

  • 3/2/2021: Westward Expansion (Frontier Culture Museum)
  • 3/9/2021: Frontier 101 (Log Cabin Village)
  • 3/9/2021: Heading West- St. Louis (Gateway Arch National Park)
  • 3/16/2021: Heading West- Sacramento (Sacramento History Museum)
  • 3/23/2021: Pioneer Life (The Durham Museum)
  • 3/30/2021: Gone to Texas (The Bullock Texas State History Museum)
  • 4/13/2021: Gold Rush (Sacramento History Museum)
  • 4/20/2021: Westward Ho! (History San Jose Museum)
  • 4/27/2021: Stories of San Diego (San Diego History Center)
  • 5/4/2021: Legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad (Union Pacific Railroad Museum)
  • 5/11/2021: A Day in the Life of a Homesteader (Homestead National Monument of America)
  • 5/18/2021: A Day in the Life of a Frontier Soldier/Santa Fe Trail (+Wives of Soldiers) (Fort Larned National Historic Site)
  • 5/25/2021: A School Day in 1872 (Homestead National Monument of America)
  • All programs begin at 3:00 PM EST/EDT on Tuesdays and are 45-60 minutes long. Participants will be e-mailed a Zoom link prior to each session. The registration fee is per family, not per student. The program is geared for students in 4th-6th grade, but younger and older students may participate. Parents are welcome to participate alongside their children.

    *What is a curated virtual series? Compass has researched the distance learning options offered by museums and historic sites around the country in order to schedule and package synchronous, virtual class workshops and field trips around a central topic in an organized unit study. Use these curated programs to enhance a subject you have worked on this year or to introduce a new unit study. The programs are all offered as “classroom” experiences meaning a group registration is needed to access the opportunity. All sessions are synchronous, live presentations with a museum educator or docent who can answer participants’ specific questions real-time.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $129.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- Korean War, 1950-1953 (MON,12pm)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 5, 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!

    At the end of WWII, the World was divided into a bi-polar power structure. The two dominant forces, the United States and its Allies, versus the Soviet Union and its puppets. In the final months of WWII, the Soviets occupied large swaths of territory with the goal of creating buffer states. In many cases, they would run up against US or Allied forces there. This would set the stage for the next 50 years of proxy conflicts, known as the Cold War. The first such place was Korea in the 1950s. The Government of North Korea, made up of hand-picked Communist loyalists, rolled into a weakly defended South Korea to forcibly unify the country. The US found this unacceptable and led a United Nations army to beat back the North Korean armies to the border of China. This prompted the Communist North Koreans to launch a second invasion. The UN forces were pushed all the way back to the original 1950 border, which to this day is the most heavily militarized zone on Earth. In both countries, the Koreans and their respective allies wait for conflict to arise again, as the ceasefire signed in the 50s was not technically an end to the state of war.

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

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

    Abstract Geometrics in Pen & Ink: Zendalas/Mosaics *ONLINE ONLY*

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      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.

    Fourth quarter, students will continue to learn abstract design, but in a round format! In this class, Mandala + Zentangle = Zendala! New design elements (tangles) will be taught, but overall designs will emphasize balance and radial symmetry around a central point (think snowflakes, flower blooms, or a sunburst). In art, mandalas are "complex abstract designs in a circular form" that were traditionally used to represent the universe Hinduism and Buddhism. Today, mandalas are popular in home decor, textiles, clothing, and now Zentangle! Students will learn to embellish and embolden their circular 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 Emperor's Ensemble

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    The Emperor has appeared, but what happened? Had he traveled from far away land? Been transported from another time? Did he forgotten who he is...or forget to wear fine clothes? How will the emperor's trusted ensemble get him ready for the big event? Our actors will discover what is up with that crazy emperor and save him from himself!

    Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through the two, prepared scripts together. Through group activities and guided discussion, they will create new characters, brainstorm variations, craft plot changes, add lines, and cast their parts. The instructor will then update and customize the class script with the students' input.

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

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

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

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

    Acting- Tween Stage: Who Dunnit?

