Newsletter 2015-2016

June Newsletter

posted May 31, 2016, 3:41 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated May 31, 2016, 3:44 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:

  • June 3 – Last Day of School, Early Release
  • June 13 – Report Cards Emailed This Week
  • August 1 - School Office Opens with Modified Hours
  • August 11 - Back-to-school Open House
  • August 15 – First Day of School
Last Day of School

The last day of school is an early release day. Lunch will NOT be available; elementary students should bring a snack. Schedule: 1st-6th – 9:00-12:00 & 7th-11th – 7:40-11:00.

Back-to-school Open House

Mark your calendars to attend the back-to-school open house at both campuses on August 11. Tech Lane Campus (7-12) is from 3:00-5:00PM and Cherry Lane campus is from 4:00-6:00PM.

Student Handbook

By this time, all of you have completed registration for your student(s) for the 2016-17 school year, THANK YOU! However, it is likely that when it came time to signing that you and your child “read” the student handbook, it was probably similar to clicking “agree” to the conditions of the latest upgrade on your cell phone (NOT read). It would be an excellent parent-child bonding opportunity to read through the student handbook (for real this time) over the summer. This is especially important for older students (5th-12th) who learn to exercise their choice through their behavior. At Compass, we DO hold students’ accountable to the expectations. It is especially important to read through the section titled, “Behavior Expectations and Discipline, Policy #3100.” Remember, this is you and your child’s agreement to uphold the Compass culture through positive behavior.

American Heart Association

Thank you to all of our Compass families for generously contributing to the American Heart Association. We raised $6,128.40 which will benefit those with heart related health issues as well as allow the school to purchase PE and playground equipment! The Jump for Heart was fun as our students’ learned how to build PAWsitivie heart habits through physical activity, healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

Summer Camps at Compass

Who--Co-ed basketball camp 
When—June 13-15
Cost-- $55
Contact—Toby Pinkerman 208.230.3641 

Who—Boys basketball camp
Grade--5th-6th p)
When—June 13-15 
Contact—Toby Pinkerman 208.230.3641  

Who—Boys basketball camp
When—June 20-23 
Cost-- $65
Contact—Toby Pinkerman 208.230.3641 

Who—Boys basketball camp
When—June 13-16
Contact - Coach Calkins 208.353.6829
Contact—Toby Pinkerman 208.230.3641 

Who—Girls basketball  camp
When—June 20-23 
Cost-- $65
Contact—Toby Pinkerman 208.230.3641 

Who—Girls basketball camp
When—June 27-29 
Cost-- $60
Contact—Toby Pinkerman 208.230.3641 

When—June 20-23
Cost-- $75 
Contact— Coach Hedrick 

May Newsletter

posted Apr 30, 2016, 5:20 AM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated May 31, 2016, 3:43 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:
  • May 2 - SOM and Aim High Assemblies
  • May 3 – High School Informational Meeting, 6:30PM Tech Lane Campus
  • May 5 - 6th Grade Music Performance, 7:00PM Cherry Lane Campus
  • May 6 - Senior Projects, No School K-11th
  • May 7 - High School Prom, Cherry Lane Campus
  • May 12 - School Board Meeting, 6:00PM Cherry Lane Campus
  • May 13 - Middle School Musical Pirates of Penzance, 7:00PM Cherry Lane Campus
  • May 14 - High School Drama Performance, 7:00PM Cherry Lane Campus
  • May 17 – Registration for 2016-17, 4:30-7:30PM Cherry Lane Campus
  • May 18 – Registration for 2016-17, 9:30AM-1:30PM Cherry Lane Campus
  • May 19 - 6th Grade Band Performance, 7:00PM Cherry Lane Campus
  • May 21 - St. Luke's Fundraiser Dinner, 6:30PM Cherry Lane Campus
  • May 23 – SOM and Aim High Assemblies 
  • May 25 - 6th Grade Science Fair, 3:45PM Cherry Lane Campus
  • May 28 - Compass Graduation, 2:00PM Ten Mile Christian Church
  • May 30 – Memorial Day, No School
  • June 3 – Last Day of School, Early Release

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2-6 is teacher appreciation week. The Parent Engagement Committee has come up with some ideas/ways you can show your appreciation for teachers. If you would like to participate, please follow the link below. You are also welcome to do something independently for your child’s teacher.

Registration for the 2016-17 School Year

There are 2 ways to register your returning student this year. You may register students online or come to registration at the Cherry Lane Campus (all grades) May 17 from 4:30-7:30pm or May 18 from 9:30am-1:30pm. Please watch your email for registration instructions the first week of May. A flyer will also be sent home with your student. ALL students must be registered by May 20, 2016 to keep their seat at Compass.

Amendment to the 2016-12 School Calendar

Please find attached the updated calendar. The amendment has to do with the elementary daily hours. You will notice that school will be ending at 3:30 on Tuesdays through Fridays and 2:30 for early release on Mondays.

It is our hope that families will use the calendar to plan activities/vacations aligned to the days the school already has off. Our attendance goal is 96% for ALL students in order for them to be successful. Additionally, the school’s budget is based on a 96% attendance rate. If we drop below this rate, we lose funding.

