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4th quarter spring classes are listed below!

, Registration for spring classes opens on Tuesday, January 28 at 6:00 am. A 10% early registration discount is offered through February XX. Registration is a-la-carte, and new families are welcome to enroll.

  • Please note that there are some year-long classes in-progress. Contact Compass about enrolling mid-session.
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    Luc Atangana
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    In Paint Studio II, student artists will further develop their skills in acrylic painting in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional paint instructor. Paint Studio II is a 2-hour session where a focused lesson is demonstrated and practiced in the first hour, and students may continue to paint in open studio (shared with Paint Studio I students) the second hour. The second hour of Paint Studio II is optional in the event that a student must attend a 10:00 am class.

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

    In fourth quarter, students will learn Linear Perspective, to realistically represent a 3-dimensional landscape on a 2-dimensional canvas. In order to create the illusion of depth, students will learn to use a vanishing point on the horizon line, and draw objects using orthogonal lines leading to the horizon line. Students will be taught to use two-point perspective using two vanishing points, to paint objects that are seen at an angle. Using Linear Perspective, objects that are closer will appear larger, and those that are farther will appear smaller.

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

    Topics in this Series: Advanced Fundamentals I, Color Studies (Quarter 1), Special Effects in Acrylics Workshop (Quarter 2); Advanced Fundamentals II, Blending & Brush Techniques (Quarter 3), Advanced Fundamentals- 3D Perspective (Quarter 4). Prerequisites: at least 2 quarters of Paint Studio I Workload: Work outside of class is optional, however students who want to continue to practice their painting techniques might want to purchase a tabletop easel (approx. $10.00) and set of basic acrylic paints ($30.00+) for home use.Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: A New Student class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for canvases, pallet, pallet knife, 12 piece paint brush set, a sketchbook, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, acrylic paint, brushes, paper products, etc.). The Returning Student class fee is $20.00 for canvases and shared class supplies What to Wear: Students may wish to wear an apron, smock, or paint shirt when working acrylic paints. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: Prior class(es) in acrylic painting

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    Judith Harmon
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Dan Gallagher
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Build unique, automated contraptions- from a functioning scissor lift to a creeping spider! Engineer a mechanized doodler, a spirograph machine, a sorter or a gripper. Each week students will build a new widget or "whatsit" using Lego Mindstorms components. Lego Mindstorms are not just for building robots! These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines. Students will incorporate simple machines, complex machines, and small motors into their projects. They will work with new parts, more gears, and specialty pieces that they have not used even in prior Build It Better classes.

    Topics in this Series: Simple Machine Contraptions (Quarter 1); Wacky Contraptions (Quarter 2): Gadgets & Gizmos (Quarter 3); and Widgets and Whatsits (Quarter 4).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Peter Snow
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    In Intermediate Chess 4, students will learn skills that build upon each other such as, two lessons on king and pawn endgames; two lessons on king with queen and pawn endgames; two lessons on king, rook and pawn endgames; and two lessons on minor piece (knight and bishop) endgames. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 30+ hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Intermediate Chess, a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner and Advanced Beginner Chess levels, or instructor permission. Homework may be given.

    Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner Chess or equivalent

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    Mylene Nyman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will enjoy making tasty, light spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. 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:

    -Tuna Cucumber Bites (appetizer)

    -Zesty Chicken and Rice Soup

    -Carrot Ribbon Tzatziki Salas

    -Glazed Green Beans (side dish)

    -Duchess Potatoes (side dish)

    -Backyard Barbeque Chicken Souvlaki (entree)

    -Strawberry Lasagna (dessert)

    -Quinoa and Tomato Casserole

    -Baked Banana Oatmeal Cakes (breakfast)

    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.

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will enjoy making tasty, light, spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. 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:

    -Tuna Cucumber Bites (appetizer)

    -Zesty Chicken and Rice Soup

    -Carrot Ribbon Tzatziki Salas

    -Glazed Green Beans (side dish)

    -Duchess Potatoes (side dish)

    -Backyard Barbeque Chicken Souvlaki (entree)

    -Strawberry Lasagna (dessert)

    -Quinoa and Tomato Casserole

    -Baked Banana Oatmeal Cakes (breakfast)

    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.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided. This is a 7-week class that does not meet on April 3./p>

    Prerequisites: None

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    Michelle Dzema
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Need some personal time to relax and reflect? You don’t write poetry and think you can’t draw? Maybe not, but you may still want a creative way to record your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and ideas! Journaling is an ongoing process of discovery and exploration that allows one to be conscious of and connect with his/her thoughts, emotions, and ideas. It is a form of expression that supports personal growth and mindfulness.Creative journaling is not writing “Dear Diary” style entries on dated pages. Instead, adults will explore various journaling methods, blending self-expression and self-discovery to guide them in learning new ways to problem-solve, achieve goals, and process emotions. Adults will blend writing and visual work as they develop a personal journal throughout the quarter. Techniques such as freeform writing, found poetry, and creative list making - in addition to experimenting with collage and mandalas - will be explored. Weekly prompts will cover a range of topics such as gratitude, goals, family, and memories as they relate to the adults’ personal lives and current events. Conversation around the prompts will complement work in individual journals.Prequisities: No formal writing or art experience is needed. All Compass adults, parents, or instructors are welcome. Workload: Participants should expect to spend 0-2 hours per week outside of class. Lab/Supply Fee: There is a $10 fee for consumable, in-class supplies due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Adults should bring their journal of choice and a favorite pen to class. A suggested materials list for personal use at home will be emailed at the beginning of the quarter.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Anne Sharp
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Did you know that Westside Story is based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet or that Ever After was inspired by the fairytale, Cinderella? The complete Percy Jackson series is based on classical Greek mythology, while the Broadway blockbuster "Wicked" was a spin-off of the beloved The Wizard of Oz novel and movie. Sometimes we are content to read a favorite story in its original form, but sometimes we enjoy a modern perspective, an updated version, or a fresh telling of a familiar tale.

    In this tradition, students will borrow from the best that past literature has to offer and write a retelling, a reboot, or a parody of a favorite classic. While remaining faithful to the original concept (plot structure, events and characters), students will change perspective or setting, or time period to recreate a recognizable, yet revisioned fictional story. To do this, the student must understand author's original, prescribed character traits and motivation; include recognizable events and situations; and incorporate enough names and references to the original work, all while re-casting the story with a fresh twist.

    Great writing doesn't always begin "from scratch." Sometimes writers use a formula, or template storyline, to create fiction. This class series examines different types of popular storylines to give the young writer a "formula" for creating original fiction. For each genre, the class will examine samples of literature and excerpts from well-known works that illustrate the story template. Each fiction formula includes a different mix of elements (characters, setting, plot) that change in the new story while others remain fixed to preserve the genre.

