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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
January 28, 2005

 

1.  Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, January 31st.
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2.  Student Attendance and CASAS results for the month of January are due by Wednesday, February 2nd.  Once I have all the January information entered, I will be sending you class information on which you can base this quarters exits.  Exit information will be due in the office no later than February 2nd.
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3.  CASAS - From entering attendance hours, it appears that many students are ready for post-testing.  Be sure this is being done in a timely manner.  Also, if you think a student may be leaving, be sure to post-test.
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4.  Black History month - The office has a quantity of Black History month posters sent out by Target.  If anyone thinks they may want some, please let the office know.
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5.  Office - The office will be closed will be closed Friday afternoon, January 28th - Pat is out of the office at a meeting in St. Cloud; Barb is attending a DHS meeting in St. Paul.
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6.  Read the Marshall Independent article "Adult Basic Education changing with the Times" reprinted here.
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/News_article_1-28-05.htm
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7.  The Granny troops are being called in!   I believe I will be flying out Sunday, January 30th and probably not returning until Friday, February 11th or so.   Really quite unsure of the end date but I think my quite pregnant daughter got the ticket with my flying out this Sunday.   I will be checking my E-mail when I am out there plus Barb has my phone number there if you need to get in contact with me.   Thanks, Pat
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8.  MN Dept of Ed Grant helps create health literacy materials.   With a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education supervised by the Minnesota Literacy Council, Charles LaRue has created online and hard copy introductions and exercises to teach basic health literacy in English and 3 immigrant languages. Technology which including streaming audio in Arabic, Hmong and Somali make this health information accessible to very low level learners and the additional printed copies and on-line and printed exercises all reinforce the basic survival information being taught.
This project includes a total of 16 multimedia presentations, 8 online quizzes and 24 pdf documents.  There are 4 kinds of multimedia presentations:  (1) Prescription labels, (2) OTC Labels, (3) Special Warning Labels, (4) Side Effects.  Each presentation is available in 4 languages; English, Arabic, Hmong and Somali.

There are 8 online html quizzes which review this information.  There are pdf versions of the four Presentations in the same four languages, and there are 8 pdf versions of the quizzes.

All of this information as well as an answer key are available online at
http://www.mcedservices.com/online.html  
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9.  Attached is the latest edition of WorkForce Wisdom -  a quarterly newsletter for Marshall area employers published by the Marshall Job Service Office - MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), a partner in the MN WorkForce Center System.  This is an Acrobat Reader (pdf) document.
Denise Myhrberg, Business Services Specialist, Department of Employment & Economic Development
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/pdf/Jan_2005_Marsh.pdf
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10.  A workshop about Advancing the Civil and Human rights of People with Disabilities and People from Diverse Cultures will take place on March 3, 2005.  You can read the brochure about the workshop here. This is an Acrobat Reader (pdf) document.
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/pdf/March_3_Workshop.pdf
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11. The latest Legislative Update from Marty Seifert is on-line here:
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/legislative_update_1-28.htm
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12. Help with taxes:  I encourage you to contact Barbara Shaw in our community.  Barb is Southwest Tax Site Director at 507-350-9228 or
Barbara.Shaw@schwans.com.  She is in her second year of taking on this seasonal project (in addition to her position at Schwans).  She is helping to set up and recruit volunteers for the free income tax assistance sites here in Marshall that help people file for the Earned Income Tax Credit and Working Family Tax credits.  Barb can let you know tax site location and schedule.  I believe she also has a desk at Western Community Action from which she coordinates this project. Let me know if you are unable to connect with her, and we can do some further investigating of where the sites are happening this year (Wesley Methodist Church, I am relatively sure, in one site).  -Pat
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13. FYI - Turkey Valley Farms Information  Turkey Valley Farms is expecting to start interviewing in 2-3 weeks (they anticipate that the interviews will take place at TVF))   Continue the current application process -  do not send people to the plant to apply (WFC collects completed applications to give to TVF)

*If someone has applied and their address or phone # has changed, they do not need to complete a new application; all they have to do is write a note with their name, date & ss# and what should be changed on their application and leave the note with WFC and we will get the correction to TVF)
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14. The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here. 
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/job_listings.htm
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15. From the Trivia Department
Check out this website and see if you can figure out how Andy does this (it is a trick!).
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/mindread/psychicSparkle.swf
Can't figure it out?  OK - click here!
http://adrian.ziemkowski.com/livejournal/psychic_numbers.php
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16. Thought for the Week:  People learn best when they're light of spirit and open to the world around them.  As a teacher, you set that tone.  Keep something personal in your classroom to lighten your heart and brighten your smile.  You personal "souvenir" can be as small as a photo, postcard, or paperweight or as large as a special chair, But whatever it is, make sure it lifts your spirits enough to help you lighten those of your students.  From the book Feng Shui for the classroom
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17. TECH TIP:  Control Your Junk EMail 

Are you getting more junk email than personal email?  (Did I hear someone say, “But I love my junk mail.”)

 

More and more sites are requiring you to register your name and email address when you visit their site.  For example, if you visit the Minneapolis Star Tribune (http://www.startribune.com/) and begin surfing their site, you will soon realize that you have to register to access most areas.  It is free but it requires your name and email address.  Same with the New York Times (http://nytimes.com/) and many other news organizations.  Here’s a website that lists ESL sites that require registration:  http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Websites_Requiring_Registration/

The warning at the top of this page says, “Warning!  Giving your email address may mean that you will receive junk mail.”  They may be good sites, but beware – DON’T give out your personal email address to NO websites!  (Double negative used for emphasis!)

 

Well, there are some easy ways to cut down on junk mail.  Let’s review some of these.

 

A very simple way to cut down on junk mail is to open another email account and every time you visit a website that requires you to give your email address, use this address. Then if you get on junk mail lists, the junk email will go to your “non-personal” account. 

 

If you are using Outlook Express to check your mail (a POP3 email account), your internet service provider (ISP) will give you as many as 5, 6, or even 7 additional FREE email addresses.  Just call them up and ask them for another email address (or 2 or 3).  Use those addresses for the times when you need to provide an email address to register or get services from a website.

 

You can also get free email accounts at sites like Hotmail and Yahoo which you can use as non-personal accounts.  I have a couple of these, plus a couple POP 3 accounts to handle all the sites I visit that require a registration.  I once ordered a pizza on-line from Pizza Hut.  I was required to give my name and email address.  I am now bombarded with emails for special offers from Pizza Hut.  Lucky I used a Hotmail account when I placed my order.

 

If you are already getting junk mail and you want to cut down on it, you can use the filter system in your email program.  If your account is a Hotmail or Yahoo, they have built in filtering which you can activate.  If you use an email program like Outlook Express or Eudora, you can customized the junk mail filters to filter by certain words, or specific email addresses.  In Outlook Express, go to Tools->Message Rules-> Mail and set up the filters using the criteria you select.

 

One last thing – if you are getting junk mail from sites, there is sometimes a link at the bottom of the email telling you if you want to stop receiving these emails to click on this link. Be careful – the unscrupulous ones not only do not take you off the list, but pass your name on to others to be added to their lists.  Instead – just use filters to dispose of these emails.

 

Here’s a site that is dedicated to bypassing compulsory web registration sites:

http://www.bugmenot.com/

 

Have a Spam Free Week (unless it's the kind you eat)!

 


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