Thank You!

The additional staff training day which added a day to the students’ spring break was extremely beneficial for the teachers. Therefore, we would like to thank parents for their support of this extra day.

Physical Education Department

Now that the weather is getting nicer our students like to wear sandals and flip flops to school. Please remind them to bring tennis shoes for P.E. so they can participate safely.

Your K-6 child came home with information on “Jump Rope for Heart”.  This is an opportunity that the P.E. Department has taken to help the American Heart Association and help raise awareness about living heart healthy.  All students will be doing a jump rope event in P.E. May 5th.   No donations will be collected until then. If your student chose to participate in this fund raiser they will bring in their envelope with the money they had raised on May 5th. Please read the paper work sent home for more information. They can receive their first thank you gift after raising $5 when they fill out and turn in the coupon!

Senior Projects

Compass seniors will be presenting to a panel on May 6th; therefore, there will be no regular school for students in kindergarten through 11th grade on this day.  The Senior Projects will be streaming LIVE!  Thanks so much to the diligence of our superhero, supertechy, broadcasting guru, Phil Henderson.

If you are interested in viewing the senior oral presentations, please get on Facebook and "like" the page.  Then they can view any senior's project presentation LIVE.

Eighth Grade Service Project

As a service project, eighth grade Compass students will be hosting a dinner and night of entertainment for the Saint Luke's Children’s Hospital at the Cherry Lane Campus. There will also be a Silent Auction for the event.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.


Nice job to the middle school track team who just finished up their season. Athletes, please get your uniforms in to Mr. Folk as soon as possible.

High school volleyball coaches have been hired for next year. The head coach will be Erin Hedrick and the assistant coach will be Sam Fritz. Both of these amazing women are Compass elementary teachers. Please watch for upcoming information on a team meeting and open gyms times.

Compass Middle School sports has just become a little more exciting! The Compass Wing Walkers will be cheering our very own Aviators on to victory.  This inaugural hybrid cheer and dance team will be charged with inspiring  school spirit, cheering for the middle school boys and girls basketball teams, performing at half time, and being leaders on and off the court through kindness, service, and positivity.  Learn more at the summer Cheer and Dance Camp June 6-10. Next year's 7th & 8th grade camp will run from 9am-12pm, and 5th & 6th grade from 1pm-4pm. Registration forms can be picked up in the school office. For more information, contact Wendy Long at

Watch your email for additional camps, i.e. basketball and volleyball. Details on these camps will be coming out soon!

Meridian Parks and Recreation

Amy Merrill is offering summer dance classes through Meridian Parks and Recreation. See attached flyer.

Last Day of School

The last day of school is an early release day. Lunch will NOT be available; elementary students should bring a snack. Schedule: 1st-6th – 9:00-12:00 & 7th-11th – 7:40-11:00.

April Newsletter

posted Mar 30, 2016, 7:36 AM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 7:35 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:

  • April 4 – Teacher In-service, No School
  • April 5 - School Resumes
  • April 5 – Booster Meeting, 6:30PM
  • April 6 – IRI and ISAT Testing Begins
  • April 14 – School Board Meeting, 6:00PM
  • April 15 – Character Counts Assembly 1st-3rd
  • April 19 – CWI Dual Credit Information Meeting, 6:30PM Tech Lane Campus
  • April 21 – 2016-17 Lottery, 12:00PM Cherry Lane Campus
  • April 22 – Character Counts Assembly 4th-6th
  • April 26 – National Honor Society Induction
  • April 29 – Junior High Drama Performance, 7:00PM Cherry Lane Campus

Thank You!!!

We appreciate parents who attended student led conferences! Thank you very much to the parents who brought food for our teachers, you are amazing!!

Spring School Attire

When the sun comes out, students (mostly girls), get excited to dress in their spring/summer clothes. It is important to keep a few things in mind: 

  • It will still be cool in the mornings, make sure the outfit allows for outdoor play and/or PE
  • Students have probably grown since last summer so shorts/skirts may now be too short (shorts/skirts need to be no shorter than mid-thigh)
  • Shirts need to come to the shoulder and hide all straps (sheer shirts must also have a shirt underneath that comes to the shoulder and hides straps)
  • Leggings can be worn with a shirt that covers the bottom

Dual Credit Information Meeting

College of Western Idaho (CWI) dual credit informational meeting for parents and students at Tech Lane Campus, 6:30PM, Room 208.


As a public school of Idaho, kindergarten through 3rd grade Compass students will be taking the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI), and 3rd through 10th grade students will be assessed with ISAT 2.0.  School attendance, a good night’s rest, and a healthy breakfast are extremely important.  Please help our teachers in encouraging students to do their very best in demonstrating the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout the school year.


The lottery for the 2016-17 school year is scheduled on April 21. Families who have submitted applications for enrollment will be notified within one week of the lottery.

2016-17 Registration

Mark your calendars for registration on May 17 & 18.  At Compass, we complete registration early for the upcoming school year in order to verify enrollment and open seats. If you don’t complete registration for your child(ren) on May 17 or 18, it will be assumed that your child(ren) isn't returning and their seat will be offered to the next student on the wait list.

