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June Newsletter

posted May 31, 2017, 8:36 AM by Jodi Schultz   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 7:18 AM ]

Special Points of Interest:
  • June 1 -  6th Grade Field Day, 10:00-2:30, Fuller Park
  • June 1 - High School Volleyball Open Gym, 3:45-5:15, CLC Gym
  • June 2 - 7th-8th Grade Field Day, 8:00-11:00, Bear Creek Park
  • June 2 -  Last Day of School - Early Release
  • June 2, 5, 9 - Boys High School Basketball Open Gym, 4:00-5:00, CLC Gym
  • June 5 - China Trip Meeting, 6:00, TLC
  • June 6, 13 - Girls High School Basketball Open Gym, 3:45-4:45, CLC Gym
  • June 12 - China Trip Meeting, 6:00, TLC
  • June 13-15 - Elementary Boys Basketball Camp, 9:00-10:30, CLC Gym
  • June 13-15 - Middle School Boys Basketball Camp, 10:30-12:30, CLC Gym
  • June 14 - School Board Meeting, 6:00, CLC
  • June 20-22 - Middle School Volleyball Camp, 10:00-12:00, CLC Gym
  • June 20-22 - Elementary Volleyball Camp, 12:30-2:00, CLC Gym
  • June 19-22 - 5th-6th Grade Coding Camp, CLC
  • June 26-30 - High School Volleyball Camp, 10:00-2:30, CLC Gym
  • July 13 - School Board Meeting, 6:00, CLC
  • August 1 - K-8th Grade School Supply Lists on the Website
  • August 8 - 7th-12th Grade Back to School Night, 6:30-8:30, TLC
  • August 10 - K-6th Grade Back to School Night, 6:30-8:30, CLC 
  • August 14 - First Day Back to School
  • August 31 - Teacher/Parent Empowerment Night, 7:00-9:00, TLC

Congratulations to the Graduates of 2017!
100% of our seniors completed dual credit college courses with 845 total credits completed by 27 graduates! The average number of credits achieved per student was 31 college credits. They are well on their way to the Next Level of Excellence!

Last Day of School
Neither breakfast nor lunch will be served on the last day of school.  Dismissal on June 2nd is 11:00AM for secondary and 12:00PM for elementary.

Report Cards
Report Cards will be emailed (or mailed) the week of June 12th. If you don’t receive a report card during that week, please be sure to email a school administrator – elementary, Susan Luke at sluke@compasscharter.org or secondary, Kelly Trudeau at ktrudeau@compasscharter.org.

ISAT Reports
ISAT Reports for grades 3-10 were sent out May 30th. If you didn’t receive your student’s ISAT scores, please email our Test Coordinator, Josh Folk at jfolk@compasscharter.org.

New ISAT Assessment Resources Webpage Available for Parents
Idaho parents can learn more about state tests and their child’s performance using a new interactive website available from the Idaho State Department of Education.  The SDE, working with the state’s testing company, developed new reports for parents and a new website for parents to dig deeper into what their child’s results mean.  The new resource webpage is available at http://testscoreguide.org/id/.  Questions about this new resource may be directed to Karlynn Laraway at klaraway@sde.idaho.gov.

Summer Sports Camps
See attached flyers. Questions? Contact Toby Pinkerman at tpinkerman@compasscharter.org.

Coding Camp
5th-6th Grade Coding Camp is June 19-22nd. Check your weekly newsletter from your teacher for the signup form and flyer. Contact Becky Leavitt with questions at bleavitt@compasscharter.org.

Summer School Garden Work Opportunity
See attached flyer. Questions? Contact Ann Tschikof at atschikof@compasscharter.org.

August Back to School Nights
August 8th for 7th-12th grades at the secondary campus, Tech Ln.
August 10th for K-6th grades at the elementary campus, Cherry Ln.
Plan to arrive at 6:30 and stay until 8:30pm for parent and student activities. Class lists will be posted and you are welcome to bring student supplies.

























Compass Cross Country: Ready, Aim, Fire! 
Welcome to Compass Cross Country!  My name is Lynette Simpson, and this is my 3rd year coaching at Compass. We're looking forward to another great season!  Our season officially begins on the first day of school, August 14. We practice 1:40-3:10 Mondays; 2:40-4:10 Tuesday-Friday, at the Tech Lane Campus.  Typically, our meets are on Thursdays, at various locations in the valley (Schedule usually posts late August).

Any amount of running you do during the summer will give you huge benefits during the season. Summer Miles Bring Autumn Smiles! (Please see attached suggested running schedule.) If you decide to participate in cross country and haven’t already been running, please still come out! The great thing about cross country is you can always improve, no matter what level you start at.  It’s a great sport. The runners become great friends, and have a lot of fun together.
Feel free to contact me with any questions. Email: lsimpson@compasscharter.org.

Parent Engagement Committee
Have any of these questions ever crossed your mind: Where can I find out about my student's assignments? How can I help in my teacher's classroom? What is power school all about? Why does Compass do things this way? What is the school's mission? What is Google classroom? How does this grading policy work? How can my voice be heard? How can I get involved? If so, then the Teacher/Parent Empowerment night is the night for you!

