Hoke County Schools will return to regular schedule tomorrow, Tuesday, January 10. It will be slightly warmer than this morning, but still very cold. So that students may stay warm for as long as possible while waiting for the bus, our bus drivers will allow students extra time to make their way from their home or vehicle to the bus stop. This may cause some delays for our school buses.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Hoke County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, November 9, 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 is due to Election Day."
In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, many Hoke County residents continue to deal with personal loss and challenging conditions. To assist in the recovery process, the USDA and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction are providing assistance to Hoke County Schools, as well as 33 additional North Carolina school systems impacted by a Major Disaster Declaration.
The benefits include offering meals to all students of Hoke County Schools at no charge from October 19 until November 11, 2016. During this time, each student regardless of his/her approved meal status will be allowed one breakfast and one lunch per day at no charge. Any student charged for breakfast and/or lunch between October 19 and October 28, will receive a credit for that amount on their cafeteria account. This does not include supplemental sales items. These items may continue to be purchased at the a la carte prices. All meals will continue to meet USDA guidelines. School meal menus can be found on the Hoke County Schools’ Child Nutrition Services’ website. https://sites.google.com/a/hcs.k12.nc.us/hcs-child-nutrition/breakfast-and-lunch-menuss
Starting November 14, 2016, students will return to the meal status they are currently approved for, free/reduced/full price. Parents/guardians who have not done so already, may submit an application for free or reduce priced meal benefits at any time throughout the school year. Only one application is needed per household.
Don D. Steed Elementary has won the statewide Give Five—Read Five book drive in the large school category. The school, which has approximately 687 students, collected 10,527 books this past spring. That is an average of 15 books per student.
During the 2016 Give 5—Read 5 campaign, the elementary schools in Hoke County collected a total of 33,719 books for our elementary students to take home and enjoy reading during summer break. Since the first year of the campaign in 2013, Hoke County Schools has collected more than 134,000 books.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction first launched the statewide Give Five—Read Five campaign in 2013 to address summer learning loss. As a part of this annual effort, parents, business leaders and community members donate five or more new or gently used books to local elementary schools so that students have books to take home at the end of the school year because research from Harvard shows that reading five books helps students to better retain literacy skills over the summer.
In 2016, the NCDPI took the Give Five—Read Five campaign one step further. As a part of a new partnership with myON, a division of Capstone, the NCDPI offered every student in the state access to the personalized literacy tool myON Reader. Across the state, students at every grade level were able to use this tool during the summer months and collectively they read 220,000 books online. In addition, 137 schools across 48 districts and one charter school collected nearly 460,000 new and gently used books that were distributed before summer break.
Also in 2016, the top four schools that collected the most books received a free one-year school-wide license to online literacy tools provided by campaign partner Achieve 3000, Reading Horizons and myON.
Other winners from across the state included: Overall Winner - Winding Springs Elementary (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools); Small School Winner - Aberdeen Primary (Moore County Schools); and Medium School Winner - Union Elementary (Cleveland County Schools).
Hoke County Schools will open on regular schedule on Monday, October 17, 2016. We have compiled a list of road closures and alternate pick up points for buses (see attachment below). We will update this list as needed.
Due to the recent flooding and the threats posed by Hurricane Matthew, Hoke County Schools will release early on Friday, October 7, 2016. Elementary schools will release at 12:00. Middle and high schools will release at 1:00.
We have just a few weather related announcements for everyone. First, we will make up our inclement weather day (last Thursday, September 29) on Friday, October 28. On our calendar, October 28 is an early release day for students/half day of PD for staff. This will now be a full day for students.
Second, this week's revised athletic schedule is as follows:
Thursday, October 6 - Varsity Football at Richmond 7:30
Thursday, October 6 - Soccer vs Lumberton at Hoke High (JV) 5:15 (Varsity) 7:30
Monday, October 10 - B Team Football at Pinecrest 4:00
Monday, October 10 - JV Football vs Richmond @ Hoke High 7:00
Third, we are monitoring the forecast of Hurricane Matthew and will let you know as soon as possible of any updates regarding our schedule.
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 has released the 2014-2015 Read to Achieve Report. Please view the report at the link below:
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 www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting/.
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