    A portion of each class will be dedicated to sharing students' working drafts through 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. Topics in this Series: Mystery and Detective Stories (Quarter 1); Historical Fiction (Quarter 2); Prequels and Sequels (Quarter 3); and Revisioning a Classic (Quarter 4).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Kerry Diederich
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); Art Around the World (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); and Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Natalie DiVietri
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Does your child lack confidence in his or her mathematical ability? It might be because your child has not mastered basic math facts! Students who know their math facts can move confidently through other, higher levels of math. Basic math facts are to arithmetic as phonics are to reading! Math facts are the building blocks needed to be successful in multi-digit multiplication, long division, fractions, decimals, pre-algebra, and beyond! Fluent math facts help a student keep up in math and reduce frequent arithmetic errors.

    Learning math facts for life does not have to be tedious drudgery! Flash cards and repetitive worksheets don't work for everyone, and a student won't always be able to use a calculator. This class will focus on strategies and introduce games that improve a student's number sense and fact fluency. Techniques such as counting up, tens partners, adding nine, and more will be explicitly modeled and reinforced in class. Students will play make-and-take math games in class like SLAP!, U-Know, and more that they will also be expected to practice at home. This class will provide an engaging, low-pressure environment and focus on individual skill development.

    Topics in this Series: Addition (Quarter 1); Subtraction (Quarter 2); Multiplication (Quarter 3), and Division (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $5.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the make-and-take games and materials.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Luc Atangana
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

    Fourth quarter, students will begin landscapes including trees, rivers, mountains, moons. Through this landscape study, painters will learn techniques with
    acrylic paints such as shading, blending, stippling, and broad stroke to help them replicate the different effects in landscape subjects with contrasting textures.
    Elements of art taught from prior quarters will be retaught or reinforced throughout fourth quarter, which include line, shape, form, space, color, value, texture, unity, and harmony.

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

    Topics in this Series: Botanicals- Line, Color, Shape, and Texture (Quarter 1); Special Effects Workshop (Quarter 2); Still Life- Values, Form, and Space (Quarter 3); Landscapes- Composition, Unity, and Repetition (Quarter 4). Workload: Work outside of class is optional, however students who want to continue to practice their painting techniques might want to purchase a tabletop easel (approx. $10.00) and set of basic acrylic paints ($30.00+) for home use Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for two canvases, a sketchbook, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, paints, brushes, paper products, etc.). Returning students who are continuing in this class from a prior quarter can continue using their sketchpad, but there is still a $14.00 fee for the other materials. What to Wear: Students may wish to wear an apron, smock, or paint shirt when working acrylic paints.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Elena Zaklis
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Dr. Kristen Keenan
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Discover some of the mysteries of earth’s geology through massive natural disasters and smaller scale phenomena that prove that Earth’s layers are active and ever-changing. Learn about the forces, systems, and cycles that come from inside the planet and shape the physical world around us. Students will examine large-scale activity such as volcanoes, tsunamis, mudslides, and earthquakes around the world. They will also discover what hot springs, geysers, mud pots, and calderas tell us about the layers beneath our feet.

    What do these occurrences tell us about tectonic plate theory? Students will learn about the rock cycle, subduction and spreading zones, and different types of earthquake faults. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce geological phenomena such as reading the seismographic charts and modeling different types of earthquakes. There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Beloved Yoga
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Megan Reynolds
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Judith Harmon
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Zany Zoo (Quarter 1), Cat & Dog Drama (Quarter 2), Our Arctic Adventure (Quarter 3), and Rainforest Rescue! (Quarter 4).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Towson University, Baltimore
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    Conduct biology, chemistry, and environmental science experiments in a university laboratory setting! Use advanced lab equipment, follow college-level lab protocols, and receive instruction from university lab staff. Lab activities are taken from AP curricula and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

    Bio-Chem Learning Labs is a series of 4 sessions, held off-site at Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence in downtown Baltimore (60 miles from Compass.) This lab series is a complement to and offers further hands-on experience for students taking Integrated Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Micro-Biology, or Principles of High School Science at Compass in 2019-20. Homeschool students following another curriculum, doing self-study, or taking an online class may take this series to add a lab component to their work.

    Each session, students will complete a series of lab experiments around a central theme. Tentative activities include: measuring protein concentrations, quantifying absorbance, testing water quality, manipulating bioluminescent bacteria, and working with microbioassay, enzymes, blood smears, electrophoresis, and agarose gels. Each lab will emphasize the importance of control samples, dependent/ independent variables, recording and graphing data, and will demonstrate the process of identifying a problem, scientifically testing a hypothesis, interpreting results of an experiment, and supporting a scientific claim. All labs are 2.5-3.0 hours long with a snack break.

    Lab dates are held on four Tuesdays: February 11, March 10, April 14, and May 12, 2020. A Compass science instructor will remain with the students throughout the labs and will send a post-lab summary to parents. Otherwise, the labs are led by Towson University staff. Students must wear long pants and closed toe shoes to the lab. A parental permission slip must be turned in before each lab. Any student wearing short pants/skits/dresses, open tow shoes, or failing to submit a permission slip will be denied entry to the lab. A class roster will be distributed before the first session to allow parents to form carpools. Families will be responsible for any parking fees incurred on site.

    Prerequisite: For safety reasons, students must have turned 13 by the start of the labs (i.e. minimum age 13). Workload: Students will not have work outside of the lab sessions. Assessments: will not be provided. Lab/Supply Fee: Included. What to Bring: Paper or notebook, pen or pencil, bagged lunch What to Wear: Students must wear closed-toe shoes to labs.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this program as a component (partial) credit in Lab Science for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Peter Snow
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    In Advanced Beginner Chess 4, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other, including: Pawns: good and bad individually; Pawns: good and bad groups; Finding pins and escaping from them; Piling on a pinned piece; Trapping rooks in the opening;and Later than beginning level skewers. Advanced Beginner Chess 4 will conclude with a chess party and awards ceremony with certificates. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 15-20 hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Advanced Beginner Chess, or a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner Chess level.

    Prerequisites: Beginner Chess or equivalent

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    Mylene Nyman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will enjoy making tasty, light, spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. 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:

    -Tuna Cucumber Bites (appetizer)

    -Zesty Chicken and Rice Soup

    -Carrot Ribbon Tzatziki Salas

    -Glazed Green Beans (side dish)

    -Duchess Potatoes (side dish)

    -Backyard Barbeque Chicken Souvlaki (entree)

    -Strawberry Lasagna (dessert)

    -Quinoa and Tomato Casserole

    -Baked Banana Oatmeal Cakes (breakfast)

    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.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided. This is a 7-week class that does not meet on April 3./p>

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will enjoy making tasty, light, spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. 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:

    -Tuna Cucumber Bites (appetizer)

    -Zesty Chicken and Rice Soup

    -Carrot Ribbon Tzatziki Salas

    -Glazed Green Beans (side dish)

    -Duchess Potatoes (side dish)

    -Backyard Barbeque Chicken Souvlaki (entree)

    -Strawberry Lasagna (dessert)

    -Quinoa and Tomato Casserole

    -Baked Banana Oatmeal Cakes (breakfast)

    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.

