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  • Highland Annual Golf Tournament
    Thank you to our sponsors and the teams who played. Please see our Golf Tournament page to see pictures from the tournament.  
    Thanks to our Sponsors  
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  • Summer Writing Camp for Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
    Gaston County Schools is offering a summer writing camp for rising 12th grade students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The four day camp will be held at Ashbrook High School, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Two four-day camps will be offered.  Students may access the registration form and more information by clicking on the link below.  Students will be contacted by email if selected to attend. Click here for more information.
    Click here for student application. 
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  • Highland FBLA Awarded Chapter of Merit

    The Highland School of Technology Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter was awarded the Gold Seal Chapter of Merit for the third year in a row. Members of Highland FBLA traveled to Greensboro to participate in the 2015 FBLA State Leadership Conference. The 43 Highland students joined over 2000 other high school students to compete at events related to their high school courses which resulted in 30 of the 43 placing in the top 10 or better in their respective competitions.  

    The following student placed in individual competitions:  Michael Caulfield – top 10 in Accounting I; Kristen Caulfield – top 10 in Multimedia and Web Design; Patience Foster – top 10 in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures; Mara Hayes – fourth place in Networking Concepts; Keely Heath – top 10 in Accounting II; Sara Jane Heavner – first place in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures; Cody Hedger – third place in Computer Problem Solving; Alex Matthew – second place Securities & Investments; Matthew Noles – first place Securities & Investments; Zytavis Parks – top 10 in Networking Concepts; Raishon Peterman – fourth place in Computer Problem Solving; Collin Petruska – top 10 in Business Law; Caroline Philbeck – fourth place in FBLA Principals & Procedures;  Leah Sosnik – third place in Introduction to Business Communications;

    Students worked as a team in the following competitions and placed as follows: Emani Crawford and Em’Pris Orr - top 10 in Emerging Business Issues; Bailey Birtchet and Kristen Caulfield  - second place in FBLA Spirit T-Shirt Design; Ciara Kranzler and Ashlyn Sawyer – Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit; Max Jones and Preston Marisiddaiah – top 10 in Marketing; Sam Devine, Michael Kendrick and Morgan Poteat – first place in Network Design; and Parker Crenshaw, Abril Jauri, Katie Purello, Elise Sweezy, and Kayla Viana – second place in Parliamentary Procedure.

    Students or teams placing first, second, third or fourth place qualified to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL in June.

    Highland FBLA at SLC
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  • Highland S.A.V.E. Club Honored
    The Highland Students Against Violence Everywhere and Interact Clubs were named Mix It Up Model Schools for 2015.
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  • Highland Quiz Bowl Team Takes First Place
    The Highland Tech Quiz Bowl team competed at the Gaston County Schools County Quiz Bowl competition held Saturday, April 25th at Forestview High School. Team B won the competition with a score of 1570 points.  Team members were Andrew Dixon, Matthew Noles, Baldev Desai, and Max Jones (scorekeeper). Team A scored 1200 points, but finished out of the top 3.  Team members were Ryan Thurston (captain), Brian Koo, Ethan Wu, Evann Wu, and Whit Stewart (scorekeeper). This marks Highland's 7th win in the past 8 years of the competition.  
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  • Highland Recognized for their Excellence at the HOSA State Leadership Conference
    Eighty Highland students attended the 39th annual North Carolina HOSA (Future Health Professionals) State Leadership Conference from March 26-28 in Greensboro. The Highland HOSA chapter received special recognition for its work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Red Cross Blood Drive, Outstanding HOSA Chapter, and the HOSA Happenings Newsletter. Highland also received awards for being an NC HOSA Gold Chapter as well as being the largest 1A Chapter in North Carolina (167 members). Thirty students were recognized on the stage for placing top ten in their respected events and each student who placed in the top three qualify to attend the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California from June 24-28, 2015.

    Special Student Recognition:

    Amber Courtemanche- HOSA District 6 $250 Scholarship
    Collin Hill- 1st Place, Physical Therapy
    Gabrielle Whiteman- 1st, Dental Science
    Noele Jones- 2nd Dental Terminology
    Erin Farris- 2nd, Dental Science
    Ellen Terry- 2nd, Clinical Specialty
    Savannah Lawing- 3rd, Dental Terminology
    Alexis Burton- 3rd, Dental Science
    Ginna Suarez- 3rd, Healthy Lifestyles
    Haley Abernathy- 3rd, HOSA Happenings Newsletter
    Logan Runyan- 3rd, Outstanding HOSA Chapter
    Austin Lowry- 4th, Dental Science
    Logan Runyan- 4th, Medical Assisting
    Haley Abernathy and Sidney Roberts- 4th, CERT Skills
    Caroline Cole- 4th, Healthy Lifestyles
    Kensley Fisher- 5th, Dental Science
    Victoria Coulter- 6th, Dental Terminology
    Kelsey Best and Jenna Payne- 6th, CERT Skills
    Makayla Young- 6th, Health Care Issues Exam
    Madison Brooks- 7th, Health Care Issues Exam
    Corinthia Friday- 9th, Prepared Speaking
    Sarah Eagan, and Miriam Okonkwo- 9th, Forensic Medicine
    Brian Koo- 10th, Dental Terminology
    MacKenzie Foust- 10th, Biomedical Laboratory Science
    Metra Sheshbaradaran & Emily Aguilar- 10th, Forensic Medicine
    Amber Courtemanche- 10th, Extemporaneous Writing
    Maria Araujo- 10th, Healthy Lifestyles
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District News

  • Teachers take advantage of learning experience

    During the school year, they guide learning from the front of the classroom. But this summer, five Gaston County Schools teachers are stepping into the role of students so they will have more to offer their classes this fall. In the mountains of Colorado and along the Chattanooga River in Georgia, the teachers are learning about current issues in environmental research and education.

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  • Students learn about theater in summer program

    The classic Broadway show “Anything Goes” came to Stuart W. Cramer High School last weekend (July 17-19), but this wasn’t just another high school musical. For five weeks, the cast of students from eight different Gaston County schools were trained by a group of talented theater professionals through the first-ever Gaston STAGE program.

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  • Teachers attending national technology conference

    Three teachers are joining education leaders from across the country and around the world in Washington, D.C. this week where they will learn new and innovative ways to use technology in the classroom. They are representing Gaston County Schools at the Discovery Education Network Summer Institute.

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  • Students finish fifth in national finance contest

    If you’re looking to make some money in the stock market, you may want to check with a group of students at Highland School of Technology. A team of five students earned fifth place in the nation in the Capitol Hill Challenge investment competition that involved more than 15,000 students from 742 schools across the country.

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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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  • AP Summer Writing Camp
    Gaston County Schools is offering a writing camp for rising 12th grade students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses July 27-30 and August 3-6 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Ashbrook High School. This camp will focus on effective writing strategies as well as college application essays and scholarship writing.  For more information, please click here.
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  • Register now for Teaching and Learning Conference
    The Gaston County Schools Teaching and Learning Conference is Tuesday, August 11 and Wednesday, August 12 at Gaston College in Dallas.  To register for sessions, please click here.  To view the catalog, please click here.
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  • Board approves school calendars
    The Board of Education has approved the calendars for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. The calendars were developed by the Gaston County Schools calendar committee, which includes students, parents, teachers, principals, and central level administrators. Click here to view the calendars.
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