Hoke County Schools releases the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan

posted Aug 9, 2016, 1:29 PM by JODIE BRYANT

The 2016-2021 Strategic Plan released by Hoke County Schools will serve as a guide for all stakeholders as they continue the work of preparing all students for college, career, and life readiness.  The Strategic Plan, titled "Transformation: Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's World" can be found at the link below.

Middle School Transition

posted Jul 27, 2016, 7:11 PM by DAWN RAMSEUR   [ updated Jul 27, 2016, 7:12 PM ]

Middle School Transition Dates

West Hoke Middle-Tuesday, August 2, 2016-8:00am-3:30pm

Sandy Grove Middle-Wednesday, August 3, 2016-8:00am-3:30pm

East Hoke Middle-Thursday, August 4, 2016-8:00am-3:30pm

HCS 1:1 Digital Initiative - Survey

posted Jul 7, 2016, 5:00 PM by JODIE BRYANT   [ updated Jul 7, 2016, 6:23 PM by DAWN RAMSEUR ]

We would love to hear from you!  Hoke County is planning to implement a 1:1 digital program for the upcoming school year. Each student will be assigned an electronic device for use everyday.  As we embark on this exciting journey together, we would love your feedback.  Please take the time to review our draft policies and 1:1 handbook that we plan to implement in the new 2016-2017 school year to complement our device roll-out.  Your feedback is very important to us.  After you have had a moment to read through the policies and the handbook, feel free to share any questions and/or suggestions you may have. Use the links at the top of the page to view all documents.  The form below can be used to submit your feedback

HCS 1:1 Handbook and Policies Survey

Monthly Meeting Notice - Board of Education

posted May 31, 2016, 11:58 AM by JODIE BRYANT   [ updated Jun 30, 2016, 5:36 AM ]

JULY 25, 2016

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Hoke County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 9:00 AM on Monday, July 25, 2016 in the Board of Education Board Room, 310 Wooley Street, Raeford, North Carolina 28376.

PLEASE NOTE the date and time change for this meeting, due to attendance at the 2016 HSTW Conference (High Schools That Work).

U.S. Secretary of Education Names Sandy Grove Middle 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

posted Apr 25, 2016, 9:16 AM by JODIE BRYANT   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 9:44 AM ]

Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss joined U.S. Secretary of Education John King to announce that Sandy Grove Middle in Hoke County is among the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. 

Sandy Grove Middle was nominated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  Sandy Grove Middle was designed with LEED Platinum standards in mind and will save Hoke County approximately $37 million over the next 40 years. The 76,000-square foot facility combines energy conserving practices with onsite renewable energy generation to produce more energy annually than the school requires. The curriculum at Sandy Grove was developed to engage students in material science, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, and geochemistry. The staff has embedded the school building’s sustainability features into the curriculum to provide hands-on activities and research-based projects for students to apply in real-world scenarios. The students learn about solar energy, energy and water conservation, air quality, geothermal, and recycling.

“We are honored to have Sandy Grove Middle School named as a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Sandy Grove Middle is 1 of 47 schools across the nation to be named. It is the nation's first energy positive, LEED Platinum designed, leased public school. It is also one of the highest performing green schools in the nation, currently producing 33% more energy that it uses. The design of the facility using solar power will continue to reduce the negative environmental impact and utility costs associated with operating a school,” said Freddie Williamson, Superintendent of Hoke County Schools. “I am thankful to the Hoke County Board of Commissioners and Hoke County Board of Education for having a vision for the future and leading in the areas of innovation and design. Going first always has its risks, but quality planning will offset the risks, allowing you to move forward as indicated with the success of Sandy Grove Middle.”

In total, across the country, 47 schools, 15 districts, and 11 postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.  King and Goldfuss made the announcement at the U.S. Department of Education, in Washington, DC.

The schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions were confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 27 state education agencies.   The list of 73 total selectees includes 41 public schools and six private schools. The public schools include three charter and eight magnet schools. The schools serve various grade levels, including 27 elementary, 18 middle, and 14 high schools, with several schools having various K-12 configurations.  Fifty-one percent of the 2016 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.  

