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Cloth Face-covering information - Información sobre el uso de cubrebocas de tela

Throughout this school year, Hoke County Schools has worked to consistently follow the guidelines and recommendations of NCDHHS, CDC, and our local health department. NCDHHS, CDC, and our local health department still recommend that anyone who is not vaccinated continue to wear a face-covering when they are closer than six feet to another person, even when outdoors. In addition, the latest guidelines recommend the use of masks in densely crowded outdoor situations. Therefore, Hoke County Schools will continue to follow our current face-covering practices while outside. When students are on playgrounds or engaged in activities on outside fields, and are socially distanced, they are not required to wear a mask. However, if students are not able to socially distance, they must wear a face covering.

Mask requirements will be in place during the upcoming graduations at SandHoke Early College and Hoke County High School.


A lo largo del año escolar, las Escuelas del Condado de Hoke han trabajado siempre para seguir las pautas y recomendaciones del NCDHHS, el CDC y nuestro departamento local de salud. El NCDHHS, el CDC y el departamento local de salud todavía recomiendan que cualquier persona que no esté vacunada continúe usando el cubrebocas cuando esté a menos de seis pies de otra persona, incluso cuando esté al aire libre. Además, las últimas pautas recomiendan que se usen los cubrebocas en zonas al aire libre más congestionadas. Por lo tanto, las Escuelas del Condado de Hoke continuarán nuestras prácticas actuales del uso de cubrebocas mientras se está al aire libre. Cuando los estudiantes están en el área de recreo o participan en actividades en los campos y mantienen una distancia social, no se requiere que usen un cubrebocas. Sin embargo, si los estudiantes no pueden mantener una distancia social, deben usar un cubrebocas.

Los requisitos para cubrebocas serán implementados durante las próximas graduaciones en la Escuela Preparatoria SandHoke y la Escuela Preparatoria del Condado de Hoke.

Meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise posted. All meetings will be held virtually and can be viewed via the YouTube LiveStream link below.

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Congratulations to Alfred Jean Hammond - 2020 Wells Fargo NC Sandhills Region Principal of the Year! Ms. Hammond is the principal at Upchurch Elementary.


As Child Nutrition Executive Director for Hoke County Schools, Deborah Davis Carpenter has led the district in drastically increasing school breakfast participation, using innovative service methods like Breakfast in the Classroom, Second Chance, and Grab and Go. Hoke County Schools currently has the highest ratio in the state of free-and-reduced-price-eligible students eating both school lunch and breakfast. This is a metric used nationally to evaluate success in the school breakfast program. In addition, she has worked diligently to make sure all students are served healthy, tasty meals at no charge for both breakfast and lunch, and all staff have a supportive and modern working environment.


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Please support our UES Beta Club students!! As winners at the NC State Convention, the Upchurch Elementary Beta Club is eligible to compete at Nationals. As they prepare to compete in the national convention in Orlando, FL they are asking for your support in making this happen! Please support by purchasing an Eagle Mask. Please use the link below to complete your order by THURSDAY, APRIL 1st. Thank you in advance for your support!




The Hoke County Board of Education has named Dr. Debra Dowless the next Superintendent of Hoke County Schools. Dr. Dowless has over 24 years of experience in public education, all of which have been in Hoke County. Her experience gives her a deep understanding of the Hoke County School System’s history and organizational culture.

Dr. Dowless previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction for Hoke County Schools under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Freddie Williamson. In this role, Dr. Dowless was responsible for developing, improving, and assessing the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction. Prior to serving in her current role, she served as the Principal of Rockfish Hoke Elementary for eight years, the Assistant Principal of Hawk Eye Elementary for two years, and an elementary teacher in Hoke County for eight years. She has been honored as the Hoke County Math Teacher of the Year, Rockfish Hoke Elementary Teacher of the Year and Hoke County Principal of the Year.

Dr. Dowless stated she is committed to equity and improving students’ academic achievement, a theme that has been shaped by her educational journey.

