In an effort to prepare and motivate students, the Hyde elementary staff held a “PSSA Yeah Day” on Friday, March 31.
Staff surprised students with breakfast and juice in the morning with some motivational music to jumpstart their day. Kindergarten through second grade colored donuts for the decorations in the cafeteria. This breakfast surprise was a reminder for students to relax and “donut” stress, just do your best on the upcoming Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams.
First grade students wrote letters and cards for each third grade student to give them words of encouragement on their testing the following week. The first graders then made their rounds to each classroom to wish the third graders luck and to hand-deliver their cards.
In preparation for the English/Language Arts (ELA) PSSA Exams, third graders participated in Academic Olympics the last week of March. Students were split into different teams to compete in a variety of activities including relay races, basketball, “toss across,” and knee hockey.
The winning team at the end of the week earned gold medals. The series of educational games helped students to review material and stay motivated.
On Monday, the first day of ELA PSSA testing, teachers let the students know how much they believed in them by writing encouraging messages in chalk on the sidewalk leading up to the entrance. The lobby also features a banner made by the teachers as a constant symbol of inspiration to students during a stressful week.
Good luck to all students testing for PSSA this spring!
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