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Algebra I (MON, WED)

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 7, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jennifer Hallworth

Grade Range: 7th-10th

Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra

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

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

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

Geometry (MON, WED)

Quarter 1,2,3,4: Starts on September 7, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jennifer Hallworth

Grade Range: 8th-11th

Prerequisites: Algebra I

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

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

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

Ballet Foundations (MON)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 24, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 50 min

Instructor: Alchemy Ballet Academy

Grade Range: 3rd-8th

Prerequisites: None

Beginning dancers will build their skills in musicality, balance, flexibility, and coordination as they learn to dance as a group. At this level, dancers work to identify, apply, demonstrate, and integrate the following techniques from the Vaganova ballet method such as: 1st-6th positions, marching and skipping, demi plié, grand plié, sauté, bourrée, grand jeté, and tendu, along with pas de chat, pas de bourrée, arabesque, arabesque sauté, and soutenu. Students will develop their physical conditioning by core leg and arm strength.

A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter. Registration is for one morning class, however students who wish to further their skills are encouraged to sign up for both Monday and Wednesday morning lessons. Compass ballet students will have an opportunity to audition for the Alchemy Ballet Academy Winter Performance (including excerpts from The Nutcracker).

Ballet students are expected to wear appropriate attire. Young ladies must wear a leotard with skirt (attached or detached), pink tights, and soft pink ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Young men must wear a slim-fitting white t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and soft black ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Alchemy Ballet offers an optional kit of one leotard with skirt, one pair of tights, and one pair of soft shoes for $25.00 or soft shoes only for $6.50.

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

Ballet Fun (MON)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 24, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 50 min

Instructor: Alchemy Ballet Academy

Grade Range: PK-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Young dancers will practice skills in musicality, balance, flexibility, and coordination as they learn to dance as a group. At this level, dancers will learn to recognize, understand, and apply techniques from the Vaganova ballet method such as: 1st - 6th positions, marching and skipping, demi plié, grand plié, sauté, bourrée, grand jeté, and tendu. Students will also develop their physical conditioning and learn teamwork. Dancers in this level must be minimum age 4 by the start of class.

A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter. Registration is for one morning class, however students who wish to further their skills are encouraged to sign up for both Monday and Wednesday morning lessons. Compass ballet students will have an opportunity to audition for the Alchemy Ballet Academy Winter Performance (including excerpts from The Nutcracker).

Ballet students are expected to wear appropriate attire. Young ladies must wear a leotard with skirt (attached or detached), pink tights, and soft pink ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Young men must wear a slim-fitting white t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and soft black ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Alchemy Ballet offers an optional kit of one leotard with skirt, one pair of tights, and one pair of soft shoes for $25.00 or soft shoes only for $6.50.

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

Crafting for Cosplay: Resins and Metal Work

Quarter 2: Starts on October 24, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Kratos wears a leather baldric. Captain America grasps a shield. Harley Quinn sports spiked wrist cuffs, and Lara Croft wouldn't go to war without her weaponry. Great accessories and carefully crafted garments make great cosplay. If you are interested in the world of cosplay and want to bring some of your favorite characters to life, this class will teach you the skills to craft costumes and accessories.

Second quarter, students will learn resin and jewelry-making techniques such as wire wrapping, casting, and the use of clasps. Projects for the quarter include a trinket box, crystal ball, and jewelry stamping.

In this class, students will follow templates and patterns provided by and demonstrated by the instructor. Pieces will be individualized through paint and embellishments, but the goal is for cosplayers to learn specialized crafting techniques that they can use at home to make additional, unique pieces. There is a $65.00 supply fee for in-class materials, the shared use of classroom tools/supplies, and some take-home tools to continue crafting at home. Second quarter, students will take home 3 types of pliers, spare jump rings, and jewelry supplies

Projects are all-new from the 2021-22, so students may take this course again to hone their proficiency with various crafting techniques and fabricate new accessories. Cosplayers who would like to create original fabric costume elements such as capes, vests, skirts, and more, may want to co-register for this instructor's Learn to Sew classes.

Topics in this Series: Foam and Plastics (Quarter 1), Resins and Metal Work (Quarter 2), Leather Work (Quarter 3), Mending and Alterations (Quarter 4) etc. Students continuing from one quarter receive priority pre-registration for the next quarter.

Prerequisites: None

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

Assignments: Will be communicated in weekly e-mails and posted in a Google classroom.

Assessments: Informal, qualitative feedback will be given in class throughout the semester. A quantitative score/grade will not be provided.

Textbook/Materials: All materials will be furnished.

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $65.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Non-Meeting Days: In addition to the scheduled days-off on the published Compass schedule, this class does not meet on 10/31/2022.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in fine arts/theater for purposes of a high school transcript. This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 10/31/22.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

Culinary Foundations: Potatoes, Grains, and Legumes

Quarter 2: Starts on October 24, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 90 min

Instructor: Mimi Nyman

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

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

Second-quarter skills covered will include kitchen hand tools and equipment, safe food handling, and knife skills- paring knife. Chapters covered in the text include Level 1 Book, Chapters 2, 5, and 11 Second-quarter recipes that showcase the lessons on Grains, Lentils, and Starches include:

  • Chicken and Rice Soup
  • Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Fettuccine Pumpkin Alfredo
  • Green Chili Rice Bake
  • Pea Salad
  • Apple Polenta
  • Orzo with Fresh Vegetables

Culinary vocabulary will also be introduced each week. Students will leave this class with an introduction to culinary careers in the hospitality industry and a beginning foundation in culinary arts. Additionally, students will be able to take charge of a home kitchen, prepare advanced dishes, and adhere to safety and hygiene standards. They will have nutrition-planning and cooking skills that will enrich the lives of their friends and families.

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

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

Prerequisites: Students must be in 9th grade (minimum age 14) to take this class. 7th-8th graders may not enroll. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

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

Assignments: Cooking assignments, practicing skills at home, and related homework will be given in class and e-mailed to students and parents. Brief written assignments may be given, such as recipe modification or development.

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

https://courseforfoodsafety.com/states/VA?gclid=CjwKCAjw7LX0BRBiEiwA__gNw4AfZHgp_eOVTeiEXudxZhhF11E2UMggiIeYo6qL33xlUaDXbUeB5RoCG1cQAvD_BwE

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

  • -Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0138019389)
  • -Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380226)
  • -Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0137070503)
  • -Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380714)

Required Tools/Materials Culinary students will be expected to begin to acquire their own tools. Students should purchase and bring with them each week the following basic, minimum tools and supplies:

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $278.00

Kinder Kitchen: Festive Fall Flavors (MON)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 24, 2022

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mimi Nyman

Grade Range: K (age 5)

Prerequisites: None

Kinder-aged cooks will enjoy making savory fall recipes and hearty, cool-weather foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Festive Fall recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. In Kinder Kitchen, young chefs will make the same recipes as all other, higher level Compass cooking classes, however, some foods may be pre-cut and some steps may be simplified or completed by the cooking teacher in to support the speed and skills of the younger students. Students must be age 5 for this class. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Spinach Balls
  • Broccoli Cheese Soup
  • Cobb Salad
  • Dijon Braised Brussels Sprouts
  • Chicken Carbonara
  • Cranberry Orange Cookies
  • Swedish Quiche

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

Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students must be age 5 for this class. (3- and 4- year olds cannot be accommodated. No exceptions.)

Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

Mosaic Masterpieces Open Studio (Q2, MON)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 24, 2022

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Mimi Nyman

Grade Range: 8th-Adult

Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

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

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

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

-3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques

-Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design

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

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

Assessments: will not be given.

Materials Fee: Materials used vary depending on a student's experience with mosaic. Beginner Material Fee: $40.00 for a selection of Beginner Materials, including: vitreous glass, ceramic, mini, eco recycled glass, beach glass, glitter glass, glass gems, ceramic pebble, shells, metallic crystal, subway glass; Adhesive: weld bond; Grout: bone or charcoal color; Cutters: wheeled tile nippers; Substrate: 2D/Flat 12" x 12",10" x 10", 8" X 8", 4" X 4", framed mirrors, ornament shapes. Advanced Material Fee: $50.00 for a selection of Advanced Materials including: All Beginner Materials plus, iridized glass, cathedral sheet glass, opaque sheet glass, color fusion, millefiori, Van Gogh glass, natural stone and minerals, special effects glass, water glass, colored mirror, illumination glass, china plates, rhinestone, ball chain; Adhesives: weld bond, thin-set mortar, silicone; Grout: Custom colors (purple, rose, green, blue, earth, orange); Cutters: wheeled tile nippers, porcelain hand tool, hand file, pistol grip, beetle bits cutting system; Substrates: All flat shapes plus, 3D forms (egg, sphere, cone, pyramid etc),cut out sentiments, trays, glass bottle, mini sleds, flower pot, picture frame, sun catcher. Additional Fee: Tesserae by request and consultation with instructor: mother of pearl, 24 kt gold tiles (market rate), specially cut substrate. All material fees are due payable to the instructor on the first day of class by cash, check or electronic payment.

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

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

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

Sewing Workroom (Q2)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 24, 2022

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 6th-Adult

Prerequisites: None

In the style of an old-fashioned quilting bee or a sewing circle of long ago, Sewing Workroom is a dedicated drop-in sewing work session each week. Participants will enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside other seamstresses and seamsters of all abilities. Chat with others about their sewing projects. Learn tips and tricks from others. Become inspired by the wide variety of sewn items others are working on, and most importantly, ensure that you have a time set-aside each week to pursue your sewing hobby.

Sewing Workroom will be overseen by an experienced sewing instructor however, detailed individual or on-going instruction is not included. The instructor will walk around the room to provide guidance and assist participants with tips, troubleshooting, or trying a new technique. Those who need more sewing instruction than the instructor can provide in the Workroom are encouraged to take private one-on-one lessons or enroll in the Learn to Sew class. Participants are expected to bring their own fabric, patterns, thread, notions, embellishments, sewing implements, and machine each week. The instructor will have an iron, ironing board, extension cords, and common items on hand (such as machine needles). Learn to Sew students are welcome to enroll in this session to have more dedicated sewing time. Parents are welcome to enroll with their child(ren) or alone, and adult community members are invited. This is a 6-week workroom that does not meet on October 31, 2022.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $45.00

Sweets Shop: Gooey Goodies (MON)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 24, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mimi Nyman

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

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

  • Gluten Free Blondies
  • Apple and Brie Bruschetta
  • Cream Puffs/Chou
  • Orange Cake
  • Pumpkin Ginger Cake
  • Sun Butter Snack Balls
  • Toffee Apple Dip

Sweet Shop treats are scrumptious, fun, and simple to make. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolate. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Decadent Delights (Quarter 1); Gooey Goodies (Quarter 2), Best Bon Bons (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).

    Assessments: Qualitative Feedback will be given in class. Formal grades/assessment will not be given.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.

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

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript. For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

Acting- Kids' Theater: Mystery after Midnight

Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. Actors will create their own nocturnal narrative. What happens by the light of the midnight moon? What trouble lurks in the twilight? What dangers are disguised in the dark?

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: Camping Catastrophe (Quarter 1), Mystery after Midnight (Quarter 2), Fractured Fairy Tales (Quarter 3), Upside-Down Universe (Quarter 4). This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 11/1/2022.

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

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Candy Craze

Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Acting is an adventure! Young actors work together to create and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. What happens when Willy Wonka conspires with other crazy confectioners? Will the sticky situation be sweet or sour?

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

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

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

Topics in this Series: Rainforest Rescue (Quarter 1), Candy Craze (Quarter 2), Safari Surprise (Quarter 3) and Animal Amusement Park (Quarter 4). This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 11/1/2022.

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

Aquatic Biology: Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams

Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: The Science Place

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

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

During Quarter 2, students will learn the basics of Riparian Biology, the study of aquatic life in rivers and streams. We ll discuss differences in water flow, sedimentation, and hydrodynamics that are used to classify riparian habitats and will learn about the characteristic assemblages of organisms that occur in different flow regimes. Students will compare various major river systems around the world and study the diversity of riverine biomes and organisms.

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

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

Art in Action: Animal Artists (TUE, 12PM)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Elementary artists can get in on the action as they learn about a different artist or artistic style each week and create a representative piece using a wide range of artistic supplies such as tempura and water color paints, pastels, pencils, cray pas, oil pastel crayons, specialty papers, sculpting media, and embellishments.

Second quarter, students will examine famous art featuring animals such as Winslow Homer's "Fox Hunt", Paul Gauguin's still life "Three Puppies", Franz Marc's "The Tower of Blue Horses" and "Donkey Frieze" and the vivid patterned pop art of Dean Russo. Projects will mimic the colors and styles of these works with vivid color pigments, watercolor, acrylic paints, and other materials.

Topics in this Series: Media of the Masters (Quarter 1); Animal Artists (Quarter 2); Murals, Monuments, and Museums (Quarter 3); Stellar Celestial Subjects (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: $133.00

Beginner Bots: Wings and Things (TUE)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program 3-4 different whimsical, mechanized projects each quarter using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

Second quarter, students will build, program, and model fun and fantasy flying fliers wonders such as a helicopter, plane, a mythical bird, and a winged dragon.

Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

Topics in this Series: Under the Sea (Quarter 1), Wings and Things (Quarter 2); Perfect Pets (Quarter 3), and Reptiles Rule (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

Cover-to-Cover: Dystopian Worlds (Middle School Book Group)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Anne Taranto

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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

Second quarter, students will examine the genre of dystopian fiction with  Animal Farm (George Orwell) and Lord of the Flies (William Golding.)

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

Topics in this Series: Adventure (Quarter 1); Historical Fiction (Quarter 2); Fantasy (Quarter 3); and Sci-Fi (Quarter 4). This is a 6-week course that does not meet on 11/8/22.

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 $XXXX 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.

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

Crafty Kids Club (Q2)

Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 2nd-6th

Prerequisites: None

Crafty Kids Club is a weekly after-school meet-up for kids in grades 2-5. Kids gather and socialize while completing a craft around a monthly theme. An experienced Compass art instructor facilitates the crafting each week. Projects are selected to showcase a variety of materials and crafting techniques and to promote creativity and imagination. Each quarter, students will complete projects organized around two themes from among eight craft categories: wooden, wearables, simple sewing, painting, sculpting, paper, beading, and mixed media.