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Michelle Dzema
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Journal work is done in an open studio environment that allows adults to join in any quarter throughout the year. Prerequisites: No formal writing or art experience is needed. All Compass adults/parents are welcome. Workload: Participants should expect to spend 0-2 hours per week outside of class. Lab/Supply Fee: A NEW STUDENT class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a spiral bound journal and a kit of supplies. A RETURNING STUDENT class fee of $10.00 is due for consumable, in-class supplies.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Donna Shackelford
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will continue their work as crime scene investigators (CSIs) as seen each week on Law and Order, NCIS, and the CSI television series! Students will further explore the field which combines knowledge of biology, chemistry, and physics! They will further their skills in collecting and analyzing evidence through labs and hands-on activities that demonstrate fiber and hair analysis. They will test different fabrics, and learn how to use pollen and insects to determine the location of a crime. Students will use equipment similar to CSI analysts and FBI detectives such as microscopes and chromatography. They will combine these skills along with logic, deductive reasoning, and the scientific method to solve mock crimes and CSI mysteries. Students will take notes and record their findings in science journals/notebooks. For sensitive students, please note that while actual crime scene details and graphic photographs will not be shown to students, the nature of forensic science will suggest and reference crime scenarios. Topics in this Series: Dissection Lab: Organs and Organ Systems (Quarter 1); Dessection Lab: Organisms (Quarter 2); CSI Forensic Science- Analysis (Quarter 3); and CSI Forensic Science- Investigation (Quarter 4).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Luc Atangana
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will learn how to draw in addition to discovering the elements of art and principles of design in this beginning class! Teens will begin basic sketching of still life such as fruits, bowls, and glassware, as freehand drawings that give a basic representation of the subject. Teen artists will learn techniques such as drawing a “good line”, shading and blending using crosshatching and smudging. Through the still life study, artists will learn techniques with pencil and charcoal to help them replicate different effects in still life subjects, with contrasting textures. Elements of art will be taught to include line, shape, form, and texture. Over the course, students will progressively draw more slowly and carefully to create drawings with refined details. Toward the end of the course, students may also choose to add color to their drawings.

    The instructor will demonstrate techniques by developing a sample drawing. Students may elect to follow the class sample, or may apply the drawing skills to an entirely unique composition. This class is suitable for beginners who have never drawn before, and for experienced art students who have worked in other mediums and are interested exploring drawing. 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. Drawing can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

    Workload: Work outside of class is optional for those who wish to practice their drawing techniques. Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a sketchbook, a pencil box with pencils of varying hardness, and an eraser. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript. Prerequisites: None

    Prerequisites: None

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    Megan Reynolds
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Great Books for Girls offers preteen students the opportunity to read high quality literature and expand their understanding of what they read through book discussion and hands-on extension activities. Through facilitated class discussion, students will analyze plot, theme, characters, genre, and setting by citing specific examples from the story. In addition, students will complete a wide range of extension activities, such as acting out or illustrating favorite scenes, writing alternate endings or prequels, or researching specific aspects of the story. Students will be asked to read assigned chapters from their books at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Readers will be encouraged to take notes on key passages or questions. All books selected for 2019-20 will feature the theme, "Perspective." The first book of Quarter 4 will be Front Desk by Kelly Yang. A second, follw-up book will be voted on by the students each quarter from A Mighty Girl suggested titles, Newbery Medalists and Honor Books, and the Capitol Choices book lists.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Kerry Diederich
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Mixed Media Makers (Quarter 1); Art Around the World (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); and Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Sarah Reynolds
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

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

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

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Sarah Reynolds
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    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 first and foremost to get away, to get help, and to try to deescalate the situation. When that fails, students practice a technique that includes a warning strike followed by escape, and finally, they learn how to stand up for themselves and how to counterattack if a situation escalates and becomes threatening. Teens are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and in-class practice incorporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect.

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

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

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

    Topics in this Series: Red Stripe (1st Quarter), Orange Stripe (2nd Quarter), Yellow Stripe (3rd Quarter) and Green Stripe (4th Quarter). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-2 hours per week outside of class. Assessments: Belt testing for promotion will be by coach recommendation, but on average will take 4 quarters. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the t-shirt and white belt (new students) or $5.00 for the white belt (returning students). An belt test fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor when a student is ready to test for promotion. What to Bring: Refillable water bottle. What to Wear: In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, students will be asked to wear a class t-shirt provided by the instructor. Students should also wear shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers with their class t-shirt. Non-Meeting Days: In addition to the scheduled days-off on the published Compass schedule, this class does not meet on October 4. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Physical Education for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Wyndy Frederick
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Natalie DiVietri
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Questions and more questions! We will be creating our own surveys and deciding the best ways to display our data. Maybe you want to quantify the types of extra curricular activities of Compass students, or maybe you'd like to find out the average bedtime of students of different age groups. Are you into sports? Let's talk about baseball stats and measures of center! We will even learn how to use statistics to support an argument. Students will formulate questions and conduct investigations, learn about gathering data, represent data in a variety of tables, charts, graphs, and plots, and analyze and interpret data by making inferences, observing trends, drawing conclusions and making predictions. Students will practice problem solving skills, reasoning and basic math in this class

    Topics in this Series: Measurement Madness (Quarter 1); Fun with Fractions (Quarter 2); Geometry Games (Quarter 3); and Simple Statistics (Quarter 4)

    Prerequisites: None

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    Nick Grenier
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Dan Gallagher
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Student engineers will be given the challenge of designing, building and programming a robot to explore a simulated, newly discovered and unmapped ancient tomb. Each robot will have to be able to drive into the doorway of a "tomb" which contains a maze and a treasure that the students have not seen. Students will learn to program their robots to make "decisions" when exploring an unfamiliar maze such as "go straight until you encounter a wall" and "turn to the right if you run into an obstacle." Deep inside the maze, the robots will need to identify a "treasure" (while ignoring worthless tomb debris). Using a robotic claw arm, each robot will need to retrieve the treasure and exit the tomb.

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

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Tyler Herman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    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 beloved romance plays, Antony and Cleopatra. Did Antony and Cleopatra really fall in love in Egypt? Was she to blame for the fall of Rome? What was their real relationship, if any?

