Scholars and Families,
December is here! The holiday season continues and can often be an exciting but busy time as we celebrate, give back, give thanks, and so much more! It is easy to get distracted, off track and even unmotivated with our school work. To make December as smooth as possible for each of you, I offer you the idea of Teamwork!
Teamwork is our third core value at Compass. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Teamwork makes the dream work”? It’s true! We can all stand by each other through the distractions to offer encouragement in finishing this semester just as strongly as we started it. Scholars, look to your learning coaches, teachers, Compass staff, and one another for extra support and the push you might need at this time. You can even find ways to incorporate your excitement for the holiday break into your school work! We love to see how creative you can get. Learning coaches, don’t forget … you can always look to your scholar’s teachers, educational facilitators (EF’s), counselors, and special education instructors for support. They are willing and available to offer additional ideas, advice, and creative ways to keep things moving for you and your scholar. As we all work together and lean on each other, staying focused becomes a much easier task.
I offer you The Energy Bus’ Principle 4 – Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy! As a team, how can you create an even more positive and joyful environment throughout the month of December, and even for the remainder of the school year? How do you think your positive energy will affect others around you? By offering our own positivity, you can often influence others to change their negative mindset! You have the power to fuel other’s rides, too!
Be sure to stay up to date with all of the exciting events happening at CCS! The Parent Square Calendar is a great place to find upcoming activities, including our Parent Town Halls with the Superintendent next week. Also, be sure to stay up to date with our weekly Monday Morning Updates, as they contain many important CCS updates. On behalf of the staff at Compass, happy holidays! We are proud to be your teammates in education!
I am thankful for so many things! I am thankful that there are these opportunities to express our thanks and gratitude, though we should share our thanks throughout the year too and use these opportunities to amplify our appreciation!
I am thankful that we have a team of educators who live the mission, vision and values at Compass. I am proud that we are continuing to build a school culture where the scholar comes first.
I am thankful that our work is resonating in the greater community. We had our monthly Marketing Tactics meeting earlier today, and were told the brand of Compass is strong across the various digital media platforms. In fact, the 'Top 10 Search Term Trends and Impression Share' has Compass at #1, followed by LAUSD, K 12 Education, Best Online High Schools, ... Our impression share is at 14.6%, followed by k12.com at 10.53%!
I am thankful for our staff on the Staff Advisory Committee, scholars on the Scholar Leadership Council, and parents on the Parent Advisory Council. The ideas and suggestions generated by these groups is amazing, impactful, and powerful. I am thankful for all our staff who are engaged and participating on all of our new committees this year, too, from Energy Bus, to Engagement, to Marketing, to MTSS, to Professional Learning, to Special Events! So many exciting things have been happening at Compass ... because of each and everyone one of you!
I am thankful for my family and friends, who support my crazy life adventure. For being an ear when an ear is needed, a shoulder when a shoulder is needed, and an anchor when an anchor is needed.
THANK YOU, all, again, for being part of this Compass family. I hope you all enjoy time this week with family and friends, and enjoy this season of thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!
We have reached the halfway point of our first semester, and it’s a great time to reflect on our scholar’s amazing hard work so far! I am proud to witness the dedication our scholars have given to their educational journeys this year and know there is so much more in store. As we enter the remainder of the semester and the season of giving thanks, I think it is important to take the time to give thanks and recognize our CCS core value, Respect.
Respect is an integral part of our Compass Experience and is exercised in everything we do. I am thankful for our teachers and staff who value each perspective, opinion and ideas equally, and in turn, create a collaborative community that best supports our scholars. We are active in ensuring our scholars experience respect in every interaction with teachers and staff, which acts as a great model as they learn and witness the importance of respect.
I would also like to give thanks to our teachers and staff for the exceptional job they are doing to provide support to our scholars. I am thankful for the time and effort put into learning labs, virtual workshops, engagement, and so much more, to provide the best experience possible for our Compass community. Their passion for seeing our scholars succeed has no limits, and I am grateful to witness the growth we reach with their collaboration. I would also like to highlight the unfailing support our scholars receive from their families! Your guidance is truly a necessity to your scholar as you partner with Compass to reach and exceed their important educational goals.
I offer you The Energy Bus’ Principle #3 – Drive with Purpose as you finish out the remainder of your first semester. What is your purpose? How are you able to better achieve your purpose with the help of all of our various teams at CCS? Lastly, how do you allow that purpose to drive and inspire you in your daily routine?
