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Three New Assistant Principals Announced at HPS
09/06/2022
Three new education professionals have been selected as Assistant Principals for Hickory Public Schools: Dawn Leary, Deyonta Thacker, and Taisha Townsend.
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Ribbon-Cutting for CONGER HALL
08/30/2022
On August 25, friends, colleagues, and family came together for a ribbon-cutting ceremony designed to remember the late Larry Conger.
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HPS Leaders Bring Excellence to Education
08/14/2022
It's that time of year when teachers decorate their classrooms and prepare lesson plans ...
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Alicia Abernathy
New Women's Head Basketball Coach at HHS
08/09/2022
Alicia Abernathy is returning home to Hickory High (HHS) to coach the women’s Tornado basketball team. Only this time, instead of serving as Assistant Coach, she has been selected to lead the Tornadoes as the new Head Coach.
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Entry to Athletics Requires Clear Bags
08/09/2022
Clear Bag Procedure--entry requirements for athletics and major events.
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New HPS Director of Accountability & Testing
07/28/2022
Jeff Hodakowski, most recently the Principal of Viewmont Elementary School, has been promoted to HPS Director of Accountability and Testing, serving at the HPS Administrative Services Building.
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HPS Announces Principal for Viewmont Elementary
07/28/2022
Jamie Ammons Curtis has been named as the new Principal of Viewmont Elementary School. Curtis replaces Jeff Hodakowski who was recently promoted to serve as the HPS Director of Accountability and Testing.
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New Principal Announced for Jenkins Elementary
07/27/2022
Allison Johnson has been named as the new Principal of Jenkins Elementary School. Johnson replaces Dr. Calandra Davis who accepted a position with another district.
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Hickory NAACP provides wrist-bands!
07/08/2022
During this past school year, the Hickory NAACP partnered with Hickory Public Schools to challenge students with an essay contest. Participating schools included all five elementary schools and two middle schools.
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National Awards for HPS Communications
07/05/2022
HPS was recently recognized on a national level for communications through a special-purpose publication and e-newsletter.
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New HPS Transportation Coordinator Announced!
06/30/2022
We welcome Kim Sadler to HPS as the new Transportation Coordinator!
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HPS Summer Programs featured on WHKY Radio!
06/28/2022
HPS Summer Programs were shared on WHKY radio--with Dr. Clemons and Dr. Sims!
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HPS GOOD NEWS--the latest edition!
06/14/2022
Enjoy the colorful images in this celebration issue!
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Hickory High's first sign in 50 years
06/09/2022
The current building for Hickory High School opened in 1972. The final costs approached $6 million by 1976 with the addition of the gymnasium and the music department. A sign identifying the school was placed roadside. However, a sign on the main building was never included in that original budget. So for 50 years, since the opening of the school, the main building of Hickory High was nameless. Until now.
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Dr. Carter Selected as new HCAM Principal
06/04/2022
Dr. Darwin E. Carter is the new Principal of Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School (HCAM), effective June 27, 2022. Carter replaces Eric Puryear who accepted a role in another district.
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Stokes Announced as Director of EC/AIG
06/04/2022
Chanda S. Stokes has been selected as the new Director of the Exceptional and Academically/Intellectually Gifted Students (EC/AIG) for Hickory Public Schools, effective June 15, 2022.
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Jenkins 3rd graders share kindness with Airman
05/26/2022
The third grade students at Jenkins Elementary have been exploring ways to reach out to others with an expression of kindness. They have exchanged in class about methods of sharing kindness with one another, with friends, with their neighbors, and with the community. Throughout the year, they've sent letters to first responders thanking them for their service and caring hearts.
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HHS Senior Awarded Journalism Scholarship
05/25/2022
Lauren Lyerly, 18, a graduating senior at Hickory High (HHS), aspires to be a corresponding, broadcast journalist. Therefore, it seems natural that she is the winner of a broadcast journalism scholarship from WKBC Radio in North Wilkesboro.
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HHS Students Accepted to NC Governor’s School
05/17/2022
Three rising seniors at Hickory High School have been accepted to the prestigious Governor’s School of North Carolina.
