Video stardom for 330 schoolkids

It’s part of an effort to get Littlerock students pumped up for taking standardized test

lpemberton@theolympian.comApril 21, 2014 

Littlerock Elementary School’s mascot, Tiger, strutted down the red carpet.

Cameras flashed.

Bodyguards stood close by.

And the crowd roared.

Friday’s assembly was about getting kids students pumped up for taking the state-required Measurements of Student Progress (MSP), which will begin Wednesday, according to Principal Karen Gray.

“I know you’re all going to do super,” she said. “I know you’re all going to work very hard.”

The assembly included the world premiere of the school’s music video set to Katy Perry’s hit “Roar.”

All 330 students at the school were featured in the video, which includes dancing, hula-hooping and singing.

“It was a whole school event so the kids loved it,” PE teacher Lisa Prosser said.

“They’ve been very excited the whole time, and have been asking, ‘When are we going to see it?’” music teacher Tricia Smith added.

After the video, students who met the standard on last year’s MSP test were given certificates. Those who met the standard on every section for their grade level received a medal.

But it was the video, which school officials plan to upload to YouTube.com, that was the highlight for many of the kids.

“I think it was really cool,” said sixth-grader Chloe Anderson, 12. “I liked how the faces would morph into a tiger, and fit with the music.”

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com

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