Compass Connections

October 17, 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Second Quarter Begins- Monday, 10/18
  • Chess/Board Games Club - Monday, 10/18, 4:15-5:15 pm in Learning Commons
  • Speaker Series- Wednesday, 10/20 (see below)
  • Yearbook - Thursday, 10/21, 4:15-5:15 pm in Room 145
  • Book & Movie Club - Friday, 10/22, 4:15-5:15 pm in Room 141
  • Culinary Club - Tuesday, 10/26, 4:15-5:15 pm in Room 142


Coming soon: Halloween Week activities, along with Tech Production and Student Activities Club information!

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SPEAKER SERIES

Any student who might be interested in a career in aviation or aerospace engineering should join this week's session in our Speaker Series, offering Compass Academy students the opportunity to engage in conversations with community members from a variety of careers. Please have your student sign up through their Work-Based Learning course in Schoology. Students must sign up to receive the Zoom link.


Wednesday (10/20), 9:30-10:15 am:
  • President, Illinois Aviation Academy - Robert Werderich


These opportunities not only enable students to hear about different careers, but they also help students attain competencies in Career Exploration, earning credit toward graduation while completing the first step in pursuing their post-secondary pathway.

LUNCH ORDERS

If your student hasn't completed their lunch order for this week, please make sure they complete it by clicking the icon below before 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Thank you!

NAVIGATION, EXTENDED STUDY OPTION

Navigation, the extended study option for students, will begin during Block C (2:30-3:45 pm on all school days but Wed.) or Block D (4:15-6:45 pm, Tues. & Thurs.) this week. Our goal is for every student to demonstrate competency in every course, regardless of the time needed to meet that goal, and we want to encourage students who are interested in demonstrating advanced competency the time to do that as well.


Parents of all students who have been invited to attend Navigation during Block C (or Block D, if they are scheduled for a Block C seminar) have been notified. Students who will not need district-provided transportation may begin attending Navigation tomorrow. If students need district-provided transportation, parents should complete the registration form that was emailed and they will be notified by Mrs. Stanley as soon as transportation is arranged.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SENIORS

P. A. 101-180 requires all Illinois public high school students to complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma. Additionally, high schools are expected to provide students and their families with any support or guidance necessary to comply with the requirement. For students who choose not to file an application, a waiver may be completed by their parent. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) makes available through their website a FAFSA Nonparticipation Form (English and Spanish) for this purpose. Check out this FAFSA Update (posted on the North CCR site) for more information.

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL MANUFACTURING MONTH

Did you know that Compass Academy is offering students the opportunity to take classes in the advanced manufacturing pathway, which will allow them to earn industry-recognized credentials and could lead to apprenticeships? The Northern Kane County Regional Vocational System has been working with our partners at the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and companies from around the area to put together virtual resources to help celebrate National Manufacturing Day/Month. The St. Charles Chamber website has a number of videos from manufacturers and business partners from around the region to help show students about all of the opportunities that are available within our communities.



To cap off our month of virtual activities, the Chamber will host a live Panel Discussion on Tuesday, November 9th from 9:00 - 10:00 am for students to ask follow-up questions of the participating companies. More information will be coming soon on this event.

PANORAMA STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY

This year, similar to last school year, high school students will be completing the Student Engagement Survey during the week of October 18 which anonymously captures student perception data in each of their classes. The confidential responses represent an important voice that will assist us in enhancing teacher practices.

The survey will be administered online, and the results are transmitted directly to the survey company for processing. While the district is aware of which students complete the surveys, at no time are any of their individual responses visible to school or district staff. Summarized student-response data is reported to the district to help improve educational practices.

On behalf of the St. Charles District 303, we thank you for your cooperation and support of our schools. If you have any questions or would like to opt your child out of participating, please contact: