Newsletter 2013-2014

June-August Newsletter

posted May 30, 2014, 4:06 PM by Kelly Trudeau

Special Points of Interest:
  • June 2 – SOM & Aim High Assemblies
  • June 2 – Field Day 1-3 grades, 11:00-2:15
  • June 3 – Moving Up Day, 9:15-10:00
  • June 3 – Field Day 4-6 grades, 11:00-2:15
  • June 3 – Scholar Dollar Carnival, 1-3 grades 2:00-3:30
  • June 3 – 6-8 Grade Band Concert, 7:00
  • June 4 – Field Day 7-8 grades, 8:45-11:45
  • June 4 – Last Day of School, Early Release
  • June 10 & 11 - Registration for New Students
  • August 5 & 6 - Registration for Returning Students
  • August 18 - First Day of School
Moving Up Day
This coming Tuesday is our annual moving up day from 9:15-10:00. Students will have the opportunity to meet the teachers and learn what to expect next year.

Field Day
Students will be walking to the park on the day of their scheduled field day. Please make sure students have appropriate attire, walking shoes, and have already applied sunscreen.

"Hot Lunch," which is actually a sack lunch, will be available to purchase for field day. Your student will need to inform their teacher the day before their scheduled field day.

Lunch Accounts
Lunch will not be served to students with a negative balance on the last three days of school. Please make sure to check your child's lunch account balance.
On the last day of school, sack lunches will be available for purchase as our "hot lunch" choice. Students will need to inform their teacher on Tuesday if they intend to order a sack lunch for Wednesday.

Last Day Schedule
Wednesday, June 4th is the last day of school. It is an early release day. 
Kindergarten - PM Kindergarten will attend at the AM time on the last day of school, 9:00-12:00. AM Kindergarten will not meet on June 4th, their last day is June 3rd.
1st-5th - 9:00-1:00
6th-11th - 7:40-12:00

Registration for returning students will be August 5th and 6th from 9am-1pm.  If you are not able to register your returning student on either of those dates please call the school office to arrange registration during the new student registration times:  June 10 from 2pm-6pm or June 11 from 9am-1pm.
An email regarding registration that included a fee schedule was sent to parent email accounts on May 13th.

Amended 2014-15 Calendar
In order to provide collaboration time for teachers, Compass will implement an early release every Monday next year. Buses will run on the early release schedule. See attached calendar.

April-May Newsletter

posted Apr 18, 2014, 8:09 AM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Apr 19, 2014, 10:45 PM by Jeniffer Murphy ]

Special Points of Interest:

  • April 19 – Shoot/Serve-a-thon, 3:00-6:00
  • April 25 – April Birthday Celebrations
  • May 2 – Senior Projects and Teacher Work Day (no school for K-11)
  • May 3 - Keep Clay Running run/walk-a-thon
  • May 5 - Student of the Month (SOM) & Aim High Leadership Assemblies (7:40 & 9:00)
  • May 6 – High School Informational Meeting, 6:30
  • May 8 - School Board Meeting
  • May 8 & 9 – Mother’s Day Flowers for Sale
  • May 10 – Talent & Art Show, 7:00
  • May 13 - PFA Meeting, 3:45
  • May 13 – Dual Credit (CWI) Informational Meeting, 6:30
  • May 29 – Band Concert (6th-11th), 7:00
  • May 30 – May, June, & July Birthday Celebrations

The Compass Athletic Department is having their annual Shoot-a-thon/Serve-a-thon on Saturday, April 19th from 3pm-6pm.

There will be fun basketball and volleyball contests with money prizes, a silent spring basket auction, a students vs. parents/teachers/coaches basketball game, a volleyball bump and serve contest between students and parents/teachers/coaches,  and of course the shoot-a-thon and serve-a-thon competition between the grade levels - be sure to sponsor a student!  Food will be available for purchase.  

This is the athletic departments largest and most important fundraiser. Every student is important in helping raise money as the sports program is an important source of pride and school spirit!!   Join us for a full  schedule of fun!!  

Note: If you are a parent and are interested in participating in the student vs. parent basketball game or bump & serve competition, come ready to play!  (The basketball game will be only two 5 min halves.) 

