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.
It’s not every day that students run – literally – to get to class. But Noelle Van Der Meid’s students were so excited for their lesson on Neolithic civilizations, they couldn’t get to the computer lab fast enough. The sixth graders at Mount Holly Middle School are using MinecraftEdu, the educational version of the popular video game, to engage in learning.
For Julie Shatterly, the second time was the charm. The media specialist at W.A. Bess Elementary was the winner of a new Kia Soul Wednesday afternoon as her name was selected in a random drawing to win the 2015 Kia Oustanding Educator Award and a brand-new Kia Soul from Kia of Gastonia.
It’s time for one deserving employee of Gaston County Schools to win a new car from Kia of Gastonia. On Wednesday afternoon, November 18, one employee’s name will be chosen in a drawing and that person will be named the 2015 Kia Outstanding Educator and claim the keys to a new Kia Soul.
Gaston County Schools hosted the annual National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony on Tuesday, November 10 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.