Mosaica Online Happenings

February 18-22 2013

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Monday, February 18th: President's Day Holiday
  • Friday, March 1st: Advisement Meeting @ 2pm in Julie's office
  • Tuesday, March 5th: Staff Meeting @ 7pm Eastern
  • **Beginning August 28th, all adjunct teachers must submit invoices to Brenda McCullers on the 14th and 28th of the month**

Staff Spotlight - Dawn Myers

Dawn Myers is a Language Arts teacher and 7th grade advisor. Dawn shares....

I grew up in western PA. I graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2004 and then moved to Charlotte, NC, where I began teaching high school. Life, jobs, and a little bit of boredom led me further south to FL and then back up north to Delaware where I now reside. I have a daughter, Bailey, who will be 2 this May. I enjoy scrapbooking, sewing, and refinishing old furniture. I also enjoy long walks on the beach, and with the stress of having taught teenagers for 8 years, I might need more of them!

Thank you Dawn for all that you do!

Mercury Sunshine!

*Please keep Sarah Zayas in your thoughts- her father has been hospitalized.

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Please keep Elaine Gaughf-Smith in your thoughts- she is recovering from surgery and will be beginning chemotherapy in approximately one month.

*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

Art Club:
Every month in Art Club students have the opportunity to showcase their own creative art works! During these "open submission" assignments students can upload drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography, digital art or crafts they have made. Check out this excellent illustration of a tiger drawn by Middle School Art Club member Elias Weaver!

Book Club:
  • The middle school book club is still reading The Red Pyramid.
  • The high school book club has just finished reading The Great Gatsby. The students enjoyed the book, but wanted to read more! They did not want it to end. We are currently deciding on our next book.

TEACHER TIP OF THE WEEK!

For the next several weeks, we will highlight a "Testing Tip" each week, as our students in all locations gear up for State Testing!!!!

Tip #5 The Process of Elimination

· After you have been through all of the questions once, go back and find questions you have some knowledge about and eliminate choices that you know are incorrect.

· If you can eliminate two wrong answers, your chance of choosing the right answer is greater.



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


"Questions create thinking...warnings, lectures, and threats create resistance."


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

Alaska

Muskegon Heights, Michigan

Hyderabad, India

Ohio


Welcome to the American School Foundation in Mexico City!

We have the privilege of working with a few students this semester in some of our high school courses. Teachers of ASF students, be sure to save a copy of their calendar!

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

  • February 22 - Professional Development Day


Mexico City

  • March 1 - Professional Development Day


Muskegon Heights

  • Feb 18 and 19 - Winter Break

India

  • Feb 25 - Mar 1 - Winter Break

Data Discussion...

K-8 teachers have been meeting weekly this year to collaborate on weekly classroom assessments, proficiency rates, and strategies for addressing learning gaps. We now have two Google docs to log our data on classroom assessments as well as our Quartile 1 students. Check out the links to enter your assessment and student data to be used in our weekly gatherings.

Weekly Data Discussion:
https://docs.google.com/a/mercuryacademy.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHp4d2Z1Qnhjdm9VR2NUcHpPTFJERFE6MQ

Quartile 1 Student Watch Log
https://docs.google.com/a/mercuryacademy.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dHp4d2Z1Qnhjdm9VR2NUcHpPTFJERFE6MQ

State Testing....

This is right around the corner, be aware of the following upcoming dates:

Arizona:
  • AIMS HS Writing: February 25th
  • AIMS HS Reading: February 26th
Colorado:
  • 3rd Grade Writing: February 11-22 (window)

Online Paragon Nights!

And here is what we have all been waiting for......

Enjoy our students showcasing their wonderful work!


https://sites.google.com/a/mercuryacademy.com/paragon-night/

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

Q. Why doesn't the sun go to college?

A.
Because it has a million degrees!