Kids will enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside a group of friends in Crafty Kids Club, and parents will appreciate the break! Parent Notes:

  • All the supplies are provided: No need to search high and low for the needed materials.
  • Reduce waste and clutter: No need to buy large quantities of specialty supplies for a one-time project.
  • Reduce clean-up: Leave the glue, paint, and glitter mess at Compass.
  • Kids get to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques, even if you are not crafty.
  • Crafting improves dexterity and fine motor skills, and an afterschool club makes a great social outlet.
  • The second quarter project themes are:

  • Super Students (sample projects: superhero mask and capes)
  • Frozen Favorites (sample projects: beaded snowflakes and nutcracker decorations)
  • This is a 6-week session that does not meet on 11/1/2022, however, a 7th take-home craft will be provided for the week off.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $50.00

    Decorative Arts Studio: Marvelous Mosaics for Kids

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shona D'Cruz

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Student artists will enjoy working hands-on, in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting and crafting materials to create original Decorative Arts. Assembling decorative items is multi-sensory, and students enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Decorative art engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this studio environment, students will create original hand-made pieces using a range of artistic techniques and a myriad of materials to choose from.

    Second quarter, students will create beautiful, textured mosaics and will learn to work with materials such as tiles, pebbles, beads, shells, recycled bits, and adhesives. Kids will explore the art of fitting small pieces together to compose a larger, mosaic work. Example past projects include a mosaic with geometric wooden shapes; a fall leaf mosaic incorporating beads; mosaic photo frame, mosaic stepping stone built on a paver, and a mosaic wall hanging with polymer clay components and tiles. All pieces will be grouted after class, off site by the instructor and will be available the next class. A supply fee of $40.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Topics in this Series: Sculpture Skills (Quarter 1), Marvelous Mosaics (Quarter 2), Fiber Arts Fun (Quarter 3), and Upcycled, Recycled Projects (Quarter 4).

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

    Decorative Arts Studio: Marvelous Mosaics for Tweens

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shona D'Cruz

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Student artists will enjoy working hands-on, in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting and crafting materials to create original Decorative Arts. Assembling decorative items is multi-sensory, and students enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Decorative art engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this studio environment, students will create original hand-made pieces using a range of artistic techniques and a myriad of materials to choose from.

    Second quarter, students will create beautiful, textured mosaics and will learn to work with materials such as tiles, pebbles, beads, shells, recycled bits, and adhesives. Kids will explore the art of fitting small pieces together to compose a larger, mosaic work. Example past projects include a mosaic with geometric wooden shapes; a fall leaf mosaic incorporating beads; mosaic photo frame, mosaic stepping stone built on a paver, and a mosaic wall hanging with polymer clay components and tiles. All pieces will be grouted after class, off site by the instructor and will be available the next class. A supply fee of $40.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Topics in this Series: Sculpture Skills (Quarter 1), Marvelous Mosaics (Quarter 2), Fiber Arts Fun (Quarter 3), and Upcycled, Recycled Projects (Quarter 4).

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

    Dynamic Dioramas: Myths & Legends- 1001 Arabian Nights

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    1001 Arabian Nights is a popular, centuries-old collection of fairy tales, romances, legends, fables, and exotic adventures. Legend is that the stories were told one each night by Scheherazade to her new husband, the cruel Persian King Shahryar, who takes a new wife each night and executes her the next day. Scheherazade uses the tales to extend her own life, delaying execution 1001 days by stopping each story with a cliffhanger ending, which the king cannot bear to miss. At the end of the 1001 days, the King has grown wise, learns to trust his wife and become a great ruler. The class will listen to just a few of the famous original stories, like "Alladin's Wonderful Lamp", and other favorites that were added to the anthology later like "The Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor" and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves."

    Each student will create an individual diorama recreating or interpreting a scene from a tale of 10th century India or Persia. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10" x 14" 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 warriors, then combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create larger terrain. Students will then compete in history-based survival strategy games. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and mythology 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. Topics in this series include: King Arthur (Quarter 1), 1001 Arabian Nights (Quarter 2), Joan of Arc (Quarter 3), William Wallace and the Scottish Uprising (Quarter 4). There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

    Dynamic Dioramas: Prehistory- Cretaceous North America and Asia

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 2nd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will learn about the most famous dinosaurs in the world, the Cretaceous flora and fauna of prehistoric North America and Asia. They will learn about T-Rex dominating the American plains to velociraptors pack-hunting in the deserts of Asia. The class will meet the Albertosaurus, Triceratops, Iguanodon, and be introduced to the ideas of plate tectonics, species variation, and the evolution of plants.

    Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10" X 14" foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landforms, waterways, plant life, and paint. Once individual projects are
    alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a pre-history-based survival strategy game. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them.

    This knowledge will be applied through several games in which the students will learn the characteristics of the various dinosaurs and other creatures that lived with them and how to cooperate in a group. In "Saurian Safari", students get to simulate a cooperative hunt through a Mesozoic game park using miniature figures of their own, and in "Try-To-Survive-Asaurus," students will try to survive in the harsh and changing environment of the dinosaurs while playing as their very own dinosaur with the options of cooperating with or eating their fellow classmates. Over the course of the class, students should be able to explain the differences in the types of dinosaurs and plants found during the Cretaceous period in the Northern Hemisphere, and how these differences are reflected in their unique environments.

    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. Students must be minimum age 7 to take this class. Topics in this series include: Ancient Seas (Quarter 1), Cretaceous North America and Asia (Quarter 2), Cretaceous South America and Africa (Quarter 3), Ice Age Giants (Quarter 4). There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

    Eco Scientist: Northern Latitudes

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: The Science Place

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Become a world-traveling 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.

    Bundle up! Second quarter, students will journey to the northern latitudes. We'll begin in the frozen north of the Arctic Circle, then travel south through Greenland, Russia, and Europe. We'll see how some animal and human populations deal with environmental extremes through seasonal migrations. Along the way we'll learn about cold weather phenomena, polar ice, tundra and taiga (coniferous forest) biomes, inland seas, and the seasonal effects of polar nights and midnight sun.

    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: $173.00

    Environmental Science: Atmospheric Science

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: The Science Place

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    A powerful hurricane season forecasted. Polar ice caps receding. Hydraulic fracking. Solar power. Everywhere we look, Environmental Science is in the news! Environmental science is an exciting interdisciplinary study that merges the fields of geology, biology, chemistry, and meteorology to explain the earth as an interconnected system with both natural and human-made influences. This year middle schoolers will sample Environmental Science topics in a hands-on, lab-based investigation.

    Second quarter, students will embark on the study of our atmosphere, including global weather patterns, climate studies, and air pollution. The group will learn about the methods scientists use to study these phenomena, including satellite monitoring, air sampling, and chemical analyses. Students will do in-class labs to make predictions, collect and graph data, draw conclusions, and develop models of key Environmental Science processes. Topics in this year s class series include: Geology and Soil Sciences (first quarter); Atmospheric Science (second quarter); Water Science (third quarter); and Current Issues in Environmental Science (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

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

    FUNctional Fitness and Cross-Training (PE)- TUE (Q2)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Iman Castaneda

    Grade Range: 2nd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic kids' 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: $126.00

    Geo Detective: Wacky World Weather (12PM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: The Science Place

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    Second quarter, students will learn the physics behind air and water circulation, and how they combine to form wacky weather phenomena such as hurricanes, tornados, hail, fog, and even regular old rain showers. The class will see how air and water systems on earth govern global climate systems as well as local and regional weather patterns. Kids will learn how meteorologists and climatologists examine data from a variety of sources, such as ice cores, sediment cores, the fossil record, and historic records to trace large-scale changes in climate and sea level over geologic time.

    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: $173.00

    Geo Detective: Wacky World Weather (1PM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: The Science Place

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    Second quarter, students will learn the physics behind air and water circulation, and how they combine to form wacky weather phenomena such as hurricanes, tornados, hail, fog, and even regular old rain showers. The class will see how air and water systems on earth govern global climate systems as well as local and regional weather patterns. Kids will learn how meteorologists and climatologists examine data from a variety of sources, such as ice cores, sediment cores, the fossil record, and historic records to trace large-scale changes in climate and sea level over geologic time.

    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: $173.00

    Junior Art Studio: Famous Photography (TUE, 10AM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Second quarter, Junior Artists will learn about the history of photography and famous photographers, such as Man Ray, Annie Leibowitz, Ansel Adams, Maisel, and Brassa (pseudonym for Gyula Halasz). Art projects will feature photography art, photography collage, coloration study of the same image, making 3-D trees and a real photo to drawn photo art (students will attempt to draw the mirrored image of a photograph).

    Topics in this Series: Imitate the Impressionists (Quarter 1); Famous Photography (Quarter 2); Multi-Media Masters (Quarter 3); Native American Art (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: $133.00

    Junior Art Studio: Famous Photography (TUE, 11AM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Second quarter, Junior Artists will learn about the history of photography and famous photographers, such as Man Ray, Annie Leibowitz, Ansel Adams, Maisel, and Brassa (pseudonym for Gyula Halasz). Art projects will feature photography art, photography collage, coloration study of the same image, making 3-D trees and a real photo to drawn photo art (students will attempt to draw the mirrored image of a photograph).

    Topics in this Series: Imitate the Impressionists (Quarter 1); Famous Photography (Quarter 2); Multi-Media Masters (Quarter 3); Native American Art (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: $133.00

    Junior Engineering with LEGO: Animal Architects (TUE)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    Second quarter, junior engineers will get "wild" and build a zoo of articulated animals! Using mechanical concepts like rachet, linkage, and levers, and the fantastic diversity in the animal kingdom, our creators will build leaping dolphins, towering giraffes, swinging monkeys, jumping grasshoppers, and more!

    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)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $195.00

    Kids' Clinic: So You Want to be a Nutritionist?

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Shumway

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Why can’t I have cookies for breakfast? Why do I have to eat vegetables? Why do I have to drink water? Kids have lots of questions about their own bodies and development. Kids’ Clinic answers these questions and more in the context of fun, age-appropriate medical lessons and in-class activities which will introduce children to themes in science, medicine, anatomy, and biology.

    Second quarter, kids will learn about food groups and portions. They will learn to read food labels and discover vitamins/nutrients. The class will learn all about the digestive system and talk about healthy substitutes for less healthy foods. Finally, young nutritionists will learn what it means to food to be organic, locally grown or genetically modified.

    There is a supply fee of $15.00 due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a take-home kit consisting of a medical coat, doctor name tag, class notebook, their own measuring cups and spoons, and food group chart.

    Topics in this Series: Doctor (Quarter 1); Nutritionist (Quarter 2), Wilderness Medic (Quarter 3), ENT/Dentist- Hearing, Taste, Smell (Quarter 4).

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Kids' Clinic: So You Want to be a Nutritionist?

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Shumway

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Why can’t I have cookies for breakfast? Why do I have to eat vegetables? Why do I have to drink water? Kids have lots of questions about their own bodies and development. Kids’ Clinic answers these questions and more in the context of fun, age-appropriate medical lessons and in-class activities which will introduce children to themes in science, medicine, anatomy, and biology.

    Second quarter, kids will learn about food groups and portions. They will learn to read food labels and discover vitamins/nutrients. The class will learn all about the digestive system and talk about healthy substitutes for less healthy foods. Finally, young nutritionists will learn what it means to food to be organic, locally grown or genetically modified.

    There is a supply fee of $15.00 due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a take-home kit consisting of a medical coat, doctor name tag, class notebook, their own measuring cups and spoons, and food group chart.

    Topics in this Series: Doctor (Quarter 1); Nutritionist (Quarter 2), Wilderness Medic (Quarter 3), ENT/Dentist- Hearing, Taste, Smell (Quarter 4).

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Learn to Sing: Holidays Around the World

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Wyndy Frederick

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites:

    Everyone can learn to sing! Celebrate Christmas and the winter holidays with some festive, well-known, secular songs. Learn to sing songs such as "Silver Bells", "White Christmas", and "I'll Be Home for Christmas", along with some international ones from France, Spain, Germany, and Africa.

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

    Schedule: Students will give a choral performance for parents on Tuesday, December 13, during class time. The location will be offsite, three blocks from Compass, and students are strong encouraged to attend.

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

    Machine Makers: Creations

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    LEGO Mindstorms components and motors are not just for building robots! These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines- much like an erector set!

    Each quarter, students will build three or four unique inventions like A, B, or C. Students will incorporate simple machines, complex machines, and small motors into their projects. They will work with wheels, axles, beams, pulleys, tracks, gears, and specialty components used only in these classes.

    Topics in this Series: Inventions (Quarter 1); Creations (Quarter 2): Innovations (Quarter 3); and Apparatus (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Nature Quest: Autumn Adventurers (TUE, 12PM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Find fascinating things in late fall! Hike through piles of fallen leaves. See farther through the bare branches. Look for evidence of animals getting ready for winter and birds migrating to warmer locales. Discover changes in plant life, observe stream ecology, and watch for changes in the weather!

    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 6 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

    Nature Quest: Autumn Adventurers (TUE, 1PM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Find fascinating things in late fall! Hike through piles of fallen leaves. See farther through the bare branches. Look for evidence of animals getting ready for winter and birds migrating to warmer locales. Discover changes in plant life, observe stream ecology, and watch for changes in the weather!

    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 6 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

    Nature Quest: Autumn Explorers (TUE)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: PreK-K

    Prerequisites: None

    Find fascinating things in late fall! Hike through piles of fallen leaves. See farther through the bare branches. Look for evidence of animals getting ready for winter and birds migrating to warmer locales. Discover changes in plant life, observe stream ecology, and watch for changes in the weather!

    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.

