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Gaston County

Technology inspires reading: Kiser Elementary media specialist Laura Long is using 31 Chromebook laptops in the school library to inspire reading among students this year.

Students in third to fifth grades are writing and producing short video book reports recorded on iPad or iPhone and posted to the library blog for students and parents to view. The project has boosted book circulation in the media center.

Making the videos develops students’ literacy, writing, critical thinking and computer skills, as well as public speaking ability. Students use the Chromebooks to type their scripts for a 30-second commercial on the book’s main characters, setting and conflict. Long also works with the youngsters to edit the script and record the video.

This fall, Long added a green screen app for iPad. Students pick a virtual background related to their book and record their video in front of a green curtain in the library. The app makes it appear as though they are standing at the beach, in front of a New York City skyline or other background.

Science, engineering fair: FMC Lithium Corp. recently gave $40,000 to Gaston County Schools to support the Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

FMC representatives Larry Bumgardner, Sallie Hendrick and Rustin Sherrill presented the check to Superintendent Jeffrey Booker. Tammy Mims, science curriculum facilitator, assistant superintendent Bill Cooke and Brent Boone, executive director of high school education, also were on hand for the presentation.

This year’s fair will be held Jan. 10 at the Schiele Museum.

Lockridge invited to present work: Stanley Middle School math teacher Andru Lockridge was recently invited to present a session at the Association of Middle Level Education national conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Band to perform at Appalachian: The Stuart W. Cramer High School Wind Ensemble was recently chosen to participate in the Appalachian State University Concert Band Clinic.

Spirit rock on campus: Lingerfeldt Elementary students are enjoying a campus spirit rock recently donated by Lee Construction Company of the Carolinas in Pineville.

The school is planning a fundraiser for cancer research. Students who donate will write their name on the new spirit rock.

Holiday parades feature schools: Gaston County Schools will participate in Christmas parades. Look for the orange school bus in the following parades:

Belmont: 4 p.m. Dec. 2

Mount Holly: 4 p.m. Dec. 3

Bessemer City: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5

Gastonia: 2 p.m. Dec. 7

Dallas: 4 p.m. Dec. 12

Cherryville: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13

Choral groups perform: Choral students from Chapel Grove Elementary, Rhyne Elementary and Forestview High will perform at the Light Up Gastonia tree lighting ceremony, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Rotary Pavilion downtown.

The ceremony is sponsored by the city of Gastonia and is open to the public.

Spirit Night: Belmont Middle School sponsors Spirit Night 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at Johnny B’s Pizza. The next Spirit Night will be Dec. 18.

Patrons should write BMS on the back of their receipt. Dine-in and carry-out orders apply to the Spirit Night fundraiser for the school.

Mobile app available: Gaston County Schools has a new mobile app to enhance communication with parents, students, employees and the community.

The mobile app is available as a free download in the Apple iTunes and Google Play online stores. Find it by searching Gaston County Schools.

Lincoln County

Hoyle earns bronze cross: Senior Cadet Rebecca Hoyle of West Lincoln High School recently earned the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross. Only 22 cadets out of 90,000 nationwide received the prestigious award.

Hoyle was presented with the Bronze Cross by Commander Jones, area manager for the JROTC during the annual pass-and-review inspection on Oct. 22.

West Lincoln High’s NJROTC Unit was recognized for the 2013-2014 school year as a Distinguished Unit for the third consecutive year. To receive the honor, a unit must be in the top 30 percent of area programs.

Veterans honored: Union Elementary School honored veterans with its annual Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 10.

Breakfast was donated and prepared by local restaurants, Walmart and Union Elementary staff members. Students sang patriotic songs. Brent Turner played bagpipes at the flag ceremony, and the West Lincoln JROTC presented the colors during the national anthem performed by Lauren Sherrill. Local country music singer Lily Tallent provided entertainment.

Mentors needed: West Lincoln Middle Schools needs volunteer mentors for several students.

For information, call Penny Hullette, CIS Coordinator, at 704-276-1760.

Parent portal available: Parents of children attending Lincoln County Schools can now sign up for the Home Base PowerSchool Parent Portal. The free Internet-based system allows parents to see grades, attendance and class schedules and to monitor their child’s academic progress.

A computer with Internet access is needed to view the website.

For an instructional video and other support documents, visit Compiled by Leigh Pressley