December 23 2013 - January 3 2014

Mosaica Online Happenings

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • December 23 - January 3: Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 7th: Data Discussion meeting at either 1:30 pm EST, and again at 4:30 pm EST.
  • Tuesday, January 14th: Online Paragon Night
  • Thursday, January 16th: K-5 Advisement @ 10am Eastern
  • Friday, January 17th: 6-12 Advisement @ 2:30pm Eastern
  • Monday, January 20th: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 21st: Parent Education at either 2pm or 8:30pm Eastern
  • Wednesday, January 22nd: Last day of Grading Period #2
  • Thursday, January 23rd: Enrichment Day
  • Monday, January 27th: Benchmark Testing Grades 2-10 - Reading & Math and Reading Foundations for grades K-1
  • Tuesday, January 28th: Benchmark Testing Grades 2-10 - Science & Language Arts and Math for grades K-1
  • **Beginning August 28th, all adjunct teachers must submit invoices to Brenda McCullers on the 14th and 28th of the month**

Non-Charter Mosaica Online Locations

Holiday season is here. Please carefully note the holiday schedule below, and do not assign work due on vacation days.


American School Foundations

December 23 - January 6 - Winter Holiday


Mosaica International School of Hyderabad

December 23 - January 4 - Winter Holiday


Foundation Academy of Mansfield

December 23 - January 5 - Winter Vacation


Muskegon Heights High School

December 21 - January 5 - Winter Vacation


Arts & Technology Academy of Pontiac

December 13th - Early Release

December 23rd - January 3rd - Holiday Break


American School of Puerto Vallarta

December 19 - January 6 - Winter Break


Staff Spotlight - Andrew Kitchka

Andrew Kitchka lives in Muskegon Michigan, where he works as a 6th grade Paragon teacher at Muskegon Heights Middle School Academy. After graduating from Grand Valley State University in 2010, Andrew worked as a substitute in several districts around West Michigan. In 2012, he was hired by Mosaica to work as a classroom facilitator for students enrolled in online Spanish at his school. After the first of the year, he filled a Paragon vacancy at his school and has been there ever since. His first online teacher experience was in the summer of 2013, when he was asked to teach Psychology to students in Mexico City. He loved online teaching so much that he agreed to continue his online career into the regular school year.

When Andrew is not teaching, he enjoys participating in local theater. His most recent performance was as the character Charles Cheswick in the play “One Flew Over a Cuckoo’s Nest.” He also enjoys playing golf in the summer, reading, and watching movies. He also enjoys spending the day with his roommates which consist of three cats and the most recent addition of Winchester the dog. Andrew looks forward to continuing his role as an instructor both at Muskegon Heights Public School Academy and Mosaica Online.


Thank you Andrew for being an important part of our team!


Mosaica 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!

Mosaica Online Enrichment Days

Our next Enrichment Day is Thursday, January 23, 2014


Stay tuned for details!


Club Corner

Art Club:


Art club is closing out the month of December with some artwork inspired by the holiday season. Check out this beautiful digital illustration by middle school art club member Andrea Duncan!


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Happy Holidays, from Art Club!

TEACHER TIP OF THE WEEK!

  • Please be sure that you are entering zeros into your gradebook for missing items at the end of each week. We want our students and parents to be seeing an accurate representation of their averages. It is especially important to do so as we approach the end of the semester to avoid any surprises!
  • Please enter all CA and CO attendance into PowerSchool by the end of the day today (Fri, Dec. 20). We need all attendance recorded before teachers leave for the holiday break.
  • When you return from the break, please stay in very close contact with the parents of all struggling students so that they are aware of their children’s current averages. As always, document everything in the seating chart.
  • GP#3 course content is supposed to be ready by January 17th. Teachers should already have access to those course shells so that they can be working in them now. If you do not have access to your GP#3 course shell, please let your Instructional Coordinator know right away.
  • Have a fabulous holiday, and enjoy your two weeks off!!!


Data Discussion...

Teachers, my gift to you is on the way, unfortunately it's not wrapped in pretty ribbons and bows,...it's in the form of data in your inbox. Please open and save the documents that reflect last year's TCAP (Colorado's state assessment) results for your grade level. We have taken a look at Scantron Performance Series results, and now need to correlate our internal data with the state assessments. We’ll start with TCAP, and then I'll be sending you Arizona's AIMS and California's STAR results. The goal: determine which sub-test areas are giving our students difficulty on the various tests. We must ask ourselves if there are similarities...if so, what are they? What program pieces are we using that have changed that may already be addressing this? Which weak spots surprise you? What ideas do you have to address these areas in the coming weeks?

So much to do, and so little time, I know. But realize that we can and should take just a moment to reflect upon last year's results to determine our approach to ensure our students' success. We'll spend more time in the new year discussing these questions and collaborating. Don't forget to mark your calendar for our next Data Discussion meetings: Tuesday January 7th at 1:30 pm EST, and again at 4:30 pm EST.

Best wishes for a relaxing and much-needed break!


Online Paragon Nights!

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

January 14
March 11
May 27

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

Q: What happened when Santa's cat swallowed a ball of yarn?


A: She had mittens.