• GCS Monday Morning
    A weekly update for Gaston County Schools employees and parents   •   March 20-26, 2017
    "Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work. " - Pat Summitt

Weekly Message

  • W. Jeffrey Booker
    Superintendent of Schools 
    Superintendent Booker
       Our community is mourning the loss of Mildred Sadler, a pioneer in our profession who gave much of her life to public education and Gaston County Schools. Mrs. Sadler passed away last week after a time of declining health.
       The Sadler name is synonymous with the public schools in Gaston County because of Mildred Sadler’s leadership, devotion, and vision. She was the first African-American female to serve as assistant superintendent for the school system and her many achievements and contributions are significant.
       Although Mrs. Sadler had been retired from Gaston County Schools for a number of years, she continued to use her voice to garner support for our schools and the community she so dearly loved. When Mildred Sadler talked, people listened, and her message about our schools was always positive.
       It is impossible to count the number of ways that Mildred Sadler influenced public education in Gaston County, throughout the region, and across the state. In everything that she did while serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and central office administrator, she always kept the schoolchildren on her mind and close to her heart.
       Mildred Sadler will be remembered as a trailblazer in public education, a loyal friend to our schools, and a faithful advocate for the students, teachers, and parents of Gaston County Schools. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sadler family during this difficult time of sorrow.

On the Calendar

  • March 20-21
    Math Masters Competition
    Flint Groves Baptist Church  
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    March 21
    All-County Chorus Concert
    Holbrook Middle
    7:00 p.m.
    March 22
    Math Elite Competition
    Flint Groves Baptist Church
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    ‘Best and Brightest’ application deadline for high schools
    Click here for the online application.
    March 23-24
    Battle of the Books Competition
    Flint Groves Baptist Church 
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
    March 23-25
    North Gaston High School
    Spring Musical
    “The Wizard of Oz”
    7:00 p.m. nightly
    March 24-25
    South Point High School
    Spring Musical
    “Once Upon A Mattress”
    7:00 p.m. nightly with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on March 25  
    March 25
    Parent Academy
    Bessemer City High School
    9:00 a.m.  
    March 28
    National Board Certified Teacher Reception
    Central Office 
    4:00 p.m.
    March 29
    Students@Work Day
    Career and Technical Education program for eighth graders
    April 7
    John Chavis Middle School
    Splash Dash 5K Run
    6:30 p.m. 
    Click here for our calendar.
  • Highlighting the visual arts on ‘GCS TODAY’
    Check out this segment from our latest episode of ‘GCS TODAY' on Channel 21 that highlights the visual arts and two of our talented students. Forestview High School art teacher Travis Johnson also shares his perspective about the importance of art education in our schools. ‘GCS TODAY’ is airing this week (March 20-26) on Time Warner Cable Channel 21 on the odd hours from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The episode also features a talk with our Career and Technical Education director Brett Buchanan and Sherwood Elementary teacher Christine Lutz, who was recognized recently as part of Fox 46 Charlotte’s ‘Teachers Getting Results’ program.

5 to Know

  • 1. Board of Education meeting is tonight
    The Gaston County Board of Education will conduct its regular monthly meeting tonight (Monday, March 20) at 5:30 p.m. at the Gaston County Schools Central Office, 943 Osceola Street, Gastonia. Click here for the agenda. The meeting will air live on Time Warner Cable Channel 21 and Ustream. Prior to the Board meeting, the operations committee will meet at 4:00 p.m. Click here for the agenda. The meetings are open to the public.

    2. Student artwork goes on display this weekend
    The Gaston County Museum in Dallas is getting ready for the annual “Through an Artist’s Eye” exhibit that features more than 600 pieces of artwork by elementary, middle, and high school students. Gaston County Schools is partnering with the museum to present the exhibit, which will be on display beginning this Saturday, March 25 until Sunday, May 7. A reception honoring the award winners will be held on Sunday, April 2 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. The museum is located at 131 West Main Street in Dallas, and we hope you will take time to stop by and see the outstanding student artwork.

