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Hiddenite Elementary Principal Alisha Cloer recently gave a PowerPoint presentation on transformations at Hiddenite Elementary School.

The presentation highlighted construction projects and technology upgrades, including Activboards that allow students and teachers to interact electronically.

Alexander County Schools recently released the latest SAT scores for Alexander Central High.

The total composite score was 1396, a drop from last year's score of 1427. Statewide, students scored a composite average of 1489 out of 2400 on the three-part SAT.

Gary Lail, the 2008 Award of Honor recipient, will be recognized at a reception at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Alexander Central High School. The reception will be held in the cafeteria.

Community members who are interested in serving as a mentor for a high school senior involved in the North Carolina Graduation Project are invited to attend mentor training this fall.

Sessions will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Hibriten High School and at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at West Caldwell High School. Mentor manuals will be distributed.

Details: Libby Brown at 828-728-8407.

School board members recently received information regarding the proposed redistricting for St. Stephens Feeder Area elementary schools.

Sweetwater Elementary will close at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. Snow Creek Elementary will open in August 2009 for grades K-6.

Redistricting will help ease overcrowding in schools such as Clyde Campbell and Murray elementaries, both of which are well above capacity.

The plan will be on the Catawba County Schools Web site later this month.

Community meetings will be held Oct. 7 at Sweetwater Elementary, Oct. 9 at Clyde Campbell Elementary, Oct. 14 at St. Stephens Elementary and Oct. 16 at Webb Murray Elementary. All meetings begin at 6 p.m.

Input from the community meetings will be shared with the Board of Education on Oct. 27. A vote on the redistricting plan is scheduled for Dec. 1.

Orientation for home-schoolers will be at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 375 Third St. NE.

All home-schooled students are invited to attend the free program, which includes a library tour and look at electronic and print materials of special interest to parents and children.

A short demonstration of the library's computers and an introduction to online resources also will be featured.

The library's Web site – www.hickory – includes a home-school help site that can be found by clicking on Kids Zone and then Children's Services. The site provides links to other Internet sites on home schooling.

Details: 828-304-0500 ext. 7271.

The Catawba Science Center will offer science programs for preschool students this fall. The program is open to children ages 3-5 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays.

Cost is $8 per child for Science Center members, $15 per child for nonmembers. Prepayment and registration are required.

The schedule includes: You Are What You Eat, Lions, Tigers and Elephants, Oh My, Seasons, Dinomania, A Scientist's Senses, Deep Blue Sea, Weights and Measures and Metamorphosis. Details: 828-322-8169.

Concordia Christian Day School will hold a “Swinging for Educational Excellence” fundraiser Oct. 11 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. Golf registration begins at 11 a.m.

The silent auction runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the dinner/dance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Proceeds benefit Concordia Christian Day School and the new Christian high school.

For tickets or details: 828-464-3011.

Leigh Pressley