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Parent Survey

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice heard! We value your opinion and so we have extended the deadline to complete the parent survey until March 11th.  Please consider taking a few minutes to complete the quick online survey for each student you have enrolled in HCPS to help us continuously improve our school division. It can be found at: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/6927608, or you can obtain a paper copy from any school.

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous and will be used by principals and division-level staff to further advance education in Hanover County.  Also, please note that in two questions, the survey refers to a “governing body;” this refers to the School Board, not the administration at an individual school.

Please complete the survey by March 11th.  Thank you for your time and for helping us to remain an exceptional school division!

Week of February 28, 2016

 

Please note that Tuesday, March 1, is a student holiday; however, the “A-B” calendar will not change.  Monday, February 29, and Wednesday, March 2, will both be “B” days.  
On Friday, March 4, students will bring interims home.

 

CELEBRATIONS!

Basketball:  Congratulations to the following student-athletes for being named to the All-Conference 16 Basketball team for 2015-16:

Boys

FIRST TEAM:

Marcus Holman

SECOND TEAM:
Sawyer Boyd

Girls

FIRST TEAM:

Aryna Taylor

SECOND TEAM:
Shea Burch
Christa Graf

Conference 16 Co-Players Of The Year: Alyse Armentrout, Atlee & Aryna Taylor, Patrick Henry

 We are proud of our basketball athletes!

 Show Choir Update: Both show choirs, Essence and Sounds, received superior ratings at the Powhatan Show Choir Classic this weekend.  Good job, show choir students!  Thank you, Mrs. Dickerson, for your superior instruction!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PHHS Miracle Minute for Tornado VictimsBETA, DECA, SCA, and Varsity Club are teaming up to collect monetary donations during a Miracle Minute event on Thursday, March 3, 2016.  During study block on Thursday, teachers in the A2 classes will collect donations from the students.   The donation will go directly to a family of five in Tappahannock who lost their home and everything they owned during one of the tornadoes that struck Virginia last Wednesday.   The mother of the family is a cousin of one our PHHS English teachers.

The club members will collect change, currency, and checks made out to PHHS on Thursday.  Please give generously to this family who has been devastated by this tragic event.

 FROM MS. KONRAD, CAREER COUNSELOR:  Josh Ostrander from Tolley Electrical will be at PH on Friday, March 4, to talk about electrical apprenticeships and job opportunities.  Students interested in meeting with Mr. Ostrander should sign up in the Counseling Center with Mrs. Osborne.

The $1,000 Hanover Association of Business and Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is due Monday, February 29, to the Counseling Center. This application is for students majoring in business or leadership studies and can be found on the Career Center website.

Capital One’s Future Leaders Forum for Young Women (grades 9-12) carries no fee, but students must register for the program and write a personal statement by March 4.

Seniors, don’t forget to keep checking your Career Center Website for new scholarship opportunities and applications posted each week!   The website can be found by clicking the link on Patrick Henry High School homepage or going to https://sites.google.com/a/hcps.us/hanover-county-career-center/.

 

FROM MR. HURLEY, COUNSELING CENTER DIRECTOR:  On Friday, February 19, counselors distributed paper PSAT results to 10th and 11th grade students during all four lunches.  The Counseling Center still has many unclaimed PSAT results.  Students who would like to pick up the paper copy of their PSAT results, should see their school counselor in the Counseling Center.

 

Virginia PTA is excited to continue its student participation program – Power Plates!  This exciting program is a recipe contest open to all students in schools with PT(S)As in good standing in which students are encouraged to create and share their healthy recipes. Students in Pre-K through grade 12 may participate in five categories: breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner entrée or side dish, and dessert. There is also a Special Chef category.

 

Hanover County celebrated the accomplishments of ELEVEN student winners in last year’s state-wide contest.  We can’t wait to see the skills and creativity that our great students will bring again this year!  You can download the rules and application at:http://vapta.org/health-and-safety/power-plates.html.  Entries are due by midnight on March 4, 2016.

Please contact Sharon Abernathy, Hanover County Council of PTAs, at sharonabernathy@live.com with any questions.  Let’s get cooking!

