Principal's Message

Welcome to Cape Hatteras Elementary School!


Home of the Tropical Storms, CHES fosters a culture of caring and academic achievement. Once a year we provide you with updates on our school’s achievements through the North Carolina School Report Card. This Report Card includes important information about school and student performance, class sizes, attendance, school safety, instructional resources, and teacher quality.


For the fourth year, each school has received a letter grade to describe its performance. These school performance grades are comprised of student achievement (80 percent) and growth (20 percent). Our school received a Performance Grade of B for the 2016-17 school year.  We are committed to continually improving our school’s performance, but the numbers tell only part of the story.  

It is important to us that you understand this grade is based on State assessments given at one point in time and does not completely measure our efforts to develop creative problem-solvers, caring citizens, and leaders throughout the school year. We are proud of the special activities we provide that engage students in becoming well-rounded, educated individuals. At our school, we sponsor activities such as Mathnasium, Mathletes, Science Fest, Battle of the Books, Poetry Night, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and PBiS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support).  I am proud to note that Cape Hatteras Elementary School has been recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a model PBIS school, and the Tropical Storms reign as three-time district and 2017 regional Battle of the Books champions. We believe that these types of opportunities will prepare all students for future success in school and in the real world.   

Our school’s full Report Card can be found on the NC School Report Cards’ website at www.ncpublicschools.org/src . Our school district’s report also is available on the Report Card website. Parents may use the features within the School Report Card site to compare our district to any of the other districts and schools in the state that were open during the 2016-17 school year.


At Cape Hatteras Elementary School your involvement is very important to the success of our school!  I encourage you to review our Report Card carefully, then feel free to contact me directly to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding the Report Card.  I also welcome your feedback regarding other interests you have in our school.


Thank you for allowing me to share this Report Card with you and thank you for supporting our efforts to provide your child with a high-quality education.


Our motto is “We are the hope and the future, and hand-in-hand, we will learn today.” We owe our success to the support of our families and extend an open invitation to the Hatteras Island community.   


Come join the Tropical Storms. Be a part of the future!


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