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will create a unique, improvisational "Who Dunnit" mystery. As a group, the tweens will select a unique theme and an intriguing location for their own, original mystery. Will it be a crowded bus, a sports game, a luxury hotel, a space ship, or something else? Over the course of the workshop, students will develop their own characters including suspects and investigators- all who have a motive- and a victim. The cast will guide the audience along the path of mystery and suspense.

    The final class will showcase their process and performance, where students will enjoy the artistry of putting it all together in a group setting. Clues and motives revealed by the on-stage investigation will confound the audience as they try to identify the guilty culprit. The question, "Who dunnit?" remains unknown until the final performance, where no one knows until the final reveal.

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

    Topics in this Series: Comedy Mash-Up (Quarter 1); One Minute Plays (Quarter 2); Improv Scenes (Quarter 3); and Who Dunnit? (Quarter 4). Taken these classes before? No problem, you can take them again as 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: Detective Drama

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    Help! Was it Colonel Mustard in the Kitchen or Miss Scarlet in the Study? Or maybe that goofy new Mr. Gray in the Game Room? Our young actors are in the middle of a mystery, and they need to solve a crime! Using classic characters from the game of Clue, and creating new ones, young actors will develop a detective play to find out who stole something and from where.

    Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through prepared scripts together. Once they have selected their favorites, the scripts will be customized with input from the students. Through group activities and guided discussion, the class will brainstorm to create characters and dream up details to transform the tale and make it their own.

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

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

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

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

    Aquatic Biology: Extreme Marine

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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 4, students will journey to some of the most extreme marine systems on the planet. We'll investigate underwater caves, polar seas, deep sea trenches, submarine canyons, and hydrothermal vents. Students will watch footage from submersibles exploring these environments and study the unique plants and animals that inhabit these regions.

    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: Upcycled, Recycled Sculpture for Kids

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Upcycling and recycling are conscientious ways to transform and reuse materials that would ordinarily be discarded! In this class, everyday throw-aways such as cans, bottles, and lids will be turned into sculptures. Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of salvaged sculpting materials. Sculpture is multi-sensory, and student sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different artists and sculpting techniques.

    Fourth quarter, young sculptors will create a variety of projects such as spring wind chimes from cans, polymer clay scenes in sardine tins, bottle top "mosaics", and cute little bottle people. Some projects will take two weeks to complete with the first week dedicated to the construction and second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. There is a $20.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

    Art: Upcycled, Recycled Sculpture for Tweens

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Upcycling and recycling are conscientious ways to transform and reuse materials that would ordinarily be discarded! In this class, everyday throw-aways such as cans, bottles, and lids will be turned into sculptures. Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of salvaged sculpting materials. Sculpture is multi-sensory, and student sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different artists and sculpting techniques.

    Fourth quarter, young sculptors will create a variety of projects such as spring wind chimes from cans, polymer clay scenes in sardine tins, bottle top "mosaics", and cute little bottle people. Some projects will take two weeks to complete with the first week dedicated to the construction and second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. There is a $20.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

    Bibliophiles Books Group: Power and Powerlessness

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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.

    Fourth quarter, students will examine the themes of Power and Powerlessness through the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

    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 $20.00 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: Superheroes

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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 will learn to covert communications and get a glimpse of the secret operations of their favorite superheroes with all-new codes. Using Marvel and DC characters as the backstories to new ciphers, students will learn codes such as Superman's invisible ink and Batman's code that can only be revealed with a cave black light. Who can resist figuring out the ciphers of Joker's riddles or the undercover codes of Hawkeye and Black Widow? 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 Civil War, 1861-1865 (Tue) *ONLINE*

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    There is Civil War history in every corner of Virginia! The Commonwealth saw fighting from the earliest days of the Civil War to its end at Appomattox Courthouse, following the Confederacy's loss of its capital in Richmond. Battles in Virginia took place in every type of setting, from the fields of Manassas to the mountains of the Shenandoah; and from the first ironclad battles around Hampton Roads to intense sieges never before seen around Petersburg. At the conclusion of the quarter, each student will understand Virginia's significance to the Civil War as a whole, why Richmond was chosen as the capital of the Confederacy, how battles were fought at the start of the Civil War, and what changed by the end of the war.

