Marshall Adult Education


January 6, 2005



1.  Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, January 9th.


2.  A  reminder that the Courthouse will be closed on January 16th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  There will be no classes at the Courthouse that day and the office will be closed.
3.  Starting  January 17th, we will  offer a Civics ESL Class.  This class is for higher level ESL students and will be funded through the Civics Grant.  We will be scheduling the class from 6:30/7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for 4 days per week.  The class will run for 22 weeks.  Kim Shaikoski will be teaching these classes.  Kim has worked with our program in the past and has her ESL licensure.


4.  The January, 2006 class schedule has been posted on the webpage.




5.  The next consortium staff meeting is January 14, 2006.  Marn Frank will be repeating her sessions on Learning to Read and Reading to Learn.  A description of her sessions and the  agenda can be found on the website - click on the link below..


6.  Thanks for the suggestions for the computer training sessions next week.  We will cover a variety of topics as well as spend some time working with the new on-line Reading Skills for Today's Adults.


7.  Staff Reviews:  I will begin setting up visits with each staff in the Marshall Region in December to do a Performance Self Review.  At this time we will also review the Student Level Change data for students you have served since May 1st.   Again I would encourage you to consider your student's  progress and post test them if you feel they can demonstrate a level change.  You can find the Performance Self Review with the link below.  You can fill the form out on-line or email it.  ~Pat


8.  Here is a list of computer classes offered within the Marshall ABE region.  A brochure is also available for download.




9.  MLC is seeking submissions for To Open Your Mind.  Read more here.

10.  The Reading Skills for Today's Adults on-line version is up and running.  Students can now go through the Reading Skills program on-line.  Check it out here.



11.  From Barry Shaffer:  Here are 2 excellent summaries of recent ABE-related congressional action.  The summaries cover the status of the WIA reauthorization, the 2006-07 ABE appropriation, and changes to the welfare system that impact ABE.


12.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2006 Celebration takes place on January 16.  Read more on the RCDC website.


13.  The MLC is offering a variety of computer classes over the next several months.  You can check them out here.  Boraden your horizons - take a class!


14.  Literacy Minnesota ABE News
On the Literacy Minnesota homepage, you'll find a link to the "2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy," as well as the following Fact Sheets: 
- Helping Adults Become Literate
- Adult Education and Family Literacy

Other Literacy Minnesota Links to check out;
-Literacy Minnesota Membership

-Literacy Minnesota Committees


-Events and Conferences

Here is their website


15.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here. 
16.  From the Trivia Department:   Google went public in 2004 offering their stock for $85 a share.  They are now trading on NASDAQ at $435.23.  How do they do it?  They are creative, innovative, smart, and just plain good.  Here's a "big list" of Google services and features.  Try them - you'll like them!
17.  Thought for the week:   Live a balanced life - learn some and think some, and draw and paint, and sing and dance, and play and work everyt day some.  ~Robert Fulghom

18.  TECH TIP:  The Start Menu – Part 3
If you use Windows XP, you can choose whether you want to use the “Classic Start Menu” or the new XP Start Menu.  This Tech Tip will show you how to customize the XP Start Menu. 

Right-Click in the Task Bar and click on Properties.  Now click on the Start Menu tab.  Click on the round button next to Start Menu.  Now click on Customize.


There are 2 tabs – General and Advanced.  Click on the Advanced tab.  Here is a rundown of the check boxes you may or may not want to check and my recommendations.  You don’t have to follow them – they are just my preferences.

  • Open submenus when I pause on them with my mouse – check it.
  • Highlight newly installed programs – I do not check this – I do not need new programs install to be highlighted.
  • In the Start Menu Items:
  • Control Panel – check only Display as menu
  • Enable dragging and dropping – Check it
  • Favorites menu - Check it if you want your internet favorites to show up in the Start Menu.
  • Help and Support - Check it if you want to have access to this.  It’s pretty worthless – I keep mine unchecked.
  • My Computer – check Display as menu
  • My Documents – check Display as menu
  • My Music – check Display as menu
  • My Network Places – You probably don’t need this one checked.
  • My Pictures – check Display as menu
  • Network Connections – check Display as Connect to menu (unless you don’t want this to show up at all).
  • Printers and Faxes – check it
  • Run Command – check it ( You may use it someday)
  • Scroll Programs – don’t check it
  • Search – Check it
  • Set Program Access and Defaults – don’t check it
  • System Administrative Tools – check Don’t display this item
  • List my most recently opened documents – check it.

REMEMBER – you can always go back and check or uncheck any items you change your mind about.


Now click on the General tab.

  • Choose whether you want Large Icons or Small Icons – I choose small icons
  • Choose the number of programs on Start Menu – I choose 30 – that’s the maximum.
  • Internet – check it and select Internet Explorer (if you use that one)
  • E-mail – check it and choose Outlook Express (or whatever email program you use.

That’s it!  REMEMBER – you can always go back and check or uncheck any items you change your mind about.  (Hmm – there’s an echo in here!)


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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