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Board Briefs - December 2006


									The Gaston County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, December 18, 2006, 7:00 p.m., at the Administrative Center, 943
Osceola Street, Gastonia. At that time the Board will . . .
● Recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
● Consider formal adoption of the Board Agenda as required by Robert’s Rules of Order (revised edition).
● Recognize Students and Employees.
● Provide an opportunity for Public Expression. At each Board meeting, an opportunity will be provided for the public to address the Board regarding an
    agenda item. If you would like to speak to the Board, please contact the Superintendent’s Office.
● Consider approval of minutes of the November 6, 2006 and November 20, 2006 meetings.
● Receive the following Good News:

1. Members of the Grier Middle School Career Club toured Johnson C. Smith         18. The following members of the York Chester Middle School jazz band
    University in Charlotte and learned about the university’s admission              performed during the Gastonia Christmas Parade: Ashley Ortega, Angel
    process.                                                                          Warren, Sierra Warren, Courtney Smith, Ciara Sailar, Dwayne
2. Sixth graders in the Grier Science and Technology Academy participated in          Mackey, Kaitlin Duren, Thomas Harris, Thomas Byrd, Axman Melvin,
    Rocket Launch Day on October 20. The event coincided with the study of            Alisha Lipscomb, Ben Kiser, Kyra Huffsmith, Ashleigh Curry and
    October Sky, a novel by Homer Hickman. Hickman visited the school in              Tarun Palepu. Julian Wilson is the band director. The cheerleading squad
    November and talked to sixth and seventh grade students about his book.           and step team also participated in the parade.
3. Grier eighth grade student Nikki Stoudt attended the American Cancer           19. York Chester students Haley Klocke, Christina Melton and Ashley
    Society’s Relay for Life promotions workshop in Winston-Salem. She                Ortega performed for the N.C. Baptist State Convention. The students also
    serves as a captain for the school’s Relay team. Teachers Maureen Stoudt          are involved in the YMCA summer camp and after-school programs. Julian
    and Tracy Rice are members of the Gaston County Relay for Life                    Wilson, York Chester band director and YMCA choir director, coordinated
    organizational committee.                                                         the performance.
4. As part of a character education lesson, Grier seventh graders sent a care     20. The York Chester Students of the Month for November were: Esmeralda
    package and holiday cards to 1st Lieutenant Philip Tracy, an Ashbrook             Cruz, Mark Jeter, Yelicsa Angeles, Dominique Toon, Karla Montoya,
    alumnus stationed in Iraq. Teachers Tina Walters, Danielle Cabaniss and           Kayla Salas, Jalyn Hall, Chris Lowery, Kyera Huffsmith, Jennifer
    Kathryn Dearing coordinated the project.                                          Hernandez, Deyli Blanco and Sergio McCoy.
5. Bessemer City Middle School received a $625 Bright Ideas Grant from            21. York Chester students designed more than 300 holiday cards to send
    Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation to purchase Tiger Tags for             soldiers serving in the U.S. military. Eighth grade student Erin Armsted
    students who earn good grades and receive a good conduct report. Teacher          coordinated the event.
    Diane Carpenter applied for the grant.                                        22. One hundred forty-eight York Chester Middle School parents attended the
6. Sierra Croft, a seventh grade student at Bessemer City Middle School,              school’s Parent Involvement Night that featured information sessions and
    was selected for the 2006 edition of Who’s Who Among Outstanding Middle           prize give-a-ways. Maria Landry, parent involvement specialist, organized
    School Students. The top students in the country are chosen for this honor.       the program.
7. The following Highland seniors were awarded scholarships: Leanna               23. Pleasant Ridge Elementary sponsored a Teacher's Pet competition to raise
    Little, $14,000 to Liberty University and $34,000 to Brenau University;           $154.21 for United Way of Gaston County. Teachers posted pictures of
    Katie Duffey, $7,000 per year to Wingate University; Elizabeth Auten,             their pets and students gave money to vote for their favorite.
    $6,000 per year to Brevard College; and Christy Clark, $2,500 per year to     24. Pleasant Ridge Elementary was named a National Anthem Project All-Star
    Johnson and Wales University.                                                     School by the National Association for Music Education.
