CSAP week is a bruiser here in Colorado. No teacher likes it and despite all our efforts to make theses tests as painless as possible...they. just. are.
As the Student Government Advisor, I am not just in charge of putting on dances, doing random fundraisers and encouraging student-led activities around the building, but I am also in charge of putting on 4 assemblies at the end of each day during CSAP week. Yes, you read that right - 4! Yesterday, was the big day for kicking things off and I couldn't have asked for things to have gone any better.
We began with our Pep Band ushering all 900 kids into the gym with music to get them pumped. They were so cute...and I would argue as good if not better than some high school pep bands! The kids were ready to have fun...you could feel it in the air. I took over on the mic and started to rile them up a little more when Pee Wee Herman music started to play and in came my three CSAP Bandits riding on clown bikes with capes, wigs, masks and props reeking havoc. Outside the Lines Guy, #3 Pencil Girl, and Past the Stop Sign Dude were HI-LAR-I-OUS! The kids were laughing soooooooooo hard until the music switched again...this time to "Born to be Wild". The outside gym doors flew open and The Enforcer rode in on his jet black and steel blue motorcycle. Revving his engine multiple times, I thought the kids were going to LOSE it they were so surprised and excited by it all. Needless to say, The Enforcer saved the day and shaped up those bandits. It was pretty funny. He rode out of the gym as the kids screamed and cheered.
We followed up the skit with a group of kids and teachers doing the Cha Cha Slide and then a Staff vs. Students Dodgeball game. I have honestly never seen such genuine FUN being had in one space at one time. It was simply awesome!
So, with one assembly down, I still have 3 to go. Today, we have Sky Vista Gladiators, tomorrow the Hannah Kahn Dance Company (world-renowned modern dance troupe) and Thursday we have a Student vs. Staff Basketball game. Just writing all this makes me tired - but exhilarated at the same time. I love that we can do this kind of stuff for our kids because in the end, they are the ones that really deserve a good laugh!
CSAPs are seriously no fun. BUT, hopefully ending each day this way will take some of the sting out of that nasty testing bite!