Mark you calendars for June 10 and/or 11. We will hold new student and early registration on these dates. Watch your email for more details regarding registration as the date gets closer.

Keep Clay Running

A run/walk-a-thon is being planned and organized by a group of 8th grade Compass students to raise funds for a 7th grade Compass student who was diagnosed with Leukemia at the beginning of this school year. The event is May 3rd from 1:00-3:00 at Lowell Scott Middle School. Those who want to donate can do so at any Home Federal Bank. Just tell the bank that the donation is for Clayton Buie, or you can mention "Keep Clay Running." To learn more about Clay and this event, you can visit the Facebook page created under the name "Keep Clay Running" and view his video following this link:

Science Department Fundraiser, please help out!

Aluminum Can Collection

  • The Science Department will continue to collect your aluminum cans to recycle for the garden and classroom science funds.
  • Feel free to drop them off under the ramp of the elementary science room (portable) OR next to the shed in the back of the gym as you drive around to drop off or pick up your child.
  • Collection will continue through summer.

Mother’s Day Wild Flower Sale

  • Mother's Day Wild Flower Planting Kits include a terra cotta pot, soil and a “seed bomb” containing wild flower seeds.
  • Preorder forms are due by Friday, May 2nd. Orders may not be placed after May 2nd.
  • Kits are available for pick-up on May 8th and 9th
  • Other details will be communicated at school. (Something has to be a surprise! :-D) 
  • Email Ann Tschikof, Chris Hines or Molly Wolk with any questions.

March Newsletter

posted Feb 22, 2014, 6:48 PM by Kelly Trudeau

Special Points of Interest: 

  • March 3 - Student of the Month & Aim High Leadership Assemblies (7:40 & 9:00)
  • March 13 - School Board Meeting
  • March 15 – High School Dance
  • March 18 – Class group and personality picture day
  • March 20 & 21 – Student-led Conferences and Book Fair
  • March 21 - Student of the Month & Aim High Leadership Assemblies (7:40 & 9:00)
  • March 21 – Lottery Applications Due, 2:00pm
  • March 21– March Birthday Celebrations
  • March 24 - April 4 - Spring Break
  • April 7 – Read-a-thon Logs/Pledges Due
  • April 7 – May 9 – Smarter Balanced Assessment
  • April 11 – Read-a-thon Celebration, 3:35-5:30
  • April 19 – Shoot/Serve-a-thon

Compass Aviators Math Team

Our very own Compass Aviator Math Team has put together a video for a competition. The top 20 videos are eligible for college scholarships. We need everyone to help our team win by voting for them. You can vote once every day.  You will be required to set up an account and then log into your account each day to vote, but it is very simple.  Please join us in voting as many times as possible this month to support the Compass Math team.  It is a remarkable little video that they have put together! (copy and past the link below in your browser address bar if the hotlink doesn't work)

Congratulations Van Forrester & Nicole Smith!

Van and Nicole are two seniors at Compass Honors High School. Both are semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship. This is a HUGE accomplishment and their Compass family is very proud!

2014-15 School Lottery

All siblings not yet enrolled must submit a lottery application for the 2014-15 school year; this includes incoming Kindergarten siblings. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 21, 2014 at 2:00pm. The lottery drawing will take place on April 17, 2014 at 12:00pm in the school auditorium.

Spring Pictures

The spring pictures include both class and individual pictures. Please watch for order envelopes to come home the first of March.

Student-led Conferences

March 20 & 21 are spring conferences. Your child will have the opportunity to present to you their school portfolio and reflection sheets indicating their progress toward learning goals. If you feel there is a need to meet with your child’s teacher one-on-one, please arrange a separate meeting outside of the student-led conference dates.

Book Fair and Read-a-thon

There will be a Book Fair during student-led conferences in the high school commons area. Please stop by and purchase a few books for your children to read during spring break. Book sales benefit our school library.