    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

    Eco Scientist: All About Islands

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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 expedition takes us to Iceland, the Galapagos, Hawaii, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean and South Pacific island regions. We ll learn about the ecological theory of island biogeography which describes the different patterns of species colonization and evolution observed on islands. No study of islands would be complete without understanding the geologic forces that make many of them volcanoes! We'll look at where volcanoes are located throughout the world including some right here in the United States that we might forget about!

    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: Exploring Ecosystems

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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.

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

    Topics in this 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: Amusement Park (TUE)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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.

    Fourth quarter, students get ready for weekend get-aways and vacation time by building creations for an amusement park! Projects will include a ferris wheel, merry go round, teacup ride, eccentric gear rocking ship, daring swings, and a monorail.

    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: Scenic Seascapes (TUE, 10am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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.

    Fourth quarter, Junior Artists will study seascape art and aspects of the ocean and its animals from artists such as John Groves, Jim Holland and Natasha Nazareako. Our art projects will vary and feature lighthouses, ocean animals, and seascapes. Through weekly projects, junior artists will create their own sea-inspired art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

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

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

    Junior Art Studio: Scenic Seascapes (TUE, 11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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.

    Fourth quarter, Junior Artists will study seascape art and aspects of the ocean and its animals from artists such as John Groves, Jim Holland and Natasha Nazareako. Our art projects will vary and feature lighthouses, ocean animals, and seascapes. Through weekly projects, junior artists will create their own sea-inspired art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

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

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

    Nature Quest: Spring Adventurers (TUE, 11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new leaves, flowers, nests, and the full stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers, and the fresh spring air.

    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: Spring Explorers (TUE, 10am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: K-1st

    Prerequisites:

    Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new leaves, flowers, nests, and the full stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers, and the fresh spring air.

    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: Spring Pathfinders (TUE, 12pm)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 4th-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new leaves, flowers, nests, and the full stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers, and the fresh spring air.

    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: Moving/String Puppets

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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 articulated and string 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 and a hot glue gun 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 4-6 unique, moving and string 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 $20.00 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: Fun Factual Paragraphs

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 6, 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 4, the class will exercise their paragraph-writing skills in writing about factual topics and brief reports. Students will take the skills of writing topic sentences, supporting details, and the conclusion and learn to answer key inquiries such as who, what, where, when, why...and how? Students will learn how to separate fact from fiction and opinion while supporting their writing with an appropriate level of detail/ Factual writing is a key skill for students to be able to show what they know or what they learned. Example factual paragraphs that this class may tackle include book reports, restaurant reviews, or the results of an interview they conducted. By the end of quarter four, students will be able to write clear, cohesive and well-organized factual 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: Dr. Evil and the Pigeons with Lasers *ONLINE*

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    What happens when the despicable mastermind of evil is also a bumbling buffoon? When the worst of his horrible, world-dominating plot involves…attack pigeons? Find out when Dr. Evil, encouraged by his assistant Shirley, decides to release trained pigeons, armed with lasers on the world! Unsurprisingly, his bird-brained scheme runs into hilarious obstacles and unforeseen roadblocks in rainy Seattle, rowdy New Jersey and rural Oklahoma. Will Dr. Evil straighten up and fly right…or remain a bad egg? Student actors will connect via an interactive, online platform to put on a hilarious play with fun sound effects, kooky characters, and side-splitting spoofs!

    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), Dr. Evil and Pigeons with Lasers (Quarter 4).

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

    Art: Pastels and Pencils

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Lori Goll

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites:

    In this class, the students will explore a different artistic principle or element each week through fun subjects such as still lifes (geometric shapes, fruits, vases, flowers, etc), landscapes, animals, and self-portraits. We will use a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, and pastel as we explore our subjects. Students will learn skills of line drawing, blending, layering, and shading while also learning some fundamentals of color theory, value, composition, and perspective. As students get comfortable with the different mediums, they are encouraged to develop their own style and expression.

    Instructor Lori Goll works predominantly in pastels professionally. She will teach proper studio techniques since pastels can be dusty! This class is suitable for beginners as well as returning art students who want to hone their skills. All materials are furnished. A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for supplies.