    (PK-K) Each week, ONE parent volunteer (with no baby/toddler in tow) will be asked to accompany the group into the woods to be the extra set of hands and eyes! Students must be minimum age 4 by the start of class, be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of class and must be able to stay in a group and follow instructions. 12.10.10.06

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

    Nature Quest: Autumn Path Finders (TUE)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Find fascinating things in late fall! Hike through piles of fallen leaves. See farther through the bare branches. Look for evidence of animals getting ready for winter and birds migrating to warmer locales. Discover changes in plant life, observe stream ecology, and watch for changes in the weather!

    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 6 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class. 12.10.10.06

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

    Puppet Craft Workshop: Hand Puppets

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

    By the end of this course, each student should have 6-8 unique hand puppets. Puppets will be kept by the instructor each week to allow glue to dry and to ensure that all puppets are present on the final day. During the final class meeting, students will showcase, from behind a curtain, a brief skit incorporating all of their puppet creations. Due to space constraints 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 or Acting- Young Actors Playhouse 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 1); Hand Puppets (Quarter 2); Stick and Shadow Puppets (Quarter 3) and Moving and String Puppets (Quarter 4). This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 11/1/2022.

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

    Robot Fab Lab: Sumo Bot (TUE)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Student engineers will be challenged to design, build, and program a Sumo robot to compete in compete in table-top combat. Will the robotic sumo wrestler be able to shove a full can or topple an opponent with the use of motors, sensors, and articulated components?

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

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

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Swimming- Beginners/Advanced Beginners (1st-3rd)- TUE

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 11:05 am      Duration: 40 min

    Instructor: YMCA

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

    During the first lesson, students will be observed and determined to be Beginner or Advanced Beginner level, and the class will be divided accordingly among two instructors. Beginners level is for students with little to no swim experience and will cover YMCA Level 1 skills such as water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water. Advanced Beginners level will review all skills in beginner-level class and add YMCA Level 2 skills such as stamina, swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, becoming comfortable in deep water, and stroke introduction to include: front crawl, backstroke, and elementary breaststroke.

    Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

    Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

    A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

    Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

    Swimming- Beginners/Advanced Beginners (4th-6th)- TUE

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 12:05 pm      Duration: 40 min

    Instructor: YMCA

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

    During the first lesson, students will be observed and determined to be Beginner or Advanced Beginner level, and the class will be divided accordingly among two instructors. Beginners level is for students with little to no swim experience and will cover YMCA Level 1 skills such as water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water. Advanced Beginners level will review all skills in beginner-level class and add YMCA Level 2 skills such as stamina, swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, becoming comfortable in deep water, and stroke introduction to include: front crawl, backstroke, and elementary breaststroke.

    Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

    Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

    A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

    Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

    Swimming- Intermediate Level (TUE)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 10:05 am      Duration: 40 min

    Instructor: YMCA

    Grade Range: 2nd-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

    Intermediate level is for students who are proficient in Advanced Beginner level skills such as swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, and becoming comfortable in deep water. Intermediate swimmers will cover Levels 3 of the YMCA program including elementary breaststroke, backstroke, front crawl with rotary breathing all at 25 yards, with work towards Level 4 skills including stamina and increasing all swimming to 50 yards or more, plus breast stroke, elementary butterfly stroke and kick, elementary dives, and turns.

    Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

    Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

    A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

    Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

    Swimming- Young Beginners (TUE)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 10:05 am      Duration: 40 min

    Instructor: YMCA

    Grade Range: PK-K

    Prerequisites:

    Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

    Young Beginners is for very young students with little to no swim experience and will cover YMCA Level 1 skills including water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water.

    Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

    Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

    A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

    Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

    Tweens Acting Out: Chaos in the Courtroom

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 25, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Tweens take over as they collectively brainstorm and collaboratively write own play. Find out what happens when tweens "act out" the unique characters and an original storyline they created. Disorder in the court! What causes a trial to turn tumultuous? Loud-mouth lawyers, a jokester judge, a wily witness, or a delirious defendant? What pandemonium plagues the prosecution in this hectic hearing?

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

    Topics in this Series: Haunted House of Horrors (Quarter 1), Chaos in the Courtroom (Quarter 2), No Exit Escape Room (Quarter 3) and Rock Start Rivalry (Quarter 4). This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 11/1/2022.

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

    Art in Action: Animal Artists (WED, 10AM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Elementary artists can get in on the action as they learn about a different artist or artistic style each week and create a representative piece using a wide range of artistic supplies such as tempura and water color paints, pastels, pencils, cray pas, oil pastel crayons, specialty papers, sculpting media, and embellishments.

    Second quarter, students will examine famous art featuring animals such as Winslow Homer's "Fox Hunt", Paul Gauguin's still life "Three Puppies", Franz Marc's "The Tower of Blue Horses" and "Donkey Frieze" and the vivid patterned pop art of Dean Russo. Projects will mimic the colors and styles of these works with vivid color pigments, watercolor, acrylic paints, and other materials.

    Topics in this Series: Media of the Masters (Quarter 1); Animal Artists (Quarter 2); Murals, Monuments, and Museums (Quarter 3); Stellar Celestial Subjects (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: $133.00

    Ballet Foundations (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Alchemy Ballet Academy

    Grade Range: 3rd-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Beginning dancers will build their skills in musicality, balance, flexibility, and coordination as they learn to dance as a group. At this level, dancers work to identify, apply, demonstrate, and integrate the following techniques from the Vaganova ballet method such as: 1st-6th positions, marching and skipping, demi plié, grand plié, sauté, bourrée, grand jeté, and tendu, along with pas de chat, pas de bourrée, arabesque, arabesque sauté, and soutenu. Students will develop their physical conditioning by core leg and arm strength.

    A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter. Registration is for one morning class, however students who wish to further their skills are encouraged to sign up for both Monday and Wednesday morning lessons. Compass ballet students will have an opportunity to audition for the Alchemy Ballet Academy Winter Performance (including excerpts from The Nutcracker).

    Ballet students are expected to wear appropriate attire. Young ladies must wear a leotard with skirt (attached or detached), pink tights, and soft pink ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Young men must wear a slim-fitting white t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and soft black ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Alchemy Ballet offers an optional kit of one leotard with skirt, one pair of tights, and one pair of soft shoes for $25.00 or soft shoes only for $6.50.

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

    Ballet Fun (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Alchemy Ballet Academy

    Grade Range: PK-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Young dancers will practice skills in musicality, balance, flexibility, and coordination as they learn to dance as a group. At this level, dancers will learn to recognize, understand, and apply techniques from the Vaganova ballet method such as: 1st - 6th positions, marching and skipping, demi plié, grand plié, sauté, bourrée, grand jeté, and tendu. Students will also develop their physical conditioning and learn teamwork. Dancers in this level must be minimum age 4 by the start of class.

    A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter. Registration is for one morning class, however students who wish to further their skills are encouraged to sign up for both Monday and Wednesday morning lessons. Compass ballet students will have an opportunity to audition for the Alchemy Ballet Academy Winter Performance (including excerpts from The Nutcracker).

    Ballet students are expected to wear appropriate attire. Young ladies must wear a leotard with skirt (attached or detached), pink tights, and soft pink ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Young men must wear a slim-fitting white t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and soft black ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Alchemy Ballet offers an optional kit of one leotard with skirt, one pair of tights, and one pair of soft shoes for $25.00 or soft shoes only for $6.50.

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

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Charlemagne, Rebuilding an Empire

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    In the 8th century CE, Western Europe was beset by hostile enemies, taking advantage of hundreds of years of disunity and decay. One king would unify the disparate and petty barbarian fiefdoms and be crowned Emperor of a new Holy Roman Empire. This quarter will focus on how Charlemagne expertly won his way to Imperial glory through shrewd negotiation and skill on countless battlefields across all the corners of Europe. Even his greatest military defeat would be immortalized in The Song of Roland, which would join the legend of King Arthur in laying down the ideals of chivalry and knighthood. Beyond the achievements of Charlemagne s conquests, the Carolingian renaissance would revolutionize written Latin, introducing such conveniences as lower case letters, and punctuation thanks to the Emperor s demand for easier communication across his entire realm.

    Students will choose from among several options for their diorama: the battlefield at Pavia, Roncevaux Pass, or Sigiburg. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 10" X 14" diorama board, and populate it with dozens of 1:72 scale Carolingian knights for historical re-enactments. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how battles progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. 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. Future topics in this series include: Viking Invasions (Quarter 1), Charlemagne, Rebuilding an Empire (Quarter 2), William the Conqueror 1066 (Quarter 3), Suleiman the Magnificent (Quarter 4). There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

    Beginner Bots: Wings and Things (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program 3-4 different whimsical, mechanized projects each quarter using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Second quarter, students will build, program, and model fun and fantasy flying fliers wonders such as a helicopter, plane, a mythical bird, and a winged dragon.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Under the Sea (Quarter 1), Wings and Things (Quarter 2); Perfect Pets (Quarter 3), and Reptiles Rule (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Chess: Advanced Beginners 2

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Peter Snow

    Grade Range: 3rd-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. In Advanced Beginner Chess 2, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other such as: counting in chess, double attack tactics, controlling and using the center, king and pawn endgames, key positions in rook and pawn endgames, principles of minor piece endgames, and simple, pawn-less endgames.

    Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). 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.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

    Chess: Beginners 2 (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Peter Snow

    Grade Range: 2nd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. In Beginning Chess 2, students will learn introductory skills such as: back rank mates, five types of draws, elementary checkmates (2Rs+K, K+Q vs. K, K+R vs. K); elementary opening principles, and pawn structure.

    Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). 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. A student can enroll in Beginning Chess 2 as his/her first class.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

    Chess: Intermediate Players 2

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Peter Snow

    Grade Range: 4th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. In Intermediate Chess 2, students will learn skills that build upon each other such as: queen-pawn endings, bishop, knight, and pawn endings, score-sheet notation, decoys, obstructions, and king defense under attack.

    Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 30+ hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Intermediate Chess, a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner and Advanced Beginner Chess levels, or instructor permission.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

    Clean Plate: Allergy Friendly Cooking (Q2)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    In this cooking class, the focus will be on what kids can eat, not what they can't. If kids with food allergies are tired of safe, single ingredient foods and long for creative, "composed" recipes, they will enjoy this class's menus which omit the top 9 food allergens: eggs, milk, nuts/tree nuts, soy, wheat, sesame, and fish/shellfish. Each week, students will make a delicious recipe with fresh ingredients and creative substitutions that the whole family will enjoy. The quarter's menu includes:

    • Pineapple Bars
    • Pumpkin Soup with Chorizo
    • Fresh Salsa
    • Banana Bread
    • Turkey Apple Meatballs
    • Chocolate Mousse
    • Pumpkin Pie

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

    Please note that this class is offered first thing in the morning, after the kitchen has been sanitized and before other cooking classes that use conventional ingredients. Every effort will be made to avoid cross-contamination, but students with air-borne sensitivities should know that conventional ingredients, such as flour, milk, and eggs may be stored in closed containers in cabinets in the same kitchen. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female). For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Cooking for Kids: Festive Fall Flavors (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    • Spinach Balls
    • Broccoli Cheese Soup
    • Cobb Salad
    • Dijon Braised Brussels Sprouts
    • Chicken Carbonara
    • Cranberry Orange Cookies
    • Swedish Quiche

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Cooking for Little Kids: Festive Fall Flavors (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

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

    • Spinach Balls
    • Broccoli Cheese Soup
    • Cobb Salad
    • Dijon Braised Brussels Sprouts
    • Chicken Carbonara
    • Cranberry Orange Cookies
    • Swedish Quiche

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Cooking for Tweens: Festive Fall Flavors

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    • Sweet Pumpkin Dip
    • Chicken Vegetable Soup
    • Caprese Salad Bites
    • Honey Glazed Carrots
    • Spinach Artichoke Meatballs
    • Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes
    • Rice Casserole

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a...Magical Mountain

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    Children are full of stories and bubbling over with big ideas! In this class, students will learn how to capture their creative vision into a simple story that they will write and illustrate. Second quarter, our storytellers will make up the myth of a mystical mountain. Will they find magicians, monsters, mermaids, and more?

    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 Acting: Kids Theater or Writing Well to further encourage communication and storytelling skills. The supply fee is included in the class tuition. Topics in this Series: A Great Race (Quarter 1); A Magical Mountain (Quarter 2); A Time Machine (Quarter 3); and A Fantastical Forest (Quarter 4).

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

    Dynamic Dioramas: History & Culture- Persia v. Byzantium

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Discover a seven-hundred year period, during which great empires rose, fell, and fought for dominance in the Middle East, Turkey, and the Caucasus. The Byzantine empire, which extended from the Balkans (and briefly Italy) to as far east as modern-day Iran, succeeded the Roman Empire. Meanwhile, the famous Persian Empire flourished until it was defeated by Alexander the Great. Successor kingdoms included the Parthians (who Rome never defeated) and the Sassanid Persians, who nearly destroyed Byzantium, struggled for power until an emerging Muslim empire conquered them.

    Each student will craft and hand-shape their battlefield on a 10 x 14 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landforms, waterways, plant life, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a 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. Topics in this series include: The Saxon Invasions (Quarter 1), Persia v. Byzantium (Quarter 2), The 100 Years War, France v. England (Quarter 3), The Wars of Scottish Independence(Quarter 4). There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

    Fencing for Beginners & Advanced Beginners

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Fencing Sports Academy

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    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. Students may enroll any quarter. 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.

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

    Fencing for Young Beginners

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Fencing Sports Academy

    Grade Range: 2nd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    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. Students may enroll any quarter. 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.

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

    French Foundations (Q2)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Bonjour! French Foundations is an introductory class for middle school-aged students. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), adjectives, greetings, and simple phrases. Students will learn beginning grammatical constructions such as noun-verb agreement, noun-adjective agreement, adjective placement, and the rules of regular verb conjugation. Students will be encouraged to speak aloud and converse with classmates, but also to learn to sound out, spell, and read beginning, written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
    Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, grammar, and usage while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Students should be at grade level in their reading. Fluency should not be expected at this level. This is a 6-week class that will not meet on 11/2/2022.

