My name is Colby James and I am a Senior at Danville School. In my Career Pathways course (Compass), I’ve been assigned to research a topic/career of my own choice. I’ve always had strong interests in music, along with the constant hip hop music I have blasting through my headphones, making Music Production an obvious choice of topic. I have researched the ins and outs of the Music Production industry, created a defining slideshow, and have completed several presentations pertaining to my project.
We have been assigned to 3 products, along with a poster, final presentation, and this blog post. The first 2 products have been powerpoint presentations, which I have already presented to my class. The next will also be a powerpoint, giving my total review of this career. In my last product, I will have decided whether or not Producing is realistic, and if this is the job for me. Throughout the products, I have also been comparing a music producer to a film producer, trying to see all of the similarities and differences between the two fields. With my findings, I have been able to establish that I would not like to produce movies, but being a director would be fun. While with music, I would love to produce, but making the beats themselves doesn’t appeal to me as much as performing and editing.
My current post-High school plans are to go into the vocational fields, with that either being construction or contracting and carpentry. This is a very different route than going to college for music, but is the ultimate goal. I very much enjoy building things, which is why I might enjoy making songs. I do believe that no matter what job I end up in, I will forever make music and play instruments; even if I’m the only fan of my work. This project however has opened my eyes to the complexity of a song, pertaining to all of the individual parts that make the sound. I will forever have a new perspective of this art, and have a new appreciation for it. I plan to present the fully completed project to my class before the end of this semester.
When I signed up for classes during the summer, I found Compass on the list of classes. I mainly joined because I didn’t see any other fun-looking options for the period, however as we progress through the class I’m beginning to really enjoy taking it. You get to choose any topic you want and learn all about it, even if it can be a lot of work. Ultimately, I chose to research about the career I plan to pursue, mechanical engineering. The reasoning behind this decision was so I would be able to learn everything I need to know, and get more familiar in the field before diving into college blind.
The class is also broken up into “products” which are basically just time zones for which you have to accomplish areas of your overarching goal. For example, my first product focused on researching the field. I learned as much as I could, from the high school requirements all the way to the point of having something you created sit in front of you. For this product I wrote 2 essays, as I’m using this class as an English credit, which means I have to use English skills in each of my products. The first was about the basics, like college requirements, licensing etc., however, the second essay was much more enjoyable, at least to me. I spent hours researching about the very start of an item all the way to the end. From the stages of a paper draft to a physical item. I think that the reason I enjoyed this so much is because it’s something that I can actually see myself doing in just a few years.
In Compass I have been creating a website on surfing and the history of the sport and the different types of competitions there are. I chose surfing because while living in the small surf town San Clemente everybody surfed and I started surfing when I was 8. Surfer Magazine called San Clemente the most talented surf town in America and I’ve surfed with professional surfers like Jett Shiling and Nikki van Dijk, so that was a cool experience living in San Clemente.
When people first started surfing they would just use a really big slab like piece of wood. Nowadays they use super lightweight materials, either fiberglass or epoxy over a foam to make surfboards, and there are all different types of fin variations people are experimenting with.
One special event in surfing is Wave of the Winter which is a free surfing event that runs from November to March and entrees get graded by four judges who choose the winner at the end. Andy Irons Who is nicknamed the People’s Champ won three consecutive world titles and was so close to winning a fourth until Kelly Slater beat him in the final event of the year, Andy’s younger brother Bruce Irons is also a professional surfer. The Irons brothers were so unique in their style of surfing that they didn’t care if they had the biggest sponsors or the newest equipment they just went out and got the biggest barrels and the biggest airs, they didn't worry if they were the flashiest just wanted the biggest waves and biggest tricks.
Next in my website I want to look more into surfboard making, and also famous surfers and how their career was so successful like Kelly Slater, Kolohe Andino, and Andy and Bruce Irons.
that would be useful for this job. Plus I’m a teenager who’s in love with social media, so why wouldn't I want a career like that?
