Mosaica Online Happenings
March 24 - April 4 2014
Upcoming Dates to Remember
- March 24-28: SPRING BREAK
- Friday, April 11th: Last day of Grading Period #3
- Monday, April 14th: Enrichment Day
- May 14th: Enrichment Day
- May 26th: Memorial Day Holiday
- May 27th: 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
April 14 - 21 - Spring Holiday
May 1 - Labor Day
May 25 - Last Day for Seniors
May 31 - Upper School Graduation
June 12 - Last Day of School
Mosaica International School of Hyderabad
March 31 - Ugadi
April 14 - 18 - Spring Break
May 1 - May Day
May 28 - 30 - Benchmark Testing
June 13 - Last Day of School
Foundation Academy of Mansfield
April 14 - 18 - Spring Vacation
May 26 - Memorial Day
June 4 - Last Day of School
Muskegon Heights High School
March 28 - Prof. Dev. Day
March 31 - April 4 - Spring Vacation
April 18 - Good Friday
May 10 - Prof. Dev. Day
May 26 - Memorial Day
June 12 - Last Day for Students
Arts & Technology Academy of Pontiac
April 7th - 11th - Spring Break
April 18th - Good Friday
May 23rd - Early Release Day
May 26th - Memorial Day
June 13th - Early Release Day
June 20th - Last Day of School
American School of Puerto Vallarta
April 11 - 27 - Spring Break
May 1 - Mexican Holiday
May 5 - Mexican Holiday
May 16 - Profession Development Day
May 27 - 30 - Senior Final Exams
June 17 - Last Day of School
Staff Spotlight - Liz Nyenhuis
Liz is a new Mosaica Online teacher and also teaches in our brick and mortar school in Muskegon Heights, Michigan.....
I have lived in West Michigan all but 4 years of my life. Those four years, I lived in the “Middle of the Mitten” where I taught middle and high school French and English; my husband and I “dated” on the weekends those four years. I currently teach in an inner-city school where I am a middle school reading interventionist. I love teaching and how “unboring” it is! I am the second of four kids and my family means the world to me. I have three nieces, a 5 year old, a 2 ½ year old, and an angel who was born this past February. My husband of almost 12 years and I have achieved one of our biggest dreams: to own a farm. We recently had to have our dog of 12 years, Princess, put to sleep. However, we still have 2 indoor and 1 outdoor cat, 2 rabbits, 2 pigs, 4 adult goats, and 2 goat kids who were born on 3/9/14. One of our does (adult female goat) is due to kid sometime in the next week. We also have 29 chickens that lay an assortment of brown, green, and white eggs. Last year, we raised and my husband butchered out approximately 45 meat chickens, too (some in the spring and some in the fall). We are looking forward to raising more—inexpensive and HEALTHY food for the freezer. Teaching online is completely different for me, but I am truly enjoying it. I have found a support system here that is amazing and I look forward to continuing to work with everyone!
Thank you Liz for joining our team!
Mosaica Online Enrichment Days
Our next Enrichment Day is Monday April 14th!
TEACHER TIP OF THE WEEK!
- If you teach any students from India, or any of the other special locations, please know that they will not be on spring break next week. These students should have work assigned for the five days that we are off. Please let these students know that you will be on spring break and that you will only be checking your email periodically throughout the week. We want you to enjoy your time off, but please check your email some throughout the week so that you can help these special students if they need your assistance.
- Please remember to work with all of our students as they are completing their state tests. If they miss something that is not required by the standards, please excuse them from the work. If there are items that they need to complete, we ask that you re-pace your class to help those students get back on track.
- Please make every effort to be up-to-date with your email correspondence, grading, attendance, and seating chart before you head off for spring break.
We hope you have a wonderful and safe week off!!!
The Coaching Corner.....
As students prepare for their state assessment, they have, or will, view the Capture recording on test taking strategies. As you support your students in preparations for the exams, please reinforce these tips! Post in them in your NEWS section, and refer to them during your live sessions! Seeing and hearing these simple ‘take to the test’ strategies multiple times will provide our students with the self-confidence to rock the test!
A Matter of Time
• If any time remains, spend it on those questions about which you know nothing or almost nothing.
• As you go back through, do not change all answers.
• Remember: Your first guess is usually right.
• Don’t spend too much time rewriting or obsessing about neatness.
• Don’t worry if you run out of time.
• Fill in bubbles fully, write neatly, and erase stray marks.
• Double-check the test number in your test booklet against the answer sheet every few questions to be sure you haven’t gotten on the wrong number.
• The Death Grip
• If your arm tires during testing it is probably due to the grip that you have on your pencil.
Relax your grip and give those muscles a break.
Do not do arm exercises during testing as this disturbs others.
Thank you, Mr. Know-it-all!
Remember it's okay to not know everything — unlike class tests, these tests will have some questions designed to challenge the limits of your knowledge at a grade level above your current grade.
· Be Confident,
· SHOW what you KNOW
· And…Do the best YOU can do!