NWEA Pep Rallies
On Friday January 8th, we had school wide pep rallies to get students excited about the NWEA test. These tests took place from January 11- January 22. We really wanted students to become excited about the NWEA instead of getting anxious about testing.
Each student took this test in the fall of 2015. The scores were used to come up with an end of year or spring goal. The teacher used this data to come up with a winter goal that the students needed to meet. The students were all aware of the goals because the classroom teachers used creativity to display their goals.
During the pep rally students were reminded of the prizes for accomplishing their NWEA winter goal. If the students met both math and reading goals, they get to get a free t-shirt and go to a super bowl party. If students met one math or reading goal, they get to go to the super bowl party. If the students did not meet their math or reading goal, but they tried their best, they got a small candy treat. The students were very excited about the prizes for meeting their winter goals. These prizes made the students want to accomplish their winter goal.
The students also learned a new chant to help prepare them for the test. We chanted about how we should think and not click on answers, how we needed lots of sleep and to eat healthy foods, and how we needed to try our best. The students listened and repeated this chant until they learned it. In our K-2 pep rally we had an exciting competition on what grade level had the most chant-spirit. The second graders had the most and yelled the chant to show they were ready for the test!
Our pep rally really helped prepare our students on what was expected on the NWEA winter test. It helped excite them and gave them encouragement to try their best on the test.