Mosaica Online Happenings

June 17-28 2013

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Enjoy Your Summer!

Staff Spotlight- What are YOU most looking forward to?

Staff members were polled on what they were MOST looking forward to over summer break....

  • Elaine McCaw - Lazy Days!
  • Karen Spaeth - I am most looking forward to spending more time with family, especially grandchildren:)
  • Hadar Goldberg - Playing with my babies!
  • Paulette Allard - Kayaking, camping, & golf!
  • Kristin Hempel - This year we are off to Costa Rica... the boys want to learn how to surf, but I'm looking forward to yoga on the beach!
  • Heather Bellini - We are going on a 3 week trip to Yellowstone!!
  • Brenda Wallace - I am looking forward to playing and swimming all day with my children!
  • Barbara Abell - I look forward to swimming outdoors!
  • Erin Kessel - I am looking forward to lazy days at the pool, ice cream cones and enjoying time with my family and friends!
  • Ashley Pierce - I am looking most forward to a week's vacation in Seaside, Florida! :)

Mercury Sunshine!

*Congratulations to Kristy Weiner and family on the birth of her sweet little boy..... Joseph Weiner weighed 7 lbs 12 oz and was 20 inches long. He was born on June 7th at 7:45 AM. Mommy and baby are doing really well. (see picture!!)


*We are glad to report that Karen Stevens is home from the hospital - please keep her in your thoughts!

*Please keep Elaine Gaughf-Smith in your thoughts-She is currently undergoing chemotherapy - you can do it Elaine!

*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

This week Art Club is highlighting a Middle School club member named Raya Cowle. Raya has been working with photography all year to create wonderful, colorful, compositions with a unique perspective. We all look forward to seeing more of her work next year in art club! Until then, have a great Summer and enjoy this lovely picture from Raya!

TEACHER TIP OF THE WEEK!

Your Tip For the Week.... Enjoy your summer:)


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


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:

  • June 13-18th: Final Exams

Mexico City:


Muskegon Heights

  • June 25th: Last Day of School

India

  • June 20 - last day of school


Data Discussion...

Common Core State Standards are expected to be fully implemented and assessed in the 2014-15 school year. As we move forward with our understanding of the CCSS, I invite you to review our PD series through which we explored the Instructional Shifts required by the new standards. Please take time to review the meeting recordings below, as well as the additional resources provided. We have a tremendous amount to learn, but as a collective group, we will be able to seamlessly transition to the CCSS if we all work to understand and know them. Enjoy the journey!

Mosaica Online PD Series: CCSS
Session 1a:
Wednesday May 8th
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=2009101&psid=2013-05-08.0810.M.12B746B711C8174A78697E718AF36B.vcr


3-minute Video Explaining the Common Core Standards: http://vimeo.com/51933492


Session 1b: Thursday May 9th
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=2009101&psid=2013-05-09.1117.M.12B746B711C8174A78697E718AF36B.vcr



Session 2: Thursday May 16th
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=2009101&psid=2013-05-16.1133.M.12B746B711C8174A78697E718AF36B.vcr


Classroom Implementation Examples:
Kindergarten Math:
http://www.schoolimprovement.com/landing/video.php?video=http://upload.content.pd360.com/PD360/media/video/SD/2158_CC_TN_KMATH_CStafford_CCC.mp4?e=cc-v1

11th Grade Math: http://www.schoolimprovement.com/landing/video.php?video=http://upload.content.pd360.com/PD360/media/video/SD/2158_CC_TN_11MATH_CParham_CCC.mp4?e=cc-v2



Session 3a: Wednesday May 22nd
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=2009101&psid=2013-05-22.0738.M.96E348F8F1A0BE1C0AB52DE9893206.vcr


Appendix A: http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_A.pdf

Supplement to Appendix A: http://www.corestandards.org/assets/E0813_Appendix_A_New_Research_on_Text_Complexity.pdf


Session 3b: Thursday May 23rd:
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=2009101&psid=2013-05-23.1153.M.96E348F8F1A0BE1C0AB52DE9893206.vcr


Session 4: Wednesday May 29th:
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=2009101&psid=2013-05-29.0822.M.96E348F8F1A0BE1C0AB52DE9893206.vcr


Session 5: Wednesday June 5th:
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=2009101&psid=2013-06-05.0646.M.96E348F8F1A0BE1C0AB52DE9893206.vcr

Additional resources:

http://www.corestandards.org/

www.achievethecore.org

www.parcconline.org

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/

http://mathpractices.edc.org/

End of the School Year Procedures & Deadlines...

See below for important information regarding closing out the school year.....:)


Week of June 17th:

I. Calendar Events:


A. Monday, June 17th: CA – Paragon/SS & ElectivesExams (MS & HS)


B. Tuesday, June 18th: CA – Make-up Finals


C. Tuesday, June 18th: CA – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL


A. Tuesday, June 18th: AZ/CO - Math & World Languages Exams (MS & HS)


D. Wednesday, June 19th: ALL CA grades entered into Powerschool no later than 12 noon EASTERN. Email Elaina Mutis (CA) as soon as grade entry into PowerSchool is complete. Elaina will send a report for your verification. Be available to verify when you receive the report (all grades, conduct, comments are entered correctly)


E. Wednesday, June 19th: AZ/CO - Language Arts & Science Exams (MS & HS)


F. Wednesday, June 19th: CA – Advisors please be sure all PSAPs are correct & complete.


G. Thursday, June 20th: CA – All grades verified no later than 12 noon EASTERN.


H. Thursday, June 20th: AZ/CO - Paragon/SS & Electives Exams (MS & HS)


I. Friday, June 21st: AZ/CO – Make-up Finals


J. Friday, June 21st: AZ/CO – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL


K. Friday June 21st: AZ/CO – ALL PSAPS should be complete in Alpine


II. Teachers:


A. Continue working to finalize all grades


B. Ensure that the end date of your courses is correct – June 21st


C. Enter grades into PowerSchool (grades in PS and in D2L must match EXACTLY – round all grades as follows: 0.49 and below rounds down; .50 and above rounds up)


D. Complete the summer contact information link for all teachers: http://tinyurl.com/summermercury


E. Continue entering all student data into Alpine for PSAPs


Week of June 24th:


I. Calendar Events:


A. Monday, June 24th: AZ /CO - all grades entered into Powerschool no later than 12 Noon Eastern. Email Cecilia Perkins (AZ & CO) as soon as grade entry into PowerSchool is complete. Cecilia will send a report for your verification. Be available to verify when you receive the report (all grades, conduct, comments are entered correctly)


B. Tuesday, June 25th: AZ/CO - All grades must be verified no later than 12 noon Eastern.


L. Tuesday, June 25th: AZ/CO – Advisors please be sure all PSAPs are correct & complete.


C. Tuesday, June 25th: Complete the summer contact information link if you have not: http://tinyurl.com/summermercury . Be available for any grade corrections, PSAP issues….


D. Tuesday, June 25th/ Be available for last minute questions/corrections/issues Wednesday, June 26th:


E. Tuesday, June 25th/ Teacher Checklist completed and submitted to the Wednesday, June 26th: appropriate Instructional Coordinator



Online Paragon Nights!

Thank you so much to Hadar Goldberg and Gabby Bray for all of your hard work - our online Paragon Nights have been a success!


Here is the link to Tuesday night's last Online Paragon Night for the year....

https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2013-06-11.1755.M.FD48FEEE748AF7B6C8C9977754F2FB.vcr&sid=2009101


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

Q: What did the fish say when he hit the wall?


A: Dam!