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

    French with Friends (Q2)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Salut! French with Friends is an introductory French class for elementary-aged students. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, etc), adjectives, beginning verbs, greetings, and simple phrases. Songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities will be used in class to review vocabulary and phrases. Emphasis will be on conversation, but students will be encouraged to learn to spell and sound out written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
    Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level. This is a 6-week class that will not meet on 11/2/2022.

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

    Junior Art Studio: Famous Photography (WED, 11AM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Second quarter, Junior Artists will learn about the history of photography and famous photographers, such as Man Ray, Annie Leibowitz, Ansel Adams, Maisel, and Brassa (pseudonym for Gyula Halasz). Art projects will feature photography art, photography collage, coloration study of the same image, making 3-D trees and a real photo to drawn photo art (students will attempt to draw the mirrored image of a photograph).

    Topics in this Series: Imitate the Impressionists (Quarter 1); Famous Photography (Quarter 2); Multi-Media Masters (Quarter 3); Native American Art (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: $133.00

    Junior Art Studio: Famous Photography (WED, 12PM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    Second quarter, Junior Artists will learn about the history of photography and famous photographers, such as Man Ray, Annie Leibowitz, Ansel Adams, Maisel, and Brassa (pseudonym for Gyula Halasz). Art projects will feature photography art, photography collage, coloration study of the same image, making 3-D trees and a real photo to drawn photo art (students will attempt to draw the mirrored image of a photograph).

    Topics in this Series: Imitate the Impressionists (Quarter 1); Famous Photography (Quarter 2); Multi-Media Masters (Quarter 3); Native American Art (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: $133.00

    Junior Engineering with LEGO: Animal Architects (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    Second quarter, junior engineers will get "wild" and build a zoo of articulated animals! Using mechanical concepts like rachet, linkage, and levers, and the fantastic diversity in the animal kingdom, our creators will build leaping dolphins, towering giraffes, swinging monkeys, jumping grasshoppers, and more!

    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)

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $195.00

    Kids' Confection Kitchen: Gooey Goodies (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Toffee. Taffy. Truffles... End the day on a sweet note! Students will enjoy making and eating delicious confections. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolates. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

    • Gluten Free Blondies
    • Apple and Brie Bruschetta
    • Cream Puffs/Chou
    • Orange Cake
    • Pumpkin Ginger Cake
    • Sun Butter Snack Balls
    • Toffee Apple Dip

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

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

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Krav Maga Self Defense for Kids- Purple Stripe

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sarah Reynolds

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

    Second quarter, students will have the chance to earn a Purple 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: $137.00

    Mini Magic School- Astonish!

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Joe Romano

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

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    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $225.00

    Music Makers: Movement & Melodies (Q2)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kathy Preisinger

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites:

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

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $145.00

    Nature Quest: Autumn Adventurers (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Find fascinating things in late fall! Hike through piles of fallen leaves. See farther through the bare branches. Look for evidence of animals getting ready for winter and birds migrating to warmer locales. Discover changes in plant life, observe stream ecology, and watch for changes in the weather!

    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 6 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

    Nature Quest: Autumn Explorers (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: PreK-K

    Prerequisites: None

    Find fascinating things in late fall! Hike through piles of fallen leaves. See farther through the bare branches. Look for evidence of animals getting ready for winter and birds migrating to warmer locales. Discover changes in plant life, observe stream ecology, and watch for changes in the weather!

    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.

    (PK-K) Each week, ONE parent volunteer (with no baby/toddler in tow) will be asked to accompany the group into the woods to be the extra set of hands and eyes! Students must be minimum age 4 by the start of class, be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of class and must be able to stay in a group and follow instructions. 12.10.10.06

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

    Nature Quest: Autumn Path Finders (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Find fascinating things in late fall! Hike through piles of fallen leaves. See farther through the bare branches. Look for evidence of animals getting ready for winter and birds migrating to warmer locales. Discover changes in plant life, observe stream ecology, and watch for changes in the weather!

    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 6 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class. 12.10.10.06

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

    Outdoor Survivor: Autumn

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Venture outdoors each week to explore the woods with a senior naturalist and mentor while learning valuable survival skills. Students will learn how to construct a temporary debris shelter, make cordage, identify edibles, track animals, purify water, perform basic first aid, and use maps and compass (orienteering). 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 you encounter outdoors, safe exploration of the woods, how to be a good steward of nature, and what to do if you ever became lost or injured in the woods. Skills will be repeated and reinforced each quarter, because the available plants, animals, materials, and water sources change with each season. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong connection to nature and to the real world! Explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. For information on where the class meets, what to wear, and inclement weather, see the webpage for Compass's Nature Quest program.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

    Preschool Players: Music and More (Q2)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kathy Preisinger

    Grade Range: Ages 3 and 4

    Prerequisites:

    Preschool Players introduces 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds to many facets of the music- 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 (maracas, egg shakers, drums, sticks, triangles, woodblocks and more). Preschool players provide a fun, pressure-free environment to experience music and movement. Preschool Players helps every child acquire the essential building blocks for a future of musical learning! Students may join this class at any quarter, and they may return again and again since new music, themes, and activities are constantly introduced. Preschool Players has 40 minutes of structured activity, running from 10:05-10:45, with time before and after for gathering and transitions.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $145.00

    Programming Projects Jr: Scratch Coding

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Michele Forsythe

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Every parent knows that kids are curious, captivated, and quick to learn technology-based products. Programming Projects builds on that curiosity to introduce computer science basics, problem-solving, and computational thinking through play-based learning.

    Second quarter, students will enjoy a fun, intuitive introduction to computer coding with Scratch. Scratch is an open source graphical programming language created by MIT. It uses 'blocks' of pre-written code that students rearrange and manipulate to customize their own interactive stories and characters. They will create short animations by learning to link blocks of script (programming instructions). Students will learn to compile the instructions to control and change onscreen elements such as graphics, text, photos, sound effects, and animated characters. Young coders will use logic and computational reasoning while learning to manipulate variables. They will be able to access this same platform at home and continue with what learned in class. Learn more about Scratch here https://scratch.mit.edu/parents

    Topics in this series include: Sphero indi Robotic Cars (Quarter 1), Scratch Coding (Quarter 2), Sphero Robotic Ball Quarter 3) and Tinkercad Design (Quarter 4)

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

    Programming Projects: Scratch Coding

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Michele Forsythe

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Every parent knows that kids are curious, captivated, and quick to learn technology-based products. Programming Projects builds on that curiosity to introduce computer science basics, problem-solving, and computational thinking through play-based learning.

    Second quarter, students will enjoy a fun, intuitive introduction to computer coding with Scratch. Scratch is an open source graphical programming language created by MIT. It uses 'blocks' of pre-written code that students rearrange and manipulate to customize their own interactive stories and characters. They will create short animations by learning to link blocks of script (programming instructions). Students will learn to compile the instructions to control and change onscreen elements such as graphics, text, photos, sound effects, and animated characters. Young coders will use logic and computational reasoning while learning to manipulate variables. They will be able to access this same platform at home and continue with what learned in class. Learn more about Scratch here https://scratch.mit.edu/parents

    Topics in this series include: Sphero indi Robotic Cars (Quarter 1), Scratch Coding (Quarter 2), Sphero Robotic Ball Quarter 3) and Tinkercad Design (Quarter 4)

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

    Rhythm Rocks: Drum Jam (Q2)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Daniel Greenberg

    Grade Range: 3rd-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Students of all ages will love the energy and exhilaration of drumming! Students will learn rhythms and drumming patterns from West Africa and other cultures. In this "hands-on" class, students will learn hand-drumming on djembe drums and accompanying percussion accessories such as tambourines, triangles, rhythm sticks, maracas, and bongos.

    Students will learn the difference between steady beat, rhythms, and polyrhythms, which involve patterning, call and response, and different tonal levels. Drummers will be "in the groove" as they learn single stroke rolls, single and double paradiddle, frills, and patterns. They will be encouraged to experiment with different percussion instruments and to improvise.

    New drummers are welcome to enroll any quarter, and returning drummers are encouraged to return and continue to learn more complex drumming techniques. Drummers may be divided by age and/or drumming experience in class with each group taught the same rhythm with varying degrees of difficulty. All instruments are provided by the instructor.

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

    Robot Fab Lab: Sumo Bot (WED)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Student engineers will be challenged to design, build, and program a Sumo robot to compete in compete in table-top combat. Will the robotic sumo wrestler be able to shove a full can or topple an opponent with the use of motors, sensors, and articulated components?

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

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

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Sew Fun: 3D Decor

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kids will learn the basics of hand sewing and discover it is "sew fun" to create items that can play with and use every day.
    Second quarter, kids will sew two cute cube critters, two spherical pillow pets, and a basket.

    Kids will learn practical sewing skills such as pinning and placement, a running stitch, attaching a button, scissor skills, stuffing, and working with simple patterns. The group will be working with pre-cut felt components from kits that will be enhanced with buttons and embellishments. Since students may work at different rates, some projects may not be completed in class and will be sent home to finish sewing with the newly learned skills. Students should be at age/grade level for fine motor skills for this class. A material fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this series include: Zookeeper's Critters (Quarter 1), 3D Decor (Quarter 2), Wearable Accessories (Quarter 3), and Cool Characters- Marvel, Star Wars and Disney Princesses (Quarter 4).This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 11/2/2022.

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

    Sew Simple: Shareables

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Little kids will learn the basics of hand sewing and discover it is "sew simple" to create fun things they can play with and use every day. Second quarter, little kids will sew items to share: small totes and a sweet felt flower bouquet.

    Kids will learn practical sewing skills such as pinning and placement, a running stitch, attaching a button, scissor skills, and stuffing. The group will be working with pre-cut felt components from kits that will be enhanced with buttons and accessories. Since students may work at different rates, some projects may not be completed in class and will be sent home to finish sewing with the newly learned skills. Students should be at age/grade level for fine motor skills for this class and should be a minimum of age 6. A material fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this series include: Sewing with a Storybook (Quarter 1), Shareables (Quarter 2), Silly Sea Stuffies (Quarter 3), and Just for Me (Quarter 4). This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 11/2/2022.

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

    Ultimate Magic Academy: Groovy Green Wand

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Joe Romano

    Grade Range: 3rd-6th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    Topics in this Series:Bewildering Black Wand (Quarter 1); Groovy Green Wand (Quarter 2); Baffling Blue Wand (Quarter 3); Orange Wand Wonders (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 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: $245.00

    Vet 'Ventures: Pocket Pets (1 PM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Shumway

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    A radiograph for a roly-poly rabbit, a healthy habitat for a hedgehog, or fortified food for a ferret. Sometimes even our pocket pets need medical care! Lots of kids love animals, and some even think about becoming veterinarians and animal specialists. There is a lot of science in the care and keeping of animals.

    In this class, future veterinarians will learn all about the small mammals we sometimes keep as "pocket pets" such as hamsters and gerbils, rats and mice, hedgehogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, and sugar gliders. Each of these different species has different needs in terms of diets, exercise, and habitats. Discover which will run all night long (nocturnal) and which will be daytime pals. Students will learn to perform steps of a well-pet check-up and identify some common medical care and preventatives recommended for pocket pets. Kids will discover some of fun and fascinating facts, similarities, and differences in pocket pets. Figure out some fun activities and enrichment you can do with your pocket pets. Finally, students will take one class session to journey to other corners of the continents to meet some wild relatives of these domestic pocket pets like hares, pikas, viscachas, cavies, capybaras, and the African Giant Pouched Rat.

    Each class meeting will include hands-on and interactive demonstrations, simulations, role-playing, activities, games, stories, or short video clips to convey the information. During the first week, students will receive a lab coat and clinic name tag, a plush guinea pig for demonstrations, and a class workbook. They will "adopt" and name their dog, and during the final week, they will receive a diploma. (Pets, lab coats, name tags, and workbooks will remain at Compass between classes so they are not forgotten at home). There is a $27.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Topics in this series include: Discover Dogs (Quarter 1), Pocket Pets (Quarter 2), Reptile Roundup (Quarter 3) and Wildlife Rescue (Quarter 4).

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Vet 'Ventures: Pocket Pets (2 PM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Shumway

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    A radiograph for a roly-poly rabbit, a healthy habitat for a hedgehog, or fortified food for a ferret. Sometimes even our pocket pets need medical care! Lots of kids love animals, and some even think about becoming veterinarians and animal specialists. There is a lot of science in the care and keeping of animals.

    In this class, future veterinarians will learn all about the small mammals we sometimes keep as "pocket pets" such as hamsters and gerbils, rats and mice, hedgehogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, and sugar gliders. Each of these different species has different needs in terms of diets, exercise, and habitats. Discover which will run all night long (nocturnal) and which will be daytime pals. Students will learn to perform steps of a well-pet check-up and identify some common medical care and preventatives recommended for pocket pets. Kids will discover some of fun and fascinating facts, similarities, and differences in pocket pets. Figure out some fun activities and enrichment you can do with your pocket pets. Finally, students will take one class session to journey to other corners of the continents to meet some wild relatives of these domestic pocket pets like hares, pikas, viscachas, cavies, capybaras, and the African Giant Pouched Rat.

    Each class meeting will include hands-on and interactive demonstrations, simulations, role-playing, activities, games, stories, or short video clips to convey the information. During the first week, students will receive a lab coat and clinic name tag, a plush guinea pig for demonstrations, and a class workbook. They will "adopt" and name their dog, and during the final week, they will receive a diploma. (Pets, lab coats, name tags, and workbooks will remain at Compass between classes so they are not forgotten at home). There is a $27.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Students must be minimum age 6 to enroll in this class (no age 5s).

    Topics in this series include: Discover Dogs (Quarter 1), Pocket Pets (Quarter 2), Reptile Roundup (Quarter 3) and Wildlife Rescue (Quarter 4).

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Writers' Workshop: Fantasy Fun

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Hickman

    Grade Range: 6th-7th

    Prerequisites: None

    In Writers' Workshop, middle school students will expand essential communication skills- reading, retaining, discussing, composing, revising, and even listening and speaking- by reviewing short selections of renowned literature and putting pen to paper! Each quarter, students will write about a popular theme using the elements they observe in the example classics.

