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  • Highland 14th Annual Golf Tournament

    Highland's 14th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on June 17 at Glen OaksGolf Club, Maiden, NC  starting at 8 a.m. If you would like to play or sponsor a hole please print the form and send to Darryl Thompson at the school. If you have questions please contact Mr. Thompson. All proceeds go to help fund the Academy pathway needs.

    Highland Golf Form


    Golf 2015


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  • Highland FBLA Students Receive 32 Medals

    The Future Business Leaders of America chapter at Highland School of Technology attended the 2016 FBLA North Carolina State Leadership Conference on March 15 to 17. The 44 Highland students joined over 2000 students to compete at events related to their high school Career and Technical Education courses. Highland students competed in their various events which resulted in winning 32 medals.

    Highland was awarded the Gold Seal Chapter of Merit for the fourth year in a row. Highland had students qualify to compete for the first time in the industry Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams at the FBLA National competition.  Evan Null qualified for Microsoft Office 2013 - Excel; Elliott Stines and Zoe Hatsios qualified for Microsoft Office 2013 - Word.


    The following student placed in individual competitions at the conference:  David Hamilton – 1st Securities and Investments; Caleb Kiser – 1st Introduction to Information Technology; Jovan Sheshbaradaran – 2nd Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures; Kristen Caulfield – top 10 Multimedia and Web Design open testing; Savannah Duncan – top 10 Public Speaking II; Ma’Aanu Ervin – top 10 Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures; Patience Foster – top 10 Introduction to Business Procedures; Sara Jane Heavner – top 10 Introduction to Business Procedures and top 10 Microsoft 2013 open testing; Haleigh Johnson – top 10 Accounting II; Katherine Kiser – top 10 Introduction to Business Communications; Priya Shah – top 10 Introduction to Business Communications; Caroline Smith – top 10 Insurance and Risk Management; and Leah Sosnik – top 10 Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures.


    Students worked as a team in the following competitions and placed as follows: Alexander Matthew and Matthew Noles – 2nd Banking and Financial Systems; Parker Crenshaw, Abril Jauri, and Elise Sweezy – 2nd Emerging Business Issues; Kayla McManus-Viana, Katherine Purello and Teresa Purello – 2nd Global Business; Abril Jauri and Elise Sweezy – 1st Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit; Alec Castillo, Michael Caulfield and Ciara Kranzler – 4th Marketing; Ryan Hance, Chase Pasour and Morgan Poteat – 2nd Network Design; and Bailey Birtchet and Kristen Caulfield  - 5th Publication Design.

    Students or teams placing in the top four qualified to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia the end of June.


    FBLA SLC Attendees

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  • Highland Beta Club Convention

    The 78th annual NC State Beta Club convention was held at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel/Joseph S. Koury Convention Center on Feb. 5-6, 2016.
    Please congratulate the following Highland School of Technology Beta members who received awards for their performance in the following competitions:
    Agriculture 9-10--Kaitlyn Doby*, 3rd place
    Agriculture 11-12--Abby Fogarty*, 2nd place
    Acrylic Painting--Katie Purello*, 2nd place
    Pencil Drawing--Caleb Sherman*, 1st place
    Poetry--Maria Araujo*, 1st place
    Social Studies 11-12--Matt Noles*, 1st place
    Chemistry--Ryan Thurston, 1st place
    Hannah Leitner Scholarship Award--Max Miranda
    Also, Kaitlyn, Abby, Katie, Caleb, Maria, and Matt qualified to compete in their respective competitions at the National Beta Convention to be held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans LA,June 27-30, 2016.
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  • Class of 2020 Preliminary Lottery Results 

    Click for Initial Lottery Results*

    *Lottery disclaimer
    This list is the preliminary Class of 2020 at the Highland School of Technology.  These students must meet the following criteria to receive a final acceptance letter in June 2016:  be a Gaston County resident, earn a Level III,IV, or V on the 8th grade Reading and Math End-of-Grade tests, earn a “C” overall average in 8th grade, maintain a 94% attendance rate and good standing regarding conduct.