Speaking of The Energy Bus, I would like to extend an invitation from Niki Spears, Co-Founder of The Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey and Susan Melbye, Principal of Nottoway Elementary in Medley, VA as they bring the book, Thank you and Good Night by Jon Gordon, to life for scholars and families across the country on Thursday, November 15 at 4:30p. According to Niki, Thank You and Goodnight is a beautifully illustrated book that shares the heart of gratitude. Jon Gordon takes a little boy and girl on a fun-filled journey from one perfect moonlight night to the next. During their adventurous day and night, the children explore the people, places and things that they are thankful for.
Be sure to stay up to date with all of the exciting events happening at CCS! The Parent Square Calendar is a great place to find upcoming activities, including Coffee with Compass next week in Fresno and San Diego, workshops and so much more. On behalf of the staff at Compass, THANK YOU for being part of our Compass family!
Hello Scholars and Families!
October has arrived, marking the start of the second month of the 2018-19 school year. It has been wonderful to see all of your hard work so far. How has your Compass Experience been thus far? Are you feeling supported by our teachers and staff? What types of goals have you set for yourself this year and what creative steps are you taking to meet those goals? Let us know in our ParentSquare poll. Your feedback is encouraged, important, and valued.
With your goals in mind, I’d like to introduce The Energy Bus’ Principle #2 – Create a Positive Vision. A positive mindset is so important in not only achieving our own goals, but to encourage those around us to create a positive and productive environment as well. What is your positive vision? What are some ways you can reinforce ‘Create a Positive Vision’ with yourself and your peers?
Changing gears, there are a lot of events happening in October! The Parent Town Hall with the Superintendent resumes this month! The ParentTown Hall is an opportunity for parents and scholars to hear important updates about Compass Charter Schools (CCS), and participate in a Q&A session with me. Questions are encouraged and welcome in the Q&A session following CCS updates. Please refer to the ParentSquare calendar for upcoming Town Hall dates and times, and to RSVP. And don’t worry … if you are unable to attend, we will have the slides and recording available after each Parent Town Hall.We also have our first Parent Advisory Council meeting of the year taking place this month, on Friday, October 19.Be sure to share your suggestions in our Virtual Suggestion Box for scholars and/or parents before this meeting, so the PAC can review your suggestions and offer feedback to our staff.
The Compass Experience is truly unique to each scholar and it is exciting to see the ways in which each of you make it your own. We want to hear from all of our scholars to learn about their stories and celebrate their hard work. To be part of CCS is to be part of our Compass community, and one of the things our community does is celebrate each other’s’ successes. Have something great you’d love to share? Tell us your story and tag @CompassCS on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram with the hashtag #ChooseCompass!
There are so many ways to stay involved this year! The Parent Square Calendar is a great place to find everything that’s happening at CCS, including field trips and special events. I hope you enjoy our Compass Experience and wish our scholars nothing but the best as their continue their educational journey!
Welcome Back, Compass Family!
I hope you enjoyed a restful summer and are ready for the 2018-19 school year! Our summer was well spent developing new and exciting ways to enrich our personalized learning experience for our scholars and their families. We are so excited to unveil a brand new year filled with opportunity, engagement, friendships, and of course, fun!
This year, our goal is to connect with those who matter most — you! There are so many ways to get involved with both staff and fellow scholars. We’re bringing our virtual community to life with more scholar clubs, virtual and in-person field trips, the Scholar Leadership Council, the Parent Advisory Council, and so much more. Parents will also have access to resources and advice developed by our staff to ensure a smooth and successful at-home learning experience.
We want to encourage our scholars and families to use their voices to connect with us as well. Learning Coaches can utilize our Parent Advisory Councilto provide feedback and recommendations for CCS. Have a suggestion or a new way to enhance the Compass Experience? Let us know by leaving a note in our virtual Parent or Scholar Suggestion Box! These suggestions are reviewed by our Parent Advisory Council, Scholar Leadership Council, Staff Advisory Committee, and Cabinet on an on-going basis, and we strive to implement suggestions when we can, either immediately, within the next semester, or for the next school year. Your voice truly matters at Compass, please use it!
