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Week of September 20, 2015


Greetings from Patrick Henry High School

Our Best-Always!

September 20, 2015


We are proud of our chorus students who once again were invited to perform at the national naturalization ceremony at Scotchtown.  Below is a link to the Richmond Times-Dispatch article.  The piece includes a video with audio of our students’ performance.  Thank you, chorus students and Mrs. Dickerson, for representing PH in our community so well.  Link: http://www.richmond.com/news/local/hanover/article_0d9828c8-3eea-5e74-a023-684fa6a569f8.html

Each year, the Ayn Rand Institute holds an essay contest for high school students. Congratulations to Sophie Pimpinella and Olivia Trent who both received $30 in prize money for being semi-finalists in this year’s contest!

Coach Farmer reports the following victories for the varsity girls’ volleyball team:

Congratulations to the girls’ volleyball team for their 3-straight victory over the Caroline Cavaliers. Clare McLaughlin had a stellar game with 7 aces, 9 assists and, 3 digs. Grace Girdley added 2 big blocks, and 6 kills. McKensie Washington had 4 aces and a kill. Emma Land had 2 aces and 3 kills.

Congratulations to the girls’ varsity volleyball team for their 3 set to 1 set victory over Highland Springs. Laura Williamson had 24 aces and 16 assists; she also served all 25 points in the 4th set. Once again, Grace Bullock was lethal at the net with 9 kills. Brooke Winston had 4 kills and a block. Grace Girdley had 3 kills and Hannah Nadlicki added 5 kills.  Good job, girls!


PSAT Test Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

PSAT sign-up sheets will be available starting Monday, September 28, 2015, on the counter in the Counseling Center.  The cost is $14.00 for ninth grade and homeschooled students wishing to take the test. All tenth and eleventh grade students will take the PSAT at no cost.  Forms and money are due by Friday, October 9, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Counseling Center.

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

From Ms. Hoover, Career Counselor:

I have seen all but a few senior classes to introduce them to the new Career Center website, available soon by clicking  “Career Center” on the school website.  I have chatted with seniors about finding scholarships, identifying their after-graduation plans, and much more. I will begin seeing the junior classes this week and will discuss how to prepare for next steps, including employment, apprenticeship, military, and college.  Check out the new website!   Feedback about the website is welcome!

The VCU School of Engineering is excited to partner with Dominion for the
Exploring Engineering program for the 2015-16 school year. 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.

Gabriel Pearce Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser

Gabe graduated from Patrick Henry in 2010 and was active in the school. He was involved in Soundsations, Lacrosse, German Club, and more. Gabe attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and graduated magna *** laude in May 2014.  He then started working for the Henrico Sheriff Department. On June 26, 2014, Gabe went home to be with the Lord. In honor of Gabe, the Gabriel Pearce Memorial Scholarship was created to share his love for academics. The scholarship is an annual scholarship that is given to a Patrick Henry senior that will be attending VCU. Last year a $2,500 scholarship was awarded to a Patrick Henry student in Gabe’s memory.

The foundation is holding a Fall Festival on October 3 to raise money for the scholarship. There will be a silent auction, kids’ games, vendors, crafters, live music, raffles, a food & bake sale, and a yard sale.  A flyer is attached. Here is more information about the event:

Fall Festival – Gabriel Pearce Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser 2015

When: October 3

Time: 8am – 3pm

Where: Berea Baptist Church

15421 Pouncey Tract Rd. Rockville, VA 23146

Here is the link to the website if you would like to learn more about Gabe, find more information about the event, and view silent auction and raffle items: http://gpfundraiser.weebly.com/fall-festival-fundraiser.html



Seniors interested in a make-up picture or who need a senior portrait through Candid Color must sign up for a time in Room 506.  The make-up picture day/time is September 28 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Spots are limited because only two cameras will be running, so students should sign up as soon as possible to reserve a preferred time slot.

Underclassmen student photos will be taken on September 28 and 29 through English classes.

The Science Department is again selling large, colorful mums for $12 each.  Prepaid orders can be placed between now and September 30 with any science student or teacher.  Make checks payable to PHHS.  Pick-up will be Friday, October 2, between 3:30 and 6 p.m., on the lawn near the senior parking lot.  For more information, contact department chair Peggy Whitlock at pwhitlock@hcps.us.

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.

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

9/23-Student and teacher holiday

9/28 and 29-School photos, freshmen through juniors

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 graders

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 test

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

9/22-Last day to order class t-shirts—NOTE: NEW DATE.

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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