Marshall Adult Education


September 22, 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.  Time Sheets - The next payroll will cover September 15th - 30th.  Time sheets are due by noon on Monday, October 2nd.  Be sure that you are submitting time sheets on the 1st and 15th schedule.  DO NOT hold on to your hours for an entire month.  Remember, you can submit time sheets via email and by fax.  Our fax number is 507-537-7047. 


2.  For Marshall staff:  This information is regarding homework help that will be available for grades 1-8 at the Marshall Public School.   Barb will send information regarding when it will have its official start:  
     Project Success is a program that is run for grades one through 8. It is set up to assist children that need additional help beyond their normal school day to achieve more success in school.  Read more here.


3.  To all Marshall staff:    Community Services is promoting little 2 minute blurbs on cable TV showcasing students of the public school who have been successful following their graduation.   They will also do these blurbs on individuals who utilize the Marshall ABE services.   If you are aware of a student who would be a candidate for this.........please let me know.   Pat


4.  October Attendance, CASAS & Intakes - due by noon on Tuesday, October 3rd.  As always, the sooner the better:)


5.  COMING UP!  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.




6.  CSD (Communication Services for the Deaf) of MN is the statewide consultant for deaf and hard of hearing adult education- we provide Deaf ABE, interpreting services, as well as community resources. Please contact us for assistance if needed.  


Sarah Houge, Deaf ABE Consortium Manager/Lead Teacher


CSD of Minnesota

2055 Rice Street

St. Paul, MN 55113

Click on the link below to read their latest newsletter (PDF File 805 KB)

7.  The LDA is seeking instructors that would be contacts for referral and assessment.  Read more here.
8.  This is from Casie Moen, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, Minnesota Literacy Council, (

Hello Volunteer Coordinators,

Gaby Postiglione of Hastings ABE is looking for a self-esteem related curriculum for ESL learners. Please see her message below. If you have information on such a curriculum, please contact Gaby directly!


Casie Moen

Gaby’s message:

We have an ESL Family Learning class in Hastings which incorporates specialists from the county (nurse, extension, Family Services, etc). One of our guest speakers is from Community Action Council. She has worked on relationship issues, domestic abuse, self-esteem, etc with our GED students but lacks the materials for an ESL class. Do you know of any curriculum that is being used by other programs?  Please let me know. 

Gaby Postiglione, ABE Coordinator, 651-438-0742,


9.  CASAS sample test items are now available on the CASAS website. The sample test items familiarize students with CASAS reading and listening test items and give students practice in taking a CASAS reading or listening test. The sample test items contain typical items students will encounter in the Life and Work Reading Series, levels A, B, and C (Forms 81-186) and the Life Skills Listening Series, levels A, B, and C (Forms 51-56). Practicing with these sample test items should make future testing go more smoothly and may help reduce student test-taking anxiety.


To access the sample test items, please go to, then click on “Learn More” under the “Sample Test Items for Classroom Use” section of “What’s New” or click on “Products and Services”, then “Test Support Materials” and click on “Sample Test Items for Classroom Use.




10.  From Lois Schmidt, Nonprofit Resource Specialist, Bremer Bank, N.A.,

Several nonprofits attended the Women's Foundation of Minnesota grant information sessions this past June that we hosted at Bremer Banks in Willmar and in Marshall.  You may recall mention of the next generation of girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together) upcoming grant acceptance process.  Our contacts at the WFM tell me that the process is now open to apply for planning grants of up to $5,000 per group to support prograqms that build girls' future economic success.  Multi-year funding is available.


Deadline to apply is October 13, 2006.  Read more about this grant opportunity here:


For more information, contact

Charlotte Flowers,Program Officer

Women's Foundation of Minnesota

155 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 900

Minneapolis, MN 55401

 612.337.5010 main; 612.236.1807 direct

888.337.5010 toll-free


11.  Coats for Kids in Marshall:  To participate in the Coats for Kids program a person must call Western Community Action at 537-1416..............ask to register for the Coats for Kids program and they will take down name, size, and contact information.   No paper registration as done in the past will be accepted.
12.  Here is the latest from the WorkForce Center on the Culver's opening and hiring of personnel for their new restaurant.
13.  The Marshall Middle School will be having an Open House on Sunday, September 24, 2006, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Middle School 401 S. Saratoga.  They will have a brief program along with the ribbon cutting at 12:00 PM.  Contact the District Office at (507) 537-6924 if
you have and questions.

14.  If you've missed an announcement from a previous week, you can always find it on the Announcements page.  All announcements are archived at:
15.  From the Trivia Department:   Ever go to the New York Times site to read an interesting article only to find out that you have to register to use their free service.  Mor and more sites are requiring registration to access their site - even though they are free.  That's where BugMe Not comes in.  From their website..." was created as a mechanism to quickly bypass the login of web sites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information (such as the New York Times)."  They currently have 147441 sites that require registration that you can access without having to register.  This is a very cool site.  Be sure to scan the FAQ and also read the Tutorial (it's very short - will take you 30 seconds).  Oh - it's free and your don't have to register!

16.  Thought for the week:  Try a little mood music in your classroom.  It can help you create the proper atmosphere for any learning activity.  ~from the book 501 Tips for Teachers by Rober D. Ramsey


17.  Tech Tip:  Steps to protecting your computer.

It’s no secret…Windows operating system has security threats.  When the gurus wrote the operating system, the other gurus - sometimes called hackers – discovered all the weaknesses in the software and devised ways to break into it.  What can you do about it?  The next several Tech Tips will give you ideas how to lock down your computer to prevent those who would want to gain access to it and possibly steal your sensitive information.


STEP ONE:  Update, Update, Update.

Microsoft puts out updates and security patches to help seal the security holes and prevent hackers from breaking into your system.  So, how do you update?  It is actually pretty simple.  Open up Internet Explorer, click on the Tools menu, and click on Windows Update.  Click on the Express or Custom button (I always use the Express Button), Microsoft will scan your computer and determine which updates you need to download and install.


You can set your computer to automatically update Windows XP.  Open your Control Panel and click on Automatic Updates.  You will see 4 options for dealing with updates.  Choose the Automatic (recommended) one.   This one will automatically download and install updates.  This is the option you should use if you have a high speed connection like a cable modem or DSL.  If you are using dial-up then you may want to use the option “Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them.”  Or you may want to Turn off Automatic Updates and then remember to periodically check the Windows Update website for new updates.


What some people don’t realize is that there are updates for other software – not just Windows operating software.  You really should be updating your Microsoft Office software, and your Outlook and Outlook Express software, and your Internet Explorer software.  Most software packages have a website that allows you to update the latest security patches or the latest versions.  Go to the website of the software programs and see if there are recent updates or new versions.   


To read more about Security Updates, go to this website.


Here are some more Microsoft resources to help make your computer secure.


Here is a short FAQ on Microsoft Security Updates.


You can get a free PC Safety Scan from Microsoft here.


Download and install Windows Defender from Microsoft to help you protect you computer from security threats.  It does some other neat things to, and it’s free.


Using Microsoft Office 2003 security features


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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