Mosaica Online Happenings

April 15-19 2013

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, April 25th: Parent Education Meeting @ 8:30pm Eastern
  • Friday, April 26th: Advisement @ 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 the chart and calendars to guide you through the ending of Grading Period #3..... The immediate deadlines are:

Week of April 15th:
  • Monday, April 15th: Begin PSAP Conference Window-CA & CO
  • Friday, April 19th: Report Cards issued – all locations


  • Continue holding PSAP conferences-AZ
  • Begin holding PSAP conferences-CA and CO

Staff Spotlight- Elaine McCaw

This week's spotlight is Elaine McCaw, Language Arts teacher.
I have been married to my wonderful husband, Sam for 38 years. We have three grown children and 6 of the most wonderful, most beautiful grandchildren ever, and they are my hobby and my joy! I live in Vidalia, Georgia. I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Master's in Education. I taught at Vidalia High School for six years, then became the Media Specialist. I served there as the Media Specialist for 21 years and then went to the primary school in Vidalia as Media Specialist. I retired in June 2012. I have taught in adjunct positions at Brewton Parker College, Southeastern Technical College, and Paul Anderson Youth Home. I enjoy reading, sewing, and camping in addition to spending time with my grandchildren.

Thanks Elaine for your many contributions!

Mercury Sunshine!

*Please keep Karen Stevens in your thoughts - she has been in the hospital this week and is hoping to come home very soon.

*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


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

"When a student walks (logs) in late, experiment with whispering (private chatting) in a very sincere manner, 'I'm glad you made it. We were worried.'"

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


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

  • April 26th: Professional Development Day
  • May 1st and 6th: Mexican Holiday
  • June 13-18th: Final Exams

Mexico City

  • May 1st: Mexican Holiday
  • May 10th: Mother's Day Holiday
  • June 1st: Seniors Graduate
  • June 13th: Last Day of School

Muskegon Heights

  • May 10th: 1/2 day vacation
  • May 27th: Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 25th: Last Day of School


  • June 20th: Last Day of School

Data Discussion...

Our Arizona students are showing off their knowledge this week on the AIMS (Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards) assessment. Some information regarding the performance level descriptors for this assessment follows. Keep in mind that each state exam has slightly different language for reporting student performance.

Performance Level Descriptors describe the general performance of a student within a performance range (Exceeds, Meets, Approaches, and Falls Far below). In addition to the general Performance Level Descriptors listed below, there are specific descriptors at each grade level. These descriptors indicate some of the knowledge and skills a student may demonstrate on the AIMS.

Falls Far Below
Students who score in this level may have significant gaps and limited knowledge and skills that are necessary to satisfactorily meet the state’s reading, math, and writing standards. Students will usually require a considerable amount of additional instruction and remediation in order to achieve a satisfactory level of understanding.

Approaches the Standard
Students who score in this level show partial understanding of the knowledge and application of the skills that are fundamental for proficient work. Students who approach the standard possess some understanding and skills necessary to begin working on the content required of the student who meets the standards. Due to incomplete understanding, additional instruction and remediation may be necessary in order to achieve a satisfactory level of achievement.

Meets the Standard
Students who score in this level demonstrate a solid academic performance on subject matter as reflected by the reading, math, and writing standards. Students who perform at this level are prepared to begin work on materials that may be required for the next grade level. Attainment of at least this level is the goal for all students.

Exceeds the Standard
Students who score in this level illustrate a superior academic performance as evidenced by achievement that is substantially beyond the goal for all students. Students who exceed the standard have demonstrated exceptional and exemplary attainment of knowledge and skills.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

One key step in the journey of comprehending the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are their use of what they call College and Career Readiness (CCR) “anchor standards.”

A CCR anchor standard is a skill that high school graduates should have in order to be ready for entry into the world of work or postsecondary education. Basically, an anchor standard is an answer to the question, “What should a 21st century diploma holder be able to do in order to flourish?” Whether you teach kindergarten or 12th grade, an anchor standard is the target. The CCSS also offers more specific explanations of the anchor standards by grade level.

View this video for a quick explanation:

Source: Teaching The Core: A Non-Freaked out Approach to the Common Core State Standards

State Testing....

Upcoming State Testing:


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

2nd grader: Who leaded France before he was exploded?

Napoleon Blownaparte :):)