Week of August 13-17

posted Aug 10, 2012, 8:09 PM by Kelly Trudeau
Welcome Back!
The first day of school is Monday, August 13th for 3rd-12th grades. K-2nd will have a staggered start schedule (see home page for schedule)
Kindergarten—AM 9:00-12:00 & PM 12:35-3:35
1st-5th Grade—9:00-3:35
& 6th-12th Grade—7:40-2:35

Parent Orientation
Thursday, August 30th 7:00-9:00PM is
parent orientation for new and returning parents. It is not intended for students and/or young children. All parents attending the orientation will meet in the school auditorium at 7:00pm.

You will also have an opportunity to choose your own time slot for parent-teacher conferences which will be held in November.

School-Parent Communication

Friday attendance/newsletter from the school office sent via email. (Remember to check the email address you provided the school)                                   
  • Classroom Blogs provide information specific to each class. Most teachers include a homework calendar and/or expectations.
  • Compass website for upcoming events and teacher contact information.
  • PowerSchool for students in 5TH-12TH  grade for access to daily grades and assignment completion.  All parent and student accounts are still active from last year.  New students and their parents will receive PowerSchool account instructions the first week of school.
  • Agenda Books for students in 4th-12th grade. Students are asked to record homework assignments and due dates every day. Some grades require a daily parent signature in the agenda book.
  • Homework Folders Students in K-5 have a homework folder that contains both work to be completed as well as corrected completed work with teacher comments.
  •  Email/Phone Calls. Teachers will contact parents directly when necessary.
Remember—Communication works both ways. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the teacher before you become frustrated. The best way to initiate communication with your child’s teacher is via email.

Volunteering/Visiting The School
We love it when our parents and
grandparents come to help at the school. The best help is preplanned with the teacher and consistent. When volunteering or visiting the school, you must check-in at the school office to get a visitors badge. Please use the office entrance when visiting the school. Expect to be “put to work” when you visit a classroom. We believe adults are the best models for teaching work ethic.

School Breakfast and Lunch

Parents can check their child’s account balance as well as put money on a child’s account online. Details and instructions can be found on the school website along with a lunch menu. Please make sure your child has money for meals. Breakfast costs $1.00 and Lunch cost $2.15 1st-12th.

Students who don’t have money on an account will be given a peanut butter sandwich the first day, no lunch the second day.

Free and Reduced meals are available for those who qualify. Applications are on the school website under the Compass Cafe link under the Quick Links.


As a small district, we are able to contract for 3 buses to transport students to and from school. We are happy to provide this service to our families and it will continue to be financially feasible as long as we continue to offer large group stops rather than picking students up at individual stops.

Therefore, if you are new to Compass or have moved over the summer, please look at the most recent bus route to select a stop that is closest to your home.

REMEMBER –You must complete a Transportation Form (available on our website) and allow a minimum of two days for Brown Bus to process your information before your child will be allowed to ride the bus.

Busing is available just “one way” for Kindergarten. AM Kindergarten may ride the bus to school and PM Kindergarten may ride the bus home from school. An adult must be at the bus stop to pick up the Kindergarten student.


Please report your student's absence by 10am.  You can report the absence by calling the school at 855-2802 OR you can report the absence online by clicking on the Attendance link found under Quick Links on the school website.

Traffic Flow

*For safety reasons, please turn off your cell phone during student pick-up & drop-off

For student Drop-off and Pick-up, parents will enter the back parking lot and drive behind the gymnasium building toward the playground. Students can load the vehicle when it is parallel to the cafeteria. Please don’t make arrangements with your child to meet you in another location for pickup as this prevents adult supervision and creates a safety issue.

WATCH OUT for students walking and riding bikes! Also, please be kind and courteous to other drivers by not leaving your vehicle while in the drop-off/pick-up line.

When you come to visit or volunteer, you may enter and park in the front parking lot. However, all visitors/volunteers need to move their vehicles from the front parking lot by 2:15pm prior to secondary bus pick-up.

Middle School Credit System (7th & 8th only)

  • Students shall be required to maintain a 2.0  yearly GPA in core courses.
  • 7th and 8th Grade teachers assign letter grades according to the following scale: 90-100% =A      80-89%  =B     70-79% = C     60-69% = D      0-59% = F (no credit). An A is defined as excellent; B as above average; C as average; D as below average; F as failing. On the report card, grade-point average (GPA) is published.
  • Students must earn proficient scores on the Spring Math, Language Arts, Reading and Science ISAT tests.
  • Students will not be allowed to lose a full year of credit in one area (i.e. a student would not be able to fail a full year of math) and automatically move on to the next grade level. Additionally, if a student receives a letter grade of “D”, although they will receive credit and may be promoted to the next grade level, they will be counseled to repeat the course in order to master the concepts required for success at the next grade level, particularly in math.
  • Students not meeting (or in jeopardy of not meeting) credit requirements will be given an opportunity to recover credits either at the end of the school day or during summer school in order to be eligible for promotion to the next grade level. An appropriate fee will be charged to the parent for credit recovery courses.
  • *Attendance and effort is a factor.

Transportation Changes

If you have a “one day” transportation change for your child such as: they are going home with a friend or a grandparent is picking them up rather than having them ride the bus, etc. Please, Please, Please provide a note and/or email your child’s teacher AND the school office.

Written notes are required for students to ride the bus with a friend.

Calling the school office at the end of the day is NOT the best way to  ensure that your child gets the message. In fact, if you call with less than 30 minutes remaining in the day, we can’t guarantee that your child will be able to change their normal transportation routine for that day.

Arrival and Departure Schedule

To ensure your child’s safety Compass provides supervision for students 20 minutes prior to the start of the day (6th-12th 7:20am-7:40am/K-5th 8:40am-9:00am) and 15 minutes following the end of the day (6th-12th 2:35pm-2:50pm/K-5th 3:35pm-3:50pm). Personnel and funding aren’t available to provide supervision outside of these hours. It is the desire of the administration at Compass Public Charter School to keep your children safe, therefore please follow the policy as outlined in the Student Handbook and make arrangements for your children to arrive and depart school according to school policy. Students will not be allowed to “hang-out” before or after school.


Stay Informed/Be Involved

We encourage all parents to attend monthly School Board meetings and Parent Faculty Association (PFA) meetings.

The School Board meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00PM.

The PFA meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30PM.

Meeting agendas are posted at the school as well as on the School website at www.compasscharter.org.



Jeniffer Murphy,
Aug 11, 2012, 3:55 PM
Jeniffer Murphy,
Aug 11, 2012, 1:49 PM