Mosaica Online Happenings

November 5-9 2012

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Monday, November 5th: Work from home day for CA Center students
  • 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**

Thanksgiving Break across Mercury land!

Our different locations do have slight variations in Thanksgiving Break..... Please see below:

Arizona: November 21-23/Wednesday-Friday
November 19-23/Monday-Friday
November 21-23/Wednesday-Friday

Staff Spotlight - Leigh Tillman

Leigh Tillman, Manager of eLearning for Mosaica Online, has been in the field of education for 17 years. After teaching in the face to face classroom for 8 years, she began to pursue teaching opportunities in virtual education. She began her online career with Georgia Virtual School in June of 2005, and served in a variety of roles, ranging from teacher to Manager of Instruction, during her tenure there. In July of 2009, she accepted a position with Kaplan Virtual Education as Curriculum Manager for Mathematics, where she worked with aligning content to various state standards, editing and creating content, and acted as a liaison between the Curriculum Department and the Mathematics Department. She also hosted multiple online Professional Development courses for teachers. In March of 2010, Leigh joined the Mosaica Education, Inc., team as STEM Coordinator. Currently, Leigh and her family reside in Birmingham, AL. She is married to Kyle, and they have two children: Ashton (8) and Glavine (5). When she is not working, Leigh enjoys hiking, running, and spending time with her family.

We appreciate you so much Leigh!

Mercury Sunshine!

We are thinking of:

  • Wendee Kennedy with the passing of her husband's aunt.
  • Our Mosaica Online staff members who have been in the line of fire for Hurricane Sandy - glad you are safe and hope all power is restored soon!!!!

We welcome the following new staff member - Gabby Bray. Gabby is joining us as a consultant with a wealth of experience in course design. Welcome Gabby!

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

Club Corner

Book Club
The 3rd - 5th graders are reading Tiger Son, written and illustrated by Teresa Ng. This book is based on an Ancient Chinese Tale by Po Chung-ling.

The activity for the book is to illustrate the story! See the illustration here from 5th grade AZ student Samuel Clark!

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

Ed Tech Leaders Online are trailblazers when it comes to online Professional Development Courses.
Leslie Reily shares with us both benefits and frameworks for using Social Media in online courses.

Check this out - very beneficial information!

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!

Upcoming Holidays:

India - November 12-13, November 22

Puerto Vallarta - November 23

Muskegon Heights - Friday November 9 - 1/2 day of school, November 22-23

Online Paragon Nights!

If possible, this installment of our Online Paragon Night tops the last one - take a few moments and enjoy the work of our students!

End of the Grading Period is coming!

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

This week's deadlines:

  • Friday, November 9th: Report cards issued CA and CO

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

Performance Ed/Scantron Testing is Coming!

K-10th grade Scantron Performance Series Q2 Benchmark assessments will be held on November 6th & 7th, with make-ups on the 8th & 9th. Please plan very light, if any, work for Language Arts, Math, and Science on the 6th and 7th. Paragon class work will proceed as planned.

Scantron Widget Now Available!
There are three shared widgets: CA Scantron Info, AZ Scantron Info, and CO Scantron Info.

Follow the directions below to add these to your courses!
  • Go to Edit Course
  • Homepages (or you can click the pencil icon at the bottom right of your screen and go straight to it!)
  • Click on your active homepage to edit it.
  • Click in one of the columns to add a widget
  • From the list, choose the appropriate Scantron widget
  • Click Add
  • Move it wherever you would like – preferably under the Compass link
  • Click Save and Close

If you have all of your kids in one shell, go ahead and add all three widgets (or whatever you need) –These have been conditionally released so only those appropriate roles will see them – but PLEASE test this ;)


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:)

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

An ideal homework excuse:

Teacher: Where is your homework?

I lost it fighting this kid who said you weren't the best teacher in the school