Registration Fee Changes

Compass will have no required fees related to classes, supplies, and field trips for the 2016-17 school year. However, there are many costs associated with these activities/items which State funding doesn’t cover. Therefore, we are asking parents to consider a small donation at the time of registration. Donations are tax deductible and will benefit the school in many areas.  The attached document labeled 2016-17 Receipt is an example of what parents will be provided at registration May 17 & 18.

Parent Voice

Parents now have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about educational options and help debunk the myths about schools of choice in Idaho
  • Read school choice stories from parents and students across the state
  • Learn about important education research and policy issues
  • Attend special parent training to learn how you can support Idaho's school choice movement
Sign up to receive the parent voice newsletter at If Compass has 25 parents join, we will be entered in a drawing to win $250!

NO School Monday, April 4

Our school has acquired a new platform called Milepost. Mileposts is a student achievement solution which enables schools to create personalized learning plans, manage interventions, monitor achievement and gain insights to improve instruction to any class, group, or individual student. Additionally, parents will have access to their own student’s district and state assessment data.

In order to implement this new program, teachers will need extensive training and practice through collaboration. Our goal is to complete the training this spring, April 4th, thus allowing teachers to practice utilizing the program during the spring and summer. We will bring Milepost on board, including parent access, in the fall of 2016-17.

We scheduled our teacher training day on Monday, April 4th. This means students will get an extra day of spring break, coming back to school on Tuesday, April 5th. We recognize that this extra day of student vacation will require parents to make daycare arrangements, and for that we apologize. As explained, it is important that teachers have time to collaborate and practice with the new program during the spring, therefore, moving the training to later in the school year would defeat this purpose. Additionally, we begin ISAT testing on April 6th and then jump in to MAP’s testing following ISAT testing. Changing the testing schedule has a domino effect on meeting the testing deadlines, impacting class schedules, etc.

We appreciate your support in allowing our teachers to complete this critical training. Of course, our overall goal is to improve instruction and student success.

School Board Elections

If you are interested in serving on the school board, please download an application from Compass’ website.  Applications are due April 12th.  Elections for any open seats take place annually in May.  All families have voting rights for school board members.


General Booster Meeting - April 5 at Cherry Lane Campus Cafeteria, 6:30PM

Elections will be held for next year's board as well as discussion of next year's fundraisers, fees and budget.  All are welcome to attend!

Upcoming Middle School Track Meets:

  • April 7 @ Timberline High School
  • April 14 @ Ontario
  • April 21 @ Parma HS
  • April 28 @ Ontario

 Upcoming intramurals:

  • 6th Grade Boys Basketball - April 11-20
  • 5/6th Grade Girls Basketball - April 25- May 4
Please watch for information and the sign up form to come home with your student

Congratulations to the following raffle winners:

  • Crane Creek Golf - Bill Connelly
  • Boise Ranch Golf - Beth Rasmussen
  • Lakeview Golf - Debie Williams
  • Falcon Crest Golf - Micah Bandarraga
  • Falcon Crest Range Card - Ken Folk
  • Pizza from Firehouse Pizza - Suzy Johnson & Julie Babb
  • Half a Pig - Paula Connelly
  • Steelhead Hockey Tickets - Susan Fawley & Bryan Connington
  • Gino's $50 Gift Card - Katie Rice


March Newsletter

posted Feb 25, 2016, 8:47 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Feb 27, 2016, 9:24 AM ]

Special Points of Interest:
  • February 29 - March 18 – Pennies for Patients Campaign
  • March 3 – Shakespearience for 9-12, Cherry Lane Campus Auditorium 9:00-11:00
  • March 3 – Family Math & Game Night, Cherry Lane Campus Gym 5:00-7:00
  • March 7 – Student of the Month & Aim High Assemblies
  • March 10 - School Board Meeting, 6:00
  • March 11 – 8th Grade & High School Dance, Tech Lane Campus 7:30-9:30
  • March 17 & 18 – Student Led Conferences
  • March 21-April 1 – Spring Break

Family Math and Game Night
Please Join Us! 
March 3, 2016, 5-7 p.m. in the Cherry Lane Gym.
There will be hotdogs, chips, and water for $3 a plate or $10 for the family. We will have a silent auction with class baskets and grade level quilts. Come have some family fun playing games!

Student Led Conferences
Spring conferences are just around the corner. Please make plans to support your child's education by attending either a Thursday evening or Friday morning conference. See the attached flyer for more details.

Pennies for Patients
We are honored to join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for another year of 'Pennies for Patients'! The program helps fund LLS' mission in providing blood cancer research, education, and patient services. Each Jr High & High School student will be sent home with a 'Pennies for Patients' collection box. There will also be a collection box at the main desk at Tech Lane Campus and Cherry Lane Campus. We can help support by collecting coins/bills over the course of February 29th - March 18th. You can also make an online donation at, click on 'Find a participating school', type in 'Compass Public Charter School' and click on our school, and on the left hand side you can enter an amount and 'donate today'. Help us as Compass partners together with LLS in fighting blood cancers!

