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Spring classes are now available! Early registration for spring classes will open on Tuesday, February 5, at 6:00 am. An Early Registration discount of 10% is offered for registrations completed by March 1. Spring classes begin on March 20 and March 22. Registration is a-la-carte, and new families are welcome to enroll. See the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar for class dates. Some classes are semester long (16 weeks) and some are year-long (28-30 weeks). Those classes are not open for registration below, however, some have openings, and students may be able to enroll mid-term. Contact Compass to ask about placement and fees.

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Paula Pierce

Come in out of the cold! Leave the morning rush behind you. Refresh and reset for the day ahead with Body & Brain Yoga. Body & Brain Yoga is a health and wellness program for participants of all ages and all fitness levels- beginners are welcome. This is not a yoga program based on holding the perfect pose. Instead, physical, emotional, and cognitive activities are designed for all children and adults to improve their own well-being and mindfulness.
Body & Brain Yoga is a holistic approach integrating neuroscience, traditional Asian mind-body training, and emotional wellness training. Each class will consist of stretching (15 mins), followed by a short, experiential health topic (10 mins) and activities or exercises to work on physical health goals such as balance, flexibility, and coordination (15 mins). Each session will conclude with breathing and meditation work (15 mins) to improve mindfulness and help participants focus for the day. Children and adults will learn how taking brain breaks through breathing and meditation will reduce anxiety while increasing focus, creativity, concentration, and positive emotions.
Parents, grandparents, or caregivers: you are welcome to take this class on your own while your child(ren) is in class. Alternatively, consider taking this class alongside your child so you can learn and practice the brain and body techniques throughout the week at home. Children ages 7 and under must register for this class along with with a registered (paid) adult. Adults who are not comfortable sitting on the floor may participate in the class from a chair- activities are adaptable. All participants should bring either a beach towel or a yoga mat to class and should wear loose, comfortable clothing.

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Peter Snow

This is the fourth of a 4-quarter series of classes on beginning chess. Students will learn skills and strategies that build upon those presented in Quarters 1, 2, and 3, including: review double attacks; review elementary checkmates; pawns and knights in the opening; bishops and queens in the opening; when to develop the queen in the opening; best board behavior; 5 questions to ask before moving. The final class of this 4-quarter series will be a chess party and awards ceremony with certificates. Students need an understanding of principles and strategies presented in Beginning Chess 1, 2, and 3, as preparation for this class. Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making fresh, light spring dishes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Savory Spring Specialties 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: Asparagus Goat Cheese Dip Strawberry Salad with Mint Watercress Soup Leek Gratin Side Dish Ginger Sugar Snap Peas Mini Broccoli Cheddar Savory Cakes Lemon Mousse Springtime Breakfast Strata Cilantro Lime Salmon (Foil packet method with own choice of ingredients, can be cooked over camp fire)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: Sorry, but 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 will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making fresh, light spring dishes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Savory Spring Specialties 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: Asparagus Goat Cheese Dip Strawberry Salad with Mint Watercress Soup Leek Gratin Side Dish Ginger Sugar Snap Peas Mini Broccoli Cheddar Savory Cakes Lemon Mousse Springtime Breakfast Strata Cilantro Lime Salmon (Foil packet method with own choice of ingredients, can be cooked over camp fire)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: Sorry, but 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 will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Shona D\'Cruz

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

Inspired by spring, our artists will make a variety of projects that bring the outdoors in and brighten your outdoor garden, deck, or patio. Students will create intricate decorated birdhouses, an outdoor hanging spinner, and a concrete stepping stone. They will build a moss and rock fairy or gnome home. Students will also craft a paper flower bouquet using a variety of specialty papers and learn the art of quilling paper into spirals, swirls, and circles that will be used to decorate a photo frame. There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Kerry Diederich

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors. Third quarter, Junior Artists will learn study animals in art and artists, such as Mary Jo Zarod and her birds and wildlife works. Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their own art focused on horses, hippos, camels, and more, while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter. 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. Topics in this year s studio series include: Unique Craft Art (first quarter); Seascape Art (second quarter); Famous Abstract-Inspired Projects (third quarter); and Animals in Art (fourth quarter).

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Jen DesRoches

Student entrepreneurs...This class will help you launch your own business just in time for summer or the spring marketplace! What will you do to earn money? Start a dog walking business? How about offering child care, petsitting, or lawn mowing? Can you bake gourmet cupcakes, grow and sell fresh herbs, give lessons to youngsters, or host kids' birthday parties? Maybe you want to make and sell jewelry or start a camp? There are lots of businesses tween and teen entrepreneurs can start! In this class you will navigate all the start-up essentials for your business- select a name, design a logo and create marketing materials, set up a simple business website. Find out how to identify potential customers, how to get the word out, and how to price your product of service. Look at how others with similar businesses operate and what supplies or equipment might be needed. The class will look at types of business structures, investigate whether permits, licenses, or training are required. Students will learn how to line up references and how to ask for reviews and feedback. As part of their inspiration, young businessmen and women will read articles about successful teen entrepreneurs. During one class, a panel of small business owners will be invited in to answer students' questions. Finally, during the last class, students will officially launch their new businesses to an audience of parents and classmates. This is a 7-week class that will not meet on March 27.

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Luc Atangana

Students will be introduced to painting with acrylics in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional paint instructor. Students will work on framed canvas and easels and will learn elements of art and principles of design in addition to methods in painting.
Fourth quarter, students will create a painting of their own choice. Painters will learn techniques with acrylic paints such as shading, blending, stippling, and broad stroke to help them replicate the different effects and contrasting textures. Elements of art taught in the fourth quarter projects include balance, emphasis, and proportion to create a dynamic composition, as well as line, shape, form, space, color, value, and texture. Students will complete two 16 X 20 canvases this quarter.
This class is suitable for beginners who have never painted before, or returning art students who have worked in any medium and are interested in expanding their knowledge and abilities with acrylic paint. 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 mid-day break between rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment with an instructor who will meet students where they are with art skills.
There is a $18.00 per student material and supply fee due, payable to the instructor on the first day of class for two canvases, acrylic paint, a sketchbook, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, brushes, paper products, etc.). Students who are continuing in this class from first quarter can continue using their sketchpad, but there is still a $14.00 fee for the other materials. Topics in this year s class (or studio) series include: Botanicals Line, Color, Shape, and Texture (first quarter); Still Life- Values, Form, and Space (second quarter); Landscape Composition, Unity, and Repetition (third quarter) and Create Your Own- Balance, Emphasis, and Proportion (fourth quarter). Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in fine arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

