Week of August 27-30

posted Aug 27, 2012, 7:36 AM by Kelly Trudeau

Special Points of Interest:

  • August 30 - Parent Orientation 7:00-9:00pm
  • August 31 - Staff Collaboration, No School
  • September 3 - Labor Day, No School
  • September 4 - PFA Meeting 6:30pm
  • September 13 - School Board Meeting 7:00pm
  • September 22 - Wellness Carnival and 1st Grade Concert
  • September 28 - Staff Pictures, Student Re-takes, Senior Tux & Drape, Fall Sports Pictures

Parent Orientation
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, August 30th to attend the Parent Orientation.

This orientation is scheduled specifically for parents; agenda will include:

  • Common Core Standards and New Common Assessment Discussion
  • Compass Grading Philosophy and Procedure
  • Sign-up for November Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Meet Your Student's Teacher(s)


The fifth and sixth grade students at CPCS harvested nearly 140 pounds   of potatoes and onions from their garden. After supplying the cafeteria and the summer garden families with some of the produce, the students were able to give nearly 90 pounds of onions and potatoes to the Meridian Foodbank on Thursday, August 23. The folks at the foodbank were very thankful.

In other garden news, Mrs. Long is planning to prepare smashed potatoes, from the purple potatoes grown in the garden. Most of the students have never seen or tasted purple smashed potatoes, so it will be interesting to get to try a sample and see if they taste like normal potatoes.  Mrs. Long has also served fresh tomatoes and green beans from the garden.

In  science, Mr. Henning has been using the garden to reinforce the science process skill of observation.  Fifth and sixth grade students have been going to the garden to make a series of in depth observations in which they combine their writing skills with the use of several of their senses to describe plants, bugs or other objects in the garden.

Fourth graders have been studying the wheat that they planted as third graders.  They also have harvested the dry seed  heads of green onion plants and will get to take some of the seeds home to see if they can grow the onions.

Hearing Screening
Over the next few weeks, students in kindergarten through third grade will have their hearing screened.  Parents will be notified if their child requires additional testing.  If you do not want your child screened, please notify the school.  Additionally, if you have older children and would like to have their hearing screened you may request this service.

Compass Cafe Volunteers Needed
Mrs. Long is looking for a few more dedicated volunteers. This is a great way to meet all of the students who attend Compass. Also, you will receive a  free and delicious lunch at the end of the lunch period.

Meridian Bookmobile

The Meridian Bookmobile comes to Compass every Wednesday from 1:15-2:15 to provide an opportunity for our 5th-12th grade students to check out books. Students are required to have a library card in order to check out books. Students can pick up an application form to bring home from the Bookmobile that can be completed and taken to any Ada County Library.

Jeniffer Murphy,
Aug 28, 2012, 10:13 AM