Staff Update

Monday, February 8th - Friday, February 12th, 2016

Week at Glance

Monday, February 8th, 2016


Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

  • Jessica's first day at Compass!
  • Beech Assessment Day
  • 8:30AM-9:30AM: School Tour for Prospective Families
  • 9:30AM-10:30AM: Demo Lesson in the Elm Class
  • 10:30AM-11:15AM: "Play as a Vehicle for Learning" PLC
  • 2:15PM-3:45PM: VTS Image Selection Workshop (Elizabeth, Amanda, Kirsten, Lila, Sara)
  • 4:30PM-6:00PM: Interviews for positions for next year in the Co-Directors' Office


Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

  • 8:20AM: Community Gathering
  • 12:00PM-12:45PM: Weekly Learning Support Meeting (Brooke, Michelle, Lila, Elizabeth, Amanda)
  • 1:15-5:15: Weekly Professional Development and Planning Time


Thursday, February 11th, 2016


Friday, February 12th, 2016

  • Anna's last day before her parental leave
  • Oak Class (First Grade) field trip to the Lowline Lab


Monday, February 15th - Friday, February 19th

  • School is closed for Mid-Winter Break


Monday, February 22nd and Tuesday, February 23rd

  • All Staff Professional Development Days (No School for Students)


Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

  • School resumes for students
  • Schoolwide Lice Check with Licenders
  • 8:20AM: Join us for Community Gathering in the gym
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM: Coffee with the Co-Directors

This Week's Events

Please welcome Jessica to Compass

We have a new face at Compass! Jessica Hollins will be joining us on Tuesday in the Pine Class. She will be a third co-teacher in the class this week and will then take over for Anna while she goes on parental leave for the remainder of the school year. Please help is in welcoming Jessica into our community. Please see below for Jessica's bio.



Jessica Hollins, Pine Co-Teacher (2nd Grade)

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Jessica has always been a risk taker. She was a member of the first graduating class at the Queens School of Inquiry, an early college school associated with Queens College, and member of the first class of a semester-long science and leadership school for 10th grade girls, located on the coast of Maine.


Jessica is a recent graduate of Syracuse University’s Inclusive Elementary and Special Education teacher preparation program. Although Jessica loved her teaching experiences in Central New York, she seized the opportunity to participate in the Bridge to the City program for her student teaching, working in both East Harlem and Brooklyn.


Through all of her experiences, she’s realized that she learns best through discovery and risk-taking, and wants to help children realize the benefits of taking their own risks and exploring possibilities. She looks forward to taking her first step in her career path by joining the Compass community.

Want to help with interviews or job fairs?

All of our interview slots are fully booked from now until February Break. We are still looking for some staff members to sit in on interviews either during morning snack/recess time or after school on Tuesdays. Please use the link below to sign up. If you come to a morning interview, let us know if you class needs coverage. We will help out!


Link to sign up for participating in interviews: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rytoFWi9QFdeOZ87ZPEShnGTHD0HYHtMHTBW-ZfQFGY/edit


Also, we will attend three job fairs this year. Please see the info below about each job fair and let Brooke know if you are interested in helping out for a couple of hours at one of the job fairs. It's pretty fun to talk to candidates and share about our school. Thank you!


Progressive Public and Charter Job Fair for Teachers of Color

  • Saturday, February 27th, 2016, 10AM-1PM
  • Essex Street Academy, 350 Grand Street


Bank Street College Graduate School of Education Public and Charter School Job Fair

  • Wednesday March 9th, 2016, 5:00-7:00PM
  • Bank Street College of Education, 610 W 112th Street


NYC Special Education Collaborative Job Fair

  • Date coming soon (usually in March)
  • Harlem Children's Zone Gymnasium, 125th Street

Thursday Meetings with the Learning Supports Team

Save the Date! Every Thursday (when you don't have a CST!), the Learning Supports team (Amanda, Elizabeth, Lila) is available to meet with classroom co-teachers and/or grade level teams on specific students or concerns (that don't come up in a CST or grade level planning meeting). Please send us an e-mail by Monday of the week you'd like to meet so we can arrange our schedules accordingly.

Professional Development/Planning Schedule for Wednesday

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

(More detailed schedule coming soon, but here is the bare bones version.)


1:15-1:30 All Staff Check In in the ?? Classroom (If you are willing to host, please let us know!)

  • Quick classroom share from the ??? Teachers
  • Shares and Announcements


1:30-2:50: Professional Development Session


2:50-3:00: Break


3:00-5:15: Grade Level Planning

Interesting Events and Reads