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Week of October 18, 2015



Congratulations to our award-winning JROTC students!  I received this celebratory email message yesterday from Lt. Head:

  • Just got back from the James River NJROTC Knock off the Rust Drill Meet. Eight schools participated in three distinct areas–drill, inspection, and academics. Competition was tight but the PH drill team under the Command of Cadet Chief Petty Officer T.J. Cox took three of the five drill areas.
  • Special note was an Unarmed Exhibition Team with 80% freshmen cadets under the Command of Cadet Chief Jonah Eger. This team took second place in the drill event not normally entered by PH.
  • The Inspection Team under the Commander of the Unit, Grace Brooks, took first place.
  • The Academic Team under Cadet Chief Carter Riddle took first and was thirty points away from their closest competitor. (THANKS, PH TEACHERS!).
  • At the end of the day, Patrick Henry was again–for the fourth consecutive year– named Overall Champion of this event. Wa-hoo! Go Patriots!


Beautiful email message from Beaverdam Elementary School Principal Chip Joseph:

“This evening, some of your marching band led by Sarah Prunty completed a project at Beaverdam that she had organized to help her to pursue her Scouting Gold Award. Following our PTA meeting, Sarah had organized what is known as an instrument petting zoo. This meant that her band mates manned stations where my students were shown various instruments and were allowed to try to play them. They also had music-oriented games and activities at other stations. It was so well organized, and your students were so passionate about their roles that my students loved it! They truly demonstrated the maturity and leadership that we are hoping to teach our students through the Leader in Me program.  Following their project, the PH students sat in a circle on our gym floor and debriefed at how things went from each station and how they could improve upon it.  As I thanked them, I shared our leadership focus and that part of leadership is leaving a legacy. Your students left a legacy with my students this evening. Not only did they plant the seed of playing a musical instrument, but they also demonstrated what hard work, discipline, and synergy can look like. I thought you would want to know about that. You have some great students!  Well done, Sarah!”

Mr. Joseph, thank you for your warm message.  Yes, we have awesome students at Patrick Henry High School, and Sarah Prunty is one of them.  Thank you, Sarah, and band students for giving your time to others.  I am so, so proud of you!

And, while we are recognizing our awesome PH students, I have to give a shout-out to junior Evan “Holy Toledo!” Hughes.  He broadcasts our football games and hosts the Coach Davis show every Tuesday night from Brick Oven Pizza.  He also writes a regular sports article for the Herald-Progress.  Woody and I so enjoy Evan’s commentaries.  What a talent, and what a supporter of PH athletics!  Thank you, Evan, for all you do for us!

Congratulations to the girls’ varsity volleyball team for their straight set victory over the Warriors of Henrico High School on Thursday, October 15: Laura Williamson led the way with 1 block, 2 aces, and 30 assists. Hannah Nadlicki had 1 ace and 5 kills, Calli Clevinger had 1 block, 1 ace, and 5 kills. Grace Girdley had 5 kills. Madison Brown had 7 digs. Kate Melson had 1 block, 2 aces, and 5 kills. To finish it off, Brooke Winston had 1 block, 2 aces, and 8 kills.  Congratulations, girls!

If you see the yearbook students, please congratulate them on a First Place rating from VHSL for our yearbook last year.  The judges loved the design and thought we had a “snazzy” book.  We are very excited to be given this superior rating. Congratulations to all Mrs. Moore’s yearbook students!  They do an awesome job.


Parent-Teacher Conference Date

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Time:  8:30AM to 3:30 p.m.  

Scheduling will start Monday, October 19.  Conference request forms are available in the Counseling Center at Mrs. Osborne’s desk and clicking here. Please complete the form and return to Mrs. Osborne by Friday, October 30.

You may fax the form to 804-365-8027 or email to cosborne@hanover.k12.va.usThe sign up deadline is Friday, Oct 30, 2015, 3:00 p.m.


Join us for our first ever Education Expo!  Students and their parents will learn more about some of the most exciting and innovative educational programs and pathways available at the high school level, such as:

  • The Specialty Center with a health sciences focus (new for 2016)
  • The Advance College Academy (new for 2016)
  • The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology
  • The International Baccalaureate program

When and Where:

  • October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Hanover High School*
  • November 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry High School*

*A free dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m., so bring an appetite!

WhoWhile all are welcome, this will be especially helpful for current 8th and 9th grade students and their parents as they begin planning their educational futures.  Students will have the opportunity to apply for some of these programs starting this year.

For more information about this event, students and parents are encouraged to contact their school counselor or Dr. Robert Staley at rstaley@hcps.us or (804) 365-4562.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Attention All Seniors–

  • There will be a mandatory senior class meeting on Tuesday, October20,11:30 a.m., in the auditorium with Herff Jones about ordering graduation items.
  • There will be PARENT order night on Tuesday, October27,4-7 p.m., with Herff Jones in the PH commons.
  • Other cap andgown ordering opportunitieswill be onWednesday,October28,andThursday,October29,during all fourlunches.

Also to seniors from Career Counselor, Ms. Hoover:

Just a reminder to complete your Senior Scholarship Application (located on the scholarship tab of the Career Center website) as soon as possible.  Also, be sure and check out “Available Scholarships” (on the same tab) AND visit the Career Center to check out thousands of other scholarships!

From our Counseling Center:

Are your children feeling stressed?  Are they having trouble keeping up with the workload in their classes?  The Counseling Center can help!  Mrs. Roane will be conducting a small group in November/December to help students with stress management techniques.  All students are welcome to sign up through the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/rDxQ2tpvDl.  The title of the group is “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”  Sign up today!


From Mrs. Markwood, CTE Department Chair:

Pink-Out Shirts will be on sale at the JV football game on Thursday, October 22.

