PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Hoke County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 10:00 AM on Friday, April 11, 2014 in the Board of Education board room, 310 Wooley Street, Raeford, North Carolina 28376.
“PLEASE NOTE the time change for this meeting, in order to accommodate board members attending the NSBA Conference.”
The Hoke County Board of Education has approved the 2014-2015 school calendars for traditional schools and SandHoke Early College High School. Traditional students will return from summer break on August 25. SandHoke students will return on August 6. To view the calendars, download them by clicking on the red arrows below.
March 28, originally a teacher workday, is now scheduled to be a snow makeup day for the students of Hoke County. This day will serve as a half student day and half mandatory teacher workday. Elementary schools will release at 11:30 am and middle/high schools will release at 12:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
Reminder: Saturday, March 15, is also a snow makeup day. Elementary schools will release at 11:30 am and middle/high schools will release at 12:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
There is no question that literacy skills serve as the foundation for student learning at every grade level and every course. Students with strong reading skills are more likely to remain in school and graduate prepared for higher education and the workplace. We also know that children who do not read over the summer fall 2 ½ to 3 months behind their peers in literacy skills. Children who do not have access to books or adults who can read to them are especially susceptible to summer loss. As a result, by the end of fifth grade, many of these students are approximately 2 ½ years behind their more affluent peers in terms of reading ability.
For this reason, in 2013, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction launched the "Give Five – Read Five" campaign. As a part of this effort, we asked parents, business leaders and members of our school communities to donate five new or gently-used books to their local elementary school. We focused on providing students with five books as research from Harvard has shown that even reading four or five books over the summer can help prevent the summer slump. I am proud to share that, from late April to mid-June, 74 elementary schools collected 123,152 books to send home with students when the school year ended.
As a part of this campaign, school principals, media coordinators, teachers and district public information officers spread the word about the campaign and coordinated book collection and distribution. Large and small businesses contributed new books and offered financial support. Middle and high schools as well as
after-school programs coordinated their own book drives. Book stores also supported the effort as staff helped participants select books and offered discounts on books purchased for the campaign. Many schools held reading pep rallies and other special events that enabled teachers and students to "shop" for new books at the
end of the school year.
We were pleased with all of the creative and enthusiastic responses to our campaign in 2013 and this year, we hope to collect even more books for students across the state. I believe that, with your help, we can reach our goal of providing students with at least five books to take home to read over the summer. To participate,
please contact your child’s school to find out how to make a book donation. There are a number of resources available online at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/give5read5/ to encourage others to GIVE FIVE books today to help students READ FIVE this summer so they can be more successful in the new school year.
June St. Clair Atkinson
-Teacher Job Fair-
Hoke County Schools
When: Saturday, April 12, 2014
8:00 AM -- 2:00 PM
Where: East Hoke Middle School
4702 Fayetteville Road
Raeford, NC 28376
To pre-register for the Teacher Job Fair, please send the following items to Human Resources and contact Ms. Sara Cagle in HR (910) 875-3658:
-A copy of your NC Teaching License or college transcripts
-Resume/Cover Letter (optional)
Hoke County Schools Human Resources
Attention: Sara Cagle
310 Wooley Street
Raeford, NC 28376
*Applicants may send the required documentation via mail, fax, email, or hand delivery. Please contact Human Resources with questions.
Sandy Grove Middle School has been named the National ENR Best of the Best project in the K-12 Education category. This recognition comes on the heels of Sandy Grove Middle School being named the best K-12 project in the Southeast by ENR. To learn more about this honor, visit these links:
North Carolina Solar Center features SGMS About Sandy Grove Middle School
Sandy Grove Middle School is located in Lumber Bridge, N.C. Built via a public-private partnership and designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, Sandy Grove Middle School brings innovation and 21st century technology to rural Hoke County. SGMS incorporates more than 2,300 solar panels that are estimated to generate 30% more electricity than the school will require. As a result, it is estimated that the county will save about $16 million on its energy bills over the next 40 years.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Hoke
County Board of Education will hold its regular February meeting at 10:00 AM on Monday, February 17, 2014 in the Board of Education board room at 310 Wooley
Street, Raeford, North Carolina 28376.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that this change
from the Board’s established monthly meeting time is due to inclement winter
weather on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 and Friday, February 14, 2014.
Because Hoke County Schools has banked enough instructional time, the state will allow us to eliminate one of the previously scheduled Saturday snow makeup days. As a result, the February 15th snow makeup day has been cancelled. The remaining dates are March 1st and March 15th.
Hoke County Schools has scheduled the makeup days for the recent snow days observed on January 28-31, 2014. School will be held on the following Saturdays: February 1 (for Jan. 28), March 1 (for Jan. 30), and March 15 (for Jan. 31) The makeup day for Jan 29th has been eliminated due to banked instructional time. On these Saturdays, school will begin at its regular time. Elementary schools will release on these Saturdays at 11:30 am, while Middle and High Schools will release at 12:30 pm. Breakfast and Lunch will be served.
The evening of November 19 proved to be rewarding for Hoke County, as the Hoke County Board of Education and the Hoke County Board of Commissioners attended the North Carolina School Boards Association Annual Conference. The NCSBA recognized Hoke County representatives with three awards, all of which stem from their leadership and dedication to student achievement. The Hoke County Board of Education was recognized as the NC School Board of the Year with the presentation of the Leadership Award for School Board. This honor is presented to one school board for extraordinary leadership during the 2012-2013 school year. The Hoke County Board of Commissioners were named the County Commissioners of the Year. This honor is presented to a board of county commissioners that has demonstrated extraordinary leadership that advances student achievement in the district. Sandy Grove Middle School, a learning community brought to fruition by the collaboration of the Hoke County Board of Education, County Commissioners, and Sfl+a Architects, received the Award for Excellence in Architectural Design. The NCSBA Award for Excellence in Architectural Design is a People’s Choice Award that is given to architects for the building design of public schools. The goal is to raise awareness and discussion among board members about the relationship between good design and effective teaching and learning.