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October 2013 Compass Newsletter

posted Sep 15, 2013, 10:42 AM by Jeniffer Murphy
Special Points of Interest:
September 17 – Team Tuesday, 8:00 & 2:45
September 27 – August & September Birthday Celebrations
September 28 – High School Dance
October 1 – 1st Grade Concert, 7:00
October 8 - Parent-Faculty Advocate Meeting, 3:45
October 10 - School Board Meeting
October 22 – 2nd-3rd Grade Concert, 7:00
October 25 – October Birthday Celebrations
October 29 – Individual student picture retake day and Senior Tux & Drape
October 30 – Student-led Conferences
October 31 & November 1 – Teacher In-service, NO school
The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) is planning a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon at Cherry Lane and Todd Way for Compass students to safely cross Cherry Lane. Construction is anticipated to begin in October. In the meantime, please help our children understand the importance of crossing at a light by walking either to Ten Mile or Linder before crossing.

National Merit Semi-Finalists
Compass is proud of two seniors who qualified as semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Van Forrester and Nicole Smith are our two semi-finalists. See the attached press release for further details on this highly acclaimed scholarship program.

Treasure Valley Youth Safety Summit
On September 17, 2013 the Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council will host the Fourth Annual Treasure Valley Youth Summit to be held from 7:45am-4:00pm at Wahooz in Meridian. The event will bring 220 high schoolers from the Treasure Valley together for an engaging day of interactive lessons and speakers on topics related to overall teen safety. Attendees will learn the dangers of distracted driving by texting while navigating the go-kart track, experience mini-golf while donning intoxicated vision goggles to display the effects drugs and alcohol play in judgment, participate in unfair teamed laser tag to mimic bullying and listen to national speakers on related material. Additionally, parents of recently deceased teens due to unsafe driving practices will sit on a panel for a Q & A session with the youth. We are excited to announce a partnership with the Meridian City high schools that will assist the success of the summit by facilitating some breakout workshops designed to identify and address school specific needs or areas of opportunity to improve their schools.
The overall goal of the summit is to enlighten, engage and empower student leaders to educate themselves on these dangers allowing them to share with their peers at their respective schools. Five high school students from Compass have been invited to attend the Youth Safety Summit. We look forward to them sharing their knowledge with the rest of the middle school and high school.

Mark your calendars for the two upcoming concerts. The first grade will be performing on Tuesday, October 1st and the 2nd & 3rd grade will be performing on Tuesday, October 22nd. Parents of the performers typically volunteer to bring cookies as a refreshment served after the concert. If you are willing to bring cookies, please contact your child’s teacher to let them know.

Student-led Conferences
Both of our conferences (October 30 & March 20-21) will be student-led conferences. This type of format encourages students to take ownership and pride in their academic achievement. It allows parents the opportunity to discuss and establish expectations for academic success with their child.

Please plan to attend the evening conference on October 30th, starting when school is out (2:45 for 6-12 & 3:45 for 1-5) and ending at 8:00pm. There will NOT be conferences on October 31st as indicated on the school calendar. This is due to a two-day required teacher training as a result of receiving the Technology Pilot Grant.
Jeniffer Murphy,
Sep 29, 2013, 8:52 AM