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

    Art: Pastels and Pencils

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Lori Goll

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    In this class, the students will explore a different artistic principle or element each week through fun subjects such as still lifes (geometric shapes, fruits, vases, flowers, etc), landscapes, animals, and self-portraits. We will use a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, and pastel as we explore our subjects. Students will learn skills of line drawing, blending, layering, and shading while also learning some fundamentals of color theory, value, composition, and perspective. As students get comfortable with the different mediums, they are encouraged to develop their own style and expression.

    Instructor Lori Goll works predominantly in pastels professionally. She will teach proper studio techniques since pastels can be dusty! This class is suitable for beginners as well as returning art students who want to hone their skills. All materials are furnished. A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for supplies.

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

    Art: Pastels and Pencils

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Lori Goll

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    In this class, the students will explore a different artistic principle or element each week through fun subjects such as still lifes (geometric shapes, fruits, vases, flowers, etc), landscapes, animals, and self-portraits. We will use a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, and pastel as we explore our subjects. Students will learn skills of line drawing, blending, layering, and shading while also learning some fundamentals of color theory, value, composition, and perspective. As students get comfortable with the different mediums, they are encouraged to develop their own style and expression.

    Instructor Lori Goll works predominantly in pastels professionally. She will teach proper studio techniques since pastels can be dusty! This class is suitable for beginners as well as returning art students who want to hone their skills. All materials are furnished. A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for supplies.

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

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Modern Warfare- Korean War, 1950-1953 (WED, 2pm)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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!

    At the end of WWII, the World was divided into a bi-polar power structure. The two dominant forces, the United States and its Allies, versus the Soviet Union and its puppets. In the final months of WWII, the Soviets occupied large swaths of territory with the goal of creating buffer states. In many cases, they would run up against US or Allied forces there. This would set the stage for the next 50 years of proxy conflicts, known as the Cold War. The first such place was Korea in the 1950s. The Government of North Korea, made up of hand-picked Communist loyalists, rolled into a weakly defended South Korea to forcibly unify the country. The US found this unacceptable and led a United Nations army to beat back the North Korean armies to the border of China. This prompted the Communist North Koreans to launch a second invasion. The UN forces were pushed all the way back to the original 1950 border, which to this day is the most heavily militarized zone on Earth. In both countries, the Koreans and their respective allies wait for conflict to arise again, as the ceasefire signed in the 50s was not technically an end to the state of war.

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

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

    Chess: Advanced Beginners 4

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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 4, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other, including: Pawns: good and bad individually; Pawns: good and bad groups; Finding pins and escaping from them; Piling on a pinned piece; Trapping rooks in the opening;and Later than beginning level skewers. Advanced Beginner Chess 4 will conclude with a chess party and awards ceremony with certificates. 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 4

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Peter Snow

    Grade Range: 2nd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    In Beginning Chess 4, students will review and learn strategies such as: double attacks; elementary checkmates; pawns and knights in the opening; bishops and queens in the opening; when to develop the queen in the opening; best board behavior; and 5 questions to ask before moving. Beginning Chess 4 will conclude with a chess party and awards ceremony with certificates. 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 should have some prior knowledge of chess basics in order to enroll in Beginning Chess 4.

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

    Dynamic Dioramas: Prehistoric Series- Sumerian Settlement (4000 BCE)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Travel back to the ancient Middle East and learn about the very first civilizations ever to exist! Discover the first major cities of Ur and Uruk, the first written language in Cuneiform, and the first story every written, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Each student will create an individual diorama of an ancient Sumerian city and play a cooperative survival strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and politics of the time.

    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 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 Civil War, 1861-1865 (Wed)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    There is Civil War history in every corner of Virginia! The Commonwealth saw fighting from the earliest days of the Civil War to its end at Appomattox Courthouse, following the Confederacy's loss of its capital in Richmond. Battles in Virginia took place in every type of setting, from the fields of Manassas to the mountains of the Shenandoah; and from the first ironclad battles around Hampton Roads to intense sieges never before seen around Petersburg. At the conclusion of the quarter, each student will understand Virginia's significance to the Civil War as a whole, why Richmond was chosen as the capital of the Confederacy, how battles were fought at the start of the Civil War, and what changed by the end of the war.

