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.
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.
The yearbook staff at Gaston Early College High School is a national award winner - again. The students won the Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award, the same recognition the school received two years ago. The Early College is the only high school in Gaston County and one of just 27 schools in North Carolina to capture the national yearbook award in 2016.
Gaston County Schools’ average score on the SAT is 1425, according to a report released by the College Board. This year’s score is 15 points higher than last year’s mark. Six high schools – Bessemer City, East Gaston, Forestview, Highland, Hunter Huss, and North Gaston – had a higher average score when compared to last year. The Highland School of Technology ranks above the state and national averages in all three tested subject areas (math, verbal and writing) for the second consecutive year.
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.
Tuesday, November 8, is an Optional Teacher Workday.
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Volunteer Orientation Training Session (Central Office)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Powder Puff Football Game
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM Volunteer Orientation Training Session (Central Office)