Gaston & Catawba

Gaston/Lincoln school news

Gaston County

Shoebox drive: The John Chavis Middle School Student Council recently sponsored the school’s annual Operation Christmas Child collection drive.

Students filled 120 boxes with small toys, books, school supplies and toiletries to send to impoverished children around the world. The drive brought in more than three times the amount collected last year.

Casey Floyd and Mark Johnson organized the project.

Focus on being thankful: The Chavis Middle School CARES (Chavis Aspires to Reach Everyone through Sharing) group sponsored several activities to promote thankfulness in November.

Pumpkins decorated with things for which students are thankful were displayed in the school halls.

Students also collected more than $840 in change to pay for shipping costs for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

Chavis CARES is sponsored by Elishia Oliver and Jay Moss.

Junior Achievement: The Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund recently donated more than $1,600 to Sadler Elementary School to give fifth-graders an opportunity to participate in the Junior Achievement BizTown program.

Students will be involved in a simulation that shows what it is like to operate a city for a day.

Choral festival selects students: Several students from Ashbrook High School were recently selected to participate in the Mars Hill College Choral Festival.

Honored students were: McKenzie Rankin, Caroline Bowyer, Julia Towner, Madeline Swann, Danny Cullum, Moe Al-Nashir, Carter Starnes and Cameron Fagala.

Scholarship winners: Highland School of Technology recently announced several recipients of college merit scholarships.

Recipients were: Cody Wallen, Lenoir-Rhyne University and Gardner-Webb University; Autumn Clemins, Wingate University; Noele Jones, Mars Hill College; Hannah Ramsey, Gardner-Webb; and Morgan Young, University of Tennessee.

Good citizens: Hawks Nest Intermediate recently named its Good Citizen winners for the fall semester.

Winners were: Candran Hudson, Cayden Greene, Ryan Harris, Aisha Moreau, Gabby James, Henry Eisenhuth, Kevin Walters, Nate Cheatham, Blake Bostic, Laney Linder, Alexis Childers, Elana Vanderbilt, Kasey Belton, Holly McHenry, Andie Combs, Ethan Robinson, Ty Pettis and Seth Robinson.

Robinson earns track scholarship: Ashbrook High School student Xavier Robinson recently received a track and field scholarship from Appalachian State University.

For the past two years, Robinson has qualified for the state championship meet in the high jump competition.

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

Gastonia: 2 p.m. Dec. 7

Dallas: 4 p.m. Dec. 12

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

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

Golf champions: The North Lincoln Middle School boys’ golf team won the Lincoln County Schools Middle School Golf County Championship on Oct. 21 in Forest City.

Golf teams from West Lincoln, East Lincoln, North Lincoln and Lincolnton middle schools competed in the 18-hole championship tournament.

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

For information on how to participate, 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

Gift cards: One teacher from Lincoln County will be recognized each month this school year with the Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award. The program is sponsored by Charlotte law firm Charles G. Monnett III & Associates and features a $250 gift card for classroom supplies.

Educators in Mecklenburg, Catawba, Iredell, Cabarrus and Union counties also will be recognized for their hard work and dedication. Each winning teacher’s classroom also will receive a pizza party courtesy of Domino’s Pizza.

To make a nomination or vote, visit and click on vote. Nominations may be made each month. Compiled by Leigh Pressley