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Week of March 20, 2016




Congratulations to sophomore Ashley Harris who placed first in Senior Division Engineering at the Metro Science Fair yesterday.  Ashley received several special awards and advanced to the national science fair in Arizona!  Great job, Ashley!  We are proud of you!


Our music department has many exciting celebrations to share this week:

Please congratulate the members of Symphonic Band on a wonderful performance at our VBODA State Concert Band Assessment. They earned a rating of excellent!

Please congratulate the members of the Wind Ensemble for earning a superior rating at the VBODA State Concert Band Assessment.  This performance is essentially our SOL test and a superior rating is the highest rating a group can achieve.  These students have worked extremely hard all year and put on a top-notch performance.

Congratulations to the Patrick Henry Strings students for their wonderful performances at this years District Assessment! The Chamber Ensemble received straight superior ratings and the Concert Orchestra received straight excellent ratings. Mr. Idleman is extremely proud of all the string players for enduring many rigorous rehearsals and putting on such amazing performances.

Our Mixed Show Choir students placed third in the Festival of Choirs yesterday at Hanover High School.  (Godwin HS placed first, and Powhatan HS placed second.)  Also, please congratulate the members of Women’s Chamber for earning an excellent rating and the members of Sounds/Concert Choir for earning a superior rating.  These students have worked extremely hard all year and put on wonderful performances.  Ms. Dickerson, as well as everyone at PH, is so very proud of them all!

Congratulations to our IB Art students!  The exhibit at Hanover Arts and Activities Center in Ashland was nothing short of awesome.  Talented student artists from across Hanover County had works on display.  Thank you to art teacher Mrs. Porter-Daniel for her part in organizing the exhibit.  IB PH students with pieces in the exhibit were as follows:

Nick Agliano
Catherine Shea Burch
Callie Collins
Michael Farmer
Theresa Mathews
Hailey McGrain
Meredith Palmer
Laurel Stone
Sarah Sybert
Cassidy Travis
Erin Wilson
Hailey Wilson

First Year IB Students: Bailey Atwood and Michelle Page

 Another Destination Imagination Update:

Ms. Lavach’s Destination Imagination team made up of senior Haley Lavach, senor Philip Hobson, senior Maggie Hartigan, and junior Lily Abbott competed last weekend at the regional DI tournament at Goochland High School.  The team came in second place in the Improvisation Category.  They have advanced to the state competition that will take place on Saturday, April 9, at Atlee High School.  Great job, Team Lavach!


Please join the Hanover County Council of PTAs on Thursday, April 7, at 6 p.m. at Chickahominy Middle School, for a round table discussion with Dr. Michael Gill, Superintendent of Schools.  Roll up your sleeves, bring a list of all of the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, and come prepared for a night of great dialogue!  All PTA members, parents, teachers, and administrators are welcome to attend.  We look forward to seeing you for an evening of great communication and fellowship!

Families of students with an IEP, please join us for “I’m Determined Family Night” on April 12, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Patrick Henry High School or on April 20th from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Chickahominy Middle School.  This event will be an empowering evening dedicated to self-determination. Parents and guardians will learn why it is important that your students be a part of the team that plans for their futures. Students will learn why it is important that they participate in the decisions about their lives and how to be heard when doing so.  There will be a free dinner from 6:00-6:45 p.m. as well as raffle prizes! Childcare will be provided.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kelly Jones at (804) 365-4596 or hanoverprc@hcps.us.


PHun Run, May 21, 9 a.m:

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.  The event is sponsored by the PH Emerging leaders.  Two dollars of each registration goes to support the cross country team. All other proceeds will go to Hanover Safe Place. Registrations can be completed online or submitted to the school:



From Mrs. Konrad, Career Counselor:  Some scholarship deadlines are fast approaching! Don’t miss out!!

