Scholar Leadership Council

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The Scholar Leadership Council serves to provide scholar feedback on school policies and procedures at Compass Charter Schools to ensure that they are consistent with its Mission, Vision, and Values.

Members act as a committed group of advisors to the staff and administration, regarding issues that affect their peer scholars at CCS. They provide feedback and insight from the scholar’s perspective on school process, policies and initiatives to ensure that the needs of scholars are included as decisions are made. They also serve as an advisory, not a decision-making body, that makes recommendations, encourages brainstorming and provides opportunities for scholar involvement on committees.

Meet Our Council

Brayden Bereki | Member

I have been an online learner since first grade and have been attending Compass Charters Schools since I was in elementary school. While at CCS I have been on the honor roll for numerous years, this is my second year on the Student Leadership Council. Compass Charter school has improved me in many ways, and I would like to return the favor and help improve my school. My goal in life is to go to medical school and become a doctor.

Thomas Elkins | Member

I’ve been at Compass Charters since seventh grade, and it has been a great experience. With Compass I’ve been enabled at an individual level to excel in my studies, with more opportunities before me than ever before. The flexibility inherent in a charter school’s program is amazing, allowing me to pursue my dreams and allowing me to study what I want when I want. I don’t know many schools offering a Latin course, but here we are. I’ve been able to pursue history and English to my heart’s content, preparing me for my chosen career in law and politics, something I feel I would excel at due to my ability to solve problems and my skill of working together with people to fix problems.

I am honored to have this opportunity to serve my fellow Firebirds in this capacity and am ecstatic to be finally working towards making a difference in the lives of my comrades, something I want to continue for my whole life, be it from my desk as a member of the SLC or from my desk in the Oval Office. I am looking forward to this opportunity to make Compass the best school it can be, and I hope my fellow councilmembers, my fellow Firebirds councilmembers, and my fellow Firebirds as a whole share that hope.

Alexis Gordon | Member

I have been an online learner for 10+ years. I strongly believe that we, the scholars, should advise and contribute to our learning environment to help shape CCS into the best school it can possibly be.

Alex Iihara | Member

I have been with CCS since fourth grade and this has been my home for two years. I love baseball, snowboarding, swimming, and reading books. This school has allowed a flexible curriculum to pursue my favorite subject, math, although I have busy weekends playing on one of the top travel baseball teams. Thinking of the best academic path for each scholar sometimes means extra work for teachers, counselors, and other school staff. I am grateful for all of them. I am honored to join this Scholar Leadership Council and excited to work with other great members. This leadership council is very important especially for this type of school, as most scholars are physically located away from each other. I want to listen to other scholars’ opinions and work hard to make this school better for everyone. Go CCS!

Alice Provencio | Secretary

Hi my name is Alice and I am in the 5th grade. I’ve been with CCS for two and a half years. A little bit about me is that I am kind, smart, and love all things space and anime. Some of my hobbies include baking, cooking, arts and crafts, and watercolor painting. When I grow up I want to be an astronaut commander because I love exploring the unknown world. I wanted to join SLC so that I could help our school become a better place where we can learn a lot. Go NASA and Go CCS!

Aure Ruediger | Member

Compass has been my school since kindergarten, and it is wonderful being a Firebird (that’s our school mascot).  There are many exciting things I get to do at Compass, like join our school’s clubs and explore many of my scholarly interests now through the Options program.  For instance, in the past, I have been in the Arts+Crafts Club, Chess Club, Cooking Club, Creative Writing Club, Lego Club, Minecraft Club, Photo Club, Sewing Club, and Virtual Field Trips Club.  Outside of school, I used to be an avid grower of guppies, bettas, and lots of fish while also practicing some horseback riding.  I still love to ice skate.  More recently, I have turned to gardening, cooking + baking, art, reading, music, canine training, and movie reviewing.  When I’m a grown-up, I would like to have a science degree like my Mom or an engineering degree like my Dad.

Cricht Ruediger | Member

I have been here at Compass since kindergarten.  I like that I have sweet and helpful teachers here at my school.  It’s epic how we attend class remotely, with all my teachers and schoolmates living all over California!  I used to be a very keen fishkeeping hobbyist, but now my hobbies have changed.  I am still into my hobbies of baking, creating art, gardening, and playing video games.  I also read more and listen to music more now, and I like watching movies full of action and comedy.  Because both of my Grandfathers owned businesses of their own, I hope to be in good business, too.

Taia Saurer | Chair

Hi, my name is Taia, and I’m a Compass Options scholar which I love because I have plenty of flexibility to follow my passions. I’m excited to be on the Scholar Leadership Council again this year to advocate for my fellow Firebirds. I’m looking forward to an amazing year and I hope to meet many of you at upcoming events.

Avery Stansbury | Member

Avery is a 9th grade scholar at Compass Charter Schools. He has been a proud member of the CCS family for the past 8 years and a member of SLC for the past 5 years. Avery aspires to be a musician and enjoys playing the piano. In his spare time he enjoys playing video games, reading and listening to music. Avery joined the SLC in order to represent his peers at Compass. He cherishes Compass and wishes to make the school even greater than it is, for the future scholars of Compass. He has consistently made the honor roll and was Firebird of the Year for the 2020/21 school year. He is very involved in other school activities, serving as President and Vice President of several clubs, and reporting for the Firebird Report. His involvement in multiple promotional materials for Compass such as testimonials and commercials has had a major impact on not only himself but the school itself. He is very thankful for Compass and the opportunities that this school has given him, and he is looking forward to another awesome and prosperous year. Go Firebirds!!!

If you are interested in serving on the Scholar Leadership Council, please contact Elizabeth Brenner, Superintendent & CEO, to learn how to get involved.