Marshall Adult Education


April 21, 2006


These announcements are posted on the internet.  If you do not receive them or cannot open the links, go to the website and read the announcements on-line.



1.  Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, May 1st.


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.  April Student Attendance/Intakes/CASAS scores are due to the office by May 1st.  It is important that I receive the April data ASAP due to the fact that all reports have to be compiled.  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.  You should have received a list of your active students so you can determine who has or has not made a level change.
5.  LDA is scheduling assessments on students in ABE on April 27 and 28th (also April 29th is needed) here in Marshall  Do you have any students needing this testing?  Could they come to Marshall during this time?  Please let me know asap so I can get back to LDA.  Thanks! ~Pat
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.  You should have received 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 Scope and Sequence has a revision posted on the ABE web site.  The Beginning ESL has been divided into two levels - Low Beginning ESL and High Beginning ESL.  You can check out these revisions on the Scope and Sequence page.


9.  Learning Disabilities Association of Minnesota is pleased to announce upcoming ADHD workshops and support groups for spring and summer 2006.  These workshops and support groups are designed to help parents of children with ADHD, teens and adults with ADHD, spouses and partners, family and friends, and professionals working with people with ADHD.  Please open the PDF attachment for the ADHD Support Services flyer to view all our upcoming programs.

10.  The Minnesota Department of Education invites you to attend the 2006 ESL, Bilingual, and Migrant Education Conference on May 4-5 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.  The conference offers opportunities to learn with and from English language teaching professionals and community members who work with English language Learners in pre-kindergarten through adult programs.
Online registration is March 1 - April 21. Additional information about the conference is available at
11.  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.
12.  The new Financial Empowerment web site is on line.  It has resources for consumers, links for agencies, curriculum resources, and contact information.  You can access the web site from the Marshall ABE home page or use the link below.  Check it out.
13.  There will be an informational meeting to assess interest/organize an international cooking club in Marshall.  The idea is for the club to meet periodically and to have members take turns teaching the others how to cook something from their own heritage (whether that's macaroni&cheese or sushi).
     When: 7:00pm, April 27th (Thursday)
     Where: Adult Community Center (formerly Sr. Center-downtown Marshall)
If you're interested, but unable to attend please send me an email and I'll keep you on this list.  This will be a short and informal meeting. 
14.  A Legislative Alert from Minnesota Literacyt has been posted.  Check it out here:

15.  2006 Technology in Adult Literacy Conference:  The Minnesota Literacy Council and the Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning invite you to attend the 2006 all day conference on technology use in the field of Adult Basic Education on June 23 at the Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning in St. Paul.  This is an opportunity for ABE program managers, teachers and volunteer tutors to learn from other educators how Literacy and ESL programs are effectively using educational technology. You can read more and register on-line using the link below.

16  The Marshall Chamber has a new Legislative Update which is posted on out web site.  Read it here.


17.  A presentation about Hmong Culture, History, and Health Care Beliefs will be presented on June 28th from 1 Pm to 4 PM.  This workshop called Understanding and Working with the Hmong of Southwest Minnesota  is open to teachers, health care workers and social workers.  You can read more and download a registration form here.
18.  From the Trivia Department:   What's your home worth?  Get Instant home valuations and data for over 65 millions homes in the US at  The bad news is that it is a Beta site - it is just getting started, and they don't have house for most small rural areas in their data base yet.  But check out the home valuations in larger metro areas.

19.  Thought for the week:  Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~ George Bernard Shaw


20.  Tech Tip:  Microsoft Office Templates


Microsoft Word has some great templates that can help you get started on just about any kind of project.  Letters, memos, calendars, greeting cards, directories, brochures, reports, publications, resumes, are just some of the templates built into Word. 


To access these templates, just click on the File menu and then click on New.  Now depending on which version of Word you are using, you will get a window which gives you lists of different templates available on your computer. 


Word 2002 and 2003 uses the pane system.  That is, you will see a pane open on the right side of the screen and you will see TemplatesOn My Computer.  Check out the many different templates that are available.


Uh, Oh… you don’t see a template you are looking for?  Then you can click on Templates on Office Online.  You will hop out to the web and find many more templates at the Microsoft Office Online website.  The templates are organized in categories such as, Education, Healthcare and Wellness, Business and Legal, Holidays and Occasions, and several others.


When you download a template, it is opened in Word (or whatever other application it was designed for) and then all you have to do is fill in the information you want.  The templates can be customized in any way that you want.


There are also templates for other Office applications, such as Publisher and Excel.  All the templates work in the later versions of Office but many also work in earlier versions, such as Word 97.  It tells you what version is require for each template.


You will find a link to Microsoft Office Online in the Word templates window or you can use this link:


While you’re at this website, check out the Template Tricks and Tips and the Taming Templates links. Try a new project with an Office template.



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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