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Ingram Selected for NCCDA Executive Board
05/09/2022
Karen Ingram, who serves as the Career Technical Education (CTE) Coordinator for Hickory Public Schools and is also the CTE Northwest Regional Coaching Coordinator and Coaching Champion, was recently selected to serve on the Executive Board for the North Carolina Career Development Association.
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HHS Carpentry Students Build Dugout Covers
05/09/2022
Larry Mallonee has always found great carpentry projects for his students. Some community members might remember the high-end dog houses that his students built with insulated walls and master-roofing. This spring, his students built covers for the athletic dugouts--providing school athletes with some shield from the sun and perhaps even a light rain.
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HPS GOOD NEWS for APRIL 2022
04/26/2022
Each month, HPS Director of Communications, Beverly Snowden, presents highlights of the district's Good News to the Board of Education.
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March Good News 2022
HPS GOOD NEWS for MARCH 2022
03/30/2022
Each month, HPS Communications shares a sample of the GOOD NEWS happening at HPS!
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New Ex. Assistant to Superintendent & Board
03/17/2022
Jennifer Shoaf has been announced as the new Executive Administrative Assistant to the Hickory Public Schools Superintendent and Clerk to the Board of Education.
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Baseball Complex to be Dedicated to Coach Craft
03/11/2022
The Hickory High School athletic family is pleased to announce that the field dedication for the newly renovated David Craft Baseball Complex will be held on April 8th, 2022.
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The most recent "Good News!"
03/01/2022
The February issue of the Good News --just a sample of the great happenings at HPS!
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New HPS Finance Director Announced
02/18/2022
Jeffrey L. Blalock has been selected as the new Finance Director for Hickory Public Schools.
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NWRESA CAREER FAIR 2022
02/07/2022
Mark you calendars for March 31!
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Seniors Sign to Play College Sports
02/07/2022
Three HHS seniors sign to play athletics on the higher level.
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"Parents as Teachers" Receive Blue Ribbon Award
01/11/2022
Through the Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process (QEIP), Parents as Teachers with Hickory Public Schools has earned endorsement as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate.
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Good News for HPS (just a sample!)
12/10/2021
Each month, HPS Communications shares the Top Ten stories--as contributed from each school.
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Cox shares updates on HPS facility maintenance
11/29/2021
Tony Cox was interviewed by phone with WHKY Radio regarding updates to the HPS facilities.
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Students prepare holiday menu
11/29/2021
HHS students in Tammy Nelson's class prepare tasty dishes for the holidays!
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The November Issue of HPS Good News!
11/29/2021
Each month, HPS Communications spotlights the Top Ten news updates for our district!
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Ingram Selected by NC DPI to Coach NW Region
11/02/2021
Hickory Public Schools announces that Karen Ingram, career technical education (CTE) coordinator and instructional management coordinator for the district, has been selected by the NC Department of Public Instruction to serve as both Coaching Champion and Coaching Coordinator for the CTE Northwest Region.
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HPS Good News - TOP TEN!
11/02/2021
Each month, the Communications Dept. presents GOOD NEWS to the Board--with a focus on the TOP TEN!
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New Assistant Principal Hired for Grandview Middle
10/22/2021
Hickory Public Schools announces the hiring of Kelly Ann Somers as the new Assistant Principal for Grandview Middle School, effective immediately.
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New Ex. Admin. Assist. to Superintendent
10/18/2021
Hickory Public Schools announces the selection of Ms. Angela (Angel) Holland to serve as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Dr. Bryan Taylor and the Clerk to the HPS Board of Education, effective Monday, October 18, 2021.
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HPS Hires Director of Operations and Maintenance
10/18/2021
Hickory Public Schools announces that Anthony (Tony) Cox has been selected as the Director of Operations and Maintenance for the school district, effective Monday, October 18, 2021.
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Coaches Interviewed by WHKY's Hal Row
09/22/2021
Coach Joe Glass and Coach Jackie Finley recently shared their GOOD NEWS on WHKY!
