Marshall Adult Education


May 6, 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.  Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, May 9th.
2.  Direct Deposit - 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.
3.  End of Year - Thank you for responding and getting your April hours to me in such a timely manner.  Would you believe I have all of the information entered!
 You should be receiving your  list of your active students asking you to do year end exits/carry overs.  This will need to be a quick turn around as I am asking that you have this information back to me by May 13th. (Earlier I had indicated May 16th, but I now need to have all the reports done by May 25th instead of June 1st.  So it had to be moved up.) 
If you have any questions on the directions, please call.  Remember, EVERYONE NEEDS TO HAVE AN EXIT AT THE END OF THE YEAR.  SOME ARE EXITED; OTHERS EXIT BUT ARE CARRY OVERS INTO NEXT YEAR. (By the way, the new year started May 1st, so anyone who is attending in May, and is not a new intake, will be a carry over.  You may also have other carry overs if you know someone will return.)
Thanks.  Barb
4.  GED Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th at MN West in Granite Falls.  Anyone who has earned his/her GED since May 2004 through April 2005 is eligible to participate.  I will be sending out information to Marshall GED Test Center graduates.  If you have students that have earned their GED at a different test site, and you would like them to receive the information, please let me know their names and addresses.
Also, if instructors 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.   Barb
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.   If you are interested, please contact Barb.
5.  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
6.  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.   More information will follow as details are firmed up.
7.  The Bremer Update for Nonprofits for May is on-line.  Click on the link below.
8.  The Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Update for May has been posted - click on the link below.
9.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here.
10.  From the Trivia Department:  Internet Portrait Studio - amazing new technology that takes a portrait of yourself right over the internet.  You can have your portrait sent to the Driver's License Bureau or Passport Bureau or just to your friends.  Try it here.
(There's lots of other fun stuff to do at - check it out).
11.  Thought for the week:  Only those who do nothing make no mistakes.  - Anon

12.  TECH TIP:  Google Services


As you know, Google is the top rated search engine, according to ( ).  But they do more than just search.  Here are some other things Google does.


Google Suggest:  Make your searches more precise and easier by using this website.  As you can begin to type in the term or terms you want to search for, Google Suggest offers you suggestions in real time to help you refine your search.  As Google Suggest offers these suggestions, you will also see how many websites there are that contain those particular terms.  Example:  As I typed in Abraham Lincoln in the search box, I get an ever changing list of suggested topics.  Aha – it’s Abraham Lincoln Quotes that I was looking for.


Google Local:  Do a local search for anything.  Just type in the search word and then type in your location.  I typed “coffee” and “Marshall, MN” (without the quotes) and got all the coffee houses in a 30 mile radius of Marshall,  You can narrow the search down to just Marshall.  Try it here.


Google Web Accelerator:  Speed up your browsing with this handy add-on application.  If you have a broadband connection like cable or DSL, this will speed up the downloading of webpages.  (It does not work with dial-up).  Read about Google Accelerator here:


Google Toolbar:  If you don’t use the Google Toolbar, get it!.  It’s the best 3rd party add-on to Internet Explorer there is.  It has some great features, including blocking pop-ups.  It’s the only toolbar you’ll need and the only one worth downloading and installing.  Get it here.


Googlism:  Googlism is a website.  I actually used Googlism to find out about it – here is what it said:   “Googlism is an internet site that uses the Google search engine to gather information about the name.”  So, you can type in a name – or a date, or place, or anything, and Google will search the web and tell you about it.  Try it.  Type in your first name, or your birthdate, or any word you want to find out about.  I typed in Minnesota and found out that Minnesota is home to three nuclear reactors at two sites.  Interesting.


Soople:  This website from Google is your all-in-one power search site.  You can use these excellent search tools to quickly search for exactly what you want.  For example, you can search a topic, a particular file type, definition, images, news items, and much more.  You can also search for a term only at a particular website.  For example: I searched the website for the word “update.”  I found 24 pages at the website that contains that word.  There are many more features at – check them all out.


Google Gulp:  Here is the latest product from Google  -  Google Gulp (BETA)™ with Auto-Drink™ (LIMITED RELEASE).  This new line of "smart drinks" is designed to maximize your surfing efficiency by making you more intelligent, and less thirsty.  Plus, it’s low in carbs – in 4 delicious flavors!  Go to the link below and read about it – and click on the Frequently Asked Questions on the right side.  (I’ve already increased my cerebral cortex and improved my intelligence by 10 points).


More Google Services and features:  Here are a couple website from Google that describes even more Google services and features that are available.


Happy Searching!




Marshall ABE Links


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


Adult Learning Center Student Website - lots of student activities here.


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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