Two weeks of Minecraft. For the middle school students enrolled in the Gaston County Schools Summer Enrichment Program, two weeks devoted to their favorite video game must have sounded like a dream come true. They may not have even realized this summer camp was educational. But their teacher for the program knows that more than just a game, Minecraft can be an effective classroom learning tool.
They could have been at the beach, but instead, nearly 70 Gaston County Schools teachers spent their first week of summer vacation in the classroom. Teachers from all grade levels spent time learning together in the Pinnacle Leaders program, which aims to help educators use technology effectively in the classroom and become technology leaders in their schools.
For the past three weeks, bulldozers, excavators, and backhoes have been removing trees, turning over dirt, and preparing the land for a new middle school in Stanley. But a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning marked the official start of construction for the new facility, which will be built on the same parcel of land as the current school.
W. Jeffrey Booker, Superintendent of Gaston County Schools, has earned the prestigious Southwest Region Superintendent of the Year recognition for 2016-2017. Superintendents in the Southwest Region, which includes 11 public school districts in nine counties across the greater Charlotte area, selected Booker for the honor. He will compete against other regional winners for the North Carolina Superintendent of the Year title.
Gaston County Schools has 33 students in the Class of 2016 who have achieved valedictorian or salutatorian honors. Each valedictorian and salutatorian were recognized during high school graduation. The senior with the highest weighted grade point average (GPA) is selected valedictorian and the senior with the second-highest weighted GPA is chosen salutatorian. When students are tied for first or second in the class, co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian honors are presented.
Gaston County Schools will operate again this summer on a four-day, 10-hours a day work week beginning Monday, June 13. School and central level offices will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All offices will be closed on Friday. Offices will be closed Monday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Summer hours run through Friday, August 5.
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Elementary Summer Reading Camp at Brookside
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Elementary Summer Reading Camp at Gardner Park
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Elementary Summer Reading Camp at Lingerfeldt
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Elementary Summer Reading Camp at North Belmont
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Elementary Summer Reading Camp at Sadler
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Elementary Summer Reading Camp at Springfield
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Elementary Summer Reading Camp at Tryon