Marshall Adult Education


April 7, 2006


Hello Everyone,


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. 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.

2.  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.
3.  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.
4.  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.
5.  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

6.  Literacy Minnesota and the Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) are forging new ground in their efforts to promote and support ABE programming across the state.  Check out their website and learn the latest of what is going on in ABE. 
Included at their website is information on the ABE Statewide Summer Institute (August 2-4), ABE News, and ABE Events and Conferences.  Their website address is:
7.  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

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.  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.
10.  Northwest Lincs has a great resource site with Classroom guides, lesson plans, and other materials for adult education.  Check out their website here:
For some good lessons in computer education, check out this page:
11.  The Marshall Area Chamber has a new Legislative Update.  You may read it here.
12.  From the Trivia Department:   Your resource for consumer information from the federal government

13.  Thought for the week:  "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if your were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi


14.  Tech Tip:  Outlook Express Filters

There are a couple of different ways to set up filters in Outlook Express.  You can block a sender or you can block emails based on the text in the header section or the body of the email.


Let’s start with the block sender.  This is easily set up.  When you receive an email from someone, you can elect to have that email put into your Deleted Items folder.  Here’s the steps.

  1. Click on the email once (while it is in you Inbox). 
  2. Click on Message in the menu bar. 
  3. Click on Block Sender
  4. You will get a message telling you that future messages will be blocked and a question asking you if you want remove the message from the current folder.  If you answer “Yes,” the message is sent to the Deleted Items folder.

That’s all there is to this one.  This is a great way to block messages that you may receive regularly from senders that somehow have gotten your email address.  This method won’t help you with most spammers because most spammers use a different email address every time they send out a new junk mail. 


Some senders I have blocked are Pizza Hut (I once ordered a Pizza on-line, Papa John’s Pizza (they must have gotten my address from Pizza Hut), Enterprise Rent-a-Car (I once rented a car from them), Amazon-com, Inexpensive Domains ( I no longer use them), I-Tunes, and a host of others.  When I check my email, I always check my Deleted Items box.  I can check to see if there are any deals I might be missing, but at least I don’t have to delete them – they are already in my Delete folder.


The second way to block email is a little more involved.  It requires that you use some text to block the email and send it to the Deleted Items folder or to any other folder you would like.  I get a lot of emails with the words “Stock Quote.”  So I used these words to block future emails.  Here’s the steps.

  1. Open the email that you want to block.
  2. Click on Message in the menu bar and click on Create Rule from Message.
  3. Now you need to “Select the Conditions for your rule” (the top box).  There are 12 check boxes to choose from.  Let’s click on the checkbox next to “Where the message body contains specific words.”
  4. Before you leave this box, you need to uncheck the box next to “Where the from line contains people.”
  5. In the 2nd box, “Select the Actions for your rule,” click on the box “Delete it.”
  6. In the 3rd box, “Rule Description,” click on the underlined link “contains specific words.”
  7. Type in the words Stock Quote
  8. Click Add and click OK.

That’s it, the filter is set.  Every email that comes to you with the words Stock Quote will be filtered and sent to the Deleted Items folder.


Some things to notice. 

  • You can choose more than one criteria for a single email (in the top box).  You can
  • You can also choose more than one action for a criteria. 
  • You can add more than one specific word(s) or phrase(s) to your action.

I have over 30 rules with dozens of words to help filter my emails.  As I get new emails which escape my filters, I add those to the list. 


Some cautions:  Some spammers misspell words on purpose to escape the filters.  For example, they may spell stock like this: st@ck.  Tricky!  No, not so tricky, I add some of these common misspellings to my filters.


Other spammers don’t send text as text – they send text as jpeg pictures.  For example, the words Stock Quote are placed in the email as a picture which escapes the filter.  Well, they have me on that one.  The filtering system will never catch 100% of all spam emails – but you can get close and greatly cut down on the number of spams that reach your inbox.


One more hint – empty your Deleted Items frequently so that you can look in it and check out your filtered emails.  Happy Filtering!

Do you want to delve into some 3rd party spam filtering programs?  Here are 3 good ones - they are all FREE.






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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