Marshall Adult Education


May 5, 2006



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.  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.  Thanks for all you work on these year end data projects.  Barb.

2.  WELCOME to Micah Luke as our newest staff member.  Micah has been hired to work on the video streaming projects we hope to begin producing soon.  Micah is a student at SMSU and has his own production business.  You will be hearing more about this in the near future.  If you want to contact Micah for any reason, his email address is
3.  I want to thank each one of the individuals working within our SW ABE program for their dedication and commitment to the students we serve.   This is Teacher Appreciation week and it is a good time to sit back and reflect on what talented people deliver our services!
I found this thought:   A Teacher Is......Someone who is wise, who cares about students and wears no disguise
But is honest and open, and shares from the heart, not just lessons from books, but lessons on life
It's someone who is patient, even in stress, who never gives less than the very best.
This describes all of you very well.  Thank you for all your gifts you share with our students.  It is a joy to work with you!

4.  This is a reminder that the ESL 2006 Workshop is May 18 & 19.  For those who have not registered, there is still some vacancy.  For those who will be needing overnight accommodations May 17 & 18, at the Downtown Minneapolis Residence Inn, the deadline for special rate has been extended to Friday, April 28.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Cherie Eichinger,
5.  Boggles World is a website for ESL worksheets and lesson plans.  There's crosswords, word searches, flash cards, phonics, funny song lyrics, and tons more.  Check it out here:
6.  Learning Disabilities Association of Minnesota is pleased to announce upcoming ADHD workshops and support groups for spring and summer 2006.  These workshops and support groups are designed to help parents of children with ADHD, teens and adults with ADHD, spouses and partners, family and friends, and professionals working with people with ADHD.  Please open the PDF attachment for the ADHD Support Services flyer to view all our upcoming programs.
7.  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.


8.  News to Use (NTU) a newsletter with updates, informations and resources for members and partners of Minnesota Campus Compact.  Read the current issue of NTU here as well as back issues.{2183F9FB-B932-4835-97DF-7D6D19213FDA}
9.  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.
10.  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.
11.  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.
12.  From the Trivia Department:  Barbara Feldman has a site called Surfing the Net with Kids.  It's a great site for kids, parents, teachers, teens, and anyone who wants to explore some of the great things on the internet.

13.  Thought for the week:  Lessons hard to learn are sweet to learn ~Proverb


14.  Tech Tip:  Make Address labels in Word

Microsoft Word 2002 and 2003 has some great "wizards" to help you do things.  One of them is the mail merge labels wizard.  You need to create a database of addresses in Excel and then you can use the Excel spreadsheet to create your labels.  When you make your Excel spreadsheet, be sure to use the first row for your labels.  That is, First Name, Last Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code.  After you finished making your spreadsheet of addresses, Open up Word and follow these step by step directions.

1.       Click on Tools, then click on Letters and Mailings, then click on Mail Merge.

2.       Click on the Labels button.

3.        Click on Starting Document.

4.       Click on Labels Options to select the type of label you want (5160 is the Standard label).

5.        Click on Select Recipients, then click on Browse.  .  Click OK

6.        Click on the down arrow in the File type and select All Files.  Find your spreadsheet that contains the labels you want.

7.       Click on Arrange Your Labels.

8.       Click on More Items

9.       Click on each Field you want to use and then click on insert to insert them.  They will be inserted into the first label and will need to be re-arranged when you are finished inserting them.  When finished inserting all the fields you want, click Close

10.   You need to use the SPACE BAR to insert a space between the fields and the ENTER key to move a field to a new line.  Use a comma and space between the City and State fields.

11.   Click Update All Labels. 

12.     You will get only one page of labels (30 labels).  If you have more than 30 labels in your database, you need to insert more pages.  Click in the last label on the page (lower right hand corner) and press the TAB key.  Hold down the TAB key until you insert the number of pages you need. 
Now click on Update All Labels again.

13.  That's it - preview your labels and then Print them.


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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