“We believe in the moral imperative that all students should have access to a high quality education that includes enriching academic programs, rigorous instruction, and 21st century technology. We also believe this can be realized through commitment to innovation, problem solving, alignment of resources and efforts, and above all, decision making in the best interest of students.”

Dr. Dowless has an extensive educational background having earned a Doctorate in School Leadership and a Master in School Administration from Fayetteville State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Dowless has also broadened her knowledge through her involvement in professional organizations, including the Educational Policy Fellowship Program, The Innovation Project, and the Sandhills Regional Education Consortium.

Upon her selection, Dr. Dowless stated her appreciation for the opportunity to serve, “I am honored and humbled to have been selected to continue our story, our work, and our service to our community as the next Superintendent of the Hoke County School System.”

State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces $10 Million in School Construction Grant to Hoke County

North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced that $55 million in grant funds from the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund will be awarded this year to school districts in Edenton-Chowan, Hoke, Robeson, and Wayne counties. The grant awards will allow for construction of new school buildings in these economically distressed areas.

“This is the fourth year these funds have been made available to benefit our students and educators who have had to deal with outdated facilities,” Johnson said. “These grants will help address our state’s need to replace old, outdated schools with better learning environments. “

Hoke County: $10 million to build the SandHoke School of Engineering. This will be a state-of-the-art facility that will include 27 classrooms/labs that will support applied studies in the field of engineering and be located on the Hoke County campus of Sandhills Community College ($28.19 million total project cost). It will also relieve overcrowding at other facilities.

“On behalf of Hoke County Schools, we thank State Superintendent Johnson for selecting our Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund 2020 Grant Application to be funded. In partnership with Sandhills Community College and Hoke County Board of Commissioners, we plan to build SandHoke School of Engineering which will offer the students of Hoke County tremendous opportunities. The SandHoke School of Engineering will provide additional college pathways for students pursuing an Associate in Applied Science degree, and will also address the issue of equity by focusing efforts on encouraging our female students to pursue careers in Engineering and Computer Science. Additionally, this school will allow Hoke County Schools to address the growth of our student population while saving capital funds for future school construction projects.”

Freddie Williamson, Superintendent

Hoke County Schools


HCS Academic Helpline

On October 5th, Hoke County middle and high school students will gain access to help on their course work through the HCS Academic Helpline. Middle school students can receive assistance Monday through Thursday from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm, while help for high school students will be available from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. The HCS Academic Helpline sessions will provide any Hoke County middle or high school student with access to homework assistance, as well as additional clarity on a course concept to improve their comprehension and college and career readiness skills from certified teachers in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Additionally, Exceptional Children and English Learner instructors will be available to provide specialized services to students who have a disability or are English language learners.

The HCS Academic Helpline will provide support to students through Zoom sessions that students can access using their school Gmail account. The Zoom meeting IDs will be accessible to all students via the district and school websites. Students will be able to log in to the Zoom session of their choice. There is no limit to students' use of Zoom each week. Students are encouraged to seek academic support through the helpline. Families may reach out to their school principal, assistant principal or school counselor with any questions or concerns.


Spectrum News - 6-Year-Old Starts Prayer Rock Business

By David Ivey, Spectrum News

HOKE COUNTY, N.C. -- Kameron Maynor is just 6 years old, and he’s determined to try and help people. So with the help of his family, he’s creating a business called "KP Rocks" or "Kameron’s Prayer Rocks".

Customers send in requests for an individual rock, then Kameron decorates it with special words or paints the customer’s name on it. After making it customized for that person, the 6-year-old then says a prayer over the rock as he holds it in his hands- a specific prayer for a specific person.

His parents tell us that since starting his business in December of last year, nearly 300 people have become customers. They tell us their family has a long tradition of faith and that was the foundation to begin this.

Another motivation was to help people as they confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Kameron has created special rocks and prayers for essential workers like those in healthcare, along wth police and firefighters.

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