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Week of February 14, 2016




District Chorus Results:  Senior Max Cook made All-Virginia Choir.  Three PH students were named as alternates for the state choir: Senior Noah Smith, Senior Cassi Robertson, and Junior Brooke Walker.  Chorus teacher Mrs. Dickerson adds, “I’m sooo proud of everyone who participated this weekend” in district chorus.  Congratulations, chorus students!  You make us proud!


Reflections Contest Winners: Congratulations to the following students for having their pieces chosen for district competition-Senior Maggie Hartigan for photo; Senior Haley Lavach for visual arts; Junior Gunner Hicks for literature.  At a ceremony on February 21, 3 p.m., at Hanover High School, we will learn who won first place in the district.  Those students will advance to regional competition. Thank you to all students who submitted entries.


Champions Outside of School:  Sophomore Amanda Schloss has qualified for the World Irish Dance Championship in Glasglow, Scotland, in March!  In July, Amanda and Senior Maggie Hartigan will compete in Orlando.  I saw a video of their skills.  These girls are amazing!


Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award Winner:  Last Friday, at the Supreme Court building in Richmond, I was honored to attend the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Awards ceremony with Senior Olivia Phillips and her family.  Olivia is the first student in Hanover County Public Schools to win this prestigious award that carries a $10,000 prize!  The Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award recognizes Virginia’s high school students exhibiting excellence of character, leadership, devotion to duty, and academic accomplishment.  One student is chosen annually from each of the eleven congressional districts in Virginia.  We are proud of Olivia for leading the way for Hanover County!


Scholastic Gold Key Winners:  This past week, I learned that Patrick Henry High School students won half the gold key awards in our school division!  Once again, below are the winners.  Gold Key winners will have their work displayed at Capital One.  Thank you to our awesome art instructors—Mrs. Porter-Daniel, Ms. Palumbo, and Mr. Meeken—for their contributions and support.  Congratulations, art students!

Evan Woody Writing: Poetry Gold and Silver Key
Deann Andrews Art: Photo Gold Key
Emma Butterworth Art: Drawing & Illustration Honorable Mention
Callie Collins Art: Drawing & Illustration Silver Key
Maddy Gravely Art: Photo Silver Key (2)
Ashton Liesfeld Art: Photo Gold Key and Honorable Mention (2)
Jarred Nichols Art: Photo Gold Key (2) and Honorable Mention
Nikola Novak Art: Ceramics & Glass Silver Key
Michelle Page Art: Photo Silver Key
Alayna Richardson Art: Photo; Digital Art Honorable Mention (2)
Laurel Stone Art: Drawing & Illustration Honorable Mention
Catherine Zalewski Art Portfolio Honorable Mention
Results   5 Gold, 6 Silver, 8 Honorable Mentions



Regional Competitions: We had several teams compete this weekend in regional competitions.  I do not have official results yet.  They are coming to you soon on email!



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.


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.



MySchoolBucks:  Check out the cool mobile app for MySchoolBucks that allows you to view balances, track cafeteria purchases and make payments right from your phone anytime, anywhere—how nice! Or, select automatic payments and never worry about lunch money running low again—so fine!  Visit www.MySchoolBucks.com


From Mrs. Dickerson, Chorus Teacher:  Our award-winning show choir will hold a preview performance on Monday, 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 Monday, 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.

More information is attached.

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 February 22, 2016 at 5 p.m.


From Hanover County Parks & Recreation:

Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College


Course #5766– Tuesday, March 1 – 6 PM-8:30 PM, Atlee High School

Course #5780– Tuesday March 15 – 6 PM-8:30 PM, Lee-Davis High School

Tuition Fees $25   Spouse can attend for free.

Course information:

Register online at www.hanoverparksrec.com

Brochure and Registration Form:



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



Important Dates

2/15-Student and teacher holiday

2/25-Full day for students–Revised; parent-teacher conferences, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

3/1-Student holiday—Revised

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-Full day of school–Revised; end of third quarter

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


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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