Schedule and Room Assignments

Classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays in Herndon, VA. Filter by subject or grade below. You can see key dates in our Google calendar or view our Academic Calendar.

Quarter beginning January 18, 2021

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Tuesday Classes

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Room 1

Acting- Kids Theater: The Incredible Invention

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 4

Our actors create an imaginative invention that will change the world! What crazy adventure unfolds when this invention is revealed? What does it do? Where did it come from? Will the invention go missing? Will it do something unplanned? That is for our actors to know and share in their own original play. Find out on this incredible adventure!

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

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

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

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

10:00 am-10:55 am

3rd-5th

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Our Own Pirate Play

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 0

Ahoy, maties! Acting is an adventure! Young actors will find themselves on a pirate ship, where they will create an imaginative storyline and unique characters for their very own original play. Will they encounter a kooky pirate captain, a prickly peg-leg mate, a bottom-dwelling bilge buccaneer, or a shanty- singing scallywag on their quest for pirate booty?

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

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

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

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

11:00 am-11:55 am

1st-2nd

Puppet Craft Workshop: Hand Puppets

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tues

Open Spots: 3

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

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

By the end of this course, each student should have 6-8 unique hand puppets. Puppets will be kept by the instructor each week to allow glue to dry and to ensure that all puppets are present on the final day. During the final class meeting, students will showcase, from behind a curtain, a brief skit incorporating all of their puppet creations. Due to space constraints and distancing in the classroom, their audience will be limited to their teacher and classmates, but their performance will be videotaped and e-mailed to parents.

Pair this class with Creative Storytelling, Playful Puppet Workshop, or Acting- Kids Theater to encourage more creative expression and theatrical basics. There is a $20.00 material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this Series: Finger Puppets (Quarter 2); Hand Puppets (Quarter 3); and Moving/String Puppets (Quarter 4).

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

1st-3rd

Acting- Tween Stage: Improv Scenes

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 1

Students will learn how to develop a scene with a partner with no script, no planning, and no casting! Tweens will learn how to react, interact, and respond "on the fly" and in character to each other in situations that are made-up on-the-spot. Actors will practice taking cues from their partners to keep the scene going in a hilarious, creative development that no one can anticipate or replicate.

Popular improvisational exercises such as "Scene Jump", "Columns," and "Two-Minute Story" will be the backdrop for unusual, unexpected, and mixed-up settings which will be the catalyst for wild and crazy interactions among characters. Students' cooperative work will improve their creative thinking, interpersonal skills, and ability to think outside the box.

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

Topics in this Series: Comedy Mash-Up (Quarter 1); One Minute Plays (Quarter 2); Improv Scenes (Quarter 3); and Who Dunnit? (Quarter 4). Taken these classes before? No problem, you can take them again as improv-based acting will be a new and different experience every time!

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

6th-8th

French II (Private Session)

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Quarter(s): 1,2,3,4

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 1

Private instruction for French II

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

11th

(Year Long)

Writing Lab

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Quarter(s): 3,4

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 2

Scriptophobia. Break the block. Get past the paralysis. Every student struggles with writing at some point. Fearful writers worry what others will think. Reluctant writers have trouble getting started. Even strong, prolific writers experience roadblocks in their writing. Every teen can benefit from Writing Lab, a safe, supportive writing workshop where an experienced writing coach facilitates peer revision groups. Writing Lab is based on the idea of revision, revision, revision; teaching teens that writing does not have to be perfect; sometimes they just need to put words on paper to get started.

Writing Lab will give students the opportunity to revise their own writing at their own pace. Writing Lab may be taken stand-alone or to complement other classes. Each class will include the opportunity to write to a prompt or on a topic of choice, to confer with classmates about writing, and to work on developing pieces. Each session will include dedicated writing time. Students may bring pieces of writing from another class or something they are working on at home-- history paper, English composition, lab report, short story, personal essay, etc. No two will be the same. If a student shows up with no in-progress writing, the instructor will provide sample prompts to get the writing process started. After writing, students will break up into groups of 3-4 students to share their work and receive feedback from peers. Writers will benefit from having an audience and receiving input on their drafts. That feedback will inspire further revision, refinement, and clarification of their writing as well as ideas for new pieces. Each week the writing coach will provide writing tips and guidance on everything from organizing big ideas and writing mechanics to how to give and receive constructive criticism.