    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

    Fencing for Beginners & Advanced Beginners

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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 with Friends

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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: $169.00

    FUNctional Fitness: Homeschool PE (Wed)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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.

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

    Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Amusement Park (WED)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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.

    Fourth quarter, students get ready for weekend get-aways and vacation time by building creations for an amusement park! Projects will include a ferris wheel, merry go round, teacup ride, eccentric gear rocking ship, daring swings, and a monorail.

    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: Scenic Seascapes (WED, 10am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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.

    Fourth quarter, Junior Artists will study seascape art and aspects of the ocean and its animals from artists such as John Groves, Jim Holland and Natasha Nazareako. Our art projects will vary and feature lighthouses, ocean animals, and seascapes. Through weekly projects, junior artists will create their own sea-inspired art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

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

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

    Junior Art Studio: Scenic Seascapes (WED, 11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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.

    Fourth quarter, Junior Artists will study seascape art and aspects of the ocean and its animals from artists such as John Groves, Jim Holland and Natasha Nazareako. Our art projects will vary and feature lighthouses, ocean animals, and seascapes. Through weekly projects, junior artists will create their own sea-inspired art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

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

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

    Kids' Engineering Lab: Rocket Race

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Donna Shackelford

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites:

    3-2-1...We have liftoff! Learn about the engineering behind the Space Race as we celebrate some exciting developments in rockets and space travel in 2020-2021! In Kids' Engineering Lab, students will explore the physics of rockets, satellites, and space craft. Students will learn all about the challenges of getting into space for the purpose of exploration! They will discover that the motion of all objects--everything from the flight of a rocket to the movement of a canoe--is governed by Newton's three laws of motion. Students in this class will also learn how satellites benefit life on Earth, as well as explore motion, rockets, and rocket motion. The ideas of thrust, weight and control will be explored, helping students to fully understand what goes into the design of rockets. After learning how and why the experts make specific engineering choices, students also learn about the iterative engineering design process as they design and construct their own model rockets.

    The group will learn about triangulation, a concept that is fundamental to the navigation of satellites and global positioning systems designed by engineers. Students will construct solar sails made of aluminum foil to move cardboard tube satellites through "space" on a string and to demonstrate the transfer of energy from wave energy to mechanical energy. The class will investigate the effect that thrust has on rocket flight with paper straw rockets ("strawkets") which will show how rockets with smaller exit nozzles provide more thrust. The students will also simulate solid rocket fuel by using an antacid tablet and discussing the chemical reaction.

    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: $196.00

    Kids' Engineering Lab: Rocket Race

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Donna Shackelford

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    3-2-1...We have liftoff! Learn about the engineering behind the Space Race as we celebrate some exciting developments in rockets and space travel in 2020-2021! In Kids' Engineering Lab, students will explore the physics of rockets, satellites, and space craft. Students will learn all about the challenges of getting into space for the purpose of exploration! They will discover that the motion of all objects--everything from the flight of a rocket to the movement of a canoe--is governed by Newton's three laws of motion. Students in this class will also learn how satellites benefit life on Earth, as well as explore motion, rockets, and rocket motion. The ideas of thrust, weight and control will be explored, helping students to fully understand what goes into the design of rockets. After learning how and why the experts make specific engineering choices, students also learn about the iterative engineering design process as they design and construct their own model rockets.

    The group will learn about triangulation, a concept that is fundamental to the navigation of satellites and global positioning systems designed by engineers. Students will construct solar sails made of aluminum foil to move cardboard tube satellites through "space" on a string and to demonstrate the transfer of energy from wave energy to mechanical energy. The class will investigate the effect that thrust has on rocket flight with paper straw rockets ("strawkets") which will show how rockets with smaller exit nozzles provide more thrust. The students will also simulate solid rocket fuel by using an antacid tablet and discussing the chemical reaction.

