Students who wish to tryout for the cheerleading squad must have and maintain good grades, attendance, behavior, and be accepted at Highland by the tryout dates. Practice days and times for tryouts are Tuesday, May 24 to Friday, May 27, 2016 from 3:45 - 5:15 pm in the gymnasium.
Please click the Cheerleading Tryout Packet below for more information and the rules.
Highland's 14th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on June 17 at Glen OaksGolf Club, Maiden, NC starting at 8 a.m. If you would like to play or sponsor a hole please print the form and send to Darryl Thompson at the school. If you have questions please contact Mr. Thompson. All proceeds go to help fund the Academy pathway needs.
The Future Business Leaders of America chapter at Highland School of Technology attended the 2016 FBLA North Carolina State Leadership Conference on March 15 to 17. The 44 Highland students joined over 2000 students to compete at events related to their high school Career and Technical Education courses. Highland students competed in their various events which resulted in winning 32 medals.
Highland was awarded the Gold Seal Chapter of Merit for the fourth year in a row. Highland had students qualify to compete for the first time in the industry Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams at the FBLA National competition. Evan Null qualified for Microsoft Office 2013 - Excel; Elliott Stines and Zoe Hatsios qualified for Microsoft Office 2013 - Word.
The following student placed in individual competitions at the conference: David Hamilton – 1st Securities and Investments; Caleb Kiser – 1st Introduction to Information Technology; Jovan Sheshbaradaran – 2nd Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures; Kristen Caulfield – top 10 Multimedia and Web Design open testing; Savannah Duncan – top 10 Public Speaking II; Ma’Aanu Ervin – top 10 Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures; Patience Foster – top 10 Introduction to Business Procedures; Sara Jane Heavner – top 10 Introduction to Business Procedures and top 10 Microsoft 2013 open testing; Haleigh Johnson – top 10 Accounting II; Katherine Kiser – top 10 Introduction to Business Communications; Priya Shah – top 10 Introduction to Business Communications; Caroline Smith – top 10 Insurance and Risk Management; and Leah Sosnik – top 10 Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures.
Students worked as a team in the following competitions and placed as follows: Alexander Matthew and Matthew Noles – 2nd Banking and Financial Systems; Parker Crenshaw, Abril Jauri, and Elise Sweezy – 2nd Emerging Business Issues; Kayla McManus-Viana, Katherine Purello and Teresa Purello – 2nd Global Business; Abril Jauri and Elise Sweezy – 1st Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit; Alec Castillo, Michael Caulfield and Ciara Kranzler – 4th Marketing; Ryan Hance, Chase Pasour and Morgan Poteat – 2nd Network Design; and Bailey Birtchet and Kristen Caulfield - 5th Publication Design.
Students or teams placing in the top four qualified to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia the end of June.
Highland's Prom this year will be on May 21 at Stowe Manor in Belmont from 8 - 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 and will go on sale through School Pay March 14 through April 8. After this time students will have to purchase tickets from Ms. Webb. All guest must be at LEAST a sophomore in high school and no older than 20 years old. If bringing a guest that is not a Highland student the Prom Guest Form must be printed, completed and signed before submitting to Ms. Webb in A123 by 3:45 p.m. May 6, 2016. Tickets will be distributed during first period on May 19. Students with 14 or more absences will not be allowed to attend Highland's prom.
Gaston County Schools held a reception on Tuesday, May 24 at the Schiele Museum to name the New Teacher of the Year and Teacher Assistant of the Year for 2016. Bernadette D'Amato of Carr Elementary School received the Linda Rader New Teacher of the Year recognition and Jane Bumgarner of Springfield Elementary School captured the Teacher Assistant of the Year honor. This year’s awards program recognized 32 employees for outstanding dedication and commitment to students.
Fifteen high school students from Gaston County Schools were selected to attend the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School. Held annually at two sites, Governor’s School East is at Meredith College in Raleigh and Governor’s School West is at Salem College in Winston-Salem. The program runs June 19 through July 27.
Drones zoomed over the football stadium at Bessemer City High School during Gaston County Schools’ first Cyber Drones Expo. Teams from five high schools competed against one another, showing off their drone flying skills and sharing proposals for drone-based businesses during the May 9 event.
Twelve years ago, W.A. Bess Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jill Nichols was honored as the Gaston County Schools Teacher of the Year. This year, the students from that class are graduating, and Nichols is retiring after a 30-year career in teaching. The students she first taught as 5- and 6-year-olds reunited at W.A. Bess Elementary one recent morning, where they visited with Nichols and reminisced about their time together, recreated their class yearbook photo and described how their journey to graduation began on the learning rug in Nichols’ classroom.
Gaston County Schools is sponsoring several summer enrichment opportunities for middle and high schools students. Classes will meet for eight days from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. during the weeks of June 20-23 and June 27-30. Transportation is not provided. Space is limited per class, and classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. A nonrefundable payment is due at the time of registration for the Summer Enrichment Institute. Click here for more information.
Our schools are in need of proctors to help with the elementary and middle school end-of grade tests, May 25-June 3, and high school end-of-course tests, May 27-June 8. Parents, school volunteers and community members who are available to help with end-of-year testing should contact the school in their neighborhood for more information.
Congratulations to the 300 students who were selected on Friday to attend the new Hawks Nest STEAM Academy when it opens in August. Click here to see the list of students selected in the lottery. Click here for a slideshow of pictures from the lottery.