In addition to making connections this year, our staff has spent the summer ensuring that we go above and beyond to enhance the personalized educational experience that CCS offers. Compass has joined The Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey to promote a positive school culture and leadership within each individual. This means that we are each empowered to be the “drivers” of our own bus, on a road to promote positivity and take full responsibility for our thoughts and actions. We want to share this leadership experience with our scholars, as well! Parents and scholars can expect to hear the Energy Bus referenced throughout the year. Elementary-age scholars (grades TK-5), please take a few minutes to learn about Principle #1 – You’re the Driver; secondary-age scholars (grades 6-12), please also take a few minutes to learn and practice Principle #1 – You’re the Driver. Listen for the phrase “yes, yes, yes!” and you’ll know you, too, are on the Energy Bus for a positive Compass experience!
We are truly dedicated to helping every scholar achieve success. We are proud to offer scholars and their families flexible academic programs that best fit their individualized needs. We continue to provide support with a committed Exceptional Scholar Services Team to guide scholars’ day-to-day learning and assist learning coaches throughout their child’s academic journey. We are also proud to offer scholars a devoted Counseling Services Team that helps scholar’s plan their educational path, succeed in their classes, and prepare for life after graduation through a college and career readiness program.
We recently held Back to School Nights for our Online Elementary School, Online Middle School, Online High School, and Options Program to share important information, such as what to expect this first week of school, resources and supports, and updates we’ve made to our program for the upcoming year. I encourage all of our scholars and their families to review these sessions so that everyone is aware of the important changes and exciting plans that we are launching this year.
As we reflect on the new year and our first week, what are you most excited about for this upcoming school year? Why did you #ChooseCompass? Share with us on social media by tagging @CompassCS on Instagram and Twitter, and include the hashtag #ChooseCompass!
I encourage all of our scholars and their families to make connections with us this year and to take advantage of all the resources and unique learning opportunities that CCS has to offer. I look forward to sharing a successful 2018-19 school year with you! As Joy from The Energy Bus would say, “You’re Awesome, You’re the Best, You Rock!” My best to each and every scholar for a great year of learning and growth!
Welcome, June! Summer break and the last day of school are right around the corner. This school year was a great success for our scholars and we are continuing to plan for both Summer School and the upcoming 2018-19 school year, for both current and prospective scholars.
Time has really flown by as this is my last post of the school year. Wow! Next week is our last week of classes for scholars before summer break begins. Our scholars have truly worked so hard this year and have made some incredible accomplishments that you can read about here. Next week we will be hosting our eighth-grade promotion and 12th-grade graduation ceremonies in San Diego, Long Beach, and Fresno. I will be attending all of the ceremonies and look forward to celebrating our scholars’ achievements!
Last month, CCS recognized the fourth and fifth principles of the Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey (EBSLJ). Throughout May, our scholars, learning coaches, staff, and community shared ways to create positive energy by transforming the negative energy around them. This month, we are focusing on both the sixth principle: Love Your Passengers, and the seventh principle: Enjoy the Ride.
Throughout June we invite our Compass community to think about how they can show compassion, understanding, and love for everyone around them while having a lot of fun! Compass encourages all of its scholars to see the true gift in every person they meet. This outlook can help everyone better serve our school and our community. To help with this mission, CCS arranges several field trips and engagement activities each month to give scholars the opportunity to engage with others, show love and support for their community, and have fun both inside and outside the “classroom!”
Our staff is also dedicated to setting a good example for our scholars as they help them see the good in others and express compassion and understanding for everyone around them. We believe that modeling a positive outlook, by being good listeners, kind, open-minded, dedicated and caring are some of the best ways to help scholars, and each other, learn how to love others and have fun together. Our Counseling Services teamprovides a variety of resources and workshops to help middle school and high school scholars develop the social and emotional skills that they need to accept others differences and have a positive impact on our community. Our Special Education team helps scholars of all ages with learning or developmental disabilities gain the skills they need to express love, understanding, and trust for others. Teachers at Compass encourage scholars to love the passengers in their classes by using kind words when speaking to others, by celebrating their peers’ accomplishments and by politely asking questions to gain a better understanding of others. Our staff is fully invested in CCS and our scholars, and we will all continue to inspire our scholars to see the gift in others and demonstrate understanding while having fun and enjoying the ride!
I would like to invite everyone to think about what it means to show love for the passengers in their lives. Do you show compassion for others? Do you the celebrate and understand the unique gift in others? I believe that having compassion and patience are necessary skills to show love for others while having fun. Compassion is the ability to show kindness and understanding for others and their differences. It is about being open-minded … it is about being open and trying new things … it is about choosing to celebrate each other’s differences and uniting our differences to have a positive impact on the world!
