Marshall Adult Education


March 31, 2006



1.  Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, April 3rd.
2. Wish Lists -- In reviewing the budget, we find that we are able to buy a limited amount of instructional materials for next year.  If there is anything you need, please ask Barb for a Wish List Form.  You will be asked to describe how the materials will help/benefit your class and consortium.  The wish lists will need to be returned by May 1st.
3.  Summer Plans - As we begin to plan ABE programming for the summer, we will need to take into consideration each instructor's Summer Plans.  Please let Barb or Pat know your plans for June/July/August in regards to whether or not you will be offering class and/or taking time off for vacation etc.  This should be to the office by May 1st.  Thanks.
4.  Class Schedule:  Effective Monday, April 3rd, there will be a couple of changes in the class schedule for Marshall.  This is to give you a "heads up" on these changes.  Please inform your students of such if you think they will be affected.
     (1)  The ESL class offered at the courthouse from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m and taught by Kim Shaikoski is being cancelled.
     (2)  The ESL class offered at the courthouse from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. and taught by Vickie Radloff will have a time change.  This class will now run from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
     (3)  A Reading/Writing Class for pre-ged students will be offered at the courthouse from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., M,T,W, & Th.  This will be a trial class for 2 months with a target of having 5 students in attendance.  Paulette Hanson will be teaching this class.  Please encourage any students you feel may benefit from this class to attend.
The new schedule has been posted on the web site:
5.  March student contact hours/intakes/CASAS results are due in the office by Monday, April 3rd.  The sooner the better:)
6.  CASAS testing for Level Changes - Be sure that you are testing students for Level Changes prior to the end of this programming year which is April 30th.  Once I have the March data entered, I will again send out a list of your active students so you can determine who has or has not made a level change.


7.  For those interested in attending the Spring Regional (Saturday, April 29th):  The staff is to do their own registration and request reimbursement following attendance.  It is requested too that they inform Barb that they are planning to attend.  The agenda and registration form can be found at
8.  The GED Graduation date has been set for May 23 at 7:30 PM.  The graduation ceremony is at MN West campus in Granite Falls.  Check out this page as details become available.
9.  Here is a link to legislative updates from Literacy Minnesota.


10.  The ABE Statewide Summer Institute will be held at St. John's University Campus in Collegeville, August 2-4, 2006.  More details have been posted.  All within the Marshall Region are asked to run their ideas for presentation through Pat first.   Also if you have an interest in attending this conference, please let Barb or Pat know by May 1st.   This does not commit you to attend but would give us an idea of how many would be interested in attending.  Click on the link below to read more and to download a Call For Presentations form.
11.  From Pat:  We have posted the information I provided on March 16th when I testified in front of the Senate Committee hearing our bill to increase ABE revenue.   The committee did pass a recommendation following testimony to include this request in a letter to the Finance Committee.   There is also testimony from two ESL students who spoke.

12.  From the Trivia Department:   Check an airline flight and follow it live.  Here is a site that will show you the progress "live" of a domestic flight.  Just type in the flight number. If you don't have a specific flight number to checkl out, click on Sample Flight - then click on Launch Live.

13.  Thought for the week:  I'm always ready to learn,  but I do not always like being taught.  ~Winston Churchill


14.  Tech Tip:  Spam – Why Do I Get It?
I love Spam!  I grew up on it.  Fry it up in a skillet – put it between 2 pieces of Chicago rye bread  - mmm.  Hey - I’m not talking about that kind of SPAM! 

I’m talking about the spam that arrives in your Inbox every time you check your email.  That kind of spam isn’t so inviting! 

Can you do anything about it?


Yes – there are some things you can do about it.  But first. here is a short list why you get spam in the first place.

  • Your email address is placed on web pages
  • You join news groups, online forums, or sign up for free items on the internet
  • You visit chat rooms sometimes called IRC (Internet Rely Chat)
  • Your company stationery, business cards or brochures have your email address on them.
  • Your email is listed in internet yellow Pages (or white pages).
  • You give your email address out to your friends.
Well, I guess it’s time to disconnect your computer and crawl into a dark cave.  Wait – don’t do it yet!  Some suggestions are coming up how to cut down on receiving spam. 


First, how do spammers get your email address?  Well, the list is huge – But I will give some of the top ways spammers work.


  • Spammers have programs that “spider” through web pages looking for email addresses.  They look at the source code of a webpage seeking out the mailto: HTML tag.  If your address is on a web page, it may be found be a spider.
  • When you fill out a form and put in your email address - or you sign a guestbook, you are putting you address out for spammers to pick it up.   Some companies actually sell their lists or some lists are published on the internet.
  • Posting to UseNet with your email address.  UseNet is an Internet-based bulletin board that allows reading and posting of "news" in various "newsgroups." There are thousands of newsgroups covering a myriad of topics.
  • From joining mailing lists.  Spammers try to get entire mailing lists of subscribers from servers.  Believe it or not, some mail servers will give them out when they receive a request. 
  • There are people finder sites (white pages and yellow pages) that now have email directories.  Sometimes your email address gets registered in these.  For example - HotMail will add E-mail addresses to BigFoot by default, making new addresses available to the public.
  • Some companies sell their email list of addresses to make extra money.


Well, there’s even more, but these are the main ways that spammers get email addresses.


So, how do you solve the Spam email problem?

1.  The first answer is simple:  Do not give your email address out over the internet to anyone.  If you do, you are at risk of starting to receive spam.  


2.  Use a separate email address for registering at web sites that require an email address.  I have a Hotmail account, a Yahoo account, a Gmail account, and several other accounts that I use when I go to a site that requires putting in an email address. 

Here’s a list of the top 10 free email services.


3.  Use spam filters.  There are some good free ones and some good commercial ones.  Here is one of the best free ones.


4.  Use disposal email address services.  Read more about that here.

The top 10 disposal email address services are here.


5.  Use Spam filtering tools.  Here is more information about different services.  There are a lot of options here.


6.  Got a Mac?  Here are Mac spam fighting tools.


Most internet service providers provide a spam filtering service for their customers.  Some ISPs are better than others.  If you aren’t satisfied with the filtering your ISP provides, it may be time to switch providers.


Next week, we will learn how to set your own filters in Outlook and Outlook express.


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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