• GCS Monday Morning
    A weekly update for Gaston County Schools employees and parents   December 8-14, 2014
     
     
    "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." – William Arthur Ward, American writer and poet
     

News, Notes and Information

  • Board of Education meeting is Monday, December 15
    The Gaston County Board of Education will conduct its regular meeting on Monday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gaston County Schools Central Office, 943 Osceola Street, Gastonia.  The public is invited.  Prior to the Board meeting, the Gaston County Schools Master Facilities Planning Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m.
     
    Watch the Kia car give-a-way program on Channel 21
    This week, we hope you will watch Stevie Anderson of Gardner Park Elementary win a new car from Kia of Gastonia. The Kia Outstanding Educator Awards ceremony will air December 9-14 on Channel 21 at the following times: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The video also is available on our website and YouTube channel.

    Two more holiday parades on the schedule this week
    Did you see our classic orange school bus in one of last week's holiday parades? If not, you have two opportunities this week. The Dallas parade is Friday at 4:00 p.m. and the Cherryville parade is Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

    See parade pictures on GCS website and Facebook
    Check out the GCS website and our Facebook page for pictures from the Belmont, Mount Holly, Cramerton, Bessemer City and Gastonia parades. Our school groups, marching bands, cheerleaders, dance teams, homecoming queens, and JROTC marchers add lots of energy and excitement to the community parades, and they do an excellent job representing Gaston County Schools.

    GCS Teacher of the Year in Gastonia parade
    Gaston County Teacher of the Year Karla Endemann from Chapel Grove Elementary earned a prime spot in Sunday's Gastonia parade. Ms. Endemann and her students rode in the annual holiday procession at the invitation of Gastonia city council member Jim Gallagher. This is the second year that Mr. Gallagher has arranged for our Teacher of the Year to be a part of the parade, and we thank him for his support and kindness.
     
    Volunteer orientation session on December 15
    An orientation session for adults wishing to serve as school volunteers will be held Monday, December 15 at 8:30 a.m. at the GCS Central Office. For more information, call the Business Partnerships Office, (704) 866-6329.
     
    Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) at Hunter Huss in January
    The next administration of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is Saturday, January 24 at Hunter Huss High School. The registration deadline is December 29. For registration information, visit www.collegeboard.org or contact your high school counselor. 
     
    Look for "Spirit of Giving" series on GCS website
    We encourage you to take a look at the “Spirit of Giving” series on the GCS website. The series includes stories about some of our efforts to celebrate the spirit of giving during the holiday season. Look for a new article each Tuesday and Friday in December.  
     
    Remember to go green and recycle
    Students and employees are encouraged to go green and recycle.  All schools and central department offices have collection bins for paper, newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and aluminum cans.  Please do your part to reduce waste by recycling.
     
    Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair
    The Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair is scheduled for Saturday, January 10 at the Schiele Museum.  Please encourage your high school and middle school students to participate and enter their outstanding projects.  We need entries from all schools – it’s a great opportunity to showcase the creative genius of your students.  For more information, contact Tammy Mims, who coordinates the science fair: (704) 866-6241.
     
    Deadline extended for model bridge building competition 
    The deadline for the model bridge building competition sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation has been extended until December 31, 2014. Middle and high school students are encouraged to enter the contest, which is designed to create student interest in careers related to transportation, engineering and construction.  Click here for more information.
     
    News Network representatives – Send us your good news!
    A reminder to our News Network school representatives – please send your "good news" to the Communications Department.  You may e-mail information about your school's achievements, special events and activities to goodnews@gaston.k12.nc.us.  We take pride in sharing "good news" about our schools on the GCS website and Channel 21 and in GCS Monday Morning and other publications.  We also send our "good news" to the local newspapers for publication.
     
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GCS Photo of the Week

  • Hands N Feet donation provides winter necessities for school childrenDonation provides winter necessities for school children 
     
    Thanks to a generous contribution from the Hands N Feet Foundation of Charlotte, Gaston County school children will stay warm this winter. The Foundation provided Gaston County Schools with 792 pairs of socks, 720 pairs of gloves and 660 hats that will be given to children experiencing homelessness and poverty. Showing off the socks, gloves and hats are (left to right) Katrina Burris, school social worker intern at East Gaston High School, GCS lead social worker Betty Worthy, GCS director of health services Susan Neeley, and Chuck Harkey, school social worker at East Gaston High School. For more information about the Hands N Feet Foundation, please visit www.handsnfeetfoundation.org.
     

School Events and Activities

  • H.H. Beam Elementary: PTO Program, Tuesday, December 9, 6:00 p.m.
     
    Belmont Middle: Winter Chorus Concert, Thursday, December 11, 7:00 p.m., South Point High School auditorium.
     
    Bessemer City Primary: PTO Meeting and First Grade Program, Monday, December 8, 6:00 p.m.
     
    Bessemer City Central Elementary: PTO Meeting and Fourth Grade Program, Thursday, December 11, 6:00 p.m.
     
    Catawba Heights Elementary: PTA Meeting, Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.
     
    Chavis Middle: Band Concert, Thursday, December 11, 7:00 p.m., Starnes Auditorium, and School Dance, Friday, December 13, 3:15-6:00 p.m.
     
    Stuart W. Cramer High: Academic Booster Board Meeting, Tuesday, December 9, 3:45 p.m.  
     
    Cramerton Middle: Chorus Concert, Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m., Forestview High School, and Band Concert, Thursday, December 11, 6:30 p.m., Forestview High School.
     
    East Gaston High: Fall Sports Banquet, Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m. and Winter Dance Concert, Thursday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.
     