 

REMINDERS

SODA News: Students interested in applying for the PHHS SODA team for 2016-17 can pick up application information in the front office. Applications and teacher recommendations will be completed online and are due by Friday, March 11, 2016. The link to the application is on the PHHS homepage for student access at school. Students will be notified after spring break about the second round of the application process. If students or parents have questions, please contact Mrs. Stanford sstanford@hcps.us or Ms. McCabe cmccabe@hcps.us , SODA sponsors. Thank you!  Application Link: http://goo.gl/forms/6pRLR2uVDx

 

Track tryouts will begin on Monday, February 29:

Track Scott Brown sjbrown@hcps.us

 

From the PTSA:  On March 8, at 5:00 p.m., the PTSA will hold a general membership meeting in the library to discuss upcoming events, fundraising, including the silent auction, the financial report, school activities, and other items of business.  Please join us.

 

Also, the Patrick Henry High School PTSA is seeking donations for the Spring Online auction in April this year.  The goal of the auction is to raise funds for the activities, initiatives and programs sponsored by the PHHS PTSA, including school improvements, scholarships and technology. The PTSA is also collecting items for the Emerging Leaders’ Bazaar scheduled for April 9.  Contribution(s) of services, gift certificates, art work, concert tickets, golf passes, and/or other items are greatly appreciated!   For more information, please contact Sandy Williams at sandywilliams3@msn.com or 804-840-3333.  We will acknowledge your contribution(s) online and in other PTSA materials.  We are grateful for the generous support of our community and business partners. Go Patriots!

 

Volunteerism Award:  The “Hanover’s Spirit of Volunteerism Awards” is a great opportunity to recognize the many volunteers who support our school and community.  Anybody can nominate a volunteer.  Please consider nominating a PH parent, student, or community member.  Nominations are due by March 7.  Visit HanoverVolunteers.org for details.

 

From our Counseling CenterDuring the spring awards assembly, we recognize seniors who have earned the Eagle Scout designation or the Gold Award.  Please send names of students who have achieved these honors to counselor Margaret Roane at MRoane@hcps.us, or call our Counseling Center at 365-8020.

 

Reminder Regarding After-School Events:  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, Principal

 

Important Dates

3/1-Revised–Student holiday; Note that both 2/29 and 3/2 will be “B” days.

3/4-Interim report day

3/13-Daylight savings time begins

3/14-18-SOL Writing Tests for all English 11 students

3/28-4/1-Spring Break

4/8-Revised–Now a full day of school; end of third quarter 

5/7-Prom, 7:00-11:00 p.m., Thalhimer Pavilion at The Science Museum of Virginia

5/16-27-Main SOL Testing Window

 

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

Athletics for the Week of February 21, 2016

Patriot Highlights from last week:

Swim

Ted Schubert was crowned the 5A State Champion in the 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke.

Dalton Nash finished 9th in the 50m freestyle.

Scott Mizelle finished 9th in the 200m and 500m freestyle.

Jacob Cox, Dalton Nash, Scott Mizelle and Ted Schubert finished 9th in the 200m medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

 

Wrestling

Scott Toms finished 6th in the 5A State Wrestling Tournament at 182 pound weight class.

 

Gymnastics

Sierra Baxter finished 4th in the floor at the State Individual Gymnastics Championship.

 

Indoor Track

5A North Championship

Girls

Tiffany Harris – 1st 500m Run & 3rd 300m Dash

Kanani Collins – 6th 55m Hurdles

Alayna Richardson – 6th Pole Vault

Keion Greenhow 5th Long Jump

Logan Phillips – 8th Triple Jump

4X400m Relay – 7th Kanani Collins, Carolina Joyce, Tiffany Harris, Alycia Richardson

 

Boys

Neil Terrell – 3rd Shot Put

Brandon Braxton – 8th Shot Put

Grant Davis – 4th 1600m Run

 

 

Monday, February 22nd

5A North Girls Basketball Tournament

Patrick Henry @ Massaponax  6:00pm

Spring sports tryouts

 

Tuesday, February 23rd

5A North Girls Basketball Tournament at higher seed

Spring sport tryouts

 

Wednesday, February 24th

Spring sports tryouts

 

Thursday, February 25th

5A North Girls Basketball Tournament at higher seed

Spring sports practices

 

Friday, February 26th

5A North Girls Basketball Tournament at higher seed

Spring sports practices

5A State Indoor Championship at Boo Williams Sportsplex

 

Saturday, February 27th

5A State Indoor Championship at Boo Williams Sportsplex

Week of February 21, 2016

Please remember to sign up for parent-teacher conferences, which will be held on February 25 (now a full day of school) from 4 to 7 p.m.  This evening is a great opportunity to chat with teachers face-to-face and receive an update on your child’s academic performance.  We hope to have huge participation from the community. Research bears out that parental involvement makes a positive impact on a child’s educational experience. Get involved in PH.  For example, the PTSA is holding a meeting on March 8, 5:00 p.m., in the library, and is now accepting donations for their annual auction to raise funds to support scholarships, as well as other PH needs. Details are below.
CELEBRATIONS!

