2018 Summer Sports Camps

2018 Summer Sports Camps

We are excited to offer our CAMP EAGLE, JUNIOR CAMP EAGLE and SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS here at Gaston Christian School.

We have started planning fun-filled activities for our camp this summer and hope your child will be a part of our programs.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Camp Director’s office. 


Summer Sports Camps 2018 FLYER

We are excited and thankful

We are excited and thankful

May 21, 2018

Dear GCS Families:

We are almost there: only four more days of school!

As excited as the students are to almost be at the finish line of another school year, I have also been reminded these last few days of the many answers to prayer that we have seen this year as the Lord continues to bless the ministry of Gaston Christian School.

One of the most visible answers has been progress being made in the construction of the M.O. Owens Jr. Worship and Fine Arts Center. From the initial site plan for the campus since the early 2000s, this final capital project on campus has a projected finish date of August 1.

We are excited and thankful.

As you make the turn on campus each day this week, please offer a prayer for the safety of the workers who are diligently hanging sheetrock and tending to the other details associated with this phase of construction.

I would also like to ask you to set aside time during your family’s devotional time and your own personal quiet time on Wednesday, May 23, to prayerfully consider how the Lord might be leading families to make a financial investment in the future of GCS through a tax-deductible donation or pledge to this project.

If your family has already made a gift, thank you and please keep praying for the continued provision of God’s blessing for this project that is going to mean so much to our school and community.

If your family has not yet made a donation, thank you in advance for taking this time on Wednesday to seek the Lord’s direction in giving. Regardless of the amount of the gift, the Lord will bless your faithfulness to respond as He leads.

With a grateful heart,

Marc Stout

GCS Head of School

PS from the Prayer Committee: Trust in the Scriptures to guide you in praying and responding to the call to participate in this opportunity to praise and thank God for His ongoing blessings in your life and the life of Gaston Christian School.

Isaiah 33:6 He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to the treasure from Him.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Proverbs 3:6 …in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.

Matthew 6:20 …store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…

Junior Heart Board played BINGO

Junior Heart Board played BINGO

Junior Heart Board played BINGO at Brookdale
The Junior Heart Board went to the Brookdale New Hope Assisted Living Center and played BINGO on April 24th.  These are a few pictures of the students and residents having fun and winning some great prizes:)
Crowder’s China Visit

Crowder’s China Visit

China Visit



GCS Interact working at Community Garden

GCS Interact working at Community Garden

GCS Interact Club working at Community Garden

Here are some pictures of Hannah Spear and Hannah Fisher working with Bethany Tugwell at the Rotary Community Garden in Gastonia last Saturday, May 12. Bethany Tugwell, the team captain, with Hannah Spear at the Rotary Community Garden in Gastonia. A team of seven girls from the GCS Interact club will tend a bed as an ongoing project during the summer and the coming fall.

Chromebook Turn-In procedures

Chromebook Turn-In procedures

Summer break is just around the corner which means it is Chromebook turn in time once again!  This year, we will be using a self-check-in procedure.  Below is a link to the form that is REQUIRED BEFORE you turn in your Chromebook.  You will be required to sign in with your @gastonchristian.org email address and answer a few short questions.  Once this is done, you can turn in your Chromebook AND charger. Please do so at the High School Media Center service counter to either Mrs. Barton or Mr. Jordan no later than the end of your final exam. Students will turn in no later than the end of exams on May 24th. Please note that your Chromebook must be free of all stickers or identifying marks not created by GCS as required in the Student Technology Handbook.
In the event you do not turn in your device by the required date, we will notify the student and his or her parents via email. As explained in school policy, final report cards and transcripts may be held in the event there is an outstanding balance on your account. All returning students will receive Chromebook pickup dates and information in late July for the 2018-2019 school year.
Please fill out the form in the link below by logging in with your Gaston Christian email address if requested.
Children Books Needed

Children Books Needed

Kristina Vaher, a Junior at GCS and coordinator of our Book Club,  has been working on setting up children’s reading libraries in locations throughout Gaston County for children to have access to books over the summer and after school. She just finished working on the Pharr YMCA this Saturday.

