Forestview High School

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Forestview High School
Location
5545 Union Road
Gastonia, North Carolina 28056

Coordinates 35°10′59″N 81°08′08″W / 35.18306°N 81.13556°W / 35.18306; -81.13556
Information
Established 1998
School district Gaston County Schools
Category Public School
Principal Chad Carper
Staff 145
Enrollment 1,342
Color(s) Silver and Black
         
Athletics conference Big South (3A)
Team name Jaguars
Website

Forestview High School is a public high school in the Gaston County Schools school district located in Gastonia, North Carolina. Chad Carper serves as the principal of Forestview. Assistant principals are Ron Brown, Jennifer Cabe, and Kevin Doran.

History[edit]

Forestview was formed and founded via an effort by Gaston County Schools to ease overcrowding at Hunter Huss High School and Ashbrook High School. The school's mission is stated as follows: In partnership with the community, Forestview High School provides quality teaching and support to empower each student for a successful lifetime of learning and citizenship.

According to the tenth edition of Forestview High School's Jagged Edge Yearbook, on Monday, April 24, 1995, the Gaston County Schools Board of Education chose the name for Gastonia's newest high school. The school opened its doors in August 1998 without a senior class. The first ever senior class graduated in 2000. Eighty percent of Forestview graduates go on to attend college and, in the 2007-2008 school year, Forestview set a county record with $42 million in scholarships.

Gastonia native Chuc Clubb came up with the name of Forestview. Clubb decided on the name "Forestview" in 1994 while walking around the newly purchased land site for the new school.

Forestview's first principal, Robert Carpenter, was selected to serve in 1996. He served as the school's first employee, along with Diane Hall, the school's financial administrator, who still holds that position. Carpenter is known for his famous phrase, "Have a very nice rest of the day", which he delivers over the PA system at the end of the announcements every afternoon. Carpenter retired at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. The clock that greets students and staff at the entrance of the building has been renamed Carpenter's clock and will carry his signature saying "Have a very nice rest of the day."

Forestview's second principal Audrey Devine was selected as Gaston County Principal of the Year for the 2008-2009 school year while serving as principal of Belmont Middle School. She was also named Southwest North Carolina Principal of the Year in 2009-2010.

Forestview's current principal is Chad Carper.

Athletics[edit]

With vast community support, the Parent Teacher Organization was able to raise in excess of $1.6 million to build athletic facilities. Included in the Dan Gunter Athletic Facilities are the Joe Alala Football Stadium, baseball stadium, tennis courts, softball and soccer fields.

Forestview played their first football season away from their campus using East Gaston High School, South Point High School, and Ashbrook High School as home facilities. Their first game was against Bessemer City High School and was played at East Gaston's Arrowhead Stadium.

Foresview is currently a member of the Big South Conference and in the 3A classification by the North Carolina Athletic Association (NCHSAA). Forestview's athletic director is Alan Stewart.

Forestview has over 500 athletes that annually compete in over twenty sports.

Part of a Nazi leader's speech was played over the public address system before a high school soccer game, prompting an apology by the home team's principal. Forestview High School principal Robert Carpenter said neither he nor his team's coach knew about the speech before the 90-second excerpt was played during warmups Saturday, according to a letter he sent Monday to visiting Charlotte Catholic High School.[1]

Special programs[edit]

Forestview is home to the Jag Rag newspaper. According to the paper, the Jag Rag serves as a "forum to promote the expression of ideas and opinions." This newspaper is aimed to inform the community as well as the students and staff of Forestview High School. The Jag Rag's awards include: All Tarheel Award (1999, 2000, 2002), All North Carolina Award (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004), Clara Cartrette Award of Excellence (1999, 2000), North Carolina Scholastic Media Association Paper of Distinction (2005), Overall Honor Distinction (2007, 2008), and First Place in Advertising for Large Schools (2007, 2008)

Forestview is known for its Renaissance Program. According to the school's website, Renaissance cards are awarded each semester and reflect data collected from the current year's GPA and attendance.

