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CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSSixth-grader Kaylee Weidaw is randomly selected to answer a question during the Catasauqua Middle School PSSA pep rally March 31. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSSixth-grader Kaylee Weidaw is randomly selected to answer a question during the Catasauqua Middle School PSSA pep rally March 31.
Sixth-grader Roxie Grill awaits her opportunity to answer a question correctly, for a chance to play a game for prizes. Sixth-grader Roxie Grill awaits her opportunity to answer a question correctly, for a chance to play a game for prizes.
Fifth-grade students Delaine Popa Nina, Jane Armbruster and Davonte Boulware work to solve their PSSA problem at the pep rally. Fifth-grade students Delaine Popa Nina, Jane Armbruster and Davonte Boulware work to solve their PSSA problem at the pep rally.

Pep rally motivates students

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

During the Catasauqua Middle School PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) Spirit Week held March 27-31, students had the opportunity to earn entries into a raffle that was to be held at the pep rally on Friday.

The purpose of the pep rally and spirit week activities was to help motivate the students and get them excited for the PSSA testing, which began the following week.

Each grade level was given one question daily. Students who answered the question correctly earned a raffle ticket.

At the pep rally Friday, three names were picked randomly for each grade level to compete in a round. These students earned an additional raffle ticket.

They were given a grade-level-appropriate question to answer. If they answered correctly, they chose one of three games to play — lollipop tree, roll the dice or spin the wheel. Each game offered the students chances to win prizes or additional entries into the raffle.

This year, grade-level prizes were gift cards ranging from $5 to $25. Once the grade-level raffle was finished, all remaining raffle tickets were combined into one schoolwide raffle for a $50 Target gift card, won by Roxie Grill, and a $100 Best Buy gift card, won by Rachael Clader.

Spirit Week also included daily clothing themes. March 27 was comfy day, during which students were permitted to wear sweatpants and sweatshirts. March 28 was crazy sock day. March 29 was white-out day. March 30 was number day, during which students could wear clothing with a number reflecting the math PSSAs. March 31 was grade-level color day.

On the days of PSSA testing, the Parent Teacher Forum provided a breakfast item to each student. The Middle School Student Activity fund also supplied each student with a bottle of water for breakfast and a snack item to enjoy at the completion of testing. The snack items are labeled with a pun on the snack — for example, a Cinnamon Toast Crunch bar is labeled with “It’s Crunch Time ... take a bite out of today’s test.”

The school also offers a perfect attendance reward for students who were present every day of the testing. At the end of test week, students were treated to the movie “Moana” and movie snacks.