---- — DERRY — It sounded more like a pep rally for a sporting event; cheers and screams floated out of the Gilbert H. Hood Middle School gym last week.
Students at the school gathered for a pep rally to kick off Hood’s New England Common Assessment Program standardized testing process.
The rally was aimed at giving students a chance to have fun while gearing up for the tests.
Students made up teams and paraded into the gym with floats with a celestial theme.
Teams sported planetary names like “Gold Galaxy,” “Team Pluto” and “Comets.”
Teachers and staff then helped students with a pajama relay and other games to prepare them for the annual testing.
The rally encouraged everyone with a motto “do your best of the test.”
Other schools in the district also planned special snacks and activities prior to the NECAP sessions.