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Week of October 4, 2015


Greetings from Patrick Henry High School

Our Best-Always!

October 4, 2015

Good evening.  The rain has moved out!  I hope everyone is safe, warm, and dry.

Come out MONDAY night to support our varsity football team as they take on the Hanover Hawks at 7 p.m. at PH.  We would love to see you there.


Here is another positive news story involving one of our exceptional students at PHHS, sophomore Katie Goodman. We are proud of Katie who generously gives her time to help feed needy residents of western Hanover County. The article reports that PH sophomore Katie Goodman “is the CEO of Help the Hungry.‘I was pretty sad that the food pantry was actually empty,’ Katie said. The humble 15-year-old hatched her 4-H project nearly five years ago and hasn’t looked back since. She takes hunger in her own community seriously.”  Read the entire story at


Thank you, Katie, for your hard work!  You are an awesome Patriot!

Please congratulate the Marching Patriots on an outstanding first competition of the season.  Band director Amanda Peters reports: “We competed at the North Stafford Invitational on Saturday (September 26) and won 2nd place in visual effect, 1st place in general effect, and 3rd place in our class. My mantra of ‘the little things are very important’ came to fruition when we finished behind the 2nd place band by only .01 points. It was close but also motivating for our next competition.”  We are proud of our Marching Patriots who have been working hard since last summer on their awesome New Orleans music routine!

Congratulations to the varsity girls’ volleyball team for their 3 to 1 victory over the Warriors of Henrico on October 1. Laura Williamson had 12 aces, 22 assists, 1 kill, and 10 digs. Grace Bullock had 3 aces, 8 kills, and 4 digs. McKayla Washington had 7 kills and 10 digs. Kate Melson had 1 block, and 9 kills. Brooke Winston had 2 blocks, 5 aces, 9 kills, and 8 digs.  (Don’t you love these vibrant reports from Coach Farmer?)

Please congratulate the following horticulture students: Marquez Jackson and Noah Zook.  Both boys placed in the top five in the state yesterday in the Lawn Tractor Safety and Operation contest at the State Fair.  Marquez placed third and Noah placed fifth. There were many schools represented; our students did very well.  Congratulations, Marquez and Noah!


Our varsity football team will take on the Hanover Hawks tomorrow night, October 5, at 7 p.m. Come out to cheer the boys to their fourth victory!

From Parent Chris Enright: Good afternoon Patrick Henry High School Athletics Supporters.  Thanks so much for your recent contribution to Patrick Henry High School Athletics during the Amazing Raise in September.  Thanks to you and many others, over $3,100 was raised!  That will be a big help for PHHS athletics.

There will be NO show choir rehearsal tomorrow, Monday, October 5, after school. Please stop by Chick-fil-A before the football game to support the PH Choral Department.  No vouchers required.  Simply place your receipt in the box/basket. Thank you for your support. Fifteen percent of all PH purchases from 8am – 8pm on Monday will be donated to the PH Choral Boosters.  If you purchase via the drive thru, please take your receipt inside, and deposit it in the box.

On Tuesday, October 6, we will test all 10th/11th/and 12th grade JROTC cadets (as well as any other students who sign up) with the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery Test (ASVAB).  This test is an excellent indicator of actual knowledge in math and English, as well as determining aptitude in various career areas.  All cadets will be instructed to report directly to the new gym upon arrival at school.  Lt. Head will take attendance.  Students who test will not travel to The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology or Hanover High School.  Testing should be complete by 11:30, so students may travel at that time.

Homecoming dance tickets are being sold by Ms. Pinkard in her classroom, Room 203, as long as they last this week.  The dance is Saturday, October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.; the theme is Egyptian Allure.  Tickets cost $15 each.

Students are asked to show their school spirit this week by participating in the daily themes—dress code still applies—as follows:

Monday: Decade Day—Freshmen-1920’s, Sophomore-1950’s, Junior-1970’s, Seniors-1980’s

Tuesday: TV Tuesday, i.e., celebrity or Disney character

Wednesday: Lion, Tigers, and Bears, i.e., Animals (no face paint or masks allowed)

Thursday: Nerds, Preps, and Jocks

Friday: School Colors-Freshmen-white, Sophomores-navy blue, Juniors-red, Seniors-black

Beta applications are due by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, in the library.Applications can be found on the PHHS webpage under “Student Activities.”  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Shea in Room 404 or email her at sshea@hanover.k12.va.us.

