Each time spring rolls around the topic of our standardized test, STAAR, begins to enter the conversations of our students at Lee Elementary. Since we have some resident experts on the ins & outs of what the STAAR test is really like, I thought it would be a good idea for them to impart their knowledge onto our newest test takers: 3rd graders! I typed up a list of all of our 3rd graders and then our 6th graders picked 2-3 to write an encouraging letter to. They could write encouraging words, test taking tips, confidence boosters and any idea that they thought would help lower their anxiety about testing. We had a great conversation about empathy and tried to remember back to when it was our first time taking the STAAR test or even how we feel now about it. Once all of the letters were all written onto colorful bordered stationary, I put them into an "Special Delivery" envelope from the White House (also our nickname for the house beside our school that 6th grade is housed in) and delivered them to their homeroom teachers for students to receive before the test.