SAT Announcement
It is time for high school juniors to start registering for the SAT which takes place Tuesday, April 12th. They will receive a registration voucher that will be used to register online through College Board ( It is CRITICAL that the student NOT lose their voucher because the school only has enough for each student. The deadline to register is Thursday, March 17th before we leave for Spring Break. If you have issues with your registration, contact College Board at 866-756-7346. 
Great job to all the basketball teams this year; both boys and girls as well as middle school and high school had fun and successful seasons!  Congratulations to the JV boys for placing 2nd in the district tournament.

Middle school track - track will be starting soon, however, we are still looking for coaches to lead the team.  Practices are scheduled to start on Monday, Mar. 7 after school for any interested 7th and 8th graders.  More information will be forthcoming as soon as coaches are hired.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Mr. Folk or Mrs. Connelly ( or

Upcoming intramurals for 5th and 6th graders-flyers for volleyball intramural sign-ups should have arrived home in your student's Friday folders, and basketball flyers will be coming soon. 
Girls Volleyball - March 7-16
Boys Basketball  - April 11-20
Girls Basketball - April 25-May4

The next booster board meeting will be held April 5 at 6:30 in the cafeteria at CLC. During the next booster meeting, elections will be held for the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  As parents you are already a member of the booster association and are encouraged to come to the meetings.  It is, in part, because of the involvement of parents that our sports programs exist, and the more involved parents are the stronger it will become.  Please consider playing a small part by running for a position on the board.  

Don't miss out! March 17 at 6:00 at the student-led conferences (at TLC) boosters will be drawing and announcing the winners to their Athletic Raffle.  Boosters has introduced a raffle in which any student wishing to participate and earn their sports fees for free for next year.  For more information about prizes, cost or earning the fees please read the attached flyer or contact Josh Folk ( or Paula Connelly ( You do not need to be present to win.

February Newsletter

posted Jan 28, 2016, 1:12 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 2:34 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:

  • February 6 - 100th Day of School Pancake Feed, 9:00-11:00 Cherry Lane Cafeteria
  • February 11 - School Board Meeting, 6:00PM Cherry Lane Auditorium
  • February 12 - High School Dance, 7:00PM Tech Lane Auditorium
  • February 13 - Father-Daughter Dance, 7:00PM Cherry Lane Auditorium
  • February 15 - Presidents Day, No School
  • February 17 - Class Group and Personality Pictures

Applications for 2016-17 School Year

If you have a child you would like to attend Compass for the first time next year (any grade) you will need to complete a Lottery Application by March 17 at 2pm. 

Applications will be on the website at: or in the school office.  The school lottery will be held April 21 at 12:00.

School Tours

Beginning on January 26th, school tours will be taking place for parents interested in entering their children in the lottery for the 2016-2017 school year. Space is limited so we ask that you please contact the office to reserve a spot on a tour.

Grades K-5 please call 855-2802

Grades 7-9 please call 888-5847


K-4 grade classes celebrate February birthdays on Friday, Feb. 12 in conjunction with Valentine’s Day.   If your student chooses to bring Valentine cards or treats to school, (s)he must bring enough for their entire class.  This is a great time to review the expectations we have here at school for including everyone and being kind to every student. Students that choose to bring cards or treats can hand them out during the birthday celebration in the afternoon. Students may choose to write names on the cards or bring them without names and just give one to each classmate. Students are not required to bring valentine cards.

5th-8th grade classes do a class activity instead of exchanging Valentines. We don't encourage dating (boyfriends/girlfriends) in middle school at Compass and therefore, we discourage the exchange of Valentines for the purpose of promoting these relationships.

Student Drop Off 

Please help student drop off to run smoothly by having students ready to unload once your vehicle is parallel and stopped in the unloading zone. This means coats, hats, gloves, backpacks on and hugs and kisses completed. 

Thank you to those parents who are remembering to check-in at the office for a badge to enter the building or playground area!                           

At the secondary campus, if your student has a large project to unload, please park rather than unloading in the quick drop off zone. 

Lost and Found                                                                                 

Remind your K-12 student to check the Lost and Found at school.  K-6 items are also posted on our Facebook page.

2016-17 Calendar

After much discussion during the January Board Meeting, a 2016-17 school calendar was approved. The approved calendar is attached to this newsletter. In an effort to assure that the school and each student meets the 96% attendance requirement, we provide the calendar as early as possible so families can plan vacations around the school’s scheduled breaks.

Boosters Update

Middle School boys basketball home dates:
Feb. 4 Riverstone v. Compass 4:30
Feb. 9 Garden Valley v. Compass 4:30
Feb. 16 Rolling Hills v. Compass 4:30

High School boys basketball at Sawtooth MS:
Feb. 2 Rimrock v. Compass JV 6:00/ Varsity 7:30
Feb. 10 Notus v. Compass JV 6:00/ Varsity 7:30 (Last home game and senior night, come out and cheer on the Aviators!)

General Booster meeting:
Feb 16 CLC Cafeteria 6:30

Parents, information regarding an upcoming raffle in which athletes can earn their pay-to-play fundraiser fee will be announced in opening in early Feb.  Please check with your student regarding the guidelines.

