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Shea Johnson, Desert Dispatch
Thomson students hold hands in a circle and attempt to pass a hula hoop to one another, while a volunteer watches on, during celebrations Friday following completion of the STAR exam.

Studying has its rewards

Thomson students celebrate STAR exam completion


BARSTOW • Students at Thomson Elementary were treated to a bevy of activities Friday in celebration of completing the state’s Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) exam.

A total of eleven game stations were set up throughout the school’s grounds and interior — a two-hour event of stress-release facilitated by kids’ pastor Monica Peercy of Crossroads Assembly Church for the second-straight year.

“It’s a great opportunity to have fun,” Peercy said, “and reward kids for the work they put into testing — and (work they do) all year long.”

With the aid of 20 volunteers from the church, throngs of students participated in activities such as hula hoops and sack races, basketball, four-square, bean bag tosses, bowling and musical chairs.

Children in grades 2-6 thoroughly inspected cars belonging to on-scene officers from the California Highway Patrol, Barstow Police Department and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and then squealed in excitement when a Barstow firefighter blared a department engine’s horn.

Thomson was adopted by Crossroads Assembly Church as an educational partner three years ago, Principal Theresa Gonzales explained. The church’s volunteerism at the school includes serving lunch to staff during Staff Appreciation Week and providing refreshments for parent involvement activities once a month, among other things.

STAR examination began April 15 and concluded April 26. It’s administered by the California Department of Education (CDE). Results from tests in math, reading, writing, science and history are intended to be used for student and school accountability, according to the CDE.

Shea Johnson can be reached at or 760-256-4126.

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