Week of April 15-19

posted Apr 18, 2013, 7:50 AM by Kelly Trudeau

Special Points of Interest:

  • April 18 – 2013-14 Lottery
  • April 19 – Drama Club Play
  • April 20 – Compass Talent Show
  • April 25 – Science Fair 4th - 6th
  • April 26 – April Birthday Celebrations
  • April 27 – High School Prom
  • May 2 – SOM & Aim High Assembly AND NJHS/NHS Induction Ceremony
  • May 3 & 6 – Senior Projects/Teacher Collaboration
Drama Club Play
This Friday, April 19, the High School Drama Club will be performing the play, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at 7PM. Admittance is free for students and teachers of Compass, but all parents and outside students are $5 at the door. The Costa Rica students will be selling food and drink at 6PM. Your support would be much appreciated!

Spiritwear                                                                                     Compass t-shirts and caps available for Spring & Summer!  Show your school pride this summer!  Short-sleeved tees in school colors and new this season, pink, are available for purchase!  Also, new this season, we are offering caps in two different styles, flat-billed and baseball style.  The t-shirts are just $8.00 and the caps are $8.50 (baseball style) and $9.50 (flat-billed).  Sales tax is included in these prices.  Due date to order spiritwear is Wednesday, April 24th.  Order forms and pictures of spiritwear are available in the school office PFA page on the school website, or in the attachments section of this posting.  Samples are available for fitting on request.  Please email the Parent/Faculty Association at pfa@compasscharter.org.


Talent Show                                                                           The Compass Talent Showcase is this Saturday, April 20th in the high school auditorium.  There will be one show: 3:30pm (K-12th).  Admission for students and family is free.  Donations to support the Compass Honors High School Student Council will be accepted at the door for the 7pm show.  Come support your friends and show your school spirit! 
Common Core Standards
The Common Core Standards, now being referred to in Idaho as the Idaho Core Standards, are NOT curriculum. The standards are more like a goal of what students should know it is up to teachers, schools, and districts to figure out how to reach the goals. Idaho has used standards as a road map for learning for a number of years. Previously, those standards have been developed by our own State and quite honestly they were inadequate. The Common Core Standards were developed by a consortium of leaders in education with input from those at the collegiate level. Each school district in Idaho has the responsibility of “unpacking” the standards and aligning their curriculum with the standards.

At Compass, our teachers have been collaborating on a weekly basis to unpack (learn and examine) the standards. It is our opinion as experts in the field of education that the new standards will require us to teach more in depth, help students develop critical thinking skills, and make connections to prior learning as well as connections between subjects. The Common Core Standards are more aligned to our high expectations for learning than any previous standards we have been required to meet. Therefore, Compass parents don’t need to worry that we will lower the bar for learning.

One way to think about the Common Core is to use an analogy. We see the Common Core Standards as the “end goal.” Let’s say every student was required to build a house as the end goal for graduation. It would be up to the teachers (school/district) to provide the materials and tools to build the house. The materials and tools are the curriculum and method of instruction. Depending on the teacher (school/district) different materials and tools may be used to complete the project.

Compass is and will continue to be an excellent environment for students and for teachers. Our school leadership looks conservatively at all sides of the issues and makes curriculum and instructional decisions based on best teaching practices and not based on the latest politics or trends.  We can't speak for all of Idaho but our educational teams discussions about the Common Core have revolved around improving our teaching practices and have had little to do with changing curriculum or content.

To view the Myths and Facts regarding the Common Core and published by the Idaho State Department of Education click on this link: Common Core Myths and Facts

Jeniffer Murphy,
Apr 18, 2013, 9:36 AM
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Apr 18, 2013, 9:41 AM
Jeniffer Murphy,
Apr 18, 2013, 9:35 AM