High School VB Coaching position
If you or someone you know is interested in coaching high school volleyball, please visit the school website or contact Paula Connelly at

100th Day of School Pancake Feed

Please join us at the Cherry Lane Campus for the annual Pancake Feed benefitting our 7th and 8th grade classrooms.  This is a K-12 event, and is an excellent chance to spend time with many Compass families. There will be musical performances by our elementary students throughout the event.

Father-Daughter Dance

National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring the father-daughter dance!  This will take place at the Cherry Lane Campus in the auditorium beginning at 7:00pm. Flowers will be available for fathers to purchase for their daughters, and there will also be a dessert auction.  This is a K-12 event and proceeds go to NJHS.
Opportunities to Stay Informed

With the start of the legislative session, many of you may be curious about our States new laws and budgetary decisions. This is a critical time for ALL schools as the budget for next school year will be determined during this legislative session. A couple of great resources for you to stay informed include: and
Bluum is a new non-profit organization established to support innovative schools in Idaho. Go to the Bluum website and register for the monthly newsletter.

January Newsletter

posted Dec 30, 2015, 9:48 AM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Jan 2, 2016, 5:40 PM ]

Special Points of Interest: 

  • January 7 - First day back to school from winter break
  • January 11-15 - Report to Parents sent via email
  • January 14 - School Board Meeting, 6:00PM Cherry Lane Auditorium
  • January 18 - Human Rights Day, No School
  • January 24-31 - National School Choice Week
  • January 27 - Day at the Capitol, School Choice Celebration
  • February 6 - 100th Day of School Pancake Feed, 9:00-11:00 Cherry Lane Cafeteria
  • February 11 - School Board Meeting, 6:00PM Cherry Lane Auditorium
  • February 12 - High School Dance, 7:00PM Tech Lane Auditorium
  • February 13 - Father-Daughter Dance, 7:00PM Cherry Lane Auditorium
  • February 17 - Class Group and Personality Picutures
Happy New Year!

Report to Parents
Your child('s) grades will be reported to you via the email address we have on file through Power School the week of January 11. 

Applications for 2016-17 School Year
If you have a child you would like to attend Compass for the first time next year (any grade) you will need to complete a Lottery Application by March 17 at 2pm. Applications will be on the website at: or in the school office.  The school lottery will be held April 21 at 12:00.

School Tours
Beginning on January 26th, school tours will be taking place for parents interested in entering their children in the lottery for the 2016-2017 school year. Space is limited so we ask that you please contact the office to reserve a spot on a tour.
Grades K-5 please call 855-2802
Grades 7-9 please call 888-5847

Inclement Weather
Delayed openings and school-day cancellations are generally announced by 6:00 a.m. via our emergency broadcast system and local media outlets. Parent's/Guardian's will receive an automated phone message and email with details regarding school closure or delay. It is the parents/guardians responsibility to keep their personal contact information up to date with the school in order to receive these announcements. 

Booster News
Middle School Boys basketball tryouts will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 5:30-7:00 and Friday, Jan. 8 from 4:00-5:30 at the Cherry Lane campus.

Upcoming home game basketball schedule:

Jan. 15 - Boys & Girls High School game vs. Victory Charter boys JV 4:30/ Girls Var 6:00/ Boys Var 7:30
Jan. 19 - Boys & Girls High School game vs. Liberty Charter boys JV 4:30/ Girls Var 6:00/ Boys Var 7:30
Jan. 26 - Boys Middle School vs. Notus at 4:30
Jan. 27 - Boys & Girls High School game vs. Idaho City boys JV 4:30/ Girls Var 6:00 (girls senior night)/ Boys Var 7:30 Come support our senior girls in their last home game!

During the high school home games in January come watch some of our very own elementary classes play exhibition games during half time. 

The spring fundraiser for athletic player to earn the $50 pay to play fundraiser fee will be a raffle. Watch for further details to come soon via your athlete.

Mark your calendar for the next general booster meeting on Feb. 16 at 6:30 at the Cherry Lane Campus cafeteria.
Student Drop Off
Please help student drop off to run smoothly by having students ready to unload once your vehicle is parallel and stopped in the unloading zone. This means coats, hats, gloves, backpacks on and hugs and kisses completed.                             At the secondary campus, if your student has a large project to unload, please park rather than unloading in the quick drop off zone. 

Elementary Lost and Found
Please check the school's Facebook page for pictures of lost student belongings at the elementary building.

Student Safety
With so many new students attending Compass at the beginning of this school year, the administration has been lenient regarding parents/guardians walking students into the building to their classroom(s) each day.
​Now that we are halfway through the year, ​hopefully your children are feeling familiar and comfortable enough with the school to make it to their classroom(s) on their own from the parent drop-off line​ or from the front of the school.​ If you must walk your student into the playground area or building, please stop at the school office first in order to get a visitor’s badge. Our staff will be looking for adults with visitor badges once an adult enters the playground area and/or a building. Thank you for your help in this matter, our goal is to keep ALL students safe!

National School Choice Week
January 24-31 is National School Choice Week. It is a great time to be a kid with so many choices in education. These choices make a parent's job more difficult as it requires researching the right "fit" for each child in the family. However, I think we can all appreciate the fact that the days of "one size fits all" education are gone. Help celebrate school choice by visiting

On January 27th, our 8th grade students will be visiting the State Capitol to celebrate school choice on the capitol steps, tour the capitol and visit with legislators. Last year, our 3rd and 4th grade students participated in Day at the Capitol. If you visit the website link above, you will see some of our Compass students holding the school choice banner.

