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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

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:

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.