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Week of November 15, 2015



Congratulations, Olivia!  Because of her community service involvement/awards and the newspaper articles regarding her service activities, senior Olivia Phillips has been asked to be Grand Marshal of the Ashland Holiday Parade!  The parade is on November 22 at 2:30 p.m.  Olivia will be riding in a red corvette with a sign, so you cannot miss her.  Come out and give a big wave to Olivia on November 22!  We are proud of you, Olivia, and so appreciate your superb representation of Patrick Henry High School!


Exciting Chorus News from Teacher Mrs. Dickerson:  I am proud to announce that twenty-one PH students made District Chorus.  Names will follow as soon as the students are notified.  The Patrick Henry Choral Department proudly hosted this event yesterday.  I would like to thank all parent and student volunteers for making this event so well run and hospitable.  What a great PHamily All students who auditioned are asked to meet in the chorus room tomorrow, Monday, during study block for an important announcement.  WonderPHul representation of our PH students’ talent!

Our drama students were awesome in the fall play Curtain Going Up!  I hope you were able to attend.  Our talented students were hilarious!  Thank you to drama teacher Mrs. Agnew, as well as social studies teacher Mr. C. Warnick, and math teacher Ms. Lizarraga for assisting Mrs. Agnew.  Great job, everyone!


Thank you to everyone who had a part in the Veterans Day breakfast on November 11.  Some seventy people, counting students and veterans, attended.  Our chorus sang, our jazz band played, and our NJROTC students displayed their drills.  Senior class president Olivia Phillips spoke and NJROTC Commander Grace Brooks led the military ceremony. Also, thank you to Lt. Jim Head for organizing the breakfast.  It was a fabulous event that displayed our students’ leadership skills and talents!

Thank you to all who participated in Mission to Hanover at PH.  Yesterday, forty-nine students and adults donated their time to rake, plant, paint, stain, and generally spruce up our campus.  It was a great time of teamwork and the type of event characteristic of the western Hanover County community.  As you drive up to the school, you now will see painted brick columns on either side of our drive, a newly stained bandstand in the senior parking lot, and pretty flower beds around the flag pole, as well as other areas flanking the building entrance.  I especially want to thank parent Gary Perkins, school member Sue Dibble, and central office personnel who helped us with acquiring needed materials.  Also, Glen Allen Nursery donated plants and Trane Heating and Air Conditioning in Ashland helped with many items that made the day possible.  Thank you, thank you!  What great PH spirit!

From our awesome SCA:  Once again the PHamily has done an amazing job raising money for Turkey for the Teacher!  The students especially enjoyed the dance off between Mrs. Pauley (in her gorgeous turkey headpiece) and Mrs. Emerson (in her full on turkey suit) during lunches this past week. We would like to give a big thank you to the math department for setting up a yummy lunch to raise money for Ms. Lizarraga and Mr. Turner.  We would also like to give a huge shout out to every participant.  Every little bit counts!  We raised a total of $1456.10 over the week, which is enough to buy 18 turkey dinners for families of PH students who otherwise would not have a Thanksgiving meal.

While every teacher did a great job collecting money, this year Julie Emerson was able to secure the title of Biggest Turkey by raising $514.06! Jonathan Clark came in second place with $196.52, and April Bittner came out of nowhere into third place with $192.63 over just two days!  Thank you to everyone whose generosity made this PH tradition, once again, fun and successPHul. 



Annual Custodian Holiday Dinner:  Each year, our SCA sponsors a December dinner for our eight custodians.  Along with the dinner, we give them gift bags containing identical gifts in all eight bags.  If you would like to contribute, please bring eight identical items to the front office by December 11.  Items we have received in the past include lottery tickets, gas station gift cards, fast food gift cards, gift cards from retailers, packaged candy and treats, calendars, and coffee mugs, to name a few.

Reynolds Community College invites everyone to Transfer Night on the Parham Road campus, December 2, 5 to 7 p.m.  Learn about the benefits of attending Reynolds and transferring credits to four-year state institutions. See attached flyer for more information.



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

Fall Chorus Concert: Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 pm.  Join us for a night of beautiful voices and arrangements.  Our chorus groups, led by Mrs. Dickerson, always present enjoyable, lovely, and impressive shows.
Powder Puff football was postponed due to weather.  The new date is Thursday, November 19:

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.

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.  See attached flyer for more information.

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.

PH Scholarship Applications are due December 9.  The online application is on the Career Center website under Scholarships. We do not accept late applications. See your counselor if you have questions.


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

11/17-Fall Chorus Concert, 7 p.m., free admission

11/19-Powder Puff Football, 5:30 p.m.

11/25-27-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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