Gaston County Schools will operate again this summer on a four-day, 10-hours a day work week beginning Monday, June 19. 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 Tuesday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Summer hours run through Friday, August 11.
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.
Parents please do not forget about the FREE reading program at the Gaston County Public Library. Visit any of the 11 branches to get a FREE library card and sign up for the program.
Other FREE programs include:
Through Barnes & Noble Summer Reading kids can earn a FREE book after they read eights books and log them on a reading sheet. The Barnes and Noble kids summer reading program is only available to children in grades 1-6. Only one book is available for each child who completes a reading journal and choice must be made from the selected books available at the store.
Book Adventure by Sylvan is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Like our Accelerated Reader program, kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.
Half Price Books' Feed Your Brain Reading Program offers free Half Price Books gift cards to kids who read for at least 300 minutes during June 1 and July 31st. This program is available to kids preschool through middle school.
Scholastic has a summer reading challenge in which kids read and then go online to record the minutes they’ve read this summer. They’ll also be able to take weekly challenges to earn rewards. This kids summer reading program runs May 8 – September 8, 2017.
Kids can get a free Maze Runner series water bottle with the Books-A-Million Kids Summer Reading Program. The kids must read four of the 75+ qualified books. Then they fill out a journal to show their progress, and return it to any Books-A-Million store.
Have your child to READ! READ! READ! this summer!!!
Mrs. Wilson, Media Specialist
Demarquis Logan is quick to tell you that the Gaston County Schools mentoring program changed his life. Logan became involved in mentoring seven years ago as a student at Brookside Elementary School. He recently graduated from Hunter Huss High School and is looking toward the future with a mentoring scholarship in hand.
Gaston County Schools has 24 students in the Class of 2017 who have achieved valedictorian or salutatorian honors. The valedictorian and salutatorian were recognized during each 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.
This year, Gaston County Schools has three seniors in the Class of 2017 who have achieved 13 years of perfect attendance for their entire school career, kindergarten through twelfth grade. The students were recognized during their high school graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 10 for having perfect attendance and received a plaque from the Gaston County Board of Education.