The teacher’s at Pyron Elementary have a unique way of getting their students “pepped” up for the Benchmark test each year. My mother has been teaching there for about fifteen years, and it amazes me to hear her talk about how the fourth grade teachers get together to plan their pep rally. Popular music artists or songs are always a big part of the entertainment. They dress up, record songs and even put on live performances for the students. They have imitated Lady Gaga, American Idol, Michael Jackson, and many others. They use this popular music to rewrite songs that relate to the ACTAAP test. The students love it. I wish they had done this when I was in their building. I am lucky though. I can run by the school and watch them perform.