I would like to invite all of you to the Teacher/Parent Empowerment night that will be taking place August 31st from 7-9 PM at the secondary campus, 1422 S. Tech Ln., Meridian. During this most important night, you will be invited to attend various workshops on the following topics: Power school, Schoology, Google classroom, Behavioral grades, the Grading policy, Love and logic (Rules with Reasons), Essential Educational Tips for parents, Two way communication (Surveys, Potlucks, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), Meet the Board!, Q and A with administration. Each workshop will be about 15 minutes long so you will get to choose which ones you would like to attend. Also, the parent engagement committee will provide cookies and brownies. There will also be door prizes! So come ready to win! You have to be present to win! The committee would love to see you all there for this night of empowerment! 

On another note, the committee would like to invite you to some summer events. We are having movie nights at the park. 

Movie Night at Settlers Park
June 23:  Storks
July 14:  Beauty and the Beast

If you plan on coming to these events, please wear school colors and sit with others from Compass. This will be a great time to build the Compass community outside of school. 

If you ever have any questions about the parent engagement committee, or you would like to get involved with this committee, please email Jon Stadtlander at jstadtlander@compasscharter.org.

May Newsletter

posted May 1, 2017, 1:32 PM by Jodi Schultz   [ updated May 2, 2017, 12:40 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:

  • May 2 -  Booster Meeting, 6:00pm, CLC
  • May 5 -  Senior Class Projects, No School K-11th
  • May 6 -  High School Prom, 7:00-11:00pm, CLC
  • May 8 -  Senior Class Projects, No School K-11th
  • May 8 -  Final Registration, 9:00am-1:00pm, TLC
  • May 8 -  China Trip Meeting, 6:00, TLC
  • May 9 -  Last Day to Register for 2017-18, 4:00-7:00pm, TLC
  • May 9 -  Kindergarten Begins Full Day
  • May 9 -  4th Grade Field Trip
  • May 10 - 5th Grade Field Trip
  • May 11 - 3rd Grade Field Trip
  • May 11 - Voting for Board Director Positions, 9:00-6:00pm, CLC
  • May 11 - School Board Meeting, 6:00pm, CLC

Transportation Request
An issue is arising on our six buses which requires assistance from our Compass parents who choose to utilize our bus transportation.  Our buses can only transport our students comfortably and safely with the anticipated number of riders on each bus.  The routes have been meticulously designed to cover an area of town while balancing the number of riders on each bus as to not overload.  A complication is created when too many students have permission through parent notes and are "guest riding" on a different bus in order to ride home to a friend's.  As one might expect, an imbalance of student rider numbers is created. Especially with our transition to full day kindergarten beginning May 9th, Compass and Brown Bus are asking that parents only give permission for their child to ride a different bus in unavoidable family circumstances and in most cases make the possible arrangements for their children to board the bus they are normally assigned to ride.  Thank you very much for your cooperation with this.  It is genuinely appreciated. 

Voting on Board Director Positions
In order for an individual to secure a Compass Board Director position, he/she must have public approval through a voting process.  Founders have voting rights for appointed positions; all Compass stakeholders have voting rights for elected positions.  Every Compass family is encouraged to participate in the process.  Voting takes place at the Cherry Lane campus on May 11th until 6:00pm.

Final Registration & Location Change
All returning students (not registered during conferences) and new students (drawn in the lottery) need to register May 8th, 9am-1pm or May 9th, 4-7pm.  May 9th is the last day to register your student or their seat will be relinquished. 

Registration for elementary and secondary students has changed to: 
Compass Secondary Campus, 1422 S. Tech Ln., Meridian.

Acceptable Use Policy
Remember to finish registration by filling out the online Acceptable Use Policy for your student(s) by May 9th. Click here for the link.

Early Release
Friday, June 2nd is early release for all grades. Lunch is not provided due to the shortened day.
 
K-6th 9:00-12:00
7th-11th 7:40-11:00

Wellness Committee Stakeholder Feedback Survey
Please watch for a ten-question stakeholder survey to be sent out soon, and provide your feedback on Compass' Wellness Policy and Program.  Please submit one survey for each campus that you have children in (parent) or work at (staff).  Your feedback helps Compass' Wellness Committee reflect, improve and strengthen, and your responses are sincerely appreciated.  Thank you.

Nutrition Tip
Many fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are fantastic sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber.  Soluble fiber is responsible for keeping your digestive tract running smoothly; insoluble fiber is key in reducing plaque buildup in your blood vessels.  So, to keep everything healthy, don’t forget to get plenty of fiber in your diet by eating fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Fitness
Thank you Compass Families for your sense of community and hard work for the Jump Rope for Heart event we held in P.E. this year. Following is a thank you I received from The American Heart Association. My hope is that we will all stay physically active this summer as we enjoy our families and great weather.
"On behalf of the American Heart Association and the millions of Americans we serve, thank you very much for your school's donation of *$4,846.42. Families and schools are critical links in providing the foundation for cardiovascular wellness in our country. By holding this event at your school each year, you raise awareness about heart-healthy living. And you help us fund more lifesaving scientific research and critically needed education efforts. Thank you."


