Awards and Recognition

Awards in the 2017-18 School Year

Congratulations to Leah Bivens, Jayden East, Alessandra Sanders and Dalton Snipes for being selected to attend Commissions’ School of Excellence. Each summer, the Gaston County Board of Commissioner funds a two-week residential experience at Belmont Abbey College for sixty Gaston County rising tenth grade students.

We congratulate Chase Martin and John Schmidt for both qualifying for the NCHSAA 1A state regionals in golf. This is a great accomplishment for both considering this is the first year Piedmont had a golf team.

For the 10th year in a row, Piedmont’s band received the highest score of superior at Music Performance Adjudication.

Fifth grade chose to have a science fair for their their Core Knowledge program on March 27th.  They explained their projects and the science behind them to attendees.
On April 10th, 4th graders created a wax museum for their Core Knowledge program.  Dressed as legendary Americans they shared about historical milestones of our country.  Fourth graders raised $975 for Least of These Carolinas.

Piedmont’s Demoniya Cole, Courtney Williams, Cydney Williams, Jalen Prioleau, and Christian Walker were selected as Honorable Mention to the All-Gaston Gazette Team.
Students at elementary were honored for being trustworthy.

Cydney Williams was selected as one of the Gaston Gazette’s Best and Brightest for 2018.

Mrs. White and Mrs. Purdee were nominated for the Gaston Gazette’s Best of Gaston.

Tanner Chaney and Hannah McLaughlin were chosen for Tar Heel Boys’ State and Girls’ State leadership program.

Piedmont 8th grader, Robert Gorlach, won the Gaston Gazette Spelling Bee. He competed against 45 other schools to win the all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C to compete in the annual National Spelling Bee!

March 14th was the secondary campus Career Fair. Students 6th through 12th grade learned about 25 different industries from local professionals. Thank you to everyone that shared with students.

Piedmont congratulates juniors, Meagan Whitworth and Hannah McLaughlin, for being accepted into the Governor’s School program. The Governor’s School of North Carolina is for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses. Generally about 600 students are selected from over 1700 nominations that are received from counselors.

Piedmont had the top three contestants in the Optimist Essay Contest. The winner, Brianna Lariviere, will move on to the District level to compete for scholarship money. Grace Siders was 1st runner up. Zoe Bryant was 2nd runner up.

On Tuesday, 6th and 7th grade students had a fine arts fair to learn about their fine arts options for next year from both students and teachers.

On February 3rd, 27 Piedmont students took a practice ACT. There was a summer ACT bootcamp. On Fridays, high school students watch 5 minute videos on ACT topics, then take a mini practice test. Teachers give them the correct answers then explain any questions that they do not understand.

46.3 % of Piedmont juniors are in Gaston College’s tuition-free dual enrollment program, the Career and College Promise (CCP) program. Ten juniors are taking 3 or more college classes this year. There are 65 different CCP classes offered at Gaston College. 14 of these CCP classes have the equivalent weight of an AP class.
24 CCP classes at Gaston College are college transferable. The 41 CCP classes that are in the technical pathways that are not college transferable, can be applied to a certification or trade diploma, like the CNA license, welding, etc.

Piedmont’s boys and girls varsity basketball teams play in the state playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 20th.

Mayor Walker Reid was the guest speaker for Piedmont’s National Elementary Honor Society Induction. He gave our students about giving life their best effort.

The winner of Piedmont’s Spelling Bee is 8th grader, Robert Gorlach, from Pritchard’s homeroom. The runner-up is 6th grader, Chisom Duru, from Blanton’s homeroom. Our winner will represent Piedmont in the Gaston County Spelling Bee sponsored by the Gazette.

February 1st to 16th, the high school National Honor Society had a sock drive for those in need. Last year they collected over 2000 pairs of socks!

Congratulations to band students Cameron Pollard and Matthew Pineda for being selected to the South Central District All State Band. Their selection was based on an individual audition of over 1500 students from the South Central District. They will attend a 2 day clinic at Stuart Cramer High School on Jan. 26/27 2018. The 2 day clinic will conclude on Saturday with a public concert that is free and open to the public at 2 PM in L. Reeves McGlohon Auditorium on the campus of Stuart Cramer High School.

Nadja Brown will represent Piedmont in the NewGen Peace Builders to equip emerging leaders.

