Faculty and staff surprised students by participating for the first time in “Rock Your School” at Chester E. Jordan Elementary School.
“Rock Your School” is a nationwide movement to take students out of their regular routine by making the curriculum for the day extra special with more action and engagement to get them excited about learning.
Students walked inside the school surprised to see it had been transformed into a circus with tents, balloons, streamers, glitter, and clown and elephant images along the walls.
Teachers took daily curriculum and transformed their subjects into amusing and thrilling activities.
“I am happy and excited that our school was able to do this event this year and we are very happy with the response,” said Monica Ramos, a first-grade teacher.
“They made class into a circus and it’s great,” said first-grader Mariana Salazar. “My favorite thing has been making art with cotton candy.”
Students were treated to popcorn, candy bags, and animal crackers as part of the day’s festivities.
“It was important to do it because we thought it would be encouraging and captivating to the students to do something outside of their daily routine,” said Sylvia Sundermann.
Chester Jordan faculty and staff stayed late after school the day before preparing decorations and costumes, as well as decorating classrooms and hallways in order to have it prepared to surprise students the next day.
Teachers say parents were a huge part of making the event happen, not only by keeping the surprise a secret, but by making donations of decorations, such as balloons and streamers.
Teachers were motivated to join the movement by a book they are reading “The Wild Card” by Wade and Hope King, in which the writers encourage teachers to think outside of the box and to use their talents to create a classroom environment that is fun and engaging for students.
“Today has brought out the best in them because it encourages them to come to school by making it more fun,” Sundermann said. “Seeing their reactions brought tears to my eyes and it made it that much more rewarding.”
Teachers at Chester Jordan encourage other educators and schools to join the movement and create a unique educational experience that will captivate students.