Gaston & Catawba

Gaston/Lincoln school news

Gaston County

Custodian wins new car: Gardner Park Elementary School custodian Stevie Anderson usually works at his job behind the scenes. But on Nov. 19, he took center stage as the 2014 Kia Outstanding Educator for Gaston County Schools.

In a random drawing of employees nominated by each of the district’s 57 schools and central office, Anderson won a new 2014 Kia Soul from Kia of Gastonia.

Each nominee was recognized for contributions to Gaston County Schools and presented with a plaque from Superintendent Jeffrey Booker in a ceremony at Stuart W. Cramer High School. Nominees included teachers, custodians, office personnel, teacher assistants, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and support staff.

Food drive nets 2,700 donations: The Forestview High School Beta Club and Thespian Society recently collected 2,700 cans of food in a school-wide drive.

The collected items were donated to the Shelter of Gaston County to support the fight against domestic violence.

County champions named: Local student-athletes recently earned Gaston County Championship titles in three sports.

Belmont Middle won the boys’ golf county championship title.

W.C. Friday Middle took top honors with the softball county title.

Grier Middle School won the middle school football championship title.

Jones named all-conference: Tanner Jones, a student at Cherryville High School, was recently named to the Southern Piedmont 1A All-Conference cross country team.

State champion rings presented: Cherryville High School recently held a ceremony to present state championship rings to members of the track team.

Gabriel Branning, Trent Friday, Jamar Wright and Rodolpho “Junior” Martinez won the 1,600-meter relay race at the state championship meet.

Marching band excels: The Cherryville High School marching band recently earned several awards during the Pirate Cove Classic competition at Porter Ridge High School.

The band earned first place in marching, second place for drum major and color guard, and an overall superior rating. The color guard also earned fourth place out of 21 bands in the competition.

Widener wins scholarship: Kirby Widener, a student at Gaston Early College High School, received a merit scholarship from Gardner-Webb University.

Moss wins school title: Bessemer City Central Elementary teacher Tessley Moss was recently named the school’s Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015.

Moss teaches third grade at Bessemer City Central.

Students of the month: John Chavis Middle School recently announced its latest Students of the Month.

Winners were: Blair Baker, Sam Kostiuk, Ashlyn Beattie, Chase Abernathy, Richard Gomez, Ashley Richardson, Carter Grace Estes, Logan Barrett and Haley Dover.

Technology teacher Lance Beam was named the September Teacher of the Month.

Clark earns top honor: Kristen Clark was recently named Teacher of the Year at John Chavis Middle School. She will now compete on the county level.

Page recognizes students: Page Primary recently named its latest Students of the Month. Winners were: Gabriel Paredes-Azamar, William Monteith, Buxton Smith, Leighton Bizzell, Bryson Marler, Eliza Lefler, Avett Pippin, Jackie Pham, Ella Kimble, Tayler Culbertson, Lena Wells, Austin Kellogg, Ka’Leya Watson, Katherine Graham, Elizabeth Schweers and Andrew Brown.

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

Bright Ideas grants: Two Lincoln County teachers recently earned Bright Ideas grants from Rutherford EMC.

Anna Gilbert, a first grade teacher at Childers Elementary, and Tammy Price, an English teacher at North Lincoln High, earned the grants for their innovative project ideas.

Gemstone mining: First-graders at Battleground Elementary School recently enjoyed learning how to sluice rocks and minerals.

The youngsters studied rocks and minerals in science, then learned how to mine for the gemstones with a portable sluicing device from the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia.

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