To further this conversation, I encourage everyone to share stories and pictures about showing love for other passengers in their lives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We want to hear from all of our community to learn why they believe showing compassion, patience and understanding are important and celebrate both of these key principles. Being part of CCS is to be part of our Compass community, and our community prides itself on meaningful choices and thoughtful decisions!
As the Dalai Lama once said, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” We are sharing the importance of showing love and compassion for others with our Compass Community in hopes of helping everyone make our world a better place! Thank you for a great year! Enjoy your summer, and I look forward to welcoming scholars, families and staff back to Compass this fall!
Welcome, May! April was certainly a busy month for Compass and things are not slowing down anytime soon. We have a lot to celebrate throughout the month of May!
This month we continue to celebrate The Energy Bus Principles by recognizing Principle 4: Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy and Principle 5: Transform Negativity. All month long we invite our scholars to think about how they can fuel their ride with positive energy. We encourage them to think about the types of positive energy that can fuel their bus, and how they can turn negativity into positive energy to fuel their bus ride both inside and outside of the classroom. Principle 4 is also great to recognize this month, as we celebrate our staff through a number of special events and encourage our scholars and learning coaches to fuel the rides of our team with positive energy!
First, please join us next week to celebrate National Charter Schools Week. We’ll be sharing important facts about charter schools and the positive impact they have on so many families across the country, and right here in California through Compass Charter Schools. According to a 2017 nationally representative survey from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, enrollment at charter schools is on the rise across the country. In fact, during the 2017-18 school year, over 7,000 charter schools enrolled nearly 3.2 million scholars. That’s an increase in enrollment of more than 150,000 scholars from the previous school year – a five percent increase! The report also showed that more than 300 new charter schools opened across the country.
I invite you to join our National Charter Schools Week celebration by posting, tweeting, tagging and sharing pictures and videos with us, using #CharterSchoolsWeek. Please share why you enjoy being part of our Compass family!
Next week we will also celebrate our wonderful teachers, during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Our teachers dedicate countless hours to support our scholars and their families, and it’s time to celebrate them. We will also be celebrating California Day of the Teacher on Wednesday, May 9. One way our scholars and learning coaches can celebrate is by nominating their teachers for the Compass Employee of Year Award. Our scholars are also invited to send thank-you letters to their teachers, to express thanks, perhaps, for an “aha” moment from a Learning Lab or from a one-on-one meeting they had with their teacher, counselor, or another member of our amazing team. We also invite everyone to join us on social media throughout the week, using the hashtags #ThankATeacher and #DayOfTheTeacher, to share their favorite memories about their teachers.
Our final major celebration will be to celebrate our amazing staff during Classified School Employees Week, which is May 20-26. The theme this year is “The Heartbeat of our Schools” and I couldn’t agree more … our staff, including our teachers, counselors, administrators and more, are our heroes. We invite scholars and learning coaches to join us on social media throughout the week, using #CSEW2018, to share their favorite memories of the staff at Compass who have been their hero.
As we celebrate National Charter Schools Week, National Teacher Appreciation Week, California Day of the Teacher, and Classified School Employees Week, I also invite you to join me in giving back to Compass. Our Annual Fund is used to increase and enhance our engagement opportunities for our scholars and I would like to personally ask our community to join me in giving back as we celebrate throughout this month of May. Join me with either a one-time or monthly gift to help Compass enhance the Compass Experience for our scholars!
This year Compass has made some incredible changes to improve our programs and continues to move forward to better support our scholars and their families. I would love to hear from you and encourage all of our stakeholders (scholars, learning coaches, staff, and community) to complete our 2018 Planning Survey. I also invite you to share feedback with us through the suggestion boxes on our homepage, or directly with me.
I am truly thankful to all of our teachers, staff, scholars, and families who dedicate their time and resources to make Compass Charter Schools the premier virtual learning community throughout central and southern California. This month is a time to recognize all of our hard work, so let’s celebrate and fuel everyone’s ride with positive energy!
Welcome, April! Warmer weather is finally on its way. The current school year continues to be a great success for our scholars and we are continuing to plan for both Summer School and the upcoming 2018-19 school year, for both current and prospective scholars.
Last month, CCS recognized the first principle of the Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey (EBSLJ): You’re the Driver. Throughout March, our scholars, learning coaches, staff, and community shared what it means to be the driver of their own bus. This month, we are focusing on both the second principle: Create a Positive Vision, and third principle: Drive With Purpose.