Strengthening NC Public Schools

posted Apr 19, 2016, 6:20 AM by JODIE BRYANT

Superintendents of North Carolina’s Public Schools,  believe it is imperative that North Carolina develops and commits to a shared vision for public education. This vision includes outlining the knowledge and skills that students must know and be able to demonstrate upon graduation in order to be successful learners, employees, and citizens in the 21st century. It also includes the instructional delivery and learning support systems, human capital, and funding needed to provide our students with a world class education.

The North Carolina Guide to Strengthening Our Public Schools is a proactive education reform plan developed by NCSSA to:
  • Create a public education system that better prepares North Carolina’s students for success in globally competitive jobs and in higher education;
  • Frame the debate on education issues and the funding necessary to both sustain and increase the accomplishments that have been made;
  • Focus the attention of policymakers on what will make a difference in student achievement;
  • Establish and maintain a strategic direction for public education; and
  • Galvanize support of stakeholders who will enable continuous forward momentum for improvement in the quality of public education.
The North Carolina Guide to Strengthening Our Public Schools contains six key goals and areas of strategic focus:
  1. Prepared Graduates - All North Carolina students will graduate prepared for college, careers, and citizenship.
  2. Assessment - School districts will use multiple, balanced, and appropriate assessments to measure student growth and achievement.
  3. Instructional Delivery - All North Carolina public school students will receive high quality instruction delivered by the nation’s best teachers.
  4. Digital Learning - North Carolina will embrace digital learning to transform our public schools and communities.
  5. Human Capital - Develop North Carolina’s human capital for the provision of high-quality public education.
  6. Funding Public Education - North Carolina will rank 25th nationwide in public school funding by 2025.
Key strategies have been identified to achieve each of the six major goals.

Monthly Meeting Notice

posted Apr 11, 2016, 7:35 PM by DAWN RAMSEUR   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 7:37 PM ]

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Hoke County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 9:00 AM on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in the Board of Education Board Room, 310 Wooley Street, Raeford, North Carolina 28376. PLEASE NOTE the date and time change for this meeting, due to attendance at the 2016 NSBA Conference.

Applications for STEM Summer Camp Available

posted Apr 11, 2016, 3:11 AM by DAWN RAMSEUR   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 6:32 AM ]

Attention Parents of Current 4th-8th grade students.  The application period for the STEM Summer Camp, an engaging summer camp focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will open on Monday, April 11th.  This year, our summer camp will run from June 14-June 24th from 8:15-2:30.  There is no fee for the program and breakfast, lunch, and bus transportation will be provided.  If you are interested, you may download a copy of the application here from the website, contact your child's school, or the Hoke County Board.  Our seats are limited and acceptance will be based on the order in which applications are received.
Applications can be returned by mail to the board 310 Wooley Street, Raeford, NC 28376; by email to, by fax attention Dawn Ramseur, 910-875-3362, or turned in to your child's school. 

Sandy Grove Middle nominated for Green Ribbon

posted Feb 24, 2016, 5:51 AM by JODIE BRYANT   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 9:44 AM ]

Sandy Grove Middle (Hoke County Schools) and Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary (Wake County Schools) were recently nominated to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Award Program. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Safe and Healthy Schools Support Division nominated the two schools because of their exemplary efforts to provide a healthy learning environment and a strong environmental education program. State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated staff at both schools and wished them well in the national competition. “It’s easy to talk about environmental responsibility but it’s another thing to practice it. These schools are doing just that by providing green learning environments while teaching students how to minimize their ecological footprints.” 

The U.S. Department of Education created the Green Ribbon Schools Award program in 2011 to honor schools that:
· reduce environmental impact and costs; 
· improve the health and wellness of schools, students and staff; and 
· provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. 

The Green Ribbon Schools Award is the first comprehensive federal policy for schools related to environment, health and education. It describes a thoughtful vision for the nation’s schools, sets a high bar for success, and raises the profile of individual green schools and the states that support them. National award recipients will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in July. Additional information on the Green Ribbon Schools Award program is available on the U.S. Department of Education’s website. 

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