Gaston & Catawba

Catawba Valley Schools |

A county-wide College Fair for juniors, seniors and their parents will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Multi-Purpose Auditorium at CVCC.

Marketing I and Sports and Entertainment classes at East Burke High School recently participated in a teambuilding course at Western Piedmont Community College.

Students conquered the obstacles of the Alpine Tower to learn the value of working together and trusting one another.

Caldwell County Schools and the Caldwell County Public Library recently received a grant to implement the Big Read and the Little Read programs.

Caldwell students will be encouraged to read “The Malted Falcon,” by Bruce Hale, while adults will read “The Maltese Falcon,” by Dashiell Hammett.

Elementary schools will compete to have the most students who sign up for a Caldwell County library card or to renew their card. Students also will compete to earn Accelerated Reader points. Winning schools will receive an author visit and a copy of “The Malted Falcon” for each third-, fourth- and fifth-grader.

State Superintendent June Atkinson recognized Catawba County Schools during a news conference Monday in Raleigh. The event kicked off Graduation Awareness Week, Sept. 7-13.

State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee also made brief remarks.

Atkinson recognized the top 10 school districts by graduation rate. Catawba County Schools ranked seventh.

Two local educators recently attended seminars at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Nancy Miller of Clyde Campbell Elementary and Carol Moore of Mill Creek Middle attended the summer sessions.

NCCAT provides residential seminars in arts, sciences, humanities and technology for pre-K through 12th grade public school teachers.

Six teachers from Mountain View Elementary School will be better equipped to understand how students learn math after attending the N.C. Teacher Academy at Appalachian State University this summer.

Participants included kindergarten teachers Tabetha Faught, Miiko Earley and Paula Hunt; first-grade teachers Mary Lail and Ruth Kiser; and second-grade teacher Donna Smith.

Lyle Creek Elementary School welcomed 29 student teachers from Lenoir-Rhyne University this fall. The senior education majors are on campus as part of the “lab school.”

Maiden High and Bandys High feeder parent advisory groups will host a Meet the Candidates forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Maiden High Auditorium. Residents can hear candidates' platforms, followed by a meet-and-greet session.

Hickory High School's upcoming events: Spirit Week and Homecoming: Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 football game. The Chorus Fall Concert: 7 p.m. Oct. 14.

Jamie Smith was recently named Newton-Conover's Exceptional Children Teacher of Excellence. She teaches at Conover School.Leigh Pressley