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    ~ Hiddenite Elementary School Mission Statement ~

    Hiddenite Elementary School is a family that seeks to create responsible citizens and lifelong learners who achieve academic excellence, personal growth, and success in a safe, positive, and diverse environment.  

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    Dear Partners, 
    It is exciting that we are preparing for another summer of Mountaineer Readers! The Mountaineer Readers initiative began in the fall of 2007 as a partnership between App State’s Reich College of Education and App State Athletics with the purpose of supporting literacy in our surrounding counties.  More recently, the group included students from schools in 10 regional school districts and expanded to include students from the Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork and the NC School for the Deaf! Check out this article to read about last year's Mountaineer Readers experience!

    To begin the process for the 2021-2022 year, the media coordinator for each elementary school will want to pass out the student reading log sheet and the promotional flyer found in this email (see attached!) Students will take the reading logs home in May and complete the reading logs according to how many pages they read over the summer. Parents will need to verify and sign the form.

    When the students return to school in the fall of 2021,  students will need to turn in their COMPLETED reading logs to the school-level media coordinator by the first Wednesday of the school year.

    School media coordinators need to tally the student log sheet totals and complete THIS FORM electronically to submit to Dr. Rosenbalm no later than Friday, September 24, 2021. There is no tally sheet to email in this year. 

    Dr. Rosenbalm will inform schools of the winners by Friday, October 8, 2021. More award details will accompany the announcement of the winners in October, but please make note that the grand prize winners will be invited to participate in the November 13, 2021 football game at Appalachian's Kidd Brewer Stadium against South Alabama! Here is an additional promotional flyer to find out more about the prizes available to schools, classrooms, and students for reading excellence! 
    Dr. Betsy Rosenbalm, NBCT
    Director, Public School Partnership 
    NC New Teacher Support Program Regional Director 
    Appalachian State University
    Reich College of Education, Office 404 G 
    (704) 657-0764

    Communication to parents regarding temperature screening: 

    • The infrared thermometers used in our schools read the surface temperature; therefore, if your heat is on in the car the reading may be higher. 
    • Tips to avoid this include: turn the heater down for a few minutes prior to arriving at school, turn vents so they are not blowing on the child directly, and remove caps, toboggans, or hoodies prior to arrival to school. 
    • If a student has an elevated temp during the drop off screening, we will ask the driver to pull over and we will recheck the student in about 10 minutes. 
    • Please have patience as the process may take longer than it has in the past due to weather conditions.  
    • From information received from the NC Department of Health and Human Services infrared thermometers are safe for use in reading the surface temperature of a child or adult.  Infrared thermometers measure the body's surface temperature without emitting any radiation or signal to do so.  The human body itself emits radiation in the form of heat.  That heat is called infrared radiation.  An infrared thermometer reads the heat radiation coming off of the skin of the forehead; it receives radiation, it does not send radiation.  The amount of heat radiation being picked up from a child is converted by a thermometer into a temperature value.  Sometimes a child that is flushed and hot from being outside or in a warm car will read as having a fever because they are temporarily putting out a lot of body heat radiation.  If they are allowed to rest and cool off they will read normal later.   


    ~ 2020-2021 Principal Newsletters ~

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    May Parent Newsletter


  • NCStar Information and Login

    • Above you will find a Google Slides presentation that was shared to parents at a meeting about HES LPS status. 
    • As we work toward our goals as a school you can access our progress and information through NCStar. 
    • We will be entering in data on NCStar starting in the near future to track our progress on the 12 key indicators to improving a school. 

    Below is how you can access this information through NCStar: 

District Newsroom

  • Sugar Loaf Elementary School Moving to Remote Instruction through Jan. 17

    Effective Jan. 12, Sugar Loaf Elementary School will begin remote instruction due to a staff shortage which limits the ability to safely and adequately supervise and educate students. This decision is based on 55% of core instructional staff being absent today. The administration will reevaluate over the weekend to determine if changes need to be made to the scheduled return on Jan. 18. Additional information will be posted on the website and social media. Parents have been notified through the mass notification system of the remote instruction plans and may contact the school with any additional questions.

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  • Tonight’s school board meeting will be virtual due to climbing COVID numbers in schools

    Alexander County Schools announced the January 11 school board meeting will be held virtually due to the increased rate of COVID-19 numbers involving staff in the schools. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom, with scheduled speakers joining according to the published agenda. The meeting will be live-streamed on the district YouTube channel. The public can tune in for the meeting at the link below.

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  • COVID Update Jan. 3, 2022

    Please click the heading to read the letter to families and staff regarding the COVID guideline changes.

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  • Holiday Art Contest Honorable Mentions and District Winners

    Each year all students are encouraged to participate in the annual holiday artwork contest. Artwork is selected to represent the school system and serve as the design on the school district Christmas cards. Click the heading to read more and view photos.

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  • Alexander Central High School Ag Mechanics Team Places First in Northwest Regional Competition

    Alexander Central High School Ag Mechanics team won first place in the Northwest Regional Agriculture Mechanics Competition held at the CVCC Workforce Solutions Complex. Team members Aiden Anderson (11th grade) -not pictured, Avery H. Cook (12th grade)- not pictured, Nolan Heath (12th grade), and Colton Matthews (12th Grade) were recognized at the December school board meeting on Tues., Dec. 14, 2021. Click the heading to read more.

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  • The Alexander County School System is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the accessibility of the website or if you are unable to access a page or document on the website, you may contact the Communications Department via email at or by phone at 828-632-7001.

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