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  • 2016 Golf Tournament Sponsors

    2016 Golf Sponsors

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  • Summer Open Gym Schedule

    The gym will be open for conditioning Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 am throughout the summer. It will be closed June 23 -25, July 4 - 8 and July 18 - 22. Please see the Athletic Announcement page for more details.

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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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District News

  • Groundbreaking held for new middle school

    For the past three weeks, bulldozers, excavators, and backhoes have been removing trees, turning over dirt, and preparing the land for a new middle school in Stanley. But a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning marked the official start of construction for the new facility, which will be built on the same parcel of land as the current school.

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  • Booker named Regional Superintendent of the Year

    W. Jeffrey Booker, Superintendent of Gaston County Schools, has earned the prestigious Southwest Region Superintendent of the Year recognition for 2016-2017. Superintendents in the Southwest Region, which includes 11 public school districts in nine counties across the greater Charlotte area, selected Booker for the honor. He will compete against other regional winners for the North Carolina Superintendent of the Year title.

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  • High schools name valedictorians and salutatorians

    Gaston County Schools has 33 students in the Class of 2016 who have achieved valedictorian or salutatorian honors. Each valedictorian and salutatorian were recognized during high school graduation. The senior with the highest weighted grade point average (GPA) is selected valedictorian and the senior with the second-highest weighted GPA is chosen salutatorian. When students are tied for first or second in the class, co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian honors are presented.

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  • Students achieve perfect attendance records

    This year, Gaston County Schools has seven seniors in the Class of 2016 who have achieved perfect attendance for their entire school career, kindergarten through twelfth grade. The students were recognized during their high school graduation ceremony for having perfect attendance and received a plaque from the Gaston County Board of Education. Each year, the Board of Education honors graduating seniors who achieve perfect attendance for either 12 years or 13 years.

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  • Summer Hours


    Gaston County Schools will operate again this summer on a four-day, 10-hours a day work week beginning Monday, June 13. School and central level offices will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All offices will be closed on Friday. Offices will be closed Monday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Summer hours run through Friday, August 5.

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  • Free lunches available this summer

    GCS School Nutrition will participate in the Summer Feeding Program that provides free bag lunches at sites throughout the county for children ages 18 years and younger. Click here for locations, dates and times. If you would like to receive meals for children at your camp, program or organization, contact Caren Berrier at (704) 824-8423 for eligibility information.
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  • Administrator and Office Professional Awards

    The Gaston County Association of Educational Office Professionals presented the 2016 Administrator of the Year award to Bill Kessler, principal of Robinson Elementary, and the Office Professional of the Year award to Doris Rogers , the data manager and financial secretary at Gardner Park Elementary.
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  • Lottery conducted for STEAM Academy

    Congratulations to the 300 students who were selected on Friday to attend the new Hawks Nest STEAM Academy when it opens in August. Click here to see the list of students selected in the lottery. Click here for a slideshow of pictures from the lottery.

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Denise McLean, Principal

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