6/2 - 1st Period Exam
6/3 - 2nd Period Exam
6/6 - 3rd Period Exam
6/7 - 4th Period Exam
6/8 - Make Up Exam Day
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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.
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.
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.
Sixty-six students from Gaston County Schools will attend the James S. Forrester Commissioners’ School of Excellence (CSE) June 12-17 and June 26-July 1 at Belmont Abbey College. CSE is a unique, two-week summer residential learning experience for rising tenth graders in Gaston County. It is similar to the prestigious Governor’s School of North Carolina program, which is for high school juniors.
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.
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.
Gaston County Schools will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday afternoon, June 6 for the new elementary school in west Gastonia. Crews have begun preparing the site located behind the existing Pleasant Ridge Elementary School for construction. The ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m., and the public is invited. The elementary school is a result of the consolidation of three older schools – Rhyne, Forest Heights, and Pleasant Ridge – into a new school, which is expected to open for the 2017-2018 academic year.