Kids Sing of ‘Scholar Ladies’, not Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’

The middle school students at HOPE Christian Schools may be single, but more important, they are scholars.

The Milwaukee school has become an online sensation by posting a video called “Scholar Ladies,” mimicking Beyonce’s hit “Single Ladies.”

Instead of singing about seeking an engagement ring, the girls boast with attitude about earning top grades, preparing for college and staying free of trouble.

“If you learned it then you should have got an A on it,” the girls sing. “Don’t be mad when you see that we got it. If you learned it then you should have got an A on it.”

“It inspires kids to see it’s cool to be smart and reach goals,” said Charmaine Taylor, a sixth-grader who is the backup dancer on the left as the video starts. Charmaine said she wants to attend college and study to become a lawyer. “I want other people to know you can do anything if you just put your mind to it,” she said.

HOPE is a K-12 private charter school that serves about 600 girls and boys.

The idea for remaking Beyonce’s song and video came when English teacher Megan Huff and her class were preparing for a schoolwide talent competition. Huff penned the lyrics and her students tried out for the parts. School administrators make cameos, too, dancing and imitating Beyonce’s signature hand wave.

Huff and her students are hoping their video will get a million page views on YouTube. So far it has 205,000, and it’s been featured on the local news and CNN.

“We secretly hope Beyonce will see it, but we are trying to keep our heads on straight and stay focused on academics even with this attention we’re getting,” Huff said.

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  • http://html/yahoo Krist Sallee

    These reports keeps me encouraged; I am working hard to encourage the children in Unit#4 Champaign School District to strive for higher education… It is a struggle at this time….

    The children makes me proud in these reports; I only hope what I seen here; I can encourage the superintenant of Unit#4 on April 7th, to reach out to the children in a created way as you have; instead of putting them out of school because he or they feel the children are helpless!!

    Can you help me encourage the school leaders here to be more open to what ever it take to save a child from the streets and not give on them “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND”!!!

    HELP!!!

  • http://yahoo krist sallee

    Meeting went well today and I got the full understanding of the reason some children will be expel from the unit#4 school and it does makes since; and it is sad to say that some of our children does not desire the education that is so needed to be the best they can be, and when everything is done to help them succeed and if they don’t grab it then the streets is what grabs them….

    NO CHILD is LEFT BEHIND that grabs their EDUCATION!!