  • May 12 - 8th Grade Dance, 7:00-9:00pm, TLC
  • May 13 - High School Drama Class Play, 7:00pm, TLC
  • May 17 - 1st Grade Field Trip
  • May 19 - Jr. High Musical Performance, 7:00pm, CLC
  • May 22 - China Trip Meeting, 6:00, TLC
  • May 23 - Moving Up Day
  • May 26 - Seniors' Last Day
  • May 27 - Graduation, 2:00-4:00pm, Ten Mile Christian Church
  • May 29 - No School, Memorial Day
  • May 30 - 4th Grade Field Day
  • May 31 - 5th Grade Field Day
  • June 1 -  6th Grade Field Day
  • June 2 -  Last Day of School - Early Release

Student Recognition Outside of School
John and Elicia Grundy, Avery and Colin Vaughn, are a team of students who went to the First Lego League (FLL) World Festival Tournament in Houston, Texas! 
As one of 109 teams from around the world, the High Voltage Couch Bananas were the Southern Idaho representatives.  The team was one of three finalists for the overall championship for the event and the only US team of the three!  The kids shared a stage with a Jordanian and a Brazilian Team.  The Jordanian team received the tournament championship award leaving the Southern Idaho team essentially to share second place.  It is notable that while the age limit for FLL in the states is 14, the age limit overseas is 16. The High Voltage Couch Bananas exceeded all expectations!

Ella Noland placed 4th in the Regional National History Day Competition.

Eric DeHaas, representing Compass, won 3rd place in the National Geographic Idaho State Bee in Rexburg on March 31. There were 77 students who competed at the event.

Mackenzie Van Patten competed in the Junior Olympics at the Olympic Training Center for Indoor Air Rifle.  Additionally, she qualified to compete in the NRA National Championships in Illinois this summer, also in Indoor Air Rifle. She will also compete in the USA Shooting National Championships in Fort Benning, Georgia this summer, in Indoor Air Rifle and Smallbore Rifle. 

David Harris received the Four Year NROTC Marine Option Scholarship. 

Jadyn Sutton is not only graduating HS but she is also graduating from CWI with her associates degree at the age of 16!!! She is going to NNU on a Golf scholarship where she is majoring in Nursing.

Max Rice has played on a Boy’s Club Volleyball Team this spring. The team, Strike 14U, has played in local tournaments with a 1st place win and traveled to Seattle with a 3rd place finish. Their last tournament is in Spokane on May 20-21 with teams from the USA and Canada. Wish them luck!

Sadie Bell won 1st place all around state gymnastics competition. Danik Xcel team, Gold level. Sadie practices 12 hours per week year round to be the state champion, and has Olympic aspirations.

Nia Ayabei placed 2nd in beam & 3rd overall in the bronze level of Xcel gymastics for the whole state. Imani Ayabei is a Gold Xcel gymnast.

Malia Satterlee received a high Gold and placed 3rd overall in her solo dance competition this past Saturday!

Adam and Arya Foutz got a superior at Festival in piano. Elena Foutz got first place at her State Dance Competition in Pocatello.

Taylor Lotridge and her dance team, Glitz at Echo School of Dance, have been competing in dance competitions all over Idaho. Taylor's trio dance, Weird People, took first place at the Team Dance competition in Nampa last weekend. Her studio took home High Platinum in their production of Hairspray.

Harrison and Matthew Miller after 3 years of hard work have received their black belts in: Yong In Master Lee’s Tae Kwon Do.

Maximus McCall just achieved his 1st Degree Blackbelt in ATA Taekwondo Legacy Martial Arts while also maintaining his schoolwork and participating in an exclusive leadership program through his Martial Arts School. He has been working towards this since kindergarten.

Tristan Jones has been active in Taekwondo for 4 years and has achieved his brown stripe and is about to get his brown belt.  That is one belt from black.  This means he has gone from white - yellow stripe-yellow belt- blue stripe- blue belt- purple stripe - purple belt to brown stripe. 

Logan Draper has worked very hard for a brown belt in Aikido Arniskido. Lilee Draper has achieved a blue belt in Aikido Arniskido.

Anne Mikel volunteers with Guide Dogs for the Blind has over 230 hours of volunteer time since September 2016.

April Newsletter

posted Apr 1, 2017, 4:28 PM by Jodi Schultz   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 5:28 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:

  • April 3 - 1st day back from Spring Break
  • April 3 - ISAT Testing Begins
  • April 5 - SAT Testing
  • April 6 - Compass Lottery, 6:00pm, CLC 
  • April 11 - Booster Meeting & Board Elections, 7:00pm, CLC 
  • April 13 - School Board Meeting, 6:00pm, CLC
  • April 17 - China Trip Meeting, 6:00pm, TLC
  • April 18 - NHS Induction & Recognition Ceremony, 7:00pm, TLC
  • April 21 - Sources of Strength Activity, 7th-12th Grades
  • April 21 - Lottery Notice Responses Due, 4:00pm
  • April 22 - Drama Club Play Performance, 7:00pm, CLC
  • April 25 - 6th Grade Field Trip
  • April 28 - 2nd Grade Field Trip
  • April 29 - High School Drama Class Performance, 7:00pm, CLC
  • May 5 - Middle School Drama Class Performance, 7:00pm, CLC
  • May 6 - High School Prom
  • May 5 - Senior Class Projects, No School K-11th
  • May 8 - Senior Class Projects, No School K-11th
  • May 8 - Final Registration
  • May 9 - Last Day to Register for 2017-18
  • May 9 - Kindergarten Starts Full Day

First Day Back
First day back is a B-day for students in 7th-12th.