Gold Card

   * 4.0 weighted GPA in all courses
   * No more than 3 absences per semester (daily total), in addition 3 tardies =1 absence

Gold Card Incentives

         o 5 minutes early dismissal from school every day
         o 3 minutes early dismissal to lunch every day
         o Free admission to 3 identified home ball games
         o 3 free tardies to class
         o Reserved parking space
         o Discounted parking fee ($3 a semester)
         o Renaissance T-shirt

Silver Card

   * 3.0 weighted GPA in all courses
   * No more than 4 absences per semester (daily total), 3 tardies = 1 absence.

Silver Card Incentives

         o 5 minutes early dismissal from school Thursday and Friday
         o 3 minutes early dismissal to lunch Thursday and Friday
         o Reserved parking
         o Discounted parking fee ($5 a semester)
         o Free admission to 2 identified home games
         o Restaurant and business discounts
         o 2 free tardy to class
         o Renaissance T-shirt

Bronze Card

   * 2.0 weighted GPA in all courses
   * No more than 6 absences per semester (daily total) 3 tardies = 1 absence.

Bronze Card Incentives

         o 5 minutes early dismissal from school Friday
         o 3 minutes early dismissal to lunch Friday
         o Reserved parking
         o Discounted parking fee ($6 a semester)
         o Free admission to one identified home games
         o 1 Tardy pass
         o Renaissance T-shirt

Other programs are Mister and Misses Forestview pageants, and Tailgate. Forestview also serves as the home for Gastonia's Relay for Life.

Special Achievements[edit]

One special event that Forestview participates in every spring is the Gaston County Special Olympics. A.J. Mennear, an upcoming 2009 graduate of Forestview, participates in the Special Olympics every year and won Special Olympic Athlete of the Year for Gaston County in 2008. A.J. was also one of five Special Olympics athletes chosen to participate in a basketball skills clinic held at UNC Chapel Hill and conducted by the UNC basketball team.

Clubs[edit]

Forestview High School Clubs [1]

Advocates for Animals Jennifer Gerow

Art Honor Society Elaine Patterson 3rd Tuesday beginning in October, D115, 3:00

BETA Denise Bost (10,11,12) meet as called by announcements

Bible Bill Collins Wednesday, GYM, 7:15

Broadcasting Bob Hill, 1610 AM 2nd & 4th Tuesday, A112, 7:20

Carousel Princess Dawn Hall

Civinettes Cindy Rouse meet as called by announcements

Chess Club Adam Lynn

Cultural P.R.I.D.E. Club TBA

Drama Lore Spivey

Environmental Patrick Strothmann

FCA Alan Stewart 2nd & 4th Tuesday, A112, 7:20

FCCLA Teresa Little, Monica Smtih

Game Club Lisa Dockery

Gay/Straight Alliance Gerow, meetings as called by announcements

German/Deutsch Klub Sabine Rankin 1st Wednesday, A112, 3:00

High Q Katie Garahan meet as called by announcements

Homecoming Court Cindy Rouse

HOSA Dawn Hall

HOSA Forensics Dawn Hall

Interact Amanda Choren/Allison Henry 2nd & 4th Thursday, B114, 3:00

Invisible Children Club Amanda Choren

Junior Heart Board Alieen Myer

Key Tom Potter meet as called by announcements

Math Jill Smith, Katy Alexander 2nd & 4th Thursday, B114, 3:00

Mock Trial Lenora Crabtree, Adam Lynn

Moot Court Iris Avery

Mr. Forestview Pageant TBA

Miss. Forestview Pageant Lore Spivey

National Honor Society Kristie Smith

National Tech Honor Society Christy Weaver

PALS Kevin Doran

Senior Class Adviser Cindy Rouse

Student Council Adam Lynn

YMCA Youth &Government Kathleen D'Avria

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