COMPASS is a vehicle for strengthening Sumner County, Tennessee schools by using all available community resources. Our mission is to promote student success by developing partnerships between the business community and Sumner County Schools. Partners are businesses, organizations, churches and individuals giving their time, money and/or resources.
COMPASS is an acronym for Community Outreach Making Partnerships at Sumner Schools. In July 2004, COMPASS began as a program of a large Nashville-based nonprofit, PENCIL Foundation, but gained enough local support and program perspective to become an independent organization on July 1, 2005. Our main objective is to form lasting, authentic partnerships between Sumner County Public Schools and businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals.
Our mission is simple: Promote Student Success. Our Partners are key to this success.
COMPASS is a 501(c)3 organization and your contributions are tax-deductible.
(Photo) Sumner County Teachers of the Year Honorees with Governor Bill Lee, September 24, 2021. Each year, COMPASS sponsors our Teacher of the Year Award Reception/Luncheon honoring our outstanding teachers by school.
COMPASS also provides direct classroom grants and School Improvement Awards. COMPASS provides incentives to our teachers in the form of gift cards and gift certificates. COMPASS promotes mentoring, and tutoring for our students.
COMPASS values and appreciates our wonderful teachers and we coordinate with our Partners to recognize our teachers throughout the school year by sponsoring events in their honor.
COMPASS sponsors the Teacher of the Year Luncheon or Reception.
Each school nominates and awards a teacher to represent their school and from there the top school system's nominees go on to compete at the state and national Teacher of the Year Contest level.
COMPASS is interested in what our teachers have to say about their profession and their challenges. We sponsor the annual Teacher Talk workshop so that our teachers can inform our business community about their needs in the classroom.
Our Director of Schools selects the teachers from schools across the county who particpate in the workshop. Our state senator, state representatives, judges, and local business men and women participate in the day's problem-solving discussions.
COMPASS helps coordinate individuals to mentor or tutor our students with our school system. We work with our principals and guidance counselors to identify those students that have needs that can be addressed by volunteers. This is a much needed service here in our county and everyone who tries it--loves it! Students benefit from the one-on-one attention from a caring adult and the adults benefit even more from sharing their time and with a youngster. For more information on this program, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org
COMPASS Partners donate money, grant opportunities, coupons as incentives, new and used computers, a field trip opportunity, food backpacks, equipment, etc. Many are classroom readers, tutors, mentors, spelling bee judges and even hallway painters. COMPASS Partners donate time, expertise, money and/or materials to augment the curriculum and resources of their partner school. The program improves quality of life in our community by increasing and strengthening school/community connections, providing volunteer opportunities and supporting teachers, families and students.
COMPASS recognizes our community partners, indivduals, and organizations and the wonderful work they do to help us achieve our Mission to promote student success.