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  • Highland Prom Information

    Highland's Prom this year will be on May 21 at Stowe Manor in Belmont from 8 - 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 and will go on sale through School Pay March 14 through April 8. After this time students will have to purchase tickets from Ms. Webb. All guest must be at LEAST a sophomore in high school and no older than 20 years old. If bringing a guest that is not a Highland student the Prom Guest Form must be printed, completed and signed before submitting to Ms. Webb in A123 by 3:45 p.m. May 6, 2016. Tickets will be distributed during first period on May 19. Students with 14 or more absences will not be allowed to attend Highland's prom. 


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  • ACT Free Tutoring 

    The ACT exam is one of the most important factors in college acceptance. We are excited to offer all of our students a free resource to help them prepare for this critical exam. In partnership with, all Highland students will receive free access to TutorMe's Online ACT Preparation Course. Created by ACT experts, the TutorMe course features over 10 hours of fully-animated content, along with 500+ practice problems covering all concepts tested on the ACT. This course normally costs $79, but is being offered to students at Highland School of Technology for free.

    Click the link below to access the course and sign up.  Enter the coupon code "Highland" on the checkout page to take the course for free. You must select the box for coupon under the listed price and then type Highland to get the 100% discount. You will have 6 months of full access after signing up.  If you need assistance, please see a school counselor. We couldn't be more excited to offer you such a valuable resource and hope you enjoy the course! 

   Free Course


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District News

  • Kindergarten Registration planned for May 2-13

    Gaston County Schools will hold Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration from Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 13 at three school locations across the county. Parents may visit any one of the three locations to register their child for kindergarten or pre-kindergarten.

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  • Hairston teaches about music and excellence

    Highland School of Technology’s Cole Hairston is one of five finalists for Gaston County Schools Teacher of the Year, 2016-2017. Hairston enjoys sharing his passion for music with students, and he expects excellence from them every day. He doesn’t want to just teach his students how to play music, but how to become musicians.

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  • Cook gets applause for class performance

    Rankin Elementary’s Leanna Cook is one of five finalists for Gaston County Schools Teacher of the Year, 2016-2017. Every morning at 8:00, she steps in front of a tough audience of five- and six-year-olds. Fortunately, her background in visual and performing arts is an important part of her classroom strategy that gets plenty of applause.

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  • Crosby sees students as her ‘heart and soul’

    McAdenville Elementary’s Beth Crosby is one of five finalists for Gaston County Schools Teacher of the Year, 2016-2017. Her students look forward to her class not just for the fun while learning, but also because they know she cares for them. “These kids are my heart and my soul. They know that I love them,” she said.

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  • Middle school students are going to work

    More than 300 middle school students will get the chance to connect what they learn in the classroom with the real world of work as they visit local businesses for the first-ever Students@Work Day in Gaston County Schools. On Friday, 11 area businesses will open their doors to eighth graders through this collaborative program between Gaston County Schools and the Gaston Regional Chamber.

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  • Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration 

    Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year will take place in May. Click here for more information.

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  • Curriculum and Instruction Committee Meeting 
    The Gaston County Schools Curriculum and Instruction Committee will meet Monday, May 9 at 5:00 p.m. at 943 Osceola Street, Gastonia. 
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  • Pinnacle Showcase brings attention to technology


    The Gaston County Schools Technology Department will host the fourth annual Student Technology Showcase on Tuesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Stuart W. Cramer High School. With Chromebooks, iPads, SMART Boards and dozens of educational apps, students and teachers from across Gaston County will show off the creative ways they use technology in the classroom. It’s a great program that brings attention to how technology is an important part of teaching and learning in our schools. Click here for a video produced by the Technology Department about the event.

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  • Hawks Nest STEAM Academy Deadline


    The deadline to apply to attend the new Hawks Nest STEAM Academy is Friday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m. Enrollment is open to any student who lives in Gaston County and will be in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, or fourth grade next school year. The Academy is the first elementary school magnet program in Gaston County and features a curriculum focused on STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Parents may apply online. Click here for more information and to complete the online student application.

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Gastonia , NC 28052
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Denise McLean, Principal

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