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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
May 19, 2006

 

MARSHALL ABE

 

1. The next Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Tuesday, May 30th.  (Monday, May 29th is a holiday - the office will be closed)

A HEAD'S UP ON PAY DATES:  BEGINNING JULY 1ST, PAY DATES WILL BE THE 1ST AND 15TH OF EACH MONTH.  I WILL GET MORE INFO OUT TO YOU AS THE TIME GETS CLOSER.

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2.  May 26th paycheck - On your May 26th paycheck, you may see a bit of an increase in your pay rate amount.  We were given the approval to increase pay rates by 25 cents per hour for all staff not paid under a grant/special project.  (This rate increase does not affect hours worked under the Civics Grant, DHS Grant, Lower Sioux project or Schwan's project. Sorry to those of you who will not see the increase.)  This increase is effective for hours worked since September 1, 2005.  Retro amounts are being processed, but I am not certain when you will receive your retro check.
 
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3.  Year End Student Exits - Packets have been sent to all teachers who need to do Year End Student Exits.  These should be returned ASAP, but no later than May 15th. I am still waiting to see a few of these packets. Thanks for all you work on these year end data projects.  Barb.
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4.  GED Graduation is set for Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Granite Falls Campus of MN West CTC.  To date, we have four graduates who will be attending - Bethany Barron (Ruthton), Kristina Bloome (Marshall), Ryan Esping (Minneota) and Sandra Larsen-Matray (Redwood Falls).  If you have worked with any of these students, it would be great if you could attend and present the certificate to them.  If you are planning to attend, please try to be in Granite by 7:00 p.m.  I'm sure we will find some sort of job for you to do.  Thanks. Barb
 
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5.  WCCO and Connect With Kids Network (CWK) will air half-hour special on issues which affect boys on Saturday, June 3rd at 10:30am.  Check out the details of the program "The Trouble With Boys" at the link below.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/connect.htm
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6.  Math and Reading Help for Kids is a new web site added to our Resources (links) page.  It is an excellent site for parents, students and teachers who want activites, articles, and many other resources to help parents and students make informed decisions about school related issues.

http://math-and-reading-help-for-kids.org/index.html

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7.  From Barry Shaffer:You are cordially invited to a Retirement for Diane Pecoraro.  Read more details here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/retirement.htm

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8.  Bella Hanson has submitted 10 rew research briefs all relating to Beginning Level ESL.  Download the briefs at this link.
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/research_briefs.htm

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9.  Bremer is offering a free workshop specifically for nonprofits and community organizations on health savings accounts.  Read more about this workshop here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/bremer_health.htm

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10.  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 and send me any feedback you might have.
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11.  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.
http://www.themlc.org/techconference
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12.  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.
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13.  Missed an article or announcement?  Check out the Archives page located at the bottom of the Staff Announcements page.
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14.  From the Trivia Department:  .  Check out this site for teachers.  There are hundreds of resources and this site.
http://www.sitesforteachers.com/
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15.  Thought for the week:  A teacher's major contribution may pop out anonymously in the life of some ex-students grandchild.  ~Wendell Berry

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16.  Tech Tip:  Send a Free Fax from your computer. 

Ever messed with the Fax Software that comes pre-installed on your computer.  It usually takes a several hours to set it up and learn how to get it to work.  And then it still might not work.   Now you can send a fax of a file on your computer to any fax machine in the US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada for free.  It’s quick and easy.  There is nothing to learn.

 

There are several websites that allow you to do this – but, beware.  Most say they are free but require you to put in a credit card number for a “free trial account.”  There is a site that is really free with no strings attached.  You can send up to 2 faxes a day, with a maximum of 3 pages per fax – free!  No credit card is required and no trial account is required.

 

If you want to send more than 2 faxes in a day, or you want to send more than 3 pages per fax, you can use their premium fax feature and pay $1.79 through Pay Pal.

 

OK – so what is the catch?  If you use the free fax, your fax will include an advertisement on the cover page.  The service is free, like many services on the internet, because it is ad-driven.  This is a small price to pay for being able to send free faxes (who reads the cover page of a fax anyways?).

 

Some other things to be aware of: 

  • You can send a text only fax – just type the text in the text box. 
  • Or you can send a file such as a pdf file (Acrobat Reader), Word file, or Excel File. 
  • An email message will be sent to your email address. 
  • You will need to click on the link in the email message to activate the fax and actually send it.  Ah – a nice touch so that other people aren’t sending out faxes in your name. 
  • A confirmation message will be sent to you confirming the status of your fax.  You will be notified if the transmission was successful or it there were problems.

Give it a try – go to http://faxzero.com/ and send a fax.  For more information, be sure to read the FAQ on their web page.  It’s the link at the top of the screen.

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Marshall ABE Links

 

Southwest ABE - home page for Granite Falls, Jackson, Marshall, and Worthington consortiums.

http://southwestabe.org/

 

Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational
http://ikeepbookmarks.com/marshallabe

 

Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/techtips.htm

 

Reading Skills for Today's Adults - new stories posted regularly 

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm

 

Announcements - Weekly announcements are posted here each week on Friday.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements.htm


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