Three teachers at Robinson have been awarded grants: Hs. Hall secured a Donors Choose grant for Chromebooks, Ms. Miller won a Donors Choose grant for technology, and Ms. Holland received a $5,000 grant for the Makerspace from the NC Community Foundation.
Thanks to all families who supported the Valentine's Day Robotics Team chocolate sale and to Ms. Oakley for her dedication in organizing. Robinson's Robotics Team, the Bee Bots, competed in the state competition against 8th graders! They qualified for states by placing 9th out of 36 in their first competition ever. Great job, Bee Bots!
What a challenging and entertaining spelling bee last week! Thanks to Ms. Shoemaker for organizing and to Ms. Ellis and Ms. Kahn for judging. Congratulations to all our participants and good luck to our winner!
We won the I Love a Clean School Award!
Thanks to all volunteers who came to Beautification Day, especially Mr. Hobson, Ms. Kampmeyer, Mr. Rathbone, Ms. Revels, and Ms. Tabor. Look around the grounds and see what they accomplished! We'll hold other Beautification Days in March and April to keep everything looking good and to help with our gardening program!
Congratulations to Third Grade, who won the February Do the Right Thing Contest!
Congratulations to Ms. Hall, who was selected as a Pinnacle leader!
In commemoration of Bus Driver Appreciation Week, thanks to our great drivers: Ms. Smith (20), Ms. Coleman (66), Ms. Brown (120), Ms. Russell (99), and Mr. Sturgis (11)!
One of our grant donors commented recently that he had never seen an entire school so energized by one of the foundation's grants. The foundation invited Ms. Litfin & Ms. Holland to present about the Makerspace & project based learning; Here is the video they used. Robinson staff completed more training in PBL and planned fun learning units for upcoming weeks: 1st grade - magnets & safety door locks; 3rd grade - jobs, earning money, & starting a business. These units will be learning by doing in an integrated setting, combining reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
Book Character Ball & Book Fair were such fun! Thanks to so many people for making them a success: Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Potter led the pizza sales, and Mr. Rathbone served as the music man; Mr. & Ms. Oakley, Ms. Maxon & Ms. Lunsford helped at the Book Fair Monday night (while Ms. Blanco, Ms. Billups, Ms. Hoersch, Ms. Tabor and others helped throughout the week). Teachers dressed up and read to the students, and volunteers set up and cleaned up.
The PTO provided a delicious Souper Bowl lunch on Friday before the big event, and the staff enjoyed every bite!
What an excitiing Awards Day with so much achievement; great job, students!
Our cafeteria scored 99% on its recent sanitation rating. Congratulations to Ms. Brooks and her team!
STAR test results are going up in reading and in math.
Congratulations to our Robinson Teacher of the Year and winner of the Kay Turner Award: Ms. Julie Childers!
Congratulations to Ms. Darlene Oakley, our KIA Educator of the Year! Ms. Oakley was voted by our entire staff as the unsung hero. She was honored at the yearly event along with 50 of the other top GCS employees.
We would like to thank Ken Osterbrook of Gaston Christian Church in Belmont for donating teacher tote bags full of school supplies and to Crystal Jackson of Times Oil for presenting a check in the amount of $5,000 to Amber Litfin and Tammy Holland for their Makerspace Grant.
Gaston County Schools won 34 awards in the highly-competitive Mid-Carolina Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. The awards included 12 Gold Key, 11 Silver Key, and 11 honorable mentions. “I am extremely proud of our students’ achievements,” said Forestview High School art teacher Travis Johnson. “To receive a Gold Key in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards means that you are producing some of the best quality work in the state.”
Gaston County Schools will have more than 30 students competing in the regional science and engineering fair at UNC-Charlotte. Their wins at the Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair in January propelled them into the regional competition with a chance to advance to the statewide science fair. Students from Ashbrook, Stuart W. Cramer, Forestview, Gaston Early College, Belmont Middle, Holbrook Middle, Mount Holly Middle, and Rankin Elementary qualified to participate in the regional event.
Three days a week, teachers at Sherwood Elementary become students for the afternoon so they can learn basic grammar, spelling, and pronunciation. In Spanish, that is. The school’s ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher Edgar Coronado is offering Spanish lessons to any interested teachers. The classes are giving teachers new ways to communicate with their students, and perhaps more important, with their students’ parents.
Gaston County Schools continues to rank as the safest large school district in North Carolina, according to data released Thursday by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education. Of the ten largest school districts in the state, Gaston County has the lowest school crime and violence rate. Gaston’s rate for the 2015-2016 academic year is 3.740. The school crime rate for Gaston County Schools has been significantly lower than that state rate for the past seven years.
Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held at the former Forest Heights Elementary School, #1 Learning Place, Gastonia. For more information, please call 704-810-7284.
The registration schedule is below:
The North Carolina Kindergarten Health Assessment Form will be available at the Gaston County Schools Central Office, the Gaston County Health Department, and at your local physician's office.