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Principal’s Message Dear Parents,

MARCH 2018

Issue 4

We are rapidly approaching the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Right now, the focus of your student should be on a strong finish and you can help.  Your attention and involvement in this effort will reinforce the importance you place on your child’s education Please take the following steps to support your student during this critical time. 1. Reinforce positive and successful school habits. Attention in class, homework, test preparation, and attendance are key factors. 2. Access and review your student’s progress, attendance, and test schedules on Parent Portal. 3. Help your student to create a plan to improve current weaknesses and prepare for final exams. 4. Be aware of tutoring and study assistance classes available at the school and encourage your student to participate.    5. Help your student to stay focused.  ‘Coasting’ is a natural, but deadly tendency. Your involvement is a tremendous positive factor for a strong finish.  Your interest, willingness, and dedication to helping your child succeed provides an unmistakable message.  Your child will thank you for it - someday. Sincerely, Crystal Houser Principal

Building Champions in Academics, Athletics, and the Arts. Building Champions for Life. 5545 Union Road • Gastonia, NC 28056 | 704.861.2625 | Fax: 704.853.3323

2 VISION STATEMENT To provide an educational experience committed to excellence in academics, arts, and athletics that ensures our students will have success as lifelong learners.

MISSION STATEMENT Forestview High School is dedicated to providing rigorous and relevant experiences that cultivate globally competitive students.


Crystal Houser

Assistant Principals

Jenny Cabe Janet Ramsey NaKishia Glenn

Resource Officer

Jake Michael


Gordon Cobb Brian Shears

Financial Secretary

Julia Reep

Data Manager

Kymme Barber


Beverly Smith

Administrative Assistant

Marianne Pekarek

Guidance Counselors

(A-F) (G-M) (N-Z)

Bill Collins Julie Connolly Kenya Ingram

Career Development Coordinator

Heather Forbes


Dawn Hall

Social Worker

Valerie Williams

The Jaguar Pride March 2018 Published Four Times Per Year Gaston County Schools 943 Osceola Street Gastonia, NC 28054 Issue 4


3 Jags Upcoming Events March 30-April 6 - Spring Break (NO SCHOOL) April 19-21 - Theater Production ‘Footloose’

Bell Schedule 7:50am

First Bell


Warning Bell

April 20 - Community Blood Drive


Tardy Bell

April 26 - Report Cards


First Period

May 10 - Jazz Band Concert 7pm


Second Period


Third Period

May 11 - Senior Trip

May 29 - Academic Awards Night 6pm

LUNCH A 11:00-11:25 (tardy 11:30) B 11:30-11:55 (tardy 12:00) C 12:00-12:25 (tardy 12:30) D 12:30-12:55

May 31-June 6 - Final Exams


May 22 - Wind Ensemble Band Concert 7pm May 24 - Spring Chorus Concert 7pm

June 9 - Graduation 9am (entry closes at 8:45am)

Test Tips For Parents Tip #1: Make attendance a priority, especially on days that you know standardized testing will be administered. Though it’s important for your student to be in school every day, making sure he’s there when the test is taken helps to ensure he won’t lose more learning time because he has to make up a test during school. Make a note of test days on the calendar. That way both you and your student know what’s coming and will be prepared. Tip #2: Monitor your student’s progress and check for understanding. Subjects like science, social studies and math often have cumulative exams at the end of learning units. If your student is struggling with something now, it won’t be easy for her to have time to try again to learn it just before the test. Tip #3: Set a reasonable bedtime and stick to it. Eight hours of sleep is preferable. Many parents underestimate the importance of a rested mind and body. Tired children have difficulty focusing and are easily flustered by challenges. Tip #4: Make sure your child has enough time to wake up fully before he has to go to school. Just as rest is important, so is having enough time to get his brain engaged and in gear. If his test is first thing in the morning, he can’t afford to spend the first hour of school groggy and unfocused. Tip #5: Provide a high-protein, healthy, low-sugar breakfast for your student. Kids learn better on full stomachs, but if their stomachs are full of sugary, heavy. foods that will make them sleepy or slightly queasy, it’s not much better than an empty stomach. Tip #6: Talk to your student about how the test went, what he did well and what he would have done differently. Think of it as a mini-debriefing or brainstorming session. You can talk about test-taking strategies after the fact as easily as beforehand and these discussions will improve performance on future tests.

Smart Session


1st period


2nd period


3rd period


4th period

Friday Advisory 1:35-3:00

Fourth Period


Spring Into Academic Success We want you to be successful in the new semester. After school tutoring is available through May 25, 2018. Here is how you can get the help you need. 1. Talk to your teacher first. Your teachers are a valuable resource and they are willing to help. All you need to do is ask. You may set up a time convenient to both you and your teacher to get the extra help you need. 2. We will offer a Tuesday/Thursday after school remediation program to help those students enrolled in EOC courses (Math I, Biology, and English 10). This program will begins January 30th and will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm-4pm. We will provide bus transportation as well for those students that need it. 3. Take the time to get the extra help you need before you fall behind. Sometimes it only takes a short period of time, working in a small group or individually with teachers, to get on track to making good grades. Start early and invest the time; it will pay off in the end. *Contact your teacher today to make arrangements for tutoring.

5 Building Champions In The Arts Congratulations to the following students for achieving Scholastics Gold and Silver Key Awards!

Bailey Cochran

Ja’Shia Orr

Jordyn Burrell

Abbi Huffstetler

Esmeralda Lopez

Emmaus Vanderbilt

6 Building Champions In Athletics Congratulations to the following students for achieving excellence in athletics! These student athletes qualified for the state wrestling tournament this year.

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Daniel Farquharson

Christian Herrera

Christian Jackson

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7 Building Champions In Academics Congratulations to Victor Ilevbare on winning the CaroMont Health Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship! Victor plans to attend University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Fall.

End Of Year Reminders • Please keep your ATTENDANCE, GRADES, and BEHAVIORS in check. You need to finish the semester strong to continue BUILDING A STRONG RESUME for college or a career. • This semester grades and attendance will determine your ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY for next fall. You must pass all of your classes and have no more than 12 absences for the entire semester. • See your counselor for information about SUMMER JOBS. There are many jobs available to help you stay active in your community and earn some summer money. Check it out! • Do the RIGHT things the RIGHT way!

Victor Ilevbare

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Inside This Issue

Upcoming Events Test Tips For Parents Spring Into Academic Success Building Champions In Academics & More End Of The Year Reminders

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Forestview High School Newsletter  

March 2018

Forestview High School Newsletter  

March 2018