Fall Semester Exams
Fall Semester Exams are scheduled for the week of Tuesday, January 17 through Tuesday, January 24. Each day exams will begin promptly at 8:00 am, so it is very important that students arrive at school and are in classes on time. School will dismiss each day when the exam session has ended. Although we do not know the exact time of dismissal, we estimate students will be finished with exams by 1:00 pm.
Students who arrive at school after the exam period has begun will not be allowed to enter the exam session and will have to complete a make up exam. During the exam periods each day, students will not have access to their cell phones and will not be allowed to sign out of school. Because of this, we ask that students plan ahead by changing any scheduled appointments and prohibit cell phones during final exams. Bag lunches will be provided for students to pick up in the cafeteria at dismissal time each day.
Please see the schedule below for more information.
January 23 is a teacher workday and students will not be in school. January 24 is a make up exam day and students who missed an exam will be required to come to school to take the exam that they missed. January 25 is a regular school day and the first day of the second semester.
Please call the school if you have any questions!
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A holiday surprise arrived early for some fifth graders at Pleasant Ridge Elementary. The students in Rebecca Cissel’s classroom were hard at work one morning when they heard an electronic voice greet them from underneath the teacher’s desk: “Hello, Team Cissel!” It was a small, blue, ball-shaped robot named “Dot.” He arrived with a friend -- a larger robot, “Dash,” who has wheels and can be programmed to drive around the classroom floor. The students might think these are toys, but the robots are there to help them learn.
She might look like an ordinary high school student. Many days, you can find her doing classwork at the Gaston Early College High School or at her after-school job at Cracker Barrel. But Madison Knowles is anything but a typical high schooler. As an Early College student, Knowles is not only taking college courses, but at 18 years old, she has become the youngest-ever president of the Gaston College Student Government Association (SGA).
If you want to hire a Microsoft Office expert, check with the Highland School of Technology. Of the 316 students in North Carolina who earned Microsoft Office Master certifications in the 2015-2016 school year, 101 of them came from Highland. These numbers are the result of the school’s focus on career development as well as the dedication of three teachers who make it their goal to prepare as many students as possible to earn the certifications.
The Gaston County Board of Education has selected its chairman and vice chairman for the next two years. During Monday morning’s organizational meeting at the Central Office, the Board voted unanimously to elect Kevin Collier to serve as chairman. The Board also elected Jeff Ramsey to serve as the vice chairman.
January is National Mentoring Month. Our school mentors give of their time, talents and resources to make a difference in the lives of children. Please take time this month to honor and thank the mentors in your school. Let them know how much you appreciate what they do for students. For more information, please visit www.nationalmentoringmonth.org.
We want to know what you think about the proposed school calendars for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years. The calendar committee has completed its work of formulating the draft calendars, and they are available now on our website for review. Click here to see the draft calendars and take our School Calendar Survey by January 25. The survey results will be presented to the Board of Education for consideration prior to the Board’s approval of the calendars for the next two school years.
The end of the first semester is almost here, which means our high schools will administer mid-year exams beginning this Tuesday, January 17. Some schools are in need of adults to help with testing as proctors. If you are available to serve as a proctor, please contact the high school in your community for more information.