Online Program | Winter 2022
A Word from Janae Smith, Director of Online Learning
The Online Learning Department can hardly believe that we are halfway through the fall semester! Our scholars have been doing a great job engaging and sharing amazing learning experiences through various choices provided by their teachers in the Accelerate Education courses, live synchronous learning labs, and connection meetings. With online teachers providing multiple learning opportunities to empower scholars to showcase their learning through choice, personalized learning has been front and center this school year. Scholars have been able to choose assignments and assessments that showcase their progress toward standard mastery and their learning style.
As the Online Learning scholars head toward the winter, they are excited to participate in the upcoming learning lab attendance competition, complete the STAR mid-year benchmark assessment to show their increase in English/language arts and math skills, and collaborate with their peers to develop critical thinking skills. They work to master becoming innovative and creative scholars.
Loud and Proud,
Director of Online Learning and The Online Learning Team
What's New in Online Learning?
Scholars traveled (virtually) as homeroom groups to Paraguay, the Canary Islands, and Mexico, learning about the history of Spanish colonization and the diversity of Spanish-speaking cultures in the Americas. These opportunities for cultural research helped to enrich the study of the Spanish language for our scholars taking Spanish 1-3, bringing history, geography, and language together for a deep understanding of the world’s workings!
Keeping a global perspective, the online learning scholars also learned about the origins of Halloween and how it came across the Atlantic to become an American holiday. Of course, the annual K-5 Online Scholar Halloween Parade was a fun activity where scholars get to show off their creativity and spooky costumes!
Lastly, scholars wrapped up the fall exploring the South Asian celebration of Diwali.
Meet Scholar Brenda M.!
Brenda Melkonyan is a 12-grader this year, and her brother Aram graduated from Compass, Class of 2019. Brenda took a moment out of her senior schedule to share a little about herself and her experiences with Compass’ online learning community.
Hello, my name is Brenda, and I am a student here at Compass! This is my senior year. I also attend a local community college and have been taking classes for three years. I absolutely love attending Compass, and I will be graduating as of June 2023.
Some of the hobbies and interests that I have developed over my high school years include reading, a profound love for writing, painting, and a passion for playing the electric guitar. Some school subjects that I am deeply interested in always learning about are art history, film and cinema history, interior design, chemistry, psychology, and sociology. Speaking of art, this is my favorite painting, The Swing by Jean Honore Fragonard.
Meer Monique Grimes, Elementary School Teacher
I have been a 4 and 5-grade online teacher for six years, the two years prior to that I was a Digital Literacy Specialist.
How long have you worked for this organization?
I have worked at Compass for eight years.
Tell us your “why” for doing what you do here at Compass.
I absolutely love helping children navigate their learning. It fills my cup to see them smile when they work hard on a concept and finally understand the skill at hand.
As an educator, is there a piece of advice you’d like to share with learning coaches or scholars?
As an educator and a mother, I believe that choice is a huge motivator in learning and doing. If children have a voice in how they learn or what to tackle first, it gives them a drive as well as a springboard to understanding what choices good choices and which ones are not. Everyone strives to be free and having choice and/or flexibility helps foster that need.
Share one thing about you that very few people know.
I am vegan (not strictly, if someone makes something from their heart, I’ll eat it. I just don’t buy meat or animal products) and I let my children choose how they eat, so they can choose what is right for them.
What do you and your family like to do during your free time?
We love spending time together camping, going to the beach, gardening, hiking, playing games, exploring and being silly together. All of us enjoy reading, have a fond love of nature and helping others around us.
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