HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) -
A trio of teachers at Patrick Copeland Elementary School has found a “dynamite” way of easing students’ nerves about the upcoming Virginia Standards of Learning examinations.
Ashley Lucy, Lauren Wells and Jennifer Layne—all fifth-grade teachers at PCES—star in the YouTube video “Rock This Test,” a parody of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” in which they wish their students good luck on the state standardized testing that runs at the school from May 12-30. The principal, assistant principal, librarian, music teacher and other faculty members make guest appearances in the music video.
The playful chorus goes, “Don’t throw your hands up in the air this time, saying ayo, SOL, let’s go. You’re gonna take your time and do it right, saying ayo, SOL, let’s go …”
In the video, Lucy and her coworkers can be seen doing everything from strutting off a school bus wearing goofy glasses to jumping off a stage to dancing with school supplies, all in an effort to put a smile on their students’ faces and remind them of how well prepared they are for the SOLs.
“This took quite a bit of work, but we had a great time and hope it boosts morale,” Lucy wrote in an email. “It’s pretty funny, we can’t wait to show our kids!”
Shhh! Lucy also said the school plans to do an SOL teacher flash mob on Friday as a surprise for its students.
“We have really been pushing our students, and wanted to show them that we believe in them and get them excited and confident to begin their SOLs,” Lucy said. “It took us about two weeks, filming a little each day, but we had a great time and a lot of laughs.”
The video was also published just in time for National Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 6. It is also National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week.
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