Shelby Broad Street students inspired toward high scores
by Rory Doyle
May 05, 2013 | 2534 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shelby's Broad Street High School made a dedicated push last week and into this weekend to motivate its students for state mandated subject area testing.

The examinations, which begin Monday, are part of the Subject Area Testing Program 2 program and are administered for English II, Algebra I, U.S. History and Biology I.

In order to meet graduation requirements, it is mandatory that all students are successful on these exams. Eligible students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to meet the requirements next week.

In its continued effort to improve SATP achievement, Broad Street held several educational and motivational events.

On Thursday, motivational speaker Dr. Fairest Hill arrived on campus to provide encouragement for both testing and life success.

The following day, a Pastries for Parents breakfast was provided to keep parents informed about test prep information.

Friday also featured "Dress for SATP Success," where students were allowed to substitute school uniforms for professional attire.

Next, Broad Street hosted another Saturday School session with educational consultants on hand to provide free tutorials in all SATP subject areas. Everyone involved was rewarded with a special rally and cookout hosted by school board members and administrators.

The final celebration, the SATP Musical Extravaganza, was planned for 5 p.m. today with a performance by Bolivar County church choirs.

The choirs provided musical inspiration to students and community members in attendance.

"All of these programs show our students that we are behind them and we support them," said principal Lisa Davis. "We want everyone to have a different outlook on how important these tests are."

Like many Delta schools, Davis said Broad Street holds a sturdy commitment to increasing the number of passing students.

"I'm very proud of the program and I think it will make a big difference," said Davis. "This will help us make the change from a failing school to a successful one."

Adrienne White, an administrative intern for Broad Street, has also played a leading role in establishing the programs.

"One of the largest factors in student testing is whether or not the student is prepared well," said White. "Broad Street has been preparing students all year, and these last few days have been more about encouragement and motivation.

"It's also important that they have the stamina for the long rigorous process."

White said students should gain some strength from knowing the community, family members, churches and the school system will be supporting them in next week's exams.

"We're hoping that all students are successful next month," said White. "We want the academic level here and across the Delta to improve."