‘We going to rock that test!’

Published 8:26 pm Monday, April 17, 2017

LaGRANGE- The energy and atmosphere was mighty high Friday afternoon at Whitesville Road Elementary School as the school held a lively, animated pep rally for its students before they dive into the Troup County wide GMAS Testing the following two weeks (April 16-28).

The GMAS (Georgia Milestones Assessment System) is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school. The premise for the Georgia Milestones is to measure how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined within the state content standards in subjects like English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

“This is an annual festivity we do every year to celebrate all of our accomplishments before the students take the GMAS Test,” said Debra Brock, the Principal of Whitesville Road Elementary School.

There were multiple performances throughout the pep rally with teacher Stephen Tuck leading the charge as the DJ, playing hip-hop dance favorites like Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Silento’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” Migos “Look At My Dab,” 69 Boyz “Tootsee Roll” and many more songs that the students were bumping to.

There were dance routines and performances by the Whitesville Road cheerleaders, dance team, and step team, along with cheerleaders from Troup County High. Student athletes from LaGrange High School came and gave words of encouragement to the students as they prepare to take the GMAS Test.

During their routine, Whitesville Road cheerleaders shouted “We’ll drop that test!” and Troup County High cheerleaders cheered “We going to rock that test” as students echoed both cheerleading squads chant.

Each grade – Pre-K through 5th grade – had an opportunity to perform a dance routine or sing a song throughout the pep rally that aligned with passing the GMAS Test.

Towards the end of the rally, the school recognized students from their All-Star basketball team (that recently won a basketball tournament) and all the kids that participated and won a gold, silver, and bronze medal at Wednesday’s track and field event The Fastest Kid in Troup County.

To cap off the pep rally, a group of teachers performed a dance routine to put the finishing touches on an enjoyable school celebration.

“It’s fun. This is something we all look forward to,” said Brock. “We get to come together and perform, celebrate and highlight all of our accomplishments throughout the school year.”


Shirttail- Reach James Simpson II at 706-884-7311, ext. 2155, or by email at james.simpson@lagrangenews.com