Today we laughed!
It's MCAS season. MCAS is short for Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. To those who pay attention to the happenings of public education, you know that means standardized testing for students in grades 3-8 and grade 10 in English-Language Arts and Math. Some select grades also get to do Science and Technology tests. These tests have some very strict administration guideline for teachers and students and expectations for security for schools. There are endless hours of preparation for these tests at all levels in a school. Schedules need to be adjusted. Testing language taught. Practice tests administered. Pencils sharpened. Anchor charts and visual learning tools covered. The list goes on and it's endless. We take this very serious, we want to succeed but before we take get serious, today, we laughed!
The awesome teachers of Phillipston Memorial modeled how to take a challenge to pump up our students and make them laugh! They volunteered to get a pie in the face by several students who have to take these tests! Our third and fourth graders voted to their heart to select those lucky teachers. Our mission was to show them how to be brave and do things that you might not want to do.
Here's evidence of today's laughter, joy and fun!!
Entering to the Theme from Rocky!
Please keep all our kids in your thoughts and prayers as they face the this testing challenge. Life is filled with tests but this is the first time for standardized testing for many of our babies! We know our students are capable, bright and eager to show what they know. They are willing and they have great attitudes.
This may not be our choice but we will meet this challenge with a smile and know our KIDS will rock it!!