Students, Schools Ready for Big Tests

Students will take the Mississippi Curriculum Test 2 Tuesday through Thursday, to measure their proficiency in reading, writing and arithmetic.

Neshoba Central Middle School has been preparing for the important tests but took a break for some fun Monday.

Walking into Neshoba Central Middle School Auditorium and seeing teachers dancing might make you think principal, Lundy Brantley, had lost a bet.

But Principal Brantley and the rest of Neshoba Central's teachers say they are trying to shake-or shuffle-last minute MCT2 jitters out of their students.

"Our students have all been working very hard all year. We wanted them to loosen up and have a good time right before the test and let them know that we like to have fun, too," said Brantley.

Teachers reminded students to do their best and even called in a favor from someone who knows a good bit about success.

"I just want to wish everyone at Neshoba Central the best of luck on the MCT2s this week. I'm pulling hard for you," said Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in a taped message. "Good luck!"

Manning's mother is a Neshoba County native.

"I think we're the only school in Mississippi that had Peyton Manning wish us luck on the MCT2s," said Brantley.

It seems as though at least one student is heeding Manning's and the teachers' advice. Fourth grader Kameron Barrier had all the right answers when it came to his test week preparations.

"I'm going to go to bed early," said Barrier. "I'm going to wake up early and eat breakfast, then I'm going to study a little bit."

If Peyton Manning, a teacher dance-off and a test taker pageant weren't enough encouragement to do well, Neshoba Central is also throwing in the chance to win a Wii entertainment system to all students who have perfect attendance during test week.


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