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Coder Kids

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

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Jeanniffer Denmark

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

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Elena Zaklis

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

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Megan Reynolds

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

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Peter Snow

This is the fourth of a 4-quarter series of classes on advanced, beginning chess. Students will learn skills and strategies that build upon those presented in Quarters 1, 2, and 3, including: Pawns: good and bad individually; pawns: good and bad groups; Finding pins and escaping from them; Piling on a pinned piece; Trapping rooks in the opening; Later than beginning level skewers. The final class of this 4-quarter series will be a chess party and awards ceremony with certificates. Students need an understanding of principles and strategies presented in Advanced Beginner Chess 1, 2, and 3, as preparation for this class. Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making fresh, light spring dishes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Savory Spring Specialties 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:
Asparagus Goat Cheese Dip
Strawberry Salad with Mint
Watercress Soup
Leek Gratin Side Dish
Ginger Sugar Snap Peas
Mini Broccoli Cheddar Savory Cakes
Lemon Mousse
Springtime Breakfast Strata
Cilantro Lime Salmon (Foil packet method with own choice of ingredients, can be cooked over camp fire)

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: Sorry, but 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 will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making fresh, light spring dishes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Savory Spring Specialties 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:
Asparagus Goat Cheese Dip
Strawberry Salad with Mint
Watercress Soup
Leek Gratin Side Dish
Ginger Sugar Snap Peas
Mini Broccoli Cheddar Savory Cakes
Lemon Mousse
Springtime Breakfast Strata
Cilantro Lime Salmon (Foil packet method with own choice of ingredients, can be cooked over camp fire)

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: Sorry, but 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 will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Michelle Dzema

Don’t write poetry? Think you can’t draw? Maybe not, but you may still want a creative way to record your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and ideas! In this four-week workshop, teens will learn how to use creative journaling for self-expression and self-discovery. Creative journaling is not writing daily “Dear Diary” style entries on dated pages. Instead, students will start by hand-stitching journals and will learn unique ways to express themselves in those journals. Techniques such as freeform writing, black-out poetry, and creative list making- in addition to experimenting with simple mixed media like collage and photography- will be explored. Students will work through class prompts and personal reflections, and will develop a sense of how journals are safe spaces to process emotions, explore creativity, and cultivate self-awareness.

No formal writing or art experience is needed. There is a $10.00 materials fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Students are welcome to bring favorite pens/pencils/markers to class, but supplies will also be provided in class. This class meets on 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, and 4/12.

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Shona D\'Cruz

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

Inspired by spring, our artists will make a variety of projects that bring the outdoors in and brighten your outdoor garden, deck, or patio. Students will create intricate decorated birdhouses, an outdoor hanging spinner, and a concrete stepping stone. They will build a moss and rock fairy or gnome home. Students will also craft a paper flower bouquet using a variety of specialty papers and learn the art of quilling paper into spirals, swirls, and circles that will be used to decorate a photo frame. There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Donna Shackelford

3-2-1...We have liftoff! Learn about the engineering behind the Space Race as we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon in July 1969! In Engineering for Kids, students will explore the physics of rockets, satellites, and space craft. Students will learn all about the challenges of getting into space for the purpose of exploration! They will discover that the motion of all objects—everything from the flight of a rocket to the movement of a canoe—is governed by Newton's three laws of motion. Students in this class will also learn how satellites benefit life on Earth, as well as explore motion, rockets, and rocket motion. The ideas of thrust, weight and control will be explored, helping students to fully understand what goes into the design of rockets. After learning how and why the experts make specific engineering choices, students also learn about the iterative engineering design process as they design and construct their own model rockets.

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

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Anne Sharp

A journey is not as simple as a trip or a vacation. A journey changes you, makes you grow somehow or think differently, expands your horizons or hopes. In this course, middle school writers will explore the concept of The Journey in literature and create an original story around this concept.
With a focus on character development and the transformational powers of a journey, students will examine classic and modern journeys in myths and fairy tales (The Odyssey), children s literature (The Little Prince, Where the Wild Things Are), short stories and novels (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn/Tom Sawyer, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Incredible Journey, To Kill a Mockingbird).
Students will build complex characters who have strengths, weaknesses and flaws, then construct a physical or situational journey that presents challenges and opportunity for growth. Characters will fail and succeed and provide readers with both entertaining and inspirational stories. Some characters may even emerge as heroic. Genres will include fantasy, science fiction, adventure, historical fiction, supernatural. Students may develop a new story or choose to further expand or revise one created in a previous fiction course.
A portion of each class will be dedicated to sharing students' working drafts with collaboration and in-class feedback. Students will be expected to conduct some writing and reading at home each week. Literature selections will not be assigned in their entirety, but students may want to continue reading the complete work. The culmination of the students work will be a bound class literary magazine.

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Jen DesRoches

Why does Virginia have a one-term limit for its governors and why do we vote in odd years? What is the difference between a mayor, a supervisor, or a councilman? What is a delegate and an attorney general? Who are all of these people and how is the state of Virginia organized? Get to know your state and local government!
Using an inquiry-based approach, middle school students will be given leading questions to investigate our state and local government. Discover what are the powers of the state government and what is left up to counties, cities, and towns. Find out who we vote for and who is elected. Discover how responsibilites are divided up among the state government and the localities. Who makes laws about driving, voting, education, and who is in charge of roads? Students will identify a state or local issue of importance to them and write a letter to the proper authority as they learn about how a proposal becomes a bill and eventually a law in the Commonwealth. Topics in this year's series: You Have the (Bill of) Rights! (second quarter); Three Branches (third quarter); and State/Local (fourth quarter). This is a 7-week class that will not meet on March 27.

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Velocity Dance Studio

Get moving to high-energy Hip Hop mid-day! Break-up your child's sit-down, quiet, or serious time with this popular urban dance class. Focusing on Hip Hop and Street Jazz styles, while using clean edits of popular music (rated E for everyone), students will learn new choreography each week. We begin with a welcome, stretching and across the floor dancing. A game transitions to center floor work of choreography combinations, techniques, and tricks. Over the session dancers will put together video clips to create a class music video to showcase their new skills to family and friends. The last class of the quarter, students will perform a group routine for parents. Hip Hop is a co-ed dance style that accommodates kids who have not danced before and those who don't want the structure of more traditional dance formats while providing a fun, creative physical and cardio work out.

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Kerry Diederich

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors. Third quarter, Junior Artists will learn study animals in art and artists, such as Mary Jo Zarod and her birds and wildlife works. Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their own art focused on horses, hippos, camels, and more, while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter. 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. Topics in this year s studio series include: Unique Craft Art (first quarter); Seascape Art (second quarter); Famous Abstract-Inspired Projects (third quarter); and Animals in Art (fourth quarter).

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Premier Martial Arts

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. Teens are always taught to 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 sitation escalates and becomes threatening. Teens are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and self defense practice in class incoporporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect. In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, students will be asked to wear a class t-shirt that the instructor will furish for $10.00 on the first day of class. Students should also wear shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers with their class t-shirt.

