Clutching a pair of oversized scissors and surrounded by school leaders, a quartet of students cut the red ribbon on Sunday to signify the official opening of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School. Hundreds of people applauded as Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker proclaimed the new school open to the public. The ribbon cutting was the finale act for the school’s debut during the festive grand opening ceremony.
Once again, Bobbie Cavnar is being honored for his outstanding efforts in the classroom. Cavnar is among 38 educators from across the United States who will receive the prestigious Award for Teaching Excellence sponsored by the California Casualty insurance company. The award will be presented in February 2018 during the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C.
In August, Gaston County Schools will launch its first online school. The Gaston County Virtual Academy is for grades 6-8 and offers personalized learning and schedule flexibility. The school features a blended model of instruction with online classes and some face-to-face enrichment activities. It’s free and ideal for students in a homeschool setting.
A group of Gaston County’s most promising high school students spent the past two weeks on the Belmont Abbey College campus for the 32nd annual James S. Forrester Commissioners’ School of Excellence. The prestigious summer enrichment program gave rising sophomores an opportunity to better understand life in Gaston County and their roles as future leaders.
The first day of school for students in Gaston County Schools is Monday, August 28.