Campus pep rallies get students fired up for STAAR tests
Goodman, Lantern Lane and Mission Bend Elementary Schools were among Fort Bend ISD campuses to hold pep rallies to get students motivated and energized for taking the STAAR tests. Staff from each school invited cheerleaders, school bands, high school athletic teams, teachers and other guests to take part in the spirited events.
At the annual Rock STAARz Pep rally at Goodman Elementary School, radio personality Qui-West of 97.9 The Box challenged students to score 90 or above so that they could receive a visit from a surprise guest. The students also welcomed Sugar Land Skeeters’ mascot, Moe, and the Hightower High School cheerleaders and drumlline. Goodman fifth-graders performed a 12-word STAAR strategy rap and students also enjoyed a motivational video featuring the Goodman faculty. The pep rally concluded with students joining in a STAAR Harlem Shake group dance.
Lantern Lane Elementary School (LLE) held a “STAAR Wars” pep rally to motivate students to do well on the test. The event included an indoor parade featuring the Elkins High School Drumline, performances by the LLE cheerleaders and the school band, and motivational talks by Elkins football and basketball players. Students also enjoyed grade-level performances, a motivational video that included words of encouragement by faculty and staff, and a group STAAR Shuffle dance. During the event, faculty and staff could be seen in their “Just Pass It” and “Step Up to the Plate” spirit t-shirts.
At Mission Bend Elementary School, Houston Texans mascot, Toro the Bull, made a special appearance to encourage students to “Shoot for the STAAR.” The event was sponsored by First Community Credit Union, coordinated by Coach Todd Welch, and included a choir performance of “You can Count on Me,” and group dances to the STAAR Shuffle, the Harlem Shake and Gangham Style. Kindergarten students distributed star cut-outs containing inspirational messages for students in grades 3-5, and first-graders paraded around the campus hallways with banners of well wishes for success on the STAAR.
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