    Dragons, elves, wizards, or new, never-before-seen creatures with special powers. Imagine yourself in another world where magic and fantasy abound. What do you see? The class will overview select 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. They will discuss fantasy fiction and use listing and mapping activities to identify the unique characteristics of the genre. Students will 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. An anthology of student stories will be published at the end of the quarter.

    Imagination and creativity come easily to most young writers, but acquiring technical skills is also important. Each quarter, students will focus on specific skills. The skills are a part of the Writer's Tool Kit that includes: understanding parts and kinds of sentences, plurals, possessives, and punctuation. Across the four quarters of this class, students will also learn how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus, as well as higher-level, middle school level skills such as summarizing, outlining, note taking, writing a book report, or citing sources. In class, students will share drafts and in-progress works to receive peer feedback and promote revising and editing skills.

    Homework: Students are expected to write in a journal for a minimum of four minutes per day and respond to prompts that are sent home on an assignment bookmark. They will also be asked to read short assignments such as a chapter or excerpt in preparation for class discussions.

    Topics in this Series: Creating Colorful Characters (Quarter 1), Fantasy Fun (Quarter 2), Learn to Research- Life in a Castle (Quarter 3) and Prose, Poetry, & Paintings- A Passport Adventure (Quarter 4).

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Acting- Kids' Theater: Wacky Wednesday

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. What happens when Wednesday gets weird and wild? Our actors will create crazy characters and silly scenes to explain what happened when Wednesday went awry.

    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: Medieval Mayhem (Quarter 1), Wacky Wednesday (Quarter 2), Detective Drama (Quarter 3), Kooky Cooking Contest (Quarter 4). This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 11/3/2022.

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

    Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Outback Odyssey

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Acting is an adventure! Young actors work together to create and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. G'day mate! What happens when kind kangaroos and devilish dingoes meet in the dry desert of arid Australia?

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

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Pirate's Paradise (Quarter 1), Outback Odyssey (Quarter 2), Suddenly Small (Quarter 3), and Clown College (Quarter 4). This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 11/3/2022.

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

    All About Astronomy: The Outrageous Outer Solar System

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    What is the Great Red Spot? Which moons of Jupiter and Saturn could harbor life? Why is Pluto no longer a planet? Could there be a large ninth planet at the edge of our Solar System? Find out the answers to these mysteries and other great discoveries about our Outer Solar System comprised of the four gaseous planets- Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune-, their rings and moons, dwarf planets, Kuiper Belt, and more. Astronomy enthusiasts will enjoy exploring details about the outrageous workings of outer space with an amateur astronomer and engineer.

    Each class will explore concepts relevant to our corner of the universe- the outer solar system- with supporting activities such as modeling to understand relative distance and sizes. Other activities will examine ring formation, atmospheres, magnetic fields, and comets. The class will debate the possible existence of Planet 9. Finally, students will discuss the exploration of our outer solar system through probe fly-bys, orbiters, landers, and telescopes. Future themes in this series include: Inner Solar System (Quarter 1); Outer Solar System (Quarter 2); Stars, Galaxies, and the Cosmos (Quarter 3); and Exoplanets and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life (Quarter 4).

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

    Best Books for Boys: Determination

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Christina Somerville

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Best Books for Boys is a facilitated book club just for preteen boys. Boys will read high-quality, age-appropriate literature and expand their understanding of what they read through book discussion and hands-on extension activities. Boys will be encouraged to interact with the story and each other through activities such as acting out or illustrating favorite scenes, discussing and writing alternate endings, prequels, origin or spinoff stories, or researching specific aspects of the story. Through guided class discussion, the group will be exposed to beginning literary analysis in a fun, interactive setting by discussing plot, theme, characters, setting, genre, writing style, and artistry using specific examples from the story. They will learn to analyze characters, their actions and motives, respond to hypothetical questions, make predictions, and answer prompts using examples from the book.

    Each quarter, the class will read one book that is teacher's choice and a second book that the students select as a group. Students must read assigned chapters from their books at home, either as individual silent reading, read-aloud with parents' support, or listening to an audiobook edition. Readers will be encouraged to take notes on key passages or questions. All books are selected from among Newbery Medalists and Honor Books, Caldecott Medal books, and proven classics of children's fiction. This year's selected themes and teacher's choice books include: Quarter 1- Bravery: Rifles for Watie (Harold Keith); Quarter 2- Determination: Dragon's Gate (Laurence Yep); Quarter 3- Imagination: Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Salman Rushdie); Quarter 4- Strength: Some Kind of Courage (Dan Gemeinhart). This is a 6-week class that will have one week break in the 7-week quarter. The week off will be announced.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Chemist Kids: Chemistry in Action

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Michele Forsythe

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kids are naturally curious about chemistry! Chemistry explains the properties, behaviors, and interactions of materials around us: things we eat, drink, clean with, wear, drive, and even play with. Kids can use chemistry to understand how things taste, smell, mix, melt, combust, feel, and whether they are recyclable or rubbish, helpful or harmful, nutritious or not. Chemistry is key to understanding the world around us, including other areas of science. In this class, kids begin to use scientific words to describe their observations and will become familiar with some science apparatus.

    Second quarter, kids will discover chemistry in action and in industry. They will grow great crystals and test how to treat tarnished metal. Our chemists will discover how cabbage juice can be used to check for acids and bases. They will discover how to melt ice with salt and how to remove salt from solution (desalinization). Students will make simple cell batteries to power a small light bulb. What shines brighter- a potato or a pomelo- and why? The class will learn to use basic chemistry to do copper plating and explore the properties of paint.

    Topics in this series include: Chemistry in the Kitchen (Quarter 1), Chemistry in Action (Quarter 2), Chemistry at Home (Quarter 3), and Chemistry of Toys (Quarter 4)

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

    Chess: Beginners 2 (THU)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Peter Snow

    Grade Range: 2nd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. In Beginning Chess 2, students will learn introductory skills such as: back rank mates, five types of draws, elementary checkmates (2Rs+K, K+Q vs. K, K+R vs. K); elementary opening principles, and pawn structure.

    Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). 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. A student can enroll in Beginning Chess 2 as his/her first class.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

    Colorful Canvas: Tempera Painting for Kids

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kids will be introduced to tempera painting in a small group class under the guidance of a professional painter and art teacher. The class will learn the theory of color mixing and the techniques of blending, building up color, creating gradients, and applying light washes. The class will learn how to select the right brush and how to use water to create different effects. Our new painters will practice using paint and brush strokes to create effects like light and shadow, dimension, and texture, and how to develop backgrounds, foregrounds, and detail work. Students will try techniques such as applying and removing paint, layering, stippling, and dabbing, along with wet and dry brush techniques. Students will complete several paintings on paper (please note that "canvas" in the class name may in fact be specialty paper, depending on the type of paint). A variety of subjects, such as still life, animals, florals, landscapes, seascapes, fantasy, abstracts, or "mimic the masters" will be introduced to illustrate different painting techniques through in-class projects. Topics in this series include: Watercolor Painting (Quarter 1), Tempera Painting (Quarter 2), Acrylic Painting (Quarter 3), and MultiMedia Painting (Quarter 4). There is an $20.00 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: $152.00

    Colorful Canvas: Tempera Painting for Tweens

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Tweens will be introduced to tempera painting in a small group class under the guidance of a professional painter and art teacher. The class will learn the theory of color mixing and the techniques of blending, building up color, creating gradients, and applying light washes. The class will learn how to select the right brush and how to use water to create different effects. Our new painters will practice using paint and brush strokes to create effects like light and shadow, dimension, and texture, and how to develop backgrounds, foregrounds, and detail work. Students will try techniques such as applying and removing paint, layering, stippling, and dabbing, along with wet and dry brush techniques. Students will complete several paintings on paper (please note that "canvas" in the class name may in fact be specialty paper, depending on the type of paint). A variety of subjects, such as still life, animals, florals, landscapes, seascapes, fantasy, abstracts, or "mimic the masters" will be introduced to illustrate different painting techniques through in-class projects. Topics in this series include: Watercolor Painting (Quarter 1), Tempera Painting (Quarter 2), Acrylic Painting (Quarter 3), and MultiMedia Painting (Quarter 4). There is an $20.00 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: $152.00

    Cooking for Kids: Festive Fall Flavors (THU)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    • Spinach Balls
    • Broccoli Cheese Soup
    • Cobb Salad
    • Dijon Braised Brussels Sprouts
    • Chicken Carbonara
    • Cranberry Orange Cookies
    • Swedish Quiche

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Cooking for Little Kids: Festive Fall Flavors (THU, 11AM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

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

    • Spinach Balls
    • Broccoli Cheese Soup
    • Cobb Salad
    • Dijon Braised Brussels Sprouts
    • Chicken Carbonara
    • Cranberry Orange Cookies
    • Swedish Quiche

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Cooking for Little Kids: Festive Fall Flavors (THU, 12PM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

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

    • Spinach Balls
    • Broccoli Cheese Soup
    • Cobb Salad
    • Dijon Braised Brussels Sprouts
    • Chicken Carbonara
    • Cranberry Orange Cookies
    • Swedish Quiche

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Cracking Codes, Cryptology for Kids: Secret Agents

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    Student agents will continue their undercover operations by learning Morse code and sending messages with maritime flags. Students will learn about Vigenere ciphers and Affine ciphers. The quarter will culminate in a collaboration to crack a variety of codes to flee a classroom Escape Room which may include challenges such as coded letters, picture clues, mirror image writings, puzzling word searches, and cryptograms. We will also share the stories of famous writers and code-crackers like Lewis and Clark. This quarter's ciphers will include an introduction to the math concepts of prime numbers and basic multiplication.

    Topics in the Series: Spies (Quarter 1), Secret Agents (Quarter 2), Sleuths (Quarter 3), and Superheroes (Quarter 4).

    Supply Fee Included.

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

    FUNctional Fitness and Cross-Training (PE)- THU (Q2)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Iman Castaneda

    Grade Range: 2nd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic kids' 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: $126.00

    Globetrotters Kids' Geography: Sweden & Mexico

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Danielle Mercadal

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    Discover geography and diverse cultures in this interactive, imaginary tour of the world. Each quarter, students will take a classroom journey to two distinct nations. They will locate the highlighted countries on the world map and complete a map project before buckling in for a fictional flight to the featured locales. Once they have "arrived" in the country, they will begin with an introduction to home and school life by meeting a child through a story or video. Students will learn to recognize similarities and appreciate differences when they compare that child's home, clothing, food, town, daily activities, and school to their own. In subsequent weeks, our Globe Trotters will learn about the culture and traditions of the country through songs, games, projects, and activities that highlight elements like folktales, customs, celebrations, distinct features, language, points of interest, or native species.

    Second quarter, students will journey to Mexico and Sweden. Discover why Sweden experiences "midnight sun" and aurora borealis (northern lights). Meet wolverines (not the comic book character) in Sweden's boreal forests and discover the Sami people and their reindeer herds in the Lapland. Learn that a dala horse is a painted, wooden folk horse, not something to ride. Journey to Mexico to meet the ancient Aztecs and learn about the country's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. See the art of famous Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Khalo and explore cuisine like tamales and tortillas. Example projects from these countries may include: a Swedish tomte gnome, straw ornaments, paper picado (elaborate punched/perforated designs), paper "flowers" or painted skulls.

    Students will be excited by geography and culture when approached through this engaging, multi-disciplinary exploration of diverse countries of the globe! Topics in this Series include Indonesia and Morocco (Quarter 1), Sweden and Mexico (Quarter 2), Ireland and Japan (Quarter 4), Peru and India (Quarter 4)A supply fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $117.00

    Go Girl! LEGO Engineering: Farm Fun

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 1:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

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

    Second quarter, the class will discover all of the engineering on a farm with projects such as a tractor, barn, silo, grain lift, articulated scarecrow, honeycomb, and treehouse.

    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. Throughout the quarter, famous female architects, engineers, and scientists will be introduced. 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:World Architecture (Quarter 1), Farm Fun (Quarter 2), Best Boats (Quarter 3), and Around Town (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $195.00

    Great Books for Girls: Imagination

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Christina Somerville

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Great Books for Girls is a facilitated book club just for preteen girls. Girls will read high-quality, age-appropriate literature and expand their understanding of what they read through book discussion and hands-on extension activities. Girls will be encouraged to interact with the story and each other through activities such as acting out or illustrating favorite scenes, discussing and writing alternate endings, prequels, origin or spinoff stories, or researching specific aspects of the story. Through guided class discussion, the group will be exposed to beginning literary analysis in a fun, interactive setting by discussing plot, theme, characters, setting, genre, writing style, and artistry using specific examples from the story. They will learn to analyze characters, their actions and motives, respond to hypothetical questions, make predictions, and answer prompts using examples from the book.

    Each quarter, the class will read one book that is teacher's choice and a second book that the students select as a group. Students must read assigned chapters from their books at home, either as individual silent reading, read-aloud with parents' support, or listening to an audiobook edition. Readers will be encouraged to take notes on key passages or questions. All books are selected from among Newbery Medalists and Honor Books, Caldecott Medal books, and proven classics of children's fiction. This year's selected themes and teacher's choice books include: Quarter 1- Growth: Catherine, Called Birdy (Karen Cushman); Quarter 2- Imagination: Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery); Quarter 3- Laughter: Calling on Dragons (Patricia C. Wrede); Quarter 4- The Night Diary (Veela Hiranandani). This is a 6-week class that will have one week break in the 7-week quarter. The week off will be announced.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Harry Potter Handicrafts: Pomfrey's Potions

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    Welcome to the second term at Hogwarts! In addition to your core wizarding classes, special projects will be inspired by guest professor Madame Pomfrey such as a Skele-Gro Bottle and Potion Lotion.

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

    Topics in this Series: Quirrell's Creations (Quarter 1); Pomfrey's Potions (Quarter 2); Flitwick's Favorites (Quarter 3); and Lockhart's Fabrications (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $35.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: Students should bring good scissors for cutting paper/fabric, a ruler, and a low temp, mini hot glue gun to class each week. This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 11/3/2022.

