Mercury Online Happenings

October 15-19 2012

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, October 25th: Parent Education Meeting @ 8:30pm Eastern
  • Sunday, November 4th: Daylight Savings Time ends- this means AZ will only be 2 hours behind Eastern time!
  • Tuesday, November 6th: Staff Meeting in Stephanie's office @ 7pm Eastern
  • Friday, November 9th: Advisement meeting in Julie's office @ 2pm Eastern
  • **Beginning August 28th, all adjunct teachers must submit invoices to Brenda McCullers on the 14th and 28th of the month**

Staff Spotlight

Dawn Miller

This week we spotlight Dawn Miller, Mercury teacher and Math Department Chair. She has been teaching 7 years, and her favorite 2 years have been with Mercury!

Dawn shares.....

I have a stepson, Cameron (12), who is the best big brother in the world and a great little golfer.

My son, Brady (3.5), – my little cotton top is playing his first year of soccer and is in his first year of school. I am married to Clint…..contractor, realtor and manager of a landscape company.

I enjoy any kind of exercise, riding four wheelers, fishing, reading and hanging out with my boys.

My co-worker is a Pomeranian named Gizzy. She likes to get in front of the camera when we have face time in class.

Thanks Dawn for ALL of the hard work each and every day- we appreciate you:)

Mercury Sunshine!

We are thinking of:

Welcome to the world Delaney Mae Lynch- sweet new daughter of teacher Brenda Lynch. She is beautiful!

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

Club Corner

Environmental Club
Environmental club is having their first meeting on Friday. The students will be finding their carbon footprint (an online activity to see how much carbon they emit into the atmosphere doing daily activities) and they will be making goals for reducing that number. At the end of the month, they will check their "footprint" again to see if their changes made an impact.

Art Club
This week in Art Club students worked on a "Birch Tree Collage." Each artist used paint to create a colorful backdrop that they adhered hand-drawn and painted birch trees onto. There were many beautiful examples of the "Birch Tree Collage." One of our elementary students, Dylan Hope, did a fabulous job of combining fall colors into his painted backdrop! Coming up, students will be studying color in greater depth through a creative "Color Wheel" project! Stay tuned!

This Birch Tree Collage here was done by Elementary Art Club student Dylan Hope (CA)!

High School Book Club
The high school book club met on Wednesday. We discussed the book, What Happened to Goodbye, by Sarah Dessen. Our favorite quote for the week is when Dave says to McLean:

“But if you never really make friends, you probably don’t have anyone to be your two a.m. . . . you know. The person you can call at 2:00 a.m. and no matter what, you can count on them. Even if they're asleep or it's cold...they'll come for you. It's like, the highest level of friendship.”

Our newest installment.... TEACHER TIP OF THE WEEK!

The 3 Voices of Communication: by Ruby Payne, Ph.D

Many of you have probably seen Dr Payne's work but take a moment to watch the short video (link below) as we communicate with our students:)

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!

Online Paragon Nights!

Mercury's next Online Paragon Night will be available to all students, parents, and staff the week of October 29th. It will not be a "live" event this time, but instead a collection of student work for all to view.

We look forward to seeing what our wonderful students have created!

End of the Grading Period is coming!

You have received the information to close out Grading Period 1 - the 2 calendars and the chart.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns - the deadlines stated are very important!

  • AZ End of Grading Period: October 19th
  • CA and Prep End of Grading Period: October 24th
  • CO End of Grading Period: October 30th

This week's deadlines:
Friday October 19th: End of the GP in AZ.

Be sure you are......

  • Continue following up with parents of any failing students
  • Continue updating gradebooks
  • Continue updating the Communication Log
  • Enter information for students in Alpine on each individual PSAP document
  • Grades K-8: Set up GP#2 classes
  • Grades K-8: Ensure that the end dates for your GP#1 courses are correct

Here is the link to the wonderful step by step recording that Carrie Polk has provided for creating PSAPs in Alpine:

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: TBA

Join us if you can:)

Upcoming Paragon Units- Be aware for Cross-curricular connections!

CA & AZ 6th graders: Ancient River Valley Civilizations
CO 6th graders: Renaissance
CA 7th: Medieval Africa
AZ 7th: Civil War
CO 7th: China/Japan
CA 8th: Westward Expansion
AZ 8th: WWII
CO 8th: The Constitution
Contemporary World Cultures: Middle East / Rise of Islam
Paragon World History: Pre-Columbian America (including Mayas, Aztecs, Incas)

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

Teacher: James, where is your homework?
James: I ate it.
Teacher: Why?
James: You said it was a piece of cake!