ISAT Testing
When we return from break, students in 3rd-10th grade will be participating in the required statewide ISAT assessment. K-3rd will take the Idaho Reading Indicator assessment. Please help your student be successful on this assessment by encouraging them to do their best, assuring that they have a healthy breakfast, and a good night's sleep. The State Department of Education evaluates each school based on their students' achievement levels.  Another important way parents can support ISAT testing is by helping your student have excellent attendance during the next month. Please understand that if you come to pick up a student during their testing window, they may not be able to leave right away. Thank you in advance for your support!

Booster Club Meeting
There will be a Booster Club meeting on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 at the Cherry Lane Campus. We will be discussing our fees for next year and holding board elections for next year as well.

Final Registration 
All returning students (not registered during conferences) and new students (drawn in the lottery) need to register May 8, 9am-1pm or May 9, 4-7pm at CLC. May 9 is the last day to register your student or their seat will be relinquished.























Spring School Attire
When the sun comes out, students get excited to dress in their spring/summer clothes. It is important to keep a few things in mind for all ages: 
  • 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
Nutrition Tip
Did you know that thousands of beneficial phytochemicals are all around you in the fruits, vegetables, and grains that you eat? Nutritionists have a long way to go in identifying all the phytochemicals and their functions, but what we do know is that they come from plant based foods.  While a multi-vitamin can help supplement the vitamins and minerals that our body needs, it does not contain enough phytochemicals.  A diet rich in fresh veggies, fruits, and grains will help ensure you get the phytochemicals your body needs.

March Newsletter

posted Feb 28, 2017, 9:00 AM by Jodi Schultz   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 12:44 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:
  • March 1 - Last day to order yearbook
  • March 1 - Kick Off for Jump Rope for Heart
  • March 3 - Family Game Night, 5:30pm, CLC
  • March 9 - School Board Meeting, 6:00pm, CLC
  • March 10 - 2017-18 Lottery Applications for New Students Due at 2pm
  • March 16 - Roaring Reader Chart Due
  • March 16-17 - Book Fair, CLC
  • March 16-17 - Student Led Conferences, CLC & TLC
  • March 16-17 - Returning Student Registration, CLC & TLC
  • March 23 - China Trip Meeting, 6:00pm, TLC Rm. 101
  • March 20-31 - Spring Break

Jump Rope for Heart
The Kick Off for Jump Rope for Heart is March 1st.  It will take place in K-6 P.E. Parents can start checking the web site at www.heart.org/jump and get familiar with it at any time. Hopefully the website will answer any questions you might have, if not, please contact Mrs. Blanco at lblanco@compasscharter.org.

Family Game Night 
The 4th-6th grade fundraiser Game Night will take place on Friday, March 3rd, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the CLC gym. A silent auction, games, food, and prizes will be the entertainment for the all-ages evening. Children will need to be accompanied by an adult. There is no entrance fee.

Student Led Conferences
Student Led Conferences are approaching soon.  Please make plans to attend this valuable part of your student's educational experience at Compass.  March 16th will be an early release school day with evening conferences.  There will be no school on March 17th to allow for daytime conferences. See the attached flyer for more information.

Returning Student Registration
Registration for current students is during Student Led Conferences. Registration is required for all returning students, please see the attached instructions for more information.



















Boys High School Basketball
CONGRATULATIONS to our High School Boys Basketball team for winning The State Academic Championship!! It is an awesome accomplishment for our boys and it just shows what a great school we have here.

Nutrition Tip
Have you ever looked at how many grams of sugar are in the prepackaged foods you eat? Every 4 grams of sugar listed in each serving is equal to one sugar cube.  So, when you are going for that bottle of Sprite, remember that it contains the equivalent of 11 sugar cubes in a 16 oz. bottle.

Fitness Tip
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, children and adults should engage in physical activities for 60 minutes each day. This is especially important for young children and adolescents--to ensure they continue to build strong bones and muscles. Try activities such as jumping rope, dancing to your child's favorite CDs, or a 30 minute walk after dinner.

Booster Club Meeting
There will be a Booster Club meeting on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00pm at the Cherry Lane Campus. We will be discussing our fees and holding board elections for next year. We are looking for parents who are interested in serving on the Booster Board to support our amazing student athletes and coaches!

February Newsletter

posted Jan 31, 2017, 2:41 PM by Jodi Schultz   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 1:46 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:
  • February 4 - 100th Day Celebration Breakfast, 9:00am, CLC
  • February 7 - Elementary Informational Meeting, 6:30pm, CLC
  • February 9 - School Board Meeting, 6:00pm, CLC
  • February 11 - Father Daughter Ball
  • February 13 - China Trip Meeting, 6:00pm, TLC
  • February 15 - Picture Day, CLC & TLC
  • February 17 - High School Dance, 7:00pm
  • February 20 - Presidents Day, No School
  • February 24 - SOS Ice Skating at Idaho Ice World, 4:30pm
  • February 25 - Drama Club Play Performance, 7:00pm, CLC
  • March 1 - Last day to order yearbook
  • March 3 - Family Game Night, 5:30pm, CLC


Pancake Breakfast
February 4, see email and attached brochure for information.

Elementary Information Night
An informational meeting will take place Tuesday, February 7th, 6:30-8:00pm at the Cherry Lane Campus.  This meeting will focus on the uniqueness of our elementary (K-6) program as it relates to academics and behavior.  The meeting is appropriate for parents of currently enrolled students who feel they are unaware of the culture practices as well as ALL new parents/students considering enrollment in our K-6th program.

