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  • Highland SAT Scores increase

    Congratulations Highland! Our students did a great job on the SAT increasing our average score from 1514 to 1550 well above the state and national averages. Thank you to our students for their hard work and to our staff for the great job they do working with our students. 

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  • Powerschool is back up

    Powerschool is back up!  Teachers and students may use the same username and password as last year. To sign up you will need the district code which is PWNQ.  If you have any login issues,please  contact Julie Hunter, Powerschool Data Manager.
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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 engage in professional development

    Gaston County teachers became students for the afternoon during a district-wide professional development day on Wednesday, September 30. With 38 different workshops and training sessions offered at sites across the county, teachers took time to learn new techniques for the classroom as well as discuss strategy and network with teachers from other schools.

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  • Students donate quarters to make lasting change

    One quarter isn’t much on its own. But when 617 students each bring in a quarter, the end result is more than $180 that will make a lasting change in the life of another family. Woodhill Elementary sponsored a fundraiser through Heifer International to help people living in poverty and teach children about the importance of helping others.

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  • Activity buses used as ‘moving billboards’

    Activity buses in Gaston County Schools have the potential to act as “moving billboards” thanks to a unique sponsorship program for local companies. Businesses can have their advertisement placed on an activity bus as a way to get attention and show their support for our schools.

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  • Schools take advantage of ClassDojo app

    Teachers in Gaston County Schools are helping students stay motivated in class and reaching out to engage and communicate with parents with a fun, free, technology-based tool called ClassDojo. The app is making a difference inside and outside the classroom.

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  • Board of Education meeting is Monday, October 5
    The Gaston County Board of Education will conduct a work session meeting Monday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room, 943 Osceola Street, Gastonia. The public is invited. Click here for the agenda. The meeting will air live on Channel 21 and on Ustream
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  • Information meetings about Governor's School
    The Governor's School of North Carolina is hosting a series of meetings for students, parents and school representatives who would like more information about the 2016 Governor's School program. A meeting will be held Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Schiele Museum. For more information and for a list of additional meeting dates and locations, please visit
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  • Mentor training session is October 21
    Gaston County Schools will conduct a mentor training session on Wednesday, October 21 at 9:00 a.m. at the Gaston Chamber of Commerce, 601 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia. To register, call the Business Partnership Office, (704) 866-6329.
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  • High School Parent-Teacher Conference Day
    The High School Parent-Teacher Conference Day is Thursday, October 15 at each high school. Teachers are available to speak to parents between 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. To schedule a conference, please contact your child’s school. Students will be dismissed early on Thursday and first six-week report cards will be distributed. Elementary and middle school teachers will be involved in professional learning Thursday afternoon.
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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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Highland School of Technology
1600 North Morris Street
Gastonia , NC 28052
704-866-6105 - fax
Denise McLean, Principal

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