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.
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.
Students can get a head start on their career and college plans this year thanks to a new partnership between Gaston County Schools and Gaston College. The school district is part of the NCWorks Career Coach Program, an initiative to help high school students learn about education and job opportunities available to them after graduation.
The high school graduation rate for Gaston County Schools has increased again, according to information released Thursday by the North Carolina State Board of Education. The graduation rate for the Class of 2016 is 88 percent, which is the best rate ever for the school district. The Gaston rate of 88 percent is higher than the state graduation rate of 85.8 percent. The district’s graduation rate has increased each year for the past seven years.
The Board of Education will meet Monday, October 3, 5:30 p.m., at the Gaston County Schools Central Office, 943 Osceola Street, Gastonia. The public is invited. Click here for the agenda. The meeting will air live on Time Warner Cable Channel 21 and on Ustream.
8:30 AM Volunteer Orientation Session
5:30 PM Board of Education Meeting
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM Volunteer Orientation Training Session (Central Office)
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Operations Committee Meeting
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Becoming Your Child's Best and Most Effective Advocate