SOL pep rallies held to cheer on students as testing gets underway

Hermitage and Ocean Lakes elementary schools, like many other elementary schools across the division, held Standards of Learning (SOL) pep rallies Friday, May 11 to cheer on students as state testing gets underway May 15 for grades 3-5. Middle and high schools begin SOL testing May 21.

“You are ready; you got this,” Hermitage Principal Angela Munari told the students at onset of that school’s rally. And, although kindergarten, first and second grades are not required to take the state test, she also thanked those classes for their support. The non-testing classes pair up with upper classes and send encouraging notes, give students ‘high fives’ in hallways or decorate their doors with positive reassuring messages.

At the rally, which has been a longstanding tradition at Hermitage, student representatives from each class walked across the stage with testing tips, everything from “pace yourself” to “illustrate the problem” to “re-check before clicking.”


Hermitage then unveiled its 2018 SOL parody video which stars their teachers, administration and custodian Gary Skinner, who drew some of the loudest cheers as he appeared on the screen.

This year’s video is to the Bruno Mars’ song “Treasure,” which Hermitage Elementary School media liaison Nancy Carollo said was selected for two reasons. First, teachers and administration treasure students; and, second, past videos have been based on Bruno Mars songs.

Meanwhile, at Ocean Lakes Elementary, second graders cheered students on and held signs as upper grades walked into the cafeteria. In addition to chorus singing the Ocean Lakes Elementary alma mater, teachers and administration joined for a heartfelt cheer with good testing advice, such as “eat your breakfast.”

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