8. Highland senior Alyssa Kisby was named first runner-up in the Carolinas’       25. Students in Candace Thomas and Stacy Duff’s class at Pleasant Ridge
    Carrousel Scholarship Program and received a $2,000 scholarship.                  Elementary participated in Make a Difference Day. The students created
9. Highland senior Jasmine Malker coordinated a toy drive for the Salvation           pledge cards describing an act of kindness they would do to make a
    Army.                                                                             difference in a person’s life.
10. The following Carr Elementary students had stories chosen for display on      26. South Point High School student Elyse Will participated in the Footlocker
    the Principal’s Writing Board for October and November. October winners:          South Region Freshmen-Sophomore Cross Country Meet at Charlotte’s
    Sarah Hayes, Savanna Walls, Zack Summerville, Nash Castro Robles,                 McAlpine Park. She finished 34th out of 217 runners, achieved her personal
    Joy Jefferies, Katie Jones, Rankin Houser, Taylor Elgin, Austin                   best time of 19:47 and received the All-South Freshmen-Sophomore Award.
    Mitchell, Maya Sadler, Jenna Thornton, Michael Salgado, Alysha                27. The following Mount Holly Middle School students received Accelerated
    Elmore, Jose Salgado, Sean Pruitt, DeMarco Jordan, Jessica Jones,                 Reader recognition for the first nine weeks grading period: Tia Andrade,
    Saidee McKinney, Meghan Haithcox, Malorie Haithcox, Summer                        Corrie Cauthen, Cameron Johnson, Jordan Bishop, Walker Reese,
    Addington and Samuel Simmons. November winners: Grace Simmons,                    Emily McDaniel, Samuel Harris, Dylan Coley, Dylan Jones, John
    Bryan Trejo, Haley Novy, Brooke Stickle, Autumn Griffin, Amie                     Faulkenberry and Callie Rumfelt.
    Sheets, Matthew Scoggins, Reese Phillips, Evan Mang, Alyssia Keener,          28. Mount Holly Middle School student Belinda Sharar received the
    Jennifer McKenzie, Nicholas Garmon, Chris Bennett, Ashley Cowart,                 Prudential Spirit of Community Award Certificate of Merit for her volunteer
    Monica Walters, Hayley Abernathy, Emily Martin, Nick Stines,                      work to fight world hunger. Brittney Taylor received a Certificate of
    Brandon Stowe, Emilkie Peedin, Andra McKoy and Sydney Brooks.                     Achievement for her work with the Joni and Friends program.
11. The third grade students at Carr Elementary attended a performance of         29. Noelle Van Der Meid’s class at Mount Holly Middle School was selected
    The Jungle Book Kids and Cinderella Kids at the Belk Theatre in Charlotte.        as a model classroom to receive innovative SmartBoard and Classroom
    Second graders enjoyed the production of Junie B. Jones: The Secret               Response System technology that encourages interactive learning.
    Personal Journal at Ovens Auditorium.                                         30. Students at Mount Holly Middle School donated supplies to the Youth
12. The Carr Elementary Student Council sponsored the Stuff the Turkey food           Shelter of Gaston County. Members of the community made contributions
    drive and collected more than 800 items for Dallas Christian Ministries. To       to the school’s We Care Fund.
    celebrate Thanksgiving, more than 800 students, parents and guests enjoyed    31. The following Mount Holly Middle students were elected student council
    a traditional holiday luncheon on November 16.                                    officers: Tyler Helton, president; Kelly Puello, vice president; Courtney
13. Carr Elementary fourth grader Craig Weresow won first place in                    Rockett, secretary; and Kiersten Washle, treasurer.
    elementary school division of the Cancer Services of Gaston County            32. Brookside Elementary students collected 2,196 canned food items for the
    Tobacco-Free Bumper Sticker Design Contest. Barbara Lyn Purcell is his            Salvation Army.