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Where were you on 9.11? NEVER FORGET!
09/10/2021
WCNC interviews: On September 11, 2001, where were you?
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HHS Athletic Fields Named to Honor Two Coaches
09/10/2021
During a recent meeting of the Hickory Public Schools Board of Education, the naming selection of two athletic facilities at Hickory High received a unanimous vote from board members.
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New Year, New Beginnings!
09/03/2021
Two weeks into the new school year, and we realize there's lots of smiles behind the masks!
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Special Coverage from EdNC!
08/27/2021
Mebane Rash from EdNC recently visited Viewmont Ele. and spent some time with Dr. Taylor, special guests, and the Viewmont Bears.
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Back-to-School Events! Check it out!
08/04/2021
Each of our nine schools is offering back-to-school events. Review this list!
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HPS Virtual Option Application Deadline!
07/28/2021
HPS will offer a centralized virtual option for students enrolled in Grades 4-12 for the 2021-22 School Year.
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World Languages open doors to opportunities!
07/22/2021
As the 2021-2022 school year kicks off at Hickory Public Schools on August 23, high school students are provided the opportunity to study a foreign language.
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Welcome Dr. Taylor, HPS Superintendent!
07/18/2021
Dr. Bryan Taylor begins his new duties as HPS Superintendent on July 19!
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HCAM’s Emergency Training Technology!
07/08/2021
As high school students from throughout Catawba County (and beyond) consider the return to school this fall, one of the most popular and sought-after courses is provided at Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School (HCAM).
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Fotheringham Retires from Education Foundation
07/04/2021
After more than nine years serving as the Executive Director of the HPS Education Foundation, Inc., Sandi Whisnant Fotheringham, has announced her retirement.
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HPS Board Announces Interim Superintendent
06/17/2021
During the recent meeting of the Hickory Public Schools Board of Education on Monday, June 14, 2021, the board members voted to select Dr. Shawn D. Clemons as the Interim Superintendent of Hickory Public Schools (HPS).
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Carter Holt commits to soccer academy in Spain
06/14/2021
Recent 2021 Hickory High graduate, Carter Holt, has committed to ETURE, a prestigious soccer academy based in Valencia, Spain.
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HHS Senior awarded Belk Scholarship to Davidson!
05/28/2021
Only eight high school seniors from across the globe are selected each year to receive The John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson College.
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New Principal Announced for Longview Elementary!
05/28/2021
Hickory Public Schools has announced the selection of Andrea Johnson as the new Principal of Longview Elementary School.
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HPS Announces New Principal of Grandview Middle!
05/28/2021
Hickory Public Schools has announced the selection of Dr. Tyrone L. Corlew, Sr. as the new Principal of Grandview Middle School.
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HPS GOOD NEWS! Links to monthly news.
05/27/2021
Each month, we share the Good News happening here at HPS! The newsletter doesn't cover it all, but provides a great sample!
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New HHS Head Football Coach Announced!
05/26/2021
A familiar face is returning to his old stomping grounds at Hickory High. Joseph (Joe) Glass has been selected as the new Head Football Coach to lead the Tornadoes into their new season.
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Come Home to HPS -- Get ready for August 23!
05/24/2021
More than 4,000 postcards were mailed last week to the families of students...
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Anyea Gibson's reflections as Teacher of the Year
05/15/2021
HPS 2020-21 Teacher of the Year, Anyea Gibson, shares reflections of the past year during her term.
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Two Proms--Seniors Celebrate Tradition
05/06/2021
This time last year, no proms. However, this year, HCAM & HHS celebrated the tradition!
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HPS GOOD NEWS!
04/30/2021
Every month, all nine schools share the good news happening at their schools!
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Former HPS teacher, now 101, donates to Viewmont
04/21/2021
Just over 100 years ago, women were not allowed to vote in the United States. In August of 1920, that all changed
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HHS Homecoming Celebration 2021
04/20/2021
HHS Homecoming was a little different this year due to COVID changing the schedule, but the celebration was a success!
