Take the My Energy Kit Challenge
Our school is taking the My Energy Kit Challenge and has a goal to save at least 20,000 kilowatt-hours of energy this school year. We’ll reach this goal when at least 100 families at our school sign up for a FREE Energy Kit and use it to make their homes energy-efficient. These FREE kits from Duke Energy contain items like LED bulbs, faucet aerators, and other useful gadgets that can make a big difference toward saving energy at home. If we can meet the challenge, our school will automatically win $250. Take the My Energy Kit Challenge and sign up for your FREE kit at MyEnergyKit.org or call 1-855-386-9548.
Gaston County Public Library, Gaston Arts Council, Gaston County Schools and the Friends of the Gaston County Public Library have joined together to bring you phenomenal, FREE storytelling experiences for all ages.
Gaston Story Spin brings together great stories with great storytellers in venues near you throughout the county. Each experience will feature ways for you and your family to be a part of the storytelling, using activities ranging from drawing to interactive dialogue.
Join in the fun at the following Gaston Story Spin locations:
- Kickoff Spin: Saturday, November 19, 2:00 pm, Main Library (1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC)
- Mt. Holly Spin: Monday, December 5, 6:00 pm, Mt. Holly Branch Library (245 W. Catawba Ave., Mt. Holly, NC)
- Dallas Spin: Thursday, February 9, 6:00 pm, Dallas Branch Library (105 S. Holland St., NC 28034)
- Loray Mill Spin: Thursday, February 16, 6:00 pm, Alfred C. Kessell History Center (Loray Mill—300 S. Firestone St., Gastonia, NC 28053)
- Ferguson Spin: Thursday, February 23, 6:00 pm, Ferguson Branch Library (Erwin Center—913 N. Pryor St., Gastonia, NC 28052)
- Bessemer City Spin: Monday, March 6, 6:00 pm, Bessemer City Branch Library (207 N. Twelfth St., Bessemer City, NC 28016)
- Belmont Spin: Thursday, March 23, 6:00 pm, Belmont Branch Library (125 N. Central Ave., Belmont, NC 28012)
- Cherryville Spin: Tuesday, March 28, 6:00 pm, Cherryville Branch Library (605 E. Main St., Cherryville, NC 28021)
- Union Road Spin: Monday, April 3, 6:00 pm, Union Road Branch Library (5800 Union Rd., Gastonia, NC 28056
- TECH@Lowell Spin: Tuesday, April 4, 6:00 pm, TECH@LOWELL (Formerly Lowell Branch Library—203 McAdenville Rd., Lowell, NC 28098)
- Stanley Spin: Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 pm, Stanley Branch Library (205 N. Peterson st., Stanley, NC 28164)
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.