Mercury Online Happenings

September 17th-21st 2012

Upcoming Dates to Remember


  • Tuesday, September 18th: Online Paragon Night for K-HS Paragon @ 8:30pm Eastern
  • Wednesday, September 19th: Paragon Night for CA and AZ
  • Thursday, September 27th: 1st Parent Education Meeting @ 8:30pm Eastern in Collaborate
  • Friday, September 28th: Advisor Meeting at 2pm Eastern in Julie's office
  • Monday, October 1st: Work from home day for all CA students
  • Tuesday, October 2nd: Staff Meeting @ 7pm Eastern in Stephanie's office
  • Monday, October 8th: Columbus Day - School Holiday
  • **Beginning August 28th, all adjunct teachers must submit invoices to Brenda McCullers on the 14th and 28th of the month**

Staff Spotlight

TinaMarie Gallagher

This week's spotlight is TinaMarie Gallagher. TinaMarie is new to Mercury this year and is the 3rd and 4th grade teacher at the Wildomar Center in California.

TinaMarie says, "First and foremost I am a wife and mother. I have a wonderful husband and three terrific teenage boys. I homeschooled my boys for 10 years. Who would have thought while giving them a love of learning, I'd give myself the same gift. I decided to go back to school and get a graduate degree and teaching credential. My oldest son Caleb just left home to attend his first year in college. I am going to miss him terribly. My middle son Joshua, is a senior in High School and very active in water polo and swim. My youngest son Noah, is a freshman in High School and enjoys CAT -Christian Arts and Theater- and cross country running. Since I enjoy spending time with my family, I attend and help out with all of these fun activities. This definitely keeps me busy!"

We are fortunate to have added TinaMarie to our Mercury team- we appreciate all you do for students TinaMarie!

Mercury Sunshine!

And the new staff members just keep on coming- we are so excited!

Lori Durham - Lori will be working with our new Michigan friends
Elaine McCaw - Elaine will be working in ELA with AZ and CO students
Angie Myers - Angie will be working with 7th grade students in PE & Computers
Fallon Felsen- Welcome back Fallon! She will be working with ELA in CA for 6th graders

We are happy to have you in the Mercury family:)

Club News

We are excited to announce that our student clubs will kick-off Monday! We had quite the interest in Art, Book, and Environmental Clubs from all grade levels.

Club Sponsors are:
Art: Elizabeth Kamper
Book: K-2 Wendee Kennedy, 3-5 Erin Kessel, 6-12 Karen Stevens
Environmenal: K-2 Ashley Pierce, 3-5 Sarah Zayas, 6-12 Andrea Dickey and Kristy Weiner

We look forward to updates here in our weekly Staff Newsletters of what our clubs are doing:)

Exciting Development..... Introducing Online Paragon Nights!

We will begin hosting Paragon Nights for our online families this school year. We are very excited about this opportunity.

The first online Paragon night via Collaborate will be September 18th - 8:30 EDT - 5:30 PDT

The link is: http://tinyurl.com/mercuryparagon

Targeted Learning Series..... What is it?

ALERT: There has been a change to Stephanie's sessions....

Each Wednesday at 1pm Eastern, Stephanie Dunbar holds a BRIEF (10-15 minutes) Collaborate session on a "hot topic" pertaining to Mercury. Anyone is invited to attend....... The meetings are held in Stephanie's Collaborate office, which can always be accessed from Desire2Learn.

Join us if you can:)

And Our new weekly installment..... your joke of the week

What did you learn in school today ?
Not enough, I have to go back tomorrow !