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Week of November 8, 2015



Congratulations to junior Grant Davis who finished ninth in the 5A North Region cross- country meet last Thursday, November 5.  He will advance to the 5A State meet on Friday, November 13.  Great job, Grant!


Our PTSA will meet in the library at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10.  At 5:30 p.m., we will vote on by-laws.  All stakeholders are welcome to our monthly meetings that include school updates from the principal, the Students Council Association, and the Counseling Center.  We also will discuss upcoming fundraisers to support PH.  Please make plans to join us.  Your input is important.
Wednesday, November 11, is an early release day for students.  They will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m., and teachers will engage in professional development.

Report cards will be distributed during first block on Friday, November 13.

From our PHabulous Counseling Center: On November 16 – 20, students at Patrick Henry High School will have opportunities to participate in various events for College Application Week. For more details, see attached online flyer: https://www.smore.com/ev5fk

From the Hanover County Parent Resource Center: On Thursday, December 3, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Liberty Middle School, the Parent Resource Center will present IEP Tool Kit, a session about all things IEP.  Everyone is welcome. A flyer is attached.


EDUCATION EXPO:  Join us for Education Expo at PH!  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:

·       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!

Who:  While 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, 365-8020, or Dr. Robert Staley at rstaley@hcps.us or (804) 365-4562.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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

Sponsored by DECA and Varsity Club

Concessions will be available during the powder puff games.

Fall Play: Curtain Going Up! will be performed on November 11 and 12 at 6:00 p.m. and November 13 and 14 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets will be sold in advance for $5 during all lunches during show week; tickets will cost $7 at the door.

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.  It is not too late to RSVP.  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.

Make-Up Date for Student Pictures:  On Thursday, November 12, 9-11 a.m., students unhappy with their first pictures or who were absent can have make-up pictures taken. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Moore, Yearbook Teacher, at MKMoore@hcps.us.

Clean Up Patrick Henry High School and Liberty Middle School:  On Saturday, November 14, starting at 9 a.m., we will have a clean-up day at Patrick Henry High School and Liberty Middle School.  Free pizza for lunch!  For PH, a sign-up sheet is at the front desk.  All individuals, clubs, and organizations are welcome.  Participants can call the front desk at 365-8000, send an email message to Ms. DeBorous, our receptionist, at FDeBorous@hcps.us or Mrs. Pomfrey at LPomfrey@hcps.us.  Or, come by the front office and sign up.  Come out to show your support for PH!

From Career Counselor, Ms. Hoover:  Seniors, remember to complete your Senior Scholarship Application (located on the Scholarship tab of the NEW Career Center website) as soon as possible. Also, be sure and check the Available Scholarships (on the same tab) AND visit the Career Center to check out thousands of other scholarships.

If you are interested in going directly to work from high school, come learn about amazing opportunities at Dominion. A director from Dominion will be in the Career Center on Wednesday, November 18, during study block to discuss groundsmen positions.  If you are interested, sign up in the counseling center or let Ms. Hoover know.  Her email address is HHoover@hcps.us.

SOL Non-Writing Tests:  For students new to HCPS or students who need to retest, we will test in December on the following schedule.  Remediation efforts are underway.  If you are not sure whether your child should be involved, contact our counseling center at 365-8020.

Dec 1 – Alg 2, Eng 11 Reading, WH1

Dec 2 – Geometry, Eng11 Reading, Gr 8 Reading, VA/US Hist, WH 2

Dec 3 – Alg 1, WH 2

Dec 4 – Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science

Dec 7 – Absentees and Multiple SOL conflicts, Expedited Retakes – Alg 2, Gr 8 Reading, WH 1

Dec 8 – Expedited Retakes – Geometry, Eng 11 Reading, VA/US Hist

Dec 9 – Expedited Retakes – Alg 1, WH 2

Dec 10 – Expedited Retakes – Biology, Chemistry, E Science

Dec 11 – Absentees and expedited retakes for any SOL – last day of testing

More From Our PHabulous 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!

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

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

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

11/11, 11/12-Fall play, Curtain Going Up!, 6 p.m.

11/13, 11/14-Fall play, Curtain Going Up!, 7 p.m.

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

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

11/13-Report card distribution

11/14-Volunteer Clean Up Day at PH and LMS, 9 a.m.

11/25-Student and teacher holiday

11/26-27-Thanksgiving holiday

12/1 – 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

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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