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Donna Shackelford

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

How will this year's La Nina weather pattern affect Mexico's Michoacan maize crop or monsoons in Mumbai? What are some strategies for improving water quality, reducing air pollution, and promoting renewal energy sources and sustainability around the world? Environmental Science is a critical, interdisciplinary study that merges the fields of geology, biology, chemistry, meteorology with geography, politics, economics, and sociology with several unifying themes including earth as an interconnected system with both natural and human-made influences.

Key themes in the year-long study of Environmental Science include Earth Systems consisting of geological processes and natural resources and the Living World comprised of ecosystems and cycles. Environmental Science combines the study of population and land and water usage such as agriculture, pest control, forestry, urban development, mining, and fishing. The field also examines energy resources and consumption including a comparison of types of power generation and various fuel sources. Finally, Environmental Science considers the impacts of humans on the planet including air pollution, water contamination, handling of solid waste, and climatological impacts wish as greenhouse gases, global warming, loss of habitats, reduced biodiversity, endangered/threatened species, and efforts in conservation.

This is a year-long, multilevel high school science course with laboratory and field work components. Environmental Science offers a substantive, full-credit experience. Students can pick their desired workload. They can always do more if they would like, but at any level they are expected to keep up with weekly readings and homework which will prepare them for in-class discussions, labs, and projects. All students should expect to spend 4-6 hours outside of class for reading and homework, regardless of level. All levels use materials written at a college level, but the amount and type of homework varies. Brief summer assignments are due in August for those who elect to take the AP level.

All students will register online for the same course. Students must indicate which level they want to study by e-mail by August 15. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level (from AP to honors, or from honors to on-level) at any time. However, once classes have started, students may not "bump up" a level.

Students will be asked to purchase or rent the select class textbook: Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions by G. Tyler Miller. (15th edition, ISBN #978-0495015987). Students should have a ring binder for notes and handouts and a bound lab book for recording observations and measurements. There is a $160 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. The fee to take the AP exam in May 2019 is not included; each family will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam.

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Peter Snow

This is the second class in a 4-quarter series on beginning chess. Students will learn skills that build upon those presented in Quarter 1, including: back rank mates; draws, all 5 types; elementary checkmates 2Rs+K, K+Q vs. K, K+R vs. K; elementary opening principles 1, elementary opening principles 2, pawn structure 1, pawn structure 2. Students need an understanding of principles presented in Beginning Chess 1, as preparation for this class. Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while instructor coaches.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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: - Roasted Red Pepper Dip (appetizer) - Colorful Roasted Squash Salad - Ginger Carrot Soup - Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes (side) - Swedish Cabbage Rolls with Turkey & Rice (main dish) - Lentil Casserole - White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies - Special Bonus Recipe Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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: - Roasted Red Pepper Dip (appetizer) - Colorful Roasted Squash Salad - Ginger Carrot Soup - Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes (side) - Swedish Cabbage Rolls with Turkey & Rice (main dish) - Lentil Casserole - White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies - Special Bonus Recipe Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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CrossFit Burke

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

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Jen DesRoches

Middle school students are going to learn about real life "money matters" and personal finance basics through fun, interactive activities. Students will learn what are stocks and bonds and how the Stock Market works. They will simulate an investment in the market by selecting and following the price of several stocks throughout the quarter. The class will learn about money and how it drives the economy and the basics of supply, demand, and price. Students will explore loans and mortgages and how interest rates and down payments affect the costs of borrowing. They will discover the difference between credit cards, debit cards, and where that money comes from. Students will also learn the real life lessons of balancing a checkbook and what happens when you don't pay off your credit card debt! Students should expect to spend 1 hour each week investigating costs on the internet or in newspapers. On several weeks, students will be asked to bring a laptop or tablet device to look up information in class.

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Luc Atangana

Students will be introduced to painting with acrylics in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional paint instructor. Students will work on framed canvas and easels and will learn elements of art and principles of design in addition to methods in painting.

Second quarter, students will begin painting still life such as fruits, vegetables, bowls, and glassware. Through the still life study, painters will learn techniques with acrylic paints such as shading, blending, stippling, and broad stroke to help them replicate the different effects in still life subjects with contrasting textures. Elements of art taught in the second quarter projects include line, shape, form, space, color, value, and texture. Students will complete one or two 16 X 20 canvases this quarter, depending on personal pace and development of their piece.

This class is suitable for beginners who have never painted before, or returning art students who have worked in any medium and are interested in expanding their knowledge and abilities with acrylic paint. Compass parents are welcome to register for this class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class. Painting can provide a relaxing, needed mid-day break between rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment with an instructor who will meet students where they are with art skills.

There is a $16.00 per student material and supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for two canvases, acrylic paint, a sketchbook, a 5x7 pad of acrylic paint paper, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, brushes, paper products, etc.). Students who are continuing in this class from first quarter can continue using their sketchpad, but there is still a $12.50 fee for all the other materials. Topics in this year s class (or studio) series include: Botanicals Line, Color, Shape, and Texture (first quarter); Still Life- Values, Form, and Space (second quarter); Landscape Composition, Unity, and Repetition (third quarter) and Create Your Own- Balance, Emphasis, and Proportion (fourth quarter). Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in fine arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

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Andrew Cummins

Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on with clay and experiencing the many forms this medium can take. Working with clay is multi-sensory, and young sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of pounding, pinching, rolling, flattening, squeezing, coiling, stretching, squashing, and bending clay into many forms. Working with clay engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to sculpt and represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different themes and clay construction techniques. During second quarter, students will create hanging slab houses with a personalized message glazed onto them; several holiday ornaments with textures and unique shapes; and a mobile/wind-chime with hand-pressed organic materials. During week seven, students will string together the pieces of their mobile/wind-chime and if they decide they would like to give it as a gift, they will have a chance to wrap it and make a card, time permitting. Students will sculpt projects in weeks one, three, and five and paint/glaze projects in weeks two, four, and six each quarter. Students will use natural, low fire white clay and non-toxic glazes on their pieces. They will experiment with different textures and patterns formed in clay with tools, found objects, and with a variety of glaze colors. Clay projects will be taken to back to a studio to dry and be fired. All pieces are considered food safe once they are glaze fired and returned to students. Each quarter, students will further develop hand building techniques and painting skills with each new lesson and project. Topics in this class series include: Ancient Vessels and Modern Vases (first quarter); Hanging Creations (second quarter); Funny Faces (third quarter), and Springtime Sculptures (fourth quarter.) There is a $35.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class."

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Natalie Di Vietri

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

This is a full year course in Pre-Algebra with an emphasis on problem solving skills and computations of math facts. The major topics covered in this course are variables, expressions, integers, order of operations, solving equations, and multi-step equations. The course will also cover inequalities, factors, fractions, exponents, and rational numbers. Additional Pre-Algebra concepts that will be taught include ratios, proportion, probability, percentages, linear functions, real numbers, right triangles, measurement, area, volume, and data analysis. Students will learn to use formulas to solve a variety of math problems encompassing geometry, probability, and statistics. Students will also be applying their learning to real life scenarios to solve problems.

For this course, students should be capable of basic computation, math facts, and an ability to work with fractions and decimals at the 6th/7th grade level. For anyone who is unsure if their child is ready for pre-algebra, the instructor can recommend one or more assessments or pretests to confirm placement. Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class to complete practice problems, homework, and assessments. Please note, all assessments will be taken outside of class with the parental oversight to maximize in-class instructional time.

For this class, students will need a regular notebook and paper and graph paper or graphing notebook. Students will be required to rent or purchase the class textbook, McDougall Littell s Pre-Algebra (ISBM #978-0618250035), purchase the practice workbook (ISBN # 978-0618257522), and subscribe to the online math platform, IXL (https://www.ixl.com/). As an alternate, parents can purchase the textbook on audio-CD for any students who struggle with reading (ISBN #978-0618478828). Finally, although Pre-Algebra is often taught without the use of calculators, if a student is slow with some math facts or computation by hand, a TI-34 calculator is recommended so the student can keep up with the problems.