    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: $196.00

    Krav Maga Self Defense for Tweens & Teens- Black Stripe

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sarah Reynolds

    Grade Range: 6th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

    Fourth quarter, students will have the chance to earn a Black 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: Sports Medicine

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Beth Ross

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Just in time for spring sports and summer play, this course will teach students about sports medicine and playing safe! Children will learn about why we sweat and why hydration is important. They will discover what causes muscle cramping and how to treat it along with the importance of stretching. The class will practice some basic stretches. Kids will learn about common knee injuries, how to avoid, and how to treat them, including the RICE methods (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). Finally, our sports medicine doctors will learn how concussions happen and role play what to do when someone is suspected of having a concussion.

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

    This is a 7-week class that does not meet on May 19.

    Materials/Supply FeeThere is a $40.00 material fee due on the first day of class and payable to the instructor for a setof high quality, take-home class materials including: , and a class diploma.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

    Little Medical School: Sports Medicine

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Beth Ross

    Grade Range: K-1st

    Prerequisites:

    Just in time for spring sports and summer play, this course will teach students about sports medicine and playing safe! Children will learn about why we sweat and why hydration is important. They will discover what causes muscle cramping and how to treat it along with the importance of stretching. The class will practive some basic stretches. Kids will learn about common knee injuries, how to avoid, and how to treat them, including the RICE methods (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). Finally, our sports medicine doctors will learn how concussions happen and role play what to do when someone is suspected of having a concussion.

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

    This is a 7-week class that does not meeting on May 19.

    Materials/Supply FeeThere is a $40.00 material fee due on the first day of class and payable to the instructor for a setof high quality, take-home class materials including: , and a class diploma.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

    Master Engineering with LEGO: Building FUNdamentals

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will use LEGO to design and build engineering projects such as a helicopter, castle with drawbridge, miniature golf course, and monorail. In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations. Students will be exposed to concepts and vocabulary of engineering, architecture, and physics. Each class session opens with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. This hands-on class is suitable for LEGO novices or experienced "enthusiasts."

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

    Music Makers: Movement & Melodies

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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: Spring Adventurers (WED, 11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new leaves, flowers, nests, and the full stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers, and the fresh spring air.

    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: Spring Adventurers (WED, 2pm)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new leaves, flowers, nests, and the full stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers, and the fresh spring air.

    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: Spring Explorers (WED, 10am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: K-1st

    Prerequisites:

    Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new leaves, flowers, nests, and the full stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers, and the fresh spring air.

    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: Spring Explorers (WED, 1pm)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: K-1st

    Prerequisites:

    Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new leaves, flowers, nests, and the full stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers, and the fresh spring air.

    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: Spring Pathfinders (WED, 12pm)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 4th-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new leaves, flowers, nests, and the full stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers, and the fresh spring air.

    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

    Public Speaking: Finding Your Voice (Expository)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Arthuretta Martin

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites:

    Students develop their public speaking skills and their own expository "voice" in a fun, supportive environment taught by a professional storyteller, keynote speaker, coach and Toastmasters leader! Students will gain confidence in public speaking by writing and practicing a speech that explains something that they already know about! Students will teach the audience about Minecraft, music, monkeys, magic, or more in a short, personal speech. The class may view videos of professional expository speakers. Students will practice posture, eye contact, enunciation, voice projection, pauses, and timing while receiving tips and techniques from the instructor and peer feedback. The class will culminate in an end of the quarter presentation for parents.

    This workshop is open to students new to public speaking or those with experience, and students may repeat the program to continue to refine their public speaking skills. Topics in this Series: The Great Speeches [Oratorical] (Quarter 1), Telling Your Story [Informative] (Quarter 2), Finding Your Voice [Expository] (Quarter 3), and Making Your Point [Persuasion] (Quarter 4). This is a 7-week class, and the week off will be announced.

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

    Science Kids: Physics Fun (WED)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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 Physics Fun students will learn about mass, forces, propulsion, optics, heat and electricity. Topics in this Series: Living World (Quarter 1), Earth/Space (Quarter 2), Chemistry (Quarter 3), and Physics (Quarter 4).

