Get set to test!

Fifth grade students, from left, Emma Daniel, Makinley Huey, Abby Winter, Madison Reynolds, Elizabeth Collums and Meagan Baldwin sing and perform a song about bubbling in answers on the upcoming MCT2 tests.  (Lisa Voyles / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

Fifth grade students, from left, Emma Daniel, Makinley Huey, Abby Winter, Madison Reynolds, Elizabeth Collums and Meagan Baldwin sing and perform a song about bubbling in answers on the upcoming MCT2 tests.
(Lisa Voyles / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

HOULKA – “I feel excitement in the air,” said Superintendent Dr. Betsy Collums to students at Houlka Attendance Center May 2.

Collums addressed students in kindergarten through twelfth grade encouraging them to go into the next two testing weeks with positive attitudes and ready to do their best.
“This is why we’ve been working so hard to learn everything we can learn,” Collums said.
Then she turned the program over to the students.
“Now let the fun begin,” she said.
State testing (MCT2) is required for students in third through eighth grade and high school students are required to take SATP tests to graduate. Classes who will be tested in the next two weeks performed skits, songs and dances to motivate each other to do their best. Second through sixth grade students in the CLUE program performed a skit with music that was full of pre-testing tips like getting a good night’s rest, dressing comfortably and reading all questions before selecting an answer.
Third and fourth grade students sang and danced while encouraging other students to “use my brain.”
“The purpose is to get all the kids motivated to do their best on the Subject Area tests next week and MCT2 the week after,” said Principal Emily Snellings. “The ultimate outcome we are hoping for is an increase of overall district scores. The students and teachers have been working so hard all year so this will be a fun way to remind everyone of the importance of doing their best.”
All students to be tested entered the gym on a red carpet and the pep rally culminated with several teachers and staff members receiving a pie in the face just for fun.

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