Congratulations to Mrs. Mammano
SCHS 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year
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Students in Gaston County Schools have the supplies they need to learn thanks to the community’s generosity. From pens and pencils, notebooks, crayons, glue sticks and backpacks, nearly 16,000 individual items were donated to Gaston County students this fall through several collection drives hosted by local businesses.
Jill Hendrix had her students in mind when she chose to spend six weeks this summer teaching in Panama. The Spanish teacher at Stanley Middle School wanted to improve her language skills and come back with first-hand knowledge of Central America to share with her classes. To do this, she truly immersed herself in the culture.
Gaston County’s two new schools are starting to take shape. Foundations have been poured and concrete walls are rising from the dirt. Both the elementary school in Gastonia and the middle school in Stanley are on track to be completed for use during the 2017-2018 academic year, and when ready, the modern school campuses will serve the Gastonia and Stanley communities for many years to come.
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.
The Gaston County Schools calendar committee held its first meeting last Wednesday, beginning a process to create the district calendars for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years. The committee consists of teachers, administrators, parents, and students. Putting together the calendars is a challenging process because the committee must adhere to state law that dictates the number of hours/days students must attend school, the start and end dates, the number of holidays and teacher workdays, and other specifics. Additional committee meetings are scheduled for November 1 and November 15. Once the committee finishes its work, the draft calendars will be posted on the district website for review and feedback before going to the Board of Education for consideration and approval.
Attention, employees: Our fundraising efforts for the United Way of Gaston County are under way, and we hope you will support the campaign this year. One area that receives significant funding from the local United Way is education. The education priorities are providing developmental programs for infants and toddlers; helping students meet grade level expectations in reading, math, and science; and making sure high school graduates are prepared for college and the workforce. Principals and central office administrators received fundraising information last week. When you get your contribution form, please give what you can to help the United Way make a difference in our community.
High school students planning to apply for the prestigious Governor’s School 2017 program should ask their school counselor about the deadline. The school scholarship committees have to review student applications and submit their nominees to the district office by October 31. This allows for enough time to get the student nominees for Gaston County Schools submitted to the Governor’s School office by November 15. Governor’s School is a prestigious summer enrichment program for students across the state. For more information about the program, visit www.ncgovschool.org.