Mosaica Online Happenings

January 21-25 2013

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Monday, January 21st: Student/Staff Holiday
  • Thursday, January 31st: Parent Ed Meeting @ 8:30pm Eastern in Julie's office
  • Friday, February 1st: Advisement Meeting in Julie's office @ 2pm Eastern
  • Monday, February 4th: Last day for new HS students to begin if the student has not already been enrolled in a previous school for the semester
  • Thursday, February 7th: Parent Ed Meeting @ 8:30pm Eastern in Julie's office
  • **Beginning August 28th, all adjunct teachers must submit invoices to Brenda McCullers on the 14th and 28th of the month**

Staff Spotlight - Maria Savoldi

Maria Savoldi has worked in various capacities at Mosaica Online since 2009 and currently serves as Manager of Operational Procedures; but enjoys the alternate title “Man Behind the Green Curtain”. She finds this role very satisfying as it allows her to work with and provide support to staff and families in a variety of areas!

Prior to working at Mosaica Online, Maria spent 4 years working for Georgia Virtual School in various roles including student support specialist, technology support specialist and program coordinator for internal technology. Maria worked 14 years in Georgia schools serving in a range of roles including teacher, media specialist and county director of instructional media and technology. As a firm believer in the value of collaboration and professional development, Maria attends and presents at state and national educational conferences and spent several years working as a trainer for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards™ in the Library Media certificate area.

Maria holds a Masters degree in Instructional Technology from Georgia Southern University, a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Penn State University and earned her teaching credentials through Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

When she is able to find some spare time, Maria enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family at her home in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

We appreciate all you do for us Maria!

Mercury Sunshine!

*Please keep Elaine Gaughf-Smith in your thoughts- she is recovering from surgery this week and will be beginning chemotherapy in approximately one month.

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

End of the Semester/Grading Period is HERE!!!!

You have received the information to close out Semester 1 - the calendar and the chart.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns - the deadlines stated are very important!

  • The semester ends for AZ, CA, & CO on Friday January 18th!
This week's deadlines:

Monday, January 21st: School Holiday

Tuesday, January 22nd: Teacher workday CA and AZ

Tuesday, January 22nd: 1st day of Semester 2 CO

Wednesday, January 23rd: 1st day of Semester 2 CA and AZ

Thursday-Friday January 24-25th: Performance Ed Benchmark Testing

Thursday, January 24th: Grades entered in PS by 12 noon EASTERN

Friday, January 25th: All PSAPs complete in Alpine

Be sure you are......

  • All grades entered into Powerschool NO LATER THAN 12 NOON – 1-24-13 (grades in PS and in D2L must match EXACTLY). Round all grades as follows: 0.49 and below rounds down; 0.50 and above rounds up)
  • Email Elaina Mutis (CA), Cecilia Perkins (AZ), and/or Justin Schmitt (CO) as soon as all grades are entered in PS so that she/he can provide you with a verification report.
  • Verify that all PSAPs are fully complete in Alpine.

Club Corner

K-2 Book Club:
This group is currently reading The Tooth. See the attached picture!


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

"Effective teachers spend most of their energy preventing problems."

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


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 Events/Holidays:

Puerto Vallarta

  • grades gathered January 22 so be sure D2L is up to date
  • testing January 21 - 25
  • Mexican Holiday - Feb 4

Muskegon Heights

  • Jan 21 - MLK holiday
  • Feb 1 and 4 - Prof Dev days
  • Feb 18 and 19 - Winter Break


  • Exams January 23-25
  • 2nd Semester begins January 27th - our Sunday, but India's Monday:)
  • Feb 25 - Mar 1 - Winter Break

Data Discussion...

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 #1 The Night Before Testing:

Go to bed on time.

Put a few number 2 pencils with erasers in your backpack.

Solve family/friend problems before the testing date.

  • Be sure to add the Scantron widget for each respective state to your course home pages! We will conduct Performance Series assessments on Thursday January 24th and Friday January 25th.

Online Paragon Nights!

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

The week of January 28th... it will be a video posted for all to see and enjoy!!!

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

Teacher: Paula, what is the most important thing you ever learned in Chemistry?

Paula: Don't lick the spoon!