Weather Update

Weather Update

GCS Staff/Families – due to inclement weather conditions school is CANCELLED for Monday, Dec. 10. All school activities will be rescheduled. Be safe.

Blood Transfusion lab

Blood Transfusion lab

The seventh-grade performed an experiment that allowed the students to see how blood types affect the body’s ability to accept a healthy blood transfusion. Gallery

Blood Transfusion Lab

Stress Testing

Stress Testing

God’s special design of the heart is the current topic of study in seventh-grade science classes. As students focused on cardiovascular health, they recently performed a middle school version of a stress test while in the gym. Thankfully, everyone’s test went very well, and now students know how to care for their hearts both physically and spiritually.

Stress Test

December Dancer of the Month

December Dancer of the Month

This is Claire Garrity our Dancer of the Month. She is the daughter of Sean and Katie Garrity and is in Ms. Melton’s class. She is in three and four-year-old class and this is the first time she has taken dance lessons.

Mock Trial Team Fall 2018

Mock Trial Team Fall 2018

GCS Mock Trial had the privilege of attending two Fall competitions. The first was the Yale Bulldog Invitation and Yale University on 9/29 and 9/30 with 24 teams competing. Daniel Nivens was named a “Best Attorney” with 20 ranks, the highest score available. Jackson Lee was named a “Best Witness” with 20 ranks, also the highest score available. Overall, the GCS Mock Trial Team placed 10th.
In November, the Team attended the Empire International Competition with 39 teams. Jacqueline Purtell placed 10th best attorney and received a trophy.
Mock Trial competes at Empire
Mock Trial Team attended Yale Bulldog Invitation

Inclement Weather Protocol

Inclement Weather Protocol

From Dr. Marc Stout, Head of Gaston Christian School

The upcoming prospect of bad weather has sparked us to review our current practices for announcing a school closing. I would like to share a little background and then clarify our protocol.

First, please know that the safety of our students, parents, student drivers, and faculty is always paramount in our decision-making process. We do not want anyone to put themselves, or their children, in harm’s way to come to school. If we choose to have school and you live in an outlying area, please do not hesitate in making a decision that is best for your circumstance. Also, if you feel it is best to have your student driver delay arrival by an hour or two, that is entirely your decision to make.

That being said, we also need to recognize that our county school friends have a whole different set of issues that go into their decision-making process. In the past, Jeff Booker, Superintendent of Gaston County Schools, and I have discussed some of these concerns. First, Gaston Christian School does not have bus transportation like Gaston County Schools or Gaston Day School. Therefore, we do not have to factor children standing out in single digit temperatures waiting for their bus. Furthermore, Gaston County School buses are integrated so that you cannot cancel one school or area without affecting many other schools. Hence, bad weather in Cherryville or Stanley may have an effect on the whole system. Sometimes these buses (diesel) will not start in cold weather.

When making our decision about the school closing, we also have to factor the parents who are depending on us to be open. If we close, some have difficulties finding child care, paying for the care, and the logistics of this activity.

When we have inclement weather, we try to get out in front of the decision and begin planning. Whenever possible, we try to make the decision the night prior to the closing. However, that is not always possible. My goal is to have a decision by 10:00 PM the prior evening or by 6:00 AM the following morning (if there were too many unknown issues).

Dr. Richard Rankin, Head of Gaston Day School, and I talk quite a bit during these times as well. We have had 4:30 AM discussions about the NCDOT’s weather advisory, county school decisions in the surrounding area, and other relevant information. Furthermore, we are also in communication with our Director of Security Mike Robinson who is in contact with Gaston County Police on the status of roads throughout the county. There are many factors that go into our decision-making process.

Once the decision is made, I call Randy Erwin, Communications Director for Gaston Christian School, and inform him of the decision. Mr. Erwin then sends out a text alert and email and also posts the information on the GCS website, all GCS social media and local TV station weather closings/delays lists (WBTV, WSOC, WCNC, News14 and Fox46).

While we get as much input as possible, I understand that any decision about school closing will make some of you very happy, and some of you might strongly disagree. Many of you may have a very different set of circumstances from another large group of parents here at GCS. My responsibility is to make the best decision with the information that I have for a specific situation. Sometimes I feel that I need the wisdom of Solomon to make the right call. Over the years I have made the decision to close the school and the weather shifted and it was a beautiful day. On other occasions, we have had school and it was questionable whether that was the best decision.

Please understand that I will err on the side of caution. If we must make a difficult decision, we will do so. If you disagree, you are free to keep your children home or bring them in at a later time.

Finally, please pray for me at these times. I want to make the best decision for the school and appreciate your prayers for wisdom to make those decisions.

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GCS Inclement Weather Protocol

Middle and High School FINE ARTS NIGHT

Middle and High School FINE ARTS NIGHT

RESCHEDULED: Now on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30 PM join us in our new Owens Worship and Fine Arts Center to celebrate Christmas. See the art students recent work. Hear the music of the Middle School Band, Middle School Chorus, GCS Praise Band, Honors Ensemble and High School Band. Enjoy a parody of A Christmas Carol by the Drama Players along with our first dance performance of Gabriel’s Message.