Mosaica Online Happenings

August 26-30 2013

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Monday, August 26th: Last day for high school approvals for a 9/3/13 start date
  • Thursday, August 29th @ 10am Eastern: K-5 Advisement Meeting
  • Friday, August 30th @ 2:30pm Eastern: 6-12 Advisement Meeting
  • Attendance for CA and CO is due in PowerSchool by the last day of each month
  • Monday, September 2nd: Labor Day Holiday
  • Tuesday, September 3rd: Start date for all 18 week students
  • **Beginning August 28th, all adjunct teachers must submit invoices to Brenda McCullers on the 14th and 28th of the month**

Staff Spotlight- James Lang

We welcome James Lang, our new Head of School for Mosaica Online of Ohio!

James shares...

I received my undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in 2001, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Computer Science. I worked briefly for Apple Computer in Marketing before accepting a position at Nationwide Insurance's Global Headquarters in Columbus, OH. At Nationwide, I served as Director of Implementation in the IT Security division before moving into a consulting role. From 2001 through 2008, I also served as a Military Police Officer in The United States Air Force Reserve. Additionally, I have spent the last 11 years working as a political consultant in Ohio. In my consulting role, I have served as regional director for several presidential campaigns and managed multiple city council and state representative campaigns.

In 2007, I left Nationwide to become a teacher. I went to Ashland University for my Education degree and began teaching in 2009. My first teaching job was at Columbus Preparatory Academy, Mosaica's highest performing academic school in the country. I left Mosaica in 2011 to teach AP Psychology and Honors Sociology at a public high school, where I also served as Assistant Marching Band Director. After receiving Teacher of the Year at Jonathan Alder High School, I returned to Mosaica to serve as Head of School at Mosaica Online Academy of Ohio.

I am married and have two daughters.

We look forward to partnering with James to grow this new school!

Mercury Sunshine!

*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 Mosaica Online family!

Club Corner

We are excited about our clubs for the 2013-2014 school year!

Students will have the opportunity to be involved in:

Art Club - led by Elizabeth Kamper

Book Club - led by Allie Byrne (ES), & Emily Alley (MS & HS)

Cooking Club - led by Allie Byrne


Please remember that you should be taking attendance within the learning environment starting this week. The learning environment attendance is based on whether or not the student logs in for the day. You should also begin grading work this week as your students start submitting assignments. Remember that all work is to be returned to students graded and with comments/feedback within 72 hours of submission (Monday through Friday). In addition, please remember to respond to all communication (email, phone, pager, text, etc) within 24 hours Monday through Friday. If you need anything at all, please contact your Instructional Coordinator!

Non Charter Mosaica Online Locations:

Besides our students in AZ, CA, CO, & OH we are serving students in many other locations....

New students are joining us on Monday from American School Foundation in Mexico City and from Foundation Academy of Mansfield, Ohio. Our other supplementary program students will be starting on September 3rd, so remember to check the Special Student Enrollment spreadsheet in Google Docs for your student, parent, and facilitator contact information. There is a link to this on your homepage in your Parent Contact news item.

Please copy Paula Galland and Maria Savoldi on your correspondence with parents and facilitators and send any question you might have their way. If you use Skype, it would be a great idea to include your Skype address in your signature file so those outside of the United States can contact you this way when you are online.

Data Discussion...

Our 20-week students have all completed their baseline assessments! Many thanks to all who worked diligently to get the kids logged in and tested. Here's a bit of info to help you understand what scores we obtain from these assessments, and how we use them.

What is a Scaled Score (SS)?
Scantron scores are reported to us through scaled scores. The scaled score is a reliable estimate of the student’s ability using the statistical Rasch model and is independent of grade level. Values can range from 1300 to 3700 in Performance Series. Most computer adaptive tests use this single-parameter model to determine a student’s expected level of performance within a subject area. Performance Series tests have an average reliability of 90%.

How do you use this SS?
Use this score to track progress over time, from fall to spring or year after year, as a sort of educational yardstick. In the fall, use Performance Series to create groups or for student placement. Used alongside state test data, the SS can give educators or students a target for specific performance levels. In the spring, use the Gains reports to see if students hit that target.

Growth target reports will be generated, which will enable us to determine 1) what quartile (of the bell curve) students fall into according to their baseline scores, 2) what their target scores will be for each subsequent benchmark assessment in relation to the baseline score, and 3) the scaled score gains students achieve throughout the year.

In the meantime, feel free to view the video below to learn how to log in to the Scantron system to check out the incredible data we can use to help guide our teaching. Please let Carrie Polk ( know if you have any questions at all.

Scantron Student Reports video:

Online Paragon Nights!

Here are the dates for our Online Paragon Nights for the 2013-2014 school year!

September 24
November 19
January 14
March 11
May 27

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

If there are ten cats in a boat and one jumps out, how many are left?

None, they were all copycats!