When Scott Crabtree first signed up to be a mentor, he thought he would be asked to help students with math or reading. It turned out to be more fun and rewarding. As a mentor to two fourth grade students at H.H. Beam Elementary, he has spent time playing bocce ball, making paper airplanes, and building a model car along with other activities. With two mentees, the experience is “twice as nice” for Crabtree.
During this season of caring and giving, the students and employees of Gaston County Schools are contributing more than $21,000 to four public school districts in eastern North Carolina that were affected by Hurricane Matthew. At check presentations Wednesday in Lumberton and Goldsboro, Gaston school leaders provided $5,450 to each of the four school districts: Edgecombe County Public Schools, Lenoir County Public Schools, Public Schools of Robeson County, and Wayne County Public Schools.
A holiday surprise arrived early for some fifth graders at Pleasant Ridge Elementary. The students in Rebecca Cissel’s classroom were hard at work one morning when they heard an electronic voice greet them from underneath the teacher’s desk: “Hello, Team Cissel!” It was a small, blue, ball-shaped robot named “Dot.” He arrived with a friend -- a larger robot, “Dash,” who has wheels and can be programmed to drive around the classroom floor. The students might think these are toys, but the robots are there to help them learn.
She might look like an ordinary high school student. Many days, you can find her doing classwork at the Gaston Early College High School or at her after-school job at Cracker Barrel. But Madison Knowles is anything but a typical high schooler. As an Early College student, Knowles is not only taking college courses, but at 18 years old, she has become the youngest-ever president of the Gaston College Student Government Association (SGA).
January is National Mentoring Month. Our school mentors give of their time, talents and resources to make a difference in the lives of children. Please take time this month to honor and thank the mentors in your school. Let them know how much you appreciate what they do for students. For more information, please visit www.nationalmentoringmonth.org.
We want to know what you think about the proposed school calendars for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years. The calendar committee has completed its work of formulating the draft calendars, and they are available now on our website for review. Click here to see the draft calendars and take our School Calendar Survey by January 25. The survey results will be presented to the Board of Education for consideration prior to the Board’s approval of the calendars for the next two school years.
The Board of Education will hold a joint meeting with the Gaston County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. at the Gaston County Courthouse, 325 Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia. The public is invited.
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Pinnacle Smackdown
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM NCPK Administrative Committee Retreat