Rankin Elementary News

One Town One School One Goal

September, 2019

Rankin is a wonderful place where students experience personal growth and success through the positive support of faculty, parents, and the community.

Have You Heard the GREAT News?

Rankin Elementary is now a 'B' School!!


We are so proud of this accomplishment. Our staff, students and community work hard every single day to make Rankin the best school on Earth! It's nice to receive this wonderful school grade. We couldn't do it without you! WE ARE ONE!!


Gaston Gazette (Sept. 5): Schools have each been assigned an A to F letter grade based primarily on overall proficiency rates on the state’s standardized end-of-year tests and the growth students make during the year.


Eighty percent of the grade is for the percentage of tests earning a score considered grade-level proficient, and 20 percent is for growth, measured by a statistical model that compares each student’s predicted test score, based on past performance, against the student’s actual result.

Academic growth indicates whether students achieve a year’s worth of academic progress for a year’s worth of instruction. Growth is reported in one of three ways: exceeded growth, met growth, or did not meet growth.


Superintendent, Dr. Booker, said the school performance grade should not be interpreted as a comprehensive evaluation that determines the quality of a school because factors such as school size, diverse student population, socioeconomics, teacher experience, student learning obstacles, special programs, and parental and community involvement have an effect on a school’s performance, but are not considered in the grade.

Curriculum Night

Thank you for a wonderful curriculum night on Thursday, Sept. 19. We had a great show of support and enjoyed seeing all the families spending time in classrooms to see what a day in the life of their child is like. We hope you enjoyed your evening. Mark your calendars for the remaining nights to come learn with your family:


  • Dec. 12
  • Feb. 6
  • April 2

Amazing Teacher Award

Ingles Supermarkets and The Gazette are sponsoring the Amazing Teacher Awards. The nomination process is online. Please consider nominating one of Rankin's amazing teachers. Go to www.gastongazette.com/contests to submit a nomination.

Student Council Elected Officers

Meet your newly elected Student Council Officers for 2019-20.


  • President: Landon Lee
  • Vice President: Jax Allen
  • Secretary: Ava Hungate

Robotics Team - 2019-20

Congratulations to our Robotics Team, System Overload: Emma Lineberger, Ramani Pauling, Tess Ballard, Sydney Falls, Haverly Kohl, Alexander Marroquin, Talon Reynolds, Rhys Todd, Tristan Ghent. We look forward to their competitions throughout the year. Stay tuned for more information.
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Principal's Pride

Principal's Pride winners are selected by their teachers based on academic performance. We are so proud of our first Pride group of the 2019-20 school year.

Miah Kathryn Thomas

Lauren Humphrey

Abigail Houser

Mallory Hall

Amelia Burr

Zemirah Fewell

Tristan Mason

Kayley Nguyen

Jayjai Washington

Claire Harris

Fernanda Tovar Ibarra

Piper McQueen

Aubrey Brooks

Maddox Cobb

Lucy Sekielewski

Larissa Hill

Dracen Roberts

Carter Moorman-Dobrich

Cortland Thompson

Novella Hooks

Caleb McElveen

Caleb Booth

Zephaniah Nichols

Briar Rose Gagnon

Shepherd Rust

CJ Hallman

Jonathan Carver

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Students of the Month

Students of the Month are selected because they have demonstrated the character trait of the month. This month's character trait is RESPONSIBILITY. We are very proud of this first group of very responsible students:

Avery WIller

Audrey Ludwig

Haylie Perkins

Ramani Pauling

Sophie Flowers

Carmen Buchanan

Destiny White

Carson Mace

Micah Stinson

Anna Roberts

Jazmiah White

Beckham Clawson

Elizabeth Lopez

Madilyn Lockridge

Hunter Pressley

Kaidence Nichols

Elizabeth Dillman

Layla Pawlish

Sarah Rogers

Coleston Hilderbran

Aaliyah White

Titus Rodgers

Finn Motes

Kynley Ross

Aiden Whisnant

Ya’lena Joyner

Alice Whitner

PTA Corner

We have had an amazing start to the new school year! Our Rankin PTA is currently 112 members strong and growing. We are fortunate to have a wonderful group of families, teachers, and staff at Rankin that are dedicated to providing an exceptional learning environment for our students. PTA plays an essential role in supporting our school and our students. In the past, the PTA has made contributions to fund important projects at our school, such as, new playground equipment, classroom libraries and technology upgrades.


Our Fall fundraising efforts have been very successful. The Fall Fundraiser sold over $40,000. WOW!

Thank you to all who participated. Fall Fundraiser items will be shipped out in the near future. Stay tuned for more details.


Congratulations to Mrs. Williams’s 2nd Grade Class, who won our PTA Membership drive and have the most members in class! They will celebrate this with a donut party!


If you would like to join our PTA or have any questions/suggestions/ ideas, please reach out and let us know. Our email address is rankinelementarypta@gmail.com. Also, please like our Ida Rankin Elementary PTA page on Facebook for up to date school and PTA information.

All the Best,

Erin Denison

2019/2020 PTA President

Spotlight on Students -

Kendra and Andrew Fisher (3rd grade students - Hahn and Marlow) participated in the Gaston County Park Hop sponsored by the Gaston County Parks and Recreation which consisted of visiting 14 different parks and answering a question about each park. Kendra and Andrew were one of the grand prize winners by visiting all 14 parks and having the correct answer for each park. They won a Dahon 8 speed foldable bike. It was a lot of fun because they not only got to play at each park but went to parks they didn't know about and learned more about Gaston County.

Apply for Free and Reduced Meals Online!

GCS Nutrition would like to promote the use of the online free and reduced meal application. The online application is a more convenient, fast, and secure way of applying for free and reduced meals.


To apply go to www.lunchapplication.com


If you have any questions, call the Free and Reduced Meal Specialist, Tina Franks at 704-836-9110 ext. 1

Rankin's School Improvement Plan

Please use the login below to access the School Improvement Plan for our school.


  • Login: GuestS16291
  • Password: GuestS16291
Address to access INDISTAR: www.indistar.org

Mark Your Calendar!

10/3: Ident-a-Kid at Rankin

10/7: Fall Fundraiser Mega Party

10/8: PTA Member Meeting 6pm

10/10 Early Dismissal for students (11:30) and Parent Teacher Conferences

10/11 No school for students

10/18: Box Tops Collection Date

10/25: Fall Carnival 6:00pm-8:00pm

10/25 End of 1st Quarter Grading Period

10/26 Lantern Parade

10/31 Kindergarten Halloween Walk

10/31 Classroom snacks for Halloween

10/31 Report cards sent home

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact us.

Address: 301 W Central Ave, Mount Holly, NC,

Email: dskelly@gaston.k12.nc.us

Phone: 704-836-9136

Website: gaston.k12.nc.us/rankin

Twitter: @PrincipalDKelly

Facebook: Ida Rankin PTA