    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 power, intrigue, sacrifice, love, 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 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 ancient, Medieval, or Early Modern times. History emerged as a distinct genre from tragedy in Renaissance England.

    This is a 6.5 week class that will not meet on Friday, March 20. The class will meet for one-hour, from 12:00 pm- 12:55 pm on Friday, March 27, and then resume 2-hour sessions matching the Compass calendar. The course fee includes the cost of the text. 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.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Karen Hickman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

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

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    John Waldron
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will create a unique, improvisational "Who Dunnit" mystery. As a group, the tweens will select a unique theme and an intriguing location for their own, original mystery. Will it be a crowded bus, a sports game, a luxury hotel, a space ship, or something else? Over the course of the workshop, students will develop their own characters including suspects and investigators- all who have a motive- and a victim. The cast will guide the audience along the path 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 unknown until the final performance, where no one knows until the final reveal.

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

    Topics in this Series: Quick Scripts (Quarter 1); Nutty News (Quarter 2); Improv Scenes (Quarter 3); and Mystery Busters (Quarter 4). Taken these classes before? No problem, you can take them again as improv-based acting will be a new and different experience every time!

    Prerequisites: None

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    Peter Snow
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    In Beginning Chess 4, students will review and learn strategies such as: double attacks; elementary checkmates; pawns and knights in the opening; bishops and queens in the opening; when to develop the queen in the opening; best board behavior; and 5 questions to ask before moving. Beginning Chess 4 will conclude with a chess party and awards ceremony with certificates. Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches. A student should have some prior knowledge of chess basics in order to enroll in Begining Chess 4.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will enjoy making tasty, light, spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. 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:

    -Tuna Cucumber Bites (appetizer)

    -Zesty Chicken and Rice Soup

    -Carrot Ribbon Tzatziki Salas

    -Glazed Green Beans (side dish)

    -Duchess Potatoes (side dish)

    -Backyard Barbeque Chicken Souvlaki (entree)

    -Strawberry Lasagna (dessert)

    -Quinoa and Tomato Casserole

    -Baked Banana Oatmeal Cakes (breakfast)

    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.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided.tudents must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will enjoy making tasty, light, spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. 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:

    -Tuna Cucumber Bites (appetizer)

    -Zesty Chicken and Rice Soup

    -Carrot Ribbon Tzatziki Salas

    -Glazed Green Beans (side dish)

    -Duchess Potatoes (side dish)

    -Backyard Barbeque Chicken Souvlaki (entree)

    -Strawberry Lasagna (dessert)

    -Quinoa and Tomato Casserole

    -Baked Banana Oatmeal Cakes (breakfast)

    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.

    Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided. This is a 7-week class that does not meet on April 3./p>

    Prerequisites: None

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    Velocity Dance
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Dan Gallagher
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will continue to learn about electronics in this practical, hands-on workshop! Electronics are fundamental to lots of things that kids want to build such as automated toys, robots, and computers. In this electronics lab, students will design, build, and test an individual project powered by an Arduino microprocessor. Will it be a robot, a rover, a game, or something never-before-seen? Students will use their prior knowledge of electronic circuits, the Arduino microprocessor, and motion, temperature, light, humidity, and tilt sensors. They will add new components such as motors and shields combined with mechanical construction. There is a $65.00 supply fee for electronics/robotics kits for new and returning students.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Dr. Kareleen Boyle
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    In this class, middle school students will learn to work as independent investigators using the scientific method. Students will observe the systems under investigation, choose a pattern or trend that interests them, and then develop a testable hypothesis. Students will learn how to: design a scientific experiment, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and record and analyze data.

    Join us as we investigate the secret lives of plants! They provide the oxygen we breathe and much of the food we eat, but we don t often consider the details of life as a plant. We ll embark on both laboratory and field studies to study the evolution and diversity of plants from single-cells that can photosynthesize, to towering trees and flowering plants that demonstrate complicated coevolution with their pollinators. We ll learn about plant communication (yes, they do communicate!), plant hormones, and the amazing anti-herbivory defenses they have evolved. By the end of this class, you ll be able to look at a plant from anywhere in the world and make a good guess of what kind of habitat it occurs in, what pollinates it, and whether or not it s poisonous.

    Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed scientific literature to research their subject. By the end of the quarter, students will have completed their independent investigations, summarized the results in a poster, and will present their data to the class and families. Each quarter will focus on a different aspect of science. Topics in this Series: Animal Behavior (Quarter 1), Chemistry (Quarter 2), Microscopic (Quarter 3), and Botany (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Edwige Pinover
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    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.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Donna Shackelford
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Our youngest scientists will enjoy this hands-on introduction to the fun of physics. Was it Isaac Newton who said, May the force be with you! (Well, not exactly! He said force equals mass times acceleration.) Come have some fun with forces and many other properties of physics in this engaging class. Experiments and activities will explain Newton s three laws of motion through projects with ramps, balloon cars, straw rockets with targets, and constructing race tracks to experiment with friction. Other topics of physics that will be explored are centripetal force, sound waves, and light! Topics in for this Age/Grade: What's the Matter? Solids and Polymers (Quarter 1); What's the Matter?Liquids and Gases (Quarter 2), Fun with Physics: Electricity and Magentism (Quarter 3); and Fun with Physics: Forces and Fears (Quarter 4).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Natalie DiVietri
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Each week, students will tackle math puzzles, challenges, and learn new "tricks" and techniques to solve a variety of math problems, all while learning about the masterminds behind founding principles of modern mathematics. Students will learn about the life and times of a great mathematician and then explore key concepts, principles, and formulas introduced by the featured master. Students' problem solving skills will be honed as they examine the historical, cultural, and personal context for discoveries in mathematics. The class will work sample problems and use experiments and manipulatives to demonstrate the formulas, theories, short-cuts, or alternate approaches suggested by famous mathematicians. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of mathematical terms and concepts from the Modern Thinkers including Fermat, Euler, Galois, and Noether.

    Topics in this Series: Geometry (Quarter 1) featuring Euclid, Pythagoras, Heron, and Descartes; Patterns and Problem Solvers (Quarter 2) featuring Eratosthenes, Napier, Polya, and Babbage; Great Discoveries (Quarter 3) featuring Archimedes, Newton, Keplar, and Galileo; and Modern Challenges (Quarter 4) featruring Fermat, Euler, Galois, and Noether.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Christine Keen

    Want to fix the world? Of course you do! This highly interactive class will engage students in running the world they will inherit. As officials of imaginary countries, they will employ critical thinking skills, negotiation techniques, and problem solving methods to lead their people towards peace and prosperity. (Or will they?) Working individually and in teams, they will decide when to cooperate and when to compete, when to bargain and when to take a stand, how systems are interrelated and how to adjust to life's surprises. Short readings in political science, international affairs, people management, and moral philosophy provide discussion points and context for the simulation. Based on the instructor's experience working with groups on scenario-based planning, this class promotes outside-the-box thinking about world problems and how to solve them. The simulation is different every time. This is a 14-week class that will begin on January 24 and then follow the Compass calendar.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Kathy Preisinger
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Nick Grenier
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Beloved Yoga
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    PlayWell Teknologies
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

    Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown. Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class..< strong> Topics in this Series: Super Structures (Quarter 1); Monster Machines (Quarter 2); Awesome Automobiles (Quarter 3); Fantastic Fliers & Space Race (Quarter 4).

