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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The high school graduation rate for Gaston County Schools has increased again, according to information released Thursday by the North Carolina State Board of Education. The graduation rate for the Class of 2016 is 88 percent, which is the best rate ever for the school district. The Gaston rate of 88 percent is higher than the state graduation rate of 85.8 percent. The district’s graduation rate has increased each year for the past seven years.
Attention, Parents: We have a new system to pay for cafeteria meals online. Please visit K12PaymentCenter to create a new account. You will be able to deposit funds and monitor your child’s meal account. Funds that are in the old MyPaymentsPlus account will transfer to the new system. If you have questions, call (704) 836-9110.
9:45 AM - 2:30 PM College Day at Gaston College
8:30 AM Volunteer Orientation Session