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Coder Kids

Tweens and teens love their phones and tablets and have fun writing custom apps (applications) for them. Students start with the Swift programming language which is used for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. Later students move into programming responsive web design to create hybrid apps for both desktop and mobile devices using Web App Maker. In all app programming languages, students practice the iterative design process to define a problem, generate ideas, build, test, and improve their app.

Programming Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week. Students should be able to read at grade level in order to benefit from this class.

Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Programming Lab course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a $35.00 per student, per quarter technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses."

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Ed Max

Students in this class will get to see and do a variety of fun experiments that illustrate the science of sound. What is sound, and what is the physical difference between musical notes like a B flat or F sharp? What properties of a note played on a clarinet allow you to tell that the sound is coming from a clarinet and not the same note played on a trumpet or violin? We will discuss these questions and other properties of sound, including its speed, which we will measure. You will learn how to electronically analyze vibrations caused by musical instruments or your own voice using a free computer program that produces pictures of different sounds. We will explore what physical properties of an object determine how fast it will tend to vibrate; then we ll use this knowledge to understand how musical instruments can play different notes. String players will learn about how their instruments work; and we will also examine some scientific principles of wind instruments. Is it possible for a soprano to break a glass by singing, or is that idea a myth? From this question we will move to a deep mystery: how can your ear and brain recognize different notes? We will learn how an understanding of the beautiful and complex structures of the inner ear can explain how we hear, what problems lead to deafness in some people, and how engineering can bypass these problems to provide hearing to some patients who were born deaf. You will be able to repeat almost all the fun demonstrations and experiments we do in this class at home. There is a $20.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s class series include: Science of the Senses: Sound and Hearing from Ear to Brain (1st quarter); Science of the Senses: Light and Vision from Eye to Brain (2nd quarter); Science of the Human Body Systems: Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive (3rd quarter), and Science of the Human Body Systems: Kidney, Brain/Nervous and Immune (4th quarter).

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Jeanniffer Denmark

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

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Megan Reynolds

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

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Peter Snow

This is the second of a 4-quarter series of classes on advanced, beginning chess. Students will learn skills that build upon those presented in Quarter 1, including: advanced beginning counting in chess; Double attack tactics; Using the center once you control it; advanced beginning King and Pawn endgames; Key positions in Rook and pawn endgames; Principles of minor piece endgames, Simple pawn less endgames. Students need an understanding of principles presented in Advanced Beginner Chess 1, as preparation for this class. Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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: - Roasted Red Pepper Dip (appetizer) - Colorful Roasted Squash Salad - Ginger Carrot Soup - Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes (side) - Swedish Cabbage Rolls with Turkey & Rice (main dish) - Lentil Casserole - White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies - Special Bonus Recipe Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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: - Roasted Red Pepper Dip (appetizer) - Colorful Roasted Squash Salad - Ginger Carrot Soup - Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes (side) - Swedish Cabbage Rolls with Turkey & Rice (main dish) - Lentil Casserole - White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies - Special Bonus Recipe Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Natalie Di Vietri

Students will learn the language of spies and secret agents in this children s cryptology class. Cryptology is the science of secret writing which uses math and logical reasoning to decode and create mystery alphabets. This quarter, students will learn about Vigenere and Affine Ciphers and will practice using them to decode messages and write secret messages to each other! We will also share the stories of famous writers and code-crackers like Lewis and Clark. Student operatives will expand their stealth options by making their own cipher wheels, learning about algorithms and keys, sending messages using flags and more! This quarter will include an introduction to prime numbers and require a basic understanding of multiplication.

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Anne Sharp

Transitioning from the worlds of fantasy, this quarter s fictional universes move into our real world, while retaining the possibility of dual realms. Beginning with excerpts from the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe and Mary Shelly s Frankenstein, students will explore the development and elements of gothic fiction literature that paved the way for romance, detective, sci fi and superhero genres. Closely aligned with advances in science, transportation and technology, gothic literature presents both what is and what might be. Students will examine classic and modern literature that is rooted in logic and realism, but incorporates psychological and supernatural elements Shakespeare s ghosts, Poe's raven, Melville s great white whale, Stan Lee s Spider-Man. From these stories, with their basic conflict of good vs. evil , characters succumb to tragic flaws or emerge as heroes.

Over the course of the quarter, middle school writers will create an original short story. The class will examine the key elements of a short story including plot, character, setting, and tone. A portion of each class will be dedicated to sharing students' working drafts and refining their stories with collaboration and in-class feedback. Students will be expected to complete some writing and short reading at home each week. Literature selections will not be assigned in their entirety, but students may want to continue reading the complete story. The culmination of the students' work will be a bound class literary magazine

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Jen DesRoches

Can the government take your house to expand a road? Do radicals have the right to hold a rally? Are you protected from hearing things that offend you? The Bill of Rights can be one of the most exciting aspects of studying the Constitution because the concept of rights and rules are very applicable to students' everyday lives. In this class, students will use both current events and historical debates to learn about the rights guaranteed under the Constitution. The group will debate situations in which rights might be violated. Using an inquiry-based approach, middle school students will be given leading questions to investigate details of the Constitution s first Ten Amendments. Find out what powers and rights are actually listed in the Bill of Rights and why it was such an important addition in the fight to ratify the full US Constitution. Students will discover the process to amend, or change, the Constitution. Students will collaborate to craft their own class Bill of Rights. What will be the 28th Amendment- will it be one you created? Future topics in this year s series: You Have the (Bill of) Rights! (second quarter); Three Branches (third quarter); and State/Local (fourth quarter).

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Velocity Dance

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

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Monika Dorosheff

Students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass are invited to join this homeschool string orchestra! Musicians will have an opportunity to develop ensemble skills and enjoy the experience of practicing, playing, and performing as a group. The class will start each week with tuning and warm-ups such as playing musical scales and simple exercises. Then the class will work on several group songs each semester where they will improve musical literacy, learn to follow the directions from the conductor, and learn to play in different keys- as a group. During the final class of the semester, a concert will be held for friends and family.
This orchestra is intended for advanced beginners and intermediate strings students who are currently (or recently) enrolled in private lessons. As a guideline, a student should be able to play a D major scale in two octaves on his/her instrument. Students are expected to be able to locate notes on the their instruments, read music and be able to identify all rhythmical patterns. Students with less experience will be asked to play for the conductor or to submit a brief video to help establish placement.
The instructor will provide the orchestral repertoires, and these arrangements will be specially composed to accommodate the range of abilities of all stringed players in the orchestra. Students will be asked to pay a fee $5.00 for their individual music which will be provided on the first day of class. Participants are expected to prepare and practice at home for at least 15 - 20 minutes per day. This is a 13-week semester program, and the week off will be announced by the instructor.(PR 9/13)

Prerequisites: Private instruction on stringed instrument

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Lee Nathanson

Intermediate guitar students will continue to build on the fundamentals of playing the acoustic guitar! In this class, students will continue learn basic melodies to familiar songs and will add new chords and strum patterns each week. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. The class will continue to learn to read music, use tablature notations for guitar, and cover basic music theory. As an intermediate level class, most students will have had 14-30 weeks of instruction through Compass, or equivalent. The pace of the class and material covered will be adapted by the instructor once he has assessed enrolled students. Students should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook if the student does not have one. Compass parents are welcome to enroll in this class.

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Donna Shackelford

A fuzzy warm fleece jacket (made from recycled milk bottles); forgiving playground mulch (made from shredded tires). A new jigsaw puzzle (made from recycled paperboard). Kids use products every day that have been made from recycled materials! Inventing with all new materials is relatively easy, but also somewhat wasteful. Can our junior inventors create a new product using recycled or re-purposed materials? Can we solve a problem with a new invention while also reducing the waste materials sent to landfills?