Father Daughter Ball
You are cordially invited to the Bippity Boppity Boo Father Daughter Ball February 11 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Cherry Lane Campus Auditorium. $10 admission per father; additional cost for flowers, treats, and a silent auction for desserts. Sponsored by NJHS.

Picture Day
Class pictures and individual personality pictures will be taken on February 15 at both campuses. Order envelopes will be sent home with students Friday, Feb. 3rd. Extra envelopes will be available in both school offices. If you would like to order class pictures and/or individual pictures please send the order envelope and payment with your student to their classroom teacher by Feb. 15. 

Last Call to Order Your Yearbook! 
The last day to order your 2016-2017 yearbook is March 1, 2017. Cost is $25. Please pay Lisa Hamer or Katie Bowers in the secondary office or Kimberly Yeakley in the elementary office.

Family Game Night
The 4th-6th grade fundraiser Game Night will take place on Friday, March 3rd, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the CLC gym. A silent auction, games, food, and prizes will be the entertainment for the all-ages evening. Children will need to be accompanied by an adult. There is no entrance fee.

















2017-18 Calendar
The school board adopted the attached 2017-18 school calendar for next year. 

Full Day Kindergarten
See attached administrative letter regarding changes in the Kindergarten schedule for both this year and next year.

Elementary Traffic Pattern
Please be considerate to our neighboring homeowners when dropping off and picking up students from school. Make sure not to block driveways or cause safety issues by parking in unauthorized areas or blocking traffic around subdivision entrances. It is important to Compass that our neighbors know we respect them and value them as part of our shared community.

Nutrition Tip
Did you know that the recommended amount of sodium for children between the ages of
9-13 is 2,200 mg per day?  The recommended amount of sodium for ages 14-18 is 2,300 mg per day. Prepackaged foods are notorious for containing large amounts of sodium.  For example a single cup of Maruchan chicken flavored ramen noodles contains 1,190 mg of sodium. Although most pasta is low in sodium, it’s the sauce that’s the shocker.  One cup of spaghetti sauce can contain 1,000 mg.  A suggestion: Keep a close eye on those food labels when you are shopping and try to eat fresh as often as possible.

Fitness Tip
February is American Heart Month. Make one change for the better. To improve overall cardiovascular health, we suggest at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise.

Boys Basketball Games
Home games are Feb. 2, 7, 10. Feb. 3 is at Idaho City.  Feb. 10 is Sr. Night, come out and support our seniors at their last home game.

January Newsletter

posted Jan 3, 2017, 1:11 PM by Jodi Schultz   [ updated Jan 23, 2017, 12:25 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:
  • January 9 - 2nd Semester Begins
  • January 9 - China Trip Meeting, TLC Rm. 101, 6:00pm
  • January 12 - School Board Meeting, CLC, 6:00pm
  • January 16 - No School - Human Rights Day
  • January 22-28 - National School Choice Week 
  • January 25 - 9th Grade PSAT Testing


Thank You
Thank you to those who generously donated to the Compass Families in Need! We were able to support 12 families with $55 or more in Cash Cards!

Snow Days 
Why Does Compass Call Snow Days When Meridian Doesn't? Charter schools are in a unique position, Compass in particular, because our boundaries are the same as a large districts and yet we have fewer buses to cover these boundaries. Compass boundaries include the entire West Ada School District and we have a number of students who also travel in from both Nampa and Kuna. When travel time for buses and parents are going to be significantly delayed, this typically has a negative impact on our attendance for the day. This relates to the other unique aspect of charter schools, our general fund is based solely on student attendance. We must use our general fund to pay for facilities unlike traditional public schools who use property tax dollars for facilities. The state averages the daily attendance over a 28 week period in order to calculate our general fund. Just a few low percentage attendance days, which would have been the case the last two snow days we called, can impact our overall percentage. However, the state does allow us to request emergency closure days such as a snow day which doesn't get calculated into our overall attendance percentage. Therefore, with our first consideration being student and staff safety, the other important consideration is poor attendance.

January Board Meeting 
The Board will be discussing and considering the 2017-18 school calendar. Watch for an email from Board Chair, Mike Adolf, regarding the full agenda.

Lottery Applications for 2017-2018 School Year
If you have a child who would like to attend Compass for the first time next year (any grade), you will need to complete a Lottery Application by March 10 at 2pm. Siblings who have not attended Compass must apply. Anyone who submits an application after March 10 at 2pm will be placed on the waiting list after the lottery.  Applications are on the website at LOTTERY or available in the school offices. The school lottery will be held April 6 at 6pm and is open to the public. 

Returning students do not need to re-apply each year but are required to register in the spring. Further returning student registration information will be provided in February.













National School Choice Week
National School Choice Week 2017 is January 22nd-28th.  This is an especially important time of year to recognize and celebrate the privilege of having a variety of educational settings and finding the right fit for each student.  To learn more about National School Choice Week, click here.

SAT Scoring
The new SAT scoring method for essays is similar to the standard-referenced rubrics and grading used by Compass. Get more information by visiting the College Board website: College Readiness

Fitness
CNN reports a new study that found that brain structures of physically fit children might allow them to excel in math. Research suggests that the brain could be shaped at a young age by exercise.

