Gaston County’s two new schools are starting to take shape. Foundations have been poured and concrete walls are rising from the dirt. Both the elementary school in Gastonia and the middle school in Stanley are on track to be completed for use during the 2017-2018 academic year, and when ready, the modern school campuses will serve the Gastonia and Stanley communities for many years to come.
The yearbook staff at Gaston Early College High School is a national award winner - again. The students won the Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award, the same recognition the school received two years ago. The Early College is the only high school in Gaston County and one of just 27 schools in North Carolina to capture the national yearbook award in 2016.
Gaston County Schools’ average score on the SAT is 1425, according to a report released by the College Board. This year’s score is 15 points higher than last year’s mark. Six high schools – Bessemer City, East Gaston, Forestview, Highland, Hunter Huss, and North Gaston – had a higher average score when compared to last year. The Highland School of Technology ranks above the state and national averages in all three tested subject areas (math, verbal and writing) for the second consecutive year.
What does it take to be great? It’s the small decisions we make every day, guest speaker Will Merritt told students at Bessemer City High School. Now a color commentator for ESPN, the former Clemson football star encouraged students to take the time to notice and care about each other. His talk was part of “Rachel’s Challenge,” a national anti-bullying initiative now in its fifth year in Gaston County Schools.
Information about Governor’s School of North Carolina is available now. We encourage parents who have high school students interested in the 2017 session of Governor’s School to review the information. Governor’s School is a prestigious summer enrichment program for students across the state. Nominations are due November 15. For more information, contact your high school counselor or visit www.ncgovschool.org.
Tuesday, November 8, is an Optional Teacher Workday.
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM Volunteer Orientation Training Session (Central Office)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Curriculum and Instruction Committee Meeting
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Volunteer Orientation Training Session (Central Office)
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Volunteer Orientation Training Session