Top 20 Swimming Recruits in the U.S.:  Check out this article in which PH Senior Ted Schubert is listed as #20 in the country!  Awesome news!  Link: https://swimswam.com/top-20-swimming-recruits-in-the-boys-high-school-class-of-2016/

 

Congratulations to all PH students who were accepted into the Advance College Academy for 2016-17!  We are excited about this opportunity for our students.  Mrs. Roane, ACA counselor, and I will be at Liberty Middle School on Friday, February 26, 8 a.m., in the library to answer questions about the program.  All parents and students accepted into ACA are welcome to join us.  A light breakfast will be served.

 

YMCA Model Judiciary Program Appellate Competition: Congratulations to Seniors Taylor Cokes and Rikkia Smith, both members of one of Mr. Matthews’s Advanced Government classes.  These two seniors will compete in the YMCA Model Judiciary Program Appellate Competition next week.  Taylor and Rikkia will prepare five-minute presentations in which they argue case law as prosecutors in a mock case before the appellate court.  Actual judges from the Richmond area will question the “prosecutors.” Trinity Episcopal will be on the defense side.

 

Beauty Revived Scholarship Winner: Congratulations to Senior Katie Dodson for winning a $3500 scholarship from Beauty Revived.  Read about this award and see the winning photo of Katie at http://beautyrevived.com/beauty-revived-scholarship-winners/.

 

From Track Coach Brown: The following student-athletes earned top eight finishes in the 5A North Region meet on Wednesday, February 17:

Girls

Tiffany Harris – 1st, 500m Run & 3rd, 300m Dash

Kanani Collins –  6th, 55m Hurdles

Alayna Richardson – 6th, Pole Vault

Keion Greenhow 5th, Long Jump

Logan Phillips – 8th, Triple Jump

4X400m Relay – 7th, Kanani Collins, Carolina Joyce, Tiffany Harris, Alycia Richardson

 

Boys

Neil Terrell – 3rd, Shot Put

Brandon Braxton – 8th, Shot Put

Grant Davis – 4th, 1600m Run

 

The following track athletes will compete in the state meet on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27:

Tiffany Harris–300m or 500m Dash

Neil Terrell–Shot Put

Kanani Collins–55m Hurdles

Alayna Richardson–Pole Vault

Grant Davis—1600m Run

 

State Competitions: We had several teams compete this weekend in state competitions. Official results are coming to you soon on email!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sophomore Class Ring Assembly and Parent Meeting:  Tomorrow, February 22, a Herff Jones representative will meet with all sophomores during study block in the auditorium to present information about purchasing class rings.  On February 25, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., a Herff Jones representative will be in the lobby of PH to answer parents’ questions and take ring orders.

 

Unified Sports Information From Coach McGraw:  We are excited to announce that Patrick Henry High School will be partnering with the Virginia High School League and Special Olympics Virginia to create an Interscholastic UnifiedSports® Track and Field program for competition.  Watch this inspiring video:

http://specialolympicsva.org/programs/unified-sports

 

The Patrick Henry High School Special Olympics UniPHied Track & Field team (UniPHied) includes students with and without special needs competing together against other schools with like teams.  UniPHied promotes social inclusion through shared sports training and competition.  Training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.  Participation changes attitudes about people with disabilities and positively impacts the climate in schools and communities.  This spring, the PH UniPHied track team will compete against other local area schools, including Lee-Davis, Henrico, and Prince George High Schools.

 

If you are interested in joining the PH UniPHied track & field team, please send your contact information to Coach Dave Hudak @ dhudak@hcps.us and copy Daniel McGraw @ dmcgraw@hanover.k12.va.us and Terri Strange-Boston @ terrinsb@gmail.com by February 22 or as soon as you can.  Plans are being made now. More information and a sign-up form is attached.