Revision is a vital step in the writing process in which writers consider what they have accomplished and what they can do to make their work more effective. Having the opportunity to revise is helpful to reluctant writers, who learn to free themselves of high expectations of every word they put to paper, as well as prolific writers, who benefit from honing their craft. Having models written by peers in addition to a peer audience is inspiring, and it trains writers to be critical readers who can give constructive feedback. Students will improve as writers if they choose to work on their pieces in class only, but working independently will significantly amplify the benefits of the class.

Topics in this Series: Writing Lab will continue in Semester 2, and students may continue the course to further develop/improve their writing. Continuing students from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Workload: Students should expect to spend time outside of class writing, however the time will vary based on the type of writing and students' goals for the writing.

Assignments: Students should bring works-in-progress to lab. The number of assignments completed or advanced will depend on the amount of outside writing a student does and the length of his/her piece.

Assessments: The writing coach will provide individual feedback on pieces that a student brings to work on in lab.

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

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

8th-12th

(Semester Long)

Room 3

Middle School Math Skill Builders: Exponents, Orders of Ope...

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Quarter(s): 3, 4

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 4

Math Builders is a class that is meant to "fill in the gaps" and strengthen a student's middle school math know-how! Math Builders will help solidify key concepts and before a student embarks on pre-algebra, algebra, and beyond. This class will also emphasize real world applications of the mathematical concepts and word problems so students become comfortable switching between prose (written descriptions) and mathematical representation (numbers, symbols).

Exponents and orders of magnitude are used every day by scientists! How far away is the sun? How small is an atom? How many cells are in our bodies? The class will make sense of really small and really big numbers by working with exponents, powers of ten, scientific notation, and order of magnitude. Students will learn different ways of expressing large and miniscule numbers. Students will practice the computational operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with exponents.

Integers are used everyday by almost everyone! Answering the question, what's the balance in my checking account? Is it cold enough to snow? Or, how do I score a game of golf? This course will make the abstract concept of negatives numbers concrete through the use of number lines and other tools. Students in this class will learn algorithms and strategies for completing all four operations with integers. Being able to work with integers is essential throughout Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and beyond.

Prerequisites: This course is meant to reinforce and ensure a solid foundation in the core concepts needed for Pre-Algebra. For this course to have the most impact, a student should be solid through upper elementary math (approx. 6th grade) and should be working at a 7th grade math level. This course is meant to complement or supplement an at-home middle school math curriculum. If you are unsure if your child should take Middle School Math Builders or is ready for the full year Pre-Algebra course, the instructor can provide a placement test. If you are concerned about the scope and sequence of this class fitting with your selected math program, the Instructor can hold a curriculum coordination meeting (for an additional fee).

Workload: Students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class on homework.

Assignments: Homework will be given each week to build fluency with basic skills.

Lab/Supply Fee: Each student enrolled in this class will need a subscription to IXL Math for practice problems. IXL is an online subscription-based learning platform which uses continuous diagnostics to develop a personalized practice plan. This is a 12-month discounted subscription through Compass. A class fee of $19.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

What to Bring: Paper or notebook, pen or pencil.

10:00 am-10:55 am

6th-8th

(Semester Long)

Cracking Codes, Cryptology for Kids: Sleuths

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 3

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

Student sleuths will continue their undercover operations with all-new codes such as the Atbash Cipher, Running Key Cipher, and Four-Square Cipher. Students will also learn about fingerprinting, a key clue to real sleuths solving crimes and will mix and test an invisible ink that can only be read under a black light. The quarter will culminate in a collaboration to crack a variety of codes to flee a classroom Escape Room which may include challenges such as coded letters, picture clues, mirror image writings, puzzling word searches, and cryptograms.