    3. Get ready for the College Expo
    Here’s your chance to learn more about the college planning process. Our annual College Expo is coming up on Saturday, April 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Lena Sue Beam Building at Gaston College. Middle and high school students and their parents will have an opportunity to meet with college representatives and attend various informational sessions. The event is free. Click here to visit the College Expo webpage for more information and a list of colleges that are planning participate in the event.

    4. Sherwood program teaches Spanish to teachers
    Do you recall seeing the story on our website about Edgar Coronado, the English as a Second Language teacher at Sherwood Elementary? He is the teacher who is spending time after school teaching his colleagues how to speak Spanish. It is a program that is helping our teachers to overcome the language barrier with their students and parents. Click here for our story. Over the weekend, WCNC Channel 36 aired a story about Mr. Coronado’s efforts. Click here to watch the video.

    5. Students invited to AP Exam Review Day
    Students who are planning to take Advanced Placement (AP) exams are invited to attend our AP Exam Review Day on Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. at the Gaston Early College High School. Review sessions will be offered for the following courses: English III, English IV, Statistics, Calculus, U.S. History, and Government and Politics. There is no charge for attendance, and the sessions are open to students in Gaston County Schools. For more information, please call (704) 866-6174.

5 to Remember

  • 1. Manufacturing and Career Expo is Thursday
    Gaston County Schools in partnership with Gaston College is presenting the annual Manufacturing and Career Expo this Thursday, March 23. The event gives students an opportunity to explore career options in advanced manufacturing and meet local business representatives. The theme is “Ignite Your Future: Introducing Students to Profitable Careers” and all activities take place at Gaston College. During the morning session, students from our high schools will attend the program. An evening session is available for other students and their parents. Click here for more information.

    2. Presenters wanted for Teaching and Learning Conference

    Teachers and other educators are encouraged to sign up to serve as breakout session presenters during the Teaching and Learning Conference scheduled for August 7-8 at Gaston College. We are looking for sessions about topics that range from best practices in education to innovative classroom technology and everything in between. The deadline to submit a proposal to present a session is March 31. Click here for more information.

    3. Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration
    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.

    4. Orientation sessions for school volunteers
    Orientation sessions for adults wishing to serve as school volunteers will be held Thursday, March 23 at 8:15 a.m.,Wednesday, March 29 at 8:15 a.m., Wednesday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 10 at 8:30 a.m., and Monday, April 24 at 12:15 p.m. at the Central Office. For more information, call (704) 866-6329.

    5. Information available about Ron L. Ensley grants
    Attention, Teachers: Don’t forget about the Ron L. Ensley grants program. The grants are presented each spring by the Gaston County Education Foundation and fund innovative classroom lessons and projects. The application deadline is April 12 by 5:00 p.m. Click here for information.

Points of Pride

  • East Gaston High School student Cameron ‘Cammie’ Tarte won a Silver Key national award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. She won the national honor for her sculpture titled “Meraki.” Her art teacher is Justin Allison.

    Forestview High School senior Maren East received the Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship, which is a four-year scholarship valued at $80,000.

    Students from H.H. Beam Elementary, Mount Holly Middle, and East Gaston High School earned top awards in the Arbor Day poster contest sponsored by Keep Gastonia Beautiful. From H.H. Beam Elementary, Christopher Kease earned first place, Emily Pantoja earned third place, and Mackenzie Eaker, Addy Tran, and Miley Hill received an honorable mention. From Mount Holly Middle, Taylor Auten earned first place, Hunter Peach earned second place, and Aaya Asmart received an honorable mention. From East Gaston, Austin Dean earned first place, Melissa Schleicheer, earned second place, and Kindyll Killian and Elizabeth Burleson received an honorable mention.
  • Class of 2015
  • Class of 2015

Communication Tip

  • Use your ears more for better communication
    The most effective communication is always two-way and interactive. It is important to remember that we were given one mouth and two ears so we should listen twice as much as we talk. The best communicators are able to connect with their audiences by listening first and gaining an understanding of issues, concerns, and ideas and then talking with their audiences about what to do and how they can work together.

    Source: National School Public Relations Association
  • Class of 2015

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