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Week of September 27, 2015


Greetings from Patrick Henry High School

Our Best-Always!

September 27, 2015

We will play football at home this Friday, October 2, against the Hanover Hawks. Kick off will be at 7 p.m.  The football stadium area is looking better all the time, thanks to a supportive Board of Supervisors, School Board members, and awesome parents.  We so appreciate our community and their investment in Patrick Henry High School.  Have a great week.  Go Patriots!


Congratulations to the following floriculture, horticulture, and landscaping students who wonfirst place at the fairgrounds in the hay bale competition!

McKensie Washington
McKayla Washington
Marquez Jackson
Noah Zook
Logan Bulthuis
Thomas Hall
Cole Boor
Hunter Hart
Madison Seay
Christa Graf
Logan Lloyd
Kendall Stanley
Jesse Hurst


Underclassmen student photos will be taken tomorrow and Tuesday, September 28 and 29, through English classes.

Last chance to buy mums!  The Science Department is 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.

National Honor Society applications are due September 30, 2 p.m., in Room 420. The application can be downloaded from the Patrick Henry High School website.http://weblog.hcps.us/phhswebsite/blogs/events/archive/2015/09/18/nhs-applications-2015.aspx  The application, rubric, and tips are all there.  Prospective applicants were invited to attend a meeting during study block last week in the cafeteria.  Questions should be directed to sponsor Mr. Hinman at AHinman@hcps.us or sponsor Mrs. Dowdy at DDowdy@hcps.us.

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



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 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.

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

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

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 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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