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Wyndy Frederick

If you want to learn to sing like Belle, Ariel, Elsa, Aladdin, or even the Beast, this class is for you! This class focuses on vocal development, using music from the best of Disney. Repertoire will include at least one chorus number from a major Disney movie, and students will work on other music as solos, duets, or small group numbers. This introduction to vocal performance will include posture, breathing, intonation, and the principles of blending vocal harmonies. Basic musical notation will be introduced as well as melodic and harmonic intervals. No previous musical experience is required just joy in singing!Prior to the start of class, the instructor will identify song book(s) and accompaniments for students to purcahse. A performance will be held in May at the end of fourth quarter to showcase students' songs from both 3rd and 4th quarter. There is a $10.00 materials fee for copies, purchased sheet music, and CDs.

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David Chelf

ALL NEW puzzles, games, and riddles each week! Students will develop their mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills while having loads of fun in class! Hands-on activities may use cards, dice, coins, cubes, toothpicks, and of course, lots of numbers. Every activity is in essense a math problem, and students will learn tips and techniques for tackling the challenges. Race to sum numbers in the game "Thirty One"; take turns moving squares on a grid in "Cartesian Chase"; and use lines to separate colors in the game "Patchwork." How many squares- of all sizes- are there on chess board? For each puzzle, students will learn to ask, "what is the winning strategy?" or "what is the fewest number of moves?" For each new puzzle, game, and riddle, students will learn concepts and strategies that they can apply to solving ANY math challenge, such as: the phases of solving a problem, what to do when you get stuck, how to make predictions, how to generalize from specific cases, and how to become your own questioner. Through these weekly activities, students will learn that math isn t just something done at a desk with pencil and paper, but is present everywhere you look, and that the ability to think mathematically can not only be useful, but also fun!

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Nick Grenier

Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new flowers, greens, birds and other creatures. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and the fresh spring air. Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge program that the instructor has led for several years. Students will follow the paths or create their own through the wooded campus at Compass while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under! A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing winter season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world! Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated

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Coder Kids

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

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Tyler Herman

Shakespeare s history plays* reflected and sometimes retold historical events and politics of the time. But did he rewrite history? This fun combination of acting, history, and English classes will focus on the history play* for which Shakespeare is credited with "writing the book" and defining the genre. Going far beyond entertainment, his history plays informed audiences, creating understanding, and possibly bias, about historical figures and events. Acting coach Tyler Herman will help students decode what was going on within and beyond one of Shakespeare s most produced history play, Julius Caesar. Did the Ides of March happen when Shakespeare said? Did Julius Caesar really say, "Et tu brute?" What does the assassination (a word Shakespeare coined) of Julius Caesar have to do with Renaissance England? The class will read and informally act out scenes from this play, try to decipher fact from interpretation, and ask why Shakespeare wrote what he did. Looking at some of the famous speeches and scenes in this play, the group will examine ambition, betrayal, intrigue, deception, and honor to give students an appreciation for the character portrayals that deliver effective dramatization. This engaging class will include acting exercises relating to status, dramatic action, motivation, objectives, and obstacles. Students will be guided through text analysis and will learn about the art of adaptation as they learn how to craft an effectively dramatic historical character. By the end of the course, students will have a conversational knowledge of some aspects of British and Roman history, and culture and politics during the English Renaissance. *History is one of the three main genres of Shakespearean theatre, also including comedy and tragedy. A history play is based on a historical narrative, and often set in Medieval or Early Modern times. History emerged as a distinct genre from tragedy in Renaissance England. The course fee includes the cost of selected scene copies. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in English (British Literature) or Fine Arts (drama) for purposes of a high school transcript.

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Megan Reynolds

Stretch your child's brain with this metacognitive class! In Smart Start, children will sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills to become more independent and effective learners. Using in-class readings of high quality literature, children will be introduced to a broad range of thinking strategies such as de Bono's Thinking Hats, SCAMPER, and FFOE (Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration). Through facilitated discussion and community inquiry, children will learn to ask their own questions and raise issues for discussion, explore and develop their own ideas and theories, and give creative reasons. Each week, students will complete engaging activities that require them to apply what they have learned. For example, the class might consider, What happens when Max returns to Where the Wild Things Are the next day? Next year? How about 10 years from now? (Green Hat Thinking). They may expand to discuss what would happen if another character from literature, like Curious George or Cinderella, visited Where the Wild Things Are? (SCAMPER approach "C" for combining two things that do not normally go together). Young learners will have fun on this engaging, creative class which will boost their ability to use higher order thinking skills, predict outcomes, and solve problems! New stories and activities are introduced each week and not repeated from previous sessions. Students must be able to think independently, work collaboratively, and enjoy a good challenge. Emerging readers and writers can be accommodated.

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Bette Cassatt

Duels? Bah! Fighting isn t always to civilized. Sometimes it s an unfair fight with two or more opponents attacking one person. Sometimes the Musketeers are outnumbered by the Cardinal s Guards, and sometimes it s a full-out battle! We re used to focusing our attention on just one other person in our fight, now we have to really focus on spatial awareness and timing when sharing the stage with multiple fighters. Students will work in both small groups as well as large ones. Everybody dies, no one gets hurt!This class demands a high level of personal discipline and focus from the student. Stage Combat Masters is "by invitation/audition only" for students who have been recommended by or performed for the instructor. Former students who wish to be considered for this advanced class should contact Compass to inquire. Topics in this year's class series include: From Sticks to Steel, Practice Precision, and Perfection (first quarter); Advanced Choreography (second quarter); Dual Wielding (third quarter); and Multiple Opponent Battles (fourth quarter). Prerequisites: Evaluation from the instructor. The student needs a thorough command of stage combat basics (ex. cuts, parries, footwork, vocabulary, etc.) as well as to demonstrate consistency in targeting, weapon handling, and self-discipline.

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Christine Keen

Geography is our window into understanding the world around us. This quarter, we ll be exploring U.S. and world geography by considering the planet s plant, animal, and even microbial life. We ll study some of the earth s most unusual biomes, investigate animal migrations, learn about fossiling sites, look at national parks around the world, track the path of an apidemic, and examine the distribution patterns of some of our favorite animals. Each week will feature a variety of hands-on activities, games, and at-home projects designed to enrich students' understanding of both U.S. and world geography. Prior geographic knowledge is welcome but not assumed. Students must be able to read at or above grade level and be prepared to complete brief projects at home to present during class time.

