Mosaica Online Happenings

November 12-16 2012

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, November 29th: Parent Education Meeting @ 5:30pm Eastern
  • Monday, December 3rd: CA Wildomar Center work from home day
  • Tuesday, December 4th: Staff Meeting at 7pm Eastern
  • Wednesday, December 5th: Paragon Night for CA Wildomar Center
  • **Beginning August 28th, all adjunct teachers must submit invoices to Brenda McCullers on the 14th and 28th of the month**

Thanksgiving Break across Mercury land!

Our different locations do have slight variations in Thanksgiving Break..... Please see below:

Arizona: November 21-23/Wednesday-Friday
November 19-23/Monday-Friday
November 21-23/Wednesday-Friday

Staff Spotlight - Rachelle Smiley

Rachelle has been with us since our very first year, and she works with our Kinder students at the Wildomar Center in CA. Rachelle shares.....

I have been in education since 2003. I have worked with every age of students from 2 year olds- high school. I absolutely love teaching kindergarten, especially at this time of year. Students are beginning to demonstrate progress and their excitement for the holidays is contagious!

I live in Temecula, CA, with my husband Chris, a 2nd/3rd grade teacher. We have 2 kids, a 10 year- old named Jack and a 7 year –old daughter named Kaya. We are consumed with kid sports outside of work. I am my son’s team mom for his baseball team, and my daughter is in competitive cheer. We love to everything and every day is something different, but our absolute favorite thing to do is camp at the beach! Play in the waves during the day and roast marshmallows at night. Doesn’t get much better than that!

We appreciate all that you do Rachelle!

Mercury Sunshine!

Let me know of any concerns or celebrations within our Mercury family!

Club Corner

Middle/High School Environmental Club:
These students are beginning to work on a "garbage pizza" to show all the garbage they throw away and to recognize some items that could be recycled. Stay tuned for picture of the finished products in December!

High School Art Club:
Art Club students recently studied the "Op Art" movement. The word "Op" stands for optical and refers to a technique where artists try to create 3-dimensional designs on a 2-dimensional surface.

Check out this phenomenal design by High School artist Ashley Holden.


Are you ready to flip? Take a look at this video and begin to brainstorm ways to incorporate something like this in your online classroom. Share your ideas by going to the Teacher Resource Center and posting in the "Flipped Classroom" discussion board."

What Is Going On In Other Mercury Locations?

Besides our students in AZ, CA, and AZ we are serving students in the following locations:
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Muskegon Heights, Michigan

Hyderabad, India


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 Holidays:

India - November 12-13, November 22

Puerto Vallarta - November 23

Muskegon Heights - November 22-23

Online Paragon Nights!

If possible, this installment of our Online Paragon Night tops the last one - take a few moments and enjoy the work of our students!

Targeted Learning Series.....

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.

Next week's topic: Performance Based Attendance Procedures - the Ins and Outs

Join us if you can:)

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

The teacher wrote on the blackboard: “I ain’t had no fun all summer.”

The teacher then says to the class:
“What shall I do to correct this?”

One student replies: “Get a boyfriend.”