In this class, students will practice creative thinking and be coached through the steps of the invention process. Students will be encouraged to identify a need by noticing a problem or inconvenience and thinking about ways to solve it. They will engage in hands-on, in-class activities to encourage imagination and effective brainstorming- the spontaneous, creative thinking where all ideas are considered. Recognizing that many great inventions are twists or remakes on existing goods or inspired by others ideas, kids will learn to apply the SCAMPER technique to the problems they identify: Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Minify, Magnify, Put to new use, Eliminate, and Reverse/Rearrange.

Students will practice inventive thinking with a class problem and class invention in order to get them comfortable with working on their own inventions. They will learn to consider alternatives and pros and cons of a new idea and narrow down possible solutions. Students will be asked to keep an Inventor s Log (journal) to track all aspects of their inventing process. They will name their invention, sketch it, and build a prototype (model) of the invention.

This class will use a curriculum called, "Invent it, Build it! Invention- Making the World a Better Place". In class, the instructor will provide basic prototyping materials such as cardboard, tape, straws, wooden sticks, scissors, glue, and paper. If a student's model-building needs require other materials, his/her family made need to send recycled materials from home.

During second quarter, inventors will be challenged with Invention Dimension: Going Green" using found or recycled materials. During winter and spring, themes for this age group will include Flight Academy: Aviation Challenge (third quarter) and Flight Academy: Aerospace Race (fourth quarter.)

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Fred Lederer (William & Mary)

It's the Law! is a highly interactive seminar that introduces high school students to the US legal system. This is a key topic in American Government for any homeschooled teen. The seminar is presented by William & Mary Law School Chancellor Professor of Law Fred Lederer who also serves as the Director of William & Mary s Center for Legal and Court Technology. This seminar was the core component of William & Mary Law School s introductory week for new law students for 26 years. It is mandatory for current W&M Public Policy masters degree students. This fall, Professor Lederer will bring his creative, thought-provoking seminar to homeschooled students in northern Virginia!

Law is not a simple topic. Determining what a legal rule is requires considering the meaning of a constitutional provision, statute, or regulation in the context of court decisions interpreting that provision. This seminar provides students with the means to both understand and apply this procedure. In doing so, it covers many Virginia SOL requirements for high school US Government.

The seminar has three parts:

In Part One, students will be able to answer, What is Law? after a series of team challenges and engaging exercises centered around an unexpected new settlement in a made-up land where there are no laws and no lawyers. Using Socratic dialog, Professor Lederer will guide students through creation of a new legal system for their fledgling colony. Students will have to define and refine the laws of their new land when its system is put to the test in a series of imaginary crimes. By the end of the entertaining Part One, students will understand what law is, how it works, and the function of courts in making and interpreting law.

In Part Two, students will learn how to read and deeply analyze a series of old New York court cases to better understand how law is made by courts in the real world. This challenging exercise will require students to read and evaluate six court cases in preparation for class. At the end of the classroom discussion of these cases, students will be treated as new lawyers and given a legal problem to solve for the last session using their new knowledge and skills. Students will be asked to write a short memorandum of law, similar to that done by law students.

In Part Three, the group will review the assigned case so students can better understand how lawyers and judges answer legal questions. The emphasis will be on the process and understanding that legal problems often do not have a single solution. By the end of the seminar, students will be able to understand that statements like, That s the law are simplistic and usually misleading. Students will be well prepared to understand contemporary legal events and to better comprehend the importance of law in American society.

This seminar meets on three Monday afternoons: October 22, October 29, and November 12 from 11:00 am 3:00 pm at Compass in Oakton. The text for the class is provided by the instructor and loaned for the 3-part program.

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Kerry Deiderich

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. Second quarter, Junior Artists will study seascape art and aspects of the ocean and its animals from artists such as John Groves, Jim Holland and Natasha Nazareako. Our art projects will vary and focus on lighthouses, ocean animals and seascapes. Through weekly projects, junior artists will learn about and make their own seascapes while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter. There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints. Topics in this year s studio series include: Unique Craft Art (first quarter); Seascape Art (second quarter); Famous Abstract-Inspired Projects (third quarter); and Animals in Art (fourth quarter).

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Tim Rook

Krav Maga is the Israeli martial art which teaches self defense and fitness. Students of Krav Maga are taught a series of strategies to assess and respond to common situations, such as facing a bully. Teens are always taught to first and foremost to get away, to get help, and to try to deescalate the situation. When that fails, students practice a technique that includes a warning strike followed by escape, and finally, they learn how to stand up for themselves and how to counterattack if a sitation escalates and becomes threatening. Teens are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and self defense practice in class incoporporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect. In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, students will be asked to wear a class t-shirt that the instructor will furish for $10.00 on the first day of class. Students should also wear shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers with their class t-shirt. This is a 6-week class that begins on November 7.

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Nick Grenier

Got shelter? Late fall is the best time of year to learn to build a debris-hut, the most life-saving survival skill for our region. It's also harvest time for wild nuts, and fruits like persimmons. Look around for evidence of animals getting ready for winter. 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 and Natural Leaders programs that the instructor has lead for several years. Students will follow the paths and 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 fall 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! p>Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. "

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Andrew Cummins

Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on with clay and experiencing the many forms this medium can take. Working with clay is multi-sensory, and young sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of pounding, pinching, rolling, flattening, squeezing, coiling, stretching, squashing, and bending clay into many forms. Working with clay engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to sculpt and represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different themes and clay construction techniques. During second quarter, students will create hanging slab houses with a personalized message glazed onto them; several holiday ornaments with textures and unique shapes; and a mobile/wind-chime with hand-pressed organic materials. During week seven, students will string together the pieces of their mobile/wind-chime and if they decide they would like to give it as a gift, they will have a chance to wrap it and make a card, time permitting. Students will sculpt projects in weeks one, three, and five and paint/glaze projects in weeks two, four, and six each quarter. Students will use natural, low fire white clay and non-toxic glazes on their pieces. They will experiment with different textures and patterns formed in clay with tools, found objects, and with a variety of glaze colors. Clay projects will be taken to back to a studio to dry and be fired. All pieces are considered food safe once they are glaze fired and returned to students. Each quarter, students will further develop hand building techniques and painting skills with each new lesson and project. Topics in this class series include: Ancient Vessels and Modern Vases (first quarter); Hanging Creations (second quarter); Funny Faces (third quarter), and Springtime Sculptures (fourth quarter.) There is a $35.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class."

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Coder Kids

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

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Megan Reynolds

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

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Christine Keen

Geography is our window into understanding the world around us. It helps us make sense of history and economics, peoples and culture, politics and current events. The focus of this class will be a blend of physical and human geography. We'll explore national parks, the world's biggest cities, famous buildings, and even our junk mail. Each week will feature a variety of hands-on activities, games, and at-home projects designed to enrich students understanding of both U.S. and world geography. This class will help prepare students for the National Geographic Bee and, more importantly, give them the geographic knowledge to be more informed citizens of their world.

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Karen Hickman

A massive stone castle. A dark swampy moat. A victorious knight in his gleaming armor! Voyage to the Middle Ages to discover some classical texts and poetry. Information about life in the Middle Ages will be uncovered as students learn the skill of notetaking and documenting resources. Research is an essential skill for writers (and students). Find out how to compile and present information from another era with discovery drafts, gathering grids, and finally refining report content based on primary sources. Students will learn how to compile a bibliography and will wrap-up their research report with a short presentation at the last class. Students will also make a paper castle to demonstrate an understanding of castle life. Join the fun as we learn about life in a castle! The Writers Workshop gives students in grades 5-6 the skills they need for writing, reading, listening, and speaking that come from practicing by putting pen to paper. Sharing drafts and in-progess works enhances the understanding of language structure, encourages revision, and improves editing in story writing. Each quarter, students will review samples of literature and write about popular themes using the story elements of that theme. Imagination and creativity come easily to most young writers, but acquiring technical skills is also important. Each quarter, students will focus on specific skills. The skills are a part of their Writer's Tool Kit that includes understanding parts and kinds of sentences, plurals, possessives, and punctuation. Learning how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus, as well as practical, higher, middle school level skills such as summarizing, outlining, note taking, writing a book report, or citing sources are included throughout the four sessions. Topics in this year's Writer's Workshop series include: Time Travel, Fantasy or Science Fiction? (first quarter); Learn to Research, Life in a Castle (second quarter); Journalism (third quarter); and Writing Children s Books (fourth quarter).

