Rally gets students pumped for tests

May. 16, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

Nearly 300 students from L.B. Yancey Elementary school crowded in the cafeteria Friday for some end-of-grade test prep and ego boost.

Assistant principal Lanisha Daye hosted the End-of-Grade Quiz Bowl to pump up the kids to do well on the standardized tests.

“I think that having a pep rally increases morale, and I think it takes away the idea that reading and math testing is a chore,” Daye said.

Students in kindergarten and first and second grades took the stage during the pep rally, remixing songs to encourage upperclassmen to do well.

Afterwards, third-, fourth- and fifth-graders were given a packet of about 40 of the state Departments of Public Instruction’s questions to work on individually and be graded in class teams.

“I think this prepares them to study hard,” fourth-grade teacher Analiza Maghanoy said. “These questions have some similarities to what they will see on the test. Some of them thought that it was going to be easy. When I walked around, some were saying ‘Oh, it’s hard.’ ”

Students raised their hands high when Daye asked who was going to make a five — the highest level — on their EOGs.

Many in Janice Chambers’ fifth-grade class said the release questions were great practice for them, but student Adriana Lopez said she was skeptical.

“I only got to question number eight,” Lopez said. “I don’t think I did good. I am not good at fractions.”

Daye said she decided to focus on math and science in the quiz bowl this year after mock EOG scores showed students were doing well in English and language arts, but some struggled in math and science.

“It’s important that they practice their test strategies,” she said. “We’ve been focused on the ELA, but math standards are constantly changing. I just want to make sure that they are getting college ready.”

Being college ready means making a level five on the EOGs, she said, and her teachers agreed.

“I just hope that they will pass; I hope they pass with fives,” Maghanoy said. “A lot of the times they will just settle for a two or three, but we want them to aim high.”

During the pep rally, Daye also announced results from the school’s Bounce into Reading program. Students read more than 48,000 books this year.

Students are scheduled to take the EOGs at the end of the month.

 

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.