Marshall Adult Education


July 14, 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.  PAY ROLL Time sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, July 17th.  This will cover the pay period of July 1-15th.  Pay date for this time period will be August 1st.

2.  Week of July 31st-August 4th - There will be no classes held within the Marshall Region (all sites) during this week - no exceptions.  However, the office will remain open.  This is the week of the 2006 ABE Summer Institute.  The following individuals will be attending:  Vickie Radloff, Judy Hacker, John Doyle, Sally Belgum-Blad, Paulette Hanson and Pat Thomas.    There is more information on the training later on in the announcements.

3.  Student Data - As I entered the June attendance hours, I noticed that some students may be at a point where a Casas assessment may be appropriate.  Please stay on top of this.  Thanks.  Barb
4.  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.  ~Barry Shaffer


5.  The Minnesota Literacy Council has posted links to materials and websites that were presented at the 2006 Technology Conference.  The materials, lesson plans, and websites are excellent resources for enhancing your classroom activities.  Check out these resources at the following MLC site:
6.   The Naturalization Ceremony (Swearing in of new citizens) is scheduled to take place in Marshall on Friday, September 29th at 1:30, at the new Marshall High School.  Please put it on your calendars if you are interested in attending.  There will be several of our students sworn in.
7.  FYI - we have posted a complete list of ABE Programs and Program Managers for the State of Minnesota on our website.  Click on the Directory link and scroll to the bottom to locate the directory list.
8.  The July 2006 issue of the Minnesota Literacy Council Literacy
Landscape Online
is available at the MLC website..  As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.  The MLC
To view the July issue, click on

9.  From Sharon Johnson, Nobles County Integration Collaborative
The Many Faces of Southwest Minnesota seminar is coming up next week.  We have 14 people enrolled, so the class will be held.  We have room for 24 participants.  You are invited to attend.  If you know someone who is interested in this topic, please encourage them to attend.  The details are listed below.
Many Faces of Southwest Minnesota: Best Practices in working with immigrant families
The seminar is open to professionals who wish to explore the cultural mosaic of Southwest Minnesota, dialogue with individuals who have immigrated to this area and network with other professionals who are working with an increasingly diverse population.  This course will feature a blend of research based instruction, small group dialogue and group immersion experiences.  The format of each day will include large-group lecture/discussion in the morning, followed by an ethnic business tour, then an ethnic lunch and a panel discussion with immigrants.  We will return to the Collaborative from 2-4 p.m. for small-group and networking activities.  Certificates of attendance documenting clock hours will be provided.  Ethnic lunches will be included.  Two graduate credits are available through Hamline University for an additional fee ($300).  Pre-registration is requested.
The enrollment fee is $30/person for residents of the Collaborative area.
Classes will be held at the Nobles County Integration Collaborative (room 126), July 18-20, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
If you or someone you know has any questions regarding this opportunity, please let me know.
Sharon Johnson, Nobles County Integration Collaborative, phone: 507-376-3300
10.  The Health Emergency "Message of the Month" on the ECHO Phone line is about HEAT PREPAREDNESS.
Minnesota is home to significant numbers of limited English speaking residents who are susceptible to negative effects from heat just like everyone else. The ECHO partnership provides a 10-language health advisory and emergency alert phone line. That number is 1-888.883.8831
11.  From Lois Schmidt - Those interested in attending a luncheon sponsored by the Southwest Initiative Foundation as part of the Minnesota Meeting series are encouraged to make plans to attend now.  The meeting is on July 27 at SMSU in Marshall.  Space is limited.  A live satellite video conference to link with attendees and keynote speaker Dr. Michael Trujillo gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center is part of the event. Dr. Trujillo is former director of Indian Health Service and former assistant U.S. Surgeon General.  Click on the link for more details. (This is and Acrobat Reader File - .pdf)
12.  Follow The Dollar - A guided tour through the federal budget process, will be presented on Monday, July 31.  You can read more about this event, as well as other events sponsored by the Minnesota Budget Project and the Minnesota
Council of Nonprofits.  Click on the link below.
13.  Here's a website to be aware of, to bookmark, and to check out from time to time - Pioneering a Healthier Marshall.  You can also get there through the Marshall Area YMCA web site.   Both links are below.
14.  MPR is looking for feedback on the immigrant experience.  Click on the link below to learn how you can participate.
15.  Our website continues to be a source of information to others.  Here are a couple of examples:
Alisa P. writes from Massachusetts after noticing information on our website about managed enrollment:
Dear Pat and Barry:
I want to thank you both for your willingness to dive right into the quest for Managed Enrollment definitions, issues, and comment.  A few of your practitioners have already responded- and so thoughtfully.  I am not surprised have I have met quite a few people from Minnesota and have noticed a definite warmth and intensity that seems characteristic of your fine state J
Our web site address is linked on many other websites around the country.  Here's one at Bagdad Elementary School - that's in Leander, Texas!  Check it out.  Scroll to the bottom of the page.
16.  From the Trivia Department:   You get 2 trivia sites this week since last week I neglected to add the link.  I guess I was to engrossed by the site - The History of Computing Project.  If you're into it, it is a fascinating look at computing through the years. (Do you remember your first desktop computer?  I do - an Atari 400 - a real screamer at 4Mhz and 8 MB of RAM - Wow!).   So maybe you'll enjoy this site as much as I did.  Here's the link:
And this weeks Trivia Site:  Here it the site everyone is talking about - YouTube is a website that allows users to upload, view, and share video clips.  Check out a few when you have time to waste.
17.  Thought for the week:  You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room  ~Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

