May 2, 2014
Students around the Commonwealth have been preparing all year for the Standards Of Learning (SOL) exams.
Friday, Walker Upper Elementary School in Charlottesville kicked it up a notch by celebrating the upcoming test with a pep rally.
Students listen to the jazz band and cheered on their teachers as they danced. They also heard a motivational speech from University of Virginia football player, Khalek Shepherd. This was all in an effort to get students pumped for the big exams.
"They've been working hard all year," said Crystal Beasley, a Special Education Teacher. "This is just to let them know that there is nothing to be nervous about, they can do it, they're gonna do a great job."
"The state has reduced some SOL testing requirements at certain grade levels. Our goal is to really work hard, give our students the best preparation, so they are successful in the future years," says Principal Vernon Boch.
Students will need a good night sleep Sunday night and breakfast Monday morning as the SOLs begin on Monday.