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $196.00

    Spanish Amigos

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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: $152.00

    Spanish Club for Kids

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 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.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $152.00

    Ultimate Magic Academy: Groovy Green Wand

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 7, 2021

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mike Hummer

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    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 unlock the secret tricks of the Green Wand curriculum. Students will unlock the secrets to eight special magic tricks: Radical Ropes, Total Chaos, Money Maker, Picasso Pouch, Future Card, Trap Door, Gifted, and Luck Winner.
    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. 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.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $231.00

    Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Cat & Dog Drama

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    Acting is an adventure! Young actors will find themselves in a mix-up among dogs and cats in an imaginative drama where they will create an original storyline and unique characters for their very own original play! Will someone let the "cat out of the bag" or will our pet friends find themselves "barking up the wrong tree" on this pet-venture? Join us for purr-fectly hair-raising fun!

    Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through prepared scripts together. Once they have selected their favorites, the scripts will be customized with input from the students. Through group activities and guided discussion, the class will brainstorm to create characters and dream up details to transform the tale and make it their own.

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

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

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

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

    All About Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Cosmos

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Rebecca Sticha

    Grade Range: 5th-7th

    Prerequisites:

    Did you know that our Sun is a yellow dwarf star residing in a spiral galaxy, the Milky Way? Our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf star, is a mere 25 trillion miles away...but in our same galaxy! Kids who love astronomy and other sciences are invited to learn about stars, galaxies, and the cosmos in this beginning astronomy class.

    Join us as we examine the lifecycle of stars and discuss what stars are made of. The class will learn how we observe the universe (telescopes, particle detectors, etc) and make these "astronomical" measurements of time and distance. And finally, the class will examine the phenomenon of black holes. 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, Galaxies & Exoplanets. (Quarter 4).

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

    Animal Kingdom Alive! (10am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 45 min

    Instructor: Various

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

    Meet live animals at Compass each week as we explore some of the major animal families through interactive presentations. Hold a Madagascar hissing cockroach, pet a giant saddleback tortoise, examine a sea star, and see an opossum up close! Each week, wildlife educators will bring a variety of animal ambassadors. They will discuss adaptations, habitats, diets, and diversity in the animal family. They will help students discover similarities and differences among species in animal families. Students will learn about adaptations and plenty of fun facts about the live animals that they meet each week. This is 45-minute program. Schedule of presentations:

  • 4/8/2021: Reptiles
    4/15/2021: Ocean Invertebrates
    4/22/2021: Raptors
    4/29/2021: Ocean Vertebrates
    5/6/2021: Woodland Mammals
    5/13/2021: Exotic Mammals
    5/20/2021: Insects

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

    Animal Kingdom Alive! (11am)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 45 min

    Instructor: Various

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Meet live animals at Compass each week as we explore some of the major animal families through interactive presentations. Hold a Madagascar hissing cockroach, pet a giant saddleback tortoise, examine a sea star, and see an opossum up close! Each week, wildlife educators will bring a variety of animal ambassadors. They will discuss adaptations, habitats, diets, and diversity in the animal family. They will help students discover similarities and differences among species in animal families. Students will learn about adaptations and plenty of fun facts about the live animals that they meet each week. This is 55-minute program. Schedule of presentations:

  • 4/8/2021: Reptiles
    4/15/2021: Ocean Invertebrates
    4/22/2021: Raptors
    4/29/2021: Ocean Vertebrates
    5/6/2021: Woodland Mammals
    5/13/2021: Exotic Mammals
    5/20/2021: Insects

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

    Art: Pencil & Paint: Under the Sea

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

    Grade Range: 2nd-4th

    Prerequisites:

    Elementary artists will enjoy a journey in a drawing and painting in this art basics class! Third quarter, students will be inspired by the ocean and complete projects that feature projects such as delightful dolphins, sleek sharks, playful penguins, or a creepy crab. 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: $172.00

    Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a...Zany Zoo

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      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. Fourth quarter, they will tell the tale of their own, zany zoo. Will their story include a lazy llama, a sassy sea lion, a joking jaguar...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

    FUNctional Fitness: Homeschool PE (Thu)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 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.

