Marshall Adult Education


November 18, 2005

1.  Thanksgiving Break - The ABE office will be closed on Thursday & Friday, November 24/25, for Thanksgiving Break.  -- The Courthouse will also close at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23rd.  There will be no evening classes.  Hope you all have an enjoyable holiday. 
Looking ahead to Christmas Break, the office will be closed on Monday, December 26th.  There will be No classes on December 23rd or 26th.  Teachers may use their discretion whether or not to hold classes during the rest of the week.  Please advise the office if you will or will not be having class.
2. Sunrise Apt Keys -- We almost have the apartment cleaned out.  Anyone who has a key(s) for the Sunrise Apartment should turn them in to Barb ASAP.


3.  Student Level Change update:  Our current statistics indicate that we have 137 participants in our program for this programming year.  (Participants are students that have attended at least 12 hours of class.)  
* Of these individuals 9% have shown a level change......
* Of the 22 individuals receiving both a pretest and post test the level change is at 59%................
Please review your class lists and if you see that an individual has been in your class for 45 hours OR you think they may be leaving our program OR you believe that they would show a level change.....Please post test them!
If you need additional resources in the form of extra staff or time to do this.........let me know....we will make those resources available!   Thanks, Pat
4.  CASAS Scores - If you have any CASAS information that has not been reported, please send it in NOW.  As you see by Pat's update, we are way below the required percent for level changes.
5.  First Quarter Exits - If you need to exit students from your class, you should have received the information.  Please make sure that I have the exit forms returned by November 28th.  Thanks.
6.  Tentative Date for the next consortium staff meeting:  January 14, 2006


7.  The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) Annual Meeting is Thursday, December 1, 2005 at Eagan, MN.  The featured speaker is Coleen Rowley.  She has 20+ years of service in the FBI
I and she testified on pre 9-1-1 lapses in the intelligence community. To register, go to the following website:


8.  On Friday, October 9 in Redwood Falls, there is a volunteer training and networking event sponsored by the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administrators (MAVA).  Click on the link below to read the details about this session.
9.  We have received 2 communications from Barry Shaffer regarding the future of state sponsored professional development.  Click on the link below.
10.  From Barry Shaffer - a team of people from the federal ABE office along with the state director from Wisconsin will be coming to Minnesota on November 28th through December 1st to review our Adult Basic Education program.  Read more at the link below.



11.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here.
12.  From the Trivia Department:  Winter is upon us and knowing road conditions is a must if you will be traveling.  You can dial 511 and get the latest road conditions from the Minnesota Department of Transportation or you can go to their redesigned website and see road condtions on an interactive map of Minnesota.  Click anywhere on the map to get the latest driving conditions.  Use the link below.



13.  Thought for the week:  This quote is attributed to Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899. "Everything that can be invented has been invented."



14.  TECH TIP:  Properties Of A Document

What are properties?  We’re not talking the little cards that you try to collect when you are playing MonopolyPark Place, Broadway, Marvin Gardens, Reading Railroad – not those properties!


We’re talking the properties of a file or a folder, or an application (program) or a shortcut.  Or the properties of your hard drive (C).  Or the properties of your Task Bar and Start Menu.  Or the properties of your display. 


Well, as you can see there are properties for practically everything.  How do you get to these properties?  You get to properties by using the right-click button.  If you right-click on any icon in your computer, you will see one of the options in the pop-up menu called Properties.  If you right-click anywhere on the desktop (not on an icon) you will see Properties – these are the Display Properties.  If you right click on the Start Menu, you can get to the Start Menu and Task Bar Properties.  If you right-click on the My Computer icon, you can get to the System Properties.


Properties contains information about the item you just right-clicked on.  For example, if you right click on an icon of a Word file, you will notice 3 tabs at the top – General, Custom, and Summary. 


Here some cool things you can do with these properties.

In the General Tab

  • You can see what the size of your file is
  • You can make the file Read-only so that it cannot be written over.  This is great if you don’t ever want to lose the contents of a file. 
  • You can hide a file – make it no longer visible.  This is nice if you have confidential files that you don’t want others to see.  Note:  To get the file to show after its been hidden, you will need to “Show Hidden Files.”  Open My Computer, Click on the Tools menu, click on Folder Options, click on the View tab, then click on “Show hidden files and folders.”
  • You can change which program (application) the file opens with.  A Word file will only open with Microsoft Word.  But a graphics file – like a jpg file – can open with any number of graphic programs.
  • You can see the date the file was created, modified, and accessed.

In the Summary tab

  • You can add information in the boxes – notes and comments about the file.
  • If you click on the Advanced button, you will get a complete description of the file including the number of pages, words, and characters and a host of other information

OK – so that’s the properties of a document or file.  Next week, some cool things to do with the properties of a program or application.



Marshall ABE Links


Southwest ABE - home page for Granite Falls, Jackson, Marshall, and Worthington consortiums.


Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational


Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.


Reading Skills for Today's Adults - new stories posted regularly


Announcements - Weekly announcements are posted here each week on Friday.

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