Gaston County Schools held a reception on Tuesday, May 24 at the Schiele Museum to name the New Teacher of the Year and Teacher Assistant of the Year for 2016. Bernadette D'Amato of Carr Elementary School received the Linda Rader New Teacher of the Year recognition and Jane Bumgarner of Springfield Elementary School captured the Teacher Assistant of the Year honor. This year’s awards program recognized 32 employees for outstanding dedication and commitment to students.
Fifteen high school students from Gaston County Schools were selected to attend the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School. Held annually at two sites, Governor’s School East is at Meredith College in Raleigh and Governor’s School West is at Salem College in Winston-Salem. The program runs June 19 through July 27.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.