Boys High School Basketball Games
Home games: Jan. 13, 20, 24 at Sawtooth Middle School. JV starts at 6:00 and Varsity to follow at 7:30.
Away games: Jan. 6 @ Ambrose, Jan. 10 @ Rimrock, Jan. 18 @ Notus, Jan. 27 @ Victory and Feb. 1 @ Liberty. Each game starts at 6:00 with the JV.

Boys Middle School Basketball
First practice:  January 10, 2017
First game:  January 24, 2017                    
Please contact Mr. Pinkerman for more information: tpinkerman@compasscharter.org

Boosters
Express your creativity and talent at a Compass game! Sing the National Anthem before a Compass home game.  All ages are welcome (please make sure they know all of the words). You could also perform at half-time. We would love to see your 3-5 minute performance at half-time during a Compass home game. Use your imagination, maybe you can tap dance, perform magic tricks or juggle? If you and/or your children are interested contact Beth Rasmussen at (208) 887-6530.


December Newsletter

posted Dec 1, 2016, 8:11 AM by Jodi Schultz

Special Points of Interest:
  • December 1-19 - Winter MAPS Testing, K-10th
  • December 1-March 16 - Roaring Reader Chart
  • December 2 - Jr. High Drama Performance at 7pm, CLC
  • December 8 - Board Meeting at 6pm, CLC
  • December 14 - 4th-5th Grade Christmas Concert at 7pm, NNU
  • December 16 - Sources of Strength Activity
  • December 20 - Early Release 1st-12th, No Kindergarten
  • December 21-January 6 - Winter Break



Food Drive Totals
As a school, we have collected approximately 3,700 food items to donate to families in our community.  Thank you Compass families for your donations!

Christmas Concert
Compass' annual Christmas concert will be held this year on December 14th at 7:00pm in NNU's Swayne Auditorium in Nampa.  $2.00 per person for admission will be collected to help pay for the event center rental, and additional donations will be greatly appreciated. Performing students will need to arrive no later than 6:30pm and be in festive performance clothes (boys - dress shirt, tie, and dress pants; girls - nice dress or skirt and blouse).  This is one of the most impressive and enjoyable events of the Compass school year!  All K-12 families are encouraged to attend, and to invite friends and extended family as well.  The performance is heart-warming and memorable every year, and you won't want to miss it!

Tuesday, December 20 Schedule
No Kindergarten (a.m. & p.m.)
7th-12th grades released at 11:00. No lunch will be served.
1st-6th grades released at 12:00. No lunch will be served.

Roaring Readers
See the attached flyer for details about how reading some great books can earn your K-6th grade student a free Roaring Springs pass. Start the reading log on December 1 and return it to school by March 16, 2017.

Fitness
With the colder weather upon us go out and be a kid again. Build a snowman, ice skate, have a snowball fight or go on a hike. Get your heart pumping! Embrace the season. Enjoy your family and friends!













High School Boys Basketball
Upcoming Home Games (played at Sawtooth Middle School).  All games start at 6:00 with the JV followed by the Varsity.
Dec. 9 - Victory
Dec. 20 - Tri-Valley
Jan. 10 - Rimrock
Jan. 13 - Wilder
Jan. 20 - Horseshoe Bend
Jan. 24 - Greenleaf

Booster Club
Booster Club still has apples if anyone is interested.  They are Fuji and are selling for $0.65/lb. Please contact any member of the Booster Club or email boosterclub@compasscharter.org for more information.

Cafe Expectations
The elementary Compass Cafe expectations continue to align with our school's mission, vision, philosophy, and one school rule, "Feel free to do anything that doesn't cause a problem." Students are asked to refrain from talking while they have food in their mouths and are expected to use quiet voices while visiting as they would in a nice restaurant. These two prongs promote good manners and create a calm and healthy eating environment that is conducive to safety and clear communication between students, kitchen staff, and supervising administration. Students are encouraged to focus on eating their lunch while they are in the cafe so they have time to play around and release energy at recess. Compass expectations support practicing good cafe manners while maximizing both time for lunch and the opportunity for recess.

November Newsletter

posted Nov 1, 2016, 9:52 AM by Jodi Schultz   [ updated Nov 2, 2016, 8:50 AM ]

Special Points of Interest:

  • October 27-November 5 - Boosters Apple Sales at CLC
  • October 31 - November 4 - College Application Week
  • November 2 - 10th Grade Careers Class - CWI and Micron Center Tour
  • November 8 & 9 - STEM Workshop for 4th & 5th graders, 3:45-5:45
  • November 10 - Board Meeting at 6:00pm, CLC
  • November 11 - Sources of Strength Movie Night for 7th-12th graders at 7pm, CLC
  • November 15 - Booster Club meeting at 6:15pm, CLC
  • November 21-25 - Thanksgiving Break, No School

Coat Drive
Please see the attached flyer for information about the school coat drive.

Food Drive
There are drop-off bins at both Tech Lane and Cherry Lane campuses for a fall food drive sponsored by Meridian Optimist Club.  Send in your non-perishable foods to help your child's class win some delicious treats for being the class to bring in the most!  Food donations can be turned in through November 11th.

PowerSchool
Parents of 6th-12th grade students see the attached brochure about the PowerSchool Parent/Student Portal.

Fitness Tip
When starting a fitness program strive for progress not perfection. Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long term results!

