Rankin Elementary News

One Town One School One Goal

October, 2019

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

2019-20 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Abigail McLaurin! She is our Art teacher and is well deserving of this title. Look for Ms. McLaurin in the Mt. Holly Christmas Parade. She'll be riding a float and waving to the crowd. Ms. McLaurin is a wonderful teacher and strives to immerse our students in relevant art work every single day. Our students have a new love for art, and this is due to Ms. McLaurin.

2019-20 Teacher Assistant of the Year

Congratulations to Ashley Flowers! She is a teacher assistant in Mrs. Clemmer's Kindergarten class. Ms. Flowers always wears a smile and has a positive attitude. Her love for children and Rankin is contagious. You'll find her riding alongside Ms. McLaurin in the Mt. Holly Christmas Parade.

Coach Corey's First Volleyball Tournament

Rankin students have been learning how to play Volleyball in their PE class with Coach Corey. Coach Corey held a tournament with 4th and 5th grade students. Each class was separated into 4 teams. These teams played against one another for a chance to represent their class in the grade level tournaments. These students displayed fantastic teamwork and sportsmanship to achieve their spot in the tournament. This tournament is just one of many that the students will be competing in to receive field day points. Throughout the tournament students demonstrated amazing skills that helped grade level champions edge past the opposing teams.

The 5th grade champions consisted of Audrey Ludwig, Kendall Brooks, Ariliz Camacho,

Paola Sanchez, Lauren Humphrey, and Tahj Whitley.

The 4th grade champions consisted of Parker Center, Emily Pridgeon , Vincent Knight, Brooklyn Moore, Logan Weaver, Cassia Sushko, and Madison McDuffy.

Congratulations to our Tournament winners! Be on the lookout for the next tournament winners and ask your child what they have been learning!

Battle of the Books Team

Congratulations to our 2019-20 Battle of the Books Team! These students must read 18 books, which reach a wide span of genres. They can begin reading in the summer. In interested students must learn all book titles and authors and be able to pass a test in order to be eligible for the team. They will compete in the district wide competition on March 26 against other 5th grade students from area GCS schools.

  • Sydney Falls
  • Ella Hefner
  • Abby Houser
  • Tristan Garrison
  • Mia Morton

iReady Reading

Each week our students in 1st grade - 5th grade are expected to take two iReady Reading tests and two iReady Math tests. Students must score 70% or higher in order for these tests to count for their weekly goal. The district sets up challenge windows for all GCS students. These windows are typically 4 week periods. Our first GCS challenge window started on Sept. 26 and went through Oct. 31. Students in GCS are challenged to take 8 reading tests and 8 math tests with a 70% or higher pass rate. If Rankin students meet their goal each week, they will have no problem meeting the GCS challenge window goal.

Our students ROCKED on this first challenge window. Here's our Reading stats:

Number of Reading Tests Taken (Sept. 26-Oct. 31)

1st grade = 1063

2nd grade = 1066

3rd grade = 1065

4th grade = 706

5th grade = 859

Top iReady Reading Students per Class

Sarah Rogers

Lilian Warwick

Joshua Moore

Naresuan Thippaluc

Hunter Pressley

Nathan Uren

Miles Grindstaff

Huntlee Nixon

Abigail Hager

Madelyn Sanders

Brayden Thomassin

Fernanda Tovar Ibarra

Anyla Pauling

Aubrey Brooks

Samantha Cossio

Zemirah Fewell

Sebatian Chapman

Cruz Surratt

Miah Kathryn Thomas

Lauren Humphrey

Gabriel Knight

Lydia Tench

iReady Math

All of the expectation mentioned above are the same for math. Our first GCS challenge window started on Sept. 26 and went through Oct. 31. If Rankin students meet their goal each week, they will have no problem meeting the GCS challenge window goal.

Our students ROCKED on this first challenge window. Here's our Math stats:

Number of Math Tests Taken (Sept. 26-Oct. 31)

1st grade = 1291

2nd grade = 1096

3rd grade = 1026

4th grade = 756

5th grade = 852

Top iReady Math Students per Class

Lincon Diaz-Guerra

Joshua Cruz Arevalo

Jeryn Porter

Naresuan Thippaluc

Jamison Lewis

Lucas Stroupe

James Hagans

Huntlee Nixon

Nicolas Cossio

Camden Stillwell

Claire Harris

Fernanda Tovar Ibarra

Amber Rodgers

Damian Morales

Jordan Chavis

Marcus Knight

Jakayla McGill

Scott Childers

Cole Baxley

Lauren Humphrey

Corinthia Kimble

Aaron Neal

Rankin's Fall Carnival

Mt. Holly Lantern Parade

The 2nd Annual Mt. Holly Lantern Parade took place on Saturday, Oct. 26. Ms. McLaurin worked with many of our students to create lanterns so we could participate. The parade began at our school and ended at the Mount Holly Farmer’s Market. The parade is presented by Awaken Gallery in collaboration with the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation. Over 500 artists, community members, teachers and their students had the opportunity to show off their creations, which fit into the theme of Myths, Fables, and Fairy Tales. Ms. McLaurin and our students were awarded one of the top 3 schools in the competition, winning a $250 cash prize! The Lantern Parade was a great night for our school and community!

MegaParty Money Grab

Our students had a wonderful time at our MegaParty which celebrated our success with our Fall fundraiser. Thank you for such great support! Check out our top sellers who got a chance to grab as much cash as possible in 1 minute:

  • Cailynn Belgarde McBride's 4th grade
  • John Calabrese Clemmer's Kindergarten
  • Briggs Matznick Clemmer's Kindergarten
  • Alex Summitt Carr's 1st grade
  • Isla Westendorf Adcock's 2nd grade
  • Aaron Neal Lockridge's 5th grade
  • Elizabeth Lopez Pearson's 3rd grade

Spotlight on Students - Beckham Clawson

Beckham Clawson is a 3rd grade student in Mrs. Marlow's class. He is also an awesome baseball player. Beckham has played baseball in Stanley for 5 years. This past summer he made the All-Star team playing 2nd base. His team came in 2nd place for their Dixie Youth District! Way to go!

PTA Corner

Thanks to all who helped make the Mega Party and Fall Carnival a huge success. From the volunteers, teachers, staff and community members, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Mark calendars for Rankin Spirit Night at Chipotle Gastonia on Nov. 6 from 5pm-9pm. Please be sure to bring the flyer to get school credit. Flyers will go home next week.

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.

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!


11/4 Math NCDPI Check-In (3rd grade - 5th grade)

11/6 Reading NCDPI Check-in (4th grade and 5th grade)

11/6 Spirit Night at Chipotle 5:00pm - 9:00pm - Bring Rankin flier

11/7 3rd grade Field Trip to Panther's Stadium

11/11: No School - Veterans Day Holiday

11/13: Picture Retake/Make-Up Day & Class/Club Picture Day

11/27-11/29: No School - Thanksgiving Break


12/5 Interim Reports come home

12/6: Box Tops Collection Date

12/12: Rankin Curriculum Night and PTA Christmas Program

12/13: Box Tops Class Winner Reward Party

12/17 5th grade Field Trip to Biltmore

12/18: Christmas Classroom Party (Large Party/Parents Attend)- PreK to 1st 1:30pm

12/19: Christmas Classroom Party (Large Party/Parents Attend)- 2nd-5th 1:30pm

12/20-1/6: No School

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