11:00 am-11:55 am

3rd-4th

Art: Fun and Functional Fiber Arts for Kids (1PM)

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 4

In this specialty art class, students will work with a variety of fibers and textiles to create unique, 3-dimensional projects. From fuzzy chenille to fluffy cotton and scratchy jute to scrumptious viscose, students will enjoy the tactile experience of looping, lashing, layering, weaving or knotting assorted textures in fabrics and fibers. Students may work with burlap, felt, leather, muslin, wool, yarn, or string to complete decorative pieces such as a string sculpture, a knotted flannel scarf, a wall hanging, or wool felting projects. Students may sew embellishments such as buttons on their finished projects, but this is not a sewing class. There is a $40.00 material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

3rd-5th

Art: Fun and Functional Fiber Arts for Tweens (2PM)

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 2

In this specialty art class, students will work with a variety of fibers and textiles to create unique, 3-dimensional projects. From fuzzy chenille to fluffy cotton and scratchy jute to scrumptious viscose, students will enjoy the tactile experience of looping, lashing, layering, weaving or knotting assorted textures in fabrics and fibers. Students may work with burlap, felt, leather, muslin, wool, yarn, or string to complete decorative pieces such as a string sculpture, a knotted flannel scarf, a wall hanging, or wool felting projects. Students may sew embellishments such as buttons on their finished projects, but this is not a sewing class. There is a $40.00 material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

6th-8th

Room 4

Junior Art Studio: Cultural Art Creations (TUE-10am)

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 0

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

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

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

10:00 am-10:55 am

K-2nd

Junior Art Studio: Cultural Art Creations (TUE-11am)

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 1

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

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

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

11:00 am-11:55 am

K-2nd

Eco Scientist: Africa & Asia

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 0

Become a world-travelling eco adventurer and earth scientist without leaving Compass! Study the world's most exciting and diverse ecosystems and learn about the incredible biologic and geologic phenomena that shape them. Venture into caves and coasts, tundra and taiga, and forests and fjords. Each week student scientists will begin by locating the fascinating features on a map before learning about these incredible habitats from the ground-up, starting with the geology of a place, then working their way through the climate, biome, flora, and fauna. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce regional and ecological diversity by examining rock types, classifying plants, observing insects, or modelling weather phenomena. Throughout their journey to fascinating ecosystems, explorers will keep a science log to document their discoveries. Finally, students will link their studies to current events in these regions.

This quarter s journey begins at the highest point on earth Mt. Everest. We'll journey through Asia and India and see how these land masses have changed over geologic time. Why are there elephants in India and Africa, but not in the Middle Eastern lands that connect them? We'll follow the elephant s trail through time and explore the African continent and the world s largest rift valleys where the earth is literally tearing apart!

Topics in this Series: The Americas and Antarctica (Quarter 1); Northern Latitudes (Quarter 2); Africa & Asia (Quarter 3); and All About Islands (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

3rd-4th

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

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 0

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

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

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

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

5th-6th

Geo Detective: Sensational Cycles and Seasons

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 4

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.

Third quarter, Geo Detectives will take a big picture perspective on the physical, chemical and biological processes that occur on our planet. We will learn about the rock cycle, water cycle, carbon and nitrogen cycling, primary productivity and the flow of energy through ecosystems.

Topics in this Series: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes
(Quarter 1); Wacky World Weather (Quarter 2); Sensational Cycles and Seasons (Quarter 3); and Exploring Ecosystems (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

3rd-4th

Room 5

Pre-Algebra

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Quarter(s):

Day(s): Tues/Thur

Open Spots: 4

This is a full year course in Pre-Algebra that will provide an introduction to basic algebra concepts and a review of arithmetic algorithms with an emphasis on problem solving. The major topics covered in this course are Numbers and Operations, Expressions & Properties, Equations & Inequalities, Functional Relationships and Ratios, Percent & Proportions. Students will learn to use formulas to solve a variety of math problems encompassing geometry, measurement probability, and statistics. Students will also be applying their learning to real life scenarios to solve problems.

