New Hampshire’s schools are looking and sounding a lot like sports stadiums and locker rooms this month.
It’s statewide testing time, and teachers, parents and fellow students are acting like cheerleaders and boosters. They’re offering encouragement to pupils taking the New England Common Assessment Program test, or NECAP.
Pelham Elementary School faculty wore special shirts to show students they are united for success, principal Tom Adamakos said.
“We all work together,” say the shirts, which include the school logo.
“Very powerful seeing staff in the same white shirt throughout the building,” Adamakos said.
Pelham Elementary didn’t stop there.
“Motivation for the test is being reinforced by classroom teachers and myself through daily announcements,” Adamakos said. “The daily announcements include reminders to eat well, get plenty of rest, exercise, and continue to give your best efforts.”
At Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry, a pep rally is set for Tuesday morning.
Students on six teams at the school will create a team identity, team colors and a float to celebrate the testing.
The rally will encourage students with the motto, “Do your best on the test.”
Stephanie Pike, assistant principal at Barka Elementary in Derry, said students are providing encouragement with the same “do your best on the test” message and positive words of praise.
“The PTA provided healthy snacks,” Pike said.
They included pretzels, Chex mix and water.
“They are very beneficial and the kids appreciate it,” Pike said. “They provide a nice break for them when they stop.”
Students who aren’t testing are asked to help those who are by being respectful and quiet, she said.
Principal Carol Mack said students at Matthew Thornton Elementary School in Londonderry get mints.
Assistant principal Ace Thompson has given the mints out for three years, she said.