    Hunter Huss High: Parent Leadership Team Meeting, Tuesday, December 9, 6:00 p.m., Community Leadership Team Meeting, Wednesday, December 10, 6:00 p.m. and Band Concert, Thursday, December 11, 6:00 p.m.
     
    Mount Holly Middle: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Parent Meeting, Tuesday, February 9, 5:30 p.m. and Winter Chorus Concert, Thursday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.
     
    Rankin Elementary: PTA Holiday Program, Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 p.m., Mount Holly Middle School auditorium.
     
    Rhyne Elementary: "Polar Express" Night, Thursday, December 11, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
     
    Sadler Elementary: PTO Program, Monday, December 8, 6:00 p.m.
     
    Sherwood Elementary: Jingle Jam, Friday, December 12, 6:00-8:15 p.m. Cost is $10.
     
    South Point High:  Chorus Concert, Monday, December 8, 7:00 p.m., Catawba Heights Baptist Church.
     
    Southwest Middle: Chorus Concert, Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 p.m., Hunter Huss High School.
     
    Stanley Middle: Chorus Concert, Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 p.m. and Band Concert, Thursday, December 11, 7:00 p.m .
     
    Tryon Elementary: "Polar Express" Night, Friday, December 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
     
    Woodhill Elementary:  Holiday Program, Thursday, December 11, 6:00 p.m.
     
    York Chester Middle: Winter Extravaganza, Thursday, December 11, 6:00 p.m.
     

Must See Video From Gaston County Schools

  • Click below to watch the "Community Update with the Superintendent" program, which serves as a follow-up to the "Community Talks" meetings held in February and March. The video provides information about what has taken place in Gaston County Schools since W. Jeffrey Booker became our Superintendent in January. We hope you will take time to watch this important program.

  • Superintendent's Message 
     
    Superintendent W. Jeffrey Booker
         Thank you, Gaston County Schools, for giving so generously to the United Way of Gaston County. I am pleased to report that all school and central level departments participated in this year's campaign and contributed more than $98,000. This amount exceeds our expectations, and we are grateful for every dollar given to the fundraising effort. 
         This year’s contribution total is approximately $6,400 higher than last year’s. Eighteen schools had an increase of 50 percent or more in giving and three schools and several central departments had every employee to make a contribution. We look forward to recognizing these schools and departments at the Board of Education meeting in February.
         As the 2014 fundraising campaign chair, I am especially proud of our employees and extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who made a donation. I know that money is tight for many families, but you responded to the call and gave because of your kindness and willingness to help people in our community.
         Year after year, the United Way is a driving force behind efforts to make Gaston County a great place to live, work and raise a family. The United Way is committed to supporting families through initiatives that focus on three areas: Education, Income and Health. As a community, if we lend a helping hand to families, we will ensure that children receive a quality education, parents maintain a stable job and home, and all citizens experience healthier lives.
         The United Way provides funding for 50 community programs and 22 partner agencies that offer support to our citizens. An estimated 90,000 people were affected by a United Way program last year. The financial support from the employees of Gaston County Schools and many other caring individuals will make it possible for the United Way to continue its good work in our community.
         Again, thank you for giving to the United Way. We were counting on your contributions, and you came through in an incredible way. You truly epitomize the spirit of caring and giving in Gaston County Schools. 

    W. Jeffrey Booker
    Superintendent of Schools
     
  • On the Calendar
     
    December 10
    GCAEOP Holiday Luncheon
    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
    12:00 p.m. 
     
    December 15
    Master Facilities Planning Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
    Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
     
    December 17
    Mentor Training Session, 8:30 a.m.
     
    December 22-23
    Student Holidays/Teacher Annual Leave
     
    December 24-26
    Holidays (Winter)
     
    December 29-31
    Student Holidays/Teacher Annual Leave
     
    January 1
    Holiday (New Year's Day)
     
    January 2
    Optional Teacher Workday
     
    Click here for the GCS calendar 
     
  • Weekly Points of Pride

     
    John Chavis Middle School band director Vickie Whitfield was named president-elect of the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) District II, which includes Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland, Rutherford and Polk counties. 
     

    Stuart W. Cramer High School received four awards at the N.C. Theatre Conference High School Play Festival for the production of ‘Dracula,’ which received an excellent rating.  Student Christy Ace received the Barbizon Lighting Award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Design and Production.  Student Jalon Watson won the Excellence in Acting Award, and student Dana Frady earned the Excellence in Costume Design Award.  Theater arts teacher Chuck Stowe captured the Excellence in Set Design Award.

     
    Gaston County Schools support personnel participated in a five-day training program from the National Council for Behavioral Health.  The following employees earned national certification as Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainers: Katie Bass, Michelle Black, Jennifer Christy, Justine Davis, Joe Freeman, Millicent Heavener, Whitney Hill, Judy Leahy, Ashley Ligon, Barbara Martin, Sarah Martinez, Nohra Nunez, Ami Parker, Tina Peterson and Wanda Love Rauch.
     
  • Communication Tip

     
    'Tis the season for 'good news' about your school
    The holiday season is the perfect time to promote your school and brag about your students and employees. Over the next two weeks, most schools will host holiday-themed programs and activities that involve parents, families and guests. Whenever you have an audience gathered, take a few minutes to share information about what has taken place in your school since August. Highlight the achievements of your students, teachers and staff and give a preview of what's to come in the new year. After all, 'tis the season to spread holiday cheer and "good news" about your school.
     
  • This week's GCS Monday Morning is produced by the Communications/Public Information Department for John Chavis Middle School band director Vickie Whitfield and everyone who cares about Gaston County Schools.
     
    Please e-mail information for GCS Monday Morning to Todd Hagans, Chief Communications Officer:  tthagans@gaston.k12.nc.us