Prerequisites: Students must be fluent in the four basic operations- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will need to show proficiency and have a thorough command of basic computation. In addition, a basic, introductory understanding and ability to work with fractions and decimals is required to solve equations and simplify expressions. If you are unsure about your child's readiness for this class, the instructor will recommend one or more practice platforms and/or assessments to confirm placement.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of class to complete practice problems, homework, and assessments.

Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, link to quizzes and tests, track grades, and message the instructor and classmates.

Assessments: All chapter tests will be taken outside of class with parental oversight to maximize in-class instructional time. Points will be assigned for completed homework, quizzes, and tests. A letter grade will not be assigned, but parents can use total points earned versus total points offered to assign a grade for purposes of a homeschool transcript. Parents can view total points earned at any time through the Canvas site.

Textbook: The selected textbook is available free online, and a link will be posted on Canvas. Students who prefer a hard copy textbook may purchase or rent McDougall Littell's Pre-Algebra (ISBN #978-0618250035). As an alternative, for any student who struggles with reading, the textbook can be purchased as an audio CD (ISBN #978-0618478828). In addition, students will be assigned work in IXL and class note packets. (See Supply Fee notes below).

Lab/Supply Fee: This course has a $65.00 supply fee which covers a 1-year subscription to IXL online math platform and a class binder with unit notes. The unit notes packet will be distributed at the beginning of each unit and includes additional examples, supplemental explanations, and practice problems. Please bring cash or a check made out to Compass on the first day of class.

What to Bring: TI-34 calculator

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

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

7th-9th

PreCalculus with Trigonometry

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Quarter(s): 1,2,3,4

Day(s): Tues, Thu

Open Spots: 5

This is a complete course in high school PreCalculus which will cover fundamental concepts and provide a solid foundation of mathematical literacy, problem solving, reasoning, and critical thinking skills that are necessary for the exploration of more advanced and rigorous topics in mathematics. Topics in Precalculus include functions: polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric (right angle and unit circle). In addition, the course will cover polar coordinates, parametric equations, analytic trigonometry, vectors, systems of equations/inequalities, conic sections, sequences, and series. Students will explore these topics through class discussions, practice problems, and open-ended problem solving.

Prerequisite: Students should have a solid foundation Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry in order to take this class.
Workload: Students should expect to spend 1.25-1.75 hours per day on reading, review, and homework on most non-class days. Homework assignments will run on a 13-day cycle in this class with: a new unit introduced on a Friday (day 1), lecture on Wednesday (day 6), questions and answers on the next Friday (day 8), and homework due the next Wednesday (day 13). After introduction of a new topic (day 1), students will be expected to read the assigned section and look through worked, sample problems before the lecture the following Wednesday (day 6). Solutions will be provided for some homework problems, but students are expected to show all steps of all work.
Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address in order to be set up as users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. In lieu of a graphing calculator, students should have access to websites desmos.com and wolframalpha.com for graphing assignments.
Assessments: In this class, the instructor will assess a student's progress by checking that weekly homework sets are complete and giving periodic take-home tests; class participation is also strongly encouraged. Parents will be able to view accumulated points awarded in the class for the purpose of determining a parent-awarded course grade.
Textbook: Students should purchase or rent the required textbook for this class: Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 6th edition by Stewart, Redlin, and Watson (ISBN-10 0840068077, ISBN-13 978-0840068071). A scientific calculator similar to the Casio fx-115ES PLUS is required for this class.
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a complete credit in Precalculus for purposes of a high school transcript.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

10th-12th

(Year Long)

Spanish I (Private Session)

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Quarter(s): 1,2,3,4

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 1

Private instruction for Spanish I

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

8th

(Year Long)

Room 6

Bibliophiles Books Group: Order and Chaos

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 4

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

Third quarter, students will examine the themes of Order and Chaos through The Maze Runner by James Dashner and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

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

Topics in this Series: Deception and Disguise (Quarter 1); Greed (Quarter 2); Order and Chaos (Quarter 3); Power and Powerlessness (Quarter 4).

Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and because they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

Supply Fee: A class fee of $16.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

What to Bring: Students should bring the current novel, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking pages.

