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Week of November 29, 2015




Poinsettias For Sale:  On December 3 and 4, horticulture students will hold their annual holiday plant sale. They will sell three different colors of poinsettias in 6.5″ pots for $9 each. The color choices are red, white and marbled.  The horticulture department will be open for sales from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days.


Upcoming Holiday Chorus Concerts:

Madrigal Singers Performance at: The Hanover Tavern
December 6-7:00 p.m. performance
Tickets $15 (Last year, tickets were $25.)
Link to purchase tickets: http://hanovertavern.org/events/a-renaissance-holiday-concert
Patrick Henry Music Department Holiday Program
Tickets $5 (suggested donation)

(Band, Chorus, and Strings Departments)
Rehearsal, Tuesday, Dec. 8
Performances: Wed. Dec. 9 and Thurs. Dec. 10
The jazz band will play pre-concert at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby.
Concert begins at 7:00

Tickets can be purchased from any music dept. student or from Mrs. Deborous in the front office.



From our Counseling Center:  We have started the course registration process for 2016-17.  On Tuesday, November 24, students received the attached registration process letter that outlines the following process:

  • Students were given a copy of the HCPS Program of Studies on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.
  • On Monday, December 14, 2015, each student will receive a Course Registration Form during first block. Instructions on how to complete the form will be given at that time.
  • Each student must show the form to his or her teachers on Monday, December 14, and Tuesday, December 15, to ensure course selections are appropriate and to provide recommendations. Each teacher will initial the form at the beginning of each block.
  • The student’s last block teacher on Monday, December 14, will collect the form to keep for the next day.
  • On Tuesday morning at 8:25 a.m., students will report to their A4 teachers to gather their forms and continue the registration process with their B-day teachers.
  • The student’s last block teacher on Tuesday, December 15, will collect the form, which will be copied and returned to each student on Thursday, December 17, 2015.
  • Parents should review the requested courses and make adjustments, if necessary.
  • To request courses not recommended by a teacher, select that option at the bottom of the registration form, and return it to the Counseling Center on Monday, January 4, 2016.
  • Students who wish to enroll in a course at The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology, one of the specialty electives/programs at Hanover High School, or the new ACA Program must complete the appropriate application on the Patrick Henry High School website by February 1, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact our Counseling Center at 365-8020.


From Strings Teacher Mr. Idleman: If students are interested in being involved in Tri-M Music Honor Society, our first meeting is December 2, at 3:45 p.m., in the choir room. We will discuss membership criteria, member duties, and elections.


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 details.


Powder Puff football was postponed again due to weather.  The new date is Thursday, December 3:

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.


Seniors: Just a reminder to complete your Senior Scholarship Application (located on the Scholarship tab of the NEW Career Center website or by clicking the link above) 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.


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.


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


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

12/1 – 12/11-Fall SOL non-writing tests

12/3-Powder Puff Football, 5:30 p.m.

12/3-4-Poinsettia Sale, $9 each

12/6-Madrigal Singers perform at Hanover Tavern, 7 p.m., $15

12/9 and 10-Holiday concert with band, strings, and chorus students, 7 p.m., $5 donation requested

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

1/4 – 2016-17 course registration forms due to counseling center


1/26-29-First semester exams and early school closing; students leave at 1:15 p.m.

2/1-Applications due for Advance College Academy, The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology, and The Health Science Specialty Center at Hanover High School; links are on PH website


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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