GOOD NEWS from GASTON COUNTY SCHOOLS
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Good News from our Schools

Second Harvest Food Donation at Pleasant Ridge Elementary  
Shiny red apples for students at Pleasant Ridge and Sadler
During the holiday season, Second Harvest Food Bank and Walmart partnered with schools in the Charlotte area to provide bags of apples for children and their families. Apples were delivered to Pleasant Ridge Elementary School (pictured above) and Sadler Elementary School. The shiny red apples were a sweet surprise for the students, who learned about the importance of enjoying fresh produce and shared about their favorite apple dishes, including apple pie and applesauce. Click here for a video about the apples delivery.
 
 
South Point High School State 3A Champions   
State 3-A football championship for South Point High School
South Point defeated Rocky Mount, 16-7, to win the 3A state football championship on December 17 at Wake Forest University's BB&T Field. South Point finished the season with a 12-4 record. Junior Jake Alexander earned MVP honors for the game. Click here for pictures.
 
Gardner Park Food Collection Drive   
Gardner Park students collect canned goods for people in need
Gardner Park Elementary held its annual food drive and collected 1,250 canned goods for the Salvation Army.
 
Cherryville High School Cheerleaders win state award   
State cheerleading championships for Cherryville High School 
The Cherryville High School cheerleading teams won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Small Division II Varsity and Junior Varsity state championships.
 
Ashbrook student wins community service award  
Ashbrook student named a Carolina Panthers Community Captain 
Ashbrook High School senior Manolito “Lito” Mantecon II was honored as a 2016 Carolina Panthers Community Captain. The program identifies outstanding student-athletes who also are involved in community service. He was one of 10 students from across North and South Carolina who were recognized at a Panthers game.  The Panthers gave a $500 grant to the school’s athletic program in Mantecon’s honor.

Shout-Outs

Matthew Hipps of Ashbrook High School, Elizabeth Leonard of North Gaston High School, and Kristy Newton of Brookside Elementary earned National Board Certification, which is the highest standard for the teaching profession.

The North Gaston High School cafeteria staff earned a 100 percent sanitation grade.

Sherwood Elementary collected 1,471 non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army. Tiffany Phillips’ first grade class contributed 517 items to win the school-wide collection contest.

Highland School of Technology took first place in the Mathematical Puzzle Program High School Challenge at UNC-Charlotte. The program is a team-based mathematical puzzle competition for high school students and rewards players for their problem-solving ability.
 
McAdenville, Rankin, and Robinson elementary schools participated in the N.C. First Lego League regional robotics competition and qualified to represent Gaston County Schools in the state competition. Bessemer City Central and Pinewood also participated in the regional competition.
 
North Belmont Elementary collected 1,434 non-perishable food items for the S.O.C.K.S. organization in Belmont. The collection drive was organized by the school’s safety patrol and Girls on the Run team.

Cherryville High School conducted a ceremony to dedicate the tennis courts in honor of long-time teacher and coach Donna Lavery.

Bessemer City Middle School hosted a Veterans Tribute event to honor local men and women who served in the military. The band and chorus performed and the art club had work on display.

Students involved in the LEAP (Leading, Educating, and Preparing) program at Pleasant Ridge Elementary presented a drumming performance during the Forestview-Hunter Huss football game. School counselor James Giambusso directed the performance. 
 
Chris Turner, a senior at Bessemer City High School, was awarded a full scholarship to Brown University.  The scholarship is valued at more than $270,000 and made available through the QuestBridge program. He plans to study engineering or physics.

Lingerfeldt Elementary school social worker Nohra Nunez coordinated a school-wide collection of supplies for Hurricane Matthew flood victims in eastern North Carolina. Students donated food, cleaning supplies, and baby items.

North Gaston High School is one of just 48 schools in the United States to have men’s and women’s soccer teams to receive the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Team Academic Award.  
 
H.H. Beam Elementary student Destiny Taylor and Chapel Grove Elementary student Skyler Chastaine were honored by the Gaston County Police Department’s K9 Unit for helping to apprehend a felon. The girls provided the officers with information that helped them locate the suspect. The department gave certificates and McDonald’s gift cards to the students.

Gaston County Schools instructional technology facilitators Sandra EngbarthAundrea Jenkins and Lisa Montgomery and Mount Holly Middle School teacher Heather Wilson were selected to participate in the Digital Leaders Coaches Network, an eight-month professional learning program. They joined 194 other digital learning leaders from across the state to study strategies for education technology. The program was conducted by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at N.C. State University.
 
Webb Street School held a “One Book, One School” program with every student, teacher, and staff member receiving a copy of “The BFG” by Roald Dahl. The program is designed to give students the opportunity to have discussions about the book with anyone at the school.

Robinson Elementary held two special events for the community. A PTO Veterans Day program honored local veterans and included songs by the students, a guest speaker, and a video presentation. The school also hosted a “Makerspace Showcase” to introduce families to the school’s new makerspace, which was developed by teachers Tammy Holland and Amber Litfin and funded by a grant from the Gaston County Education Foundation.

The Gaston County Schools all-county marching band participated in Gastonia’s Veterans Day parade. There were 26 color guard members and 118 band students representing all high schools in the parade.
 
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