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Sudhita Kasturi

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, or Micro-Biology at Compass in 2018-19. 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: collecting and testing for water quality and salinity; identifying organisms living on a biofilm; categorizing soil types, percolation, and absorption; measuring concentrations of carbon dioxide; evaluating the antimicrobial properties of different plants; and extracting DNA samples from plant and animal sources. Each lab will emphasize the importance of control samples, 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.

Lab dates are held on Tuesdays: December 4, February 12, March 12, and April 9. Labs begin at 11:30 am, and students are asked to arrive by 11:15 am. Compass science instructor Sudhita Kasturi will remain with the students throughout the labs and will send a post-lab summary to parents. 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. Note: Registration for the first lab, October 2, has closed, and is not included in this registration. This registration is for labs 2-5.

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Rebecca Wahls

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will embark upon an imaginary Outer Space Race where they will create an original storyline and unique characters. Together, they will create their very own original play about out-of-this-world creatures, outrageous aliens, and a race through the vast expanse of outer space. Students will think about the actions, voices, and personalities of characters as they develop their own through exercises and games. Students will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional development, and observation/concentration while learning to perform their own unique character. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and planning the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence in preparation for a final sharing for parents. This program has been specially adapted for Compass from Acting for Young People's curriculum, and is ideal for students with any level of experience.The script will be developed and customized uniquely for this class by the instructor with input from the students. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class. Topics in this year's class series include: Safari Adventure (first quarter), Outer Space Race (second quarter), Magical Monsters (third quarter), and Our Own Fairy Tale (fourth quarter).

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Lee Nathanson

Learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar! In this class, students will learn basic melodies, such as Ode to Joy, Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, etc Kids will learn to play chords and strumming patterns for familiar songs chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. New chords and new songs will be added each week as students also learn to read music and basic music theory. Students will also learn how to hold, tune, and care for their guitars. Students should be able to read at grade level for this class, and should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook. Students should expect to spend 20-30 minutes per day most days practicing chords and melodies from class.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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: - Roasted Red Pepper Dip (appetizer) - Colorful Roasted Squash Salad - Ginger Carrot Soup - Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes (side) - Swedish Cabbage Rolls with Turkey & Rice (main dish) - Lentil Casserole - White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies - Special Bonus Recipe Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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: - Roasted Red Pepper Dip (appetizer) - Colorful Roasted Squash Salad - Ginger Carrot Soup - Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes (side) - Swedish Cabbage Rolls with Turkey & Rice (main dish) - Lentil Casserole - White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies - Special Bonus Recipe Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Edwige Pinover

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

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Natalie Di Vietri

How do computers use numbers? Can you count using just your hands? Who invented zero? Learn how zero and the development of place value helped the Hindu-Arabic number system stand the test of time! In the exploration of the history of numbers, students will learn to count using primitive number systems to modern number systems, and we will continue to trace the development of numbers through the ages. We will look at the Mayan s vertical place value system with base 20 and explore base 5 (Quinary) and base 2 (Binary). By performing calculations using different forms of numerical representation, students will be able to assess the relative advantages and disadvantages of these number systems. We will consider how the number systems met the needs of the civilizations that used them, and perhaps, where they fell short. Every student will have a strong sense of the importance of place value and be introduced to alternatives to the base ten system by the end of this class.

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Karleen Boyle Sudol

Geo-Detectives discover the many mysteries of Earth Science. From large scale disasters that come from inside the planet to microscopic contaminants in the water and soil, Geo-Detectives look high and low to understand the forces, systems, and cycles that continue to shape the Earth, its climates and ecosystems. Geo-Detectives will explore concepts as diverse as fossils to fault lines, ozone to ocean trenches, and trade winds to tundra. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce geological phenomena such as examining fossils, classifying rocks, reading the seismographic charts, or modelling the water cycle. Second quarter, students will learn the physics behind air and water circulation, and how they combine to form wacky weather phenomena such as hurricanes, tornados, hail, fog, and even regular old rain showers. The class will see how air and water systems on earth govern global climate systems as well as local and regional weather patterns. Kids will learn how meteorologists and climatologists examine data from a variety of sources, such as ice cores, sediment cores, the fossil record, and historic records to trace large-scale changes in climate and sea level over geologic time. Topics in this year s class series include: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis, and Earthquakes (first quarter); Wacky World Weather (second quarter); Global Ecosystems (third quarter); and Global Cycles (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

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Donna Shackelford

A fuzzy warm fleece jacket (made from recycled milk bottles); forgiving playground mulch (made from shredded tires). A new jigsaw puzzle (made from recycled paperboard). Kids use products every day that have been made from recycled materials! Inventing with all new materials is relatively easy, but also somewhat wasteful. Can our junior inventors create a new product using recycled or re-purposed materials? Can we solve a problem with a new invention while also reducing the waste materials sent to landfills?

In this class, students will practice creative thinking and be coached through the steps of the invention process. Students will be encouraged to identify a need by noticing a problem or inconvenience and thinking about ways to solve it. They will engage in hands-on, in-class activities to encourage imagination and effective brainstorming- the spontaneous, creative thinking where all ideas are considered. Recognizing that many great inventions are twists or remakes on existing goods or inspired by others ideas, kids will learn to apply the SCAMPER technique to the problems they identify: Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Minify, Magnify, Put to new use, Eliminate, and Reverse/Rearrange.

Students will practice inventive thinking with a class problem and class invention in order to get them comfortable with working on their own inventions. They will learn to consider alternatives and pros and cons of a new idea and narrow down possible solutions. Students will be asked to keep an Inventor s Log (journal) to track all aspects of their inventing process. They will name their invention, sketch it, and build a prototype (model) of the invention.

This class will use a curriculum called, "Invent it, Build it! Invention- Making the World a Better Place". In class, the instructor will provide basic prototyping materials such as cardboard, tape, straws, wooden sticks, scissors, glue, and paper. If a student's model-building needs require other materials, his/her family made need to send recycled materials from home.

During winter and spring, themes for this age group will include Flight Academy: Aviation Challenge (third quarter) and Flight Academy: Aerospace Race (fourth quarter.)

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Premier Martial Arts

Krav Maga is the Israeli martial art which teaches self defense and fitness. Students of Krav Maga are taught a series of strategies to assess and respond to common situations, such as facing a bully. Kids are always taught to first and foremost to get away, to get help, and to try to deescalate the situation. When that fails, students practice a technique that includes a warning strike followed by escape, and finally, they learn how to stand up for themselves and how to counterattack if a sitation escalates and becomes threatening. Kids are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and self defense practice in class incoporporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect. In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, students will be asked to wear a class t-shirt that the instructor will furish for $10.00 on the first day of class. Students should also wear shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers with their class t-shirt. This is a 6-week class that begins on November 7.

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Kathy Preisinger

Little Hands is a family music and movement classes for parents and children, aged infant to 5 years old. Be part of an engaging musical world while building confidence, coordination, and communications skills. Singing, imitating sounds, rhyming, and object identification foster language skills. Creative movement to various musical moods develops a sense of balance, timing and spatial awareness. Listening and taking turns encourage blossoming social skills. Children and parents meet weekly for a 30-minute class and enjoy singing, moving, listening, and playing simple, specially designed instruments. Structured time runs from 12:15-12:45 pm, with time before and after for gathering and transitions.

