Great news and a touching tale from Ms. Henry's 3rd grade: One of Ms. Henry's students was awarded $25 for being one of the top chocolate bar sellers in 3rd gade. In March, we raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Pennies for Patients). Her parents gave her money to donate, and she proudly brought in her little box. The next day or so after that, she came in with a $20 bill. She said that she wanted to donate more money, her prize money, to such a great cause! She could have bought toys, candy or games with her money; instead she saw a need and took the opportunity to help others!
Robinson's Robotics Team, the Bee Bots, have done it again -- they won another award: they captured the Gracious Professionalism Award at Robo Gaston! This year they competed in the state competition against 8th graders, and qualified for states by placing 9th out of 36 in their first competition ever. What a great team and coach! Go Bee Bots!
Robinson enjoyed an effective presentation on leukemia by Ms. Shaw of the Pennies for Patients organization.
One of our student teachers, Alex Caughey, teamed up with First Grade and Lingerfeldt’s teacher of the year and Robinson parent, Ms. Holeman, to donate 12 backpacks and several boxes full of school supplies to our Lingerfeldt neighbors. Great teamwork, First Grade!
Robinson took learning on the road! Third Grade explored science & dancing with Grand Hank, Master Scientist, at Charlotte Country Day School, thanks to an invitation from our friend and Queens University cheerleading coach Ms. Lori Townshend. Kindergarten went to Seussical the musical at Ovens Auditorium. Second Grade went to Union Road Public Library.
The Wax Museum drew large crowds and famous Americans to Second Grade. Third Grade showcased their Biography Boxes in the gym.
Robinson enjoyed a presentation by the National Theatre for Children & Duke Energy promoting energy conservation.
Kindergarten worked with Rebecca Shoniker to learn more about writing.
What fun to "read across Robinson" for Dr. Seuss' birthday!
Three teachers at Robinson have been awarded grants: Hs. Hall secured a Donors Choose grant for Chromebooks, Ms. Miller won a Donors Choose grant for technology, and Ms. Holland received a $5,000 grant for the Makerspace from the NC Community Foundation.
What a challenging and entertaining spelling bee! Thanks to Ms. Shoemaker for organizing and to Ms. Ellis and Ms. Kahn for judging. Congratulations to all our participants and good luck to our winner!
We won the I Love a Clean School Award!
Thanks to all volunteers who came to Beautification Day, especially Mr. Hobson, Ms. Kampmeyer, Mr. Rathbone, Ms. Revels, and Ms. Tabor. Look around the grounds and see what they accomplished! We'll hold other Beautification Days in March and April to keep everything looking good and to help with our gardening program!
Congratulations to Third Grade, who won the February Do the Right Thing Contest!
Congratulations to Ms. Hall, who was selected as a Pinnacle leader!
In commemoration of Bus Driver Appreciation Week, thanks to our great drivers: Ms. Smith (20), Ms. Coleman (66), Ms. Brown (120), Ms. Russell (99), and Mr. Sturgis (11)!
One of our grant donors commented recently that he had never seen an entire school so energized by one of the foundation's grants. The foundation invited Ms. Litfin & Ms. Holland to present about the Makerspace & project based learning; Here is the video they used. Robinson staff completed more training in PBL and planned fun learning units for upcoming weeks: 1st grade - magnets & safety door locks; 3rd grade - jobs, earning money, & starting a business. These units will be learning by doing in an integrated setting, combining reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
Book Character Ball & Book Fair were such fun! Thanks to so many people for making them a success: Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Potter led the pizza sales, and Mr. Rathbone served as the music man; Mr. & Ms. Oakley, Ms. Maxon & Ms. Lunsford helped at the Book Fair Monday night (while Ms. Blanco, Ms. Billups, Ms. Hoersch, Ms. Tabor and others helped throughout the week). Teachers dressed up and read to the students, and volunteers set up and cleaned up.
Our cafeteria scored 99% on its recent sanitation rating. Congratulations to Ms. Brooks and her team!
Congratulations to our Robinson Teacher of the Year and winner of the Kay Turner Award: Ms. Julie Childers!
Congratulations to Ms. Darlene Oakley, our KIA Educator of the Year! Ms. Oakley was voted by our entire staff as the unsung hero. She was honored at the yearly event along with 50 of the other top GCS employees.
We would like to thank Ken Osterbrook of Gaston Christian Church in Belmont for donating teacher tote bags full of school supplies and to Crystal Jackson of Times Oil for presenting a check in the amount of $5,000 to Amber Litfin and Tammy Holland for their Makerspace Grant.
Catawba Heights Elementary and Stanley Middle School took overall top honors in the sixth annual Gaston County Schools robotics competition held Saturday, March 11 at Forestview High School. The two schools, along with six others that had the top scores among all participating teams, will represent Gaston County in the western regional robotics competition on April 29.
Walls are going up and the new Stanley Middle School is taking shape. It has been seven months since the groundbreaking ceremony when all that could be seen on the school’s former football field were mounds of dirt and construction equipment. Now, curious passersby can see where the school will be located and envision a modern facility that should be ready for use during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Gaston County Schools won 34 awards in the highly-competitive Mid-Carolina Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. The awards included 12 Gold Key, 11 Silver Key, and 11 honorable mentions. “I am extremely proud of our students’ achievements,” said Forestview High School art teacher Travis Johnson. “To receive a Gold Key in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards means that you are producing some of the best quality work in the state.”
Three days a week, teachers at Sherwood Elementary become students for the afternoon so they can learn basic grammar, spelling, and pronunciation. In Spanish, that is. The school’s ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher Edgar Coronado is offering Spanish lessons to any interested teachers. The classes are giving teachers new ways to communicate with their students, and perhaps more important, with their students’ parents.
Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held in May at the former Forest Heights Elementary School, #1 Learning Place, Gastonia. Registration will take place at Forest Heights for all elementary schools during the following times: Saturday, May 6 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 12 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. each day. For more information, call (704) 810-7284.
The annual College and Career Expo presented by Gaston County Schools will be held Saturday, April 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Gaston College in the Lena Sue Beam Building in Dallas. Middle and high school students and their parents are encouraged to attend to meet with college representatives and business leaders and participate in information sessions. The event is free. Click here to visit our College Expo webpage for information.