Compass Connections

December 12, 2021


  • Crazy Sock Day - Mon., 12/13
  • Chess/Board Games Club - Mon., 12/13, 4:15-5:15 pm in Rm 144
  • Holiday Pajamas or Attire Day (Any Holiday You Want) - Tues., 12/14
  • Culinary Club - Tues., 12/14, 4:15-5:15 pm in Rm 143
  • Final Exams at EHS/NHS (1st, 2nd, 7th periods) - Wed., 12/15 (NO CLASS AT COMPASS)
  • Recreate a Picture from your Childhood Day - Thurs., 12/16
  • Pre-Winter Break Fun Fest at Compass - Thurs., 12/16, 4:00-8:00 pm (see below for more info)
  • Compass Spirit Day & Last Day of First Semester - Fri., 12/17 (classes meet on regular schedule)


In their ongoing commitment to provide quality meal service to students, Quest (D303's food service provider for high schools) is offering Compass students the opportunity to order several menu items for free this week, starting Tuesday, in order to help students see which menu items they like and to determine which items are most popular among students. Students must simply order the items they want by completing a form in advisory the day before and they will receive their meal for free the next day. They are even offering students a sundae bar on the last day before break!


We are offering two additional seminars for credit during Block D (4:15-6:45 pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays) in the 3rd quarter. The seminars are:

  • 3D101: Learn how to use CAD software to design three-dimensional objects, then print them using 3D print technology, laser engraving, and wood carving machinery.
  • Text Adventure Programming: play interactive fiction computer games to learn how they work, and then use object-oriented computer software to program your own interactive fiction game for others to play.

Interested students must register by 12/17 by following this link.

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As you know, students must demonstrate competency in their courses in order to earn credits at Compass Academy. In our competency-based model, students who have not yet met competency in a course will not have credit listed in HAC at the end of the semester when grades are posted. However, they will continue to have the opportunity to earn credit by making recommended revisions to the performance assessment (lab, paper, or project) necessary to do so. Once students have met competency according to their course rubrics, this will be updated in HAC and on their transcript.

Students at Compass Academy will receive the following marks in HAC and on their home high school transcript: EXC (exceeds competency or standard), MTC (meets competency or standard), or APR (approaching competency or standard). If a student receives an EXC or MTC, they will receive a half credit for each course and this will be shown on the transcript. If they receive an APR, they will continue to have the opportunity to work to demonstrate competency, but their transcript will not record a half credit for that course until the level of MTC has been reached.

Compass Academy students will also receive a Mastery Transcript, which will detail all competencies met, along with areas where a student has demonstrated advanced competency; in addition, the Mastery Transcript includes a digital portfolio. Students will make their first submissions to this in January. More detailed information on this topic will be shared this week via email and regular mail.


If you haven't already completed this parent survey, please take a few minutes to respond honestly to the included questions. I also welcome your calls or emails anytime. We approach our work at Compass Academy thoughtfully and intentionally, and we strive for improvement each quarter in meeting our students' needs, so we greatly appreciate the support of our Compass families in this regard. Any student whose parent completes the survey by Monday at 9 am will have their name entered in a drawing for a free lunch from Smitty's on the day of their choice.


On Thursday, 12/16, from 4-8 p.m., there will be a number of fun events for students. From 4:00-5:30, students may participate in a free jewelry making workshop led by one of their peers in room 144. All materials and tools will be provided. Students may also engage in creative card-making during this time in room 141. Then, from 5:45-8:00, students can either have popcorn and watch a holiday-themed movie in room 141 or have fun with karaoke and board games in room 145. This free event is a way for students to enjoy time together with classmates and friends as they celebrate the end of the first semester. We hope to see many Compass students in attendance!


The city of St. Charles is offering a job shadowing program that will provide opportunities for Compass Academy students on Wednesdays next semester! In the new career pathway job shadow program, which is open to St. Charles high school students interested in exploring a career in municipal government, students can shadow people in all many career fields, including engineering, communications, accounting, firefighting, law enforcement, construction, and vehicle maintenance.

Students may schedule up to three different job shadow experiences per school year, during which they can explore work sites, ask questions, see demonstrations, and learn about education and certifications. Students will be responsible for transportation to and from the City. The date, time, and length of the job shadow will be scheduled outside of school hours directly with the City’s job shadow program coordinator. Compass students should schedule their shadowing on Wednesdays whenever possible.

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


Many Compass students have asked about course requests and how they should approach this process for next school year. Students who are interested in taking elective courses at East or North High School should indicate that interest in HAC. Soon, there will be additional Compass Academy course options for students to request in HAC as well.

Students were surveyed recently about courses they would like us to add at Compass, so in keeping with our model- giving students voice and choice- we are working to develop related course proposals now in alignment with Illinois State Board of Education course codes and guidelines. Once all courses we will be offering next year are visible in HAC, students and parents will be informed.

Please understand that high school students' course selections are not finalized until they meet with their counselor in January after winter break. Schedules are built after that process is completed for all high school students. This means that all students who complete their course requests before meeting with their counselor in January will have the opportunity to be placed in their requested courses at East or North and Compass Academy.