January 13-17 2014

Mosaica Online Happenings

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Monday, January 13th: Meeting with Gabby & Kate @ 7:30 PM EST via Jigsaw to discuss end of grading period reminders for GP2.
  • Monday, January 13th: Meeting with Gabby & Kate @ 8:30 PM EST via Jigsaw to discuss GP3 expectations, course set up and best practices when using Jigsaw.
  • Thursday, January 16th: K-5 Advisement @ 10am Eastern
  • Friday, January 17th: 6-12 Advisement @ 2:30pm Eastern
  • Monday, January 20th: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 21st: Parent Education at either 2pm or 8:30pm Eastern
  • Wednesday, January 22nd: Last day of Grading Period #2
  • Thursday, January 23rd: Enrichment Day
  • Monday, January 27th: Benchmark Testing Grades 2-10 - Reading & Math and Reading Foundations for grades K-1
  • Tuesday, January 28th: Benchmark Testing Grades 2-10 - Science & Language Arts and Math for grades K-1
  • Tuesday, January 28th: Online Paragon Night
  • **Beginning August 28th, all adjunct teachers must submit invoices to Brenda McCullers on the 14th and 28th of the month**

Non-Charter Mosaica Online Locations

American School Foundations

Jan 24 - holiday

Feb 3 - Mexican constitution Day

Feb 28 - holiday

Mosaica International School of Hyderabad

January 14 - Sankranti

January 20 - MLK Day

January 27 - 29 - Benchmark Testing

February 17 - President's Day

February 24 - 28 - Winter Break

Foundation Academy of Mansfield

January 20 - MLK Day

January 31 - Prof. Dev. Day

February 17 - President's Day

February 28 - Prof. Dev. Day

Muskegon Heights High School

January 20 - MLK Day

February 5 - Prof. Dev. Day

February 17 - 18 - Winter Break

Arts & Technology Academy of Pontiac

January 17th - Early Release

January 20th - MLK Day

February 14th - Early Release

February 17th - President's Day

American School of Puerto Vallarta

February 3 - Mexican Holiday

Staff Spotlight - April Murnane

April is a certified Pre-K–12 French teacher currently teaching elementary French at Mosaica Education. She earned her B.S. from Capital University in French in 2004. In 2006, she graduated with her M.A. in French language and literature from The Ohio State University. In 2011, she finished a graduate program at Ashland University earning her French Pre-K–12 Licensure. She has taught French to university students for two years and has taught French to middle and high school students for the last seven years.

April has worked and lived in both France as a Resident Director of The Ohio State University’s Study Abroad Program and Switzerland as a French teacher at The American School in Switzerland’s summer French immersion program. She has traveled abroad numerous times with family, friends as well as student groups to countries such as France, Monaco, Switzerland, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Dominican Republic and Canada. As a World Language teacher, she loves being able to share her passion for experiencing the world and more specifically the French language and culture with her students.

Thank you April for what you are offering for our elementary students!

Mosaica Sunshine!

*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 Mosaica Online family!

Mosaica Online Enrichment Days

Our next Enrichment Day is Thursday, January 23, 2014

Stay tuned for details!

Club Corner

Our Middle School Book Clubbers finished up their reading of Caroline B. Cooney’s Code Orange over the holidays. The main character “Mitty Blake” is a teen who lives in New York City and goes through life with a pretty carefree attitude. While preparing for an essay for his Advanced Biology class, Mitty thinks he’s found the jackpot when he happens upon some dusty old medical books in his parents’ weekend home. The books aren’t the only thing Mitty finds, though - an envelope with two scabs inside forces Mitty to begin thinking about life and death. Caroline B. Cooney is a fantastic young adult author, and Code Orange definitely gave our club an exciting ride! We’re looking forward to choosing our next book later this week.


1. Remember that you should be calling the parents of any students with D or F averages and documenting your contact in the seating chart.
2. Remember that all work should be graded within 72 hours and 0's should be entered into the gradebook once Sunday deadlines pass. This way everyone has an accurate picture of where students stand at any given point.
3. Remember that Gabby & Kate will be holding a meeting Monday, January 13 at 7:30 PM EST via Jigsaw to discuss end of grading period reminders for GP2.
4. If you are teaching GP3, please plan to join Gabby & Kate for a meeting Monday, January 13 at 8:30 PM EST via Jigsaw to discuss GP3 expectations, course set up and best practices when using Jigsaw.
5. Learning Environment - did you know that there is an easy way to manage all of your dates at once in the learning environment? Go to Edit Course >> Manage Dates and then you can sort by tool to set all of the start or end dates at once.

Data Discussion...

Scantron Performance Series Q3 Benchmark assessments will be administered Monday, January 27th and Tuesday January 28th. Please be sure to plan for instruction in all subjects except Paragon to be on hold those two days, and assign the assessments in your checklists.

Monday 1/27:
Grades K-1 take Reading Foundations
Grades 2-10 take Reading and Math

Tuesday 1/28:
Grades K-1 take Math
Grades 2-10 take Language Arts and Science

Note: Q4 Benchmark assessments will take place May 28 and 29.

Online Paragon Nights!

Here are the dates for our Online Paragon Nights for the 2013-2014 school year!

January 28
March 11
May 27

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

Teacher: James, where is your homework?

James: I ate it.

Teacher: Why?

James: You said it was a piece of cake!