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  • Pumpkin Halloween Costume Drive Through October 27

    Student Counsil will be collecting costumes for grades kindergarten through 5th grade. All costumes will be donated to the West Gastonia Boys and Girls Club. Collection boxes have been placed on all halls.
     
     
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  • Highland Homecoming and Spirit Week

     

    'merica Monday ---Patriotic wear
    Tropical Tuesday --- Wear your best Hawaiian shirt
    Wanna Be Wednesday --- Favorite character day 
    'Tis the season Thursday -- Dress for your favorite holiday
    Fantastic Friday --- Highland Colors Day; White-Freshman, Black-Sophomores, Yellow-Juniors, Blue-Seniors

     

    Highland Homecoming is Friday, October 24.

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  • Tailgating Announcement
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  • Highland School of Technology Unfundraiser 2014

    We are happy to announce the return of the popular PTSO “Unfundraiser.” What is an Unfundraiser? Simply put, the Unfundraiser is a fundraiser where students don’t have to sell anything, parents don’t have to buy anything and 100% of your donation goes directly to classroom and school needs. In the past, if you spent $50 on wrapping paper or candy,only 22-50% went to the school. Why not have ALL money donated go to support your child’s education instead? Funds raised will allow the Highland faculty and PTSO team to purchase items the school desperately needs to enrich your child’s experience. Each family is asked to support the fundraiser and every donation is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! Just complete the form at the bottom of this letter and send it in with your donation by November 14—that’s it! Each donation is tax deductible. We will be happy to provide you with a letter for your tax records.
     
    Click to download Unfundraiser Donation Form 
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  • Highland receives state recognition for graduation rate

    The Highland School of Technology was among 43 schools in the state recognized on Friday for achieving an outstanding graduation rate. State Superintendent of Schools June Atkinson honored the schools during a luncheon ceremony in Durham. Highland had a 99.3 percent graduation rate for the Class of 2014.
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District News

  • Preparing healthy food for school cafeterias


    The Gaston County Schools central kitchen is the only one of its kind in North and South Carolina, and it makes for healthier, tastier school lunches. Instead of processed and pre-packaged food, many items on the menu in our school cafeterias are made from scratch with whole ingredients.

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  • Principal of the Year makes every day count


    There are 591 students enrolled at Sadler Elementary School this year, and principal Rebekah Duncan knows each one by name. Every morning, Duncan – the Gaston County Principal of the Year – greets the students coming through the school doors. She takes time to ask how they are doing and listens to what they say.

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  • College Board releases SAT scores


    Gaston County Schools’ average score on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is 1423, according to a report released Tuesday by the College Board.

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  • Graduation rate increases for fifth consecutive year


    Gaston County Schools saw its graduation rate increase for the fifth consecutive year. The graduation rate for the Class of 2014 is 83.5 percent, which is the highest rate ever for the school district.

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Announcements

  • Student entries wanted for 175th anniversary contests
     
    Students from across the state are invited to participate in essay, poster and video contests that coincide with the 175th anniversary of public schools in North Carolina. The contests are sponsored by the N.C. Association of School Administrators. The deadline for entries is October 31. We would love to have Gaston County Schools represented in the statewide contests. Cash prizes will be awarded. Click here for more information.
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  • Open enrollment for State Health Plan
     
    Attention, employees: Open enrollment for the State Health Plan is October 1-31. The choices you make will remain in effect from January 1 through December 31, 2015. For more information, click here. If you are satisfied with your current plan, you do not have to re-enroll in that plan. However, if you are enrolled in the Enhanced 80/20 plan or the Consumer-Directed Health Plan (CDHP) and wish to maintain or lower the premium, you will need to complete the wellness premium credits by October 31. If you do not complete the wellness premium credits, you will remain in the Enhanced 80/20 plan or CDHP, but the employee-only premium will be higher.
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  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
     
    The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is a national youth recognition program that honors middle and high school students for outstanding volunteer service. To learn more about the nomination and application process, please visit the National Association of Secondary School Principals website: www.nassp.org/spirit. The application deadline is November 4.
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Highland School of Technology
1600 North Morris Street
Gastonia , NC 28052
704-810-8816
 
Denise McLean, Principal

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