Additionally, the book fair is the “kick off” for our read-a-thon. Pick up a reading log and pledge sheet at the book fair for your child to work on over their spring break. There will be a read-a-thon celebration on Friday, April 11 from 3:35-5:30. All students who participate in the read-a-thon are welcome to attend the celebration which will include popcorn, a movie and of course a grand prize (Kindle or similar device) for the participant with the most pledges. Reading logs and pledges are due Monday, April 7, 2014 (the day we return from spring break). The read-a-thon benefits our National Junior Honor Society and National Honor Society. Our honor students will be running the book fair and read-a-thon celebration.

Smarter Balanced Assessment

You may recall an email sent out earlier this year informing you that the Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) is no longer. It is being replaced with the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This year, our 3rd through 11th grade students are taking the test in order for the State to establish cut scores. This means we will not receive results from the exam. However, we want our students to perform their very best regardless of not receiving results. The testing period runs April 7th  through May 9th; please encourage your child to give their best effort, remind them to get a good night’s sleep and provide them with a healthy breakfast each day. Also, avoid scheduling appointments or checking students out from school during this testing window.


Please mark your calendars for the Shoot/Serve-a-thon on April 19th. This is the main fundraiser to support both middle school and high school athletics at Compass. More information will be sent home regarding this annual event.

January Newsletter

posted Jan 7, 2014, 7:59 AM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Jan 13, 2014, 10:55 AM by Jeniffer Murphy ]

Special Points of Interest:
  • January 9 – School Board Meeting, 6:00
  • January 17 – Teacher In-service, No School
  • January 20 – Human Rights Day, No School
  • January 25 – Compass Ski Night at Bogus
  • January 31 – January Birthday Celebrations
  • February 3 – January Student of the Month & Aim High Leadership Assemblies
  • February 8 – High School Dance
  • February 13 – School Board Meeting, 6:00
  • February 14 – February Birthday Celebrations
  • February 15 – 100th Day Pancake Feed
  • February 15 – Compass Ski Night at Bogus

Happy New Year! Welcome back to School, we have missed you!

2014-15 Calendar

The 2014-15 school calendar was approved at the December Board Meeting. Our goal of getting the calendar approved and making it available early, is to allow parents the opportunity to use the calendar for vacation planning. Please work your family vacations in to our school vacations and help us maintain our 96% attendance goal. The 2014-15 Calendar is attached to this newsletter.

Bogus Basin Ski Night

Saturday, January 25th, is our first of two nights for skiing/boarding; our other night is on February 15.  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, conduct form and payment are due at the school office by 3:45 Friday, January 17.  The registration and conduct form are attached to this newsletter and will also be available at the school website. 

Buses will load at 3:00 p.m. and leave the parking lot at Compass by 3:30 p.m.  Please have your child to the school early enough to allow us time to load the buses.   We will return to the school at approximately 9:15.  Please be prompt for pickup, we do not have access to the school building, so we will be waiting outside.

Roaring Springs Reading Program

Welcome to the Roaring Reader Program! By participating, your school's students and teachers can earn a FREE day pass to Roaring Springs Waterpark! Each student in K-4 who completes 600 minutes, or students in grades 5-6 who complete 800 minutes of recreational reading, can earn one Roaring Reader ticket. Teachers who have 10 or more students complete the reading goal, will also receive one ticket. 

Roaring Springs Reading Program Continued

We can only reward one ticket to each student and teacher, even if they complete more minutes or have more than one participating classroom.

Last years program was a huge success. Over 25,000 students were motivated and read for recreation all across the Treasure Valley. The family friendly music station, 89.5FM, KTSY is sponsoring the Roaring Readers Program again this year. A great big thanks goes out to them for their involvement in the community.

Roaring Springs' goal is to add fun to reading, and to help students understand goal setting and achievement. It challenges students to read for pleasure with a very exciting reward - a FREE day pass to Roaring Springs Waterpark! We hope the students at your school are very excited to have this opportunity and work very hard to achieve their reading goal.

Start reading and keeping track of your reading now!