In January middle school recognized kindness. Congratulations to the winners of this character  award: 6th grader – Kaela Bryson, 7th grader – Mary Garrison and 8th Grader – Mckenna Lawler.

Ms. Z rewarded our character winners for Citizenship this week. At Piedmont, we instill and expect compassion, integrity, honesty, personal responsibility, and respect for self and others. (These students made the paper.)

In December alone, elementary has filled their warming tree with scarves, gloves, hats and warm clothing for people in need.  The middle school student council had a successful drive of a similar nature.  High school students volunteered through Bible Club and Jr. Heart Board to take cookies to an area nursing home and sort boxes at Operation Christmas Child.  National Honor Society sang for the residents of Courtland Terrace

The Junior Heart Board blood drive exceeded its goal, collecting 27 pints of blood.
Jaylen Prioleau, Christian Walker, Demoniya Cole and Courtney Williams made the all-conference basketball team.  Christian Walker and Demoniya Cole have been offered athletic scholarships.

In March, history was made with the very first middle school baseball game in Piedmont history. This year we added middle school volleyball and baseball!

In March, elementary students were honored for showing courage.

Piedmont Advanced Art students were invited to create a piece of artwork to be displayed outside in a park in downtown gastonia.
Matt Elkin and Sign Connection created a great sign for our new property.  It was installed March 7th.
Only 19 students earned recognition in the Arbor Day Poster Contest. Seven Piedmont students were honored.

Only 19 students earned recognition in the Arbor Day Poster Contest. Seven Piedmont students were honored. First place winners receive a $50 gift card. Second place winners receive a $25 gift card. Piedmont congratulates the following students:

K-2, 2ND PLACE winner, Alan Munguia
Honorable mention, Scarlett Padilla
Honorable mention, Jannie Painter
3 – 5, 1ST PLACE winner, Ashton Kenna
Honorable mention, Nathan Esquivel
Middle, 1ST PLACE winner, Aydan Lawler
High School, Honorable mention, Lauren Baechel
Go Patriots!!! We are so proud of you.

Piedmont Junior, Carrie Shive, won 1st Place in the Tar Heel Junior Historian Magazine Essay Contest. Her work was published in the Fall 2017 edition of the Tar Heel Junior Historian Magazine. The essay was about the journey an item of clothing took to her closet.

By November 2017, seniors had started to hear from colleges about acceptance and scholarships.  Jonathan Gilchrist will be attending Mars Hill University with $48,000 scholarship.

At Piedmont, 46% of juniors and seniors are dually enrolled in the Career and College Promise (CCP) program earning college credits tuition-free. Piedmont will offer the following CCP classes on the  secondary campus: Psychology and Sociology. Otherwise classes can be taken online in the virtual classroom or at Gaston College.  Now, all classes in the College Transfer Pathway count as AP weight and many of the classes in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways count as AP or honors weight.

More than 420 students from 50 different schools in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia were nominated for the 37th Winthrop University Invitational Band Clinic. Piedmont had five students accepted.  Congratulations to John Medlin, Nadja Brown, Hannah Groves, Elijah Meeks and John Schmidt.

The middle school character award for modeling honesty went to 6th grader – Abigail Haskett, 7th grader – Yash Patel and 8th grader – Jasher Thompson. Middle School Student Council Co-Sponsors are Mrs. Crump and Mrs. Moses.
With the freshmen and new students qualifying for their first time, Piedmont now has 56% of high school students qualifying for the Patriot Rewards Program, which rewards good grades and behavior.  Minimum GPA to qualify is 3.0. First quarter has participation up 4%.

The Fall Sports Banquet hosted over 200 students and parents to recognize outstanding athletes including the following All Conference athletes: Zoe Bryant – Volleyball, Juan Sandi – Cross Country, Shamarion Blake – Soccer, Dylan Metcalf – Soccer and Rafael Hadalgo – Soccer.

Piedmont had seven students honored in the Keep Gastonia Beautiful Recycled Art Contest.

Piedmont won four awards at the North Carolina Theater Conference.  Congratulations to our students for an Excellence in Settings award. Our tech students won three awards: Makenzie Putnam for excellence in stage management, Dylan Medlin for lighting and sound design and Lauren Baechel for her beautiful make up design!