Nutrition Tip
As the weather gets colder, naturally we are less thirsty and less concerned about hydrating.  A common misconception is that summer is the only time we need to worry about dehydration.  Due to a number of factors, cold weather brings a different set of challenges for staying hydrated than hot weather does.  Remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water consistently, before you’re thirsty, throughout the day to stay healthy throughout the cold weather months.











Boosters 
Annual Apple Sale is going on now until Nov. 5.  Stop by the Cherry Lane Campus and get your Fuji apples Mon.-Fri. from 3:00-6:00 and Sat. 11:00-2:00.

There is a general Booster Club meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6:15 at the Cherry Lane Campus.  All are invited who would like to attend.

Congratulations to the MS Boys Cross Country team on their win at Districts. It was a great season and an awesome finish.  We had 3 boy runners and 1 girl runner in the top 10.

Congratulations to the HSVB team for making it to State.

Girls MSBB home game schedule:  Nov. 3, 15, 17 and Dec. 1 at 4:15.  Away games schedule: Nov. 8, 10, 18.

The first day of practice for Boys HSBB is Nov. 11.  

October Newsletter

posted Sep 30, 2016, 1:19 PM by Jodi Schultz

Special Points of Interest:

  • October 1-7 - MAPS testing continues for K-10th
  • October 7 - Read-a-thon "Kick-Off"
  • October 10-14 - Fall Break, No School
  • October 18 - Winter Sports Parent Meeting, 7:00pm
  • October 19 - Middle School Girls Basketball Tryouts
  • October 21 - Spirit Wear Order Forms Due
  • October 25 - Picture Retakes & Senior Tux & Drape Pictures for Yearbook
  • October 26 - Celebration Party for Read-a-thon Participants, 3:30pm
  • October 27 & 28 - Student Led Conferences, Book Fair, Apple Sales

Read-a-thon

See attached Read-a-thon flyers for dates and information.

Winter Sports Parent Meeting

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00PM, for a parent meeting regarding winter sports (boys and girls basketball). An email with further details will be sent out by our Athletic Director, Toby Pinkerman.

Middle School Girls Basketball

Middle School Girls basketball tryouts start Wednesday, October 19. 

Spirit Wear

Order Compass Spirit Wear using the attached forms. Orders are due October 21.

Student-led Conferences

Student-led conferences are Thursday and Friday, October 27 & 28. These will be evening conferences with early release school days. We will follow the same early release schedule that we follow on Mondays. Elementary release at 2:30 and Secondary release at 1:30. See attached flyer for additional information.

Boosters

The Annual Booster Club Apple Sales are coming up at the end of the month. The cost is $0.65/lb. Pre-order forms will be made available by student athletes. You can also purchase apples on site at the Cherry Lane Campus during student-led conferences Oct. 27 & 28.

Book Fair

The Annual Book Fair will be held during student-led conferences in the Cherry Lane Campus Library.

Box Tops

Check your Box Tops for expiration dates and send in any ASAP that will expire before April.

Cold Weather

Cold weather is bringing the need for students to come to school prepared with warmer clothes.  Please make sure to send your child with a jacket each day.  We will continue to utilize the outdoor areas for recess and PE, and we don't want any students to need their coat and not have it during these times.











Fitness

The Fall weather is upon us and it is beautiful. Enjoy the Fall colors and cooler temperatures on a family hike, bike ride or walk. "Get your feet moving." Research shows that walking 30 minutes a day can help reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Fast Forward Program

Fast Forward program funded by House Bill 458 will provide increased funding for high school students taking college courses. Every student attending an Idaho public school has an allocation of $4,125.00 to use towards Dual Credit.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshop

FAFSA workshop open to all parents with a high school senior during student-led conferences. Parents can bring their financial data and complete the FAFSA in the school computer lab. A representative from CWI or BSU will be on hand to help parents with the process. Workshop/Lab times - Thursday, Oct. 27 2:00-6:00 and Friday, Oct. 28 3:00-5:00.

New Idaho Literacy Plan

This new plan requires schools to identify a specific intervention curriculum for a set amount of hours for all students in grades K-3 who score a “1” or “2” on the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI).

Stand Up for Charter Schools

Charter School Families Need Your Support! Despite the strong record of charter school success, many myths and misunderstandings exist about them. Opponents of charter schools use these to fight against charter school growth and much-needed resources. In the process, they jeopardize the right of thousands of Idaho parents to choose the high-quality, tuition-free education found in charter schools throughout the state. Stand up for charter schools by joining the Idaho Charter School Network to Learn, Promote and Mobilize our efforts. Sign up online at www.idahocsn.org/parents.

Donations

Thank you to all of the families who generously donated at the time of registration to support various departments and activities. Charter schools in the State of Idaho receive limited funding for costs beyond staffing and basic operational requirements. Compass continues to rely on the generosity of stakeholders and others to meet specific needs. Without collecting fees this year, Compass only received half of the amount necessary to support these departments and activities. Please consider making a contribution which is tax deductible as Compass is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Idaho provides a tax credit for donations to schools. This tax credit is in addition to any advantages you receive from itemizing your deductions. Once you figure your tax bill to the State of Idaho, a $2000 donation may be used to reduce that bill by up to $1000 (joint return) or 50% of the donation, whichever is less. For someone filing a single return, a $1000 donation may be used to reduce a tax bill by up to $500 or 50% of the donation, whichever is less. Depending on your joint filing tax bracket and your itemized deductions, donating $2000 could cost you as little as $300 out of pocket. Please consult a tax professional for clarification.

