The End of School – PACE Message for May

03 May

Good morning,

We are in the final days of another school year.  CTE state testing is over.  I heard a good deal of shouts of “Hallelujah!” at 3:00 p.m. last Friday.

This week is teacher appreciation week.  We at the RCU truly value the hard work educators around our great state do on behalf of our students.  Everyone strives to help our students be successful, productive citizens.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you do!

Look at the video below – World without Teachers.  All of you have been this person to a student before.  You may not realize it and may never know it.  However, you HAVE touched lives and will continue to do so.  High five and kudos to you!

Continuing with our special days or holidays for each month of this year, here we go for May.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8.  Be sure to take a moment to tell your mother you love her if you can.  If you cannot, take a moment to remember her with fondness.

This entire week is devoted to teachers (and nurses).  It is appreciation week for both.  You are awesome.  Be sure to tell other teachers and nurses of their greatness.

Did you know May is Date Your Mate Month, National Bike Month as well as National Blood Pressure Month (let’s get healthy), National Photograph Month (take a picture DMT educators), and National Salad Month (FCS educators)?

May 1 was Mother Goose Day.  May 3 is Lumpy Rug Day.  Who would have known? One of my favorite holidays is May 4.  That is Star Wars day.  “May the 4th be with you!”  May 6 is Beverage Day.  May 11 is Twilight Zone Day.  After state testing and closing of the school year, that is appropriate for sure!  May 20 is Be a Millionaire Day.  Many of us need to go find the candy bar.  Final holidays to mention – May 25 is Tap Dance Day (someone does this now?), and May 30 is Memorial Day.  Let’s remember our fallen warriors and lost loved ones.

Since the school year is coming to a close quickly, I thought everyone might appreciate a few fun ideas for helping students stay engaged but let loose a little as well.  Check the links below.

Minute To Win It #3

As much as we may not wish to think about classes with school ending for summer break, some of us have to take courses for updating or renewing our licenses.  We have two brand new courses for CEU credit starting at the end of May.  One is Social Media in the Classroom.  The other is Google in the Classroom.

Social Media in the Classroom is a 1 CEU credit course taught completely online using Canvas.  It will last two weeks.  Theresa Wheeler will introduce you to social media and provide ideas for using social media with your students.

Google in the Classroom is a 2 CEU credit course taught completely online using Canvas as well.  It will last four weeks.  Theresa Wheeler will be your facilitator.  She will help you learn to use Google Docs, Forms, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and more.  This course with Social Media can be those little gems you begin preparing now to use in the fall to engage and hook your students into the learning process.

Do not forget that MS ACTE registration is open.  The conference will be at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, Mississippi.  Dates are Wednesday, July 27 through Friday, July 29.  You may register using GoSignMeUp.  Here is the link.

The front page of the GoSignMeUp website has instructions for how to enter the system.  You will need to verify your information and update any changes.  Then, simply follow the directions for registration and checking out your cart of courses.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Help Desk.  The Help Desk may be reached at  A response is usually made within 24 hours (except weekends).

Again, thank you for the awesome work you do as teachers!

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