School News

  • Yearbooks Sale

    Yearbooks are on sale now! You can purchase a yearbook online (Order Now) or by turning the order form envelope into to Mrs. White (Room 227) during advisory or in the mornings. The yearbooks are $25.00.


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  • October 20th (12:00) Early Dismissal

    Early Dismissal for students. Professional Development for Teachers

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  • October 24th PBIS Skating and Kick Ball Events

    Skating is $10.00 (includes pizza and drink)

    Both events have a limited number of slots available. First come first serve. Please see Mrs. White to get a permission slip and sign up. Students must not have any write-ups or absences after September 1st. 


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  • October 25th  Make-up School Pictures 

    Make-up school pictures will take place on October 25th for students and staff.  

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  • October 27th Halloween Dance 

    3:15-5:15 Admission to the dance is only $5 and concessions will be available.  Students may wear appropriate Halloween costumes, but may not wear masks or other face coverings as part of their costumes to school.

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  • Oct. 27th--Nov. 4th- Book Fair

    The fall book fair will be Oct. 27 - Nov. 4.  We be open from 8 until 3. Please help support our school by purchasing books at the book fair.

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  • November 8th- No School

    Optional Teachers Workday

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  • November 11th- No School


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District News

  • Early College wins national award for second time

    The yearbook staff at Gaston Early College High School is a national award winner - again. The students won the Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award, the same recognition the school received two years ago. The Early College is the only high school in Gaston County and one of just 27 schools in North Carolina to capture the national yearbook award in 2016.

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  • College Board releases SAT scores for 2016

    Gaston County Schools’ average score on the SAT is 1425, according to a report released by the College Board. This year’s score is 15 points higher than last year’s mark. Six high schools – Bessemer City, East Gaston, Forestview, Highland, Hunter Huss, and North Gaston – had a higher average score when compared to last year. The Highland School of Technology ranks above the state and national averages in all three tested subject areas (math, verbal and writing) for the second consecutive year.

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  • Former football star aims to motivate students

    What does it take to be great? It’s the small decisions we make every day, guest speaker Will Merritt told students at Bessemer City High School. Now a color commentator for ESPN, the former Clemson football star encouraged students to take the time to notice and care about each other. His talk was part of “Rachel’s Challenge,” a national anti-bullying initiative now in its fifth year in Gaston County Schools.

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  • Woodhill students make their mark on “Dot Day”

    Students at Woodhill Elementary made their mark on “Dot Day” by donating $440 in change to the Gastonia Police Foundation. The school sponsored the money collection in an effort to teach the children about supporting their community. It’s an idea inspired by the children’s book “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. The students also got an opportunity to spend time with officers and learn about the police department’s bomb squad and K-9 units.

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  • Open enrollment for State Health Plan


    Attention, employees: Open enrollment for the State Health Plan is October 1 through October 31. The choices you make will remain in effect from January 1 through December 31, 2016. For more information, visit

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  • Curriculum and Instruction Committee Meeting 

    The Gaston County Schools Curriculum and Instruction Committee will meet Monday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. at 943 Osceola Street, Gastonia. Click here for the agenda.
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  • Information about Governor's School


    Information about Governor’s School of North Carolina is available now. We encourage parents who have high school students interested in the 2017 session of Governor’s School to review the information. Governor’s School is a prestigious summer enrichment program for students across the state. Nominations are due November 15. For more information, contact your high school counselor or visit

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  • Optional Teacher Workday


    Tuesday, November 8, is an Optional Teacher Workday.

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Gastonia , NC 28052
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Lucretia Rice, Principal

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