Throughout April we invite our Compass community to think about why it’s important to have a positive vision for the future, and to create a positive vision for their future both inside and outside of the classroom. Compass encourages scholars to create a positive vision for the future by offering innovative courses, programs, and resources that inspire, motivate and help them find their passions and plan for the future. We proudly offer scholars a wide range of unique elective courses such as fashion retail and engaging clubs like photography, chess, and coding, to give scholars the opportunity to explore their personal areas of interest. They can choose to pursue their passions both inside and outside the “classroom” and use those passions to create a vision of success for their future.
Our staff is also dedicated to setting a good example for our scholars as they help them find their passions and then turn those passions into bright futures. We believe that modeling a positive outlook, by being good listeners, kind, open-minded, dedicated and decisive are some of the best ways to help scholars, and each other, learn how to create a successful future. Our Counseling Services team provides a variety of resources and workshops to help middle school and high school scholars find their passions and pursue them after graduation. Our Special Education team helps scholars of all ages develop their talents and abilities so that can also pursue their passions and create a positive vision for the future. Teachers at Compass encourage scholars to serve as positive influences in their classes by participating in discussions, by practicing their presentation skills and by sharing kind words with their peers. Our staff is fully invested in CCS and our scholars, and we will all continue to inspire our scholars to create a positive vision for their future.
I would like to invite everyone to think about what it means to drive with a purpose. Are you currently driving with a purpose? If not, how can you start to drive with a purpose in life? I believe that strong decision-making skills are a critical part of creating a vision for the future and driving with a purpose. Decision-making is the ability to identify personal wants and needs, and then make choices that fulfill those needs. It is about exploring the world around you … it is about being open and trying new things … it is about choosing the people and activities in life that will have a positive impact on you and your future. And continuing to push forward!
To further this conversation, I encourage everyone to share stories and pictures about creating a vision for the future and driving with a purpose on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We want to hear from all of our community to learn why they believe decision-making skills are important and celebrate both of these key principles. Being part of CCS is to be part of our Compass community, and our community prides itself on meaningful choices and thoughtful decisions!
As the Dalai Lama once said, “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” We are sharing the importance of having a vision and making decisions for the future with our Compass Community in hopes of helping everyone make our world a better place. I strongly encourage all of our scholars, learning coaches, staff, and friends to share their vision for the future and how they will achieve it all month long!
Welcome, March! This year is certainly moving along quickly. Last week Compass Charter Schools (CCS) celebrated its one-year anniversary and also opened enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. We are working diligently to ensure that the current school year continues to be a great success for our current scholars, while planning for the 2018-19 school year and summer school for both our current and prospective scholars.
Earlier this year, CCS proudly joined the Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey (EBSLJ)! Based on the principles of the bestseller The Energy Busby Jon Gordon, the EBSLJ is on a mission to inspire scholars and educators to help them become successful leaders and have a positive impact on their school community and the world. EBSLJ is founded upon seven key principles and a unique set of best practices. It provides a transformational, multi-year approach to help schools create and sustain a positive school culture and develop positive school leaders. Each month, starting in March, we will recognize one of the EBSLJ’s seven core principles. This month, we focus on Principle 1: You’re the Driver. All month long we’re inviting our scholars, learning coaches, staff and community to think about what it means to be the driver of their own bus.
We encourage our scholars to be the driver of their own bus by allowing them to take the lead on their educational journey. Our flexible academic programs allow scholars to create their own daily learning schedule. We proudly offer scholars a wide range of unique elective courses such as fashion retail and engaging school clubs like photography, chess, coding, and leadership, to give scholars the opportunity to explore their personal areas of interest. They can choose to pursue their passions both inside and outside the “classroom” and ultimately drive the bus when it comes to their educational journey.
Being the driver of the bus also means developing and implementing strong leadership skills. When you’re the driver, you have to decide where the bus is going, how it’s going to get there and who is riding on that bus, which are all decisions that a leader has to make. Our scholars have the opportunity to develop those skills and serve as leaders of their school community by joining our Scholar Leadership Council and serving as leaders of our school clubs. These are some of the examples of how we encourage our scholars to become leaders, demonstrate kindness, and be the driver of the bus throughout their educational experience.
Our staff is also dedicated to setting a good example for our scholars as they help them develop strong, healthy leadership skills. We believe that modeling good leadership by being good listeners, kind, open-minded, dedicated and decisive are some of the best ways to help scholars, and each other, learn how to become leaders. Our teachers encourage scholars to serve as leaders in their classes by participating in discussions, by practicing their presentation skills and by sharing kind words with their peers. Our staff is fully invested in CCS and our scholars, and we will all continue to model healthy leadership skills in all that we do.
