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 Engbarth, Aundrea 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.