January 13, 2012

posted Jan 14, 2012, 10:13 AM by Jeniffer Murphy
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· January 14—High School Winter Dance 7pm 
· January 16—Human Rights Day, No School 
· January 25—School Tour for those interested in applying for the 2012-13 school lottery 
· March 23—2012-13 School Lottery Application Deadline 2pm 
Siblings who are not yet enrolled in Compass must complete a lottery application for the 2012-13 school year. This includes incoming Kindergarten students. Applications can be completed online at www.compasscharter.org. Applications are also available in the school office

School Tours
Every year we offer school tours to those interested in learning more about our school in order to apply for the spring lottery. If you have a sibling that is not enrolled yet or if you have friends/family that may be interested in enrolling in Compass, please inform them about our school tours. You must call to reserve a spot in a tour session, space is limited. We ask that only adults participate in the school tour, no children. The tour schedule is as follows:
Those Interested in Enrollment (prior to lottery):
January 25 
February 8 
February 22 
March 7 
March 21 
April 11 

Those Offered Enrollment (after lottery): 
May 16 
May 23 
May 30 (only if enough interest)

PFA News
Keep those box tops coming! The Compass PFA just received a check for $867.70 from Box Tops for Education thanks to all of you who collect and turn those in! We will be submitting another batch coming up soon so please bring them in or send them with your child to school. We also collect labels for Labels for Education. Please see the PFA link on the Compass website for more information on collecting box tops and labels. 

Notes from Mr. Henning
Congratulations to 5th grade student, Lauren McKenna. Lauren submitted a drawing to the U. S . Fish and Wildlife Service's Salmon & Steelhead Days poster contest. Lauren's drawing was selected as one of the three best drawings out of over 200 entries. She received a nice certificate and a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. Way to go, Lauren!
Mr. Henning reminds everyone that our next Recycling Day will be next Thursday, January 19. His truck will be in the usual place. Bring your aluminum cans and let's, "Fill that truck!"

Christmas DVD
Many of you have ordered a DVD from the Christmas concert. For those of you who still want one, the last day to order will be Wednesday, Jan. 18th. Please have your order and money to Mrs. Choate by that date so that the church can finish up the copying process for us in a timely manner. Thank you - Mrs. Choate

Capital Campaign
Thank you to everyone who helped out with the Capital Campaign, we exceeded our goal of $5,000 by raising close to $7,000! It’s not too late to donate, we will continue collecting donations until we have a new building! 

Compass Ski Night
This will be our first night for skiing/boarding, if Bogus is open. Our other night is scheduled for March 3. Space is limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. To insure you have a seat on the bus and rental equipment available, registration and payment are due at the school office by 3:45 Friday, February 3. The registration and conduct form are attached to this newsletter and will also be available at the school website. Our first ski session for the season always fills up fast.

Compass Families in Need 
Thank you to all of those who contributed to the “Compass Families in Need”. We collected nearly $1,000 along with some gift certificates from Heritage Auto (Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Zanders!). This allowed us to help eleven Compass families. Here is a quote from a Thank You note I received from a recipient:

“I just wanted to send my greatest thanks out to you and all of the staff and families at Compass Charter. This year Christmas was tougher than I thought it would be for us, and the phone call that the Compass Charter family was able to help us out, made me feel so blessed! I still get teary eyed when I think how grateful I was when the Christmas Card- along with the gift card and certificate came in the mail. I don't know how you guys knew that the brakes in my car had gone out, and I was struggling to figure out how to replace them. The entire Compass Family is amazing, and I hope that you all know, what angels you have there.”

Ms. Abel, formally a Compass teacher who took some time off for her cancer treatment, is feeling better and offering after school tutoring. Ms. Abel lives very close to the school, therefore, a student can walk to her home after school for tutoring or she is also willing to meet students at the Meridian Library, also in walking distance from the school. Ms. Abel is charging just $25 per one hour session. She can tutor students in math, writing, etc. If you are interested in tutoring for your student, contact Ms. Abel at 870-8443.

Grade Promotion
Every middle school in the state of Idaho was required to put in to policy a credit system for students in 7th & 8th grade. Therefore, if your child fails more than two semester core courses or a full year of any single core course, they will be required to complete an alternate course during the summer at their own expense.

Students with 2 “D’s” and/or 1 “F” will be required to attend study hall during the lunch period for each week their grades are identified to be “at risk”.

Following is the policy regarding Grade Promotion:
· 7th & 8th Grade 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 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.



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