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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

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

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.


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

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


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.


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 !"


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.


Parents may report attendance for students through the website (click on the Attendance tab). You may also call or email the school offices.
Jodi Schultz,
Sep 1, 2016, 12:27 PM
Jodi Schultz,
Sep 1, 2016, 12:27 PM