Click here for the Roaring Springs Reading Log


100th Day Pancake Feed

Mark your calendars for the 100th day of school pancake breakfast. This tradition was started the first year Compass opened. As you may be aware, a huge goal of our Kindergarten students is to learn to count to 100. They plan a "big" celebration on the 100th day of school. The first year Compass was in operation, the 100th day fell on Valentine’s Day, just as it does this year. The staff and students wanted to help our Kindergarten students celebrate the goal of 100 by making pink pancakes. This year, we would like the families to join us for this fun celebration. Therefore, we are hosting a breakfast on Saturday, February 15th. Watch for flyers to come home in a few weeks with additional details. Hope to see you all there!

December 2013-2014 Newsletter

posted Nov 20, 2013, 3:41 PM by Kelly Trudeau   [ updated Nov 21, 2013, 12:43 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:

  • November 23 – 8th Grade Party
  • November 25-29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 3 - Spirit Wear Orders Due
  • December 7 – High School Dance
  • December 10 – Band Concert (6th-12th), School Auditorium 7:00pm
  • December 12 – School Board Meeting, 6:00pm
  • December 17 – Senior Tux & Drape Picture Retakes
  • December 19 – 4th & 5th Grade Christmas Concert, Ten Mile Christian Church 7:00pm
  • December 20 – Student of the Month & Aim High Leadership Awards
  • December 20 – December Birthday Celebrations
  • December 23-January 7 – Winter Break
  • January 8 – First Day Back from Break
Happy Thanksgiving!

Compass Families in Need

It has become a tradition at Compass to show our care and support for the families within our school during the holidays. With donations that are received, a cash card is purchased and sent to each of the families in a Christmas card that says, “Merry Christmas from your Compass Family.” You can participate in a couple of ways:

  1.      Contribute funds to go to Compass families in need by sending in a check made out to the school. Place the check in an envelope labeled “Compass Families in Need” and bring it to either school office.
  2.      If you are aware of a family in need, please send an email to Mrs. Trudeau who will add the family to our list. 
Kuddles 4 Kids
Our high school Child Development Class is seeking donations of fleece material to make blankets for kids. See attached flyer.

Spirit Wear
T-shirts and sweatshirts with our new logo are available for purchase until Tuesday, December 3. See the school website for styles and the order form. Sample sizes of the shirts are in the school office.

Technology Grant Update

With the funds from the technology pilot grant, Compass has been able to purchase new computers for one computer lab plus enough mini iPads to have three iPad carts for grades K-8 and one-to-one mini iPads for 9th – 12th grade students. We have been in the process of upgrading our network and internet safety software in order to manage all of the new technology. When students return from Thanksgiving Break, we will begin training students on the use of the iPad as an educational tool including ethics and expectations known as “Digital Citizenship.” Once the training is complete, the mini iPads will be deployed to the high school students who have signed and returned their mobile device policy agreement.


Music Events

Mrs. Choate has been working with our students to prepare them for a spectacular performance! The 6th -12th grade Band Concert is Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00pm in the school auditorium. The 4th & 5th grade Christmas Concert is Thursday, December 19th at 7:00pm at Ten Mile Christian Church. Please watch your email for communication from Mrs. Choate regarding practices, dress, volunteers needed, concert arrival times, etc.


November 2013 Compass Newsletter

posted Oct 21, 2013, 9:50 AM by Jeniffer Murphy   [ updated Oct 24, 2013, 1:14 PM ]

Special Points of Interest: 

  • October 29 – Picture Retakes/Senior Tux & Drape Pictures
  • October 30 – Student-led Conferences, 2:45/3:45-8:00. Teacher conference meal hosted by 6th-8th grade parents.
  • October 31-November 1 – Teacher In-service 8:00-4:00
  • November 4 - Student of the Month (SOM) & Aim High Leadership Assemblies (7:40 & 9:00)
  • November 8 – Family Math and Game Night: sponsored by 4th-6th grade families.
  • November 8 – Family Portraits by Dorian: sponsored by technology/broadcasting classes/club.
  • November 14 - School Board Meeting
  • November 22 – November Birthday Celebrations
  • December 7 – High School Dance
  • December 10 – Band Concert (6th-12th) in school auditorium, 7:00pm
  • December 17 – Senior Tux & Drape picture retake
  • December 19 – 4th-5th Grade Christmas Concert at Ten Mile Christian Church, 7:00pm. Program CD’s will be made available. Proceeds from concert CD’s go to music department.
  • December 20 – December Birthday Celebrations
  • December 20 - Student of the Month (SOM) & Aim High Leadership Assemblies (7:40 & 9:00)
Picture Retakes/Senior Tux & Drape
Students who were either absent or didn't like their original picture should plan to get their picture taken on Tuesday, October 29. Additionally, all seniors will have their yearbook pictures taken on October 29.

