Mosaica Online Happenings

February 11-15 2013

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Monday, February 18th: President's Day Holiday
  • Friday, February 15th: Advisement Meeting @ 2pm Eastern - 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 - Chris Lewis

This week we spotlight Chris Lewis, teacher of Physical Education and Health. Thanks Chris for all that you do to make Mosaica Online successful!

Chris shares....

I grew up in Tennessee. I am the oldest of three children. I have a sister, Stephanie, who is sixteen years younger than me, and a brother, Cody, who is nineteen years younger than me. I am married to Melody who is a 4th grade teacher. We met in our first year of teaching at the same school and got married two years later. We chose to "adopt" my sister when she was younger. She is our only "kid" and will graduate from college this semester. We also have our Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Tasha, who keeps up busy! I earned a B.S. in Recreation with a Health minor from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. I later finished my PE/Health License for teaching grades K-12. In 2010, I finished my Masters degree in Education. I am in my sixteenth year of teaching. I have been teaching for Mosaica since 2011 and really love it! My favorite hobbies are playing sports, collecting sports cards, reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family.

Mercury Sunshine!

*Please keep Sarah Zayas in your thoughts- her father has been hospitalized.

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

*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

3-5 Grade Book Club: Students are reading an online story entitled Wind Song Story, by Carol Moore.


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 #4 Multiple Choice Questions

Read the question and all answer choices before marking anything.

Do not change your answer unless you are very uncertain about your first answer choice.

Try to answer every question. Make the most intelligent guess you can.

Let's Continue Our Discussion on Love and Logic®....
"A quality student-teacher relationship means more than the combined power of all teaching and discipline techniques known to humankind."

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

  • February 22 - Professional Development Day

Mexico City

Muskegon Heights

  • Feb 18 and 19 - Winter Break


  • Feb 25 - Mar 1 - Winter Break

Data Discussion...

Performance Bands are now fixed! Please let me know if you have any trouble accessing your student data.

State Testing....

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

  • AIMS HS Writing: February 25th
  • AIMS HS Reading: February 26th
  • 3rd Grade Writing: February 11-22 (window)

Online Paragon Nights!

And here is what we have all been waiting for......

Enjoy our students showcasing their wonderful work!

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

Q. Why was the music teacher not able to open his class room?

A. Because his keys were on the piano.