Marshall Adult Education


May 26, 2006





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)


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 should also be included on this pay check.

3.  Student Attendance Sheets/Intakes/and CASAS scores for the month of May are due in the office by Friday, June 2nd.
4.  Thank you to everyone who helped out and attended the GED Graduation on Tuesday, May 23rd.  Once again, it was a very inspirational event.  Three of our students participated.  You can see read about the graduation and see photos on the web site.

5.  From Charles LaRue - The LaRue ESL Environmental Education Exercises were created by Charles LaRue with the financial support of the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board in cooperation with Anoka County Integrated Waste Management.

      These interactive exercises explain what happens to the garbage that we throw away. They give examples of how to reduce, reuse and recycle. They also explain household hazardous waste and how to read product labels and how to dispose of waste properly. The explanations are in English, Hmong, Arabic and Somali, and can be heard online or printed from pdf files. The exercises are all in English and can be used on line or printed out from pdf files. After using these exercises please, ask your students to pledge to reduce waste. When the do they will get a free printable study certificate. They are available now at the web site listed below.

       LaRue Environmental ESL Exercises

Special Request:  I need help from instructors get feedback by the end of June on the effectiveness of these materials. If you think your students will benefit from using these materials and would be willing to give a short pre and post test, please contact me at

I'm also tracking the number of students taking the online recycling pledge. If you can't help with testing, please encourage your students to fill our the online pledge to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Your help means these kinds of materials can continue to be funded.


6.  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.
7.  From Barry Shaffer:   You are cordially invited to a Retirement for Diane Pecoraro.  Read more details here.


8.  Bella Hanson has submitted 10 new research briefs all relating to Beginning Level ESL.  Download the briefs at this link.


9.  From Barry Shaffer - Below is the website for the Summer Institute – conference description and registration materials.  MCEA will be handling the registrations.  You may want to hit the PRINT button for the brochure, or turn your head 90 degrees to the right to view.  On a fun note, I hope to host a Mini-Bass Tournament at the conference for an hour on Thursday evening.  I understand that a limited number of canoes (7) are on hand and I will arrange for those to be available.  Fish as an individual or a team of two.  Bass only.  Largest fish wins a trophy.   Instructions about sign-up will be forthcoming.



10.  From Lois Schmidt:  If you have an opening in your calendar on Thursday, June 8th -- either lunchtime or evening -- here is an opportunity to meet Sally Squires, nationally known, award-winning medical and health writer for The Washington Post.  Sally is coming to Marshall, sponsored by the YMCA's "Pioneering a Healthier Marshall" Team, Hy-Vee, County Fair and The Schwan Food Company.  Check out the attached flyer for details with the link below, and feel free to spread this announcement throughout your networks!
11.  World Refugee Day Potluck - In recognition of World Refugee Day, you are invited to meet and join staff from Refugee Resettlement Agencies, Mutual Assistance Associations, and other organizations that work with refugees. For: Staff who work with Refugees (Feel free to bring your families!); When: Tuesday, June 20, 2006; Where: Wabun Park, Minnehaha Park (Shelter A&B) (see link below for a map)

Time: 4PM-8PM; What to bring: Food to share, group games, Beverages and dessert will be provided.  Entertainment: Music, Dance, Games (Volleyball and soccer games, etc.); Sponsored by:  Everyone who wishes to participate


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 and send me any feedback you might have.
13.  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.
14.  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.
15.  Missed an article or announcement?  Check out the Archives page located at the bottom of the Staff Announcements page.
16.  From the Trivia Department:  .  Free Printable Stuff - You can download free printable and in some cases, customizable, business cards, stationery, award certificates, gift tags, recipe cards, and fax sheet covers.  These free templates are downloaded to your computer in Word format (for the most part) or in Acrobat Reader format.  Provided below is the business card URL - the addresses for the other free printable stuff are at this site.

17.  Thought for the week:  Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.  ~Roger Lewin


18.  Tech Tip:   Outlook versus Outlook Express

Microsoft leads the email client market with Outlook and Outlook Express.  These programs are free and come with any installed version of Microsoft Internet Explorer which is included in the Windows operating system. 


So which one should you use?   Well, clearly, one program is designed for home users who want a simple, easy to use, and user friendly email program that will get the job done while it protects you privacy and security.  The other program is designed for business users who need more e-mail functionality and tight integration between e-mail and tools for information management and collaboration.  Can you guess which is which?  You’re right – Outlook Express is the home use email client of choice and Outlook is the business email client of choice.


The extended features of Outlook offers things like networked calendars, contacts, and Public Folder features, as well as personal calendars, group scheduling, task, and contact management.  If you don’t need these features, don’t use this version.  And most of the time in a business setting, you won’t have a choice.  Your business will dictate which of these email clients you will use.


In the past, both of these programs took the heat for privacy and security leaksViruses were able to be transmitted quite easily with either of these programs.  Microsoft got the message and made both programs extremely secure.  You now have features that do not allow attachments to be download unless you give permissions.  And you can now screen graphics and images from your emails and view them only if you want to.  Both clients allow you to send and receive text only email messages – the most secure way to do email.


Neither of these clients offers great spam filtering although they do offer some filtering options.  But that is difficult to accomplish anyway.  There are many 3rd party spam filtering programs you can get to add to your email client.  The best way to get good filtering is to get a good ISP (Internet Service Provider) who filters out 90% of spam messages before they even get to your in-box.


If you have used either of these programs and want to switch to the other, the switch-over will be quite painless.  They really do function much the same way.  The only thing you will have to learn are the extended features available in Outlook – not a daunting task.


The rules for receiving and reading emails for both programs are the same. 

  • Never click on links in your emails that you are not 100% sure of.  If you do, you are opening yourself up to getting a virus or other malware on your computer. 
  • If you are 100% sure of the content of an email, check it out more carefully – it could be a “phishing” email you are reading.  I once received a personal email – addressed to me personally - from my bank asking to verify my account information and to kindly send them my social security number, my bank account number, and my credit card number.  Hmm – how do they do that?

Read this Tech Tip, “Let’s Go Phishing.”


Follow these simple rules and you will be a happy emailer.

That's it - Have a great week!



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