    Prerequisites: None

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    John Waldron
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    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.

    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.

    Topics in this Series: Wednesday Afternoon Live (Quarter 2); Long Form Improv (Quarter 3); and Mystery on Demand (Quarter 4). Taken these classes before? No problem, you can take them again as improv-based acting will be a new and different experience every time! Workload: Students should expect to spend 1 hour per week outside of class learning his/her lines. Assignments: Parts will be assigned in class. Assessments: Will not be given. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Shona D\'Cruz
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

    This class was last taught in Spring 2019, but projects will be all new, so prior students are welcome to return. There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! In late 1944 the outcome of the Second World War wasn't in doubt to anyone but the most deluded of Nazis. That didn't make the fighting any less lethal, but did increase Hitler's desperation to pull off a miraculous victory in the West and buy time to deal with the encroaching Soviet Red Army. The focal point of this plan was the Ardennes, a "quiet" sector of the front in Luxembourg where the Allies had sent badly mauled units to recover from fierce fighting elsewhere. The logic being, nobody in their right mind would invade through the forest, in winter, especially given the dire circumstances the German army was facing literally everywhere else. This was a miscalculation. Hitler used this opportunity to ram the last functioning units at his disposal to "drive the Allies back into the sea" and try and take the port of Antwerp, the only major port not left in total ruin by the German retreat. A victory here would have potentially reset the clock all the way back to D-Day, six months earlier. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10 X 16 shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, trenches, rivers, ridges, vegetation, barbed wire, etc.) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical 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. Topics in this Series: WWI, Germany's Summer Offensive (Quarter 1); WWI, America's Arrival (Quarter 2): WWII, D-Day (Quarter 3); and WWII, The Battle of the Bulge (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Megan Reynolds
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    The Bibliophiles Book Group offers middle school students the opportunity to read high quality literature and expand their understanding of what they read through book discussion and literary analysis. Through facilitated class discussion, students will do thematic analysis, comparing books with similar themes and examining how an author develops the selected theme. In addition, students will complete extension activities or projects, such as researching a specific aspects of the story. Students will be asked to read assigned chapters from their books at home. Listening to the unabridged audiobook can substitute for individual reading. Readers will be encouraged to take notes on key passages or questions. The only book of Quarter 4 will be Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan from the theme "survial," because it is reviewed as being "four books in one."

    Prerequisites: None

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    Coder Kids
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    In Coding Club, students will create interactive stories, games, and animations. Our youngest coders will use the simple drag-and-drop block programming from the new 3.0 version of Scratch, a visual coding language designed for kids. Kids will learn the logic and patterns behind coding and will be introduced to hardware integration- where outside devices can be controlled by the code they construct. They will learn to use add-ons called "extensions" to incorporate new and interesting features to their code. Kids will discover how to integrate text-to-speech to make more immersive and interactive stories, and they will learn how to integrate a camera into their project for a whole new twist!

    Coding Club 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 Coding course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Coding Club continues all quarters. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will enjoy making tasty, light, spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. 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:

    -Tuna Cucumber Bites (appetizer)

    -Zesty Chicken and Rice Soup

    -Carrot Ribbon Tzatziki Salas

    -Glazed Green Beans (side dish)

    -Duchess Potatoes (side dish)

    -Backyard Barbeque Chicken Souvlaki (entree)

    -Strawberry Lasagna (dessert)

    -Quinoa and Tomato Casserole

    -Baked Banana Oatmeal Cakes (breakfast)

    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.

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Edwige Pinover
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    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."

    Prerequisites: None

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    Diane Mack
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Donna Shackelford
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Learn some of the basics of chemistry through fun and "hands-on" labs that will include items that can be found around the house. Some of the chemistry topics that will be covered are matter, mixtures, compounds, basic atomic structure and chemical reactions. Find out what is in toothpaste and why it works to clean your teeth! Observe the differences between physical and chemical changes by creating compounds that are exothermic (releasing heat) and endothermic (takes in heat). Make and launch chemical rockets, learn about chromatography (color writing) and what chemicals are commonly used in cleaners. Students will also build atomic models and learn the basics of the periodic table of the elements.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Dr. Kareleen Boyle
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Earth is an ocean planet! Life began in the oceans, and they are the linchpin of the biological, chemical, and physical processes that allow our planet to support life. This class will give students a basic understanding of the chemistry, physics and biology of earth's oceans. We'll also learn how oceans are informing our search for life on other planets. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

    During the fourth quarter, we'll be moving from a big picture perspective, looking at ecology and biomes, to focus in on individual species and how they live. We'll trace the evolution of the major groups of marine plants and animals, to see how their morphology and adaptations became more complex and diverse over time. The class will zoom in on representative species, let students vote on the most interesting, and compile a Case Studies science log that profiles these species. We'll also have a chance to observe and interact with living aquatic organisms in our classroom. Come meet bioluminescent dinoflagellates and feed an anemone!

    Topics in this Series: Oceanography (Quarter 1); Coastal Biomes (Quarter 2); Open Water Habitats (Quarter 3); and Marine Animal Close-Up (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

    -3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques

    -Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design

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

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

    Assessments: will not be given.
    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    ScheduleThis is a 7-week class that does not meet on April 3. What to Bring: In-progress project must be brought back to studio each week. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript. This is a 7-week class that does not meet on April 3.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Nick Grenier
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    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.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Natalie DiVietri
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Mental illness is to many people one of the most fascinating areas of study in all of psychology. Our journey will begin with D. L. Rosenhan’s study that has rocked the mental health profession for nearly 50 years. He questioned if “sane” could be distinguished from “insane” and had healthy people pretending to be mental patients enter psychiatric hospitals to see if the doctors and staff could distinguish them from those who were actually mentally ill. Next, we’ll look at Sigmund Freud, the Father of Psychology and his daughter, Anna Freud. We’ll learn about Anna’s work with defense mechanisms. Next, we’ll look at phobias and a superior form of therapy for this disorder called systematic desensitization. We’ll cover depression by first looking at a famous experiment that used dogs to demonstrate a phenomenon called learned helplessness. We will also read case studies of individuals with eating disorders and hear the story of a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope, To Write Love on Her Arms. By learning about these challenging disorders, students will learn to see things from a different perspective and to stretch their capacity for compassion. This class is a great introduction to psychology and will have a hands-on, fun vibe which will allow students to access these challenging ideas in simple ways.

