Mosaica Online Happenings

December 17-21 2012

Weekly Staff Newsletters will Resume on Friday January 4th, 2013

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, December 20th: Parent Education Meeting @ 8:30pm Eastern
  • Friday, December 21st: Advisors meeting @ 2pm Eastern
  • Friday, January 4th: Advisors meeting @ 2pm Eastern
  • Tuesday, January 8th: Monthly Staff Meeting @ 7pm
  • End of the grading period is approaching- be on the lookout for communications on this!!!
  • **Beginning August 28th, all adjunct teachers must submit invoices to Brenda McCullers on the 14th and 28th of the month**

December Holiday Break across Mercury land!

Our different locations do have slight variations..... Please see below:

Arizona: December 24-January 1
California: December 24-January 4
Colorado:
December 20-January 1


American School of Puerto Vallarta December 20 - January 5

Mosaica International School in India - December 24 - January 5

Muskegon Heights - December 24 - January 1

Staff Spotlight - Corinne Sowar

Corinne is our Head of School for Mercury Arizona. We appreciate all that you do Corinne!

Corinne shares....


I was born in the Panama Canal Zone, and grew up in Denver, CO. I studied Environmental Planning with GIS (I love finding the tech side of every field) and Modern Languages (just for fun). After college, I joined a program that allowed me to teach English in Toulon, France for a year, and ended up staying for 5. While there, I was introduced to computer-based / hybrid education through an English school where I taught, and was amazed at the success rate. I returned to the US to complete my Master of Education, and continued to work in the online ed field as a teacher, student advisor, and Director of Curriculum. I love researching new technology and the opportunities it brings to individualize learning and promote student success.

I live in Scottsdale, AZ with my boyfriend and Jack Russell puppy. I have a son in college, and I’m enjoying an empty-nester lifestyle which has come far too soon. When I’m not working with our wonderful Mosaica families, I like to try new restaurants, travel, camp, and simply relax in front of the TV.


Mercury Sunshine!


Let me know of any concerns or celebrations within our Mercury family!

Club Corner

Grades 3-5 Book Club:
Students will be going to the Scholastic website to learn about different holidays.
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/holidays/
They open three different scrapbooks to read about the different holidays celebrated around the world. (some non-fictional). Students will also be reading an online story, The Little Match Girl

TEACHER TIP OF THE WEEK!

Let's Continue Our Discussion on Love and Logic®....

"When a student complains, 'Why'd you give me that grade?' Love and Logic teachers ask, 'Do I give you grades? Or am I just the scorekeeper?'"

Love and Logic ® Teacher-isms by Jim Fay and Charles Fay

What Is Going On In Other Mercury Locations?

Besides our students in AZ, CA, and AZ we are serving students in the following locations:
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Alaska

Muskegon Heights, Michigan

Hyderabad, India

Ohio

You will receive updates here that will pertain to our students in any of these locations!

  • be sure to consult the various calendars in D2L for these locations
  • Teachers PLEASE be sure you are keeping your D2L grade book updated. Whenever a program needs grades for a progress report, we export the D2L grade book current average. Thank you!


Upcoming Holidays:

American School of Puerto Vallarta December 20 - January 5

Mosaica International School in India - December 24 - January 5

Muskegon Heights - December 24 - January 1



Data Discussion...

Please remove the SCANTRON WIDGET from your D2L course pages. We don't want any students logging in during the holidays, clogging the system with unnecessary data. This widget needs to be replaced with a new TEST PREP widget, to be updated with released test items from state assessments over the next few months. These practice test items and strategies will be coming your way, so be sure to rotate them to populate this widget as we approach our testing windows in 2013. You may also wish to use the links below to access released items from their respective state department of education:

AZ: AIMS

http://www.azed.gov/standards-development-assessment/aims/sample-for-students/

CA: STAR

http://starsamplequestions.org/starRTQ/search.jsp

CO: TCAP

http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/CoAssess-Released.asp

Online Paragon Nights!

The next "live" regularly scheduled Online Paragon Night is set for .....

Please take a few moments to enjoy the wonderful presentation of Paragon Night by our online students - a huge thank you to Maria Savoldi and Hadar Goldberg!

http://tinyurl.com/decemberparagon

And last but not least..... Your joke of the week

What object is King of the classroom?........

...... the ruler:)