WES students vow to "Take Down TCAP"

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Photos by Rhodna Poole The WES "cheerleaders" conducted a TCAP Pep Rally to prepare students for the annual springtime achievement tests.

Young students throughout the county have spent days, even weeks, preparing for the annual TCAP tests taking place the week of April 16-20. A TCAP Pep Rally was held Friday afternoon, April 13, to get the students at Westhills Elementary School revved up for the tests.

WES teachers took to the school stage, pom-poms in hand, to lead cheers and play music while Principal Sherry Park danced across the floor with the WES Bulldog. And in the midst of all this activity, cheers of "Beat That Test," "Take Down TCAP," and "Bulldogs - Best at Tests" arose from the crowd. The WES TCAP cheerleaders also gave the top ten ways of acing the test, including the #1 suggestion: Try Your Best.

Joining the Westhills "cheerleaders" on stage were real cheerleaders; several Marshall County High School cheerleaders made an appearance to conduct a few "test" acclamations of their own.

WES student Erin Rowan "bumps" out a tune with teacher Madalynn Beech.

Wrapping up the pep rally were members of Westhills' own "Live Band." Consisting of Connie Donley, William Manchester, and Jeremy Qualls, the band performed tunes that had the audience clapping and swaying to the beat.

By the end of the rally, the Westhills students were ready to TAKE DOWN TCAP!

The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test is a timed, multiple choice assessment that measures skills in reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. The students' results are reported to parents, teachers and administrators so they may address the instructional needs of the boys and girls.

Westhills' own "live band" performed to cap off the TCAP Pep Rally.