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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.

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:


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



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!



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:



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



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


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