Press release from Fort Wayne Community Schools:
Students write, chew and cheer their way to ISTEP week
(February 19, 2010) Elementary and middle school students will spend the last week of February preparing for theÂ first round of ISTEP exams, including have a little fun before the tests begin March 1. Students inÂ third through eighth grades will be tested on language arts and math in an open-ended format theÂ first week in March. At the end of April, they will go through another round of testing withÂ multiple choice answers.
Over the next couple of weeks, many schools will give students a short break from their studiesÂ to motivate them to do well on the exams. Activities include:
Abbett Elementary School, 4325 Smith St., will have ISTEP Olympics from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23,Â and Wednesday, Feb. 24. Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teams will complete a writing prompt, anÂ extended math problem and a literature response. Each grade has a team color and is going for the
At Bunche Early Childhood Center, 1111 Greene St., students are writing letters of support toÂ students at Towles Intermediate School, 420 E. Paulding Road.
Croninger Elementary, 6700 Trier Road, and Price Elementary, 1901 W. State Blvd., have a specialÂ theme for each day the week before ISTEP.
I -I can do it! On Monday, students will bring a can of food to share with others in theÂ community.
S- Be a good sport about ISTEP! On Tuesday, students will wear their favorite sports jersey.
T – Tip your hat to ISTEP takers! On Wednesday, students will wear a hat in school to show theirÂ support.
E – Put in Extra Effort on the ISTEP. On Thursday, students will be allowed to chew Extra gum atÂ school. (There will be guidelines given to classroom teachers.)
P – Pop into school every day next week to do your best on the test! On Friday, students willÂ receive a bag of popcorn.
Snider High School students will visit Harris Elementary, 4501 Thorngate Drive, for a pep rally atÂ 2:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. The theme for the pep rally is “All fired up, and I can’t waitÂ to do my best on the ISTEP test.” Students in kindergarten through second grade are makingÂ posters to show their support.
Harrison Hill Elementary, 355 Cornell Circle, will have an ISTEP pep rally at 2:30 p.m. Friday,Â Feb. 26.
Teachers at Irwin Elementary, 3501 S. Anthony Blvd., will decorate the main hallway for the firstÂ day of testing. Special guests will visit the school’s Monday morning Blastoffs on Feb. 22 andÂ March 1. Parents are donating treats for the test takers throughout the week. Motivational notesÂ will be attached to the treats. Students will also receive a Star Student dog tag, a Do Your BestÂ pencil and a smiley face stress ball. Students in kindergarten through second grade will be pairedÂ with a class of third-, fourth- or fifth-graders and do special things for them.
At Nebraska Elementary, 1525 Boone St., students will perform the ISTEP Cheer daily forÂ motivation.
Waynedale Elementary School, 7201 Elzey St., will have an assembly with local hip-hop artist Six8Â at 2 p.m. Monday, March 1. Prior to the assembly, test-taking students will participate in the mathÂ problem solving competition at 1:15 p.m.
Blackhawk Middle School, 7200 E. State Blvd., will get ready for ISTEP with March Madness beginningÂ with a pep assembly with the Mad Ants mascot and dancers at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Northwood Middle School sixth-graders will have an ISTEP pep rally at 1:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, atÂ the school, 1201 E. Washington Center Road. Students will participate in cheers and receive a pepÂ talk from Head Coach (Principal) Adam Swinford.
Portage Middle School, 3521 Taylor St., will have ISTEP Boot Camp from 3-5 p.m. each day afterÂ school the week of Feb. 22. On Friday, staff will meet with parents before and after school to talkÂ about what they can do to help their students.
Staff members at Shawnee Middle School, 1000 E. Cook Road, will wear T-shirts reading “I LoveÂ ISTEP” on the front and “Rock it out, Shawnee” on the back. Staff members purchasedÂ shirts for $7.