    teacher.                                                                      33. The following Brookside students were chosen November Star Students:
14. The Forestview High School Theatre Arts Department recently presented             Karla Jiminez-Ramirez, Julia Teall, Christopher Rolland, Caitlyn
    A Seussational Show for Forestview students. More than 900 students from          Harrelson, Sabin Teague, Gabrielle Endris, Nathan Linkous, Bryan
    Costner, Woodhill, Sadler, W.A. Bess, Pleasant Ridge, Catawba                     Tello, Anna Kleffner-Soencer, Michaela Samules, Jarrred Slagle, Lexy
    Heights, Robinson, H.H. Beam and Chapel Grove attended the play on                Snipes, Sonu Sangani, Mitchell Carr, Candace Lindo, Amanda
    November 2. Drama teacher Lore Spivey coordinated the program.                    Laurendine, Will Anderson, Logan Roper, Payton Bailey, Nathan Rice,
15. The York Chester Middle School winners in the Alliance for Children and           Anna Teall, Jesse McClure, Anna Edwards, Shaniyah Jiggetts, Nyja
    Youth’s Thanksgiving Essay Contest were Marvin Williams – sixth grade,            Brim, Patrick Barnarski, Chase Bumgarner, Kaitlyn Thompson,
    first place; Natalie Hardin – seventh grade, second place; and Dominique          Yontyanna Melvin, Dorian McCombs, Laura Luna and Austin Rice.
    Brooks – eighth grade, second place. Katrina James, Evangeline Johnson        34. Catawba Heights Elementary School raised $284 for United Way of
    and Vickie Poole are their teachers.                                              Gaston County. As part of a lesson about Thanksgiving, teacher assistant
16. The York Chester Middle School eighth grade band performed during the             Sheila Addington talked to first and second grade students about Native
    Sadler Elementary School’s Veterans’ Day program. Julian Wilson                   American customs and traditions.
    serves as band director.                                                      35. Kelly Murphy, a sixth grade teacher at Grier, won second prize in the Mint
17. York Chester Middle School held a breakfast for more than 100 students            Hill Holiday Cookie Bake-off for her coconut shortbread cookies.
    who scored at least 80 percent on Benchmark tests. Teacher Katrina James      36. Pinewood Elementary organized a canned food drive and collected 1,230
    coordinated the event.                                                            items.
37. The East Gaston High School Interact Club provided 200 trick or treat bags        49. Seventh grade social studies students at John Chavis Middle School
    and $100 for school supplies to the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell. The                created replicas of pyramids as part of their study about Egypt. Teachers
    club also sponsored a holiday party for 50 needy children.                            Jay Moss and Catherine Pace coordinated the project.
38. The East Gaston High School Student Council collected 4,000 food items            50. Carly Lewallen, a seventh grade student at John Chavis Middle School,
    for two local charitable organizations to distribute to needy families.               was selected to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador
39. East Gaston students Caitlyn Carpenter, Brittany James, Cameron Potts                 Program. She will visit the United Kingdom, Ireland and other European
    and Jackie Wheeler performed with the Gaston County Choral Ensemble                   countries next summer.
    on December 4 at Myers Memorial United Methodist Church.                          51. Ten volunteers from Wix Corp. participated in United Way’s Day of Caring
40. The following Art II students at Forestview High School were winners in               program at Sherwood Elementary. The volunteers cleaned the school
    the Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) poster contest: Hadley                courtyard and created a garden area. Kindergarten students participated in
    Henry, first place; and Kennedy Craig, second place. Art I student                    the Make A Difference Day program by picking up garbage on school
    Brandon Sessoms won second place, Brittany Bartlett took third place                  grounds.
    and Katie Sumner received honorable mention in the Cancer Services of             52. Sherwood Elementary had 175 students and parents attend Family Math
    Gaston County Tobacco-Free Bumper Sticker Design Contest. In the                      Night. Marcia Rauch, Title I math teacher, coordinated fun activities for
    Recycled Art Contest sponsored by Keep Gastonia Beautiful, Isaac Stroupe              students and their parents. Melinda Cleveland, parent involvement
    won first place, Leyla Mozayen took second place, Jared Tenney was third              specialist, and kindergarten and third grade teachers assisted with the
    place and Lauren Caddick and Sherri Haskins received honorable                        program.
    mention.                                                                          53. More than 200 family members attended the annual Thanksgiving luncheon
41. The National Art Honor Society at Forestview High School held a                       at Sherwood Elementary. Cafeteria manager Lenore Smith and her staff
    fundraiser to purchase original North Carolina artwork for display in the             prepared the meal. On November 9, the school held a barbecue and book
    school library. Grand prize winner Barbara Sechler received a Bob                     fair as part of Parent Conference Day.
