Students prepare for STAAR testing

RIO HONDO — Students and teachers were dressed in their favorite basketball jersey yesterday.

But it wasn’t necessarily to celebrate the NCAA’s Final Four.

Instead, it was meant to help the students to get their game face on for today’s Texas standardized tests.

“The kids looked great and the staff was very excited about it,” said Dr. Sylvia Atkinson, assistant superintendent for the Rio Hondo school district.

The district superintendent’s March Madness challenge was the last day teachers could meet with the students before the STAAR test.

District campuses competed against each other in the district’s first March Madness fashion spirit challenge.

The activity was a play off the hoopla of college basketball’s March Madness 64-team tournament.

“It’s pretty cool,” Atkinson said. “We wanted an activity to generate some excitement and extra motivation to be here the day before testing.”

Atkinson said they needed an activity to make sure students came to school prepared and excited after coming off a four-day holiday weekend.

The plan worked.

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