Student-led Conferences
Please plan to attend the evening conference on October 30th, starting when school is out (2:45 for 6-12 & 3:45 for 1-5) and ending at 8:00pm. There will NOT be conferences on October 31st as indicated on the school calendar. This is due to a two-day required teacher training as a result of receiving the Technology Pilot Grant.

The 6th – 8th Grade parents are hosting the teacher conference meal on October 30th. Please watch your email for a link to volunteer to bring a food item.

Get Your Feet Moving

Once again, this year students can earn little plastic feet that can bet applied to bracelets, shoelaces and backpacks. Also, by turning in exercise logs students will be entered in a monthly drawing for sports equipment.  Blank forms are available in the lunchroom and can also be printed from the school website.  Completed forms can be placed in a box in the school lunchroom. Please make sure they write their names on their exercise logs and have them signed by a parent.  If your children would like a chance to win jump ropes, soccer balls, footballs and much more encourage them to get their feet moving.  

Family Math and Game Night
Mark your calendars for a fun family night out! Friday, November 8 we will have board games, hands-on math activities, popcorn, drinks and a silent auction of family themed baskets. Proceeds support the 4th-6th grade classes.

Family Portraits/Christmas Cards
Also on Friday, November 8, Dorian Studios will be offering family portraits and/or Christmas cards for a very reasonable price. Proceeds go to technology and broadcasting departments as well as pays for the annual movie license.

Congratulations High School Volleyball
Not only have our high school volleyball girls made it to State, we are pleased to announce that they are the 2013 fall sports Academic State Champions! This award is presented to the varsity team in each classification that achieves the highest cumulative grade point average.

Lost & Found
Parents, we are now posting pictures of the lost and found on the school website with an online request form to claim an item. You can view the items under the Parents Menu - Lost & Found or clicking here.

Our lost and found is located in the main office. We have a rotation system where items are kept for 4 weeks prior to being donated to the Youth Ranch. The photos are taken at the end of week one and posted on the website.
During student-led conferences next Wednesday, all lost & found will be displayed in the main office.

October 2013 Compass Newsletter

posted Sep 15, 2013, 10:42 AM by Jeniffer Murphy   [ updated Sep 29, 2013, 8:52 AM by Kelly Trudeau ]

Special Points of Interest:
September 17 – Team Tuesday, 8:00 & 2:45
September 27 – August & September Birthday Celebrations
September 28 – High School Dance
October 1 – 1st Grade Concert, 7:00
October 8 - Parent-Faculty Advocate Meeting, 3:45
October 10 - School Board Meeting
October 22 – 2nd-3rd Grade Concert, 7:00
October 25 – October Birthday Celebrations
October 29 – Individual student picture retake day and Senior Tux & Drape
October 30 – Student-led Conferences
October 31 & November 1 – Teacher In-service, NO school
The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) is planning a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon at Cherry Lane and Todd Way for Compass students to safely cross Cherry Lane. Construction is anticipated to begin in October. In the meantime, please help our children understand the importance of crossing at a light by walking either to Ten Mile or Linder before crossing.

National Merit Semi-Finalists
Compass is proud of two seniors who qualified as semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Van Forrester and Nicole Smith are our two semi-finalists. See the attached press release for further details on this highly acclaimed scholarship program.

