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Friday, March 27, 2015

Fourth Graders Prep for STAAR Test with Prom

The girls had on their prettiest dresses, the boys were dressed to the nines, and it was all in preparation for prom.

But it wasn’t your usual high school prom.

Fourth graders at Annette Perry Elementary School attended DIVAS EXPENSIVE PROM on Friday. The event allows students to have fun before next week’s STAAR writing test while culminating what they’ve been learning throughout the year.

Teacher Brook Campbell and her students dancing at the prom.
DIVAS EXPENSIVE PROM stands for dialogue, idioms, vivid verbs, alliteration, sentence structure, million dollar words, personifications, referents, onomatopoeias, metaphors, and similes.

“It helps the kids remember what they need to include in their writing assignments,” said writing teacher Brook Campbell. “That acronym just came to me one day, and I’ve been using it ever since.”

This is the fourth year the English Language Arts department has hosted DIVAS EXPENSIVE PROM. Campbell said each year, the event gets even more extravagant.

“Our kids have been so excited for this prom. We dance, sing, eat, and review for the test in-between,” said Campbell.

As each child walked into the pink and green decorated classroom, they were in awe.

“I had no clue what to think when I first walked in. I was speechless,” said Omar Piña, fourth grader at Annette Perry.

Fourth grader Raiya Villarreal walking into prom.
Students got their prom picture taken before the inaugural karaoke and dance session began—all with the focus of providing encouragement for the upcoming test.

“I didn’t want to do a test review boot camp; I wanted the kids to relax,” said Campbell.

The fourth graders said they're not worried about taking the STAAR test next week.

“I’m very excited because I’m ready for writing. We’ve practiced all year,” said fourth grader Raiya Villarreal.

And it’s because of the practice that Campbell said she’s certain the students will ace the exam.

“They’ve learned everything they need to know. All they have to do now is show it,” said Campbell.

STAAR testing will be held on March 30, March 31, and April 1. View the District calendar for more details.