Mosaica Online Happenings

December 3-7 2012

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Monday, December 3rd: CA Wildomar Center work from home day
  • Tuesday, December 4th: Staff Meeting @ 7pm Eastern
  • Wednesday, December 5th: Paragon Night for CA Wildomar Center
  • Friday, December 7th: Advisors meeting @2pm Eastern
  • Tuesday, December 11th: Online Paragon Night @ 8:30pm Eastern
  • Thursday, December 20th: Parent Education Meeting @ 8:30pm Eastern
  • Friday, December 21st: Advisors meeting @ 2pm Eastern
  • **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
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 - Paula Galland

Paula has enjoyed a 40+ year career as an educator in New Jersey and Georgia teaching high school social studies both in the classroom and online, and working as a middle and high school media specialist. She has long been interested in online learning and was one of 500,000 people who took Patrick Crispen's 16 week online Roadmap course in 1994, learning about such early Internet tools as FTP, Gopher, Archie, and Veronica. Though her first computer in 1981 was a Commodore VIC-20, she is a true Mac Addict and is active in her St. Simons Island Apple User Group.

Not only is Paula passionate about technology in education, she is also a huge fan of her husband of 40 years, three grandchildren, and any type of travel. She generally manages to work while traveling and has logged in from spots ranging from the rim of the Grand Canyon, a boat on the Yangtze River, a bar in Positano, to a safari lodge in Kenya.

We appreciate all that you bring to our team Paula!

Mercury Sunshine!

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

Club Corner

Book Club (grades 3-5):
The 3-5th Grade book club students are reading for December the fictional story - Zak the Yak By: John Wood. It is an online book that all students can access!

Middle School Book Club:
Half of the club is reading the classic The Diary of Anne Frank, while the other half of the club is reading a book from the fantasy genre, The Red Pyramid. Both novels are historical since Anne Frank deals with World World II and the Holocaust and The Red Pyramid features many historical facts about Ancient Egypt.

High School Book Club:
We have just started the fantasy novel, Poison Study. Club members are enthusiastic about the genre which is very popular these days! Next, we will be reading a classic novel, The Great Gatsby. One of our club members, Raven Evans, shared a children's story she has written called "Rowen and the Great Lego City". It is also of the fantasy genre and involves a child being shrunk and becoming part of a Lego city. He learns some valuable lessons from the other characters in Lego City. Congratulations, Raven and keep on writing.


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

"Never expect students to be more excited about learning than their teachers."
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


Muskegon Heights, Michigan

Hyderabad, India


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...

Scantron Suggested Learning Objectives
To learn how to produce individualized 'Suggested Learning Objectives' reports derived from Scantron Performance Series data, simply click on the following link:

1. Click the NEXT button in the lower right corner of the screen
2. After familiarizing yourself with the Suggested Learning Objective Overview, click the SHOW ME! button
3. Use the navigation buttons on the lower left of the screen to move through the tutorial.

Note that you may select as many or as few Objectives as you'd like to see (by selecting more, you'll gain a clearer picture of which objectives your student has attained, and which objectives are suggested for your student). You may save each child's report as a PDF for future reference in your lesson planning.

Online Paragon Nights!

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

December 11th at 8:30pm (Eastern)

And Our new weekly installment..... your joke of the week

Q: What is a math teacher's favorite dessert?

A: Pi!