New Haven Schools Hold CMT Pep Rallies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, March 4, 2011

 
CONTACT:
Christopher Hoffman
203-946-8450

 
NEW HAVEN SCHOOLS HOLD CMT PEP RALLIES TO INSPIRE KIDS TO SUCCEED

 
                 Four New Haven schools today came together at Clemente Leadership Academy for a Connecticut Mastery Test pep rally featuring rappers, R&B singers and inspirational speakers.

 
     The entertainers and speakers’ message: Excel at the CMTs that start Monday.

 
                 Students from Truman School, Barnard Environmental Studies School and Hill Central Music Academy joined Clemente kids at today’s event.

 
                 MicroSociety School, John S. Martinez School, Davis Street Arts and Academics Magnet School and John C. Daniels School of International Communications also held rallies today to psych up students for the CMTs.

 
                 “These pep rallies pump up and prime kids to achieve,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said. “I want students to get on their game face for the CMTs.  This is the Final Four of academics, and I want them to succeed. Instead of hoop dreams, it’s college dreams.

 
                 “These events cap months of hard work and preparation by staff and students. Students, teachers and administrators have shown tremendous determination and dedication. Success on the CMTs is a key component of our School Change Initiative reforms. Kids who do well on these tests lay the groundwork to attend college, the ultimate goal of our reforms.”

 
                  The Clemente event included about dozen performers from as far away as New York.

 
                 Daniels School’s CMT rally featured singing and rapping as well as a parade and ice cream sundaes. Davis Street’s event included music, awards, presentations in the school’s two languages, Spanish and Mandarin, and a CMT cheer.

 
     John S. Martinez School had a DJ and held a spirit contest with each class composing a slogan showing their preparedness for the CMTs. MicroSociety School’s rally included a parade with the theme of CMT preparedness and a performance by a step and drill team from Southern Connecticut State University.