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Nick Grenier

Got shelter? Late fall is the best time of year to learn to build a debris-hut, the most life-saving survival skill for our region. It's also harvest time for wild nuts, and fruits like persimmons. Look around for evidence of animals getting ready for winter. 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 and Natural Leaders programs that the instructor has lead for several years. Students will follow the paths and 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 fall 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. Students who are 4 or 4-1/2 years old and were previously enrolled and successfully participated in Nature Quest may enroll."

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Coder Kids

Our youngest coders learn to program simple video games using the block-based and text-based programming languages of Scratch, Roblox, and Lua. Students learn to create their very own game worlds and animate their own characters. They learn to add scripting logic to make their games interactive. Programming skills at this level include conditionals, loops, if-statements, multiple branches, and variables. Other computer science skills at this level include predicting outcomes, sequencing activities, debugging code, and incorporating responsive elements such as game objects that respond to an event or condition or keeping score. Students may program one simple video game each quarter, or may continue to build on and enhance their original game concept over many quarters.

Programming Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Coder Kids curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. Work in the Programming Lab is self-paced which allows students to progress through skill-building activities and instructional coding modules at their own rate of learning. The Lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. Coder Kids coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional instruction and support on the skillset each needs each week. Students should be able to read at grade level in order to benefit from this class.

Coder Kids proprietary curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Students work on modern MacBook Air laptops. Students may enroll in a Programming Lab course at any quarter, as they can start with initial lessons at any time. Coaches send prompts for parents in the weekly e-mail updates to encourage discussion and reflection about what the student learned in class each week. The class tuition includes a $35.00 per student, per quarter technology fee that covers repair/maintenance of hardware, software, and licenses. "

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Amy Huheey

From stage and screen and just in time for Halloween! Learn five ghoulish special effects make-up tricks from a professional make-up artist. In this one-hour clinic, teens will learn how to create realistic effects that they can apply to transform themselves into a zombie, monster, troll, demon, or other frightening creature. Students will learn how to create hollow, sunken eyes, cuts and gashes, scars and scabs, bruises, and peeling or ripping skin using professional make-up products on themselves or their friends. Part of the clinic fee includes a kit of four Mehron make-up products ($26.00 value) that each student will take home with them: two tri-color palettes of cream make-up (6 colors), coagulated blood gel, and liquid latex. Each student must bring a stand-up table top mirror to the class. The clinic is for students ages 12 and up.

This clinic is being taught by Amy Sue Huheey of Washington, DC. Amy Sue is a professional make-up artist whose special effects work has been featured on crime tv dramas and national commercials. She has taught acting, modeling, and make-up at several modeling schools.

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Megan Reynolds

Follow the adventures of King Tut, an Egyptian demi-god who has been granted the gift of immortality. Problem is, Tut has been trapped in time as an 8th grader, right here in Washington DC! He is ready to mummify himself if he has to endure one more day of middle school! Not only that, but he is pursued by an evil general. P. J. Hoover, author of Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life brings Egyptian mythology to the modern day in this young adult fantasy book. Why do myths, legends, and fairy tales inspire countless retellings and reinvention? Traverse the globe while exploring the world of traditional tales in this class. Each quarter, students will read a full-length novel based on myths or fairy tales while simultaneously exploring the source material that inspired the author. In addition, students will analyze the culture and geography that generated the traditional tales and the hero cycle. Students will have the opportunity to synthesize all they have learned through a project shared on the last day of class. This class will be run as a book group with students being asked to read sections each week and return prepared to discuss. Students are welcome to read the works via recorded audio books if preferred. Topics in this year s class series include: Norse Mythology- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (first quarter); Egyptian Mythology- Tut: The Story of my Egyptian Immortal Life by P.J. Hoover (second quarter); Japanese Folklore- Momotaro: Xander and the Island of Lost Monsters by Margaret Dilloway (third quarter); and European Fairy Tales- A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (fourth quarter).

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PlayWell Teknologies

Students will use LEGO to design and build beginning engineering projects such as tower, gear car, castles and catapults, tank and military base, amusement park, mini-walker and space base, and spinning tops. In this 90 minute class, students will explore concepts in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations. Students will be exposed to concepts and vocabulary of engineering, architecture, and physics. Each class session opens with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Kindergartners registering for this class must be age five by the start of class.

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John Waldron

In the tradition of Saturday Night Live, students will work in small teams to develop a variety of comedy skits. Students can opt to write their own scripts, perform a classic comedy routine, or work from rated E (for everyone) scripts to perform hilarious scenes such as a game show gone awry, a goofy newscast, or a comedic misunderstanding between a server and a diner in a mixed-up restaurant!
This class combines story-telling, and presentation activities to develop students' dramatic abilities, personal expression, and communication skills. Students will benefit from experimenting with public speaking in this safe, supportive environment, and enjoy the satisfaction of working as a team. Students will receive positive, constructive feedback which helps them develop acting skills such as engaging the audience, projecting their voice, and dramatizing their character through their voice, body language, and movements. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, can follow instructions, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work in a collaborative group. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class. Friends and family will be invited to the final class to showcase the variety show. This program was last taught in October 2017, but skits and performances will be all new!

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Dan Gallagher

Interested in re-usable, high altitude space planes? This simulation class will focus on building planes that can go into space and return to earth. Students will learn about aeronautical concepts such as lift, drag, and thrust-to-weight and aerospace principles of design form and fuel as they design and test high altitude space planes- on screen. The class will use Kerbal Space Program to create a realistic simulation environment to complete a series of ever-challenging missions. In the Kerbal program environment, students design and build different space vehicles and then attempt to use them to collect scientific data. The class will use KerbalEDU simulation software on laptops to immerse themselves in a realistic, simulated environment to complete a series of challenging missions. In the KerbalEDU environment, students can design and build different space vehicles, launch them, and use mission data to improve their space planes. Topics in this year s simulation class series include: Space Missions (first quarter), Aircraft Challenge (second quarter), Space Station Design (third quarter); and Marine Engineering Simulation: Ships & Submarines (fourth quarter)

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Lori Goll

Students will learn about the beauty, fun, and flexibility of watercolor paints. They will learn techniques for mixing, shading, blending, and tweaking the opacity of watercolors as well as tricks with various papers and different brushes. Students will experiment with a variety of water color techniques to create textures, patterns, and effects. Each week will be a different, themed project such as landscapes, florals, and still life subjects. This class is suitable for beginning or intermediate watercolor students. There is a $10.00 supply fee that is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Taliesin Knol

Students will learn the basic history of the Revolutionary War, with a focus on the Siege of Yorktown and British Surrender. Facing the might of the most powerful empire in the world, George Washington and our French allies led the insurgent Americans to final victory and independence at this battle in Virginia.

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 12" X 18" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, fences, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle.

Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include: Revolutionary War, Battles of Lexington and Concord (1st quarter), Revolutionary War, Yorktown (2nd quarter), Civil War, Gettysburg (3rd quarter), and Civil War, The Siege of Petersburg (4th quarter).

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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: - Roasted Red Pepper Dip (appetizer) - Colorful Roasted Squash Salad - Ginger Carrot Soup - Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes (side) - Swedish Cabbage Rolls with Turkey & Rice (main dish) - Lentil Casserole - White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies - Special Bonus Recipe Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Karleen Boyle Sudol

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

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

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Edwige Pinover

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

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Katherine Hoeck

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

This is a complete course in high school Geometry which will cover the fundamental concepts of Euclidean geometry and focus on developing critical thinking skills as they relate to logical reasoning and argument. This course is designed to emphasize analytical thinking and will include an in-depth analysis of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry through abstract mathematical ideas as well as real world problem solutions. Students will connect concepts from Algebra I to geometric phenomena with the analysis of parallel lines and polygons, perimeter and area, volume and surface area, similarity and congruence, and introductory trigonometry. Students will develop an understanding of these concepts through the study of geometric definitions, theorems, axioms, and postulates by writing reasoned, logical explanations that arrive at the conclusion about the geometric statement. A key focus will be on the development and history of the concepts being studied. Students can expect to spend time in class learning how to articulate the logical progression of concepts in addition to a thorough analysis of the topics. Independent study will involve reading assignments on concepts *before* they are presented in class as well as various problems to support what is covered in class.