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Karen Hickman

Students will plan, write, illustrate, and publish their own children s picture books. Initially, students will review illustrated children s books to gain an understanding of the creative process and the elements that help make a children s book successful. Using graphic organizers to brainstorm ideas for the character, setting, and conflict of their own stories, students will work on story ideas, then pitch their stories to their peers and use peer feedback as they develop their stories. Students will create storyboards to plan the relationship between the illustrations and text. Finally, students will learn about a variety of methods to bind their books in an attractive manner and present their books to their peers.The Writers Workshop gives students in grades 5-6 the skills they need for writing, reading, listening, and speaking that come from practicing by putting pen to paper. Sharing drafts and in-progess works enhances the understanding of language structure, encourages revision, and improves editing in story writing. Each quarter, students will review samples of literature and write about popular themes using the story elements of that theme. Imagination and creativity come easily to most young writers, but acquiring technical skills is also important. Each quarter, students will focus on specific skills. The skills are a part of their Writer s Tool Kit that includes understanding parts and kinds of sentences, plurals, possessives, and punctuation. Learning how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus, as well as practical, higher, middle school level skills such as summarizing, outlining, note taking, writing a book report, or citing sources are included throughout the four sessions. Topics in this year's Writers' Workshop series include: Time Travel, Fantasy or Science Fiction? (first quarter); Learn to Research, Life in a Castle (second quarter); Journalism (third quarter); and Writing Children's Books (fourth quarter).

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Hayley Dandreaux

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will take a step into their very own Fairy Tale land where they will take part in creating an original storyline and unique characters. Together, they will help bring their own fairy tales to life on stage with an original play about fairy tale creatures and a silly sequence of events. Students will think about the actions, voices, and personalities of characters as they develop their own through exercises and games. Students will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional development, and observation/concentration while learning to perform their own unique 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. This program has been specially adapted for Compass from Acting for Young People's curriculum, and is ideal for students with any level of experience.The script will be developed and customized uniquely for this class by the instructor with input from the students. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class. Topics in this year's class series include: Safari Adventure (first quarter), Outer Space Race (second quarter), Magical Monsters (third quarter), and Our Own Fairy Tale (fourth quarter).

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David Chelf

ALL NEW puzzles, games, and riddles each week! Students will develop their mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills while having loads of fun in class! Hands-on activities may use cards, dice, coins, cubes, toothpicks, and of course, lots of numbers. Every activity is in essense a math problem, and students will learn tips and techniques for tackling the challenges. Race to sum numbers in the game "Thirty One"; take turns moving squares on a grid in "Cartesian Chase"; and use lines to separate colors in the game "Patchwork." How many squares- of all sizes- are there on chess board? For each puzzle, students will learn to ask, "what is the winning strategy?" or "what is the fewest number of moves?" For each new puzzle, game, and riddle, students will learn concepts and strategies that they can apply to solving ANY math challenge, such as: the phases of solving a problem, what to do when you get stuck, how to make predictions, how to generalize from specific cases, and how to become your own questioner. Through these weekly activities, students will learn that math isn t just something done at a desk with pencil and paper, but is present everywhere you look, and that the ability to think mathematically can not only be useful, but also fun!

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making fresh, light spring dishes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Savory Spring Specialties 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:
Asparagus Goat Cheese Dip
Strawberry Salad with Mint
Watercress Soup
Leek Gratin Side Dish
Ginger Sugar Snap Peas
Mini Broccoli Cheddar Savory Cakes
Lemon Mousse
Springtime Breakfast Strata
Cilantro Lime Salmon (Foil packet method with own choice of ingredients, can be cooked over camp fire)

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: Sorry, but 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 minimum age six (6) by the start of class. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making fresh, light spring dishes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Savory Spring Specialties 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: Asparagus Goat Cheese Dip Strawberry Salad with Mint Watercress Soup Leek Gratin Side Dish Ginger Sugar Snap Peas Mini Broccoli Cheddar Savory Cakes Lemon Mousse Springtime Breakfast Strata Cilantro Lime Salmon (Foil packet method with own choice of ingredients, can be cooked over camp fire)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: Sorry, but 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 will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Donna Shackelford

3-2-1...We have liftoff! Learn about the engineering behind the Space Race as we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon in July 1969! In Engineering for Kids, students will explore the physics of rockets, satellites, and space craft. Students will learn all about the challenges of getting into space for the purpose of exploration! They will discover that the motion of all objects—everything from the flight of a rocket to the movement of a canoe—is governed by Newton's three laws of motion. Students in this class will also learn how satellites benefit life on Earth, as well as explore motion, rockets, and rocket motion. The ideas of thrust, weight and control will be explored, helping students to fully understand what goes into the design of rockets. After learning how and why the experts make specific engineering choices, students also learn about the iterative engineering design process as they design and construct their own model rockets.

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

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Edwige Pinover

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."

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Dr. Karleen Boyle

Geo-Detectives discover the many mysteries of Earth Science. From large scale disasters that come from inside the planet to microscopic contaminants in the water and soil, Geo-Detectives look high and low to understand the forces, systems, and cycles that continue to shape the Earth, its climates and ecosystems. Geo-Detectives will explore concepts as diverse as fossils to fault lines, ozone to ocean trenches, and trade winds to tundra. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce geological phenomena such as examining fossils, classifying rocks, reading the seismographic charts, or modelling the water cycle. Fourth quarter, Geo Detectives will take a big picture perspective on the physical, chemical and biological processes that occur on our planet. We will learn about the rock cycle, water cycle, carbon and nitrogen cycling, primary productivity and the flow of energy through ecosystems. Topics in this year s class series include: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis, and Earthquakes (first quarter); Wacky World Weather (second quarter); Global Ecosystems (third quarter); and Global Cycles (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

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Premier Martial Arts

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 sitation escalates and becomes threatening. Kids are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and self defense practiced in class incorporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, discipline, and respect. In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, students will be asked to wear a class t-shirt that the instructor will furnish for $10.00 on the first day of class. Students should also wear shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers with their class t-shirt.

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Nick Grenier

Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new flowers, greens, birds and other creatures. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and the fresh spring air. Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge program that the instructor has led for several years. Students will follow the paths or create their own through the wooded campus at Compass while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under! A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing winter season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world! Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 5 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the length of the class.

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Coder Kids

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

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Arthuretta Martin

"Four score and seven years ago.." "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.." "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." What causes some phrases to be inked into history and some speeches to become a permanent part of our culture? What makes a speech memorable and quotable? In this class students will work with a professional storyteller, keynote speaker, and Toastmasters authority to learn how to give great speeches by listening to great speakers and then practicing and presenting portions of someone else's great words. The pressure will be off student speakers to also be writers. Instead, they will hone public speaking skills such as timing, pauses, enunciation, eye contact, and gestures using familiar, well-known, time-tested and inspiring speeches. The class will listen to recordings and watch videos to critique some modern day speakers. Can you pronounce like FDR, persuade like Frederick Douglass, or proclaim like Patrick Henry? Students can select from among many genres of speakers- from history, entertainment, politics, commentary- even literature.

