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July Newsletter 2013

posted Jul 18, 2013, 10:32 PM by Jeniffer Murphy
Special Points of Interest:
• August 6 – Returning Student Registration 9:00-1:00
• August 7 – Returning Student Registration 9:00-1:00
• August 19 – First Day of School, 6-12th Grade 7:40-2:30, K-5th  9:00-3:35
• September 5 – Parent Orientation 7:00-9:00
• September 7 – Welcome Back Picnic at Settlers’ Park 11:00-2:00, purchase lunch/activity wristbands at registration

Hello Compass Families

I hope you are all enjoying your summer break! The beginning of the school year will be here before we know it. Below are a couple of items of interest before the new school year begins.

Parent Pick-up

If you will be picking your student(s) up after school, please make a bright and visible sign for your car window. On the sign, include your student(s) last name and grade number(s). Place the sign on the front dash board in front of the driver’s side. Here is an example:


1, 3, & 5

Class Lists

Class lists are posted on the office windows. You are welcome to view the lists. Requests to change classes/teachers will not be considered unless there is evidence of extraordinary circumstances that would justify such a request.

Teaching Assignments & New Staff

Kindergarten – Welcome Suzanne Stampke! Suzanne has 24 years of teaching experience. She relocated to the Meridian area from Bend, Oregon last year and then taught in the Nampa school district for one year.

First Grade – Both returning 1st Grade Compass teachers, Jessica Hill and Scott Strickler.

Second Grade – Veteran 2nd Grade Compass teacher, Susan Luke and Deb Cordero, also a returning Compass teacher moving from Kindergarten to 2nd Grade.

Third Grade – Veteran 3rd Grade Compass teacher, Kerilyn Gibbs will teach both the A Group and B Group

Fourth Grade – Returning Compass teacher, Karry Walgamott moving from 3rd Grade to 4th Grade to teach both the A Group and B Group
Fifth Grade – Welcome Nichole Reynolds! Nichole has 11 years of teaching experience. She is relocating to Meridian this summer from Arizona.

Sixth Grade – Both returning 6th Grade Compass teachers, Melissa Andersen and Ty Whitt.

7th Grade Team – All returning Compass teachers, Craig Dayton (math), John Fearey (social studies), Jon Stadtlander (Language Arts), and Molly Wolk (science).

8th & 9th Grade Team - All returning Compass teachers, Craig Dayton (math), John Fearey (social studies), Jon Stadtlander (Language Arts), and Chris Hines (science).

High School Team – Welcome Paula Connelly! Paula has been working as an educational assistant at Compass for two years. She is a secondary certified social studies teacher. Paula will be teaching 9th and 10th Grade social studies classes. Returning Compass teachers, Erin Gatfield (10th-12th Language Arts), Linette Gregg (10th-12th Math), Ric Jacob (11th & 12th social studies), and Molly Wolk (10th -12th science).

Electives/Specials Teachers – Welcome Phil Henderson! Phil has been working as an educational assistant at Compass. He has a Professional Technical Certificate in Broadcasting Technology. Phil will be teaching high school elective classes in Broadcasting and Radio.

Returning Compass elective/specials teachers:

  • Brenda Choate (music/band),

  • Paula Connelly (leadership),

  • Greg Cordero, (secondary computer and broadcasting),

  • John Fearey (community service),

  • Becky Leavitt (elementary computer),

  • Jessica Hill (drama),

  • Wendy Long (food handlers class),

  • Amanda Nagy (career explorations),

  • Toby Pinkerman (physical education),

  • Ann Tschikof (Ann is moving from 5th grade to elementary science),

  • Dana Walker (interior decorating and child development),

  • Jennifer Wangler (secondary Spanish),

  • Ty Whitt (creative writing),

  • Gail Van Patten (middle school math applications)
  • Alyson White - English Lang. Skills Teacher (3rd-5th)

Administrative Team – Welcome Debbie Foster! Debbie is an Instructional Coach and Curriculum Developer. Her role at Compass will include assisting with implementation of the Idaho Core Standards and providing instructional support. Returning Administrative Team, Kelly Trudeau (Charter Administrator), Ric Jacob (Assistant to the Administrator), Tony Lechner (Special Education Director), Susan Luke (Culture Coordinator), Amanda Nagy (Counselor), Cindy Stover (Business Manager), Jeni Murphy (Webmaster), Jodi Schultz and Lisa Hamer (Administrative Assistants).

Support Staff – All returning Compass staff, Brenda Dayton, Susan De Haas, Jaynee Harrison, Danielle Hipwell, Darla Horyza, Cindy Keller, Kay Scarborough, Jordyn Smith, and Becky White

Kitchen Staff – All returning Compass staff, Wendy Long (Food Service Director), Cricket Stallings and Christy Haddock.
Jeniffer Murphy,
Jul 22, 2013, 7:41 PM