 

SODA News: Students interested in applying for the PHHS SODA team for 2016-17 can pick up application information in the front office. Applications and teacher recommendations will be completed online and are due by Friday, March 11, 2016. The link to the application is on the PHHS homepage for student access at school. Students will be notified after spring break about the second round of the application process. If students or parents have questions, please contact Mrs. Stanford sstanford@hcps.us or Ms. McCabe cmccabe@hcps.us , SODA sponsors. Thank you!  Application Link: http://goo.gl/forms/6pRLR2uVDx

 

REMINDERS

From Mrs. Dickerson, Chorus Teacher:  Our award-winning show choir will hold a preview performance tomorrow, February 22, at 7:00 p.m.  This event is a fundraiser. Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested $5 donation.  Essence (Girls Show Choir) and Sounds (Mixed Show Choir) will have their first public performance of the year this night.  You will love this show!  These students’ dancing and singing skills will amaze you.

   

Parent-Teacher Conferences:

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 4 to 7:00 p.m.

Scheduling started on Monday, February 8.  Conference request forms are available in the Counseling Center at Mrs. Osborne’s desk and on the PHHS website.  Please complete the form, and return to Mrs. Osborne by fax to 804-365-8027, or by email to cosborne@hcps.us. The deadline for requesting conferences is Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

 

Spring Sports: Tryouts will start on tomorrow, February 22, for the following sports:

Boys Tennis Jeremy Brown Jbrown@hcps.us
Girls Tennis John Bland jbland@hcps.us
Baseball Sam Hart shart@hcps.us
JV Baseball Chris Cheely ccheely@nkcps.k12.va.us
Softball Walter Pettus richmonddiamonds@yahoo.com
JV Softball Amy Jones amjones@hcps.us
Boys Lacrosse Brandon Hall brandon.rmsc@gmail.com
Girls Lacrosse Megan Greenbaum mgreenbaum@hcps.us
Girls Soccer Billy Farmer wfarmer@hcps.us
Boys Soccer Daniel McGraw dmcgraw@hcps.us

Track tryouts will begin on Monday, February 29:

Track Scott Brown sjbrown@hcps.us

 

PH Indoor Softball Camp:

Time:  Saturday, February 27

Place:  Patrick Henry High School Gym

Participants:  Grades 1 – 8

Session 1 – Pitching and Catching:  9am-11am ($30)

Session 2 – Hitting and Fielding:  Noon – 4pm ($50)

(Cost of participating in both sessions is $65)

Make checks payable to PHHS, and write PH Softball in memo line of check.

Instructors include PH coaches and players, plus renowned pitching instructor Rita Lynn Gilman and Jackie Ruffin Magill will lead the pitching session.

Questions:  contact Beth Radcliffe at chadbeth@aol.com or 804-592-9307.

 

From the PTSA:  On March 8, at 5:00 p.m., the PTSA will hold a general membership meeting in the library to discuss upcoming events, fundraising, including the silent auction, the financial report, school activities, and other items of business.  Please join us.

 

Also, the Patrick Henry High School PTSA is seeking donations for the Spring Online auction in April this year.  The goal of the auction is to raise funds for the activities, initiatives and programs sponsored by the PHHS PTSA, including school improvements, scholarships and technology. The PTSA is also collecting items for the Emerging Leaders’ Bazaar scheduled for April 9.  Contribution(s) of services, gift certificates, art work, concert tickets, golf passes, and/or other items are greatly appreciated!   For more information, please contact Sandy Williams at sandywilliams3@msn.com or 804-840-3333.  We will acknowledge your contribution(s) online and in other PTSA materials.  We are grateful for the generous support of our community and business partners. Go Patriots!

 

Volunteerism Award:  The “Hanover’s Spirit of Volunteerism Awards” is a great opportunity to recognize the many volunteers who support our school and community.  Anybody can nominate a volunteer.  Please consider nominating a PH parent, student, or community member.  Nominations are due by March 7.  Visit HanoverVolunteers.org for details.

 

From our Counseling CenterDuring the spring awards assembly, we recognize seniors who have earned the Eagle Scout designation or the Gold Award.  Please send names of students who have achieved these honors to counselor Margaret Roane at MRoane@hcps.us, or call our Counseling Center at 365-8020.

