STAAR Rallies motivate students to perform well on tests
Fort Bend ISD students were energized and ready for STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) testing this week after taking part in rallies and other events at their schools. School staff and community members joined efforts to provide students with fun and entertaining events to keep them motivated and eager to perform well on the tests.
Jones Elementary School hosted an electrifying “STAAR Wars” rally that had students cheering, chanting and dancing in their seats to laser lights and music. The event also featured remarks by guest speaker Tyrone Smith of First and Goal; performances by Willowridge High School’s Drumline and Wings dance team; and cheer routines by the Hightower High School “Hurricane” cheerleaders.
At Walker Station Elementary School, students enjoyed a more calming event that featured approximately 10 human-canine teams from Faithful Paws, a pet therapy program sponsored by Bellaire United Methodist Church. The event gave the students the opportunity to temporarily free their minds of test questions and focus on the unconditional love the pets provided. Marlane Harrold, former counselor at Walker Station Elementary, initiated the event.
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