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STAAR Pep Rally Pumps Students

School NewsGreg Higgins
Bailey Principal Angela Compton reacts to the challenge of kissing a pig or a snake set forth by Counselor Keitha Chalupa should the students meet their passing percent goal.

Bailey Principal Angela Compton reacts to the challenge of kissing a pig or a snake set forth by Counselor Keitha Chalupa should the students meet their passing percent goal.

The Bailey STAAR Fairy, aka social studies teacher Anna Linch, sprinkles good luck dust during the 4th and 5th grade STAAR pep rally.

The Bailey STAAR Fairy, aka social studies teacher Anna Linch, sprinkles good luck dust during the 4th and 5th grade STAAR pep rally.

Students across the state of Texas in grades 3-8 will be taking a series of state-mandated standardized tests this week.  The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test will evaluate this year’s achievements and knowledge in math, social studies, reading, and science. 

To ease the stress and motive the students in a fun way, Bailey Intermediate School held a STAAR Pep Rally for the fourth and fifth graders.  The North Lamar High School band and cheerleaders set the tone for the pep rally.   Students participated in various relay games, read poems they had written about the STAAR test, and had small talent groups perform.  The Bailey STAAR Fairy even made an appearance sprinkling her good luck dust.

Bailey counselor Keitha Chalupa challenged the students.  Should 85% passed the STAAR test, then Principal Angela Compton would have to kiss a pig.  If 100% pass then Principal Compton will have to kiss a snake.