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

    Kids' Confection Kitchen: Gooey Goodies (THU)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Toffee. Taffy. Truffles... End the day on a sweet note! Students will enjoy making and eating delicious confections. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolates. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

    • Gluten Free Blondies
    • Apple and Brie Bruschetta
    • Cream Puffs/Chou
    • Orange Cake
    • Pumpkin Ginger Cake
    • Sun Butter Snack Balls
    • Toffee Apple Dip

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

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

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Kinder Kitchen: Festive Fall Flavors (THU)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: K (age 5)

    Prerequisites: None

    Kinder-aged cooks will enjoy making savory fall recipes and hearty, cool-weather foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Festive Fall recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. In Kinder Kitchen, young chefs will make the same recipes as all other, higher level Compass cooking classes, however, some foods may be pre-cut and some steps may be simplified or completed by the cooking teacher in to support the speed and skills of the younger students. Students must be age 5 for this class. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

    • Spinach Balls
    • Broccoli Cheese Soup
    • Cobb Salad
    • Dijon Braised Brussels Sprouts
    • Chicken Carbonara
    • Cranberry Orange Cookies
    • Swedish Quiche

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

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students must be age 5 for this class. (3- and 4- year olds cannot be accommodated. No exceptions.)

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Number Ninjas: Measurement Madness

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

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

    Second quarter, students will explore many different facets of measurement including length, weight, volume, temperature, and time. We will explore these concepts using everyday items like paperclips, tablespoons, and string and math manipulatives like color tiles, nets, centimeter cubes, and more. Each class will include a measuring tool like a clock, stopwatch, ruler, and scale that students will be able to use. We will learn tricks for making estimates and be able to compare and order items (heavy to light, short to tall, etc.)

    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.

    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

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

    Preschool Art Adventures: Super Shapes

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 11:10 am      Duration: 45 min

    Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

    Grade Range: Ages 3.5-5

    Prerequisites: None

    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. Second quarter, preschool artists will learn all about Lines and Shapes through mixing and experimenting with a variety of media. Students must be a minimum of 3-1/2 years old for this class and be able to work in a small group setting independent of their parent or caregiver. Note: This is a 45 minute class that meets from 11:10 am - 11:55 am (students may not enter classroom until 11:10 am)Topics in this Series: Creative Color (Quarter 1); Super and Shapes (Quarter 2), Terrific Texture (Quarter 3), and Fun with Forms (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $12.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $143.00

    Spanish Amigos: La Familia (Family)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sirdley Taborga

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Buenos dias! Spanish Amigos (Friends) is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young students. Much like learning their native language, students 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. The teacher will bring toys and objects each week to give kids tangible, hands-on examples of the vocabulary being introduced.

    Second quarter, young students will learn about La Familia (The Family) and will practice vocabulary and simple phrases about members of the immediate family, pets, and clothing. Every quarter, basics such as numbers, colors, the alphabet, and greetings will be incorporated.

    Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so children can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. While the theme might be the same as that of a younger level of instruction, more vocabulary will be introduced at the older level. 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. Instruction will be predominantly verbal, but key vocabulary words may be written down for students to begin a sense of spelling. Students will be encouraged to write down new words each week, but reading, writing, spelling, and note-taking will not be expected. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

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

    Spanish Exploradores: La Familia (Family)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sirdley Taborga

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Buenas tardes! Spanish Exploradores (Explorers) is a fun, immersive introductory Spanish class for elementary students. Much like learning their native language, students will be exposed to the sounds, vocabulary, and phrases in Spanish through songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. The teacher will bring objects each week to give students tangible, hands-on examples of the vocabulary being introduced.

    Second quarter, children will learn about La Familia (The Family) and will practice expanded vocabulary and beginning phrases about members of the extended family, pets, clothing, and days of the week. Every quarter, basics such as numbers, colors, the alphabet, and greetings will be incorporated. In this level, students will be encouraged to begin to combine adjectives with nouns and nouns with verbs.

    Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so children can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. While the theme might be the same as that of a younger level of instruction, more vocabulary will be introduced at the older level. 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. Instruction will be predominantly verbal, but key vocabulary words may be written down for students to begin a sense of spelling. Students will be encouraged to write down new words each week, but reading, writing, and spelling will not be expected. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

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

    Spanish Para Pequenos (for Little Ones)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sirdley Taborga

    Grade Range: PK-K

    Prerequisites: None

    Hola! Spanish Para Pequenos (Spanish for Little Ones) is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young children. Much like learning their native language, children will be exposed to the sounds and words 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. The teacher will bring toys and objects to give young children tangible, hands-on examples of the vocabulary being introduced. Vocubulary covered may include simple greetings, color words, numbers, animals, and articles of clothing, and these will be repeated often due to the young age of the students. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds and basic vocabulary words while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. All instruction will be verbal in this class. Reading, writing, and spelling will not be expected. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

    Note: Students must be minimum age 4 in order to enroll in this class. (no 3-year-olds). Students must be comfortable speaking to others in English, able to follow directions, and separate from their parent for the 55-minute duration of the class.

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

    Stage Combat: Slapstick Schtick & Comical Combat

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mallory Shear

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Bam! Zap! Pow! From comedians to cartoons, phony fights and side-splitting scuffles are just plain entertaining! With giant gestures and wacky reactions, the actor can convey a conflict while amusing an audience. This is often accomplished with "slapstick", a comedic element of exaggerated moves on stage. In this class, students will learn how to do wild, wind-up punches and create the illusion of small slaps, punches, and kicks that result in inflated or delayed reactions, like a tiny tap that sends the victim sailing across the room. Students will learn safe, funny falls, and how to create the illusions defying physics like slamming or running into a wall and then straightening a broken nose in this comical portrayal of stage combat. Stage combat is the art of creating the illusion of violence for storytelling in entertainment!

    Aspects of stage combat may look like fencing and martial arts, but are instead a different set of theatrical skills that mimic the contact sports, often in a dramatic and choreographed manner meant to convey conflict on stage or screen. Emphasis in stage combat is on safety, so techniques are learned and rehearsed in slow-motion and at increased distance between partners. Students will work with blunt, wooden dowels instead of bladed training weapons. The instructor will present and frequently review class safety rules. This class is best suited for students who are focused, have self-discipline, can follow instructions, and can work in a group.

    Topics in this Series: Bare Fists and Brawls- Unarmed Combat (Quarter 1); Comedy in Combat (Quarter 2), Swashbuckling, Single-Handed Sword (Quarter 3) Dueling, Double-Handed Broadsword (Quarter 4). Schedule: This is a 6-week class that does not meet on 11/17/22

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $134.00

    Swimming- Beginners/Advanced Beginner (4th-6th)- THU

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 12:05 pm      Duration: 40 min

    Instructor: YMCA

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

    During the first lesson, students will be observed and determined to be Beginner or Advanced Beginner level, and the class will be divided accordingly among two instructors. Beginners level is for students with little to no swim experience and will cover YMCA Level 1 skills such as water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water. Advanced Beginners level will review all skills in beginner-level class and add YMCA Level 2 skills such as stamina, swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, becoming comfortable in deep water, and stroke introduction to include: front crawl, backstroke, and elementary breaststroke.

    Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

    Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

    A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

    Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

    Swimming- Beginners/Advanced Beginners (1st-3rd)- THU

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 11:05 am      Duration: 40 min

    Instructor: YMCA

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites:

    Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

    During the first lesson, students will be observed and determined to be Beginner or Advanced Beginner level, and the class will be divided accordingly among two instructors. Beginners level is for students with little to no swim experience and will cover YMCA Level 1 skills such as water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water. Advanced Beginners level will review all skills in beginner-level class and add YMCA Level 2 skills such as stamina, swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, becoming comfortable in deep water, and stroke introduction to include: front crawl, backstroke, and elementary breaststroke.

    Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

    Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

    A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

    Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

    Swimming- Intermediate Level (THU)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 10:05 am      Duration: 40 min

    Instructor: YMCA

    Grade Range: 2nd-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

    Intermediate level is for students who are proficient in Advanced Beginner level skills such as swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, and becoming comfortable in deep water. Intermediate swimmers will cover Levels 3 of the YMCA program including elementary breaststroke, backstroke, front crawl with rotary breathing all at 25 yards, with work towards Level 4 skills including stamina and increasing all swimming to 50 yards or more, plus breast stroke, elementary butterfly stroke and kick, elementary dives, and turns.

    Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

    Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

    A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

    Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

    Swimming- Young Beginners (THU)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 10:05 am      Duration: 40 min

    Instructor: YMCA

    Grade Range: PK-K

    Prerequisites:

    Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

    Young Beginners is for very young students with little to no swim experience and will cover YMCA Level 1 skills including water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water.

    Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

    Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

    A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

    Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

    3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $103.00

    The Science of Art: Paints & Dyes

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Michele Forsythe

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    "S" is for science, and "A" is for art in the study of STEAM, but have you thought about the science in art? Artists must understand the science of the materials that the use: how they tint and texturize, mix and melt, dye and dry, blend or bend. There is a complex community of scientists and engineers with specialties in polymers, glass, chemicals, paper, and textiles who design the materials that artists use to create their art. This class will learn about the science and properties of some unique artistic processes and materials and how and why they work.

    Second quarter, the class will experiment with the chemistry and behavior of paints and dyes. Students will work with dyes that float, suminagashi (Japanese ink marbling) techniques, and photoreactive paper. They will experiment with centrifugal chromatography and the science of colors. The class will discover where pigments come from- both natural and synthetic- and look at special types such as glow-in-the-dark pigments. Students will discover the difference and unique properties of oil paints, acrylic paints, and gouache paint with respect to blending, dry time, texture, sheen, etc. Other class activities include making and using your own paint, working with thermochromic pigments (change color based on temperature), and using photoreactive paper (chemical changes based on light exposure).

    Topics in this series: Resins & Polymers (Quarter 1), Paints & Dyes (Quarter 2), Optical Illusions & Color (Quarter 3), and Paper Engineers (Quarter 4). There is an $15.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day.

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

    Writing Well: Planning Paragraphs

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shannon McClain

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    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!

    Quarter two will begin with learning to formulate paragraphs from sentences! The class will learn about and practice writing topic sentences, supporting sentences, and the concluding paragraph sentence. Students will write paragraphs in response to a variety of prompts (informational, persuasive, cause and effect, etc). The class will learn to define what they want to convey in a paragraph and how to guide the reader through the points of their paragraph. By the end of quarter two, students will be able to write clear, cohesive and well-organized body paragraphs.

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

    Topics in this series include 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: $149.00

    Writing Wonders: Transforming Tales

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 27, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shannon McClain

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Writing is a fundamental skill for school and for life, and it gives kids a voice! In this class, third and fourth graders will explore writing in many different ways. They will learn the basics of good writing and the art of revision. Classes will consist of simple lessons on writing plus in-class writing practice. Students will always be encouraged to write about what interests them, but they will also always be given fun, creative writing prompts so no one feels the panic of figuring out "what to write."

    Second quarter, students will have a blast rewriting and retelling well-known tales, such as Cinderella or the legend of Paul Revere. This playful technique guides them through the elements of a complete story with a time-tested plot and characters. Watch what happens when names are changed, locations swapped, and time travel invoked. Re-writes of familiar stories will lay the groundwork for original fiction writing third quarter.

    The goal for this course is for young students to gain confidence, increase writing fluency, and learn how to incorporate writing into everyday work and play. Each week, the instructor will share brief lessons on grammar such as correct capitalization, agreement, tenses, parts of speech, use of adjectives/adverbs, etc. They will also learn the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing, and strategies for each state. Student must be minimum age 8 to take this class and should be on grade level for reading and handwriting.

    Topics in this Series: My Memories (Quarter 1); Transforming Tales (Quarter 2), Fun with Fiction (Quarter 3), and Fact Finder (Quarter 4).

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

    Acrylic Painting: Open Studio

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Pete Van Riper

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will be introduced to painting with acrylics in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional art instructor. Students will work on canvas boards and will learn elements of art, principles of design, and color theory in addition to methods in painting. Each week, the instructor will demonstrate a different technique in acrylic painting rather than a different subject. Techniques will include mixing and blending paints, wet and dry brush techniques, sponge techniques, glazing, washing, gradient relief, sgraffito, impasto, smudging, dot techniques, stippling, pouring, splattering, dabbing, underpainting, and detailing. The emphasis will be on methods and effects so that each student has a “toolbox” of techniques for working in acrylics. Students will have the freedom to mix and match the techniques that they have learned to create original pieces. In the open studio concepts, each student will have a different goal and unique project in-progress such as still life, floral, landscape, portrait, fantasy, abstract, or pop art. Student will complete two or three boards each quarter, depending on the level of detailing.

    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

    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 supply fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for canvas boards and shared class supplies (paints, brushes, paper products, etc.).

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

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $213.00

    Chess for Teens: All-Level (Q2)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karl Peterson

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Teens will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. This is a multi-level class open to Beginners, Advanced Beginners, or Intermediate Players. Instruction will be differentiated based on the make-up of the class, and teens will be placed in pairs or groups depending on experience. Since teens move quickly through lessons and enjoy the interaction of the game, instruction will be approximately 20 minutes, with 35 minutes reserved for weekly in-class matches that are monitored and supported by the coach. Beginners may play as a group against the instructor which is a low-pressure way to learn the game. Teens who are engrossed in their games may continue their play into Friday Teen Game Night.

    Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). 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).

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in logic/reasoning or and elective for purposes of a high school transcript.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

    Cooking for Teens: Festive Fall Flavors (10AM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    • Spinach Balls
    • Broccoli Cheese Soup
    • Cobb Salad
    • Dijon Braised Brussels Sprouts
    • Chicken Carbonara
    • Cranberry Orange Cookies
    • Swedish Quiche

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Cooking for Teens: Festive Fall Flavors (11AM)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2022

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    • Spinach Balls
    • Broccoli Cheese Soup
    • Cobb Salad
    • Dijon Braised Brussels Sprouts
    • Chicken Carbonara
    • Cranberry Orange Cookies
    • Swedish Quiche

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Drawing Studio: Textures & Patterns

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Pete Van Riper

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites:

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

    Second quarter, students will learn to create textures and patterns through drawing. Textures and patterns will add interest and realism to their work. Over the course, students should progress to draw more carefully and more accurately and to represent more refined details in their drawings.

