Marshall Adult Education


May 20, 2005
1.  Time Sheets/Direct Deposit Reminder -  Time sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, May 23rd.  Also, a reminder that 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.  Pat will be out of the office from noon on Wednesday, May 25th and return to the office on May 31st.  Barb will be out of the office from May 26th and return on June 1st.  Paula Gimmestad will cover the office the mornings of May 26th & 27th.  The office will be closed Friday afternoon, May 27th, and Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day).  THERE WILL BE NO CLASSES ON MEMORIAL DAY.
3.  End of Year - Thank you to every one for turning in the Year End Information.  Our state reports will go in this week.
4.  GED Graduation was awesome!  We had 9 of our graduates attend.  See the web page for pictures.  Thanks to everyone who helped out.
5.  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.   We only have one left, so If you are interested, please contact Barb.   (Note: There is only one computer left).
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 - Our next consortium staff meeting will be on June 8th.  It will be day-long retreat 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.  RSVP's should be back to Barb by June 2nd.
8.  Assessment Guidelines for 2005-06 Programming Year.  - There are a couple of changes that we will be implementing into the Assessment Guidelines for the programming year that started May 1, 2005.
    *  First, EVERYONE (other than workbased learners - computer & job club)  must be assessed using the CASAS tool.  We can no longer assign levels to participants using the GED Practice Test.  (Once the student has a CASAS appraisal & pretest, you can use the GED Practice Test to determine how well someone might do on the Official GED Test.  However, you do not turn any of that info to Barb)
    *  Appraisals & Pretests should be given within the first 6 hours the student attends class.
    *  Post tests should be administered following 45-60 hours of instruction.  However, if someone attends, for less hours than that & you know they are leaving, POST TEST THEM!
    *  Students will be exited from the program on a quarterly basis.  TURN IN EXITS ONLY WHEN I ASK FOR THEM.
9.  The state is now requiring that 60% of participants be pre & posted tested.  The data for 2004-05 shows that we had 274 participants; 194 (71%) were pre-tested; 75 (27%) were post tested.  We are doing good on pre-testing students; but really need to put more effort into the post testing.
    At our Summer Retreat, Pat will be giving out individual data concerning these areas for your students.
10.  A new set of Reading Skills for Today's Adults has been posted (Set 5).  Check it out here.
11.  The 2005 GED graduation ceremony took place on May 17.   It was a very proud time for GED students and their teachers.  You can check out the program and reception here:
12.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here.
13.  From the Trivia Department:  Things to do instead of sleep.  Check out this website.
14.  Thought for the week:  The art of  being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.  -William James

15.  TECH TIP:  Speed Up Your Computer


Is you computer acting sluggish

Have you notice a slight or not so slight drop in performance?  Here’s a Tech Tip that can help increase the speed of your computer.


When you are using the internet, Internet Explorer (IE) - sometimes called a browser, it keeps track of the sites you have visited by saving files and graphics from these sites in a special folder on your computer’s hard drive.  This folder, sometimes called your cache, can get huge with files and graphics.  Uh Oh!


How does the cache work?

Every time you go to an internet site, IE checks the cache to see if you have visited this site.  If you have, and the information in your cache is the same information as is on the actual site, it loads the files and webpage information from the cache (remember, it’s a folder on your hard drive) instead of downloading the files and webpage from the actual site.


A cache is a good thing?

That’s right!  It’s faster to download the webpage from your hard drive than downloading it from some server which may be located who knows where in the world.  BUT, when that cache (the folder that holds all these ”temporary internet files”), gets bloated and gigantic, it can seriously slow down your computer.


How does a bloated cache slow down my computer?

Your operating system (OS) - Windows XP or Windows 98, or Windows ME, or whatever Windows you have, keeps track of everything going on in your computer.  Your OS manages every aspect of your computer – a daunting task.  (That’s why Bill Gates is so rich!). It has to keep track of these temporary files in your cache – images, webpages, cookies, and little bits of information about the websites you have visited.  If your OS has to do this on top of all the other management things it needs to do, it will, of course, start to slow down under this heavy burden of tasks to keep up with.


So what’s a person to do?

By default, IE (Internet Explorer) sets the size of your cache to 10% of the size of your hard drive.  So your cache may be set to hundreds of megabytes.  Mine was set to 620 MB before I changed it – Wow!  So the answer is simple – change the size of your cache.


How do I do that?

This is simple and painless - just do these steps.

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click on Tools, and then click on Internet Options.
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. Look where it says, “Amount of disk space to use” – Aha – it’s huge, isn’t it?  Just click on the slider and move it to the left.  If you have a high speed internet connection (cable modem or DSL), make your cache around 10MB.  If you have dial-up, make you cache around 25 MB.
  5. Click OK.

That’s it – you have re-set you cache to a manageable size for your OS.


Are we done?

Not quite!  You should do something else.  You want to delete your temporary files – right now!.  If you have never done this, you probably have hundreds of megabytes in your cache.  So go back to Tools and Internet Options.  Then do these steps

  1. Click on the Delete Files button. 
  2. Then click on the “Delete all offline content” box.
  3. Click OK. 
  4. Now go get some coffee – this may take several minutes if you have a huge cache.

Whew! We’re finally done!

Not quite!  You should also delete your cookies. (What are cookies – read this tech tip:

Too many cookies can also slow down your OS.  And they are not needed – most of time.  If you go to websites that require you to put in a user name and password, sometimes that information is stored in a cookie.  If you delete that cookie, the next time you visit that website, you may need to put in your name and password again – a small price to pay for increasing your PC performance.  I delete my cookies regularly even though I have several websites that stores my user name and password for that site.


Are we done now?

Yes – only to say, it is wise to delete your cache and cookies occasionally – even if you resize your cache to a smaller size.  This will keep your computer running fast and smooth – and drop a thank-you note to Bill Gates for his hard working OS.


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