Treasure Valley Youth Safety Summit
On September 17, 2013 the Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council will host the Fourth Annual Treasure Valley Youth Summit to be held from 7:45am-4:00pm at Wahooz in Meridian. The event will bring 220 high schoolers from the Treasure Valley together for an engaging day of interactive lessons and speakers on topics related to overall teen safety. Attendees will learn the dangers of distracted driving by texting while navigating the go-kart track, experience mini-golf while donning intoxicated vision goggles to display the effects drugs and alcohol play in judgment, participate in unfair teamed laser tag to mimic bullying and listen to national speakers on related material. Additionally, parents of recently deceased teens due to unsafe driving practices will sit on a panel for a Q & A session with the youth. We are excited to announce a partnership with the Meridian City high schools that will assist the success of the summit by facilitating some breakout workshops designed to identify and address school specific needs or areas of opportunity to improve their schools.
The overall goal of the summit is to enlighten, engage and empower student leaders to educate themselves on these dangers allowing them to share with their peers at their respective schools. Five high school students from Compass have been invited to attend the Youth Safety Summit. We look forward to them sharing their knowledge with the rest of the middle school and high school.

Mark your calendars for the two upcoming concerts. The first grade will be performing on Tuesday, October 1st and the 2nd & 3rd grade will be performing on Tuesday, October 22nd. Parents of the performers typically volunteer to bring cookies as a refreshment served after the concert. If you are willing to bring cookies, please contact your child’s teacher to let them know.

Student-led Conferences
Both of our conferences (October 30 & March 20-21) will be student-led conferences. This type of format encourages students to take ownership and pride in their academic achievement. It allows parents the opportunity to discuss and establish expectations for academic success with their child.

Please plan to attend the evening conference on October 30th, starting when school is out (2:45 for 6-12 & 3:45 for 1-5) and ending at 8:00pm. There will NOT be conferences on October 31st as indicated on the school calendar. This is due to a two-day required teacher training as a result of receiving the Technology Pilot Grant.

September Newsletter

posted Aug 27, 2013, 9:55 PM by Jeniffer Murphy   [ updated Aug 27, 2013, 10:06 PM ]

Upcoming Events
· September 5—Parent Orientation, 7:00 
· September 7—Annual School Picnic, 10:30-1:30 
· September 13—Individual Student Pictures 

Parent Orientation
Please plan to attend the parent orientation on Thursday, September 5 at 7:00pm starting in the school auditorium. This is an opportunity for parents to meet their children’s teachers and to learn about our “new and improved” brand.

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 have children older than third grade and would like to have their hearing screened you may request this service by emailing our Speech and Language Pathologist, Jenifer Mart at

Volunteers Needed
The school cafeteria is looking for volunteers to help serve lunch from 10:45 to 12:50 Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Volunteers  earn a free lunch and are not expected to do anything but serve the kids.

Seeking Donations
The Broadcasting department is in need of a desk or workstation in nice condition for our news set. We are looking for something that 2 people could sit behind (40-60" wide). We are also in search of some sort of news set  background, i.e. canvas, material, mural, etc. If you can help with one or more of these items, please email Mr. Henderson at



School Picnic
Please don’t forget to order your picnic wristbands by completing the attached form and sending it to the school office by  Wednesday, September 3rd!

“Compass Public Charter School is a rigorous learning community that prepares students for life long excellence through exceptional academics, character development, and the ability to define and defend a personal worldview” 


Parent Beginning of the Year Newsletter 2013-2014

posted Jul 18, 2013, 10:34 PM by Jeniffer Murphy   [ updated Oct 24, 2013, 11:58 AM ]

See the attached document.

July Newsletter 2013

posted Jul 18, 2013, 10:32 PM by Jeniffer Murphy   [ updated Jul 25, 2013, 1:24 PM ]

Special Points of Interest:
• August 6 – Returning Student Registration 9:00-1:00
• August 7 – Returning Student Registration 9:00-1:00
• August 19 – First Day of School, 6-12th Grade 7:40-2:30, K-5th  9:00-3:35
• September 5 – Parent Orientation 7:00-9:00
• September 7 – Welcome Back Picnic at Settlers’ Park 11:00-2:00, purchase lunch/activity wristbands at registration

Hello Compass Families

I hope you are all enjoying your summer break! The beginning of the school year will be here before we know it. Below are a couple of items of interest before the new school year begins.

