Highland was recognized at a luncheon with North Carolina's State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson for 100% graduation rate for the class of 2016.
For the second consecutive year, the Highland School of Technology surpassed the state and national averages in all three SAT tested subject areas (math, verbal and writing). Highland's SAT scores increased by 36 points over last years scores. Highland’s overall score of 1586 is some 100 points higher than the state and national averages.
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.
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.
Want to join the Gaston County Schools family? Then come work with us! We’re hosting a Job Fair on Friday, December 16 for applicants interested in teaching positions for the 2017-2018 school 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.
A new car will make a difference for a teacher who is already making a difference in children’s lives. Kim Costner, the computer lab teacher at Pinewood Elementary, was the lucky winner of a brand new Kia Soul during Gaston County Schools’ Kia Outstanding Educator Awards ceremony on Wednesday. Now in its fourth year, the recognition program is sponsored by Kia of Gastonia and honors employees who are best described as “unsung heroes.”
Gaston County Schools hosted the annual National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony on Thursday, November 17 at Stuart W. Cramer High School. The program honored approximately 300 high school students, who are enrolled in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, for their outstanding academic achievement.
The small neighborhood in Robeson County was still flooded when donations from Bessemer City High School arrived on a recent Saturday morning. Residents received cleaning supplies, food, water, diapers, medical supplies, and other items to help in their recovery from Hurricane Matthew. The efforts at Bessemer City High and several other schools are ways that students are supporting hurricane relief efforts.
Did you see our classic orange school bus in one of last week's holiday parades? If not, you have four opportunities this week. The Belmont Parade is Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., the Dallas parade is Friday at 4:00 p.m., the Cherryville parade is Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and the Stanley Parade is Wednesday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m.
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 Gaston County Board of Education will conduct its organizational meeting on Monday, December 5 in the Central Office Board Room. The meeting will take place immediately following the swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected officials. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. at the Gaston County Courthouse. During the organizational meeting, the Board will select its chairman and vice chairman for the next two years. The public is invited, and the meeting will air live on Channel 21 and Ustream.
3:45 PM SWIMMING: at Stowe YMCA
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM BASKETBALL: Piedmont Charter at Highland
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Volunteer Orientation Training Session (Central Office)