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Ed Max

In this course students will learn about the kidney, the brain/nervous system, reproduction/development, and the immune system of the human body. The class will cover basic anatomy and physiological function, with some in-class demonstrations performed by students, some dissection performed by the instructor (brain, kidney), and examination of cells and tissues under a microscope. We will discuss methods scientists use to learn about how the body works, what can go wrong when body systems malfunction, and strategies to correct these malfunctions. There is a $20.00 lab supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Megan Reynolds

Follow twins Hansel and Gretel out of the cake house and through the forest as they stumble into eight other classic, Grimm-inspired fairy tales on a journey to find their way to home and happiness where they, along with their readers, learn that children are the true heroes in their own adventures. On their quest, the siblings will encounter trials and trickery against beasts, witches, warlocks, and even a dragon in this Newberry Award-winning and New York Times best-selling book. Find out how author Adam Gidwitz channels the tales of the Brothers Grimm in this popular middle school fiction. Why do myths, legends, and fairy tales inspire countless retellings and reinvention? Traverse the globe while exploring the world of traditional tales in this class. Each quarter, students will read a full-length novel based on myths or fairy tales while simultaneously exploring the source material that inspired the author. In addition, students will analyze the culture and geography that generated the traditional tales and the hero cycle. Students will have the opportunity to synthesize all they have learned through a project shared on the last day of class. This class will be run as a book group with students being asked to read sections each week and return prepared to discuss. Students are welcome to read the works via recorded audio books if preferred. Topics in this year s class series include: Norse Mythology- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (first quarter); Egyptian Mythology- Tut: The Story of my Egyptian Immortal Life by P.J. Hoover (second quarter); Japanese Folklore- Momotaro: Xander and the Island of Lost Monsters by Margaret Dilloway (third quarter); and European Fairy Tales- A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (fourth quarter).

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John Waldon

Students will create a unique, improvisational "Who Dunnit" mystery. As a group, the teens will select a unique theme and a intriguing location for their own, original mystery. Will it be a luxury cruise ship, a crowded mall, an Italian restaurant, or bomb shelter- who knows? Over the course of the workshop, students will develop their own characters including suspects and investigators- all who have a motive- and a victim. The cast will guide the audience along the path to solve the mystery. The final class will showcase their process and performance, where students will enjoy the artistry of putting it all together in a group setting. The question, Who done it? remains until the final performance, where no one knows until the final reveal. Every quarter is completely new and offers students their opportunity to bring their story development, acting, and improv skills to the next level. Students benefit from experimenting with public speaking in this safe, supportive environment, and enjoy the satisfaction of working as a team. Students will receive positive, constructive feedback which helps them develop acting skills, such as facing the audience, projecting their voice, and dramatizing their character through their voice, body language, and movements. Expectations: 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.

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Lorrie Herman

Learn to paint with acryllics- a versatlie medium that can be thick and bold or lightly washed to mimic watercolor. Students will leatn to mix colors in the initial "Get to Know Acrylics" lesson. Each week students will learn different techniques and will see examples from artists who featured those tecniques. Techniques include a value study and the use of light and shadow, creating textures, stamping, pointillism, and creating transparent/translucent effects. Painted projects will include an impressionistic painting in the style of Monet or Cezanne, a pointillism painting in the style of Seurat, a fish painting, an abstract, a stained glass windown (in paint), and a pet portrait.

Acryllic paints do not come out of fabrics, so students should bring a smock, apron, or large cover-up t-shirt each week. There is a $10.00 material fee due to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Taliesin Knol

To round out this year s Battle Strategy classes, students will finish learning the basic history of the Civil War, with a focus on the Siege of Petersburg, a Union victory which preceded the burning of Richmond and General Robert E. Lee s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10 X 16 shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include: Revolutionary War, Battles of Lexington and Concord (1st quarter), Revolutionary War, Yorktown (2nd quarter), Civil War, Gettysburg (3rd quarter), and Civil War, The Siege of Petersburg (4th quarter).

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making fresh, light spring dishes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Savory Spring Specialties 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: Asparagus Goat Cheese Dip Strawberry Salad with Mint Watercress Soup Leek Gratin Side Dish Ginger Sugar Snap Peas Mini Broccoli Cheddar Savory Cakes Lemon Mousse Springtime Breakfast Strata Cilantro Lime Salmon (Foil packet method with own choice of ingredients, can be cooked over camp fire)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: Sorry, but 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 will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Dr. Karleen Boyle

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. Quarter 4, students will examine emerging issues in the environmental sciences, including threats to biodiversity, sea level rise, ocean acidification, climate change, and monitoring for pandemics. Hands-on experiments and modelling will be used to understand the enronmental phenomena in the news. We ll learn about methods scientists use to assess environmental threats and some steps being taken to manage them, including the design of habitat reserves, geoengineering, population monitoring, etc. 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.

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Edwige Pinover

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

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Dan Gallagher

Student engineers will be introduced to Marine Engineering using KerbalEDU simulation software! In the virtual environment, students will design, build, launch, and pilot their own navy. Onscreen, student engineers will select and test variables such as hull shape and material, type of propulsion, fuel source, vessel weight, and more to create all types of maritime vessels- yachts, cargo ships, aircraft carriers, battleships, and even submarines. Students will use the vessels they design in simulation to complete fun missions on onscreen challenges as they sail the ocean blue, including epic sea battles. Just for fun, the class will look at denizens of the deep as we throw in a little oceanography with pictures and stories of sea creatures we have encountered diving the world s oceans.

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Mimi Nyman

Mosaics is run as a studio art class where students create unique compositions and work at their own pace under the guidance of an experienced mosaic artist. Each quarter, students are taught new design, cutting, layout, and finishing techniques and are introduced to new mosaic materials which they can incorporate into inspired, original pieces. Throughout the quarter, the instructor will suggest possible themes for projects based on the featured materials, but students are always welcome to pursue a different direction.
Students who are new to mosaics will complete a quick checkerboard project (complete with wooden checkers) to teach pattern, layout, and lines before starting their specialized projects. For each project, students will be able to choose from a variety of substrates- rectangular, square, shaped, or circular backboards (typically first-year students), or special forms or 3D objects (experienced students). Each project will expand a student's understanding of color, pattern, rhythm, texture, and spacing as they complete rich, dimensioned compositions. Students will be able to incorporate other glass, ceramic, and porcelain tiles into their projects and may select feature elements such as beautiful glass gems, millifiori, sliced stone, metallic ornaments, mirrored bits, or shells, to serve as focal points in their mosaic piece. The mosaic can be monochromatic, complimentary, or contrasting colors. A broad pallet of colors is always available, and new colors are added each quarter to reflect the season.
Students will develop a skillset for mosaic artistry over multiple quarters or years. As each student demonstrates mastery of basic skills, safety, and artistic expression, that student will be taught advanced techniques, materials, tools, composition, and color theory. A typical progression in mosaics is:
Flat, rectangular substrate, whole tiles, symmetric design, proper spacing and adhesion
Flat, circular substrate, tile cutting with nippers, themed design and color choice
Flat or curved substrate, cutting sheet glass with pistol grip, breaking pliers, and running pliers, composition and color design
3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques
Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design
There is no prerequisite for this class. The number of projects completed each quarter depends on the student s work speed and attendance in class. Compass parents are welcome to register for the class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class. There is a $40.00 per student material and supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Kathy Priesinger

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!

