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  • Highland FBLA Students Recognized by Board of Education

    Highland FBLA students who attended and competed at the National Conference this past summer received certificates from the Board of Education at Monday's Board Meeting. The Chapter received a certificate for receiving the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit at Nationals. 

     

    FBLA at BOE

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  • Highland Receives Grade of A+

    Highland School of Technology had the highest proficiency among the high schools (grades 9-12) in Gaston County. Highland with 98.8 percent is among the top scores in the state for student proficiency.  Highland received an A+ performance grade and had a significant increase in proficiency with +5.3 points. The School Performance Grades are intended to make it easier for the public to understand how a school is performing. However, only select criteria are used to determine the grade. Factors such as school size, diverse student population, socioeconomics, teacher experience, student learning obstacles, special programs, and parental and community involvement have an effect on a school’s performance, but are not considered in the grade. 

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  • Highland Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Conference in Atlanta

    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.

     FBLA Nationals

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  • HOSA Competes at Nationals

    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).

     

     HOSA Nationals

     

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District News

  • Woodhill students make their mark on “Dot Day”


    Students at Woodhill Elementary made their mark on “Dot Day” by donating $440 in change to the Gastonia Police Foundation. The school sponsored the money collection in an effort to teach the children about supporting their community. It’s an idea inspired by the children’s book “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. The students also got an opportunity to spend time with officers and learn about the police department’s bomb squad and K-9 units.

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  • Students get coaching about colleges and careers


    Students can get a head start on their career and college plans this year thanks to a new partnership between Gaston County Schools and Gaston College. The school district is part of the NCWorks Career Coach Program, an initiative to help high school students learn about education and job opportunities available to them after graduation.

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  • Gaston’s graduation rate increases to 88 percent


    The high school graduation rate for Gaston County Schools has increased again, according to information released Thursday by the North Carolina State Board of Education. The graduation rate for the Class of 2016 is 88 percent, which is the best rate ever for the school district. The Gaston rate of 88 percent is higher than the state graduation rate of 85.8 percent. The district’s graduation rate has increased each year for the past seven years.

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  • It’s a brand new year for Gaston County Schools!


    Monday, August 29 was the beginning of a new academic year for Gaston County Schools and its 32,000 students, including the 2,400 members of the Class of 2029 starting kindergarten. The year got off to a great start at the district’s 54 schools as teachers, administrators and staff members shared in the excitement of going back to school.

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Announcements

  • GCS Monday Morning returns September 26

     
    GCS Monday Morning, the weekly update for Gaston County Schools employees and parents, returns September 26. Make sure to look for the first GCS Monday Morning of the new school year.
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  • Take the state calendar survey

     

    The state is conducting a survey about the school calendar.  Below is a link to an article from the Raleigh News and Observer with information about the survey and the link.  The link is in the third paragraph of the article:  http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article103696787.html  We encourage parents, employees, and community members to complete the survey.  A reminder that the survey ends at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25.

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  • National Board Certification for Teachers 

     
    Have you ever thought about seeking National Board Certification? If so, now is the time to go for it. Work sessions will be held at the Rader Staff Development Center September 29 from 3:45-5:15 p.m. for any teacher interested in National Board Certification. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call Katherine Plecnik at (704) 824-2828 or e-mail: kmplecnik@gaston.k12.nc.us.
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  • New Online Meal Payment Program

     

    Attention, Parents: We have a new system to pay for cafeteria meals online. Please visit K12PaymentCenter to create a new account. You will be able to deposit funds and monitor your child’s meal account. Funds that are in the old MyPaymentsPlus account will transfer to the new system. If you have questions, call (704) 836-9110.

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