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Memorial Scholarship named for Larry Conger
03/30/2021
Larry Conger, who served Hickory Public Schools as the Maintenance Supervisor at Hickory High for the past 17 years, passed away from COVID-19 last February 4, 2021.
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Celebrating HPS GOOD NEWS! March Edition
03/22/2021
Each month, we share the Good News happening here at HPS! Read all about it!
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Community Forums for Superintendent Search
03/19/2021
The public is invited to attend two “Community Forums for HPS Superintendent Search,” sponsored by the HPS Board of Education. These forums will provide the public with the opportunity to share characteristics and qualities in support of the superintendent search.
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HPS honored for Excellence in Communications
03/15/2021
The North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) and the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) recently honored Hickory Public Schools (HPS) with Blue Ribbon Awards for “Excellence in Communications.”
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HHS French Teacher wins Frye Scholarship!
03/04/2021
The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) has honored Heidi Hess Rice, a French teacher and the World Language Department Chair at Hickory High School, with the prestigious Luz M. Frye Honored Educator Scholarship.
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HHS Students Deliver Smiles during Pandemic
02/26/2021
Since the start of the second semester at Hickory High, the student-members of the HHS Key Club have pulled together fun ways to brighten the days of the HHS school staff.
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HPS GOOD NEWS--February 2021 and more!
02/23/2021
The HPS Communications Dept provides Good News each month to spotlight some of the great achievements for students and staff!
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HHS to host Devlin's Trivia Night
02/17/2021
The HHS Key Club will host "Devlin's Trivia Night benefitting Lung Cancer Research on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 PM.
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Northview Middle Re-Designated as School to Watch
02/02/2021
The educational team at Northview Middle School, one of nine schools with Hickory Public Schools, recently received notification that the school has been re-designated as a School to Watch.
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February is a busy month!
02/01/2021
We celebrate multiple events and recognitions during February each year--and we hope that you will join us!
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Superintendent Adell Announces Retirement
01/28/2021
Superintendent of Hickory Public Schools Robbie Adell is retiring effective June 30, 2021.
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HHS 2005 grad heads to the Super Bowl!
01/25/2021
Ryan Succop, HHS grad, will play in the Super Bowl!
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COVID Vaccine Rollout
01/05/2021
Catawba County Health Dept has provided this communication regarding the Covid vaccine rollout.
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Southwest Students "Sign" Holiday Message
12/20/2020
K-2 students at Southwest Primary sign a holiday message...
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HHS Band teaching staff "rocks" the holidays!
12/20/2020
The teaching staff of the HHS Band rocks it out for the holidays!
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#bettertogether 3 Superintendents share message
12/14/2020
The three Superintendents of schools within Catawba County, share an important message.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest Due 1.5.21
12/11/2020
A contest will be held for 3rd-12th grade students honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prizes will be rewarded!
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Support HHS Band with Holiday Cookie Fundraiser!
12/02/2020
Support the HHS Band by ordering your Moravian cookies, cakes, and more online at deweys.com.
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New Jobs-- NC Education Corps Hiring!
11/30/2020
Starting in January, HPS students will benefit from the NC Education Corps, a new partnership between the North Carolina State Board of Education & the Office of the Governor
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A Letter from Catawba County Physicians
11/12/2020
Regarding COVID-19, a group of well-respected physicians from Catawba County have presented their concerns.
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No more snow days? Remote-learning instead
11/09/2020
An article from the HDR included quotes from Superintendent Adell reflecting how snow days will now become remote-learning days. Read for more...
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Illustrations Welcome Everyone to Southwest
11/06/2020
Walking into the front hallway of Southwest Primary no longer represents dull school walls of brick and mortar. Thanks to a grant awarded to Meredith Clay, who leads the school's intervention support, the bigger-than-life color illustrations give enthusiastic pause to all who enter.
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First Presbyterian donates supplies to HPS
11/06/2020
The congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Hickory expressed their desire to help the students--and even the teachers--of Hickory Public Schools. Their unified efforts resulted in full trunk-loads of welcomed gifts--everything from cleaning products to teacher supplies.
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