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Nick Grenier

Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new flowers, greens, birds and other creatures. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and the fresh spring air. Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge program that the instructor has led for several years. Students will follow the paths or create their own through the wooded campus at Compass while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under! A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing winter season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world! Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated

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Katherine Hoeck

Rates and ratios are used everyday, in all aspects of "real" life! Which size Dominoes pizza has the highest crust-to-cheese ratio? What is the ratio of lucky green M&Ms to other colors in a bag of the candies? How long will it take you to get to Virginia beach if the traffic on I-95 is only moving 35 mph? Students will practice the computational operations of manipulating and converting rates and ratios with everyday examples. Students will learn symbolically what rates and ratios stand for but will use real world applications to become comfortable moving from written word problems to mathematical representations. Each skill will be reviewed in isolation, with tips and tricks taught and then applied to the word problems. Understanding rates and ratios is a middle school math skill that students should have before moving into pre-algebra.

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Donna Shackelford

Science Kids is a lab-based science sampler program where our youngest scientists will be exposed to the concepts, acquire scientific vocabulary, and learn hands-on skills to needed to be comfortable with more advanced science classes as they get older. Your first or second grader will come home with an understanding of concepts like bouancy, friction, and light spectrum. Most importantly, young students will gain confidence discussing science concepts and working with science equipment. Labs will teach students how to use a thermometer, take linear measurements, weigh items on a scale, peer into a microscope, record elapsed time, and make scientific sketches, for example. Each quarter will reinforce principles and lab skills around a central, unifying theme. In Physics Fun students will learn about mass, forces, propulsion, optics, heat and electricity. Topics in this year s class series include: Living World (first quarter), Earth/Space (second quarter), Chemistry (third quarter), and Physics (fourth quarter).

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Bette Cassatt

Swords Swish! Slash! And swing! Fighters are fleet, fluid, and flashy! These are the pirates, Musketeers, and gallant heroes of the Golden Age of Hollywood! In this Swashbuckling Stage Combat class, students will learn a heightened style of theatrical/cinematic swordplay that started in Shakespeare s time and continued into the mid-20th century. Stage combat is the art of creating the illusion of violence for storytelling in theatre and film. This is the high energy, highly dramatic type of dazzling swashbuckling displayed by Errol Flynn, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Basil Rathbone. This is what people often imitate when they think of movie sword-fighting.This class is for beginning and experienced students. This class is best suited for students who are focused and have self-discipline, can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Topics in this year's class series include: Brawls, Grappling, and Fisticuffs- Unarmed Combat (first quarter); Weapons of Long Ago and Far Away- broadsword, lightsaber, and rapier (second quarter); and Found Weapons- fights with everyday objects (third quarter); and Swashbuckling (fourth quarter).

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Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots is a fun, engaging class for the youngest Compass students or their preschool-aged siblings! Soccer Shots is an outdoor skills class in which children learn basic mechanics of soccer such as passing, dribbling, and shooting through imaginative games in a fun, supportive, small-group experience with a dedicated coach. Equally as important, young athletes get to practice valuable life skills such as working with teammates, good sportsmanship, taking turns, cooperation, and communicating with their coach! Each week, young soccer players will be guided through warm-ups, skill-building games, and a scrimmage.
This program includes 30 minutes of structured coaching from 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm. Time before is for gathering, and the final 15 minutes are for cool-down and free play. This is a 7-week program that will meet weeks 1-7 with the 8th week of the quarter reserved for an inclement weather make-up, if needed.
Students must be age 4 by the start of this program and must be able to separate from his/her parent and follow directions. There is an optional fee of $8.50 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a high quality Adidas team jersey.

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John Waldon

This fun class will feature team building and improv games that encourage students to think fast and work as a team to "play off each other" as they create hilarious and witty moments. Featured games include alphabet improv and entrances and exits. Improvisation is the art of entertaining with connected, unpredictable twists and turns often seen from the great comedians and best live entertainers. Drawing on their favorite improv games, the students will perform for family and friends at the end of the quarter. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class.

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Dr. Karleen Boyle

More than 70% of the Earth's surface is water! Understanding the earth s oceans and freshwater systems is critical to understanding life on our planet- from beginnings in the seas to the water cycle that supports ongoing life. The study of aquatic and marine biology provides a basis for understanding much of the chemistry, physics, biology, and meteorology on our planet. Budding marine biologists will travel inland to learn about freshwater systems like lakes and ponds, rivers and streams before returning to the coast to study marshes and estuaries followed by extreme marine environments- all under the guidance of an experienced marine biologist. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in several demonstrations and experiments in each class. During Quarter 4, students will journey to some of the most extreme marine systems on the planet. We ll investigate underwater caves, polar seas, deep sea trenches, submarine canyons, and hydrothermal vents. Students will watch footage from submersibles exploring these environments and study the unique plants and animals that inhabit these regions Topics in this year s class series include: Lakes and Ponds (first quarter); Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams (second quarter); Marshes and Estuaries, Where the River Meets the Sea (third quarter); and Extreme Marine (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

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Lorrie Herman

Learn to paint with acryllics- a versatlie medium that can be thick and bold or lightly washed to mimic watercolor. Students will leatn to mix colors in the initial "Get to Know Acrylics" lesson. Each week students will learn different techniques and will see examples from artists who featured those tecniques. Techniques include a value study and the use of light and shadow, creating textures, stamping, pointillism, and creating transparent/translucent effects. Painted projects will include an impressionistic painting in the style of Monet or Cezanne, a pointillism painting in the style of Seurat, a fish painting, an abstract, a stained glass windown (in paint), and a pet portrait.

