Valley Forge students get militant in preparing for TCAPs

10:00 am | April 24, 2013

It’s not uncommon for some teachers to get a little more strict when the school year winds down and end-of-year exams begin.

Photo by Brandon HicksValley Forge Principal Bud Hazelwood relaxes while some of his students cover him with aerosol spray. As a reward for outstanding work in a school fundraiser, the top sellers were allowed to empty their cans onto their principal at an assembly held last Friday.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Valley Forge Principal Bud Hazelwood relaxes while some of his students cover him with aerosol spray. As a reward for outstanding work in a school fundraiser, the top sellers were allowed to empty their cans onto their principal at an assembly held last Friday.

But this year, students at one county school found themselves in “boot camp.”

Last week, the third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students at Valley Forge Elementary went through a military-themed “boot camp” to prepare them for their upcoming Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Programs.

Rather than go through the usual, grind-it-out styled study sessions, Principal Bud Hazelwood said that this year he wanted his students to enjoy themselves while studying for TCAPs.

“I thought it might take a little stress off this week,” Hazelwood said. “Next week we’ll start back, review hard, and take the test the week after next.”

Hazelwood said he heard of the idea for the boot camp during last year’s Tennessee Education Leadership Conference in Nashville.

“In one of the sessions, there was a school from somewhere downstate talking about a TCAP boot camp,” Hazelwood said. “I just sort of liked the idea, and gave it to Ms. Hollis and a few other teachers.”

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