Monthly Meeting Notice - Board of Education

posted May 31, 2016, 11:58 AM by JODIE BRYANT   [ updated ]

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. 

Snow Makeup Days

posted Feb 14, 2016, 4:52 PM by JODIE BRYANT   [ updated Feb 16, 2016, 11:24 AM ]

The Board of Education has waived the January 22nd snow day.  Yesterday's snow day (February 15th) will be made up on Friday, February 26th. The 26th is scheduled for a half student day/half mandatory teacher workday. It will now become a full student day.

Monthly Meeting Notice

posted Jan 28, 2016, 7:46 AM by DAWN RAMSEUR



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


“PLEASE NOTE the time change for this meeting, due to attendance at the AASA 2016 National Conference on Education.

Public School Forum Releases Top Ten Education Issues 2016

posted Jan 21, 2016, 12:39 PM by JODIE BRYANT   [ updated Feb 1, 2016, 10:40 AM ]

As we enter 2016, it’s important for us to look ahead at what a new year will bring us in terms of education.  The Public School Forum of NC has released their Top 10 Education Issues for 2016 (see attached).  Last year, there was a lot of uncertainty – specifically in terms of funding.  This year, among the Top 10 issues are: increased resources for schools, teacher recruitment to NC, fixing the broken A-F grading system, supporting struggling schools, and expanding early childhood education.  

Let’s begin with increased resources for schools.  Currently, North Carolina is 43rd in the nation for per-pupil spending.  Even the best teachers cannot perform optimally with little to no supplies.  We must also keep in mind our need to attract and retain the best teachers.  North Carolina needs to make a greater investment in public education in order for us to recruit (and keep) the best and brightest, as well as enable them to provide effective classroom instruction.

While on the topic of increased funding, let’s address teacher salaries.  Last year, we saw a raise for beginning teachers.  This year, we hope to see a larger, more significant raise for teachers across the board.  North Carolina ranks 42nd nationally in teacher pay.  Our teachers are responsible for shaping and molding the minds of our future leaders, doctors, professors – our entire nation.  Shouldn’t they be compensated accordingly for the tremendous work they are doing? We must respect the teaching profession, beginning with a respectable salary.

Low performing schools – we’ve all read or heard about this.  North Carolina went from having 118 low performing schools to 581, after a change in state law in 2015. State funding dedicated to turning around these low performing schools would only support about 79 schools.  This year, we hope the General Assembly will look carefully at - if we’re going to define this large new pool of schools as low-performing - what we are going to do to help turn them around.  Part of this conversation also goes back to the broken A-F grading system, which feeds our definition of what a low performing school is.  This formula needs to be revisited and tweaked to be more representative of student growth.  

Lastly, we are hopeful that early childhood education will see more attention this year.  Legislators are becoming more and more convinced of what we as educators already know, which is that the early years matter a lot.  If we’re going to reach reading proficiency by 3rd grade, we need to reach students early and often.  Expanding Pre-K and doubling down in early childhood years is extremely important.

I encourage everyone to read through the entire list of the Top 10 Education Issues in NC for 2016 (see attached), keeping in mind why you are an educator.  As an educator, you are giving each of your students the opportunity to transform their future and change the world.  This is a tremendous task, and it’s one that you should be highly respected for taking on. Stay informed and be the voice for change in public education. 


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