Students should have a solid foundation in Algebra I in order to take this class. Students should expect to spend 3 hours on independent study activities for each hour spent in class, or about 6 hours per week.

The required textbook for this class is The Art of Problem Solving: Introduction to Geometry text (ISBN: 978-1-934124-08-6) and corresponding solutions manual (ISBN #978-1-934124-09-3). These can be purchased from https://artofproblemsolving.com/store/item/intro-algebra. Additional resources for the development of geometric proofs will be pulled from Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries: Development and History. Students will be provided with the material used from this book. A calculator is not necessary for this course. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Geometry for purposes of a high school transcript.

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Mylene Nyman

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

There is a $40.00 per student material and supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s studio series include: Whimsical Works in Wavy Glass (1st quarter), Creative Compositions with Curvy Glass (2nd quarter), Winter Works in Ceramic and Porcelain (3rd quarter), and Spring Sampler with Cut China (4th quarter). Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in fine arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

Second quarter, students will practice and improve their skills with a pistol grip scorer, breaking pliers, and running pliers to custom cut curved glass. The featured project will be a mosaic that uses many different shapes of glass including circles, squares, diamonds, waves, and slides to create a chaotic, modern design. The mosaic can be monochromatic, complimentary, or contrasting colors.

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 and ceramic tiles into their compositions 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. For each project, students will be able to choose from a variety of substrates- rectangular, square, shaped, or circular backboards, or special forms such as mirrors, pots, or small boxes.

There is no prerequisite for this class. 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. 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.

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Kathy Preisinger

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

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Nick Grenier

Got shelter? Late fall is the best time of year to learn to build a debris-hut, the most life-saving survival skill for our region. It's also harvest time for wild nuts, and fruits like persimmons. Look around for evidence of animals getting ready for winter. 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 and Natural Leaders programs that the instructor has lead for several years. Students will follow the paths and 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 fall season. The class will also learn valuable outdoor skills such as constructing a temporary shelter, building a fire, or purifying water. Students will play games to practice skills like stillness, camouflage, agility, and stalking. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong grounding in, and connection to nature, to the real world!

Students will get to know about native animals, and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Sorry, but the explorations in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. "

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Natalie Di Vietri

Where does the name Black Friday come from? What does borrowing money look like? How is golf scored? What s the difference between BC and AD? Develop a concrete understanding of negative numbers and learn strategies to do complex computation of integers. Then, apply what you ve learning while working in groups to solve fun, real world problems. At the beginning of the quarter, students will fill out a brief interest inventory so the instructor can tailor the class to the interests of the group. Each skill will be reviewed in isolation, with tips and tricks given and then applied to the word problems. In addition to improving specific math skills, students will become more comfortable moving between word problems and abstract mathematical representation by working with situations that are meaningful to them. The class serves as a solid review of Pre-Algebra topics.

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Donna Shackelford

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

Each quarter will reinforce principles and lab skills around a central, unifying theme. Earth and Space Science will introduce geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy concepts. Students will complete labs such as making a model of the layers of the earth and creating an erupting volcano. They will test weather lessons with experiments using air pressure and making mini-tornados. Kids will also understand ocean currents and density through a hands-on projects with salt water. Topics in this year s class series include: Living World (first quarter), Earth/Space (second quarter), Chemistry (third quarter), and Physics (fourth quarter).

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Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots is a fun, engaging class for the youngest Compass students or their preschool-aged siblings! Soccer Shots is an outdoor skills class in which children learn basic mechanics of soccer such as passing, dribbling, and shooting through imaginative games in a fun, supportive, small-group experience with a dedicated coach. Equally as important, young athletes get to practice valuable life skills such as working with teammates, good sportsmanship, taking turns, cooperation, and communicating with their coach! Each week, young soccer players will be guided through warm-ups, skill-building games, and a scrimmage.

This program includes 30 minutes of structured coaching from 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm. Time before is for gathering, and the final 15 minutes are for cool-down and free play. This is a 4-week program that will meet weeks 1-4 with the 5th week of the quarter reserved for an inclement weather make-up, if needed.
Students must be age 4 by the start of this program and must be able to separate from his/her parent and follow directions. There is an optional fee of $8.50 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a high quality Adidas team jersey.

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Amy Huheey

From stage and screen and just in time for Halloween! Learn five ghoulish special effects make-up tricks from a professional make-up artist. In this one-hour clinic, teens will learn how to create realistic effects that they can apply to transform themselves into a zombie, monster, troll, demon, or other frightening creature. Students will learn how to create hollow, sunken eyes, cuts and gashes, scars and scabs, bruises, and peeling or ripping skin using professional make-up products on themselves or their friends. Part of the clinic fee includes a kit of four Mehron make-up products ($26.00 value) that each student will take home with them: two tri-color palettes of cream make-up (6 colors), coagulated blood gel, and liquid latex. Each student must bring a stand-up table top mirror to the class. The clinic is for students ages 12 and up.

This clinic is being taught by Amy Sue Huheey of Washington, DC. Amy Sue is a professional make-up artist whose special effects work has been featured on crime tv dramas and national commercials. She has taught acting, modeling, and make-up at several modeling schools.

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Bette Cassatt

Broadswords and rapiers and lightsabers, oh my! Ever dream about being Xena, a Musketeer, or a Jedi? Why not all of them? This class will explore weapons through different time periods from long ago European broadswords and rapiers, to the lightsabers of the far away, sci-fi future. Students will learn the differences and similarities between these weapons as used in stage combat. With an emphasis on safety, students will develop an arsenal of basic stage combat techniques, as well as perform fight choreography. So let s time travel through the ages, clang a few swords, and wield some lightsabers! Stage combat is the art of creating the illusion of violence for storytelling on stage and screen. 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. This class is for beginning and experienced students. Topics in this year's class series include: Brawls, Grappling, and Fisticuffs- Unarmed Combat (first quarter); Weapons of Long Ago and Far Away- broadsword, lightsaber, and rapier (second quarter); and Found Weapons- fights with everyday objects (third quarter ); and Swashbuckling (fourth quarter).

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John Waldron

Students will not want to miss the chance to play a part in this delightful musical classic which generations of children have enjoyed since it hit the big screen in 1939. This story began when Dorothy and her little dog Toto were swept away in a cyclone and land in the mixed-up, magical world of Oz. The Good Witch of the North sent Dorothy on a magical journey homeward where she met the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West. Act One (and quarter one) ended in a cliffhanger when the witch revealed that she will stop at nothing to stop Dorothy and her friends. Second quarter students will play all new roles and continue the adventure. The group will learn Act 2 of the story which takes the gang from the perilous journey to the Emerald City, through Dorothy's and Toto's safe return home. This is a story of friendship, courage, and the realization that, there's no place like home. Young actors will further their theatrical skills and stretch their imaginations by working on characters, envisioning settings, and exploring the plot as they develop scenes in which everyone has a role. Students will benefit from experimenting with public speaking through acting in a safe, supportive environment and enjoy the satisfaction of working as a team. Students will be coached on acting basics such as facing the audience, projecting their voices, and dramatizing their character through body language and movements. The final class will be a class performance which showcases what they have learned. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, can follow directions, can collaborate with others, do their best to memorize lines, and enjoy working in a group. Students should be able to read on grade level in order to follow the script. The cost of the class script is included in the class fee. Topics in this year's class series include: Wizard of Oz, Act 1 of 2 (first quarter); Wizard of Oz, Act 2 of 2 (second quarter); The Jungle Book (third quarter), and Treasure Island (fourth quarter).