She has just recently been talking to the Boys and Girls clubs and they would also like to have one of the children’s libraries at their facilities. Since this would be five locations, and she puts about 700 books in each location, she needs to collect some more books and that’s where you come in.

We are asking parents if you have any gently used children’s books at home if you would like to donate them to this wonderful cause.

We will have plastic bins in the Elementary Lobby of the school to collect the books.

Attached is a picture so you can see what she is creating in our community and what you can be part of.

Thanks so much!

Teri Stacy

Elementary Secretary

Interview with the Kings

Interview with the Kings

  1. How long has your family had a connection with Gaston Christian School?

We moved from Charlotte to Gastonia in 2000. Benjamin had previously been attending Charlotte Christian School, where we had begun to see the value of Christian education. Upon moving to Gastonia, we specifically wanted to seek out a school for our children which would provide academic excellence in a Christian worldview.

Susan’s parents, Bill and Dorothy Hager, are also strong proponents and generous donors to GCS.

  1. How did you decide that GCS would be a good “fit” for your family?

We looked at multiple options, asked people in the community, attended various open houses, and eventually met with Opal Parks, who was the head of school at the time. We were impressed with the accelerated academic curriculum, emphasis on Christ-centered service and a vision for the future. (The school had just purchased the old Lowell Fairgrounds property). Ultimately, after much prayer and consideration, it became clear that God was leading us to this school. Therefore, in the fall of 2000, we enrolled Benjamin in first grade at the Parkwood Campus. Elisabeth followed the next year, beginning in three-year-old pre-school.


  1. What are some of the ways that you decided to become involved in volunteering at GCS?

We felt very strongly that we wanted to be active participants in our children’s education. We took every opportunity to be involved and get to know fellow parents, students, and faculty. It was our desire to be a part of the Gaston Christian family. Some of our favorite activities included field trips, morning car duty, sports, and serving at special events. After a time, Robert was asked to pray about joining the Board of Trustees and did so, serving as a member, Vice-Chairman, and Chairman. As Elisabeth became more involved in the drama program, we both worked to support the theatrical performances by working on sets, selling tickets, and managing concessions. Susan helped to form and lead T.A.G (The Arts Group) which served as a fine arts booster club.


  1. You have two children who are GCS graduates. When did they graduate and what are they doing now?

Benjamin graduated in May of 2012 with highest honors, attended UNC Chapel Hill, and graduated from there in 2016 with a BA in Romance Language Linguistics. He is currently living in Durham, NC and working as an English instructor for Chinese students. His interests include teaching Lego programs, and he is active in the political arena.

Elisabeth graduated in May of 2016 with highest honors and is currently attending Queens University of Charlotte. She is working on a double major in Creative Writing and English-Literature. Her primary extracurricular interests revolve around her leadership with Signet, the literary magazine at Queens University of Charlotte, where she serves as an editor. She also enjoys writing serialized Fiction, which she shares through an online media outlet.


  1. You have remained involved in GCS – even since your children graduated.  Why is that important to you?

We believe in the mission of Gaston Christian School. We live in a modern, secular culture where it’s more important than ever for the youth of this country to be grounded in a firm, Christ-centered foundation. In a world where morals and ethics are falling by the wayside, Gaston Christian is a beacon of hope. During the years our children attended the school, Gaston Christian became part of us. It lives in our hearts. Thus, we will forever, passionately, advocate for and promote the success of the school.


  1. Your family is making a very generous investment in the M.O. Owens Worship and Fine Arts Center.  What do you think this facility is going to mean to GCS and to the community?

Beyond its practical use as an outstanding facility for the fine arts, allowing for growth and full expression of the school arts programs, it will become the heart of campus as the central location for worship. While grateful for the gym facility, the space and atmosphere for worship is far from ideal. But, what is perhaps most unique about the Gaston Christian Worship and Fine Arts facility from others in the area is that it will also be available to serve the community, providing an opportunity to expose those outside the GCS family to the message and ministry that we value.