For Product 2 I will be exploring the syllabi from multiple advertising degree programs and build a syllabus of my own. This will help build a potential path for my future and grow my understanding of getting a degree. I will also look into the social media masters programs at the University of Florida and the University of Southern California. I discovered these programs through my research for Product 1. I hope that continuing this research will help me decide what I want to do with my future and I’m excited to continue my research in the second half of this semester.
Hi my name is Carlie Beliveau. I am a high school student at Danville High school and I am currently taking a Compass class, which is allowing me to learn about any topic I'm interested in for a credit. In this Compass class I chose to study more about child development and more about the young years of a child. I chose this topic because I have a strong passion for working with children and want to proceed with this into my future. I have been learning more on this topic by using a child development textbook called The Developing Person By Kathleen Stassen Berger. Which is teaching me many things I didn't know. I not only have been using my text book I also have been working at a daycare every morning.
I have been working at ABC & LOL Child Care Center in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. In the center, I work with all different age groups from newborns to early adolescents. While at the daycare, I always give 100% of my energy and time to all the kids. I really focus on each and every child’s personalities and try to have one-on-one time with them so then I can get a better understanding of what that child needs or likes. I work every morning at the daycare from 6:30AM to 10:00AM.
When I get to the daycare there are many things to do cause there are only usually three of us in the morning to open at 630. When we first arrive we have to get all the classrooms prepared for the kids to come in and start the day, at the daycare we don't have breakfast till 8:30 so most of the kids who come in early can get a snack that we get for them. When there start to be more kids and staff we start breaking the kids into their assigned class rooms, I usually take the wobblers into their class room. Those kids are around 1-1 ½, once we get into the classrooms I start to do diapers, we have a pretty good set schedule that works for everyone.
After I get done at the daycare I then go home to work on my homework which includes Early Childhood Development class. This class is self-driven and is overseen by Ms. Keach and Ms. Parent. Each month to prove I have learned the information, I have to come up with something to show them the work I had been learning. I enjoy this class because I am exploring something I would like to do in my future and it's something I have a huge passion for.
Outside of the realm of fear and screams, I’ve also always harkened a liking for comedy and laughter. Now at first one may look at the two genres in question, Comedy and Horror, and think that they are so wildly differing in moods and themes that they could never coexist in the same film or show. However there exists a genre-hybrid of the two genres, it is referred to as “horror-comedy.” It is actually a fairly popular genre that’s often considered to be a subcategory of horror, or a subcategory of comedy depending on which way it leans.
There are two general types of horror comedy movies. One formula was more popular in the early 2000’s. Which was a general formula of comedy movies made as satirical commentaries of horror, often tearing at the slasher sub genre for its outdated scares and redundant tropes. The second type of horror comedy which is more prevalent in the modern world of horror is a little more intelligent. These films are far less concerned with constant jokes and non-stop laughs. On the contrary, these films derive their humor from the writing. The characters tend to be less of general stereotypes, and the dialogue is more intelligently written and witty. These newer films feel less like satire films with a horror theme, and more like horror films with cynically funny characters and writing.
Now after I concluded my research on the history of horror comedy, I decided on a general concept that I could use to make a series. This concept ended up being Ghost Tales, a horror comedy series that will follow a duo of paranormal investigators as they go around the state conducting investigations and fighting supernatural beings. One of the characters in the Duo is named Chett Bloodstone. Chett is supposed to be a character almost representative of the horror genre. He’s very pessimistic, grouchy, gloomy, violent, and an overall macabre individual. His partner Robert Graves on the other hand, is meant to contrast Chett to an extent by representing comedy. He’s younger and more energetic than Chett, he is much friendlier, an optimist, and loves to joke around and try to make light of a dire situation. Of course at first in the beginning their personalities clash and they do not seem to get along together, but soon after they begin to bond and their opposing personalities end up bringing them closer together as they continue to fight off demons and monsters.