 

From Mrs. Konrad, Career Counselor:  Students should look at the Career Center website and click on the announcements tab. I have been posting some great opportunities including Capital One’s Future Leaders Forum for Young Women (grades 9-12).  There is no fee to attend, but students must register for the program and write a personal statement by March 4.

 

Seniors, don’t forget to keep checking your Career Center Website for new scholarship opportunities and applications posted each week!

 

R.E.B. Nominations Now Being Accepted:  The R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence were established in 1988 to recognize public school teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance. The R.E.B. awards are designed to identify, recognize, and support teaching excellence in the metropolitan Richmond public school systems. Grants ranging from $4,000 to $12,000 each will be given to approximately fifteen teachers to support professional development activities. Recipients will be required to share educational ideas and experiences with fellow teachers.

 

This program has been developed by The Community Foundation and is funded by the R.E.B. Foundation. The nomination process will continue as it has in the past – On-line at: http://www.tcfrichmond.org/receive/nominate-an-individual-for-an-award/

Nominations can come from a fellow teacher, staff member, students, or parents. School principals are excluded from nominating.

Deadline for nominations is tomorrow, February 22, 2016 at 5 p.m.

 

Reminder Regarding After-School Events:  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, Principal

 

Important Dates

2/25-Revised—Now a full day of school; parent-teacher conferences, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

3/1-Revised–Student holiday

3/4-Interim report day

3/13-Daylight savings time begins

3/14-18-SOL Writing Tests for all English 11 students

3/28-4/1-Spring Break

4/8-Revised–Now a full day of school; end of third quarter 

5/7-Prom, 7:00-11:00 p.m., Thalhimer Pavilion at The Science Museum of Virginia

5/16-27-Main SOL Testing Window

 

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

 

2016 5K PHun Run

2016 phun run logo

Join the fun at Patrick Henry High School’s 2nd annual 5K Color Run/Walk! Run or walk with family and friends on our colorful course.  This event is sponsored by the PH Emerging leaders and $2 of each registration goes to support the cross country team. All other proceeds will go to Hanover Safe Place.

PHun Run Registration Form or Online Registration

PSAT Results

From Josh Hurley, Counseling Center Director:
Paper copies of PSAT results have arrived and will be available for student pick up during all four lunches on Friday, February 19.  Online results can be obtained by logging onto www.CollegeBoard.org with the email address indicated when taking the PSAT. Students also can visit the Counseling Center next week to pick up results.
Have a great day and happy Random Act of Kindness Week!

Hanover Preschool Initiative

Hanover County Public Schools Accepting Applications for Hanover Preschool Initiative
Free, full-day preschool program available to Hanover families meeting eligibility requirements.
ASHLAND, Va. – Hanover County Public Schools will begin accepting applications for the Hanover Preschool Initiative (HPI) for the 2016-2017 school year on February 17. HPI is a free, full-day preschool program with experienced teachers that enables students to engage in an exciting curriculum and a stimulating learning environment.
Space is limited, and only children who will be three or four years of age by September 30, 2016 qualify. In addition, families must reside in Hanover County and meet other eligibility requirements. The program also requires that 10% of the enrollment opportunities be available to children with disabilities.
Interested residents can call (804) 365-4506, or visit our website at www.hcps.us.  Find “More Quick Links” on the upper right side of the page, and click on “Hanover Preschool Initiative” for more information. The application will be available online and HPI will be accepting completed applications on the following dates:
February 17th (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
– Hanover County School Board Office: 200 Berkley Street, Ashland, VA 23005
February 24th (8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
– Henry Clay Elementary School: 310 South James Street, Ashland, VA 23005
– Mechanicsville Elementary School: 7425 Mechanicsville Elementary Drive, Mechanicsville, VA  23111
March 9th (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
– Hanover County School Board Office: 200 Berkley Street, Ashland, VA 23005
March 12th (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
– Hanover County School Board Office: 200 Berkley Street, Ashland, VA 23005
March 15th (8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
– Henry Clay Elementary School: 310 South James Street, Ashland, VA 23005
March 16th (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
– Mechanicsville Elementary School: 7425 Mechanicsville Elementary Drive, Mechanicsville, VA  23111
April 14th (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
– Mechanicsville Elementary School: 7425 Mechanicsville Elementary Drive, Mechanicsville, VA  23111
– Henry Clay Elementary School: 310 South James Street, Ashland, VA 23005