TCAP incentives offered

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By Kaitlin Keane

Roane County students started state TCAP testing Tuesday.

With the pressure upon them, one middle school wanted to celebrate with a pep rally.

Cherokee Middle School students created TCAP banners, performed skits, had Minute-

To-Win-It-style games and group relay races.

“We have students who really get really stressed out about TCAP’s,” said Amber Henderson, a seventh-grade math teacher. “The pep rally is a time for the kids to forget about the stress and just have some fun.”

The honor band and cheerleaders helped get the school spirit up by playing and performing.

“We tie in something ‘TCAP’ to everything we do at the pep rally, and it is a really good time for both students and teachers,” Henderson said.

A new addition to this year’s pep rally was an incentive for students to perform well on their TCAPs. Cherokee asked the community for donations in helping the students get motivated and to show at least one year’s worth of growth in each subject. Local businesses supported by donating gift cards for which students can enter to win based on performance scores.