• 2015 Year in Review        GASTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

    At the beginning of a new year, top 10 lists are used to highlight the “best of the best” from the previous year.

    “Year in Review” countdowns remind us of what we should recall from the past year in categories such as music, sports, news, celebrities, movies, food, books, theme park rides, TV shows, tech gadgets, vacation spots, clothing fads, and the list goes on and on.

    Gaston County Schools had many memorable moments in 2015 - too many to mention every single one of them.

    The ones included in our top 10 list are the most significant - the ones we like to brag about, the ones that had the greatest impact on our schools and community, the ones we hope you will remember.
  • Summer Reading Program
    Number 10
    Summer reading program
    Camp Achieve, our summer reading program, expanded to provide additional instruction for students in grades 1-3. The four-week camp held at eight school locations across the county offered small group and one-to-one enrichment activities. Thanks to the summer camp, approximately 90 percent of the children in the program maintained or surpassed their current reading level.
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  • 45 million dollars in scholarships
    Number 9
    $45 million in scholarships
    It was another outstanding year for scholarships. Seniors in the Class of 2015 were awarded more than $45 million in academic, athletic and fine arts scholarships from the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation. Among our top scholarships was a $250,000 award presented to a student to attend Yale University.
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  • Career and Technical Education
    Number 8
    Career and Technical Education
    Hearing from the community about the need for more job training to prepare students for the workforce, the Board of Education appointed a committee to explore ways to enhance our Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. The committee spent six months reviewing options and plans to present its recommendations to the Board in early 2016.
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  • Spirit of the Economy
    Number 7
    Spirit of the Economy Award
    Gaston County Schools received the coveted Spirit of the Economy Award from the Gaston Regional Chamber for contributions to the overall economic development efforts in our community. The award, which was presented during the annual Salute to Business and Manufacturing ceremony, recognizes the importance of our public schools to the local economy.
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  • Hunter Huss - Class of 2015
    Number 6
    Highest graduation rate ever
    The high school graduation rate climbed to 86.3 percent, which is the highest ever for Gaston County Schools. Since 2006 when the state first calculated the graduation rate, Gaston County’s rate has increased more than 18 points. The rate proves that more of our students are graduating from high school now than ever before.
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  • Bobbie Cavnar - Southwest Region Teacher of the Year
    Number 5
    Regional Teacher of the Year
    For the fourth time in the past six years, Gaston County Schools has the Regional Teacher of the Year. South Point High School’s Bobbie Cavnar was named the Southwest Region Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016. He will compete against eight other regional winners this spring for the North Carolina Teacher of the Year recognition.
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  • STEAM elementary magnet school Number 4
    STEAM elementary magnet school
    In an effort to provide more educational choices, the Board of Education approved a new magnet school that focuses on STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The magnet school for grades K-5 (the first of its kind in Gaston County) will open in August and be housed on the current Hawks Nest Intermediate School campus.
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  • Chromebooks in the Classroom
    Number 3
    Chromebooks for the classroom
    2015 was a year for more technology in our schools. Gaston County Schools received $1.1 million from the county through the CaroMont Lease Proceeds Task Force to purchase 4,300 Chromebook computers for use in our classrooms. With the additional Chromebooks in schools across the county, the district now has a ratio of one computing device for every two students.
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  • Nickels 4 Neighbors
    Number 2
    “Nickels 4 Neighbors” campaign
    After flooding in October caused devastation across South Carolina, Gaston County Schools launched the “Nickels 4 Neighbors” fundraising campaign. Students, employees, parents and the community worked together to collect more than $25,000 to help children in the Clarendon and Williamsburg school districts and their families.
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  • Number 1 New Pleasant Ridge Elementary School
    Two new schools
    In what was a significant decision for Gaston County Schools, the Board of Education approved plans for a new elementary school in west Gastonia and a new middle school in Stanley. Forest Heights, Pleasant Ridge, and Rhyne are consolidating to form the new elementary school and the new middle school will replace the existing one. The schools are expected to open in 2017.
    2015: A great year for Gaston County Schools!