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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
March 25, 2005

1.  Payroll - Time sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, March 28th. 
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2.  March Attendance/Intakes/Casas - I would like this info on Friday, April 1st, (no fooling!)  But I definitely need it by Monday, April 4th as I need to have a report to WorkForce by the 5th.
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3.  End of Year - As we approach the end of our student contact hours year (April 30th), please be sure to keep in mind that you should do as much post testing as possible.  For accountability purposes, we must indicate whether or not a student has achieved a level change during the year.  Thanks.  Barb
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3.  GED Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th at MN West in Granite Falls.  Anyone who has earned his/her GED since May 2004 through April 2005 is eligible to participate.  I will be sending out information to Marshall GED Test Center graduates.  If you have students that have earned their GED at a different test site, and you would like them to receive the information, please let me know their names and addresses.  Barb
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4.  For Marshall staff:  Revising the Marshall class schedule:  I spoke today with Human Resource personnel from Turkey Valley today (3-25).  They said they will have to me by April 1st numbers of their employees that wish to participate in our classes and the times that are most convenient for them to attend.  I have also asked for language used on site at Turkey Valley that would help these employees be most effective in their workplace.   I would like to see all Marshall staff meet now on Wednesday, April 6th at 3pm here in the office to consider this new information and how our program can "retool" itself to meet this need.   Please let me know if this time is "doable". Thank you.  Pat
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5.  Marshall ABE is replacing the computers in the computer lab.  The old computers are being offered for sale to staff members (first).  The price is $250.  The specifications of these computers is as follows:
Pentium 3 running at 1Ghz, 128 MB Ram, 20 GB hard drives, CD ROM, 3 1/2 floppy drive, and includes 16"CRT monitor, keyboard, and mouse.  If you are interested, please contact Barb.
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6.  Information and registration forms on Spring Regional In-services co-sponsored by the Literacy Training Network and the Minnesota Department of Education is available at the link below.  The date for the Southwest Regional is Saturday, April 16 and it will be held at Jackpot Junction. 
http://ltn.themlc.org/index.asp?SEC={5B2D5268-667E-4198-953C-13BB2FB4ADF0}&Type=B_EV
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7.  Visit the RCDC (Rural Cultural Diversity Coalition) to find out about activities and news in our area.  Some new items have been posted.
http://swmnrcdc.org/
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8.  There is a new legislative update on funding for literacy.  Check it out here
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9.  The MLC is once again asking for proposals for a Curriculum Development Mini Grant.  You may read the guidelines for this grant by clicking on the link below. 
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/mlc_minigrant.htm
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10.  The Ronald M. Hubbs Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to adult learners who are preparing to enroll in a degree granting post-secondary education program.  You can download a Scholarship Application Packet with information from here (in Acrobat Reader format - pdf).
http://saintpaulfoundation.org/downloads/
Click on the Minnesota Adult Literacy and Hubbs Scholarship Application (PDF) link  (about halfway down the page).
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11.  There is a volunteer workshop sponsored by MN Assn for Volunteer Administrators (MAVA).  The workshop is free.  Read about it here.
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12.  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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13.  From the Trivia Department:  Do you like Hip Hop?  (Do you know what it is?)  Here's a groovy little Hip Hop Easter greeting.  Be sure your sound is on.  (Thanks to Barb!)
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14.  Thought for the week:   What constitutes the teacher is the passion to make scholars.  George Herbert Palmer
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15.  TECH TIP:  Searching?  - Where to look

Do you need some information but don’t know where to look?  Here are some great websites that I have used?
 
Find something fast http://google.com  -   Google is the #1 general information search engine – great for most searches.
 
Narrow your search - http://soople.com  -  If you haven’t check out Google’s first cousin, Soople, try it!  You can narrow down searches – search for a specific item in variety of ways.  Very Cool - my favorite!
 
Use a directory to do a topic searchhttp://dir.yahoo.com/  -  Yahoo is a directory – different than a  search engine like Google or Alta Vista.  Click on this link to read about how directories work.
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/techtips/techtip36.htm
 
Have a specific question to ask - http://www.ask.com/  -  They are getting better and better (they currently rank 5th in the search engine market share).
 
Loop up a spelling or use a Thesaurus - http://m-w.com/  -  The Merriam Webster dictionary is quick and easy.
 
Search general-interest subjects - http://home.about.com/index.htm  -  Browse the various subjects or search for one.
 
Biographies - http://www.infoplease.com/people.html   - over 30,000 biographies here
 
Need Government information - http://firstgov.gov/   -   the US government’s official website.
 
Want a quick summary of the day's news - http://www1.cs.columbia.edu/nlp/newsblaster/index.html   -  maintained by Columbia University – great site!
 
Want more complete news - http://dailynews.yahoo.com/   and   http://news.google.com/

Want local news - http://www.topix.net/    -   Just type in a zip code and read the latest local news.
 
Like to read Op/Eds (opinions/editorials)  -  http://www.headlinespot.com/opinion/oped/    -  from all over the country
 
Need an encyclopedia, try  -  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page   -  about a half a millions articles.
 
Here’s an on-line library  -  http://www.alllearn.org/er/    -  Universities of Oxford, Stanford and Yale
 
Search for classroom clipart  -  http://classroomclipart.com/    -   over 36,000 images
 
Find royalty-free clipart  -  http://creativecommons.org/find/    -   don’t have to worry about copyrights here.
 
Search for a sound  -  http://www.findsounds.com/    -  sound effects, musical instruments, and more
 
Search for shareware software  -  http://www.shareware.com/    -   it’s all free or cheap
 
Find a radio station – anywhere in the world  -  http://www.publicradiofan.com/    -  hundreds of stations to choose from.
 
Need a map  -  http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine/    -  find maps and more here.
 
Need driving directions and a map  -  http://www.mapquest.com/    or http://maps.yahoo.com/   -  I like the Yahoo site best.
 
Search for a quote  -  http://www.quotationspage.com/search.php3   -  find out who said it.
 
Ask an expert a question  -  http://www.allexperts.com/index.htm   -  it’s free!
 
Ask a librarian a question  -   http://www.247ref.org/portal/access2.cfm?lib=Public    -  librarians are experts on everything, aren’t they?
 
Search engine for kids  -  http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/    -  safe for kids.
 
And last – in case you’re wondering, here are the stats on Search engine traffic:   Google: 35%, Yahoo: 28%, AOL: 16%, MSN: 15%, Ask Jeeves 3%  (Source: SearchEngineWatch.com)
 
That's it for this week.  Have a happy Easter!
 
Charles
 
 




 

 

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