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  • School counselors play key role in student success

    You may have called them “guidance counselors” when you were a student. Today, they are known as school counselors, and they play an important role in helping students learn, grow and succeed. In Gaston County Schools, every elementary, middle and high school has at least one counselor. Often times, you’ll see them teaching character education lessons, providing guidance to students who face challenges, and offering advice about college and career decisions.

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  • Commissioners' School accepting applications

    The James S. Forrester Commissioners’ School of Excellence (CSE) is accepting applications for the summer enrichment program. The application submission window is open now through February 12. CSE is a unique, two-week summer residential learning experience for rising tenth graders in Gaston County.

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  • York Chester sees success in mentoring program

    In the classroom, it’s usually the numbers and letters that matter. But there’s more to success than test scores or grade point average, as Tammy Hubbard has seen in her 17 years as school counselor at York Chester Middle. Success can’t always be counted or graded, she explains, which is why she spends time recruiting and developing mentors for her students through the Gaston County Schools mentoring program.

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  • Belmont Central celebrates 45th anniversary

    Belmont Central Elementary School celebrated its 45th anniversary on Sunday, January 31 with a special program and open house. Principal Phyllis Whitworth presided over the program, and approximately 200 people attend the celebration.

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  • Inclement weather make-up day

    Attention, students and parents: Monday, February 15 will be used as a make-up day for last Monday's missed day of school. With more winter weather possible in February and even March, we are taking a “wait and see” approach before making a decision about how to make up Tuesday, January 26. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we faced inclement weather last week.

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  • Early College, Highland open house events

    The Gaston Early College High School and Highland School of Technology are planning open house events for eighth graders interested in attending next year and their parents. The Highland open house is February 9 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The Early College is hosting two open house events -- February 8 and February 15 at 6:00 p.m. Click here for information about the application and lottery process at Highland and click here for application and lottery information for the Early College.

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  • "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?"

    The annual "Are You Smarter Than a Gaston County Fifth Grader?" competition returns Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Stuart W. Cramer High School. The event is a fundraiser to provide grants for teachers and features school teams paired with business representatives to prove who really is smarter than a fifth grader. The public is invited. Admission is $4. The Gaston County Education Foundation is organizing the program with American & Efird as the title sponsor. 
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  • Commissioners' School of Excellence

    Current ninth grade students may apply to attend the 2016 Commissioners' School of Excellence, which is an outstanding two-week summer enrichment program held at Belmont Abbey College. Commissioners' School gives rising tenth graders an opportunity to learn more about Gaston County and their roles as future leaders in our community. Activities include seminars, hands-on experiences, field trips, guest speakers and other events that help students to develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Applications will be accepted January 25 through February 12. For more information, contact your high school counselor or e-mail Commissioners' School directors Lori Collins,, or Bridget Matzke,
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