The Secret to the CST

Eliminate the obviously wrong answer.
You increase your chances of answering or guessing correctly.

Read the question and all the answers BEFORE reading the selection.
Read them again thoroughly BEFORE selecting a response.

Show all work doing math problems.

The secret for taking the CST is you! Take responsibility for your success and you will succeed!

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Written by Mr. Alfonso

Director – Crystina

Director’s Assistant – Christina

Kyle – Main Character
Sarina – Discourager #1
Araceli – Discourager #2
Avina/Rachel – Discourager #3
Katherine – Discourager #4
Benjamin – Discourager #5
Mr. Alfonso – Himself
Mrs. Marjorie Woolfork – Herself
Mr. Keith Thompson – Himself
Mr. Eric Lapachet – Himself
Various Discouragers – Students of Mr. Alfonso

“Arise” from E.S. Posthumus



  1. This is a totally awesome video, and it makes me excited and anxious to have these Reese students here at James Rutter M.S. . The high value of the message can’t be ignored, and the quality of production is wonderful.

  2. Hello Mr. Alfonso’s Class,

    I feel very fortunate to have dropped by your classroom while you were working on this fabulous production. Just wish I had filmed the making of this video. I’d like the world to know about the preparation, decision making and team work that go into your productions – and maybe even a blooper or two that added to your learning experience.

    I’m reading Laura Poppers comment and agreeing with her – lucky James Rutter MS! Of course, the Rutter staff will have to wait another year while you finish 6th grade;-)

  3. This so well done, clever, and entertaining! Your Resse students are going to do a fantastic job, no doubt!

  4. Awesome!!! You guys ROCK!! We were so inspired by your movie, that we made a few of our own. Check out our blog next week to see some of them. We called ours Sock it to The STAR Test. We think you guys make the best movies, and always check out your site before we begin making our own.

    Mrs. McKillop

  5. Me. Alfonso,

    You guys are awesome! Your movies are AWESOME! My favorite would have to be the Secret to the CST.

    • Congrats you won the award yesterday I like you video be active at sevasI wish I was in your class.

  6. I enjoyed making the part that I’m in. My brother liked the part when Ben was acting like a dog.

  7. That was exciting and engaging. I felt like I was watching the Matrix.

    Lots of fabulous stuff here…great use of music, slow-motion, and echo (on the voiceover) to add to the story.

    Some of my favorite shots, in addition to the action sequences, are the closeup on the students’ feets/legs moving down the ramp and the shot of the main character moving through the crowd of discouragers to take the CST.

    Great work and hope this helped your test-taking!

    • Mr. Needleman, I have not looked at the website in a while. Thank you very much for the comment!!!!! I know you were probably talking to Mr. Alfonso, but I take this as a great comment for me. I hope to see you soon.

  8. Lucy did a great job (on the acting) so did the OTHER DISCOURAGERS.

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