Hoke County Schools

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HCS Awarded STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant from FIRST

Hires Amber Hutchins to lead STEM initiatives

FIRST®, a robotics community that prepares young people for the future, announced the disbursement of eight STEM Equity Community Innovation grants to address inequities in access to science and technology for children. Out of over 250 applications, Hoke County Schools was one of the eight recipients this year and one of only two recipients from the US. The grants will directly support students from underserved and underrepresented communities and help community leaders develop new, innovative approaches to tackle the STEM education gap.

FIRST launched its STEM Equity Community Innovation Grants program in 2016 to provide historically marginalized students with hands-on learning and creative problem-solving opportunities. Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000, with an average of $45,000, and evaluation criteria include community need, demographics, increases in diversity, execution strength, track record of reaching targeted students, and the value of the activities proposed. To date, FIRST has awarded 68 grants totaling $2.3M to grantees around the world.

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Welcome back, hoke county schools!

August 2, 2021

Dear Hoke County Schools Community,

On behalf of Hoke County Schools, I am pleased to welcome you back to the 2021- 2022 school year! I hope you had an enjoyable and safe summer break. I am looking forward to a busy and exciting beginning of the school year. As our schools return to face-to-face instruction 5 days a week, we are eager to see everyone back on campus and to start our learning journey together. This year’s theme, Resilient and Ready, underscores our commitment to working together to overcome the challenges that have presented themselves over the past 18 months. We have equipped ourselves with effective tools and strategies and are ready to provide a high-quality education for all students.

Over the past year and a half, Hoke County Schools has proven that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. This year we will continue to work closely with the Hoke County Health Department and follow the guidance of NCDHHS and the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit to ensure all employees and students are safe at school. As always, we will monitor the data closely and make the necessary adjustments needed to prevent academic interruptions as much as possible. Masks for all students and staff indoors and on school transportation, regardless of vaccination status, are an important part of our protection against the spread of COVID-19, as well as healthy hygiene behavior, physical distancing, and enhanced cleaning protocols.

As we kick off the school year, we are excited to introduce the Hoke County School’s new vision and mission statements that were crafted using feedback from our community and staff stakeholder feedback sessions. These statements will guide our work and ensure the alignment to goals and strategies needed to prepare students for career, college, and life.

Vision Statement

The Hoke County School System, as a trusted community partner, will ensure an inclusive and supportive environment that cultivates positive relationships and authentic learning opportunities, which inspire and empower future-ready students.

Mission Statement

Hoke County Schools creates a student-focused learning community that fosters high expectations for all stakeholders, promotes lifelong learning, provides individualized support, and prepares students for success.

I would like to welcome our new students, families, and staff members to our Hoke Schools family and thank our returning staff and families; thank you for choosing Hoke County Schools. Many of our team members worked diligently throughout the summer during our extended learning summer camps, provided professional development, and prepared for the new school year. Our district will continue to thrive because of the unwavering commitment from our amazing Hoke County Schools employees, and we are eager to move forward on our path toward a successful school year.

I am honored and deeply privileged to be serving as the Superintendent of Hoke County Schools. I look forward to a successful school year and as always, thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. I wish everyone a great first day of school.


Debra Dowless, Superintendent

Hoke County Schools

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Please click here to review our 2021-22 School Re-Entry Plan

Face coverings will be required inside all buildings and on all school transportation for all students and staff, PreK-12, regardless of vaccination status.


Haga clic aquí para revisar nuestro Plan de reingreso escolar 2021-22.

Se requerirá el uso de cubrebocas dentro de todos los edificios y en todos los transportes escolares para todos los estudiantes y el personal de Pre-Kínder a grado doce, independientemente del estado de vacunación.

Meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise posted. The meetings will take place at the Hoke County High School Media Center, 505 South Bethel Road, Raeford, NC.

The meetings are also livestreamed via the HCS YouTube Channel - Click here to be directed to the site.

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