11:00 am-11:55 am

7th-8th

Writing Well: Fascinating Fiction Paragraphs

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 0

Writing is one of the most essential communication skills, and it gives kids a voice! In this class, upper elementary-aged students will learn the FUN-damentals of Writing Well! Kids will learn the foundations of good writing, step-by-step, in manageable, weekly pieces. Students will start the year with learning to formulate strong sentences and eventually move to organized, cohesive paragraphs in this class series. Classes will consist of lessons on writing basics, reading great examples (and weak ones) from literature and publications, and in-class writing practice. The emphasis will be on varying sentence structures, word choice, and correct structure- all with fun, creative topics that will keep kids interested in writing!

During quarter 3, the class will exercise their paragraph-writing skills in writing about fictional scenarios and brief stories. Students will take the skills of writing topic sentences, supporting sentences, and the clincher and weave in elements of story writing such as characters, setting, and situation. Fiction writing builds confidence as it is sun for students to fill in supporting details such as creative names, colorful adjectives, captivating adjectives, and concise verbs in order to tell their story. The class will learn to define what they want to convey in a paragraph and how to guide the reader through the points of their paragraph. By the end of quarter two, students will be able to write clear, cohesive and well-organized body paragraphs.

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

Topics in this Series: Sentences that Speak (Quarter 1); Planning Paragraphs (Quarter 2); Fascinating Fiction Paragraphs (Quarter 3); and Fun Factual Paragraphs (Quarter 4)

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

5th-6th

Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Winter Workshop (TUE)

Jr. Engineering with LEGO: Winter Workshop (TUE)Closed

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 0

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

Third quarter, students will build for an icy winter environment and explore constructions like a bobsled course, snow plows, snow mobiles, a Polar Express train, and gondola ski lifts!

Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown.

Notes:(1)Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. (2) Projects are built from shared, Instructor-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can step into class 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (Quarter 1); Animal Architects (Quarter 2); Winter Workshop (Quarter 3); Amusement Park (Quarter 4)

1:00 pm-2:25 pm

K-2nd

Park

Nature Quest: Winter Explorers (TUE- 10am)

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 2

Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and witness the changes to the watershed.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!

A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 5 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class.

10:00 am-10:50 am

K-1st

Nature Quest: Winter Adventurers (TUE- 11am)

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 4

Witness the wonders of winter! Bundle up and look for signs of how animals live in the cold. Discover tracks in the snow, uncover nests and borrows, and find out who munched on twigs or bark. Observe transformations in plant life, moss, and fungus, and witness the changes to the watershed.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!

A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated.

11:00 am-11:50 am

2nd-3rd

Virtual 1

Dynamic Dioramas: Virginia History- The War of 1812 *ONLINE*

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 5

After the American war of Independence, the young nation of the United States struggled to gain its footing internationally, especially in the eyes of its former colonial masters, Great Britain. The class will discuss the lead-up to the War of 1812, from the perspectives of the young American nation and the British Empire, how America's first political parties opposed or supported the war, and the national consequences that would result. Once the diorama boards are completed, students will re-enact battles like the burning of Washington.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 16 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a history-based strategy game. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and politics of the time. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include Virginia History: Jamestown and the Powhatan Confederacy, 1607 (1st quarter), The American War of Independence (2nd quarter), The War of 1812 (3rd quarter), and The Civil War 1861-1865 (4th quarter).

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

5th-8th

Ancient Expeditions: 6-Virtual Class Series *ONLINE*

Ancient Expeditions: 6-Virtual Class Series *ONLINE*Closed

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 3

This is a series bundle of the 6 Ancient Expeditions virtual classes on the Age of Exploration and ancient civilizations Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and Polynesia. See individual program descriptions for more detail.

3:00 pm-3:45 pm

3rd-5th

Ancient Expeditions: Age of Exploration *ONLINE- 1 DAY*

Ancient Expeditions: Age of Exploration *ONLINE- 1 DAY*Closed

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 7

This is a virtual education program offered to school groups. It is taught by educators at the Mariner's Museum Museum in Newport News, VA. The event cost is per login, not per participant. Multiple children plus their parents can participate for a flat rate. This class will be taught live, online through a virtual classroom platform. Compass is registered as the school with the museum, and participants will receive reminders and login instructions from Compass, not from the museum.

