Gaston County Schools might have tomorrow’s top executives in the world of business and finance. Students from two high schools - Highland and South Point - won awards this year in three highly-competitive programs that focus on financial literacy. Additionally, for the second time in three years, a Gaston County high school has earned a top 10 national finish in the Capitol Hill Challenge presented by the SIFMA Foundation.
Gaston County Schools has named its New Teacher of the Year and Teacher Assistant of the Year for 2017. Dru Lockridge of Stanley Middle School won the Linda Rader New Teacher of the Year recognition and Joseph Rothwell of W.C. Friday Middle School earned the Teacher Assistant of the Year honor. The awards were presented during a reception on Tuesday, May 23 at the Schiele Museum.
The Gaston County Board of Education is conducting the process to select an appointee for the Gaston College Board of Trustees. The appointee will serve a four-year term on the college’s Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2017. Citizens wishing to be considered for the appointment should complete an application form and return it by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 to the Gaston County Schools Central Office, 943 Osceola Street, Gastonia.
Sixty-two students from Gaston County Schools will attend the James S. Forrester Commissioners’ School of Excellence June 18-30 at Belmont Abbey College. Commissioners’ School is a unique, two-week summer residential learning experience for rising tenth graders in Gaston County. It is similar to the prestigious Governor’s School of North Carolina program.
Our schools are already thinking about end-of-year testing, and they could use your help. Proctors are needed for elementary and middle school tests scheduled May 25 through June 8. Proctors are needed for high school tests scheduled June 2 through June 8. Adults who are available to help with testing should contact the school in their neighborhood for more information and to sign up. Proctors are needed at various times, and schools are able to accommodate proctors’ schedules.
The Gaston County Police Department will sponsor its Citizens’ Police Academy for Youth July 10-14. The program is designed to introduce students (ages 12-15 years) to the law enforcement profession and provide them with information about the Gaston County Police Department. A group of 24 students will be selected for the program based on letters of reference from a teacher, principal, and guidance counselor. Click here for information about the application process.
We will accept applications throughout the summer for the new Gaston County Virtual Academy, which is designed especially for middle school students (grades 6-8) who could benefit from school flexibility and personalized online learning. The Virtual Academy is ideal for students currently enrolled in home school programs, students who need a flexible school schedule because of athletics and other competitive activities, or students who experience difficulty with the transition from elementary school to middle school. Click here for more information and to apply online.
2:00 PM Operations Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Gaston County Education Foundation Ensley Grant Awards Celebration
8:00 AM - 10:15 AM Gaston County Sports Physical Day
5:30 PM Board of Education Meeting