    Prerequisites: None

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    i9 Sports
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Sports Sampler is a fun, engaging class for the youngest Compass students or their preschool-aged siblings! Sports Sampler is an outdoor, skills class in which children learn basic mechanics of favorite sports: basketball (weeks 1-2), t-ball (weeks 3-4), soccer (weeks 5-6), and flag football (weeks 7-8). Young athletes will learn skills such as passing, dribbling, batting, and catching through fun drills, imaginative games, and mini-matches in a fun, supportive, small-group experience with a dedicated coach. Each week, young players will be guided through warm-ups, skill-building games and challenges, and a short scrimmage. Equally as important, young athletes get to practice valuable life skills such as working with teammates, good sportsmanship, taking turns, cooperation, listening to directions, and communicating with their coach! Simple sports will also help young children improve confidence, large and fine motor skills, balance, and hand-eye coordination through sports, while giving them a "taste" of team sports for when they are ready for organized teams or leagues.

    Students must be age 3 by the start of this program and must be able to separate from his/her parent and follow simple directions. Parents will be permitted to sit on nearby picnic tables. Students should come prepared for class in play clothes, sneakers, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, and layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the Sports Sampler class is for enrolled students only, and tag-along siblings or passers-by cannot be accommodated

    Weeks 1-2: Basketball
    Weeks 3-4: T-ball
    Weeks 5-6: Soccer
    Weeks 7-8: Flag Football

    Prerequisites: None

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    Kati Andresen
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

    -Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

    -S'mores Muffins

    -Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

    -Simple Kouign Amann (French pastry)

    -Peach Galette

    -Giant Candy Cookies

    -Cookie Dough Trifle

    -Frozen Chocolate-Covered Banana Split Bites

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

    Topics in this Series: Delectable Desserts (Quarter 1); Innovative Indulgences (Quarter 2), Decadent Delights (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Career/Technical for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Shona D\'Cruz
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

    This class was last taught in Spring 2019, but projects will be all new, so prior students are welcome to return. There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Coder Kids
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    In Coding Studio, students will learn how to create coded instructions that make electronic devices come to life! Students will explore digital communications through interactive block programming in the new 3.0 version of Scratch, a visual coding language designed for kids. Coders will connect their programmed instructions to a micro:bit: a tiny, external, programmable circuit board (i.e. hardware). The micro:bit helps kids code with technology by providing responsive LEDs, buttons, and sensors which can be incorporated into creative projects. Students will begin by coding the micro:bit to respond as a digital musical instrument!

    Coding Studio 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. /p>

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will enjoy making tasty, light, spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. 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:

    -Tuna Cucumber Bites (appetizer)

    -Zesty Chicken and Rice Soup

    -Carrot Ribbon Tzatziki Salas

    -Glazed Green Beans (side dish)

    -Duchess Potatoes (side dish)

    -Backyard Barbeque Chicken Souvlaki (entree)

    -Strawberry Lasagna (dessert)

    -Quinoa and Tomato Casserole

    -Baked Banana Oatmeal Cakes (breakfast)

    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.

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Dr. Erica Hughes
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Archaeology is the field of study that unlocks the clues to past civilizations. Forensic archaeology applies these methods to solve puzzles. In this class, students will use physical evidence to try to understand or re-create what happened to an object from creation, though use, and after it was lost, buried or discarded. This archaeological tour will be guided by a scholar of art and antiquity: Dr. Erica Hughes has traveled and participated in archaeological explorations throughout the ancient world. Students will "dig" her personal photos and stories and participate in class discussions, group activities, and individual hands-on experiences that are designed to help young people understand the creation and conservation of artifacts.

    The fourth quarter will explore issues such as the interpretation of skeletal remains, excavating Native burial grounds, the differences between restoration and reconstruction, and proper recording techniques during investigation. Example activities in this class include using the 6-6 rule to restore a smashed pot; assembling a complete, but disarticulated, human skeleton; role-playing and debating the ethics of paving over the Colosseum; and actual excavation techniques in our field square.

    Topics in this Series: Early Archaeology: Paleolithic to Mesopotamian (Quarter 1); Bronze Age Archaeology: Egypt, Anatolia, Myceneans (Quarter 2); Classical Archaeology: Greece & Rome (Quarter 3); and Forensic Archaeology: Piecing Together History (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    More than a century after the initial Crusades and the capture of Jerusalem by the brilliant Caliph Salah ad-Din, there was an call for another crusade to retake the city. This plea was answered by the most powerful Monarchs in Europe. The Kings of France and England ended their war to join forces with the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarosa. Within two years, two of those monarch would die. Barbarosa drowned crossing a river in Turkey, and Henry II died of fever after a surprise rebellion by his son, Richard the Lionheart, who would go on to inherit the English throne and lead the English crusader contingent. This class will examine the Sieges of Jerusalem (1187) and Acre (1189) and Battles of Philomelion (1190) and Arsuf (1191) in the Third Crusade.

    Each student will create an individual diorama of a scene from the Third Crusade. 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 heroes and monsters, then combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create larger terrain. Students will then compete in history-based survival strategy games. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and mythology of the time. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents.

    Topics in this Series: Beowulf & the Vikings (Quarter 1); King Arthur & the Saxons (Quarter 2); Song of Roland & the Franks (Quarter 3), and Saladin & the Third Crusade (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Donna Shackelford
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Focus on the "E" in STEM- Engineering! Discover the everyday challenges we can solve through engineering in this hands-on, project-focused class! Students will practice the three main steps of the engineering design process by asking, "What is the problem?", " What are possible solutions?", and "How can I improve on the design?"

    Students will tackle simulated challenges that span a variety of engineering disciplines- electrical, chemical, and biomedical engineering. Possible projects include building a bionic arm and testing and building batteries.

    Students will work together to solve problems and brainstorm options given a variety pf project materials. For each project, students will be challenged to adjust their designs, make modifications, re-design to optimize their creations, and retest performance. Basic building, measuring, data collection, and equations will be used to challenge all minds in engineering! Topics in for this Age/Grade: Extreme Animal Kingdom: Extraordinary Organisms (Quarter 1); Extreme Animal Kingdom: Fascinating Phyla (Quarter 2); Engineering Challenge Lab: Civil, Structural, Mechanical (Quarter 3); and Engineering Challenge Lab: Electrical, Chemical, BioMedical (Quarter 4).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Beth Ross
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    In this course, students will learn about the science of good nutrition! They will discover the five food groups, what is a balanced diet, how much they should eat from each group each day, and why they should eat “all the colors.” Students will learn to recognize “red light foods”- those with added sugar or added solid fats. They will find out what the effects of added sugar and fat are on the body, and what healthy alternatives are to these foods. Young scientists will learn how to create healthy snack combinations using foods from the five major food groups and learn what a dietician does. This class will not involve preparing or sampling any foods, but will give your child the knowledge to come home and try a new way of eating!

    Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Wilderness Medicine (Quarter 3); and Nutrition Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, a placemat, measuring cups and spoons, a refillable water bottle, activity booklet, snack bags, Asha’s Magical Ride Book, and a class diploma. This is a 7-week class that begins on March 25 instead of March 18.

    Prerequisites: None

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    David Chelf
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Nick Grenier
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Arthuretta Martin
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students develop their public speaking skills and their own expository "voice" in a fun, supportive environment taught by a seasoned speaker, coach, and storyteller! Students will gain confidence in public speaking by writing and practicing a speech that defends or persuades a position or view that they care about! Students will try to engage or influence their audience on an issue of personal, local, national, or global importance. Want to encourage recycling, change policies at the library, or lobby for a later curfew? Those would be persuasive speeches! The class may view videos of professional persuasive speakers. Students will practice posture, eye contact, enunciation, voice projection, pauses, and timing while receiving tips and techniques from the instructor and peer feedback. The class will culminate in an end of the quarter presentation for parents. This workshop is open to students new to public speaking or those with experience, and students may repeat the program to continue to refine their public speaking skills. This is a 7-week class, and the week off will be announced.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Jeanniffer Denmark
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    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.

    Prerequisites: None

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    i9 Sports
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Sports Sampler is a fun, engaging class for the youngest Compass students or their preschool-aged siblings! Sports Sampler is an outdoor, skills class in which children learn basic mechanics of favorite sports: basketball (weeks 1-2), t-ball (weeks 3-4), soccer (weeks 5-6), and flag football (weeks 7-8). Young athletes will learn skills such as passing, dribbling, batting, and catching through fun drills, imaginative games, and mini-matches in a fun, supportive, small-group experience with a dedicated coach. Each week, young players will be guided through warm-ups, skill-building games and challenges, and a short scrimmage. Equally as important, young athletes get to practice valuable life skills such as working with teammates, good sportsmanship, taking turns, cooperation, listening to directions, and communicating with their coach! Simple sports will also help young children improve confidence, large and fine motor skills, balance, and hand-eye coordination through sports, while giving them a "taste" of team sports for when they are ready for organized teams or leagues.

    Students must be age 5 by the start of this program and must be able to separate from his/her parent and follow simple directions. Parents will be permitted to sit on nearby picnic tables. Students should come prepared for class in play clothes, sneakers, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, and layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the Sports Sampler class is for enrolled students only, and tag-along siblings or passers-by cannot be accommodated

    Weeks 1-2: Basketball
    Weeks 3-4: T-ball
    Weeks 5-6: Soccer
    Weeks 7-8: Flag Football

    Prerequisites: None

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    Bette Cassatt
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    "Luke, I am your father!" "All for one, one for all!" and "Do you think this wise, boy? Crossing blades with a pirate?" ...Have you wanted to shout these famous phrases and duel with swords like Darth Vader or D'Artagnan? Have you wanted to be Xena, Zorro, or Jack Sparrow? Students will learn sword fighting choreography, which they will perform as part of a scene from stage, screen, or literature. In addition to basic stage combat techniques, students will bring characters to life while incorporating acting, rhythm, footwork, and dialogue into their fights.

    How do actors learn to perform these fights...and not get hurt? They train in stage combat! Stage combat is the art of creating the illusion of violence for storytelling in theatre and film. With an emphasis on safety, students will learn the movements used to create great fight scenes. Students will learn footwork, weapons handing, and hand-to-hand techniques and well as some acting and choreogrpahy skills. Join us in stage combat to learn behind-the-scenes skilld from a rich theatrical and cinematic tradition performed by your favorite characters.

    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 Series: Sword & Unarmed Fights (Quarter 1); Double-Handed Blades (Quarter 2); Dual Duels (Quarter 3); and Fight Scenes (Quarter 4).

    Prerequisites: None

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    Kati Andresen
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

    -Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

    -S'mores Muffins

    -Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

    -Simple Kouign Amann (French pastry)

    -Peach Galette

    -Giant Candy Cookies

    -Cookie Dough Trifle

    -Frozen Chocolate-Covered Banana Split Bites

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

    Topics in this Series: Delectable Desserts (Quarter 1); Innovative Indulgences (Quarter 2), Decadent Delights (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: A clean apron and plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid for leftovers. What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Career/Technical for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Dr. Kareleen Boyle
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    There are so many ways to do science! This class allows our youngest scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

    During the fourth quarter, students will begin as biologists, using our powers of observation and digital microscopes to investigate plants and animals from the woods around us and learn the science of how they survive. As entomologists, we ll take an up close look at insects and discover the many important ecological functions that they perform from nutrient cycling to pollination. Guest insects will include pillbugs, millipedes, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and an ant farm. While we re on the topic of nutrient cycling, students will also make their own worm farms to take home to observe, and learn the basics of composting household waste. Then we'll journey into the field of marine biology, learn about the amazing diversity of ocean life, and try out underwater corers and mini-ROVs to investigate aquatic habitats.

    Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astonomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Coder Kids
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    In Coding Lab, middle school students will learn to code what they love to play- video games! Students will learn how to code more sophisticated game interface by combining data input and output. They will learn how to connect and code external hardware and collect data from sensors, such as gyroscopes, to function as hand-held game controllers. They will experiment with combining LEDs (small lights) to provide feedback, such as when a point is earned or enemy eliminated, and they will discover how to make their games more interactive and interesting by allowing multiple players, keeping score, and integrating music or sound effects. Never programmed a video game? No problem, beginners are welcome.