Description from the Mariner's Museum website: Students discover an era when cartographers were still mapping the world and explorers were discovering new landmasses. Museum educators will lead discussions on economic and cultural life of the Old World, the lucrative spice trade, European efforts to chart a sea route to Asia, and other factors that accelerated European interest in exploration. Students will also examine early European exploration of North and South America and the navigational instruments used during the golden age of sail. Be sure to visit our Ages of Exploration Online Exhibition to learn more about early exploration.

Note: Program content will be targeted to the 3rd-5th grade age range, but older and younger students will also enjoy the program and are welcome to attend. For families who track learning to state Standards of Learning, see the class description on the museum's webpage for standards covered.

3:00 pm-3:45 pm

3rd-5th

Ancient Expeditions: Pyramids, Boats and Emojis! *ONLINE- 1 DAY*

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 8

This is a virtual education program offered to school groups. It is taught by educators at the Mariner's Museum Museum in Newport News, VA. The event cost is per login, not per participant. Multiple children plus their parents can participate for a flat rate. This class will be taught live, online through a virtual classroom platform. Compass is registered as the school with the museum, and participants will receive reminders and login instructions from Compass, not from the museum.

Description from the Mariner's Museum website: What do emojis and hieroglyphics have in common? To find out, journey back in time with us as we explore the history and geography of Ancient Egypt. Students will examine unique artifacts to learn about Ancient Egyptian life, create a story using modern day hieroglyphics, and make their own pyramid using a $1 bill.

Note: Program content will be targeted to the 3rd-5th grade age range, but older and younger students will also enjoy the program and are welcome to attend. For families who track learning to state Standards of Learning, see the class description on the museum's webpage for standards covered.

3:00 pm-3:30 pm

3rd-5th

Ancient Expeditions: Greece is the Word *ONLINE-1 DAY*

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 9

This is a virtual education program offered to school groups. It is taught by educators at the Mariner's Museum Museum in Newport News, VA. The event cost is per login, not per participant. Multiple children plus their parents can participate for a flat rate. This class will be taught live, online through a virtual classroom platform. Compass is registered as the school with the museum, and participants will receive reminders and login instructions from Compass, not from the museum.

Description from the Mariner's Museum website:Ancient Greece is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Learn about some of the history and culture that still attracts visitors today. In this interactive program, students will examine unique artifacts of vessels from The Mariners' Museum and Park Collection. Students will also create a model Parthenon or ancient Greek pottery.

Note: Program content will be targeted to the 3rd-5th grade age range, but older and younger students will also enjoy the program and are welcome to attend. For families who track learning to state Standards of Learning, see the class description on the museum's webpage for standards covered.

3:00 pm-3:30 pm

3rd-5th

Ancient Expeditions: When in Rome *ONLINE-1 DAY*

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 9

This is a virtual education program offered to school groups. It is taught by educators at the Mariner's Museum Museum in Newport News, VA. The event cost is per login, not per participant. Multiple children plus their parents can participate for a flat rate. This class will be taught live, online through a virtual classroom platform. Compass is registered as the school with the museum, and participants will receive reminders and login instructions from Compass, not from the museum.

Description from the Mariner's Museum website: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Learn about this fascinating ancient city in the heart of Italy. This 30-minute program will provide students with a general insight into Roman history, architecture, and government. Students will be exposed to a variety of artifacts and even learn how to create their own mosaic masterpiece.

Note: Program content will be targeted to the 3rd-5th grade age range, but older and younger students will also enjoy the program and are welcome to attend. For families who track learning to state Standards of Learning, see the class description on the museum's webpage for standards covered.