17.  Tech Tip:   Deleting Email From Your ISP Mail Server


Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) provides you with access to the internet.  You may connect with a telephone modem, or a cable modem, or an ISDN line (through your telephone lines) or through a wireless connection (an antenna attached to your house). 


But that’s not all they provide you.  They also provide you with email services.  They give you an email address (most ISPs give you several email addresses if you want them – some as many as 5, 6 or 7) and they provide you a space on their email servers for you to receive and store your emails. 


My ISP provides me with up to 7 email addresses and 52 MB of space on their mail server.


Whenever someone sends you an email, it is first received at your ISP’s mail server.  When you check your email, you download (transfer) the emails from the mail server to your computer.  Well, you don’t really transfer them because the emails are left on the mail server after they are downloaded to my computer. 


So how long do the emails stay on the mail server?  Hmm – good question.  They actually stay on the mail server until you tell the server to delete them.  So if you never tell your mail server to delete those emails, guess what?  Eventually you are going to fill up all the space your ISP allows you to store your emails.  And eventually you will get the dreaded message, “Your Inbox is full – you cannot receive any more emails until you delete some emails from the server.”  This message is not talking about the Inbox on your computer, but rather, the Inbox on your ISP mail server where your emails are initially received. 



In Outlook Express you can manage the emails stored on your mail server at your ISP.  Here’s how.

  1. Click on the Tools Menu and then click on Accounts.
  2. Click on the account you want to manage and then click on Properties.
  3. In the Delivery section, click on the box next to “Leave a copy of messages on Server.”
  4. Now you have 2 choices – you can remove your emails from the server after a specified number of days.  Or you can remove them from the server when deleted from the Deleted Items folder
  5. I would suggest that you use the option to remove from server after a specified number of days.  And a good number to use is 20 days.  That gives you the option of retrieving your emails again should you need to do that.


Other email programs have similar options for managing the emails on the mail server.  Do a little poking around and learn how to set those settings.


One last thing – if you are using web-based email like Hotmail or Yahoo, you still have to worry about filling up your Inbox.  These free mail servers also have limits on the amount of email that can be stored on their servers.  In recent years, they have increased the storage space significantly so there is not much reason to worry about filling it up anymore.  But you can check it out and see how much space they are allowing you.



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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