This series in particular will likely follow more closely to the modern formula of horror comedy, but that is not to say that it will not drive any inspiration from the satirical commentary films of the early 2000’s-2010’s. I do plan that many episodes will have antagonists that are parodies of horror villains of the past, such as Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, etc. But there also will be villains and characters that are not based off of horror icons, and rather are completely fabricated creatures or are original adaptations of existing cryptids or urban legends. Like Bigfoot, The Wendigo, Chupacabra, etc. It will be difficult to run out of antagonists. The primary anticipated challenges to be presented will be time, scheduling, and writer’s block. As for the first two I hope to overcome those issues which plagued my project last year, but for writer’s block all I can really do is try to think outside the box and not write myself into corners.
Currently I have a first episode ready to be filmed, a cast eager to get on camera, shooting locations set, a theme song being composed, and costumes ready to enhance character appearance. My next course of action will be to coordinate with my actors to have them review their lines, and work with me to find a date that will work for everyone involved to be ready to act. Once shooting wraps I’ll be editing and releasing the episode online.
My name is Ava Marshia and I am a Sophomore at Danville School. This year I tried out two different “jobs” in my Journalism Epic Journey. My first one was a teacher's assistant for Ms.Parent’s journalism class. The second one was an intern for the Caledonian Record. I chose to do this because I wanted to improve my skills on journalism and get real life experience using these skills. During the times that the class was learning the things that I had already learned, Ms.Parent let me do my work for the Cal Rec. AlthoughI didn’t work as much with them as I envisioned,I learned many new things about writing and the media. I also learned all about informing others and teaching lessons. Some exciting things that I accomplished was getting a big project published, presenting to a class, and helping my peers out when they needed it. The biggest accomplishment was getting accepted to the Washington D.C. Journalism Conference.
The remote learning really affects my independent study because I can’t go out to do any job shadows. But I can still work on my database and I can still research different things in technology. My perspective on technology proves itself with our new circumstances. We now don’t have a choice but to use technology to learn and that provides evidence to how necessary it is. It’s very difficult to be a student right now. It's hard not to have a teacher next to me, able to help me through problems. My goals for next year’s learning in general is to continue to make my learning paths unique to me with my interests in mind. I want to continue working on my technology career explorations.
Hi! my name is Laci Sandvil and I’m a sophomore at Danville. For my Compass projects all semester I’ve been working all about and around sharks. For my fourth and final product this semester I wanted to raise some awareness about sharks and the ocean. I learned how to make really good PSAs and that’s what I’m going to be talking about. When I first decided I wanted to make PSAs I didn’t really have a lot of knowledge of how I was going to do that. So I found a really good website with 8 really easy to follow steps and the end result was two very good PSAs that I’m proud of and happy to be able to share out into the community. Here are the 8 steps
I wrote a couple out that I recorded and played back that just didn’t hit all the things I was looking for so I had a re-do both of them a couple of times. I finally found the right scripts and was able to record them and be very happy with the finished product. The biggest thing that the site I found helped me with was how it talked about making sure you were directing what you were saying towards the correct audience. It made it easy to know how to word things and how to get my message across. The one thing that it said that I didn’t listen too as much as I should have was the time limits, I packed them full of information and they were decently long. I like the way they turned out I’m just hoping that the length doesn’t turn listeners off from listening to the whole thing. At the end of the day, I’m very happy with the PSAs I made and I hope they are able to raise the awareness that I wanted them too.
Hi, my name Miles Despathy. I am a student at Danville High School and I am currently taking a Compass class that allows me to choose any topic that I want to study and earn credit for learning about it. In this class, I have chosen to study nature, specifically focusing on how nature can influence creative, inspired writing, as well as researching the influence of technology on nature, current environmental issues and ecology. In this class, I will read the books Writing Wild by Tina Welling, The End of Nature and Enough by Bill McKibben, The Forest Unseen by George Haskell, and The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. For my first project, I read the book Writing Wild and then I researched something that I observed in nature that interested me. From these observations and research, I wrote a six-page paper about what I found. For my next projects throughout this semester, I will read the other books and write a paper about an environmental issue and possible solutions, research a technology and write an opinion paper about its impact on the environment, and find a spot in nature and keep an ecology journal which will include regular observations, essays, and poems related to this spot.
