Mosaica Online Happenings

March 11-15 2013

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Sunday March 10th: Daylight Savings Time begins!
  • Friday, March 15th: Advisement Meeting @ 2pm in Julie's office
  • March 25-29th: Spring Break AZ & CA
  • April 1-5th: Spring Break CO
  • **Beginning August 28th, all adjunct teachers must submit invoices to Brenda McCullers on the 14th and 28th of the month**

Desire2Learn Georgia Users Forum...

  • Our very own Ashley Pierce and Wendee Kennedy presented recently at the Georgia Desire2Learn Regional Forum. Click the link below for the write-up posted in the D2L Community....

  • Hadar Goldberg and Kristy Weiner also presented on how to get parents onboard and involved in online education. They discussed the role of the PIS, teachers and administration as well as some of the tricks that work best to engage and keep parents up to speed. Hadar also participated in a round table discussion that asked for feedback on how to improve the quiz tool, and another programmer met individually with Mosaica Online staff to get input on how to better tailor the grade book for the K-12 classroom.

A job well done ladies!

Staff Spotlight- Shannon Miller

This week's spotlight is Shannon Miller, Wildomar Center teacher!

Hello all! My name is Shannon Miller and I live in sunny Southern California. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters in Education in Teaching and Learning Elementary Education. I am the 2nd grade teacher at the site based learning center in Wildomar, which is an incredible blessing. I live with my husband who is a pilot and my puppy who is a Pomeranian named Pixie. I love spending as much time as possible with my family and friends and when at all possible I love to travel, snowboard, and practice yoga. The picture that I attached is of my husband and me at a recent taping of the Conan O'Brian show that we got to attend.

Thank you Shannon for making a difference in the lives of Mosaica Online students:)

Mercury Sunshine!

*Please keep Gina Ciprotti in your thoughts after the passing of her father this last week.

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

Art Club:
Students in Art Club have been showing off their creativity this month! It is wonderful to see so many different and unique styles of artwork each and every week.

This week in the Middle School Art Club, Julia Mansfield showed her talent with an original painting composition she calls "Western Landscape." Enjoy!


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 #8 Reading Passages

If the test requires you to read passages and then answer questions about what you read…

Read the questions first.

By doing this, you will know what you are looking for as you read.

This also helps you go faster on the test.

When there are several questions about a reading passage or chart, look for clues in other questions that will help you with those items about which you are unsure.

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

"The most important problem-solving rule: Feel free to solve your problem in any way that doesn't make a problem for someone else."

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!

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 18 - Mexican holiday
  • March 23-April 7 - Spring Vacation

Mexico City

  • March 18 - Mexican holiday
  • March 25-April 1 - Spring Vacation

Muskegon Heights

  • April 1-5 - Spring Break


  • March 27-March 29 - Easter Holiday

Data Discussion...

CCSS for Mathematics are broken into eight Standards for Mathematical Practice:

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4. Model with mathematics.

5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

6. Attend to precision.

7. Look for and make use of structure.

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

The link below leads you to the site, Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards. For more information, and for illustrations designed to assist teachers in putting the Practices into practice:

Each Illustration of the Mathematical Practices (MPs) consists of a mathematics task; a student dialogue based on that task; information about grade level, standards, and the context for the dialogue; teacher reflection questions; a mathematical overview; and optional student materials. While the primary use of Illustrations is for teacher learning about the MPs, some components are designed for classroom use with students. Go to “Browse Illustrations” to find Illustrations for particular MPs.

State Testing....

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

  • March 12-13th: CAHSEE for eligible high school students
  • Monday March 4th-Friday March 15th: Testing at all grade levels 3-10

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

What Did One Math Book Say To The Other Math Book?

"Boy, I have problems...."