Sandhills Promise offer Free Tuition to High School Graduates

posted Sep 23, 2016, 5:14 AM by JODIE BRYANT

Sandhills Community College will now make it possible for Hoke County graduates to attend the college tuition-free through the Sandhills Promise.

To qualify for Sandhills Promise for fall 2017, current high school seniors, who are residents of Hoke, must complete two College and Career Promise (CCP) classes at SCC with a 2.0 GPA or higher.  Current high school juniors and all students to follow must complete at least four CCP classes at SCC prior to high school graduation. 

Hoke County residents can attend an information session on September 27 at 6 p.m. in the Turlington School Auditorium. 

Hoke County Schools releases Read to Achieve Report

posted Sep 20, 2016, 6:59 AM by JODIE BRYANT

Hoke County Schools has released the 2014-2015 Read to Achieve Report.  Please view the report at the link below:

100% of Hoke County Schools Met or Exceeded Growth in Student Achievement

posted Sep 2, 2016, 8:55 AM by JODIE BRYANT

Hoke County Schools continues to see improvement in student learning - with all schools either meeting or exceeding growth and no school receiving a school performance grade below a C during the 2015-2016 school year, according to school accountability data released yesterday by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) as part of its READY accountability initiative.

The 2015-2016 school year was the fourth year of the state’s READY accountability initiative, which is based on standards set on grade level proficiency and career and college readiness, and the third year for which public and charter schools receive a letter grade based on a school’s achievement score (80 percent) and students’ academic growth over one year (20 percent).

Of the 13 schools assessed, one school received an A grade; two schools received a B grade; and 10 schools received a C grade.  No school in Hoke County received a D grade or an F grade. Overall, six schools saw an increase in their school performance grade.  In terms of academic growth during the 2015-2016 school year, all 13 schools met or exceeded growth targets set by the state.  An alternative accountability model is used to assess Turlington Alternative School.   

SandHoke Early College received a performance grade of A and exceeded growth.  Don Steed Elementary received a performance grade of B and exceeded growth. Rockfish Hoke Elementary received a performance grade of B and met growth.  The schools that received a performance grade of C and exceeded growth are: Hoke County High School, Scurlock Elementary, Hawk Eye Elementary, West Hoke Elementary, and Sandy Grove Middle.  The schools that received a performance grade of C and met growth are: McLauchlin Elementary, West Hoke Middle, East Hoke Middle, Upchurch Elementary, and Sandy Grove Elementary.

Hoke County High School’s four-year cohort graduation rate also saw a drastic improvement, increasing from 76.2% last year to 83.1% this year.

More information about accountability measurements and school performance grades for districts throughout the state can be found on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s website at

Inclement Weather Announcement - Update

posted Sep 1, 2016, 2:00 PM by JODIE BRYANT   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 4:34 PM ]

Due to the potential for severe weather associated with Hurricane Hermine, Hoke County Schools will release early tomorrow, Friday, September 2. Elementary schools will release at 12:30, and middle and high schools will release at 1:30. With the unpredictability of the storm’s path and severity, we want to do all we can to ensure our students’ safety.

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.  

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