September Newsletter

posted Sep 1, 2016, 12:27 PM by Jodi Schultz   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 7:55 AM by Joshua Folk ]

Special Points of Interest:
  • September 5 - Labor Day - No School
  • September 8 - 5th Grade Field Trip
  • September 8 - School Board Meeting, 6:00PM Cherry Lane Campus
  • September 9 - Picture Day
  • September 13 - Dual Credit Informational Meeting
  • September 17 - School Carnival
  • September 19 - MAPS Testing K-10th Starts
  • September 27 - High School Girls Volleyball Homecoming Game and Senior Night
  • September 30 - High School Homecoming Dance

Picture Day

Picture Day is Friday, Sept. 9th. Order packets will be coming home Sept. 2.
Dorian Picture Studios redesigned their photo envelopes this year and said there may be one area of confusion. Any package that includes the "Classic Black & White" (image of print would be the a la carte option "T") may read as though the entire package is printed in black & white. Only that specific print is black and white while the rest of the package is color prints. They have corrected this for the future and apologize for any confusion. Parents feel free to contact their customer support line at 800.826.3535 or send email to customersupport@dorianstudio.com.

Dual Credit Info Meeting

There will be an information meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at 6pm on the Dual Credit Program and the Advanced Opportunities Fast Forward Program. The Fast Forward program funded by House Bill 458 will provide increased funding ($4,125 per student) for high school students taking college courses.

School Carnival

The Compass Carnival theme is "A Tropical Vacation". We will have a cake decorating contest for great prizes including Corn Maze tickets, movie tickets, and gift cards. The Carnival will be Saturday, September 17th from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Cherry Lane Campus. Tickets will sell 20 for $10.00. Great games, delicious food, and the cutest musical entertainment you can find. Don't miss out! Questions? Contact Mrs. Long at wlong@compasscharter.org

Annual Events

At Compass, we strive to involve families without creating a stress or burden on the family. The idea behind the events is to provide an opportunity for families to be involved and get to know each other. While most events are also fundraisers, they are a choice, therefore contributing to the fundraisers isn’t required.

MAP's Assessment

Students in K-10th will be completing our district assessment from Sept. 19 - Oct. 7. Please ensure that your student has excellent attendance during this time. Also, encourage your student to perform their best.

Boosters

The Compass Boosters are looking for parents to serve on the Booster Board. Please contact the Booster President, Dixie Thurgood, at wertyme@yahoo.com

Check the athletic schedules on our school website and come out to support our cross country and volleyball athletes.

Read-a-thon

Read-a-thon will take place during fall break again this year. National Honor Society students will read to elementary students and pass out forms by the end of September. Students get pledges and read as many pages as they can during the break. Look for more information in the October newsletter.

PowerSchool

Parents' access to PowerSchool has been delayed for 6th-12th grades. PowerSchool has recently completed an upgrade and our hope is to have parent access ready by Sept. 15.













Standard-referenced Learning and Grading

Please read the attached handbook for a detailed explanation of Compass' Standard-referenced Learning and Grading.

Student Safety

Now that it is no longer the first week of school, hopefully your elementary students are feeling comfortable with the campus and are able to find their classroom each morning. If you feel like you still need to 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 visitor badges on adults on campus, and you may be asked to return to the office to obtain one. Thank you for your help in this matter; our goal is to keep all students safe.

Student Drop-off Line

An efficient student drop-off line in the morning is important for getting all students in their classrooms on time. At the elementary campus, please have your student ready to exit (backpacks on, lunch in hand, hugs given, etc.) before your vehicle gets to its stopping point. At the secondary campus, if your student has a large project to unload, please consider parking in the parent/visitors section rather than going through the line.

Bike Riders

Please have a discussion with your child regarding bike safety. There have been reports from drivers that some of our secondary students riding bikes are riding on the road, weaving and/or darting in and out of traffic. It won't be long before it is dark in the mornings when bike riders are coming to school, they need to understand that it is their job to watch for cars as cars may not see them.

Wellness & Nutrition

Some of you may have noticed before many food items on the lunch menu with WGR or Whole Grain Rich. This means that the item is baked with at least 51% whole grains which supplies great nutrition. Whole grains are a good source of fiber, B vitamins and minerals!

Wellness & Fitness

Dear Compass families, Mrs. Long, Mr. Pinkerman and Mrs. Blanco have joined forces this year to challenge all of us to be more healthy. The "Get your Feet Moving" handout can be found in the cafe and when it is complete, return it to the cafe. Each finished handout gives your student the opportunity to be in a drawing for a prize.  Follow the directions on the bottom of the paper and "GET YOUR FEET MOVING !"

Bookmobile

The Meridian Library District sends the Bookmobile to both the Cherry Lane Campus and Tech Lane Campus one time per week. Students in grades 4th-8th have access to the Bookmobile during their lunch. Students must have a library card to check out books from the Bookmobile. We don't allow students to check out videos. Bookmobile Schedule: CLC Friday's 11:30-1:00, TLC Thursday's 11:00-12:00.

Attendance

Parents may report attendance for students through the website (click on the Attendance tab). You may also call or email the school offices.

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