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Students prepare for the California Standards Tests with music and circus fun
TUESDAY, MAY 01, 2012 16:14 PM

Each spring, the California STAR Testing Program’s California Standards Tests (CST) are administered to students throughout the state. Based on the results of these assessments, both teachers and parents can get a sense of how students are performing in subjects like writing and math, according to the California Department of Education.

In the city of Calexico, students were recently treated to two fun events, designed to raise their spirits before the CST. For instance, all seven elementary schools within the Calexico Unified School District received a visit from the Calexico High School drum line, drill team and cheerleaders, the Imperial Valley Press reported. At each institution, students had the chance to participate in choreographed dance routines.

Meanwhile, at the Camarena Memorial Library, the Associated Calexico Teachers (ACT) sponsored a circus-style event designed to help students have a little fun before they take on the CST, according to the news source. During the celebration, the library transformed into a circus, as children could receive balloon hats and temporary tattoos, play games and interact with clowns.

"It’s to show the kids that we’re here in the community and doing the best we can to support them," ACT member Melissa Gamboa told the news outlet.