Parent Pick-up

If you will be picking your student(s) up after school, please make a bright and visible sign for your car window. On the sign, include your student(s) last name and grade number(s). Place the sign on the front dash board in front of the driver’s side. Here is an example:


1, 3, & 5

Class Lists

Class lists are posted on the office windows. You are welcome to view the lists. Requests to change classes/teachers will not be considered unless there is evidence of extraordinary circumstances that would justify such a request.

Teaching Assignments & New Staff

Kindergarten – Welcome Suzanne Stampke! Suzanne has 24 years of teaching experience. She relocated to the Meridian area from Bend, Oregon last year and then taught in the Nampa school district for one year.

First Grade – Both returning 1st Grade Compass teachers, Jessica Hill and Scott Strickler.

Second Grade – Veteran 2nd Grade Compass teacher, Susan Luke and Deb Cordero, also a returning Compass teacher moving from Kindergarten to 2nd Grade.

Third Grade – Veteran 3rd Grade Compass teacher, Kerilyn Gibbs will teach both the A Group and B Group

Fourth Grade – Returning Compass teacher, Karry Walgamott moving from 3rd Grade to 4th Grade to teach both the A Group and B Group
Fifth Grade – Welcome Nichole Reynolds! Nichole has 11 years of teaching experience. She is relocating to Meridian this summer from Arizona.

Sixth Grade – Both returning 6th Grade Compass teachers, Melissa Andersen and Ty Whitt.

7th Grade Team – All returning Compass teachers, Craig Dayton (math), John Fearey (social studies), Jon Stadtlander (Language Arts), and Molly Wolk (science).

8th & 9th Grade Team - All returning Compass teachers, Craig Dayton (math), John Fearey (social studies), Jon Stadtlander (Language Arts), and Chris Hines (science).

High School Team – Welcome Paula Connelly! Paula has been working as an educational assistant at Compass for two years. She is a secondary certified social studies teacher. Paula will be teaching 9th and 10th Grade social studies classes. Returning Compass teachers, Erin Gatfield (10th-12th Language Arts), Linette Gregg (10th-12th Math), Ric Jacob (11th & 12th social studies), and Molly Wolk (10th -12th science).

Electives/Specials Teachers – Welcome Phil Henderson! Phil has been working as an educational assistant at Compass. He has a Professional Technical Certificate in Broadcasting Technology. Phil will be teaching high school elective classes in Broadcasting and Radio.

Returning Compass elective/specials teachers:

  • Brenda Choate (music/band),

  • Paula Connelly (leadership),

  • Greg Cordero, (secondary computer and broadcasting),

  • John Fearey (community service),

  • Becky Leavitt (elementary computer),

  • Jessica Hill (drama),

  • Wendy Long (food handlers class),

  • Amanda Nagy (career explorations),

  • Toby Pinkerman (physical education),

  • Ann Tschikof (Ann is moving from 5th grade to elementary science),

  • Dana Walker (interior decorating and child development),

  • Jennifer Wangler (secondary Spanish),

  • Ty Whitt (creative writing),

  • Gail Van Patten (middle school math applications)
  • Alyson White - English Lang. Skills Teacher (3rd-5th)

Administrative Team – Welcome Debbie Foster! Debbie is an Instructional Coach and Curriculum Developer. Her role at Compass will include assisting with implementation of the Idaho Core Standards and providing instructional support. Returning Administrative Team, Kelly Trudeau (Charter Administrator), Ric Jacob (Assistant to the Administrator), Tony Lechner (Special Education Director), Susan Luke (Culture Coordinator), Amanda Nagy (Counselor), Cindy Stover (Business Manager), Jeni Murphy (Webmaster), Jodi Schultz and Lisa Hamer (Administrative Assistants).

Support Staff – All returning Compass staff, Brenda Dayton, Susan De Haas, Jaynee Harrison, Danielle Hipwell, Darla Horyza, Cindy Keller, Kay Scarborough, Jordyn Smith, and Becky White

Kitchen Staff – All returning Compass staff, Wendy Long (Food Service Director), Cricket Stallings and Christy Haddock.

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