As mentioned earlier, throughout March, our Compass Community is invited to think about what it means to be a good leader and how they can be the driver of their own bus. I shared with our staff my definition of leadership:
Leadership is … offering to be part of the conversation, regardless of title or position, and taking personal initiative to bring about positive change. Leadership is bringing those conversations to the table and facilitating the various voices to ensure each one is heard, and helping to find compromise, when and where needed, to ensure forward momentum continues. It is listening … it is being open … it is owning the final product; good, bad, and/or ugly. And continuing to push forward.
To further this conversation, everyone is encouraged to share stories and pictures about modeling good leadership in our brief survey, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We want to hear from all of our community to learn why they believe leadership skills are important and celebrate this key principle. Being part of CCS is to be part of our Compass community, and our community prides itself on healthy leadership!
As Bill Bradley once said, “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” We are sharing the importance of leadership skills with our Compass Community in hopes of helping everyone become strong leaders who will make our world a better place. I strongly encourage all of our scholars, learning coaches, staff, and friends to share what good leadership means to them this month!
Welcome, February! Blink, and you may miss something. Luckily this month the blog has a focus on our core value of communication and the many examples of that communication in action (such as our weekly blog posts and news releases)!
This year we have focused on our core values of achievement, respect, teamwork, and integrity. Our scholars shared their accomplishments with us and discussed the importance of respect, teamwork, and integrity. This month, we focus on our fifth and final core value, communication. We’re encouraging scholars, learning coaches and staff to share why they believe that good communication is an important life skill.
Communicating with others is an, and perhaps the most, essential part of life. It’s how we express what we need and want, what we believe and how we feel. Communication is also how we listen and learn from others. In general, communication is the process by which information is exchanged between people using a common set of verbal cues, symbols, signs, and behaviors. It’s important that we all understand the basic meaning of communication because it is arguably of the most significant tools that we use to progress in life. Parents and school staff play a very important role in helping children develop healthy communication skills. From a young age, many children learn the basics of communication by learning a simple set of words and sounds, but they also learn other helpful aspects of communication like tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language. It’s important to remember that we all learn and refine our understanding of the basic aspects of communication from the role models in our lives.
Communication is an essential part of our Compass community. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to modeling good communication skills to help scholars develop their own set of exceptional communication skills. The entire Compass community, including our teachers, scholars, learning coaches and school staff, are dedicated to communicating with each other in a healthy way. This means that we speak to each other kindly, honestly, respectfully and professionally. I strive to model healthy communication skills by being transparent with our staff and families and by listening and acting on the constructive feedback I receive from all of our stakeholders. I am a firm believer in open and honest communication, which is why we have a weekly blog, survey our scholars and learning coaches (thank you scholars for completing our survey in December, and learning coaches for completing our current survey), have a Virtual Suggestion Box for scholars and learning coaches on our website’s homepage, and have a Scholar Leadership Council and Parent Advisory Council. We also have a Staff Advisory Committee, and I host monthly CEO Town Halls with our staff and quarterly Parent Town Halls with the CEO with our learning coaches (thank you to our learning coaches who have joined these town halls this week). These are some of the examples of how I am communicating and receiving communication, and welcome feedback on what is working well, and areas for improvement, to ensure we are transparent in what we do, and always putting the scholar first in the decisions we make.
Our team is also dedicated to setting a good example for our scholars as they help them learn about the importance of good communication. Meaningful communication cannot be accomplished without the confidence to express ourselves and the ability to listen to others. Our staff is fully invested in CCS and our scholars, and we will all continue to model healthy communication skills in all that we do, with every stakeholder we engage and interact with.
Throughout February, scholars are invited to wear the color green every Friday and on field trips to represent our core value, communication. To further this celebration, scholars are also encouraged to share stories and pictures about modeling good communication in our brief survey, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We want to hear from all of our scholars to learn why they believe healthy communication skills are important and celebrate this special core value. Being part of CCS is to be part of our Compass community, and our community prides itself on using meaningful communication!
As Benjamin E. Mays once said, “honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of one for the other.” We are sharing the importance of communications skills with our scholars in hopes of helping them express themselves and achieve their goals. I strongly encourage all of our scholars to share what healthy communication means to them this month!
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