PSAT Tests

Who:  All 10th and 11th grade students, no cost

All 10th grade students will take the PSAT, as usual.  This year, also all 11th grade students are taking it because the SAT is changing.  This gives our 11th grade students an opportunity to experience the new version before taking the actual test.

When:  Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, 8:30 a.m.

Test Length:  The new PSAT runs approximately 3 hours once the actual test starts.  It is divided into 4 sections with 2-five minute breaks worked into the schedule.  Testing should finish between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., so our lunch schedule will be altered.

PSAT sign-up sheets are available on the counter in the Counseling Center.  The cost is $14.00 for ninth grade and homeschooled students wishing to take the test. Forms and money are due by Friday, October 9, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Counseling Center.

Patrick Henry High School Blood Drive

The community is welcome to join the students and staff:

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.  You must be at least 16 years old and weigh 110 lbs.  Bring a valid I.D.  Eat and hydrate prior to donation.   This is a community service project sponsored by PHHS DECA.

From the Ms. Hoover, Career Counselor:

SENIORS: The new Career Center website is now up and running! Please don’t forget to complete the Senior Scholarship Application form we looked at when we met together. Remember to keep checking the site for new information!  I have met with all seniors and most juniors to talk about careers, college, scholarships, etc.. I will begin seeing sophomores the week of October 5th! ALL: Please check out the new Career Center website by clicking on ‘Career Center’ on the school website. Let me know what you think!  Feedback is encouraged!


From our Counseling Center:

College Café: Selecting your Perfect Match (School)!  Are you or your senior  struggling to find the right fit for college?  Have no fear, Ms. Morck is here!  Ms. Morck will be hosting a College Café’ for seniors who are looking to find the right college on Thursday, October 7, during Study Block.  At this meeting, we will discuss how to research schools that are a good fit and where to go to discover your true compatibility with your top choice schools. All students interested must indicate their interest on the Counseling Center sign-up form located here:http://goo.gl/forms/cAgZvnhfve.  Spots are limited.

Do you use AMAZON to order books, supplies, and many other miscellaneous items?  If so, on behalf of the PHHS Choral Boosters, help support the choral department.  The link found below is to log into “Amazon Smile,” a fundraiser sponsored by Amazon.  The next time you place an order with Amazon, consider helping to support the hard working students in the choral program.  We hope to have enough funds this year to offer scholarships to our students pursuing music careers after high school.  Below is the link to start purchasing through Amazon smile:


Hanover County Parks & Recreation would like to announce their upcoming courses: Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College.  This class will teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your retirement. You will discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships and strategies for minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education. 


Course #5557– Tuesday, October 6 – 6 PM-8:30 PM

Oak Knoll Middle School

Course #5558– Wednesday, November 18 – 6 PM-8:30 PM

Mechanicsville Library

Tuition Fees $25   Spouse can attend for free.

Please see the below links for more information on the course schedule and the registration form.

Course information:

Register online at www.hanoverparksrec.com

Brochure and Registration Form:


For additional information contact Hanover County Parks & Recreation or email:parksandrec@hanovercounty.gov


The VCU School of Engineering is excited to partner with Dominion for the
Exploring Engineering program for school year 2015-16. The
Exploring program is a three-session exploratory experience for high school
students who have an interest in learning more about the field of
engineering.  It provides a great opportunity for students to practice
critical thinking and team building while building their resume.
Students work on small projects hosted in the VCU School of Engineering
lead by Dominion engineers.  Students will earn an Explorer Certificate,
tour a Dominion Power Station, and will be eligible for an internship
interview with Dominion.

The student registration and program information session will be held on
Thursday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m, at the VCU Engineering West Hall.
Students who wish to attend should RSVP with Matt Oliver at
matthew.s.oliver@dom.com.  An
informational/promotional flyer is attached for your convenience.

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

The Patrick Henry High School Class of 1985 will be having their 30th reunion on Saturday, October 10, 2015.  For more information, call Kim Hyman Gilman at (804) 307-5610, or visit the Class of 1985 Facebook page: Facebook.com/PHHS19852015.

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

10/6 – Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test

10/8-Early school closing; students leave at 1:15 p.m.

10/9-Interims distributed

10/14 – PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students, plus freshmen who pay registration fee

10/19-30-Fall SOL writing test

11/1-Daylight Savings Time ends

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

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

11/11-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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