Gaston County Schools Good News - November 2020
(December 3, 2020 Issue)
The following “good news” was presented to the Gaston County Board of Education for the month of November 2020:
Students from H.H. Beam Elementary, Belmont Central Elementary, Belmont Middle, Cramerton Middle, East Gaston High School, North Gaston High School, Pinewood Elementary, Pleasant Ridge Elementary, and Rankin Elementary participated in the Mount Holly Lantern Parade, which was held in a reverse format this year because of the pandemic. Students displayed their own handmade lanterns alongside other lanterns that complemented the “Our Greatest Show on Earth” theme.
The Cramerton Community Committee provided a total of 1,580 cloth masks to the following schools: Page Primary; McAdenville Elementary; New Hope Elementary; and Belmont Central Elementary.
Dr. Cristi Bostic, executive director of secondary instruction, and Dr. Derrick Jackson, executive director of elementary instruction, completed the Aspiring Superintendents Program, which is sponsored by the North Carolina School Superintendents Association.
The following school cafeterias received a 100 percent sanitation grade: H.H. Beam Elementary, W.B. Beam Intermediate, Belmont Central Elementary, Bessemer City Primary, John Chavis Middle, Cherryville High School, Cherryville Elementary, Kiser Elementary, Lowell Elementary, McAdenville Elementary, Page Primary, Springfield Elementary, and Woodhill Elementary.
Ashbrook High School teacher Jesse Birnstihl was selected as the North Carolina English Teachers Association’s Outstanding English Teacher of the Year.
Ashbrook High School student Devan Gilmore conducted a community service project and collected 25 coats for students at Woodhill Elementary.
The following students were chosen as the “Do the Right Thing” award winners for October: Cain Beheler, Sherwood Elementary; Hector Mendez Hernandez, W.C. Friday Middle; and Ben Hayes, Cherryville High School.
W.B. Beam Intermediate received a $1,000 donation from the Don and Carla Beam Family Foundation to purchase extra medical and health supplies.
Belmont Middle School counselor Dr. Ami Parker, who serves as president of the North Carolina School Counselor Association, was invited to serve as an adviser for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s bullying campaign.
The Belmont Middle School staff was treated to a delicious lunch sponsored by Ranucci’s Food Truck, Blake Construction, and Sundrop.
Bessemer City High School teacher Jason Crawford received a $2,000 grant from Pisgah Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church to purchase a software program for his class.
Students at Brookside Elementary and Robinson Elementary had the opportunity to observe and learn about the different parts of a helicopter. Gaston County police officer Danny Hubbard coordinated the program.
Brookside Elementary received a North Carolina flag from N.C. Representative John Torbett.
Carr Elementary kindergarten teacher Ashley Loftis was selected as a James Patterson and Scholastic Books Club Partnership grant winner. She received $500 and 10,500 bonus points to purchase STEM items for her classroom. In addition, fourth grade teacher TaKasha Morrow won 100 books from the Charlotte Hornets’ Pick and Read webinar.
Carr Elementary kindergarten students were able to enjoy a pumpkin patch at school. The Town of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department donated 100 pumpkins and Walmart in Dallas provided eight large pumpkins for the classrooms. Dr. Rebekah Duncan, principal, read the book “Pumpkin, Pumpkin” to the students, who were able to pick out their own pumpkin.
Cherryville High School students Landrie Wofford and Ben Hayes worked together to sponsor “Kindness Week” activities. Students dressed in orange to make a statement about bullying and wore hats as a fundraiser. Additionally, the students put inspiring messages in various locations around the school, painted a mural, and placed “Spread Kindness Not Germs” banners at the school entrances.
The Stuart W. Cramer High School Stagestruck Players presented “A Cemetery Walk Through Time” at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Gastonia. Students gave tours through the cemetery and introduced tour participants to people from the past. The event served as a fundraiser for the school’s theater arts program.
The Stuart W. Cramer High School counseling department participated in New York Life Insurance’s Grief Sensitive Schools Initiative and was awarded a $500 grant for making the school a grief sensitive educational facility. Additionally, teachers received professional training and resources to help students when they are grieving.
Walmart in Dallas provided W.C. Friday Middle School with funds for the school’s “Leader in Me Seven Habits” pumpkin decorating contest. Students selected one of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People as a theme for decorating their classroom’s pumpkin. The best-decorated pumpkins received prizes and the top class received the school spirit stick.
The Gaston County Virtual Academy held a drive-through event for K-5 students and teachers to pick up t-shirts, books, cupcakes, and other items.
Highland School of Technology senior Ann Russell is this year’s winner of the DAR Good Citizen Essay Contest, which is sponsored by the Major William Chronicle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Highland School of Technology teachers Jennifer Ackerman, Maddie Boyles, Star Edwards, Jennifer Gallagher, Laura Long, Kenneth Pasour, and Matt Renegar received education grants from Pisgah Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia.
Lingerfeldt Elementary conducted a school beautification day with help from members of First ARP Church in Gastonia. Volunteers cut down several trees and bushes around the school and put down pine straw. In addition, Home Depot donated 15 bags of mulch.
The Rankin Elementary PTA purchased a new stage curtain for the school.
Warlick Academy counselor Grant Sparks presented a conference workshop titled “It Takes More than Guidance” for the North Carolina School Counselor Association. Additionally, Hunter Huss High School counselor Heather Griffin presented a workshop titled “Leaving Guidance Behind: The New Frontier of School Counseling.”