The Gaston County Guardian ad Litem (GAL) office and the National Honor Society at Piedmont hosted a peanut butter and jelly drive from November 6-17th.

November 13th to 16th was the Annual Canned Food Drive at elementary.

On their teacher work day, Piedmont teachers had professional development and learned about evaluating their instruction delivery to meet the individual needs of students.

Piedmont students, Bianca Moten and Jonathan Gilchrist, are representing Piedmont in performing opening and closing numbers on Tuesday at the Blumenthal for tony winner, Leslie Odom’s show.

On October 22nd at the Knight Theater, Piedmont’s Emily Bartlett was chosen by Charlotte Ballet to perform a solo as part of the 2017 Middle and High School Dance Festival. Piedmont was one of only six schools chosen to perform on stage.

Piedmont’s grade level proficiency scores were the first, second or third highest scores compared to GCS for the following:

3rd grade- 2nd place reading and 1st place math scores,

5th grade- 1st place math scores,

6th grade- 1st place reading and 2nd place math scores,

7th grade- 2nd place Reading scores,

8th grade- 1st place reading and 2nd place math scores,

English II EOCs- 3rd place scores, and

Math 1 EOCs- 3rd place scores.

8th grade honors Math 1 class had 100% proficiency.

Biology EOC scores had a 20 point increase.

Nadja Brown won the teen 2017 Governor’s NCWorks Awards of Distinction.  Those eligible for this award must demonstrate exceptional achievement in attaining career-related goals.  Click here for Nadja’s senior spotlight article.

Piedmont had about fifty elementary students who completed the summer reading challenge of reading various genres over the summer. Mrs. Wyatt coordinated the challenge and took the winners outside to enjoy their lunch with an ice-cream treat that she provided them. Students also received a certificate of completion.

52% of High school students (not including 9th graders or new students) qualified for the 1st quarter Patriot Rewards program based off their previous quarter’s grades.  Academic minimum requirement is a 3.0 GPA.

The middle school character award for the Fall went to 6th grader- Chisom Duru, 7th grader- Peyton Hamlin, and 8th grader- Carter Diggs. They are being honored this month for showing great responsibility.

Piedmont fifth grader, Rylee Crocker could not shake the concern that she felt for the displaced people effected by the Hurricane Harvey damage and flooding.  She spearheaded efforts to collect relief items.  7th grade collected Hurricane Harvey relief items as well.

The October 10th, Blood Drive raised 29 pints of blood.

The National Junior Honor Society helped at the Potato Drop in Belmont at Park Side United Methodist Church. They helped sort and bag over 40,000 lbs of potatoes to distribute to local food banks.


Awards in the 2016-17 School Year

Whitney Yancey, Ali Royer and Nadja Brown have been chosen for Junior Leadership Gaston, which is coordinated through the Gaston Chamber.  Once a month, the students have learning session led by community leaders to develop leadership skills.

Jake Siders and Logan Watson were picked as all conference athletes by the coaches from the southern piedmont conference for soccer and volleyball respectively.

At the regional NC Theater Conference Piedmont won four awards! We won honorable mention, which means we have been in the top three plays at regional competition for three years straight. We won excellence in ensemble acting. Dylan Medlin won excellence in production. Jennifer Schneider won excellence in stage management.

Piedmont has six students honored in the Keep Gastonia Beautiful Recycled Art Contest for 2016. We congratulate Xanthe Moore, Annezly Moore, Lola Barone, Daniel Rincon, Grace Siders, and Katie Kayser. Pictures will be shared following ceremony.

Nearly half of the 7th and 8th graders at Piedmont had a 3.5 GPA and were eligible for National Junior Honor Society.  NHS worked hard to collect 2, 875 pairs of new socks for those in need. Mr. White’s homeroom brought in the most socks.  The had a toiletry drive early in the year for the men’s shelter.  Also, NHS volunteered at the Special Olympics.

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Piedmont’s Middle School had so many students in 6th grade with high proficiency in Math that an extra Advanced level Math class was added.

In the Fall of 2015 during Mr. Bridges first year at Piedmont, there were 7 high school students in the Career and College Promise program.  In the 2016-17 school year twenty-eight students are taking a total of 45 CCP classes. For more on the signs of increased academic rigor, click here.  Five seniors are graduating with a year of college already completed tuition-free through the CCP program.

