Mosaica Online Happenings

March 4-8 2013

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Monday, March 4th: CA work from home day for students at Center
  • Tuesday, March 5th: Staff Meeting @ 7pm Eastern
  • March 25-29th: Spring Break AZ & CA
  • April 1-5th: Spring Break CO
  • **Beginning August 28th, all adjunct teachers must submit invoices to Brenda McCullers on the 14th and 28th of the month**

Staff Spotlight- Wendee Kennedy

This week's spotlight is Wendee Kennedy, Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher!

Wendee was born and raised in in Brunswick, Georgia where she and her husband (Dewayne) are now raising a family of their own. She is the proud mommy of Jack Darrin 5, Isabelle 4, and Gracee 3. Faith, family, and friends are what make her life worth while. Wendee has been a teacher for over 10 years, most of which have been in a kindergarten classroom. She has a heart for the "little ones" and loves the adventure and challenge of reaching and meeting the needs of young students online.

Thank you Wendee for being on our team:)

Mercury Sunshine!

*Please keep Paula Galland in your thoughts after the passing of her aunt this past week.

*Please keep Elaine Gaughf-Smith in your thoughts-She is currently undergoing chemotherapy - you can do it Elaine!

*As always, please keep Barbara Noel-Williams in your thoughts- she is a WARRIOR in her fight against cancer!!!!

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

Club Corner

Book Club:
Grades 3-5 are currently reading The Emperor's New Clothes, by Hans Christian Andersen


For the next several weeks, we will highlight a "Testing Tip" each week, as our students in all locations gear up for State Testing!!!!

Tip #7 Are we communicating?

· Make sure you understand what the question is asking.

· Be sure you are responding to the question that is being asked.

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

"Love and Logic teachers have been known to say, "The good news is that I like the students the same, regardless of the grades they decide to earn."

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 CO we are serving students in the following locations:
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mexico City


Muskegon Heights, Michigan

Hyderabad, India


Welcome to the American School Foundation in Mexico City!

We have the privilege of working with a few students this semester in some of our high school courses. Teachers of ASF students, be sure to save a copy of their calendar!

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 Events/Holidays:

Puerto Vallarta

  • March 18 - Mexican holiday
  • March 23-April 7 - Spring Vacation

Mexico City

  • March 18 - Mexican holiday
  • March 25-April 1 - Spring Vacation

Muskegon Heights

  • April 1-5 - Spring Break


  • March 27-March 29 - Easter Holiday

Data Discussion...

On the continuum of word knowledge, students move through the following stages of mastery when obtaining new vocabulary:
1. no knowledge
2. a vague sense of the meaning
3. narrow knowledge with aid of context
4. good knowledge but shaky recall
5. rich, decontextualized knowledge, connected to other word meanings

Please copy and paste the link below to view a short review on word acquisition.

Colorado Department of Education PLC Byte:
Vocabulary: a quick review

State Testing....

This is right around the corner, be aware of the following upcoming dates:

  • March 5th: 4th and 7th grade Writing Test
  • March 5th: PFT testing for 7th graders
  • March 6th: Make-up day
  • March 12-13th: CAHSEE for eligible high school students
  • Monday March 4th-Friday March 15th: Testing at all grade levels 3-10

Online Paragon Nights!

The next "LIVE" online Paragon Night is...

Tuesday, March 5th
8:30pm Eastern
Link for Access:

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

Teacher: Why does the statue of liberty stand in New York harbor?

Pupil: Because it can't sit down!