Road Trip!!! Fourth & Fifth Grades dissected squid and made electro-magnets at the Catawba Valley Science Center. What a terrific field trip and fun learning opportunity!
The Robinson winner at The Proudest Kid in Gaston County made Mr. Kessler & Ms. Holland the proudest educators in Gaston County!
Great news and a touching tale from Ms. Henry's 3rd grade: One of Ms. Henry's students was awarded $25 for being one of the top chocolate bar sellers in 3rd gade. In March, we raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Pennies for Patients). Her parents gave her money to donate, and she proudly brought in her little box. The next day or so after that, she came in with a $20 bill. She said that she wanted to donate more money, her prize money, to such a great cause! She could have bought toys, candy or games with her money; instead she saw a need and took the opportunity to help others!
Robinson enjoyed an effective presentation on leukemia by Ms. Shaw of the Pennies for Patients organization. We raised $2,613 in the Pennies for Patients drive.
Robinson's Robotics Team, the Bee Bots, have done it again -- they won another award: they captured the Gracious Professionalism Award at Robo Gaston! This year they competed in the state competition against 8th graders, and qualified for states by placing 9th out of 36 in their first competition ever. What a great team and coach! Go Bee Bots!
One of our student teachers, Alex Caughey, teamed up with First Grade and Lingerfeldt’s teacher of the year & Robinson parent, Ms. Holeman, to donate 12 backpacks and several boxes full of school supplies to our Lingerfeldt neighbors. Great teamwork, First Grade!
One of our grant donors commented recently that he had never seen an entire school so energized by one of the foundation's grants. The foundation invited Ms. Litfin & Ms. Holland to present about the Makerspace & project based learning. Here is the video they used. Robinson staff completed more training in PBL and planned fun learning units for their grade levels: 1st grade - magnets & door safety locks; 3rd grade - jobs, earning money, & starting a business. These units will be learning by doing in an integrated setting, combining reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
Three teachers at Robinson have been awarded grants: Ms. Hall secured a Donors Choose grant for Chromebooks, Ms. Miller won a Donors Choose grant for technology, and Ms. Holland received a $5,000 grant for the Makerspace from the NC Community Foundation.
Congratulations to Ms. Hall, who was selected as a Pinnacle leader!
Congratulations to our Robinson Teacher of the Year and winner of the Kay Turner Award: Ms. Julie Childers!
Congratulations to Ms. Darlene Oakley, our KIA Educatcator of the Year! Ms. Oakley was voted by our entire staff as the unsung hero. She was honored at the yearly event along with 50 of the other top GCS employees.
We would like to thank Ken Osterbrook of Gaston Christian Church in Belmont for donating teacher tote bags full of school supplies and to Crystal Jackson of Times Oil for presenting a check in the amount of $5,000 to Amber Litfin and Tammy Holland for their Makerspace Grant.
Twelve high school students from Gaston County Schools were selected to attend the 2017 session of the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School. The program is a summer enrichment experience that provides an opportunity for outstanding students to explore the latest developments, problems, and theories in the various fields of the arts and science.
The annual Star Teacher-Student Awards ceremony presented by Gaston County Schools and sponsored by The Gaston Gazette was held Thursday, April 6 at the Schiele Museum. Each high school and Webb Street School selected an outstanding senior in the Class of 2017 and that student chose a teacher who had the greatest influence on his or her life. Each Star Student honored his or her Star Teacher during the ceremony.
Gaston County Schools is accepting student applications for two of its magnet school programs: the Hawks Nest STEAM Academy and the new Gifted and Talented Academy at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School. The deadline for parents to submit an online application is Monday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m. The two Academy programs will provide students with outstanding academic and extracurricular opportunities with a concentration on accelerated teaching and learning.
Six outstanding teachers in Gaston County Schools were recognized on Tuesday, March 28 during the National Board Certified Teachers Reception. The teachers are part of an elite group of educators who have earned National Board Certification, which is the highest standard for the teaching profession. The certification is made available through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
The annual Employees Benefits Fair is this Thursday, April 27 from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. at Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 5323 Union Road, Gastonia. Employees will have an opportunity to receive information about available benefits and also meet with Pierce Group representatives about enrolling or changing optional benefits for 2017-2018. For more information, call the Human Resources Department.
Just in case you are wondering about the one snow day from January that had not been made up, no need to wonder anymore. The Board of Education voted during its April 10 meeting to “forgive” the day. There are enough instructional hours remaining in the school calendar; therefore, students do not have to make up the day. You may recall that students missed school on January 9 and 10 because of inclement weather, and January 24 was used to make up one of the days.
Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held in May at the former Forest Heights Elementary School, #1 Learning Place, Gastonia. Registration will take place at Forest Heights for all elementary schools during the following times: Saturday, May 6 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 12 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. each day. For more information, call (704) 810-7284.