Gaston & Catawba

Gaston/Lincoln school news

Foundation donates socks, hats: The Hands N Feet Foundation of Charlotte recently donated socks, gloves and hats to Gaston County Schools students experiencing homelessness and poverty. The foundation gave the district 792 pairs of socks, 720 pairs of gloves and 660 hats to keep children warm this winter.

For on the Hands N Feet Foundation, visit

Whitfield named president-elect: John Chavis Middle School band director Vickie Whitfield was recently named president-elect of the North Carolina Music Educators Association District II. The district includes Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland, Rutherford and Polk counties.

Theater awards for Cramer High: Stuart W. Cramer High School earned four awards at the recent N.C. Theatre Conference High School Play Festival for its production of “Dracula.” The play received an excellent rating.

Christy Ace won the Barbizon Lighting Award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Design and Production. Jalon Watson earned the Excellence in Acting Award. Dana Frady received the Excellence in Costume Design Award.

Theater arts teacher Chuck Stowe captured the Excellence in Set Design Award.

Students at Gaston Day School recently volunteered for a week at Salvation Army. The youngsters helped sort and pack canned goods that will be used to feed Gaston County families in need.

Peeler earns top honors: Mary Peeler was recently named the Teacher of the Year at Robinson Elementary for 2014-2015. She teaches first grade.

SAVE wins grant: The Highland School of Technology Students Against Violence Everywhere club recently received a grant from the National SAVE organization and the Allstate Foundation.

The funds will support violence prevention, anti-bullying and texting while driving awareness activities. Students Haley Abernathy, Sidney Roberts and Kesley Best and SAVE advisor Ami Parker also were able to attend the Teen Safe Driving Summit in Raleigh.

Good deeds at Highland: The Student Council at Highland School of Technology is sponsoring a monthly good deed program this school year.

In September, students created welcome cards for new teachers. In October, the council donated $500 and more than 50 Halloween costumes to the West Gastonia Boys and Girls Club by selling spirit links and Homecoming T-shirts.

For November, students collected 5,000 cans of food for Crisis Assistance Ministries in Gastonia.

Top fundraisers: Springfield Elementary recently named the top fundraisers in its PTO Fall Catalog Sale.

Winners were: Kahla Jefferies, Abigail White, Mandalen Darnell, Jayce Martin, Caroline Cox and Taylor Ann Nolan.

Senator visits Sadler: Sadler Elementary recently received a surprise visit from state Sen. Kathy Harrington, R-Gaston, who brought a donation of school supplies and toured the school with principal Rebekah Duncan.

The school also had a surprise visit from country music singer Jimmy Wayne, who grew up in Bessemer City.

Sherwood students honored: Sherwood Elementary named its most recent Citizens of the Month for the fall months.

Winners were Jaiden Ellis, David Herrera, Tatiyana Washington, Christian Ali, Eli Glandon, Noah Doyne, James Gordon, Nicolas Miranda, Alexandria Sanders, Iziah Jones, Desmin Froneberger, Trevion Allison, Carson Reed, Rihanna Dorsey, Natalie Commanda, Joe Fargher, Emilie Hernandez, Brianna Rivera, Andrew Ortiz, Haley Roseberry, Shanyae Justice, Kaylee Wilbanks, Faith Rhodarmer, Camren Early, Jackson Sheehan, Tori Richardson, Kate Allen, Skye Reed, Christopher Samaniego, Bruce Brown, Sara Mygatt, Aramis Points, Brayden Pressley, Tala Alzaghari, Nazire Davis, Amani Neely, Jaila Williams, Jana Abu Baker, Nolan Phoummalayvane, Jordan Laverde, Fatimah Abbasi, Emily Laverde, Delayna Edwards, Mia Webster, Bailey Cunningham, Abby Fallin, Emma Langschwager, Alexis Marion, Luke Rumfelt, Lillie O’Neill, Angie Velasquez, David Morales, Tatiana Hernandez, Samantha Miranda, Aisha Williams, Gabe Wellman, Agustin Iglesias, Jaden Robinson, Jazzmyn Boyce and Heaven Pena.

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.

Lincoln County

Holiday performances: Lincoln County Schools recently announced its schedule of upcoming holiday performances. The lineup includes:

East Lincoln High School Play: 7 p.m. Dec. 14, East Lincoln High Drama Room.

Lincolnton Middle School and Lincolnton High School Holiday Choral Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

North Lincoln Middle School Holiday Band Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 15, North Lincoln Middle cafeteria.

East Lincoln High School Holiday Choral Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Salem United Methodist Church.

North Lincoln High School Holiday Choral and Band Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 16, North Lincoln High auditorium.

West Lincoln Middle and West Lincoln High School Holiday Band Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Citizens Center.

East Lincoln High School Holiday Band Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, North Lincoln High School auditorium.

Lincolnton Middle School Holiday Band Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Lincolnton Middle School gym.

West Lincoln High School Holiday Choral and Drama Concert: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18, West Lincoln High “Old” Gym.

North Lincoln Middle School Holiday Music Concert: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 19, North Lincoln Middle School gym.

Student leaders named: Four students at Lincolnton High School were recently honored as Ronald Reagan Student Leaders by demonstrating exceptional character and leadership.

Honorees were Jackie Martinez, Alma Huselja, Andrew Cromer and Jake Robinson.

Share the warmth: Lincolnton High School and its DECA chapter recently held a Share the Warmth clothing drive. Students collected clean and gently used jackets, coats, sweaters, gloves, scarves, hats, sweatpants and packaged underwear and socks.

The class that collected the most items received a Bojangles breakfast catered by the DECA Club.

Toys for Tots: The Lincolnton High School Air Force JROTC program is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program through Dec. 19.

Collection boxes are located in the school’s Main Office and in the JROTC classroom, Room 102.

The Marine Corps will distribute the donated toys to disadvantaged children in the community this Christmas. Monetary donations also are welcome to support the program and families in need.

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

For information on how to participate, contact 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