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  • Congradulations to Ms. Huffstetler

    Gaston County Schools Principal of the Year!!!


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  • Mark your Calendars!!!

    6th Grade Awards Day: June 6th at 9:00 am

    7th Grade Awards Day: June 6th at 11:00 am

    8th Grade Awards Day: June 7th 9:00 am

    Athletic Awards: June 7th 1:00 pm


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  •      On Saturday June 4th, 2016 CaroMount is offering $10.00 sports physicals. Southwest is scheduled for physicals at 9:15 AM. In order to attend, you must register and pay Coach Sheppard. Registration forms can be pick up from Coach Sheppard in the gym. 

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  • Southwest Middle Orientation Video




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District News

  • Graduating seniors visit kindergarten teacher

    Twelve years ago, W.A. Bess Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jill Nichols was honored as the Gaston County Schools Teacher of the Year. This year, the students from that class are graduating, and Nichols is retiring after a 30-year career in teaching. The students she first taught as 5- and 6-year-olds reunited at W.A. Bess Elementary one recent morning, where they visited with Nichols and reminisced about their time together, recreated their class yearbook photo and described how their journey to graduation began on the learning rug in Nichols’ classroom.

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  • Scholarship winner gives credit to his mentor

    Reggie Dawkins’ high school resume tells the story of a successful student with a promising future. The South Point High School senior was recently selected to receive the 2016 Paul Fuller Scholarship, which is presented to a senior who has been involved in the Gaston County Schools mentoring program. He will use it at Western Carolina University where he plans to study instrumental music education. Dawkins gives credit to his mentor, Van Hawkins, for helping him to achieve success.

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  • GCS honors Star Teachers and Star Students

    The annual Star Teacher-Student Awards ceremony sponsored by Gaston County Schools and The Gaston Gazette was held Thursday, May 12 at the Schiele Museum. The program recognized a senior from each high school who has accomplished many outstanding achievements and the teacher who had the greatest influence on that student’s educational career.

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  • Students compete at inaugural Cyber Drones Expo

    Drones zoomed over the football stadium at Bessemer City High School during Gaston County Schools’ first Cyber Drones Expo. Teams from five high schools competed against one another, showing off their drone flying skills and sharing proposals for drone-based businesses during the May 9 event.

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  • Summer Enrichment Institute


    Gaston County Schools is sponsoring several summer enrichment opportunities for middle and high schools students.  Classes will meet for eight days from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. during the weeks of June 20-23 and June 27-30. Transportation is not provided. Space is limited per class, and classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. A nonrefundable payment is due at the time of registration for the Summer Enrichment Institute. Click here for more information.


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  • Proctors needed for end-of-year testing

    Our schools are in need of proctors to help with the elementary and middle school end-of grade tests, May 25-June 3, and high school end-of-course tests, May 27-June 8. Parents, school volunteers and community members who are available to help with end-of-year testing should contact the school in their neighborhood for more information.

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  • Lottery conducted for STEAM Academy

    Congratulations to the 300 students who were selected on Friday to attend the new Hawks Nest STEAM Academy when it opens in August. Click here to see the list of students selected in the lottery. Click here for a slideshow of pictures from the lottery.

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  • Gaston County Sports Physical Day

    CaroMont Health is sponsoring the 2016 Gaston County Sports Physical Day, Saturday, June 4, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at CaroMont Specialty Surgery in Gastonia. Cost is $10. For more information, please click here.

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