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  • Highland FBLA Students Recognized by Board of Education

    Highland FBLA students who attended and competed at the National Conference this past summer received certificates from the Board of Education at Monday's Board Meeting. The Chapter received a certificate for receiving the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit at Nationals. 

     

    FBLA at BOE

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  • Highland Receives Grade of A+

    Highland School of Technology had the highest proficiency among the high schools (grades 9-12) in Gaston County. Highland with 98.8 percent is among the top scores in the state for student proficiency.  Highland received an A+ performance grade and had a significant increase in proficiency with +5.3 points. The School Performance Grades are intended to make it easier for the public to understand how a school is performing. However, only select criteria are used to determine the grade. Factors such as school size, diverse student population, socioeconomics, teacher experience, student learning obstacles, special programs, and parental and community involvement have an effect on a school’s performance, but are not considered in the grade. 

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  • Highland Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Conference in Atlanta

    Gastonia, NC July 19, 2016—  

    The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 29–July 2 in Atlanta. More than 9,380 participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 65 business and business-related competitive events. Students competed for the opportunity to win more than $179,000 in cash awards. Highland students attending the conference were Michael Caulfield, Parker Crenshaw, David Hamilton, Ryan Hance, Caleb Kiser, Alexander Matthew, Brady Miller, Matthew Noles, Evan Null, Morgan Poteat, Elliott Stines and Ellie Sweezy. They were accompanied by the chapters advisor, Rachel Martin.

    Alexander Matthew, Matthew Noles and Elliott Stines received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Matthew and Noles competed in Banking and Financial Systems and brought home first place winning $600 each. Stines competed in the Microsoft Office Specialist – Word Expert competition and placed second. Stines also received $600.

    Highland School of Technology’s FBLA Chapter was also recognized at the national convention. The chapter received the Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit for the fourth year in a row.  The award recognized outstanding local chapters which have actively participated in projects and programs identified with the goals of FBLA.

    The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.

     FBLA Nationals

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  • HOSA Competes at Nationals

    Eleven HOSA – Future Health Professionals of America – students and one advisor from Highland School of Technology attended the 39th Annual International Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN., June 22-25, 2016.

    The conference had more than 9,000+ future health professionals who had the opportunity to network on a national level in competitive events, pursue leadership development, focus on teambuilding, and participate in health related workshops.

    At the competition, Gabrielle Whiteman placed 4th in the nation in dental science. Also representing Highland in their respective events were Garrett Buchanan, Victoria Coulter, and Savannah Lawing in dental terminology; Madison Gilroy and Austin Lowry in dental science; Savannah Duncan in prepared speaking; Tina Lee in healthcare issues exam and transcultural health care; Alex Ninyeh, Jr.  in extemporaneous writing; Logan Runyan in medical assisting; and Micayla West in Veterinary Science.

    Highland School of Technology was also recognized for their work on the national level for their HOSA Chapter Reflections (chapter notebook).

     

     HOSA Nationals

     

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District News

  • College Board releases SAT scores for 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.

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  • Former football star aims to motivate students


    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.

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  • Woodhill students make their mark on “Dot Day”


    Students at Woodhill Elementary made their mark on “Dot Day” by donating $440 in change to the Gastonia Police Foundation. The school sponsored the money collection in an effort to teach the children about supporting their community. It’s an idea inspired by the children’s book “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. The students also got an opportunity to spend time with officers and learn about the police department’s bomb squad and K-9 units.

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  • Students get coaching about colleges and careers


    Students can get a head start on their career and college plans this year thanks to a new partnership between Gaston County Schools and Gaston College. The school district is part of the NCWorks Career Coach Program, an initiative to help high school students learn about education and job opportunities available to them after graduation.

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Announcements

  • Open enrollment for State Health Plan

     

    Attention, employees: Open enrollment for the State Health Plan is October 1 through October 31. The choices you make will remain in effect from January 1 through December 31, 2016. For more information, visit https://gcsbenefits.hrintouch.com.

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  • Board of Education Meeting

     

    The Board of Education will meet Monday, October 3, 5:30 p.m., at the Gaston County Schools Central Office, 943 Osceola Street, Gastonia. The public is invited. Click here for the agenda. The meeting will air live on Time Warner Cable Channel 21 and on Ustream

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  • Information meetings about Governor's School

     
    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.
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  • "What's Super About Public Schools"

     

    The North Carolina School Boards Association is sponsoring video contests for middle and high schools and a poster contest for elementary schools to celebrate the theme, “What’s Super About Public Schools.” Student entries will be accepted until October 10. We would love to have Gaston County Schools represented in the statewide contests. Click here for information about the poster contest. Click here for information about the middle school video contest. Click here for information about the high school video contest.

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