Marshall Adult Education


May 13, 2005
Hello Everyone,
These announcements are posted on the internet.  If you have trouble reading this email or cannot use the links, you may read them on the internet.

Here's the announcements:
1.  Direct Deposit Reminder -  Effective July 1, 2005 Marshall Public Schools will require all employees to be on direct deposit.  Payroll checks will not be issued after said date.  If you are not on direct deposit, contact Barb and we will get you the necessary forms.
2.  End of Year - Thank you to every one who had their Exit information to me on time.  I will be working over the week end and next week to enter the information and run reports.  If I do not have your information, I need it sooner than ASAP!
3.  GED Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th at MN West in Granite Falls.  We will be having 7 students from our ABE participating.  If you as an instructor involved with GED will be attending the graduation, please let me know.  There will be things that you might be assigned to do that evening.  You will be paid for the time spent at the ceremony (approximately 2 hours), mileage will be paid ONLY if you car pool.  Karla would like us to be in Granite by 6:45 to help with set up.  Thanks.  Barb
4.  As you know, Marshall ABE is replacing the computers in the computer lab.  The old computers are being offered for sale. 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.
6.  Summer Plans - Please be thinking about your plans for the summer - will you be conducting class as usual or will it be modified in some way?  Let the office know as we will be looking to make sure all classes offered are COST EFFECTIVE
7.  Consortium Staff Mtg - We are looking to hold our next consortium staff meeting on June 8th.  Right now plans are to do a day-long meeting at Shetek Lutheran Bible Camp - similar to the retreat day we held a couple of years ago. As of now we will be having Celeste Mazur and Diane Pecoraro visiting at this meeting.  More information will follow as details are firmed up.
8.  The new class schedule for Marshall has been post.  Click on the link below.
9.  We have posted 2 interesting briefs from Bella Hanson.  One is Retention and the GED and the other is How Should Adult ESL Reading Instruction Differ from ABE Reading Instruction.  Click on the link below.
10.  The Technology in Adult Literacy Conference is Friday, June 24.  It's a great conference - great topics, great people, great sessions.  Read about it - click on the link below.
11.  FYI From the Refugee State Coordinator, Gus Avenido:  Received message last night that Hmong arrivals should be picking up substantially towards the end of the fiscal year. The estimate is as follows: June - 1,500 arrivals
July - 2,000
August - 800 (not final)
September - ??  
12.  Cheryl McChesney has submitted an interesting excerpt for a book about the Scattergood Hostel.  Read the excerpt and see how this relates to refugees today.
13.  Workforce Wisdom. a quarterly newsletter published by the Marshall Job Service is posted on the link below.
14.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here.
15.  From the Trivia Department:  Take a trip quick around the country - visit the EarthCam MetroCams.  Here you will see live cams from over 30 major US cities. 
Ever been to the top of the Sears Tower - visit this live cam.
16.  Thought for the week:  Knowledge advances by steps, not by leaps.  - Thomas McCaulay


In the beginning, there were serif fonts….Then around the turn of the 20th century, the boom of the sans serif font began. 


OK – wait a minute – what is a serif font – what is a sans serif font – (Some may be saying, “What is a font”).


A font is a typeface – a specific style of type.  There are hundreds…thousands of different fonts.  


A serif font is a font with little cross-lines at the bottoms and tops of the letters – this BLUE text uses a serif font called Times New Roman.  Serif fonts have been around for hundreds of years.


A sans serif font has no little cross-lines – sans is the French word for without This email is being written in a sans serif font called Arial Sans Serif fonts came onto the scene around the beginning of the 20th century. 


So – when do you use serif fonts or sans serif fonts?  Here are some general rules.


Serif fonts are best for printed text.  Books almost always use serif fonts because it is easy font to see and read in print.  Sans serif fonts are best used for on-line.  The screen resolution of a monitor is not as good as the resolution of printed material and so the serifs often get blurred on the screen.


Here’s a few other tips. 

  • Use sans serif fonts in print for HEADLINES or Sub-Headlines
  • Limit your document to just a few different fonts.  Using too many gets confusing and looks gaudy.
  • If you are sending documents as attachments that use various fonts, be sure that the fonts you use are common fonts that all computers use (see below – Common Fonts).
  • If you do use a font that is not a standard font that most people would have, then you need to send the person the actual font so they can put it in there fonts folder and then see the document as you set it up.


Non-Proportional Fonts

There is another type of font that is used for special occasions.  It is called a non-proportional font.  Most fonts we use are proportional fonts.  In a non-proportional font, each letter takes up exactly the same amount of space.  That is, an “i” takes the same amount of space as an “m.”  Non-proportional fonts take up more space than proportional fonts.  Here is an example.


This line of text is written in a non-proportional font.

This line of text is written in a proportional font.


See what I mean?


Non-proportional fonts are best used when using numbers – notice how they line up very nicely.


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Proportional fonts are also great for ASCII Art – see this website to learn about ASCII Art - it’s cool!


(OK – back to my favorite font - Arial.)


COMMON FONTS – some of these fonts are Windows only and some of these are Mac only


Here are very common sans-serif fonts.

  • Arial
  • Geneva
  • Helvetica  
  • Lucida Sans
  • Trebuchet
  • Verdana


Here are very common serif fonts.

  • Garamond
  • Georgia
  • New York  
  • Times  
  • Times New Roman


Here are very common non-proportional fonts.

  • Courier
  • Courier New
  • Lucida Console
  • Monaco


Where can I get more fonts?

There are tons of places on the web to get fonts.  Here’s a great place.  This website has lots of fonts that you can view and then download – most of the fonts are FREE.


Also - want the Smiley Face Font - You can download it here – free:,fid,8390,00.asp


Learn how to manage your fonts – read this Tech Tip.



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