After reading Writing Wild, I went out in the woods to follow the three-step process that is shared in this book. This process involved going into nature and finding something to describe using the five senses. What I found on my walk in the woods was a lichen on a tree. After choosing this lichen for my project, I began to ask questions about lichens in general and I used these questions to help create an outline for my six-page paper. Some of the major questions that I asked in this paper were: what are lichens? Do lichens harm the objects they grow on? Where do lichens live? What is the oldest lichen? How do lichens grow? What can lichens grow on? What conditions can lichen grow in? How many different lichens are there? I found that by asking questions about the lichen, it helped me to have a clear direction in developing my paper.
Some of the parts of this project were challenging because I had never written a paper that included my own personal narrative and thoughts as well as scientific research. The first challenge I had was trying to figure out how to begin the introduction of my paper. Another challenge was that some of the sources I used were long and used dense, scientific language that caused reading them to be slow and complicated. The last major issue that I had with this paper was trying to find a way to organize all of the information that I had gathered so it was easy to understand and follow. In order to solve the first problem, I went back to the three-step process from the book Writing Wild. this process involved asking questions about what I had found. Because of this part of the process, I thought it would be appropriate to use questions in my introduction and to share the description of the lichen that I had created. For the second challenge I just had to read through the material slowly and several times to figure out the message. To solve the last major challenge regarding the organization of the paper, I had to create an outline in order to form the information into usable chunks that flowed so the information did not overwhelm me and also to help present the information clearly.
There are many things that I learned about lichens from this paper as well as my writing in general. This paper taught me that I enjoy narrative writing and trying to weave it into a paper. The main places that I used narrative writing were in the introduction and the conclusion of my lichen paper which were my favorite parts of the paper to write. This paper also showed me that creating an outline is very helpful because it is an effective form of organizing information and creating the flow of your paper. One of the facts about lichens that I found interesting was their ability to function and grow after being in space for more than two weeks where they were exposed to extreme temperatures and radiation. Lichens are found in many different places including Antarctica and rain forests. I also learned that lichens can be used to measure the amount of pollution in an area by monitoring how far out they grow from where they are attached. Another major thing that I have learned in this class is that many writers both past and present have used nature for inspiration in their writing. Some of these writers include the poets Basho and Robert Frost, the environmentalists John Muir and Thoreau, as well as many others.
Currently, in this class, I have just read the book The End of Nature by Bill McKibben. This book was about many environmental issues including climate change and what could happen if humans do not change their ways. This book offered insight into how humans have contributed to current environmental problems as well as humans relationship with nature. For my next Compass project, I will be writing a paper on some of the key messages from Bill McKibben’s book and specifically focussing on the energy crisis and its impact on both the climate and the environment. This paper will be a five-page research paper and it will also include some solutions that could possibly work to end or help this issue. After I have finished this paper I will begin reading my next book by Bill McKibben, Enough, and writing an opinion based paper on a current technology and its impact on the environment.
My name is Sarah Gray. I am a senior at Danville school. During my second semester, I took a Compass course, which is an independent learning class based around Danville Skills. For my Compass class, I choose to use the skill Discover while researching Hawaiian anthropology/cultural anthropology. The skill Discover is about looking at what you want to do after high school using the things you are doing or are interested in.
I am researching the history of Hawaii, the ethnic make of Hawaii, how all the ethnicities come together to make Hawaiian culture, and the bad side of Hawaiian paradise. This class for me is somewhat connected to my senior project which is about Hawaiian cuisine and the history behind the dishes. I do a lot of research using books, documentaries, and the Internet. In doing research for this class I have furthered my interested in anthropology and have reinforced my decision for studying anthropology.
Miss.Keach and Miss. Parent have helped me every step of the way through this class. They both have given me great ideas and the support that I need to finish this year strong and this class. I would also like to thank Mr. Decaro and Mr. Warren for taking the time to talk to me about Hawaiian history.