This Fall National Honor Society grew its membership from 19 to 49 and had another induction in the Spring.

The Chess Club, sponsored by Mrs. Walter, had a Tournament at Lucky Samurai.  Piedmont eighth grader, Caleb Hathaway, placed 3rd out of 29 students at a chess tournament on March 4th.  His mom says, “I’m thankful for PCCS having the chess club or else I don’t think Caleb would have the interest that he does.”

The elementary campus celebrated the 100th day of school with a wide range of activities.  First grade dressed up like 100-year-olds.

Literacy Week had an exciting read-a-thon, which reached the goal to fund the new playground. Students had fun with a different theme each day.

March 2nd at the Winter Sports Banquet, over 180 people were served.  Piedmont Community Charter School-CFA had 41 athletes from their fall and winter teams earn the Individual Scholar-Athlete award, attaining at least a 3.5 weighted grade point average for the semester.  Senior, GeJuan Williams, made the Midwest All-Star team.

The Junior Heart Board had a very successful blood drive collecting 35 pints.

2017 ARBOR DAY POSTER CONTEST RESULTS are in and Piedmont had 3 winners and 4 honorable mentions as listed below.  Mercede Romero was honored for the 2nd time at the Gastonia City Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at the Gaston County Courthouse.

The Career Fair continues to grow each year. Forty-two people representing twenty-eight career paths taught Piedmont Students about their industry.

In less than an hour, fourth graders at Piedmont raised $542.20 for Least of These Carolinas on March 28th, 2017.   Students lined the elementary hall forming a “Wax Museum” of presidents and first ladies.  As attendees passed through the hall, they deposited money into the jars of the students in order to hear about the historic lives of their characters.

A goal of our art festival was to help parents see the broad academic connections that greet their student in art class at Piedmont.  For example, parents could see the boards that Mrs. Jones used to teach their students about ancient African culture, artifacts and beliefs before they made their masks.  From ceramics to a sneak peak at the spring musical, attendees got a taste of fine arts at Piedmont.

6th – 12th grade dance students collected supplies to make 20 easter baskets for the women’s shelter.

Our 65 seniors have been offered over $1,500,000 dollars in scholarship.

Carrie Shive won 1st Place in the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Magazine Essay. Her essay will be published in the magazine! Kylie Carrier won 1st Place in the THJHA Literary Contest. Rouben Sellers won 2nd Place in the THJHA Literary Contest.

Piedmont is in exceptional company in having an actress make the Blumey’s top 6 performers out of 44 schools from the 16 surrounding counties. Congratulations Bianca Moten for making the top 6 and congrats to Dylan Medlin for making the top 25.  Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Paul develop strong skills and broad theatre knowledge in our middle schoolers even before they get to high school. Piedmont’s spring musical was Thoroughly Modern Millie, a main stage musical full of choreography. Thanks to Bianca and Kiera Moten, Piedmont won a Blumey for Best Costumes.

PCCS cleaned up at the Keep Gastonia Beautiful luncheon with Mr. Don Blair receiving Honorable Mention for High School Custodian of the Year, Amy Jones receiving Green Teacher of the Year, and the elementary campus reclaimed Green School of the Year for K-12 school category.

In the virtual classroom at secondary, students take advantage of online classes. Currently  60 students have  signed up to take college classes next year. At Piedmont the one to one laptop ratio helps students aim high.

Hannah Hudson was recognized in the Best and Brightest by the Gaston Gazette.

Congratulations to Piedmont’s Varsity Girls Soccer team. They were victorious over Bradford Prep (9-0). It’s their 6th win. They made the play offs!

Mikayla Hensley has been accepted into the prestigious University of NC School of the Arts High School Drama Conservatory. Only 20 students are admitted annually.

Nadja Brown was selected for the Project Uplift program.  Project Uplift is a special program that enables high-achieving rising seniors to experience college life on the Carolina campus.

Alexandria Franks was selected for the NC School of the Arts Summer Dance Intensive.

PCCS Wind Ensemble had straight Superiors.  Click here to view the band playing for the elementary students.

Bailey Thompson, Chris Fore and Abe Daniels were selected to participate in the South Central District All State Honors Band.  Click here for the winter band concert.

Amina Childs will attend Commissioners’ School of Excellence.