The cost is only $10 each!  The Pink-Out Game is October 30.  See you there!

From Choral Director, Mrs. Dickerson:  You are invited to a special event on Monday, October 26, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. Approximately 300 students from our eight secondary schools will perform at the Hanover All-County Chorus Showcase in Richmond’s historic Carpenter Theater. The theater was built in 1920, has nearly 1,800 seats, and features state-of-the-art lighting and world-class acoustics.

This project will be a valuable educational experience for the students involved and it will be a very entertaining experience for concert spectators. I hope you can attend this free concert and experience first-hand the talents of our wonderful students.

Click here to visit the CenterStage parking information webpage!

Patrick Henry High School Blood Drive

The community is welcome to join the students and staff on Thursday, October 29, 2015, 9 am – 3 pm in the new gym.  Please sign up to donate by contacting Mrs. Markwood in Room 516 or email emarkwood@hcps.us for appointment times.  All students must have a signed consent form to donate.  Participants must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 lbs., and have a valid I.D.  Eat and hydrate prior to donation. This is a community service project sponsored by PHHS DECA.

Trunk or Treat is Back!  Join us on October 30 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. outside the football stadium for Trunk or Treat 2015.  A flyer is attached with details.   Don’t miss the fun!

Honor Society Inductions

On November 2, we will hold honor society inductions in the auditorium for the following organizations.   A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with the actual ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.  We are proud of all our students being recognized that night for their hard work:



MU Alpha Theta

Science NHS

Spanish NHS

Nat’l Art Honor Society

Quill & Scroll

Powder Puff Football

November 10, 2015

5:30 -Freshman vs Sophomore

6:30 – Juniors vs Seniors

7:30 – Championship Game

Admission–$7 at the gate; $5 with a canned food donation

Football players and cheerleaders must sign up October 13-16 with $10 and a signed permission slip to Room 516 or 402, Mrs. Markwood or Mrs. Greenbaum.

Sponsored by DECA and Varsity Club

Concessions will be available during the powder puff games.

Veterans’ Day Breakfast

We will hold a breakfast on November 11 (early release day) from 8 to 9 a.m. in the new gym to honor our veterans.  Students and their veteran family members, plus staff who are veterans, are invited.  Participants must RSVP to our front office by November 2.  Call 365-8000 or send an email to LPomfrey@hcps.us or FDeBorous@hcps.us. The RSVP should include the name of the student and the name(s) of the veteran family member(s) planning to attend.  We look forward to honoring the veterans in our PH family.  Student reporters from our communications classes will cover the event.


The PTA Reflections theme this year is “Let Your Imagination Fly…”

To participate in this contest, students create work that is based on this year’s theme “Let Your Imagination Fly…” in any of the following categories:  dance choreography, film production, musical composition, literature, photography, or visual arts. Students may enter more than one category.  All entries, complete with submission forms, will be due on Friday, October 30. Forms and rules are available at the following website: http://www.vapta.org/arts-in-education/reflections.html

Parents and students are reminded that no students are allowed to remain at PH after 3:30 p.m. to wait for athletic events to begin.  Additionally, for safety reasons, students with permission to remain after hours must be with a sponsoring adult, such as a coach, the entire time.

Visit http://www.capitaldistrictva.org for dates of our athletic and many extracurricular events.

For daily information about late buses, call the transportation hotline at 441-8274.

Thank you for your continued support of Patrick Henry High School.  See you in the stands!  Go Patriots!

With warm regards,

Wanda Bibb


Important Dates

10/19-30-Fall SOL writing test

10/20-Education Expo, Hanover High School, 5:30-Dinner

10/26-Hanover All-County Chorus Showcase, 7 p.m., Carpenter Theater

10/29-DECA Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., New Gym

10/30-Trunk or Treat, 5 to 6:30, Outside Football Stadium

11/1-Daylight Savings Time ends

11/2-Honor Society Inductions, 6 p.m.-Reception; 6:30 p.m.-Ceremony

11/3-Student holiday; parent-teacher conference day

11/6-End of first quarter; early school closing; Students leave at 1:15 p.m.

11/9-Education Expo, Patrick Henry High School, 5:30-Dinner

11/10-Powder Puff Football, 5:30 p.m.

11/11-Veterans’ Day Breakfast, RSVP Required, 8 to 9 a.m., New Gym

11/11-Early school closing; Students leave at 1:15 p.m.

11/13-Report card distribution

11/25-Student and teacher holiday

11/26-27-Thanksgiving holiday

11/30 – 12/11-Fall SOL non-writing tests

12/11-Interim distribution

12/21-31-Winter break

12/21 and 22-Make-up days if we lose 5 instructional days prior to and including 12/4


1/4-School reopens after winter break


1/26-29-First semester exams and early school closing; students leave at 1:15 p.m.


Senior Dates

10/20-Senior class meeting, 11:30 a.m., auditorium, Herff Jones presentation

10/27-Senior parent order night, 4 to 7 p.m., commons

10/28 and 10/29-Cap and gown orders, all four lunches, commons

3/8-Senior class meeting, 11:30 a.m., auditorium

3/8-Senior parent meeting, 6 p.m., auditorium

3/23 and 3/24-Delivery of caps and gowns, all four lunches, commons

5/5-Senior assembly practice, 11 a.m., gym/auditorium

5/6-Senior class picture, 8:15 a.m., gym; senior assembly/reception, 9:30 a.m., auditorium and gym

5/26-Senior/Hanover Scholars awards night, reception at 5:30 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m., commons and auditorium

6/6-Senior trip

6/7-Graduation practice and senior picnic; Siegel Center, gym, front lawn

6/12-Baccalaureate service, 7 p.m., auditorium

6/18-Graduation, 12:00 noon, Siegel Center


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