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Elkhart Memorial High School teachers make rap video with test taking tips

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How many times have you hard a teacher say “Make sure to get enough hours of sleep the night before a test,” and “Don't leave any answers blank,”?  Elkhart Memorial High School teachers and staff decided to be creative to make sure these tips aren't being ignored. They made a rap video and posted it on YouTube.  It has over 5,700 views since it was posted Thursday night.

The video was made to help get students excited and better prepared for their upcoming End of Course Assessment (ECA) tests. These tests are taken by freshmen and sophomores and must be passed in order to graduate. If the student doesn't pass on their first try, the student must retake the test. Students have until senior year to retake the tests and pass them if they have not done so.

The video was made by five teachers and two staff members. Elkhart Memorial English teacher Michael Henderson says students sometimes hit a wall when they are preparing for the ECA. "The material starts to feel redundant so it was just an opportunity for us to do it in a different way and show them how much we're willing to support them," Henderson said.

Elkhart Memorial Math teacher Alex Holtz has taught at the school for 18 years. He was one of the teachers featured in the video and says he has never done anything like this. "I'm relatively straight laced so doing something like this is kind of out of character for me," Holtz said. "I'm a little embarrassed because mine is the only part that had to be voiced over but I guess it worked out okay."

Henderson and Holtz say they have received a positive reaction from the student body.  Elkhart Memorial freshman Krystal Grubb says her fellow classmates have enjoyed the video. "They were all laughing about it. They seemed to like it a lot," Grubb said.

The video didn't just give the students a good laugh. "It kind of got the students entertained and helped them relax more about it," Grubb said.

The video has been viewed thousands of times but Henderson says there was no intention to try to make a viral video. "Whether nobody ever looked at it outside of the school, that wouldn't make a difference to us.  But the students loved it and we feel like it's made a difference," Henderson said.

Students will begin taking the ECA on May 19.  Sophomores will take the English test and freshmen take the Algebra test.

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