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  • School Picture Day - September 2

    Yearbook pictures of underclassman, staff and senior make-ups will be taken on Wednesday September 2 in the auditorium. Please come prepared for pictures that day and with form and money if you wish to purchase them. 

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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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  • Highland's TSA Wins at State Competition
    Highland's TSA chapter competed at the North Carolina State Conference March 22 to 24. The following students placed in their competitive events. Congratulations on a job well done.
    Animatronics 1st Place- Taylor Hughes, Alex Matthew, Jacob Phil, Ethan Turner, 
    Architectural Renovation 2nd Place-Jonathan Baysden, Brant Black, Corbin Bumeter, Annalee Decker, Emma Lineberger, Kathryn McIntosh,
    Computer Numeric Control (CNC) 2nd Place- Jacob Phil, Jesse Hamrick
    Manufacturing Prototype 3rd Place- Mitchell Bowen, Savannah Lutz, 
    System Control Technology 2nd Place- Nate Devenny, Evan Escobedo, Evann Wu
    Technical Sketching 1st Place - George Dent ( This was the 2nd time in two years the George placed 1st in this event)
    The following students have qualified to compete at the National TSA Conference in Dallas Texas.
    Taylor Hughes, Alex Matthew,Jacob Phil, Ethan Turner, and George Dent
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District News

  • Gaston schools have a successful opening day

    Students and teachers were excited for learning to begin as Monday, August 24 marked the first day of the 2015-2016 academic year in Gaston County Schools. Our schools reported a successful first day as students returned to their school routine and teaching and learning got underway.

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  • It's back-to-school time in Gaston County!

    It’s back-to-school time in Gaston County! When the morning bell rings on Monday, August 24, approximately 32,000 students (pre-kindergarten through high school) will walk through the doors of the county’s 55 public schools to start the 2015-2016 academic year.

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  • Employees kick off new year at Convocation

    During the school year, the 3,700 employees of Gaston County Schools are spread across the district’s 55 schools and administrative offices. But four days before the opening of school, they gathered together to celebrate as a family and kick off a new year at the annual Back-To-School Convocation.

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  • Educators find encouragement at conference

    From an inspiring keynote speech by the 2014 National Teacher of the Year to small, interactive workshops, some 1,200 teachers and school administrators received encouragement, motivation and professional development at the Gaston County Schools’ Teaching and Learning Conference.

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  • 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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  • SchoolPay available to parents
    Parents can now take advantage of the SchoolPay online service to make electronic payments for school-related fees. Click here for information and to learn how to set up a SchoolPay account.
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  • Labor Day Holiday
    Monday, September 7, is a holiday for students and employees.  All schools and central department offices will be closed on Monday.
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  • Thank you for donating school supplies
    We would like to thank everyone who left school supplies at your mailbox on Saturday, August 8 for pick up by the U.S. Postal Service.  The collection events were part of the annual "School Tools" campaign.  There is still time to donate.  You may drop off supplies at Ashley Furniture, Showmars Restaurant, the Gaston County Schools Central Office, or the school in your neighborhood.
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Gastonia , NC 28052
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Denise McLean, Principal

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