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

    English: Intro to Literary Genres with Writing- Poetry

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Anne Taranto

    Grade Range: 9th-10th

    Prerequisites:

    In this bridge high school English workshop, students be introduced to the concepts of literary genres and analytical writing. Each quarter, the class will examine one select work or genre. Students will learn to recognize figurative language, tone, subtext and diction, identify symbolism and imagery, and develop an awareness of narrative perspective and of the social-historical contexts in which these works were created. Second quarter will feature Poetry.

    Composition: Students will also learn the fundamental components of academic writing, including how to construct a thesis statement that makes an argument, how to support their ideas effectively with textual evidence, how to organize an argument logically, and how to cite sources in MLA format. Some class periods will be dedicated Writing Lab session in which students write in-class in order to get on-the-spot support and feedback from the teacher. Students should bring laptops to these class sessions.

    Topics in this Series: The Novel (Quarter 1),  Poetry (Quarter 2), The Play (Quarter 3), and Short Fiction (Quarter 4). Students who continue from one quarter to the next will receive priority registration.

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

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

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted in a Google Classroom management site. Students will need their own gmail accounts to access Google Classroom.

    Assessments: Students' written assignments will be graded using a rubric and assigned points that the homeschool parent can use when assigning an overall class grade.

    Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and 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 $47.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for a poetry anthology.

    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 passages/pages.

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

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $239.00

    Krav Maga Self Defense for Teens- Purple Stripe

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sarah Reynolds

    Grade Range: 8th-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.

    Second quarter, students will have the chance to earn a Purple 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: $137.00

    Mosaic Masterpieces Open Studio (Q2, FRI)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 8th-Adult

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

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

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

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

    -3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques

    -Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design

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

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

    Assessments: will not be given.

    Materials Fee: Materials used vary depending on a student's experience with mosaic. Beginner Material Fee: $40.00 for a selection of Beginner Materials, including: vitreous glass, ceramic, mini, eco recycled glass, beach glass, glitter glass, glass gems, ceramic pebble, shells, metallic crystal, subway glass; Adhesive: weld bond; Grout: bone or charcoal color; Cutters: wheeled tile nippers; Substrate: 2D/Flat 12" x 12",10" x 10", 8" X 8", 4" X 4", framed mirrors, ornament shapes. Advanced Material Fee: $50.00 for a selection of Advanced Materials including: All Beginner Materials plus, iridized glass, cathedral sheet glass, opaque sheet glass, color fusion, millefiori, Van Gogh glass, natural stone and minerals, special effects glass, water glass, colored mirror, illumination glass, china plates, rhinestone, ball chain; Adhesives: weld bond, thin-set mortar, silicone; Grout: Custom colors (purple, rose, green, blue, earth, orange); Cutters: wheeled tile nippers, porcelain hand tool, hand file, pistol grip, beetle bits cutting system; Substrates: All flat shapes plus, 3D forms (egg, sphere, cone, pyramid etc),cut out sentiments, trays, glass bottle, mini sleds, flower pot, picture frame, sun catcher. Additional Fee: Tesserae by request and consultation with instructor: mother of pearl, 24 kt gold tiles (market rate), specially cut substrate. All material fees are due payable to the instructor on the first day of class by cash, check or electronic payment.

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

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

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

    Mystery Matinee: The Greatest Murder on Earth

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Who doesn't love a good "Whodunnit" mystery? In this workshop, teens actors will work together to bring a cast of characters to life through creative adaptations and interpretive improvisation. Using materials from a commercial murder mystery role playing game (RPG), students will assume the personas of outrageous and offbeat characters. As the drama unfolds in rounds guided by clue cards, eclectic evidence, and fictitious forensics, a victim, a motive, and eventually the murderer will be revealed.

    Student actors will be guided through the development of a strong, compelling character, complete with unique ways of speaking, gesturing, and moving, an original costume, a backstory, and of course, an alibi.

    In the Greatest Murder on Earth, entertainer Max A. Million, takes his travelling carnival to the dismal town of Deadwood Valley. The ensemble of clowns, acrobats, musicians, and dancers, sideshow acts, and stunt persons are not getting along. Scandals are brewing behind every corner until one of them ends up dead. Who could have done it?

    In this workshop, students benefit from experimenting with acting and improvisation and working as a team. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and enjoy working 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.

    Topics in this Series: Murder at Toadwart Inn (Quarter 1), The Greatest Murder on Earth (Quarter 2), Til Death Do We Part (Quarter 3), Murder & Mayhem at the Old Doom Mansion (Quarter 4), etc. Students continuing from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-1.5 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: Will be posted in a Google classroom.

    Assessments: Informal qualitative feedback will be given in class throughout the semester. A quantitative score/grade will not be provided.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a script and costs related to props and performance license fee.

    Non-Meeting Days: In addition to the scheduled days-off on the published Compass schedule, this class does not meet on 11/4/2022.

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

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $105.00

    Natural Leaders: Autumn

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 5 Hours

    Instructor: Natural Leaders

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Natural Leaders is an outdoor education and leadership program. Each week, the group will venture into the woods surrounding Lake Fairfax for an authentic, immersive adventure featuring hiking, outdoor skills, leadership, and camaraderie. At each meeting, students take turns in different roles that are key to the group's success, safety, and fun such as: coordinator (plan out the group's schedule for the day); navigator (following the map, practice orienteering); naturalist (investigate and present a lesson about local plants, animals or ecology); skills coaches (research, practice, and demonstrate a skill to others, such as knot tying or whittling); game master (plan and teach an group game or challenge); and safety officer (present on a safety or first aid topic) They will also learn survival skills such as fire-building, outdoor edibles, building shelters, use of knives, and safety/first aid.

    The student-led portions of the program promote group cohesion, cooperation, and friendship, while students benefit from the positive peer pressure to come prepared for their weekly roles and responsibilities. Tweens and teens will also become more confident and comfortable as leaders and outdoor adventurers as their self-reliance skills grow. Natural Leaders is supervised by an experienced Natural Leaders mentor, trained and supported in providing a positive experience and managing safety. They typically have a passion for sharing nature with kids, and may have a background in a range of skills such as wilderness first aid, survival skills, tracking, primitive skills, and experience in hiking, camping, rock climbing, water sports, etc. Natural Leaders meets weekly rain, snow, or shine, in all temperatures. Students should always dress is layers for the forecasted weather conditions. Registered students will receive more detailed instructions about what to wear, what to bring, and where to meet prior to the start of the program.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $535.00

    Sweets Shop: Gooey Goodies (FRI)

    Quarter 2: Starts on October 28, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    • Gluten Free Blondies
    • Apple and Brie Bruschetta
    • Cream Puffs/Chou
    • Orange Cake
    • Pumpkin Ginger Cake
    • Sun Butter Snack Balls
    • Toffee Apple Dip

    Sweet Shop treats are scrumptious, fun, and simple to make. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolate. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

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

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

      Topics in this Series: Decadent Delights (Quarter 1); Gooey Goodies (Quarter 2), Best Bon Bons (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).

      Assessments: Qualitative Feedback will be given in class. Formal grades/assessment will not be given.

      Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

      What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.

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

      Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript. For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

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

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWI Naval Conflict- Jutland (1916)

    Quarter 2: Starts on November 1, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    In the lead up to the First World War, the new German Empire needed a powerful fleet of modern warships to establish itself as a world power. This could only mean the Dreadnought Battleship, the strongest, fastest, and best-protected ship of their era. Reluctant to use their obscenely expensive Dreadnoughts, the two largest fleets in Europe- the British Home Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet- eyed each other across the English Channel in the early years of WWI. The smaller German force hoped they could break Britain's stranglehold blockade. Nearly 100 German and 150 British ships would clash off the coast of Jutland in a battle that would determine the fate of the whole war.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (Islands, reefs, harbors, minefields, etc) to represent the only large clash of dreadnought battleships! Students will each receive scale miniature naval ships to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Axis and Allies War at Sea gaming rule system for moving ships and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

    The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. Topics in this series include: WWI Naval Conflict- Jutland (Quarter 1). WWI- The 100 Day's Offensive and the end of Germany (Quarter 2), WWII- Operation Torch, Invasion of North Africa (Quarter 3), and Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWII Naval Conflict- The Philippine Sea (Quarter 4). Note: This is a 6-week class that begins on 11/2/22 and does not meet on 10/26/22. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWI Naval Conflict- Jutland (1916)

    Quarter 2: Starts on November 2, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    In the lead up to the First World War, the new German Empire needed a powerful fleet of modern warships to establish itself as a world power. This could only mean the Dreadnought Battleship, the strongest, fastest, and best-protected ship of their era. Reluctant to use their obscenely expensive Dreadnoughts, the two largest fleets in Europe- the British Home Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet- eyed each other across the English Channel in the early years of WWI. The smaller German force hoped they could break Britain's stranglehold blockade. Nearly 100 German and 150 British ships would clash off the coast of Jutland in a battle that would determine the fate of the whole war.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (Islands, reefs, harbors, minefields, etc) to represent the only large clash of dreadnought battleships! Students will each receive scale miniature naval ships to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Axis and Allies War at Sea gaming rule system for moving ships and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

    The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. Topics in this series include: WWI Naval Conflict- Jutland (Quarter 1). WWI- The 100 Day's Offensive and the end of Germany (Quarter 2), WWII- Operation Torch, Invasion of North Africa (Quarter 3), and Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWII Naval Conflict- The Philippine Sea (Quarter 4). Note: This is a 6-week class that begins on 11/2/22 and does not meet on 10/26/22. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

    Digital Clubhouse: Programming with Pokemon (Intro or Continuing)

    Quarter 2: Starts on November 3, 2022

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Black Rocket

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    In Digital Clubhouse, our youngest designers will explore computer science by creating and coding their own digital Pokemon-style custom digital card game and learning to model in 3D printing. No prior experience is necessary.

    Digital Clubhouse is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. The lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. In the "Intro" level of a course (i.e., Part 1), students will work through the fundamentals of a new digital skill. In the "Continuing" level (i.e., Part 2), students who continue from "Intro" will develop new skills and will design and code an individual project. New students who enroll in "Intro" will begin with the introductory lessons. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the use of instructor-provided classroom laptops loaded with the required software, applications, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

    Topics in this Series: Pokemon Masters (Quarters 1, 2); Minecraft Animators (Quarters 3, 4).

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

    Digital Lab: Video Game Animation (Intro or Continuing)

    Quarter 2: Starts on November 3, 2022

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Black Rocket

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    In Digital Lab, students will explore elements of game design by creating and animating their own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character's personality, signature moves, special powers, and a story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in future games. Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching.

    Digital Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. The lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. In the "Intro" level of a course (i.e., Part 1), students will work through the fundamentals of a new digital skill. In the "Continuing" level (i.e., Part 2), students who continue from "Intro" will develop new skills and will design and code an individual project. New students who enroll in "Intro" will begin with the introductory lessons. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the use of instructor-provided classroom laptops loaded with the required software, applications, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

    Topics in this Series: Video Game Animation (Quarters 1, 2); Code Your Own Adventure (Quarters 3, 4)

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

    Digital Workshop: Python Programmers (Intro or Continuing)

    Quarter 2: Starts on November 3, 2022

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Black Rocket

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    In Digital Workshop, students will learn on of the world's fastest-growing programming languages: Python. It is the programming language used by Google, NASA, YouTube, and the CIA! Students will learn how to code with Python to create apps and games.

    Digital Workshop is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. The lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. In the "Intro" level of a course (i.e., Part 1), students will work through the fundamentals of a new digital skill. In the "Continuing" level (i.e., Part 2), students who continue from "Intro" will develop new skills and will design and code an individual project. New students who enroll in "Intro" will begin with the introductory lessons. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the use of instructor-provided classroom laptops loaded with the required software, applications, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

    Topics in this Series: Python Programmers (Quarters 1, 2); Minecraft Designers (Quarters 3, 4)

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

    First Aid & CPR for Teens- with Certification (2-Day)

    Quarter 2: Starts on November 7, 2022

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 6 Hours

    Instructor: Melissa Schaaf

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites:

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

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

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

    This course is recommended for students ages 14+. At a minimum, students must be 5 feet tall and weigh at least 100 pounds to be able to properly perform chest compressions.

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

    Compass Kindergarten

    Quarter 2,3: Starts on January 16, 2023

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 3 Hr

    Instructor: Danielle Mercadal

    Grade Range: K

    Prerequisites: None

    Can your child sit in a circle for story time? Line up for lunch? Take turns talking? This one-day, 3-hour (half-day) program is a "taste" of kindergarten for 5- year-olds. Start your child's week off right with "Monday mornings with Miss M" at Compass Kindergarten. Children will work in a small group with an experienced early elementary educator for this dynamic, play-based program that offers regular interaction and socialization.

    This fun, activity-based program will create rhythm and routine in a homeschooled kindergartner's week and give them a sense of community and a peer group. Children will practice routines and transitions as they move through the morning. Each session will include some simple structure such as a daily arrival song/greeting, circle time, story, snack time, activity, lunch, active game, and closing/goodbyes. Through games and activities, they will also practice key childhood social skills such as sharing, taking turns, and entering play with others. Academic basics such as the ABCs, days of the week, colors, shapes, and number sense will be integrated into activities involving fairy tales, nature and art. The teacher will provide ideas for parents to work on at home with their child during the week.

    Children can be dropped-off for this program (different than Compass's school-year policies for 55 minute classes.) Children should bring a snack, bagged lunch, and water bottle to each session. There is a $40.00 material fee for class consumables due payable to the teacher on the first day of class. Registration for this program is by half-year (semester). Students must be age five (5) at the start of the program. For families who want to extend the experience for an additional hour, consider registering for the Kinder Kitchen class at 1:00 pm.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $680.00

    Crafting for Cosplay: Leather Work

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 16, 2023

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kratos wears a leather baldric. Captain America grasps a shield. Harley Quinn sports spiked wrist cuffs, and Lara Croft wouldn't go to war without her weaponry. Great accessories and carefully crafted garments make great cosplay. If you are interested in the world of cosplay and want to bring some of your favorite characters to life, this class will teach you the skills to craft costumes and accessories.