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Katherine Hoeck

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

This is a complete course in Algebra I which will cover fundamental concepts in algebra and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. This course is designed to emphasize the study of algebraic problem-solving with the incorporation of mathematical reasoning, analysis, communication skills, and real world applications. Students will build on prior knowledge by exploring and understanding our number system, linear systems, rational numbers and proportional relationships, complex numbers, exponents, quadratics, polynomials, factoring, data analysis and probability, and solving, graphing, and writing linear equations and inequalities. Students will discover these topics through hands-on activities, class discussions, and open-ended problem solving. Each assignment will be categorized as either cooperative group investigations, partner collaboration, or individual work. Individual work will consist of periodic checks for understanding and independent-study activities that students are expected to complete outside of class.

Students should have a solid foundation in pre-algebra topics in order to take this class. Students should expect to spend 3 hours on independent study activities for each hour spent in class, or about 6 hours per week.

The required textbook for this class is The Art of Problem Solving: Introduction to Algebra (ISBN# 978-1-934124-14-7) and the corresponding and solutions manual (ISBN# 978-1-934124-15-4). These can be purchased from https://artofproblemsolving.com/store/item/intro-algebra. A calculator is not necessary for this course. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Algebra for purposes of a high school transcript.

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Karleen Boyle Sudol

More than 70% of the Earth s surface is water! Understanding the earth s oceans and freshwater systems is critical to understanding life on our planet- from beginnings in the seas to the water cycle that supports ongoing life. The study of aquatic and marine biology provides a basis for understanding much of the chemistry, physics, biology, and meteorology on our planet. Budding marine biologists will travel inland to learn about freshwater systems like lakes and ponds, rivers and streams before returning to the coast to study marshes and estuaries followed by extreme marine environments- all under the guidance of an experienced marine biologist. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in several demonstrations and experiments in each class. During Quarter 2, students will learn the basics of Riparian Biology, the study of aquatic life in rivers and streams. We ll discuss differences in water flow, sedimentation, and hydrodynamics that are used to classify riparian habitats and will learn about the characteristic assemblages of organisms that occur in different flow regimes. Students will compare various major river systems around the world and study the diversity of riverine biomes and organisms. Topics in this year s class series include: Lakes and Ponds (first quarter); Roparian Biomes- Rivers and Streams (second quarter); Marshes and Estuaries, Where the River Meets the Sea (third quarter); and Extreme Marine (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

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Lori Goll

Students will learn about the beauty, fun, and flexibility of watercolor paints. They will learn techniques for mixing, shading, blending, and tweaking the opacity of watercolors as well as tricks with various papers and different brushes. Students will experiment with a variety of water color techniques to create textures, patterns, and effects. Each week will be a different, themed project such as landscapes, florals, and still life subjects. This class is suitable for beginning or intermediate watercolor students. There is a$10.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Lee Nathanson

Students will continue to learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar! In this class, students will learn basic melodies, such as Ode to Joy, Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, etc Kids will learn to play chords and strumming patterns for familiar songs chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. New chords and new songs will be added each week as students also learn to read music and basic music theory. Students will also learn how to hold, tune, and care for their guitars. Students should be able to read at grade level for this class, and should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook. Students who wish to enroll 2nd quarter should have at least 8-10 hours of prior instruction in order to match the pace of the enrolled students.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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: - Roasted Red Pepper Dip (appetizer) - Colorful Roasted Squash Salad - Ginger Carrot Soup - Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes (side) - Swedish Cabbage Rolls with Turkey & Rice (main dish) - Lentil Casserole - White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies - Special Bonus Recipe Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Taliesin Knol

The Iliad and Odyssey were originally epic poems that survived for generations until being written down by the first great author, Homer. The Iliad tells the legend of the Trojan War, the most beautiful woman in the world, jealous gods and the immortal deeds of Achilles. The Odyssey recounts the ten-year epic voyage home from the war of Odysseus, the King of Ithaca. Often referred to as Clever Odysseus, he would use his wits and cunning to overcome beasts of myth, and even a goddess!

Each student will create an individual diorama of the ancient city of Troy, or scene from the Odyssey. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10" x 12" foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a historical tabletop warfare or role-playing game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, literature, warfare, and politics of the time.

Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules, and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include Sumerian Settlement (1st quarter), Ancient Greece, The Iliad & Odyssey (2nd quarter), Roman Republic, Hannibal & The Punic Wars (3rd quarter), and Ancient China and The Three Kingdoms (4th quarter).

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Angela Goodhart

This class will cover the art of photography, including photographic composition, portraits, black and white photography, and special projects. Students will have hands-on practice in every class. They will be encouraged to develop a special project of their own and share it with the class. On the last day, there will be an art show for the parents. Students are encouraged to bring SLR cameras, but any digital camera that is better than a phone camera will be adequate. There is a material fee of $10.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a beautiful 12x18 frame-worthy, composite print of each student's favorite photographs from the quarter.

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Lisa Li

Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world! The emphasis in Intermediate Speakers is for students to continue to add and learn Chinese characters. Students will work on reading, writing, and speaking at the same time. The group will work on reading comprehension and will be encouraged to develop their own, creative tricks for memorizing and recalling a growing list of Chinese characters. Since this is offered as small class of 4-6 students, the curriculum will be adjusted and customized to the pace of the enrolled students. Students may be asked to purchase a student workbook, but specific edition will be recommended based on the age range and experience of the enrolled students. Students taking this class should have had a minimum of 30 hours of instruction (once per week for a year).

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Nick Grenier

Got shelter? Late fall is the best time of year to learn to build a debris-hut, the most life-saving survival skill for our region. It's also harvest time for wild nuts, and fruits like persimmons. Look around for evidence of animals getting ready for winter. 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 and Natural Leaders programs that the instructor has lead for several years. Students will follow the paths and 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! 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. " A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found with the changing fall 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!

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Dan Gallagher

Students will design, build, and program a robot arm to simulate a factory assembly line. Each week students will improve their robot though the use of new sensors and additional components and will program their creations to complete specific manufacturing tasks. Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axels, gears, and special components while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices and sensors for controlled movements and precise turns. This course integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. Don't worry, this is a beginning robotics class! Prior experience is not expected, but returning students are welcome. Each student will build his/her own robot project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend 2-3 weeks designing and building, 2-3 weeks programming, and 2 weeks testing and making modifications as necessary.

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Bette Cassatt

You know armed and unarmed techniques. You understand partnering. You have the circle of death footwork system at your fingertips. You ve explored what goes into creating a fight and now you are ready to take the training wheels off and map out your own fight. Students are free to develop their own fight(s) as a class ensemble. They will learn and develop proper notation of their choreography, and then fight it out. Students choose the weapons, the style, the script or scenario. You create the action! Keep it short and compelling and see where your imagination takes you! This class demands a high level of personal discipline and focus from the student. Stage Combat Masters is 'by invitation/audition only" for students who have been recommended by or performed for the instructor. Former students who wish to be considered for this advanced class should contact Compass to inquire. Topics in this year's class series include: From Sticks to Steel, Practice Precision, and Perfection (first quarter); Advanced Choreography (second quarter); Dual Wielding (third quarter); and Multiple Opponent Battles (fourth quarter). Prerequisites: Evaluation from the instructor. The student needs a thorough command of stage combat basics (ex. Cuts, parries, footwork, vocabulary, etc.) as well as demonstrate consistency in targeting, weapon handling, and self-discipline.

Prerequisites: Instructor recommendation or audition

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Donna Shackelford

Quick, grab your smartphone to photograph the woodpecker on the trail! Use your tablet to document cloud formations, or use your laptop to classify satellite images. What sounds like a science fiction alternative reality is actually an exciting, accessible new approach to science called Citizen Scientist. People of any age and any education can get involved in scientific discovery in their own backyards or anywhere in the world through the virtual technology of Citizen Scientist apps (applications) on their everyday electronic devices.

