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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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