Mosaica Online Happenings

March 25 - April 5

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • March 25-29th: Spring Break AZ & CA
  • Thursday, March 28th: Parent Education Meeting at 8:30pm Eastern
  • Friday, March 29th: Advisement at 2pm Eastern in Julie's office
  • April 1-5th: Spring Break CO
  • Tuesday, April 9th: Staff Meeting at 7pm Eastern in Stephanie's office (date adjusted due to Spring Breaks)
  • Friday, April 13th: Advisement at 2pm 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**

End of the Grading Period.... Right Around the Corner!

Last Day of the Grading Period:
AZ: Friday, April 5th
CA & CO: Wednesday, April 10th

You received this week the chart and calendars to guide you through the ending of Grading Period #3..... The immediate deadlines are:

Week of March 25th - April 5th 2013
  • No later than Friday, March 29th: Email the appropriate state contact confirming that you have verified all PowerSchool rosters

  • No later than Friday, March 29th: K-8 teachers have all GP#4 courses set up and ready to begin. Teachers notify your DC by this date that course(s) is ready to be checked
  • No later than Friday March 29th: K-8 teachers verify that the end dates for Grading Period #3 courses are correct.
  • Friday, April 5th: Last day of the grading period – AZ
  • Friday April 5th: All AZ PSAP information should be complete in Alpine


  • All gradebooks are up to date

  • Follow up with the parents of any failing students

  • Update the Seating Chart with all essential contacts-Include dates for each entry

  • Verify all PowerSchool rosters and email Elaina Mutis(CA), Cecilia Perkins (AZ), or Justin Schmitt (CO) when complete

  • Enter your PSAP data into individual PSAPs in Alpine

  • K-8: Set up GP#4 Courses

  • K-8: Ensure GP#3 end dates are correct on courses
  • Be sure all AZ PSAPS are complete


  • Continue scheduling PSAP parent conferences.

Continue creating and updating PSAP documents in Alpine for individual students

Collect updated parent input info as needed for PSAP and place in Alpine

Staff Spotlight- Brenda Wallace

This week's spotlight is Brenda Wallace, math teacher!

I live in South Florida with my husband, and two children. My daughter is 7 and my son turned 6 last week! We have a yellow Labrador and two cats. I have been teaching math for nineteen years! In the traditional classroom, I taught all levels of middle school math and Algebra 1. As an online instructor, I have experience teaching middle & high school math and College Algebra.
I enjoy gardening – flowers, fruit, vegetables and butterflies! We raise monarchs, gulf fritillaries, Eastern black swallowtails and zebra longwing butterflies! I also enjoy smiling, swimming, reading and traveling! :)

We appreciate your leadership and teaching expertise Brenda!

Mercury Sunshine!

*Please keep Gabby Bray in your thoughts- her mother passed away last night.

Please keep Elaine Gaughf-Smith in your thoughts-She is currently undergoing chemotherapy - you can do it Elaine!

*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

Elementary Environmental Club:
Students have spent the last few weeks highlighting what you are permitted to recycle and educating family and friends about this. Students created signs to hang up near their family/ school recycling bin to let them know what to recycle. The students also created some really awesome eco-art, One of my students created a purse out of wrappers.

If you check out our clubhouse page you can see the game that the students have been playing... it's fun and helps them to remember what to recycle!

Book Club Grades 3-5:

Students are reading Oliver's Game by Matt Tavares. Students met last week and began reading the book online together.


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 #10 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.

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

"Successful people focus most of their energy on their strengths, so they have the energy to face their weaknesses."

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


Teachers of Muskegon Heights CR students.... Your Goal For March!!!!!

  • Pick a few students in your credit recovery classes and really cheer them on to be finished with the course by Spring break!
  • Week of April 1-5: All Muskegon Heights CR teachers, please be sure your gradebook in D2L is updated for next week. Grades will be pulled for report cards.

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

  • March 23-April 7 - Spring Vacation
  • April 26th: Professional Development Day

Mexico City

  • March 25-April 1 - Spring Vacation

Muskegon Heights

  • April 1-5 - Spring Break


  • March 27-March 29 - Easter Holiday

Data Discussion...

The Arizona state assessment, AIMS, is scheduled to take place during the window of April 15-26. The following is an excerpt from A Parent's Guide to understanding AIMS 3-8:

(Available for download at:

What is AIMS 3-8?
AIMS 3-8 is a statewide assessment that is both standards-based, measuring student knowledge against the Arizona Academic Standards and norm-referenced, comparing student knowledge against students nationwide.
• Stanford 10 norm-referenced test items included in the test compare a student’s performance to students nationwide.
• AIMS test items measure a child’s knowledge – without comparison to other students – based on whether the child is proficient in accordance with the Arizona Academic Standards.
• AIMS questions are written by Arizona educators.

What do the test results mean?

AIMS 3-8 provides a norm-referenced test score (NRT) and an AIMS score. The results of the tests are used by classroom teachers to guide instruction and improve student learning.

• The NRT compares a child’s performance on certain test items to the performance of students nationwide by way of a percentile ranking.

• The AIMS test assesses a child’s knowledge of the Arizona Academic Standards. Each child will receive one of the following scores for each of the four tested areas – reading, writing, mathematics, and science.

  • “Exceeds the Standard” denotes superior academic performance on challenging subject matter reflected by the content standards.

  • “Meets the Standard” denotes solid academic performance and understanding of the content standards.

  • “Approaches the Standard” denotes partial understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary for proficient work at grade level.

  • “Falls Far Below the Standard” denotes insufficient understanding of the prerequisite skills; students who achieve at this level have serious gaps in knowledge and skills and may require remediation.

Sample Items for Students can be obtained at the following link:

State Testing....

Upcoming State Testing:


April 9th – AIMS - 10th Grade Math

April 10th – AIMS – 10th Grade Science

April 11th – Stanford 10 – 9th Grade

April 15th – Stanford 10 – 2nd Grade

April 15th-18th – AIMS – 3rd-8th Grade

Corona April 22-24
Wildomar April 29 – May 3
La Mesa May 6 - 8

Online Paragon Nights!

Take a moment if you could not attend to see our wonderful students showcasing their Paragon successes!

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

Sandy began a job as an elementary school counselor and she was eager to help. One day during recess she noticed a girl standing by herself on one side of a playing field while the rest of the kids enjoyed a game of soccer at the other.

Sandy approached and asked if she was all right.
The girl said she was.

A little while later, however, Sandy noticed the girl was in the same spot, still by herself.

Approaching again, Sandy offered, "Would you like me to be your friend?"

The girl hesitated, then said, "Okay," looking at the woman suspiciously.

Feeling she was making progress, Sandy then asked, "Why are you standing here all alone?"

"Because," the little girl said with great exasperation, "I'm the goalie!"