    Timberlake print.                                                                 54. The Belmont Middle School Beta Club participated in the litter sweep
42. The following Forestview art students have work on display this month at              program sponsored by Keep Belmont Beautiful. Club members visited
    the State Employee Credit Union on Union Road in Gastonia: Kieran                     Myrtle Terrace Apartments on October 26 and enjoyed games and prizes
    Fallow, Sarah King, Jon Poston, Greg Timmons, Charles Martin, Kelly                   with the residents. The club held a Thanksgiving food drive and collected
    Messer, Michelle Cummings, Justin Barhorst, Jason Snyder, Sarah                       2,076 items for the Belmont Community Organization. Cathy Ammons,
    Parker and Raquel Smith. Advanced Placement (AP) art students are                     Betty Cauble and Pam Stowe sponsor the club.
    creating an exhibit for display at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.                 55. The following Bessemer City Primary students were named November
43. As part of the enrichment clusters program, Costner Elementary teacher                Citizens of the Month: Kade Summey, Makayla Ballew, Esgar Estrada,
    Bret Meek coordinated the Kids Helping Kids project that involved 15                  Dalton Ghorley, Keltin Littlejohn, Danequa Goodson, Ting Zhang,
    students raising money to purchase materials to fill 20 gift boxes for                Winter Gilland, Jaylen Hardin, Sydni Werts, Adison Costner, T.J.
    Operation Christmas Child. Teacher Jana Kaylor organized the Recycle                  Trakas, Hunter Bumgardner, Nathan Boone, Andy Mancinelli,
    Mania program for eight students, who sponsored a school-wide recycling               Kelvinisha Tate, Charles Holt, Isaiah Dunovant and Regan Williams.
    contest that collected more than 21,000 aluminum cans in only four weeks.         56. The following Bessemer City Primary students were selected as
    Renea Wright’s first grade class won the contest with 4,000 cans. Teachers            Principal’s Pride Winners for November: Katie Garrett, Ayona Pickens,
    Petra Taylor and Iva Huffstickler planned the Knitter-Critters project for            Aiden Thomas, Loran Bolin, Callaway Grant, Adreanna Croft,
    16 students, who knitted blankets for residents of Gaston Place Assisted              Cheyenne Niederer, Amber Berryhill, Lauren Garrett, Jeremy
    Living Center in Gastonia. More than 20 volunteers assisted teachers with             Johnson, Shayla Mull, Aleeya Brown, Taylor Ford and Dawson
    the various enrichment clusters, which also included programs about cross-            McLeymore.
    stitch, golf, stained glass, fitness and cooking.                                 57. Seventh grade students in Beth Suber’s class at Grier Middle School
44. The fourth and fifth grade at Costner Elementary created a Book of Experts            completed a study about the novel, Fever 1793.
    that lists the names of students who are willing to help other students in such   58. Carr Elementary students participated in a variety of fun activities during
    areas as reading, writing, math and computers. Forty-eight students signed            Field Day on October 10. Teachers Trudy Bates and Madina Cloninger
    up to serve as peer tutors. Teacher Benita Moffitt coordinated the project.           organized the event.
45. Costner Elementary fourth and fifth grade students designed the first             59. Carr Elementary elected student council officers for 2006-07. Madison
    edition of The Paw Print newsletter and distributed it to parents in                  Carter was selected vice mayor, Autumn Faile was named treasurer and
    November. Newsletter staff members are Brianna Andrews, Janna                         Sydney Brooks was chosen secretary. Karrigan Monk, who was vice
    Childers, Brent Cole, Kelsey Finger, Madison Freeman, Hailey Greene,                  mayor last year, will serve as mayor.