December Newsletter

posted Nov 27, 2015, 2:56 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Nov 27, 2015, 3:25 PM ]

Special Points of Interest: 

  • November 30 - Rhythm and Beat (7th-8th Grade) Concert, 7:00PM CLC Auditorium
  • December 3 – Booster Meeting, 6:30PM CLC Cafeteria
  • December 4 - Character Counts Assembly 1st-3rd
  • December 7-18 - Winter EasyCBM Testing 1st through 9th
  • December 7 - SOM & Aim High Assemblies 7th-12th
  • December 10 - Board Meeting, 6:00PM
  • December 11 - Character Counts Assembly 4th-6th
  • December 11 - High School Dance
  • December 16 - 4th-5th Christmas Concert at NNU
  • December 18 - End of Semester
  • December 21-January 6 - Winter Break

Compass Families in Need

Every Christmas season, the Compass community comes together to help Compass families in need. While there are many worthy causes to contribute to during this season, we don’t have to look very far to find those who need our support. If you would like to help a Compass family, you can make a monetary donation by bringing your contribution to either of the school offices. If you know of a family in need, please email either Mr. Ziemer (, our school counselor, or Mrs. Trudeau, Charter Administrator (

Rhythm & Beat Concert

The 7th-8th Rhythm & Beat class is performing this coming Monday, November 30 at 7:00PM in the Cherry Lane Campus Auditorium.

Christmas Concert

Wednesday, December 16th, 7:00 pm at NNU Swayne Auditorium, Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho

Students will need to arrive BY 6:30 pm dressed in festive attire:

  • Boys - dress shirt, tie, dress pants
  • Girls - nice dresses or skirt and blouse

Cost: $2 per person collected at the door. Additional donations will be collected before and after the concert to help with the rental fees for the evening

Welcome to the Roaring Readers Program!

By participating, your school’s students and teachers can earn a FREE day ticket to Roaring Springs Waterpark! The goal of the program is to add fun to reading, and to help students understand goal setting and achievement. It challenges K-6 students to read for pleasure with a very exciting reward—a FREE day ticket to Roaring Springs! We hope the students at your school are very excited to have this opportunity and work very hard to achieve their reading goal. Please find attached the Reading Log along with instructions. The deadline to return reading logs is March 17, 2016.

Credit Card Use

Office staff members are now able to accept credit and debit card payments. If you choose to use this system, there will be a convenience fee of 3% of the purchase plus one dollar. Purchases will appear on your statement as Access Idaho, not Compass Public Charter School.

December 18 - Early Release

Friday, December 18 is an early release day. Buses will run as usual. AM Kindergarten students will NOT be able to ride the bus home, they will only have AM pick-up as usual.

  • Elementary 9:00-1:00
  • Secondary 7:40-11:45

EasyCBM Testing

This assessment is our district benchmark assessment which provides data to teachers regarding student academic growth. This assessment will take place December 7-18 for students in grades 1st – 9th.  Therefore, student attendance is crucial during this time.

Booster Update

Thank you to the parents and students who have waited patiently for the backordered items from the spirit wear orders.  Also thank you to all who participated in our apple sale by either helping to sell or purchasing the apples.

The next upcoming booster meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the cafeteria at CLC at 6:30.  All parents are members of the boosters and are welcome to attend the general meetings.  Hope to see you there.

Upcoming home Athletic events:

  • Dec. 1 Girls Middle School basketball at Compass vs. Ambrose 4:30/5:30
  • Dec. 1 Boys High School basketball at Sawtooth vs. Wilder at 6:00/7:30
  • Dec. 3 Girls Middle School basketball at Compass vs. Idaho City 4:30/5:30
  • Dec. 8 Girls High School basketball at Sawtooth vs. Horseshoe Bend 6:00
  • Dec. 11 Girls High School basketball at Sawtooth vs. Rimrock 6:00
  • Dec. 18 Girls High School basketball at Sawtooth vs. Notus 6:00

Report to Parents

December 18th is the end of the first semester. First semester report to parents (report cards) will be sent home for students in K-5 by January 11th.  Report cards for grades 6-12 will be available for parents to access through Power School by January 11th. If you have forgotten your Power School logon information, you may email Vanessa Beebe at

Tax Break

Donating to Compass Public Charter School at can make a big difference for both you and the school. Not only can you include the donation in your itemized deductions, you can also credit 50% of it, up to $1000 for a married couple filing jointly, toward paying your state tax bill once it is figured. For more information, look at Idaho Statute Title 63, Chapter 30, Section 63-3029A.



November Newsletter

posted Nov 2, 2015, 8:13 AM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Nov 2, 2015, 8:54 AM ]

Special Points of Interest:
  • November 2 - Lockdown Drill
  • November 12 - School Board Meeting in CLC Auditorium, 6:00PM
  • November 13 – High School Drama Performance in CLC Auditorium, 7:00PM
  • November 14 – Middle School Drama Performance in CLC Auditorium, 7:00PM
  • November 16 - Nutrition Presentations (Elementary)
  • November 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30 – Rhythm and Beat Performance in CLC Auditorium, 7:00PM
Student Led Conferences
Thank you to all of those who provided food and/or set-up and clean-up for conferences; our teachers are very appreciative!

