Compass Connections

March 20, 2022

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Tues., 3/22 - learn to knit or crochet during lunch/flex in preparation for Compass Cares event
  • Speaker Series - Wed., 3/23 (see below)
  • Thurs., 3/24 - learn to knit or crochet during lunch/flex in preparation for Compass Cares event
  • Spring Break - 3/28-4/1
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COMPLETE YOUR DAILY LUNCH ORDER, OR COMPLETE YOUR ENTIRE ORDER FOR THE WEEK, BY CLICKING THE BOX BELOW AND MAKING YOUR SELECTION BY 9:45 A.M. MONDAY MORNING.

SPEAKER SERIES

Is your student interested in a career as a firefighter, paramedic, or EMT? If so, encourage them to sign up for this week's morning session with members of the St. Charles Fire Department. Or, if your student is interested in learning more about a career in marketing or event management, have them sign up for the afternoon session.


  • Wednesday (3/23), 10:30-11:15 am: Cliff Lo, Steve Rehak, and Megan Funk, St. Charles Fire Department (REGISTER HERE)
  • Wednesday (3/23), 12:30-1:15 pm: Gina Compton, Marketing/Event Management (REGISTER HERE)


Students who register via the link above will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. We are always looking for careers to highlight, so if you or someone you know may be interested in participating in our Speaker Series, please complete this form and someone will be in contact soon.

THIS WEEK'S GLIMPSE AROUND CAMPUS

COMPASS CARES EVENT FOR APRIL - BLANKETS FOR PROJECT LINUS

Students and families can get involved in the following ways:

-- Donating items that would help students make blankets (list follows):

  • Acrylic yarn in any color
  • Printed fleece fabric of at least 1-1.5 yard in length
  • Crochet hooks, knitting needles, and plastic tapestry needles
  • Fabric scissors (we will use these for future projects at Compass as well)

-- Making blankets at home for donation. Link is HERE to a pattern page from Project Linus.

  • Must be handmade (knit, crocheted, quilted, sewn, or a single layer of fleece with edges tied together)
  • Crocheted, knitted, or sewn blankets are ideally at least 45 inches square or larger
  • Fleece blankets are ideally a single layer of fleece with tied edges at least 1 yard in length with salvage removed
  • All blankets must be free of cigarette smoke, pet dander/hair, or other contaminants due to the sometimes medically fragile status of the recipients.

-- Crocheting or knitting 6” squares made from acrylic yarn

  • These will be later sewn together with other squares donated to make larger blankets.


All donations can be dropped off by students to Ms. Ohlson’s office before school each day.


We recognize that many students don’t know how to knit, crochet, sew, or make fleece blankets. Before and after Spring Break, interested students will have the opportunity during flex time to learn how to knit or crochet from other students and staff. If students already know how to do these tasks, they can help out by teaching other students as well. All are welcome regardless of skill level or ability!

JOB SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES IN ST. CHARLES

Nine Compass Academy student are actively engaged in shadowing in this program, and others have already completed their experience. If your student hasn't taken advantage of this opportunity yet, encourage them to do so! In the city's career pathway job shadow program, Compass students can shadow people in many career fields, including engineering, communications, accounting, firefighting, law enforcement, construction, and vehicle maintenance.


Interested students should complete the Registration Form and return it to Ms. Ohlson at Compass Academy.

EQUITY AUDIT STUDENT FOCUS GROUPS

As part of the district’s equity audit, 1-hour student focus groups will be held across the district via Zoom during the month of April to give students an opportunity to share their thoughts on our district’s strengths, areas of need, and long-term opportunities for providing the best educational experience for all students. Focus groups will be constructed and led by our partners in the equity audit process- the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC). Student focus groups will be held during the school day. Every school’s goal is to have 20 students agree to participate in a focus group. This week, Mrs. Stanley will begin emailing students from a document with students' names listed in random order to invite prospective participants to be part of a focus group. All students are welcome to email their own written responses to the focus group questions to CEC should they not be selected to participate in a focus group but desire to share their opinions. (A list of the focus group questions and a place for submitting answers to them will be posted on the district website beginning April 4th).


We are excited about this next step in gathering the student voices of our district so that we can create a solid plan for moving forward. If you have any questions regarding the focus group process, please contact our Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Dr. Taylor, at tracy.taylor@d303.org.

EQUITY AUDIT PARENT FOCUS GROUPS

As part of the district’s equity audit, 1-hour parent focus groups will be held across the district via Zoom during the month of April to give families an opportunity to share their thoughts on our district’s strengths, areas of need, and long-term opportunities for providing the best educational experience for all students. Focus groups will be constructed and led by our partners in the equity audit process- the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC). There will be morning and evening focus groups available for parents. Every school’s goal is to have 15 families agree to participate in a focus group. This week, Karen Eutsler will begin calling parents from a document with families’ names listed in random order to invite prospective participants to be part of a focus group and at that time will share specific dates and times. All parents are welcome to email your own written responses to the focus group questions to CEC should you not be selected to participate in a focus group but desire to share your opinions. (A list of the focus group questions and a place for submitting your answers to them will be posted on the district website beginning April 4th).


We thank you for your commitment to equity in education, and we are excited about this next step in gathering the voices of our district so that we can create a comprehensive plan for moving forward. If you have any questions regarding the focus group process, please contact our Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Dr. Tracy Taylor, at tracy.taylor@d303.org.