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
Hoke County Schools will hold its 2014 Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at East Hoke Middle School. Hoke County Schools is seeking fully certified, highly qualified teachers in all licensure areas for the 2014-2015 school year at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Interviews will be held on site with principals. Please see the flier
for additional information.
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.
As teachers, principals, parents, and administrators, we're all responsible for providing our children with an education that properly prepares them for their next big steps after graduation — college, career, and adulthood.
To accomplish this, our state's Department of Public Instruction (DPI) worked with educators to develop the READY program to help students succeed.
The READY program provides the tools and strategies to better prepare our children for life after graduation.
For more information, visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ready/
Are you looking for a way to recognize your volunteers for their service to your organization/agency?
Volunteers enrich our lives. They make contributions of their time, talents and skills. The Annual Volunteer Appreciation Recognition Program is coming up. Awards will be given to all nominees submitted and the top winners will receive a plaque. Nominee categories are: Individual; Family; Group/Team; Youth; Senior; Perseverance in Volunteerism; National Service Volunteer; Outstanding Mentor; Disaster Volunteerism; Faith-Based Volunteer; Corporate Volunteerism; Lifetime Achievement; and Non-Volunteer Service Category-Director of Volunteers. Additionally, The “Kay Thomas Award” will be presented to a volunteer who made special contributions to several local organizations or agencies in memory of one of Hoke County’s most contributing volunteers.
Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 25, 2013. Nominations received after this date will not be considered. If you are interested in receiving a nomination packet please click the link below or stop by the Hoke County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, 116 West Prospect Avenue in Raeford. If you have any questions please call us at 910-875-3461.