We had an excellent turn-out for conferences. If you were unable to attend, the artifacts in the conference portfolios will be sent home with your student in the next two days. Please sit down with your child to go over the contents of the conference portfolio.

Lockdown Drill
Per requirement, we conducted a lockdown drill on Monday, November 2. Our Security Staff, Ryan Beard and our assigned School Resource Officer, Ryan Rhoades, helped us with the drill. This is always a difficult activity as we want our students to feel safe and secure at school and yet we have to discuss the possibility of something bad happening. Please help us assure your child that they are safe at school.

Although daylight savings has provided lighter mornings again, this will only last a couple of weeks. Please remind your children to be safe in the mornings by watching for cars when walking or riding bikes to school. Also, those waiting at bus stops need to stay on the sidewalk, as far back from the road as possible.
Food Drive
We are beginning a food drive that will take place between now and Thanksgiving break. Boxes will be available at both campuses. Please watch your email for further details.

Student Performances
We have several student performances starting this month and going in to December. Come out and support our students in their talents!

Congratulations Varsity Volleyball
Our girl's volleyball team took second place in Districts which earned them the right to participate in State. Although they didn't go very far in State, they had an excellent season and we are very proud of them!

Basketball Underway
The basketball season is now underway. Check the school website under the events tab for upcoming games. The high school teams play at Sawtooth Middle School as our "home" gym. Come out and show your school spirit by support the high school teams!

Apple Sales
Apples are available to purchase by either pre-ordering (find a basketball player with an order form) or onsite at the Cherry Lane Campus in the parking lot after school between November 5-14. All proceeds go to the Compass Basketball Program.

October Newsletter

posted Sep 27, 2015, 4:17 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Sep 30, 2015, 2:03 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:

  • October 2 - Read-a-thon "Kick Off"
  • October 9-16 - Read-a-thon
  • October 12-16 - Fall Break
  • October 23 - Celebration Party for Read-a-thon participants, 3:45PM
  • October 27 - Picture Re-takes & Senior Tux & Drape Yearbook Pictures
  • October 29 & 30 - Student Led Conferences
  • October 29 & 30 - Book Fair
  • October 30 - NO School

Read-a-thon and Book Fair

Students will bring home Read-a-thon forms on Friday, October 2 (also attached), so students can begin to collect pledges. Our annual Read-a-thon is taking place over the fall break this year. Participants can win prizes and participate in a celebration on the first Friday we return from break. Also, elementary aged Read-a-thon participants can earn Book Fair dollars to spend at the annual Book Fair which will be held at the end of October, during Student Led Conferences. Here are the dates/deadlines for the Read-a-thon:

  • Students log their reading Friday, October 9 - Friday, October 16
  • Students collect money and turn it in to the office on Monday, October 19
  • All participants will receive an invitation to a celebration on Friday, October 23
  • Prizes at the celebration will include a drawing for a Kindle (anyone who has raised $20 or more goes into the drawing), gift card for most pages read and most money earned.

Proceeds will benefit the Fearey Scholarship Fund to help high school students pay for their CWI classes.

Student Led Conferences

The format for Student Led Conferences includes parents and students (1st—12th grade) coming to the conference together. Each student will present their progress report, work samples and reflection sheets to their parents. Parents are encouraged to ask questions of their child to gather additional information regarding their child’s progress. The teacher will be available for questions, however, the teacher will not meet individually with parents. If a parent feels there is a need to speak in more detail with the classroom teacher, a separate meeting can be requested of the teacher during Student Led Conferences and scheduled at a later date.

Student Led Conferences are an excellent way of teaching students to take responsibility for their learning as well as providing them with presentation and interviewing skills that will help them in adult life and the workforce.

It would be helpful for parents to make child care arrangements for younger children allowing the student presenting their portfolio to have the parent’s full attention during the Student Led Conference. If other school aged children are attending conferences because they are also presenting their portfolio to parents, these children should wait in one of the chairs provided in the hallway and remain quiet by reading a book or engaging in another quiet activity during their sibling’s presentation.


Held in homeroom classrooms at the Cherry Lane Campus.

Thursday —4:00-7:00

Friday— 9:00-12:00 Student –led and 12:30-3:00 for individual parent-teacher conferences by appointment.


Held at the Tech Lane Campus.


Friday— 8:00-11:30 Student –led and 12:00-2:00 for individual parent-teacher conferences by appointment.

Compass Athletics

Thank you for all who helped with the carnival!  We appreciate your time and effort!


Spirit Wear order forms should have come home with your student and are due back by Fri., Oct. 2.  Samples are in the offices at both campuses.


The athletic department is looking for coaches in the following areas:

  • Middle School Girls Basketball - head & asst. coach (begins Oct. 17)
  • Middle School Boys Basketball - asst. coach (begins in Jan.)

If you are interested, please contact Josh Folk at for more details and salary info.


