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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The high-stakes state testing season is about to begin, and the impromptu assembly provided some much-needed tension release.
Baldwin Schools
Surprise pep rally for test-stressed BMS
Theresa Press
Students at BMS, stressed out about upcoming state tests, relaxed and enjoyed the music last week when rapper Busta Rhymes and singer Melanie Martinez made a surprise visit to the middle school.

Baldwin Middle School students in grades 6, 7 and 8 got a pleasant surprise last Friday when rap star Busta Rhymes — the father of BMS students T’khi and Trilian Wood-Smith — and “The Voice’s” Melanie Martinez, whose brother attends the school, popped by to provide some entertainment.

The kids in the auditorium that day were understandably stressed. The high-stakes state testing season is about to begin, and the impromptu assembly provided some much-needed tension release. Educators in attendance shared testing tips, including the recommendation that youngsters eat a healthy breakfast and get a lot of sleep prior to the test.

Then the theater and step clubs performed. A rock band made up of teachers played a few tunes, then gave way to the headliners. Rhymes, introduced by his sons, offered encouraging words about success in life and on tests. Then Martinez, introduced by her brother, an eighth grader, performed three songs to close the show.

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