Citizen Science projects are a great way to introduce kids to a range of scientific experiences and a variety of scientific fields in the convenience of their home or classroom and with the simplicity of the electronics they are so comfortable with. This class will serve as a survey to introduce students to a variety of Citizen Scientist apps across a range of scientific fields and will show them how easily science can be at their fingertips. Significant science institutions, such as NASA, NOAA, National Science Foundation, the National Park Service, and major universities, recruit average people to contribute to their studies. Citizen scientist projects encompass fields such as botany, meteorology, zoology, geography, geology, astronomy, oceanography, cartography, health care, entomology, and conservation. Some Citizen Scientist projects involve the collection of data while other projects use Citizen Scientists to help analyze and classify data.

So, whether you are interested in counting the birds at a feeder, snapping pix when something blooms, documenting air quality, photographing erosion, or analyzing astronomy data, there is a Citizen Scientist project for anyone! Students must have a smart phone or I-Pad to bring to class.

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Lori Goll

Students will learn about the beauty, fun, and flexibility of watercolor paints. They will learn techniques for mixing, shading, blending, and tweaking the opacity of watercolors as well as tricks with various papers and different brushes. Students will experiment with a variety of water color techniques to create textures, patterns, and effects. Each week will be a different, themed project such as landscapes, florals, and still life subjects. This class is suitable for beginning or intermediate watercolor students. There is a $10.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Mylene Nyman

Students will enjoy making savory fall recipes and cool weather comfort foods that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Fall Favorites 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: - Roasted Red Pepper Dip (appetizer) - Colorful Roasted Squash Salad - Ginger Carrot Soup - Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes (side) - Swedish Cabbage Rolls with Turkey & Rice (main dish) - Lentil Casserole - White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies - Special Bonus Recipe Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week. Notes: Sorry, but students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. Students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class. Students will be asked to bring an apron and plastic storage container with a tight fitting lid. There is a $40.00 material fee for this course payable to the instructor on the first day.

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Karleen Boyle Sudol

Become a world-travelling eco adventurer and earth scientist without leaving Compass! Study the world's most exciting and diverse ecosystems and learn about the incredible biologic and geologic phenomena that shape them. Venture into caves and coasts, tundra and taiga, and forests and fjords. Each week student scientists will begin by locating the fascinating features on a map before learning about these incredible habitats from the ground-up, starting with the geology of a place, then working their way through the climate, biome, flora, and fauna. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce regional and ecological diversity by examining rock types, classifying plants, observing insects, or modelling weather phenomena. Throughout their journey to fascinating ecosystems, explorers will keep a science log to document their discoveries. Finally, students will link their studies to current events in these regions. Bundle up! Second quarter, students will journey to the northern latitudes. We ll begin in the frozen north of the Arctic Circle, then travel south through Greenland, Russia, and Europe. We ll see how some animal and human populations deal with environmental extremes through seasonal migrations. Along the way we ll learn about cold weather phenomena, polar ice, tundra and taiga (coniferous forest) biomes, inland seas, and the seasonal effects of polar nights and midnight sun. Topics in this year s class series include: The Americas & Antarctica (first quarter), Northern Lattitudes (The Arctic, Greenland, Russia, Europe) second quarter; Middle East Africa and Asia (third quarter); and Islands (fourth quarter). There is a $10.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for consumable materials.

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Dan Gallagher

Learn all 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. Students will increase their understanding of electronics through work with the Arduino microcontroller and integration of Arduino sensors: motion sensors, temperature sensors, light sensors, humidity sensors, tilt sensors, and more, to build new electronic circuits using these inputs each week. The work with circuits and sensors will prepare students to build a robot later in the year. There is a $65.00 lab supply fee for electronics and soldering kits for students who are new to the class.

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Fencing Sports Academy

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

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Kouthar Muttardy

Discover the island culture of ancient Indonesia and its contributions to the modern world in this vibrant hands-on history class! Learn about the cultural development and traditions of Indonesia (such as homes, architecture, clothing, food, transportation, and beliefs) through weekly projects. Students will make Topeng masks, Damararkurung lanterns, shadow puppets, soap carvings, and fried rice as they learn about life in historic Indonesia! The class will sample the oral traditions and literature of the period through read-alouds of fables and folklore. Students will also learn how the cultural traditions of ancient Indonesia continue to endure today.

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

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Lisa Li

Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world! From the beginning, students will be taught Chinese characters and correct pronunciation of sounds, tones, and inflection. Language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), and simple greetings. The class will incorporate projects, games, and songs to reinforce learning. Aspects of Chinese culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes. This is taught as a small group class of 4-6 students. Students will be asked to purchase a student workbook, but specific edition will be recommended based on the age range and experience of the enrolled students.

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Taliesin Knol

The most famous Prince of the East you've never heard of, until now! Alexander Nevsky would save the city of Novgorod not only from Mongol Conquest, but from the brutal Crusader order of the German Teutonic Knights. The Order would bring Christianity to pagan Lithuania, or it would bring death. The dark deeds of these German invaders, and heroic resistance of the proto-Russian state would inspire their descendants to similar feats 500 years later in the Second World War. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 12" X 18" diorama board, and populate it with 1:72 scale invading armies and their adversaries for historical re-enactments. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the conquest while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and siege equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how battles progressed and test different scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules, and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s series include: Genghis Khan (1st quarter), Alexander Nevsky, Russia's Hero (2nd quarter), Edward the Black Prince & Henry V, The 100 Years War (3rd quarter), and French King Charles VIII, The Italian Wars (4th quarter).

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Joe Romano

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

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Bette Cassatt

The Chamber of Crafting Secrets has been opened! Enemies of the heir beware! Join us for an spell-binding crafting journey inspired by the second book of the Harry Potter series. In this charming class, you will create magical artifacts, Diagon Alley-inspired school supplies, and even a fantastic beast! You will be surrounded by other Harry Potter- adoring fans as you show off your magic wand and improve your wizarding know-how. (Note: Compass is not responsible for any misuse of Howlers.) Students should bring good scissors for cutting fabric and paper and a low temp mini hot glue gun. Items from home should be labeled with the student's name. These items will be kept in the class supply box for the duration of the quarter so they are not forgotten when needed and will be returned at the end of the quarter. A supply fee of $25.00 is payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Melanie Kosar

This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

Masterworks is a collegiate-level literature analysis and discussion class for advanced high school English students. Written works will be selected for their contribution to world literature or their influence on society. In the first half of the course, students will read and discuss literature focusing on tales of voyage, revenge, comedy and tragedy from the ancients through 1800, such as Homer s The Odyssey , Swift s Gulliver s Travels , and selections from Shakespeare. Students should expect to see a number of writers of the Western canon before transitioning to Medieval and Renaissance authors, and continuing with the Age of Enlightenment.

During the second half of the course, the class will explore modern works, beginning with the 1800s Romantic Period, and progress to the present. Readings will include pieces from a diverse group of writers, from Faulkner to Hurston, T.S. Eliot to Coelho, Morrison and Orwell, to non-Western writers. Along the way the class will discuss the rise of journalism, popular media, music, and the role of both technology and globalism in the study of literature. Works from other eras and authors will be added as time and interest permit.

For this course, students should be active, engaged, advanced readers who come to class prepared to participate in intellectual discussion. Students should expect to read up to 100 pages per week. Students are also expected to take the lead in weekly class discussions by sharing their reflections/ reactions to the readings, drawing conclusions/ comparisons with other works, and investigating scholarly articles or other writings on the theme, genre, or by the assigned author. The course instructor will serve as a facilitator-moderator and will use Socratic discussion to further the class s analysis of the literature. A goal in the class is to encourage students to think critically about what they are reading and to help them identify patterns and divergences in material that will give them a framework for anything they read in the future. Students will be expected to write one paper per semester and give one oral presentation to demonstrate understanding and interpretation of materials.

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