Our Student Assignment Office is temporarily located at the former Forest Heights Elementary School, #1 Learning Place, Gastonia. Parents who need to register their child for the upcoming school year should visit Forest Heights instead of the Central Office. For information about how to register your child for school, visit www.gaston.k12.nc.us/howtoenroll.
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.
Eleven HOSA – Future Health Professionals of America – students and one advisor from Highland School of Technology attended the 39th Annual International Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN., June 22-25, 2016.
The conference had more than 9,000+ future health professionals who had the opportunity to network on a national level in competitive events, pursue leadership development, focus on teambuilding, and participate in health related workshops.
At the competition, Gabrielle Whiteman placed 4th in the nation in dental science. Also representing Highland in their respective events were Garrett Buchanan, Victoria Coulter, and Savannah Lawing in dental terminology; Madison Gilroy and Austin Lowry in dental science; Savannah Duncan in prepared speaking; Tina Lee in healthcare issues exam and transcultural health care; Alex Ninyeh, Jr. in extemporaneous writing; Logan Runyan in medical assisting; and Micayla West in Veterinary Science.
Highland School of Technology was also recognized for their work on the national level for their HOSA Chapter Reflections (chapter notebook).
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.
It’s back-to-school time in Gaston County! When the morning bell rings on Monday, August 29, approximately 32,000 students (pre-kindergarten through high school) will walk through the doors of the county’s 54 public schools to start the 2016-2017 academic year.
There are only 17 Google for Education Certified Trainers in all of North Carolina, and four of them belong to Gaston County Schools. Four of the district’s instructional technology facilitators (ITFs) recently earned recognition as Certified Trainers, a status that identifies them as experts in helping teachers use technology in the classroom.
They spent two days in the classroom to make sure their own classrooms will be ready for the school year. From the basics of math and reading to the latest in technology tools and techniques, Gaston County Schools’ Teaching and Learning Conference gave teachers a chance to learn and network with other educators. More than 1,000 teachers and school administrators attended the 11th annual conference held August 8 and 9 at Gaston College.
For a few weeks this summer, students had horses for teachers and a ranch for a classroom. Gaston County Schools partnered with Bit of Hope Ranch to offer the “Trailblazers” camp, an educational program designed to help prepare students for the year ahead. Groups of students spent two weeks at Bit of Hope where the daily program included time working with and riding the horses, teamwork challenges on an obstacle course, hikes on the nature trail, and other educational activities.