With end-of-grade testing just ahead, some schools are coming up with fun ways to boost their student’s confidence.

Rufus, the Charlotte Bobcat’s mascot, will pump up Endhaven Elementary students at a May 15 pep rally.

Also on May 15, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis will talk to students at Ransom Middle about what it takes to be a leader on and off the field.

Northeast Middle students, parents and staff are getting ready for EOGs with their third annual Backyard Bash. Families will visit math and reading stations, where they can learn about EOG test-taking strategies, as well as practice test questions. Refreshments will be served. Last year more than 150 families showed up. The event will be held on Thursday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

End-of-grade in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools testing runs May 18 through May 21.

The tests are given in grades three though eight in reading and math. Students in grades five though eight must take a third test in science. The tests measure whether students are on grade level in those subjects.

Students must pass reading and math in grades three, five and eight to be promoted.

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