    Coding Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the 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 Coding course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. Students can continue from one quarter to the next with no repeat or overlap; instead they will just keep building and enhancing their ongoing projects.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Fencing Sports Academy
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    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.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Kouthar Muttardy
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Learn about the cultural development, traditions, and history of the Vikings (including their homes, architecture, clothing, food, transportation, and beliefs) through weekly projects. Students will make Viking longboat models, helmets, shields, rune stones, lucet cords, and more as they learn about the lives of these early explorers! The class will sample Norse mythology and literature through read-alouds of fables and folklore and learn how the cultural traditions and innovations of the Vikings 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! Topics in this Series: Stone Age (Quarter 1); Native North Americans (Quarter 2); The Mesoamericans (Quarter 3); and the Vikings (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

    -Cookie Dough Truffles

    -Orange Chocolate Oreo Fudge

    -Butterscotch Crunch Candy

    -Caramel Pretzel Bites

    -Popcorn Crunch Candy

    -Sour Citrus Candy

    -Irish Potato Candy

    -Hot Cocoa Fudge

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

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Beth Ross
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    In this course, students will learn about the science of good nutrition! They will discover the five food groups, what is a balanced diet, how much they should eat from each group each day, and why they should eat “all the colors.” Students will learn to recognize “red light foods”- those with added sugar or added solid fats. They will find out what the effects of added sugar and fat are on the body, and what healthy alternatives are to these foods. Young scientists will learn how to create healthy snack combinations using foods from the five major food groups and learn what a dietician does. This class will not involve preparing or sampling any foods, but will give your child the knowledge to come home and try a new way of eating!

    Topics in this Series: Doctor, Doctor (Quarter 1); Calling All Doctors (Quarter 2); Wilderness Medicine (Quarter 3); and Nutrition Science (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a set of high quality, take-home class materials including: a disposable lab coat, a placemat, measuring cups and spoons, a refillable water bottle, activity booklet, snack bags, Asha’s Magical Ride Book, and a class diploma. This is a 7-week class that begins on March 25 instead of March 18.

    Prerequisites: None

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    David Chelf
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

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

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

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    As the Renaissance spread enlightenment ideas across Europe, Russia lagged behind. At just 16 years old, the Grand Duke of Moscow would unite the Rus peoples, and then drag them into the new age, earning the honorific title, Ivan the Fearsome, the first Tsar of Russia. Eastern Europe was an unstable region at this time, having been ravaged by the Mongols and their successor states. The people in the region lived under threat of slavery and perpetual war, until Ivan the Terrible would unite them through fear. Ivan wielded war and politics in equal measure, skillfully avoiding manipulation and treachery, but was left paranoid and prone to uncontrollable rages, comparable to Joseph Stalin, to the point of murdering his own son.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 10 X 16 diorama board of a pirate hideout or other Caribbean port, 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.

    Topics in this Series: Barbarossa aka Pirate Redbeard, Europe, 16th century (Quarter 1); Suleiman the Magnificent, Europe, 16th century (Quarter 2); Pirates of the New World, 1650-1730 (Quarter 3); and Ivan the Terrible Russia, 16th century (4th quarter). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Dr. Kareleen Boyle
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Find out what different scientists do! This class allows young scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in at least three demonstrations or experiments during each class.

    During the fourth quarter, students will begin as biologists, using our powers of observation and digital microscopes to investigate plants and animals from the woods around us and learn the science of how they survive. As entomologists, we ll take an up close look at insects and discover the many important ecological functions that they perform from nutrient cycling to pollination. Guest insects will include pillbugs, millipedes, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and an ant farm. While we re on the topic of nutrient cycling, students will also make their own worm farms to take home to observe, and learn the basics of composting household waste. Then we'll journey into the field of marine biology, learn about the amazing diversity of ocean life, and try out underwater corers and mini-ROVs to investigate aquatic habitats.

    Topics in this Series: Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astonomer, & Engineer (Quarter 2)Paleontologist, Geologist & Field Biologist (Quarter 3), Entomologist, Marine Biologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Joe Romano
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

    Each week, kids will learn how to perform a unique magic trick, and students will practice and perfect the illusion in class so they can come home and mystify their friends and family. Students will unlock the secrets to eight special magic tricks: Radical Ropes, Total Chaos, Money Maker, Picasso Pouch, Future Card, Trap Door, Gifted, and Luck Winner. For each trick, students will receive a custom magic prop and full color instructions, and at the end of each class, every magician will take home a Top Secret file folder with additional tricks they can practice. Student magicians will be given a secret password each week to gain access to an additional magic trick on the Discover Magic website (parents will need to work the magic to set up the child's online account.) Along with the actual magic, students will discuss a life skill each week that is essential to a good magician (and student) such as public speaking, presentation skills, practicing, being prepared, and reading your audience. Magicians who complete the class will receive a certificate and magic wand.

    Topics in this Series: Baffling Blue Wand (Quarter 1)- New; Orange Wand Wonders (Quarter 2) last taught in Sept. 2018; Perplexing Purple Wand (Quarter 3) last taught in Oct. 2018; and Groovy Green Wand (Quarter 4) last taught in Mar. 2019. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Bette Cassatt
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    The Deathly Hallows: Each one of the three hallows is a tool of immense power. In this class, students will use their crafting tools of power to make some very magical creations. Projects this quarter may include wands, Dumbledore’s (and then Ron’s) deluminator, replica horcruxes, and maybe even a snitch which opens “at the close.”

    Topics in this Series: Best of Books 1-4 & More! (Quarter 1), Order of the Phoenix (Quarter 2), Half-Blood Prince (Quarter 3), Deathly Hallows (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $30.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. What to Bring: Students should bring good scissors for cutting paper/fabric and a (low temp, mini) hot glue gun to class each week, which will earn them house points.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Taliesin Knol
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! In late 1944 the outcome of the Second World War wasn't in doubt to anyone but the most deluded of Nazis. That didn't make the fighting any less lethal, but did increase Hitler's desperation to pull off a miraculous victory in the West and buy time to deal with the encroaching Soviet Red Army. The focal point of this plan was the Ardennes, a "quiet" sector of the front in Luxembourg where the Allies had sent badly mauled units to recover from fierce fighting elsewhere. The logic being, nobody in their right mind would invade through the forest, in winter, especially given the dire circumstances the German army was facing literally everywhere else. This was a miscalculation. Hitler used this opportunity to ram the last functioning units at his disposal to "drive the Allies back into the sea" and try and take the port of Antwerp, the only major port not left in total ruin by the German retreat. A victory here would have potentially reset the clock all the way back to D-Day, six months earlier.
    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10 X 16 shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, trenches, rivers, ridges, vegetation, barbed wire, etc.) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical 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. Topics in this Series: WWI, Germany's Summer Offensive (Quarter 1); WWI, America's Arrival (Quarter 2): WWII, D-Day (Quarter 3); and WWII, The Battle of the Bulge (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Prerequisites: None

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    Mylene Nyman
    Reg. Opens Jan 28 6:00 am

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

    -Cookie Dough Truffles

    -Orange Chocolate Oreo Fudge

    -Butterscotch Crunch Candy

    -Caramel Pretzel Bites

    -Popcorn Crunch Candy

    -Sour Citrus Candy

    -Irish Potato Candy

    -Hot Cocoa Fudge

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

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

    Prerequisites: None

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