Please support our athletic teams in their upcoming home games:

  • Oct. 1 Middle School Volleyball Liberty @ Compass 4:00

JV Volleyball vs. Liberty @ Sawtooth 6:00

Varsity Volleyball vs. Liberty @ Sawtooth 7:15

  • Oct. 5 JV VB vs. Riverstone @ Sawtooth 6:00

Varsity VB vs. Riverstone @ Sawtooth 7:15

  • Oct. 6 Middle School VB Victory @ Compass

     Senior Night: Come honor our senior athletics

  • Oct. 6 JV VB vs. Notus @ Sawtooth 6:00

Varsity VB vs. Notus @ Sawtooth 7:15 

  • Oct. 8 MS XCountry @ Camel Back Park 
  • Oct. 12/14 Middle School VB postseason TBA
  • Oct. 14 MS XCountry @ Winston Tilzey Invitational
  • Oct. 15 JV VB Districts TBA
  • Oct. 17/20/22 Varsity VB Districts @ Columbia HS
  • Oct. 21 MS XCountry @ Eagle Island
Middle School Girls Basketball will start the week of Oct. 17.  Watch for more details about dates and times. 


High School Girls Basketball tryouts begin on Mon, Nov. 2.  Times TBA

September Newsletter

posted Sep 1, 2015, 9:40 AM by Kelly Trudeau

Special Points of Interest: 

  • September 7 - Labor Day, NO School
  • September 8-11 – Computers for Kids Collection
  • September 11 - Individual Student Pictures. Student ID Cards
  • September 14 - Student of the Month and Aim High Award Assemblies
  • September 18 - 1st-3rd Grade Character Counts Assembly
  • September 25 - 4th-6th Grade Character Counts Assembly
  • September 25 - High School Dance, TLC
  • September 26 - School Carnival, CLC
Students should be bringing home picture envelopes. You will be able to pre-order individual pictures if desired. All students will have their picture taken for the purpose of a student ID card.

School Picnic
Our first annual event was a success. Thank you to those who attended and especially to those who volunteered!

Eagle Scout Computer Drive
Tucker Gibbons, a Compass student and a Boy Scout,  is doing a computer drive for his Eagle Scout Project.
Please drop off your used/old computers at either the Compass Elementary Campus (auditorium) or the Compass Secondary Campus (Cafeteria area) the week of September 8-11, 2015, between 9:00-4:00.
The following items are accepted:
Any Computers--all ages
Phones--home or mobile
DVD/VCR players
Misc Computer Parts
Mice, Keyboards, Speakers
We will take the computers to Computers for Kids- a non-profit organization that gives computers to children. They will erase all information off your computers. They also recycle the computers.
You can also drop your used computers off at Computers for Kids, 8540 W. Elisa St. Boise ID 83709, or call them at 208-345-0346. If you take your used computers there, please attach this email to the computer.

Compass Yearbook Pictures
Parents, please send your school event pictures throughout the year. You are one of our only resources for K-6 yearbook pictures. Thank you in advance for your help!

School Carnival
Mark your calendars for September 26 from 1:00-4:00, our next school event. This year the theme is “Out of This World.” There will be many fun games and yummy food.
Annual Events
Please see the attached annual events calendar. We make an effort to host a monthly event for the purpose of bringing Compass families together. These events also help the various groups in the school raise necessary funds. Thank you in advance for your support!

Box Tops
Compass collects Box Tops and Labels for Education. Please collect these at home and send them to the school with your student. It helps if you cut the box tops/labels and check for the expiration date. There is a bonus for Pepperidge and Campbell UPCs right now with 2 P and 3 C we can get 50 points(not cents) - ten times the usual amount, but that is ending soon. We use points and dollars from these programs to purchase playground equipment.

Parent Pick-up Elementary
Parents, please create a vehicle sign to place on your dashboard in order to make parent pick-up run a little faster and smoother. The sign should include the last names and grades of the students you are picking up. Please make the letters large and easy to read from a distance. Thank you for your help!

Volunteer Phenomena
Did you know that the larger an organization becomes, the fewer volunteers it receives? This seems weird since there are more people to help! The phenomena has to do with everyone thinking, “They don’t need me to help, someone else will volunteer.” This assumption would seem likely but if we are ALL assuming this, then NO ONE is volunteering. 

An article in The Non-profit Times, February 2014 states, “Statistics by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show volunteering is at a 10-year low.” At Compass we have seen this trend as well. This same article discusses some of the benefits of volunteering – 
“Volunteering is a core American value. Our research has found that large numbers of Americans — more than 1 in 4 — regularly volunteer in their communities, and this rate has stayed relatively stable over the past 12 years,” said CNCS Spokeswoman Samantha Jo Warfield. “Volunteers provide enormous social and economic value to our communities and country. By giving back, volunteers gain new skills, expand professional networks, stay connected to their community, and experience physical and mental health benefits. As the federal agency dedicated to this issue, we hope to find ways for all Americans to get involved in service.”
At Compass there are many ways to get involved from helping in a classroom, helping with an event, serving in the cafeteria, serving on a Board Committee, or getting involved with the Athletic Booster Club. Now that you know it is good for your health :-), we hope to see you volunteer! 

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