Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt presents a video message to Catholic school students around the Diocese on the importance of testing. Screenshot
Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt presents a video message to Catholic school students around the Diocese on the importance of testing. Screenshot
“Testing is one of those things in school that just happens,” Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt said in a light-hearted video to students on the Diocese of Trenton YouTube channel. “It’s like homework, recess and chicken nuggets.”

Dr. Schmidt, who serves as diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, gave the video pep talk March 17 to encourage students to do their best work on the upcoming standardized tests, even if they don’t like exams.

“Here’s a huge surprise for you: most teachers don’t like testing either,” he admitted.

Though most would prefer to learn “rocking” subjects such as science or math, Dr. Schmidt continued, “If students take this testing seriously, our schools can move forward with the fun stuff.”

The educator told his audience to do their best on the 20- to 40-minute tests, for “it makes a difference to your class and school and you. They should make you feel pretty good.

“We need you to give these tests all you got,” Dr. Schmidt concluded. “Prove to yourself that you are super smart and feel good about your effort. I know I will feel awesome about you.”

To see the video, visit YouTube.com/trentondiocese.