Music, skits and personalized notes are just some of the events schools across the Shores held for students as they prepared to take the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP).
Testing for for students in grades 3-9 begin Tuesday, and run through Oct. 28.
Students at gathered Friday for a school-wide assembly Friday where students received words of support, test-taking strategies and a performance by teachers who modified the words of "Beat It" to "MEAP It."
"(We want) to motivate them and show them we believe in them," said Katie Jaeger, a fourth-grade teacher who organized the assembly.
Students taking the tests will also receive notes the morning of the tests from their teachers, parents and principal during the testing period.
At , a student performed a MEAP rap following the .
Schoolchildren at had an energetic pep rally to end the day Monday. Cheerleaders from performed, problem solving games were held and eighth-grade student David Patterson performed an inspiration MEAP-rap he wrote.
"We want to get (the students) excited to be here and get them excited to do well," said Lauren Wells, middle school principal.
Tips from school administrators for successful test-taking include:
- Get a good night of sleep.
- Eat a good breakfast.
- Support from parents.
- Attend school on test days.