The Future Business Leaders of America Southwest Regional Fall Leadership Conference was held November 5, 2015 at Harding University High School. Members of the Highland School of Technology, Ashbrook and Stuart Cramer FBLA chapters attended the conference together. Over 200 students from around the region were present. The students participated in workshops as well as hearing keynote speaker Sarah Cherne, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Charlotte. The students networked with other student leaders and learned skills to assist in being leaders in their schools and community.
Today, State Superintendent June Atkinson recognized Highland School of Technologyas one of 52 schools in the state to achieve a 100 percent graduation rate last year. Our Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker accepted the award along with (far left) Rachel Martin, Highland's Business, Legal and IT Academy Coordinator, and Principal Denise McLean. We are proud of Highland and appreciate the hard work of all high schools to improve the graduation rate. Our district graduation rate of 86.3 percent is the highest ever for Gaston County Schools.
The Highland PTSO raised money to purchase 30 Chromebooks for the school. Below is pictured Ms. McLean being presented a check by PTSO President Stephanie Lowery for the Chromebooks. Thank you to our PTSO for being so supportive of our school.
Congratulations Highland! Our students did a great job on the SAT increasing our average score from 1514 to 1550 well above the state and national averages. Thank you to our students for their hard work and to our staff for the great job they do working with our students.
You may have called them “guidance counselors” when you were a student. Today, they are known as school counselors, and they play an important role in helping students learn, grow and succeed. In Gaston County Schools, every elementary, middle and high school has at least one counselor. Often times, you’ll see them teaching character education lessons, providing guidance to students who face challenges, and offering advice about college and career decisions.
The James S. Forrester Commissioners’ School of Excellence (CSE) is accepting applications for the summer enrichment program. The application submission window is open now through February 12. CSE is a unique, two-week summer residential learning experience for rising tenth graders in Gaston County.
In the classroom, it’s usually the numbers and letters that matter. But there’s more to success than test scores or grade point average, as Tammy Hubbard has seen in her 17 years as school counselor at York Chester Middle. Success can’t always be counted or graded, she explains, which is why she spends time recruiting and developing mentors for her students through the Gaston County Schools mentoring program.
Attention, students and parents: Monday, February 15 will be used as a make-up day for last Monday's missed day of school. With more winter weather possible in February and even March, we are taking a “wait and see” approach before making a decision about how to make up Tuesday, January 26. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we faced inclement weather last week.
The Board of Education retreat/work session originally planned for January 22-23 has been rescheduled for February 15-16 at the Rader Staff Development Center in Cramerton. The retreat/work session will coincide with the February regular meeting, which will be held at 5:00 p.m. on February 15. The retreat begins after the regular meeting on Monday and continues on Tuesday, February 16 at 5:00 p.m. The agenda for each meeting is listed below.
Again this year, The Gaston Gazette is sponsoring the Best and Brightest scholarship program to recognize outstanding high school seniors in Gaston County. One senior from each high school will be chosen for the Best and Brightest honor and have an opportunity to compete for $1,500 and $1,000 scholarships. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 14. Information will be available from high school counselors and online by clicking here. If you have questions, call Gazette community editor Will MacDonald, (704) 869-1838.