3:00 pm-3:30 pm

3rd-5th

Ancient Expeditions: Chinese "Junk" and Other Vessels *ONLINE-1 DAY*

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 9

This is a virtual education program offered to school groups. It is taught by educators at the Mariner's Museum Museum in Newport News, VA. The event cost is per login, not per participant. Multiple children plus their parents can participate for a flat rate. This class will be taught live, online through a virtual classroom platform. Compass is registered as the school with the museum, and participants will receive reminders and login instructions from Compass, not from the museum.

Description from the Mariner's Museum website: The Chinese were famous for their "junk," but probably not the type of junk you are thinking about. This program explores ancient China and the many vessels it used throughout history. Students will compare and contrast artifacts from The Mariners' Museum and Park collection and make an origami boat.

Note: Program content will be targeted to the 3rd-5th grade age range, but older and younger students will also enjoy the program and are welcome to attend. For families who track learning to state Standards of Learning, see the class description on the museum's webpage for standards covered.

3:00 pm-3:30 pm

3rd-5th

Ancient Expeditions: Mariners of Moana *ONLINE-1 DAY*

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Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 8

This is a virtual education program offered to school groups. It is taught by educators at the Mariner's Museum Museum in Newport News, VA. The event cost is per login, not per participant. Multiple children plus their parents can participate for a flat rate. This class will be taught live, online through a virtual classroom platform. Compass is registered as the school with the museum, and participants will receive reminders and login instructions from Compass, not from the museum.

Description from the Mariner's Museum website: Polynesia comes to life in this interactive virtual exploration of the indigenous peoples of Oceania. By comparing images from the Disney movie Moana to artifacts in The Mariners' Museum and Park Collection, students will learn about the traditions of South Pacific Islanders and their unique maritime history. Students will interpret objects, paintings, maps, dance, and specialized charts to understand the distinctive and varied cultures present in islands from Hawaii to New Zealand. At the conclusion of the program, students will build their own navigational chart with found items, just like the mariners of the Marshall Islands.

Note: Program content will be targeted to the 3rd-5th grade age range, but older and younger students will also enjoy the program and are welcome to attend. For families who track learning to state Standards of Learning, see the class description on the museum's webpage for standards covered.

3:00 pm-3:45 pm

3rd-5th

Virtual 2

Abstract Geometrics in Pen & Ink: Borders, Frames and Vigne...

Abstract Geometrics in Pen & Ink: Borders, Frames and Vignettes *ONLINE ONLY* Add to Cart

Quarter(s): 3

Day(s): Tue

Open Spots: 4

Students will learn to create beautiful images, abstracts, or monograms by drawing structured, geometric patterns in pen and ink in an art form called Zentangle. The Zentangle Method (R) is a fun, easy-to-learn process of creating beautiful images by drawing small, repeating patterns. You don't need to be an artist to create Zentangle art! This class will be taught by Marisela Rumberg, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Click here to see examples of Marisela's Zentangle abstracts and geometrics.

The Zentangle method is based on small geometric or organic elements called "tangles" replicated and arranged in patterns to create an overall design. Let your mind go and relax in the repetition of drawing intricate, abstract, black and white designs to add the zen to the tangles in this unique art form.

Third quarter, students will learn to create intricate borders, frames, and vignettes using design basics. Then, students will learn to embellish and embolden their designs with blended patterns into an overall composition. Practice designs and in-class exercises will initially be drawn on blank grid step-out templates that students will print at home. Students may wish to keep their completed and in-progress designs in a folder or cut them out to glue into a sketchbook, notebook, or journal. Finished designs will be inked on 3.5" X 3.5" white Zentangle paper tiles.

Note:All class meetings will be in a virtual classroom, providing synchronous online instruction via videoconferencing for the full quarter.

Supply Fee: Students will order and pay for class supplies directly from the instructor with a credit card number or PayPal account. Kits will be shipped to enrolled students prior to class. Kits will include 2 pens, a pencil, a blender, and paper tiles in a canvas bag. Students may select from a kit for 1 quarter or 2 quarters of classes.

Topics in this Series: Design Basics (Quarter 1); Monograms (Quarter 2); Borders, Frames and Vignettes (Quarter 3); and Zendalas/Mosaics (Quarter 4).

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

6th-Adult