Acryllic paints do not come out of fabrics, so students should bring a smock, apron, or large cover-up t-shirt each week. There is a $10.00 material fee due to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Lee Nathanson

Students will continue to learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar! In this class, students will learn basic melodies, such as Ode to Joy, Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, etc. Kids will learn to play chords and strumming patterns for familiar songs chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. New chords and new songs will be added each week as students also learn to read music and basic music theory. Students will also learn how to hold, tune, and care for their guitars. Students should be able to read at grade level for this class, and should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 for new students payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook. Students who wish to enroll 4th quarter should have at least 15-20 hours of prior instruction in order to match the pace of the enrolled students.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making fresh, light spring dishes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Savory Spring Specialties 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:
Asparagus Goat Cheese Dip
Strawberry Salad with Mint
Watercress Soup
Leek Gratin Side Dish
Ginger Sugar Snap Peas
Mini Broccoli Cheddar Savory Cakes
Lemon Mousse
Springtime Breakfast Strata
Cilantro Lime Salmon (Foil packet method with own choice of ingredients, can be cooked over camp fire)

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: Sorry, but 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 will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Taliesin Knol

Travel back to Ancient China and learn about its most famous National Epic, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Students will also make a scene from the story in miniature, populated with miniature Chinese warrior figures with which to re-enact the Battle of Red Cliffs. Their terrain will be on a 10X16 foam board hand shaped by the student. Using these materials, the class will re-enact the epic battle, fighting from the perspective of the outnumbered Wu rebels or General Cao Cao himself. By the end of the course, students should be able to briefly explain the history and culture of this period of China, the conditions that led to the Wu rebellion in Southern China and General Cao Cao s motivations to unify the country. Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based survival strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and politics of the time. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include Sumerian Settlement (1st quarter), Ancient Greece, The Iliad & Odyssey (2nd quarter), Roman Republic, Hannibal & The Punic Wars (3rd quarter), and Ancient China and The Three Kingdoms (4th quarter).

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Origin Fitness

FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic kids' fitness 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. CrossFit Kids focuses on functional movements that are fundamental to all aspects of play and exercise- pulling, pushing, running, throwing, climbing, lifting, and jumping. Work-outs are scalable and adaptable to different individual's own level, and the emphasis in on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. Kids will use a variety of small equipment and gear in their workouts such as mat, dumbbells, kettlebells, jump ropes, medicine balls, slam balls, rope ladders, and more. When the weather permits, some exercises may be taken outdoors. The physical challenges of FUNctional Fitness will foster self-confidence, focus, and help instill a foundation for a lifetime of fitness. All equipment is furnished. Students are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes.

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PlayWell Teknologies

Use the Force in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Jr. Jedi Engineers will help defeat the Empire by designing and refining X-Wings, R2-units, energy catapults, defense turrets, and space settlements using Lego components. Each project introduces mechanical or engineering concepts such as motors, catapults, unitized construction, wheel/axles, levers, and more. For example, junior Jedi builders will complete their own shield generators with the concepts of direct drive, motor-driven axle and a balanced spinning disk to deflect (and protect) objects beneath, such as a vulnerable rebel base! This approach taps in to the "forces" of imagination and engineering design concepts! Kindergartners registering for this class must be age five by the start of class.

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Beth Ross

Little Veterinarians will learn what it takes to care for cats! Students will discover what it is like to go to the vet s office and learn how to do a tip to tail exam on cats including what makes a cat patient special. They will learn what cats tell us through body language and behavior and how to keep cats stress-free. The class will learn about vaccinations and immunizations for cats. Finally, students will learn about complete cat care at home, including what makes interesting and stimulating toys to keep cats busy!There is a $30.00 material fee for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a plush cat, cat bandana, adoption certificate, cat toy, disposable lab coat, syringe, a class diploma, and a set of vet office materials including worksheets on body condition, organs, physical exam, body language, and home care. This is a 7-week class that will begin on March 27

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Nick Grenier

Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! We will watch the forest transform each week with new flowers, greens, birds and other creatures. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and the fresh spring air.
Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a seasoned naturalist, mentor and survivalist, Mr. Nick. This program will be run similar to a mini-version of Ancestral Knowledge program that the instructor has led for several years. Students will follow the paths or create their own through the wooded campus at Compass while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!
A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing winter season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!
Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated

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Dan Gallagher

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

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Donna Shackelford

Quick, grab your smartphone to photograph the woodpecker on the trail! Use your tablet to document cloud formations, or use your laptop to classify satellite images. What sounds like a science fiction alternative reality is actually an exciting, accessible new approach to science called Citizen Scientist. People of any age and any education can get involved in scientific discovery in their own backyards or anywhere in the world through the virtual technology of Citizen Scientist apps (applications) on their everyday electronic devices.
Citizen Science projects are a great way to introduce kids to a range of scientific experiences and a variety of scientific fields in the convenience of their home or classroom and with the simplicity of the electronics they are so comfortable with. This class will serve as a survey to introduce students to a variety of Citizen Scientist apps across a range of scientific fields and will show them how easily science can be at their fingertips. Significant science institutions, such as NASA, NOAA, National Science Foundation, the National Park Service, and major universities, recruit average people to contribute to their studies. Citizen scientist projects encompass fields such as botany, meteorology, zoology, geography, geology, astronomy, oceanography, cartography, health care, entomology, and conservation. Some Citizen Scientist projects involve the collection of data while other projects use Citizen Scientists to help analyze and classify data.
So, whether you are interested in counting the birds at a feeder, snapping pix when something blooms, documenting air quality, photographing erosion, or analyzing astronomy data, there is a Citizen Scientist project for anyone! Students must have a recent, Flash-enabled smart phone or I-Pad to bring to class.

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Lorrie Herman

Learn to paint with acryllics- a versatlie medium that can be thick and bold or lightly washed to mimic watercolor. Students will leatn to mix colors in the initial "Get to Know Acrylics" lesson. Each week students will learn different techniques and will see examples from artists who featured those tecniques. Techniques include a value study and the use of light and shadow, creating textures, stamping, pointillism, and creating transparent/translucent effects. Painted projects will include an impressionistic painting in the style of Monet or Cezanne, a pointillism painting in the style of Seurat, a fish painting, an abstract, a stained glass windown (in paint), and a pet portrait.Acryllic paints do not come out of fabrics, so students should bring a smock, apron, or large cover-up t-shirt each week. There is a $10.00 material fee due to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making fresh, light spring dishes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Savory Spring Specialties 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:
Asparagus Goat Cheese Dip
Strawberry Salad with Mint
Watercress Soup
Leek Gratin Side Dish
Ginger Sugar Snap Peas
Mini Broccoli Cheddar Savory Cakes
Lemon Mousse
Springtime Breakfast Strata
Cilantro Lime Salmon (Foil packet method with own choice of ingredients, can be cooked over camp fire)

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: Sorry, but 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 minimum age six (6) by the start of class. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Donna Shackelford

Students will investigate the comparative anatomy of a variety of organisms through in-class dissections. Students will complete individual and group dissections of organisms from a range of phyla including a sponge, hydra, grasshopper, worm, starfish, and bony fish. Students will examine major systems in each such as digestion and respiration. The class will cover lab safety, practice proper dissection techniques, and learn how to set up and maintain a lab journal with notes and drawings of organs and organisms. To enhance each dissection lab, students will also use microscopes to look at tissue samples. There is a $30.00 lab fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Dr. Karleen Boyle