    Jordan Greene, Samantha Kane, Allison Martin, Natalie Paysour,                    60. Carr Elementary received a WeatherNet system from the UNC-Charlotte
    Michaela Barnette, Matthew Chafin, Ty Peeler, Jonathan Radford,                       Department of Geography and Earth Science. The equipment records
    Christopher Wery and Morgan Young. Robin Melton and Jackie Bess                       weather data that is sent to WBTV Channel 3 for use during on-air reports.
    are the advisors.                                                                 61. The following Carr Elementary students were grade level winners for
46. The following Costner Elementary students were chosen for the Cougar                  selling the most candy during the PTO fundraiser: Dakotah Nichols,
    Chess Club: Adam Mathews, Elizabeth Sjurset, Chelsia Young, Eddie                     Matthew Scoggins, John Hildebran, Kendall Cloninger, Anthony
    Moss, Lathan Bumgarner, Jacob Moxley, Zach Cabe, Duncan Queen,                        Passmore and Autumn Faile. Cristi Mauney’s second grade class was the
    Matthew Wyant, Austin Teague, Julio Blanco, Jordan Best, Matthew                      top-selling classroom and Kendall Cloninger was the top salesperson.
    Guy, Wesley Gosnell, Shelby Dulin, Michael Cloninger, Lawson Allen,               62. The following Carr Elementary students are members of the Spotlight
    Jordan Campbell, Dalton Conner, Garrin Price, Nick Wilkinson,                         News Club: Bryan Delgado, Aniyah Byers, John Beal, Ashley Lunsford,
    Brittani Riggs, Jena Taylor, River Coplen and Chris McBride.                          Caelyn Farrow, Joanna Trudnak, Logan Withers, Morgan Wilson,
47. John Chavis Middle School students Katie Gratton, Madeline Hamilton,                  Nathan Simmons, Jacob Winstead, Kasie Green, Shaniqua Spencer,
    Jessica Millwood, Natalie Allen, Emily Sisk, Jessica Kiser and Mary                   Dakota Jones, Thomas Gibson, Randel Calwell, Chris Marsh, James
    Beth McSwain are members of the Cherryville Optimist Pee Wee                          Passmore and Bradley Pagota. The club is responsible for reporting about
    Cheerleading Squad that won the Mid-South Regional Competition in                     school activities. Sue Gordon and Brenda Bailey advise the club.
    Charlotte. The cheerleaders now advance to the Pop Warner Super Bowl              63. The Gardner Park Elementary students recognized in November for their
    and National Cheer and Dance Championship in Orlando.                                 display of the character trait Courage are Chancellor Hill, Brayan Martell,
48. The following John Chavis Middle School teachers participated in the                  Jacob Wood, Austin Johnson, Nicole Johnson, Daniel Cooper, Alex
    teacher cadet program with Cherryville High School: Anita Millwood,                   Aguilar, Taylor Green, Ederick Mendez, Trevor Norman, Drew
    Angie Long, Phebe Beam, Ann Harrelson, Jay Moss, Catherine Pace,                      Hensley, Kara Garska, Nicholas Eaton, Quindarius Spencer, Noah
    Cindy Stroupe, Richard Gilbert and Vickie Whitfield. The program                      Wilcox, Essence Thompson, Janneth Morales, Markell Jackson, Peter
    gives high school students interested in becoming teachers the opportunity            Flynn, Matthew Floyd, Blake Griffin, Joel Milla, Annie Stiles, Ana Diaz
    to observe quality educators in a classroom setting. Marcia Corbett is the            and Jaquana Pauling.
    program advisor.

●    Assistant Principal of the Year recognition.
●    Making a Difference Award.
●    Consider the proclamation for Coretta Scott King Book Awards Literature Week, January 7-13, 2007.
●    Consider the Chemical Hygiene and Science Safety plan.
●    Consider the Carr Elementary classroom addition.
●    Consider the approval of cabling contract – Cherryville Senior, North Gaston and East Gaston.
●    Consider the surplus of gymnasium facility at Kiser Elementary School.
●    Receive information regarding the 2007-08 budget calendar.
●    Consider the sales tax refund – Phase III bond funds.
●    Consider Consent Agenda. The Board previously authorized the use of a Consent Agenda for routine items. The following items will be considered
     under the Consent Agenda:
     Recommended Personnel.
     Budget Amendments and Budget Transfers.
●    Superintendent’s Comments.

                For further information, please contact the Communications/Public Information Department, Bonnie Reidy, Director, 704-866-6118.

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