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Forestview High School is a public high school in the Gaston County Schools school district located in Gastonia, North Carolina.

History

Forestview was formed and founded via an effort by Gaston County Schools to ease overcrowding at Hunter Huss High Schoolmarker and Ashbrook High Schoolmarker. 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 is an active member of the Republican party, an actor, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Little Theater of Gastonia. He designed the flag for the City of Gastonia, and also holds the distinction of proposing the name of the Charlotte Bobcats, North Carolina's National Basketball Association team. 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 current 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.

The school's current assistant principals are Kristie Bogle, Tara Butch, Kevin Doran, and Lucretia Rice. Brad Evans is its business manager.

Athletics

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.

Special Programs

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.
   * No school ASD or suspensions


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 school/class
         o Reserved parking space
         o Discounted parking fee ($3 a semester)
         o Restaurant and business discount
         o Friday Incentive
         o Renaissance T-shirt
         o $250 in Stock


Silver Card

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


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 school/class
         o Friday incentive
         o Renaissance T-shirt
         o $150 in Stock


Bronze Card

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


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 Restaurant and business discounts
         o Renaissance T-shirt
         o Friday incentive
         o $75 in Stock


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

Special Achievements

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

Forestview High School Clubs[419611]

Advocates for Animals Jennifer Gerow

Art Honor Society Brenda Bostian/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

Dance Team Robin Catoe

Drama Lore Spivey

Environmental Patrick Strothmann, Linda Bray

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

FCCLA Teresa Little, Monica Smtih

Game Club Lisa Dockery

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

High Q Tom Potter 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 Jill Engle, Alieen Myer

Key Tom Potter meet as called by announcements

Literature Appreciation Iris Avery every second Tuesday

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

Mock Trial Lenora Crabtree, Adam Lynn

Moot Court Iris Avery

Mr. Forestview Pageant Amanda Choren

Miss. Forestview Pageant Lore Spivey/Karen Bruce

National Honor Society Linda Bray

National Tech Honor Society Rick Erexson

PALS Kristie Bogle, Tara Butch

SAVE TBA

Senior Class Adviser Cindy Rouse

Student Council Brad Baker

YMCA Youth &Government Kathleen D'Avria

Teen Democrats Rick Erexson 2nd & 4th Wednesday, D107, 3:00

Young Republicans Wesley Spinks

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