Become a world-travelling eco adventurer and earth scientist without leaving Compass! Study the world's most exciting and diverse ecosystems and learn about the incredible biologic and geologic phenomena that shape them. Venture into caves and coasts, tundra and taiga, and forests and fjords. Each week student scientists will begin by locating the fascinating features on a map before learning about these incredible habitats from the ground-up, starting with the geology of a place, then working their way through the climate, biome, flora, and fauna. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce regional and ecological diversity by examining rock types, classifying plants, observing insects, or modelling weather phenomena. Throughout their journey to fascinating ecosystems, explorers will keep a science log to document their discoveries. Finally, students will link their studies to current events in these regions. This quarter s expedition takes us to Iceland, the Galapagos, Hawaii, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean and South Pacific island regions. We ll learn about the ecological theory of island biogeography which describes the different patterns of species colonization and evolution observed on islands. No study of islands would be complete without understanding the geologic forces that form many of them volcanoes! We ll look at where volcanoes are located throughout the world including some right here in the United States that we might forget about! Topics in this year s class series include: The Americas & Antarctica (first quarter), Northern Lattitudes- The Arctic, Greenland, Russia, Europe (second quarter); Middle East Africa and Asia (third quarter); and Islands (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

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Fencing Sports Academy

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

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Kouthar Muttardy

Discover the island culture of Aboriginal Australia and its contributions to the modern world in this vibrant hands-on history class! Learn about the cultural development and traditions of native Australians (such as homes, architecture, clothing, food, transportation, and beliefs) through weekly projects. Students will make branch nature collages, Dream Time watercolor paintings, dot painted rocks, woven baskets, and origami boomerangs as they learn about life in historic Australia! The class will sample the oral traditions and literature of the period through read-alouds of fables and folklore. Students will also learn how the cultural traditions of Aboriginal Australia continue to endure today.

Students will be excited by history when approached through this engaging, multi-disciplinary exploration of historical connections and integrated concepts rather than memorizing dates and disconnected facts! There is a $15.00 per student material and supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's class series include: Japan (first quarter), Indonesia (second quarter), Polynesia (third quarter), and Australia (fourth quarter).

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Beth Ross

Little Veterinarians will learn what it takes to care for cats! Students will discover what it is like to go to the vet's office and learn how to do a tip to tail exam on cats including what makes a cat patient special. They will learn what cats tell us through body language and behavior and how to keep cats stress-free. The class will learn about vaccinations and immunizations for cats. Finally, students will learn about complete cat care at home, including what makes interesting and stimulating toys to keep cats busy!

There is a $30.00 material fee for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a plush cat, cat bandana, adoption certificate, cat toy, disposable lab coat, syringe, a class diploma, and a set of vet office materials including worksheets on body condition, organs, physical exam, body language, and home care. This is a 7-week class that will begin on March 27

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Taliesin Knol

Have you ever heard of the time the King of France went to war with the Pope? How about the time the Pope went to war with the other Pope? Italy in the Renaissance was a chaotic mess, a battleground of empires trying to dominate Europe, leaving the various city-states of Italy to band together or pick an invader to join. Some people say war never changes, but those people have never read about armored knights charging into cannon fire. In half a century Europe transitions from a system dominated by its medieval knights and lances, to professional armies with dedicated cannon artillery. The Renaissance is a period of rapid change, and Italy is its cradle. This is the time of Da Vinci, Machiavelli and the Borgia Pope. It s got everything: politics and poisoning, castles and cannons, religion and regicide. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 10 X 16 diorama board of a Renaissance Italian battlefield, and populate it with 1:72 scale invading armies and their adversaries 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 conquest 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 siege equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how battles progressed and test different 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. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include: Genghis Khan (1st quarter), Alexander Nevsky, Russia's Hero (2nd quarter), Edward the Black Prince & Henry V, The 100 Years War (3rd quarter), and French King Charles VIII, The Italian Wars (4th quarter).

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Dan Gallagher

Students will fuse several engineering disciplines as they build, test, and fly their own drones! Student engineers will learn about basic circuitry and electronics as they assemble drone controls. They will solder and wire the drone motors and instrumentation. The class will learn about aeronautics including the forces of flight, aerodynamics of helicopters, and synchronization of propellers. Next, engineers will use real hand tools such as manual and motorized drivers to assemble their drone units. The student engineers will download and practice apps to launch, land, and pilot their drones. Each student will need a smart phone or tablet device with bluetooth connectivity for weeks 6, 7, and 8 to control their drone units. Students will learn about aviation rules governing the operation of drones. Finally, engineers will take their drones outdoors for test flights and a final Drone Rodeo challenge. A material fee of $65.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class, and students will keep the drones that they built!

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Joe Romano

Curious coins, baffling balls, confounding cards, and puzzling papers! Students will learn tricks of the trade from a professional magician using the Discover Magic curriculum! This class will unlock the secret tricks of the Green Wand curriculum. Students will unlock the secrets to eight special magic tricks: Radical Ropes, Total Chaos, Money Maker, Picasso Pouch, Future Card, Trap Door, Gifted, and Luck Winner.
Each week, kids will learn how to perform a unique magic trick, and students will practice and perfect the illusion in class so they can come home and mystify their friends and family. For each trick, students will receive a custom magic prop and full color instructions, and at the end of each class, every magician will take home a Top Secret file folder with additional tricks they can practice. Student magicians will be given a secret password each week to gain access to an additional magic trick on the Discover Magic website (parents will need to work the magic to set up the child's online account.) Along with the actual magic, students will discuss a life skill each week that is essential to a good magician (and student) such as public speaking, presentation skills, practicing, being prepared, and reading your audience. Magicians who complete the class will receive a certificate and magic wand.
There is a $45.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s class series include: Orange Wand Wonders (first quarter), Perplexing Purple Wand (second quarter), Classic Magic Tricks (third quarter), and Groovy Green Wand (fourth quarter). This is a 7-week class that will not meet on May 22.

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Bette Cassatt

Ever wish you didn t have to live the life of a Muggle? Do you ever dream you went to a certain magical school for witchcraft and wizardry? This quarter, we will be crafting projects inspired by the 4th book of the Harry Potter series! Big things happen in the story, and if you were a part of it, you would need to be prepared! A wand is necessary for any witch or wizard, but particularly if you re a Tri-Wizard champion! Pins and buttons are a great way to show your support for your favorite competitor, or to tell your rival that they stink, or perhaps to gain awareness for a cause you believe in Elfish Welfare! If you want to write something down quick, what better way than to have your very own Quick Quotes Quill a replica of a certain acid-tongued journalist s quill. And of course, you ll want to look stunning for the Yule ball with a one-of-a-kind masquerade mask. So, join us for these magical crafts and more! There is a supply fee of $25.00 payable to instructor on the first day of class. Students should also bring good scissors for cutting paper/fabric and a (low temp) hot glue gun. Earn House Points for the House Cup by remembering to bring your supplies each week!

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