September 23, 2011

posted Dec 2, 2011, 7:03 AM by Jeniffer Murphy
Special Points of Interest: 
· September 30—Sports Booster Meeting 
· September 30—Picture Retakes, New Student Pictures, Late Registration, Senior Pictures and Fall Sports Pictures 
· October 25—Fall Concert for 1st-3rd grade students
Spirit Packs will be available next week!! 
Only $20 for a Aviator Athletics Cinch bag, Long sleeved T-Shirt & Water Bottle all with the Aviator Athletics Logo!! They will be available for purchase at Aviator games, at the Booster Event on Sept. 30th or by calling Brenda Ball at 608-1759. Parents of Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Graders:  Aviator Athletic Cinch Bags are a perfect fit in the narrower cubby spaces. A limited quantity is available at $5 each.  Call Brenda Ball 608-1759

Parent Engagement
Harbor Schools depend on the support and engagement of parents. Most of our schools began with a small group of interested, committed and dedicated parents who wanted a Harbor education for their children. Harbor educators must always remember that and cultivate strong parental engagement. The school actively works to earn their trust and confidence to provide a safe and productive learning environment for their children.

Parents can expect the principal to protect instructional time. Interruptions are kept to a minimum. Your child’s instructional time is the highest value in a Harbor school. Emergencies are an exception. All other communication with the principal and with teachers is done before or after school. 

Harbor practices are designed to develop work ethic, positive character attributes as well as academic assets. We encourage parents to support their children in their homework and to reinforce personal responsibility in their child. 

There is a high expectation for student attendance. The reason for this is to instill a sense of high value and respect for their time at school. We believe that this is a foundation for a habit of work that will serve them beyond school.  For this reason, parents are asked to plan family trips and vacations around the school calendar. 

Leadership, teachers and parents share a mutual purpose. That purpose is a successful educational experience for your child. That mutual purpose provides the foundation for problem solving as issues arise. Parents are encouraged to contact the principal to clarify facts regarding any issue that arises. Harbor schools attempt to minimize stories or gossip and maximize facts and mutual problem solving. 

John Fearey Fund 
Our 11th and 12th grade students have the opportunity to take College of Western Idaho classes for concurrent or dual credits (credits count for both high school graduation and college graduation). 

Some of our students struggle financially so we created a way to give financial assistance. It is called the John Fearey Fund. Students may apply for partial or full funding of their books and/or tuition. If you would like to contribute to this fund (non profit) we would gladly accept any amount you feel comfortable sending to us. Please make checks out to Compass Public Charter School-Fearey Fund. 

We thank you for any help you are able to give to our students who are pursuing a college graduation. 

Lunch Menu Change 
Due to a lack of volunteers on Mondays, there will no longer be two meal choices.

Senior Night
Monday, October 3rd, is our last “home” game and Senior Night for the high school volley ball team. Home games start at 6:00pm and are held at Homecourt in Meridian. Please come out and show your support to our girls volleyball team, especially our seniors! 

Picture Day
If your student didn't get their picture taken during registration or you want retakes, picture day is Friday, September 30. For new pictures: pick up a flyer/envelope in the school office. For retakes: return purchased portraits if you bought them. 

Senior pictures with drapes and tuxes will be taken at 8am, Fall Sports Team pictures will be taken at 9am, missed pictures and retakes will follow. 

End of First Quarter 
The end of the first quarter is Thursday, October 5th. Parents of students in 5th-12th grade can view their student’s grades online through Power School. If you have lost your Power School password, please email our webmaster, Jeni Murphy, at

Additionally, students in 7th-12th will likely have exams and/or projects due that account for a significant portion of their grade. Therefore, make sure your child has the resources, time, and space to study and/or complete projects. 

Perfect weather, a happy crowd, and fun had by all...that describes the Compass Picnic last weekend. A big thank you to all the volunteers, parents and students alike, who helped with the Compass Picnic! The Compass Charter clubs, Physics and Yearbook, as well as the Student Council, engineered and orchestrated games to entertain picnic goers and earned $100 each for their efforts. Well done! A very special thank you to Ohana Snocones for generously providing the cotton candy and snocones and all the labor involved. Stan and Carrie Draper, Compass parents, own this mobile business and were proud to support their school.

Sports Booster News 

Mark your calendar now for the fall Compass athletics booster meeting on Friday, September 30 at 6:00 in the cafeteria. We will have a potato bar dinner followed by a presentation and the kickoff of our fall fundraising event. Boosters will provide potatoes and drinks. Each attending family is asked to bring a favorite potato topping—chili, cheese, sour cream, or your favorite creative way to make this a whopper! Contact Curt Goldgrabe at 921-8332 with any questions or Mr. Pinkerman at the school. 

Compass Aviator sports passes are available for purchase at all home games. All home games this year are played at the Homecourt YMCA, 936 W. Taylor Avenue in Meridian, just off Franklin Road west of Meridian Road. Your booster club membership includes an all-sport pass for all home high school volleyball and basketball games and costs only $35. This pass gives you and your immediate family free admission to all home games (excluding post-season games). It’s a great deal, and a great way to support Aviator athletes. See the Compass high school website for volleyball and basketball schedules.