• Proctors needed for end-of-year testing


    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.

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  • Register now for Youth Police Academy


    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.

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  • Virtual Academy applications accepted 

    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.

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  • Gaston County Sports Physical Day

    CaroMont Health is sponsoring the 2017 Gaston County Sports Physical Day, Saturday, June 3, 8:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. at CaroMont Specialty Surgery in Gastonia. Cost is $10. For more information, please click here.

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School News

  • Apply for the Gifted and Talented Academy


    Click here for the online application.  Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is for grades K-4. 


    Click here to learn more about the Gifted and Talented Academy.


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  • Student earns 'Do The Right Thing' Award


    In January, Jeremiah Perez was honored as a Gaston Gazette Do the Right Thing Elementary Winner


    From the news release:

    Name of Student: Jeremiah Perez

    Elementary Winner – 3rd Grade

    Parents/Guardian: Melissa Lillo

    School: Pleasant Ridge Elementary

    Nominated by: School Counselor

    The school counselor writes: Jeremiah is a caring soul. He was very upset when he saw that some of his classmates were shivering in the mornings at the bus stop because they did not have warm coats. He realized that there were many students at our school in the same situation. Jeremiah was also concerned that if he said something to his peers who needed the coats they might feel bad. So Jeremiah thought about it and decided to ask his father if he could have an advance on his allowance to buy coats for kids at school. Jeremiah told his dad that “my heart hurts when I see them shiver”. “Please dad buy some coats and give them to the school so they can stay warm”. Jeremiah’s mother and father were touched by the fact that their son came up with this idea on his own and they said “YES”. Later that week 30 coats were delivered to our school and some of Jeremiah’s classmates and peers are now having a warmer winter because Jeremiah did the right thing.

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  • New School Construction Progress


    Pleasant Ridge Elementary


    Click here for information on the new school in progress.


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District News

  • Schools excel in financial literacy competitions

    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.

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  • Reception honors new teachers, teacher assistants

    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.

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  • Students chosen for Commissioners’ School

    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.

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  • Educators honored during Evening of Excellence

    Four employees captured the most prestigious awards presented by Gaston County Schools during the 2017 Evening of Excellence ceremony. The program sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank was held Tuesday, May 2 at the Gaston Country Club. Stuart W. Cramer High School social studies teacher Mindee Mammano was named the Wells Fargo Teacher of the Year and Phyllis Whitworth of Belmont Central Elementary School earned the Wells Fargo Principal of the Year recognition. They will represent Gaston County in the regional competitions for 2017-2018.

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Gastonia, NC 28052
704-866-6097 - Fax
Glenn Cook, Principal

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