Celebrate! Gaston County Schools
We've heard the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words."  These pictures tell the story of some of our achievements in 2016.  
They are reasons for us to celebrate our schools!
W. Jeffrey Booker   
Booker earns regional superintendent award
Our Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker was chosen as the Southwest Region Superintendent of the Year for 2016-2017.
 
Student Proficiency  
Proficiency, academic growth increases 
Gaston County Schools had an increase in overall student proficiency and more schools met or exceeded academic growth expectations. Our average SAT score also increased by 15 points.
 
Seniors awarded $53 million in scholarship money  
Seniors awarded $53 million in scholarships
The Class of 2016 was awarded more than $53 million in academic, athletic, military, and fine arts scholarships, which is a record amount for a graduating class.
 
New elementary magnet school   
New elementary magnet school focuses on STEAM
Our first elementary magnet school - Hawks Nest STEAM Academy - opened in August for grades K-5. The school focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. 
 
Mallory Alman   
Student wins silver medal at science fair
Mallory Allman earned a silver medal at the international science fair for her project that experimented with how to create bioplastic from kudzu.
 
Teacher earns state award  
Spanish teacher earns state recognition
Laura Sexton, a Spanish teacher at the Gaston Early College High School, was named the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year.  
Bobbie Cavnar - NC Teacher of the Year  
North Carolina Teacher of the Year
Bobbie Cavnar, an English teacher at South Point High School, was named the North Carolina Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017. He is the third Gaston County teacher to win the state honor.
Class of 2015
Gaston County Schools Graduation Rate  
Graduation rate reaches all-time high
The graduation rate reached an all-time high of 88 percent. Since the state first calculated the graduation rate in 2006, Gaston’s rate has increased 19.9 points from 68.1 to 88 percent.
 
Class of 2015
Celebrate! Gaston County Schools    
 
Class of 2015
Groundbreaking Ceremonies
Groundbreaking ceremonies for new schools
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for a new elementary school in Gastonia and a new middle school in Stanley. The schools will open in the 2017-2018  academic year.
Class of 2015
Nickels 4 Neighbors  
Schools collected more than $21,000 for flood relief
Our schools participated in the “Nickels 4 Neighbors” campaign and collected more than $21,000 to help schools in eastern North Carolina that were affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Class of 2015
Kia Outstanding Educator Awards Program
Winner chosen in Kia Outstanding Educator program
Kim Costner, a computer lab teacher at Pinewood Elementary, was named the Kia Outstanding Educator for 2016 and won a new car from Kia of Gastonia.
 
Watch our Celebrate! video
Click here to watch our 'Celebrate! Gaston County Schools' video.
Career Academy at Hunter Huss  
New Career Academy begins at Hunter Huss
A Career Academy was established at Hunter Huss High School. The program combines academics with job-specific focus areas that prepare students for college and careers. 
 
South Point Football Championship  
State championships in six high school sports 
We captured state athletic championships in baseball, cheerleading, football, golf, track and field, and wrestling.
 
Chad Duncan    
Duncan gets region's athletic director honor 
Gaston County Schools’ director of athletics Chad Duncan was named the Region 6 Athletic Director of the Year.
 
School Safety District  
Continued focus on safety in our schools
School safety continues to be a priority for Gaston County. Among the top ten largest school districts in the state, we have the best school safety record.
 
Putting more technology in our classrooms  
Putting more technology in our classrooms 
Putting more technology in our classrooms improved our student-to-computer ratio to 1:1.6. Students and teachers have access to Chromebooks, iPads, SMART Boards, and other devices.
 
US Air Force Academy   
Air Force appointments for two students
Two students - Hayes Cloninger and Stephen Moore - received prestigious appointments to attend the United States Air Force Academy.
 
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