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

    Little Medical School: Fascinating Food! (Nutrition Science)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Beth Ross

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    In this course, students will learn about the science of good nutrition! They will discover the five food groups, what is a balanced diet, how much they should eat from each group each day, and why they should eat “all the colors.” Students will learn to recognize “red light foods”- those with added sugar or added solid fats. They will find out what the effects of added sugar and fat are on the body, and what healthy alternatives are to these foods. Young scientists will learn how to create healthy snack combinations using foods from the five major food groups and learn what a dietician does. This class will not involve preparing or sampling any foods, but will give your child the knowledge to come home and try a new way of eating!Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 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 placemat, measuring cups and spoons, a refillable water bottle, activity booklet, snack bags, Asha’s Magical Ride Book, and a class diploma. This is a 7-week class that does not meet on 5/19.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

    Mental Math Fun: Mind-Blowing Logic & Reasoning Puzzles

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will tackle all new 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 questioner. 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

    Number Ninjas: Fun with Fractions

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 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.

    Fourth quarter, students will discover what a fraction means. Students will physically separate the "whole" into equal parts and look at fractions as parts of a set. Students will learn tips to create drawings with fractional parts and will make play dough models.

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

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

    Supply Fee: Included

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

    Preschool Art Adventures: Terrific Textures

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 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. Fourth quarter, preschool artists will learn all about textures by 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 May 27. 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: $151.00

    Science Kids: Physics Fun (THU)

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 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 Physics Fun students will learn about mass, forces, propulsion, optics, heat and electricity. Topics in this Series: Living World (Quarter 1), Earth/Space (Quarter 2), Chemistry (Quarter 3), and Physics (Quarter 4).

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $196.00

    Writer's Workshop: Fantasy Fun *ONLINE*

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 8, 2021

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Hickman

    Grade Range: 5th-7th

    Prerequisites: None

    Imagine yourself in another world where magic and fantasy abound. Do you envision dragons, elves, wizards, unicorns, or all-new, never-before-seen magical creatures and special powers? The class will discuss and study the fundamentals of fantasy writing and use listing and mapping to identify the unique characteristics of the fantasy genre.

    Students will discuss and begin to brainstorm the elements of a story such as location, timeframe, characters, and conflict for their own, unique fantasy piece. They will also discuss conventions- both social and magical- for their unique characters. The class will overview science fiction to understand the differences from the fantasy genre, and will read excerpts from Jules Verne, Kenneth Grahame, Lewis Carroll, and J.M Barrie.

    Students will practice at least one approach to beginning and completing a fantasy story. Along with writing their own fantasy story, students will participate in reading/writing groups that provide ongoing commentary to enrich their work. Weekly writing assignments will be included along with responding to chapter readings from the authors. An anthology of student stories will be published at the end of the quarter.

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

    Acting- Teen Stage: Improv in Action

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 9, 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!

    Feeling sketchy? Fourth quarter, actors will learn sketch-writing! Students will discover how to come up with the premises for sketches, how to develop these scenarios through patterns and themes, and how to develop interesting, hilarious, and charming characters. Actors will learn the skill of playing to spot what works, highlighting and building that, then playing some more, all while recording, refining, rehearsing, producing, acting, and evaluating. The class will learn different writing techniques throughout the course such as break the rules, who/what/where, repeating/escalating, reversal, switching, exaggerating, and role reversal. The class will use the "game of the scene" to find that one, simple, magical line that they will expand to captivate the audience. The group will improvise to get ideas for scripts and will reverse play to improve scripts.

    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. The final class of the quarter will be an open rehearsal which parents and friends are welcome to attend.

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

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

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

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

    Assessments: will not be given.

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

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

    Fundamentals of Drawing: Defining Details

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 9, 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.

    Fourth quarter, teens will sketch a variety of subjects to demonstrate some advanced techniques in drawing- shading, light and shadow, textures, and perspective- to add detail and dimension to their works. The class will also be introduced to the concepts of composition and the fundamentals of portraiture. Over the course, students should progress to draw more carefully, more accurately and to represent more refined details in 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 Defining Details (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: $172.00

    Paint Studio I: Beautiful Beaches & Summertime Seascapes

    Quarter 4: Starts on April 9, 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 sample paintings. 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.

    Who isn't ready for a seaside vacation in 2021? Fourth quarter, students will paint compositions such as sandy dunes, sun-drenched beaches, rolling waves, tidal pools, or lighthouses. These projects will continue the themes of 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); Landmarks & Landscapes (Quarter 3); and Beautiful Beaches & Summertime Seascapes (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

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