    Third quarter, students will learn leather-working techniques such as dyeing, cutting, embossing, punching, and hand sewing. Projects for the quarter include a leather wrist bracers and a leather travel journal.

    In this class, students will follow templates and patterns provided by and demonstrated by the instructor. Pieces will be individualized through paint and embellishments, but the goal is for cosplayers to learn specialized crafting techniques that they can use at home to make additional, unique pieces. There is a $75.00 supply fee for in-class materials, the shared use of classroom tools/supplies, and some take-home tools to continue crafting at home. Third quarter, students will take home leather embossing tools.

    Projects are all-new from the 2021-22, so students may take this course again to hone their proficiency with various crafting techniques and fabricate new accessories. Cosplayers who would like to create original fabric costume elements such as capes, vests, skirts, and more, may want to co-register for this instructor's Learn to Sew classes.

    Topics in this Series: Foam and Plastics (Quarter 1), Resins and Metal Work (Quarter 2), Leather Work (Quarter 3), Mending and Alterations (Quarter 4) etc. Students continuing from one quarter receive priority pre-registration for the next quarter.

    Prerequisites: None

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

    Assignments: Will be communicated in weekly e-mails and posted in a Google classroom.

    Assessments: Informal, qualitative feedback will be given in class throughout the semester. A quantitative score/grade will not be provided.

    Textbook/Materials: All materials will be furnished.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $75.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $246.00

    Culinary Foundations: Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 16, 2023

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 90 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 9th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

    Third-quarter skills covered will include nutrition, menu planning, and knife skills -Santoku. Chapters covered in the text include Level 2 Book, Chapters 2, 6 and 7. Third-quarter recipes that showcase the lessons on Meat, Fish and Poultry include:

    • -Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
    • -Stuffed Flank Steak
    • -Honey Dijon Salmon
    • -Chili Lime Cod
    • -Thai Pork
    • -Parmesan Crusted Turkey
    • -Steak Oscar

    Culinary vocabulary will also be introduced each week. Students will leave this class with an introduction to culinary careers in the hospitality industry and a beginning foundation in culinary arts. Additionally, students will be able to take charge of a home kitchen, prepare advanced dishes, and adhere to safety and hygiene standards. They will have nutrition-planning and cooking skills that will enrich the lives of their friends and families.

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

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

    Prerequisites: Students must be in 9th grade (minimum age 14) to take this class. 7th-8th graders may not enroll. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.

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

    Assignments: Cooking assignments, practicing skills at home, and related homework will be given in class and e-mailed to students and parents. Brief written assignments may be given, such as recipe modification or development.

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

    https://courseforfoodsafety.com/states/VA?gclid=CjwKCAjw7LX0BRBiEiwA__gNw4AfZHgp_eOVTeiEXudxZhhF11E2UMggiIeYo6qL33xlUaDXbUeB5RoCG1cQAvD_BwE

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

    • -Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0138019389)
    • -Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380226)
    • -Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0137070503)
    • -Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380714)

    Required Tools/Materials Culinary students will be expected to begin to acquire their own tools. Students should purchase and bring with them each week the following basic, minimum tools and supplies:

     

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

    Kinder Kitchen: Winter Warm-Ups (MON)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 16, 2023

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: K (age 5)

    Prerequisites: None

    Kinder-aged cooks will enjoy making hearty favorites and winter weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Festive Fall recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. In Kinder Kitchen, young chefs will make the same recipes as all other, higher level Compass cooking classes, however, some foods may be pre-cut and some steps may be simplified or completed by the cooking teacher in to support the speed and skills of the younger students. Students must be age 5 for this class. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Caprese tarts
  • Loaded Baked Potato Soup
  • Spinach Pear Salad
  • Cauliflower Bake
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Spinach with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Mexican Inspired Casserole
  • Lemon Cake
  • Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get young students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.

    Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students must be age 5 for this class. (3- and 4- year olds cannot be accommodated. No exceptions.)

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $212.00

    Mosaic Masterpieces Open Studio (Q3, MON)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 16, 2023

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 8th-Adult

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

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

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

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

    -3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques

    -Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design

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

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

    Assessments: will not be given.

    Materials Fee: Materials used vary depending on a student's experience with mosaic. Beginner Material Fee: $40.00 for a selection of Beginner Materials, including: vitreous glass, ceramic, mini, eco recycled glass, beach glass, glitter glass, glass gems, ceramic pebble, shells, metallic crystal, subway glass; Adhesive: weld bond; Grout: bone or charcoal color; Cutters: wheeled tile nippers; Substrate: 2D/Flat 12" x 12",10" x 10", 8" X 8", 4" X 4", framed mirrors, ornament shapes. Advanced Material Fee: $50.00 for a selection of Advanced Materials including: All Beginner Materials plus, iridized glass, cathedral sheet glass, opaque sheet glass, color fusion, millefiori, Van Gogh glass, natural stone and minerals, special effects glass, water glass, colored mirror, illumination glass, china plates, rhinestone, ball chain; Adhesives: weld bond, thin-set mortar, silicone; Grout: Custom colors (purple, rose, green, blue, earth, orange); Cutters: wheeled tile nippers, porcelain hand tool, hand file, pistol grip, beetle bits cutting system; Substrates: All flat shapes plus, 3D forms (egg, sphere, cone, pyramid etc),cut out sentiments, trays, glass bottle, mini sleds, flower pot, picture frame, sun catcher. Additional Fee: Tesserae by request and consultation with instructor: mother of pearl, 24 kt gold tiles (market rate), specially cut substrate. All material fees are due payable to the instructor on the first day of class by cash, check or electronic payment.

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

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

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $213.00

    Sewing Workroom (Q3)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 16, 2023

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 6th-Adult

    Prerequisites: None

    In the style of an old-fashioned quilting bee or a sewing circle of long ago, Sewing Workroom is a dedicated drop-in sewing work session each week. Participants will enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside other seamstresses and seamsters of all abilities. Chat with others about their sewing projects. Learn tips and tricks from others. Become inspired by the wide variety of sewn items others are working on, and most importantly, ensure that you have a time set-aside each week to pursue your sewing hobby.

    Sewing Workroom will be overseen by an experienced sewing instructor however, detailed individual or on-going instruction is not included. The instructor will walk around the room to provide guidance and assist participants with tips, troubleshooting, or trying a new technique. Those who need more sewing instruction than the instructor can provide in the Workroom are encouraged to take private one-on-one lessons or enroll in the Learn to Sew class. Participants are expected to bring their own fabric, patterns, thread, notions, embellishments, sewing implements, and machine each week. The instructor will have an iron, ironing board, extension cords, and common items on hand (such as machine needles). Learn to Sew students are welcome to enroll in this session to have more dedicated sewing time. Parents are welcome to enroll with their child(ren) or alone, and adult community members are invited.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $50.00

    Sweets Shop: Best Bon Bons (MON)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 16, 2023

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mimi Nyman

    Grade Range: 8th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

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

  • Lemon Cupcakes
  • Strawberry Bars
  • Apple Turnover
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Blueberry Jam
  • Edible Cookie Dough
  • Tart
  • Icebox Cake
  • Sweet Shop treats are scrumptious, fun, and simple to make. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolate. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Decadent Delights (Quarter 1); Gooey Goodies (Quarter 2), Best Bon Bons (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).

    Assessments: Qualitative Feedback will be given in class. Formal grades/assessment will not be given.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.

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

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript. For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

  • 4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $212.00

    Acting- Kids' Theater: Fractured Fairy Tales

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 17, 2023

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. What happens when favorite fairy tales are flipped and fumbled? In the newly fabricated tale, does the fearless frog save the fair princess, or do Red Riding Hood and the wretched wolf reunite?

    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: Camping Catastrophe (Quarter 1), Mystery after Midnight (Quarter 2), Fractured Fairy Tales (Quarter 3), Upside-Down Universe (Quarter 4).

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

    Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Safari Surprise

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 17, 2023

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Acting is an adventure! Young actors work together to create and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. What happens when an energetic elephant, zany zebra, and hysterical hyena meet on a sunny savannah safari?

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

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Rainforest Rescue (Quarter 1), Candy Craze (Quarter 2), Safari Surprise (Quarter 3) and Animal Amusement Park (Quarter 4).

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

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

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 17, 2023

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: The Science Place

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

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

    Art in Action: Murals, Monuments, and Museums (TUE, 12PM)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 17, 2023

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Elementary artists can get in on the action as they learn about a different artist or artistic style each week and create a representative piece using a wide range of artistic supplies such as tempura and water color paints, pastels, pencils, cray pas, oil pastel crayons, specialty papers, sculpting media, and embellishments.

    Third quarter, students will look to Washington, DC at famous murals, monuments, and museums. Class projects will be multi-media creations influenced and inspired by the art and sculpture we view in the Capitol-area such as the Washington Monument, Natural Gallery of Art, National Cathedral, US Capitol and National Mall.

    Topics in this Series: Media of the Masters (Quarter 1); Animal Artists (Quarter 2); Murals, Monuments, and Museums (Quarter 3); Stellar Celestial Subjects (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: $152.00

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWII- Operation Torch, Invasion of North Africa (1942)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 17, 2023

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Dragged into World War II relatively unprepared, the American army ballooned in size while having to learn how to fight a modern war with tanks and airplanes all while overseas. To split the German army's attention from the beleaguered Soviets, the Allies needed to open a second front of the war. Not yet ready to attack Fortress Europe, the Americans started off small by aiding the British against the combined Italian and German armies in North Africa. The campaign was difficult but served as the proving ground which produced as battle-hardened American soldiers, ready to take the war to Europe.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, trenches, rivers, ridges, vegetation, barbed wire, 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 wargaming 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. Topics in this series include: WWI Naval Conflict- Jutland (Quarter 1). WWI- The 100 Day's Offensive and the end of Germany (Quarter 2), WWII- Operation Torch, Invasion of North Africa (Quarter 3), and Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWII Naval Conflict- The Philippine Sea (Quarter 4). There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $187.00

    Beginner Bots: Perfect Pets (TUE)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 17, 2023

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program 3-4 different whimsical, mechanized projects each quarter using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    Third quarter, students will build, program, and model perfect pets such as a Tom & Jerry (cat and mouse), a baby bird, a bunny, and a dog.

    Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

    Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

    Topics in this Series: Under the Sea (Quarter 1), Wings and Things (Quarter 2); Perfect Pets (Quarter 3), and Reptiles Rule (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $209.00

    Cover-to-Cover: Fantasy (Middle School Book Group)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 17, 2023

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Dr. Anne Taranto

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

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

    Third quarter, students will examine the genre of fantasy fiction novel with XXXXXX

    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: Adventure (Quarter 1); Historical Fiction (Quarter 2); Fantasy (Quarter 3); and Sci-Fi (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 $XXXX 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.

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $175.00

    Crafty Kids Club (Q3)

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 17, 2023

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 2nd-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Crafty Kids Club is a weekly after-school meet-up for kids in grades 2-5. Kids gather and socialize while completing a craft around a monthly theme. An experienced Compass art instructor facilitates the crafting each week. Projects are selected to showcase a variety of materials and crafting techniques and to promote creativity and imagination. Each quarter, students will complete projects organized around two themes from among eight craft categories: wooden, wearables, simple sewing, painting, sculpting, paper, beading, and mixed media.

    Kids will enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside a group of friends in Crafty Kids Club, and parents will appreciate the break! Parent Notes:

  • All the supplies are provided: No need to search high and low for the needed materials.
  • Reduce waste and clutter: No need to buy large quantities of specialty supplies for a one-time project.
  • Reduce clean-up: Leave the glue, paint, and glitter mess at Compass.
  • Kids get to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques, even if you are not crafty.
  • Crafting improves dexterity and fine motor skills, and an afterschool club makes a great social outlet.
  • The third quarter project themes are:

  • Spy Tools (sample projects: decoder wheel and invisible ink)
  • Great Games (sample projects: shark & fish cup game and ball drop game)
  • 5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $56.00

    Dance Around the World: India & Bolivia

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 17, 2023

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Various

    Grade Range: 3rd-6th

    Prerequisites:

    Students will tour the globe in this unique world dance workshop! Each quarter, two teaching artists will lead a 3- or 4-week workshops to instruct students on dances from different cultures. Students will learn the role that dance plays in celebrations and storytelling around the world. They will experience the instruments, tempos, and harmonies of the global music accompanying the dances as they learn about the culture, customs, and costumes. This is not a sit-down performance series- students will be stepping, swinging, and swirling as they learn the world dances. This class is suitable for girls and boys as the selected dances are used by all in the respective countries. The world dance tour will feature: Egypt & Polynesia (Quarter 1), Scotland & Mexico (Quarter 2), India & Bolivia (Quarter 3), Korea & Spain (Quarter 4).

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $190.00

    Decorative Arts Studio: Fiber Arts Fun for Kids

    Quarter 3: Starts on January 17, 2023

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shona D'Cruz

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Student artists will enjoy working hands-on, in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting and crafting materials to create original Decorative Arts. Assembling decorative items is multi-sensory, and students enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Decorative art engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this studio environment, students will create original hand-made pieces using a range of artistic techniques and a myriad of materials to choose from.

    Third quarter, students will work with a variety of fibers and textiles to create unique, 3-dimensional projects. From fuzzy chenille to fluffy cotton and scratchy jute to scrumptious viscose, students will enjoy the tactile experience of looping, lashing, layering, weaving or knotting assorted textures in fabrics and fibers. Students may also work with burlap, felt, leather, muslin, wool, yarn, or string. Example past projects include a string sculpture, a knotted flannel scarf, a wall hanging, and wool felting projects. Students may sew embellishments such as buttons on their finished projects, but this is not a sewing class. A supply fee of $30.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. This is a 6-week class that begins on February 1.

    Topics in this Series: Sculpture Skills (Quarter 1), Marvelous Mosaics (Quarter 2), Fiber Arts Fun (Quarter 3), and Upcycled, Recycled Projects (Quarter 4).

    7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $211.00

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