  • Tuesday, March 22, all of the James River Air Conditioning Scholarship applications are due, as well as the Network of Enterprising Women application.
  • Thursday, March 24, don’t forget to turn in the Thomas Purvis Memorial application by 3 p.m.
  • Many scholarship deadlines are the week of April 4, when we return from spring break, so make sure you leave some time to complete those applications!
  • Remember to follow the return instructions on all of the applications and continue to visit the Career Center website at https://sites.google.com/a/hcps.us/hanover-county-career-center/ to access new postings and scholarship opportunities.  Also, visit Ms. Konrad in the Career Center on Thursdays and Fridays.


Patrick Henry High School Strings Boosters Scholarship 2016:

The Patrick Henry High School Strings Boosters are pleased to announce a scholarship that will be awarded at the discretion of the boosters board to one ($500) or two ($250) exemplary students.


Eligibility requirements include:

  • PHHS senior who plans to major or minor in music
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher through the 1stsemester, and
  • Participation in the PHHS Strings Program for two or more years

Additional Requirements:

  • One-page personal statement outlining education or career goals and why the applicant is deserving of this award
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or leader outside of class who is familiar with the applicant, preferably music-related
  • Deadline: April 1, 2016
  • Completed portfolio should be returned in a sealed envelope to Mr. Idleman


From Ms. Montano, Intervention Counselor:  I am excited to announce that PHHS will be taking part in 7th UP next year!  7th UP is a substance abuse prevention program for 7th and 8th grade students.  It builds upon the education that students received in 4th grade through SODA, 5th grade through DARE, and 6th grade through Project Alert. A group of students from each high school will be chosen to present lessons to both 7th and 8th grade students next year, similar to SODA.  Ms. Sharp (LMS counselor) and I will be serving as the 7th UP sponsors for PHHS and LMS.  We will be carefully recruiting PHHS students to serve as responsible and dedicated role models.


All applications and recommendations are due April 8.  The link for the application is: http://bit.ly/7thUPStudentApplication


We are looking for applicants with the following attributes:

Freshman, sophomore or junior standing

Good grades and attendance

Drug and alcohol free (and willing to promote this)

Works well with peers and with children

Responsible, dependable, mature, enthusiastic


From Emerging Leaders:  We invite you, your family and friends to participate in or attend our Spring Bazaar on April 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Patrick Henry High School. Local families will have the opportunity to hold a parking spot from which they can sell goods.  Items may include crafts, household items, clothing, toys, etc.  For information about how to participate, contact teacher Alice Scheele at AScheele@hcps.us.


From the PTSA: 

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!


Lacrosse PHig Roast:

Join us on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., at The Federal Club, 13030 Palmer’s Way, Glen Allen, VA 23059, for the annual PHig Roast! A flyer is attached.


From the PH Counseling Center:

During 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.


As the weather warms, students and parents are asked to be mindful of the PH dress code:


  1. All students are to remove head coverings, including hats, caps, those considered sportswear, bandannas, and scarves upon entering the building.
  2. Pajamas pants including flannel are not
  3. Mesh or see-through clothing is not
  4. Jewelry and messages on outerwear such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets should not promote alcohol, tobacco, or drugs and may not be profane.
  5. Shoes should be worn at all times while on school grounds as a safety/health precaution. No slippers are allowed.
  6. Jeans with holes should not expose skin 4 inches above the knee.



  1. All sleeveless tops must be greater than 2 inches wide. Spaghetti straps, tank tops, racer tops, and tops with the back out are not permitted.
  2. Skirts, dresses and shorts should be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee.
  3. Jeggings, leggings, yoga pants, etc. must be worn with tops that come to at least mid-thigh.
  4. All tops that expose bra straps, cleavage, and the waist area are not permitted.



  1. The waist of pants should remain gathered around the upper hip area to avoid sagging below the hips or dragging the floor.
  2. T-shirts and sleeveless shirts/sweatshirts should not expose the waist area or the side underarm areas. Tank tops are not permitted.


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

3/28-4/1-Spring Break

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

4/27 and 28 -Spring musical West Side Story; 6 p.m.; Tickets $5 in advance, $8 at the door

4/29 and 30 -Spring musical West Side Story, 7 p.m.; Tickets $5 in advance, $8 at the door 

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

3/23 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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