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.
We are accepting student applications for two of our magnet school programs: the Hawks Nest STEAM Academy and the new Gifted and Talented Academy at Pleasant Ridge Elementary. Students who will be in kindergarten next school year (2017-2018) may apply to attend Hawks Nest. Students who will be in grades K-4 may apply to attend the Gifted and Talented Academy. Parents who are interested in either of these magnet programs should submit an online application by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15. Click here for more information.
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.
The CaroMont Community Challenge is planned for Saturday, May 13 at Stuart W. Cramer High School. The event sponsored by CaroMont Health features a 5K race, one-mile fun walk, and other activities. Proceeds benefit the Gaston County Schools robotics program. Click here for more information and to register.
Want to join the Gaston County Schools family? Then come work with us! The school system is hosting a Job Fair on Friday, May 19 for applicants interested in teaching positions for the 2017-2018 year. The event will be held at Catawba Heights Baptist Church, 311 Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. For more information, call the Human Resources Department, (704) 866-6129.
Once again, Gaston County Schools ranks as the safest large school district in North Carolina. Gaston’s school crime and violence rate of 3.740 is the lowest among the state’s ten largest school districts (based on student enrollment). Additionally, our rate is lower than the state rate for the seventh consecutive year, which shows that our on-going, concentrated focus on comprehensive school safety is paying off. Click here to read more.
All of the money collected during our “Nickels 4 Neighbors” campaign has been counted, and the grand total is $21,952.31. The total far exceeds our goal to have each of our 54 schools raise $200, which shows the true spirit of caring and giving in Gaston County Schools. The money will be given to school districts in eastern North Carolina to help children and their families who are recovering from Hurricane Matthew.
Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker was one of eight regional superintendents of the year honored on Thursday, November 17 during the N.C. School Boards Association’s annual conference and awards ceremony in Greensboro. He and the other superintendents were officially recognized in front of hundreds of school district representatives from across the state. Booker is the Southwest Region Superintendent of the Year for 2016-2017, representing the 11 school districts in the greater Charlotte area.
The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the School Report Cards for the 2015-2016 academic year. The report cards highlight state, district, and school information about student performance and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality and classroom technology. Click here to access the School Report Cards for Gaston County Schools.