Silver Lake Junior and Senior High School students got to see some of their teachers get their groove on at a special assembly Wednesday morning.
The teachers' encouraged students, "Test your best" and, "Don't let the sounds of those around you drive you crazy," sung to the strains of "Take It Easy."
The performance and assembly was meant to motivate students for the statewide assessment tests. Silver Lake's 7th, 8th, and 11th graders began reading assessment tests Wednesday. Principal Larry Winter says 7th, 8th and 10th grade math and 7th and 11th grade science testing will come later in the spring.
Winter says teachers spend all year preparing students. He says the assembly was meant to drum up enthusiasm for the testing season.
With more than 90-percent of students scoring at required levels last year, the pressure is on. Winter says, each year, the bar gets raised higher as far as the percentage of students that must meet the standards, so each year it gets harder.
Winter credits parent and community support for Silver Lake's success. He says the district earned the Governor's Achievement Award in 2006 and 2007, but missed out on it last year. His challenge to students is to regain the honor this year.
Students fueled up for the task. The staff cooked up a pancake breakfast for them.