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Garden Plant Sale

@ Patrick Henry High School

May 5th & 6th  9:00 am-7:30 pm
@PHHS Greenhouse

Tomato, Green Pepper, Geraniums, Petunia, Basil & More
Prices : Six pack Container $3.00
6” pot $4.00
10” pot $10.00

NOTE: Change of times… NO Saturday Sales!

Proceeds benefit the Horticulture and DECA Programs

Summer Online Courses

Registration for summer eLearning (online) courses is now underway and there are even more opportunities than ever. We are excited to offer courses that are fully online, as well as blended courses where students benefit from a combination of online and face-to-face instruction.

To register or learn more, please visit http://hanover.k12.va.us/instruction/summer_school, or talk with your child’s school counselor. The deadline to register for eLearning courses is May 27th.    

Some of our expanded course offerings include:

  • Algebra I
  • Economics & Personal Finance
  • English 9
  • English 12
  • Geometry
  • Health & PE 9
  • Health & PE/Driver’s Ed 10
  • Oceanography
  • US Government
  • World History I

Again this year, we are pleased to offer a convenient payment option by way of MySchoolBucks to help make this process easier than ever. Once you create a MySchoolBucks account (https://www.myschoolbucks.com), simply go to the “School Store” on the top menu, scroll down to “Categories” and then select “Summer School.” From here, you will see a variety of summer learning offerings from which you can choose depending upon your needs and interests.




Senior Justin McCowan is featured in the article below.  We are proud of this Patriot!  


Please congratulate the following students on their acceptance into the Summer Residential Governor’s School Programs!

Governor’s Foreign Language Academies:

Levi Butler – Latin

Summer Residential Governor’s School for Academics, Mentorships and Visual & Performing Arts:

Michelle Page – Agriculture

Henry Prillaman – Humanities

Noah Zook – Agriculture

These acceptances are great honors for these students and for our school.

Congratulations to junior Evan Hughes for being accepted into the Hanover Regional Governor’s School for Career and Technical Advancement.  Also, Evan will be representing PHHS at this summer Boys’ State.  Evan, we are proud of you!  

Beta Sponsor Mrs. Shea wants to thank everyone for the shoe donations.  Our Beta students collected over 300 pairs of shoes for the #Megsmiles shoe drive.  The event collected over 4,000 pairs of shoes to send to refugees oversees.  Thank you!

Seeing our students’ works at the Arts & Sciences Festival yesterday was great fun!  I hope you were able to make it.  Browsing our talented students’ products always makes your principal proud.

Hearing the jazz band last Friday as they performed in our library during all four lunches was thrilling.  These students entertained us for two hours!  Thank you, jazz band students and Mrs. Peters!


From Mrs. Nuckols: Open gym for girls basketball will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

From our PTSA:  We are collecting school supplies for teacher appreciation week, May 2-6.  A box will be set up in the main office. Teachers always need boxes of tissues, bottles of hand sanitizer, and whiteboard markers, but donations of all sorts are welcome.  

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is coming up on April 30. This is a great way to safely dispose of any unused or expired medication. Please pass this on and get the information out! Here are a few facts about why this is such an important initiative: 

  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends- and the home medicine cabinet. 
  • Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. 
  • The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. 
  • Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment!

Take Back Day: Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

For more information: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html 


West Side Story Coming to PHHS: The spring musical West Side Story will be presented on April 27 and 28 at 6:00 p.m. and on April 29 and 30 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.  You will not want to miss this play.  The love story at the core of the musical parallels Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.  The evening will be enjoyable for the whole family with songs and choreography that you will not soon forget.  Come out to see our incredibly talented drama students!

Senior Trip Information:  The senior class will be taking their annual trip to Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, on Monday, June 6, 2016.  ***We still have tickets left. Permission slips and money will be collected this week before school and during study block until all tickets are sold.***

  • Buses will leave Patrick Henry at 8:30 am and return at 5:30 pm. All students going on the trip are required to ride the bus. Students may not drive themselves.
  • The cost of the trip will be $70, which includes the bus and the tickets. Students with a season pass will be required to pay $30 for the bus.  Please bring extra money for food or souvenirs.
  • Be advised that the trip must be paid for in advance. No money will be accepted after this date.  Checks should be made out to Patrick Henry High School.
  • Students must submit the attached signed permission slip and money to reserve spots.
  • If any student is asked to leave the park for any reason, parents will be required to pick up their student up at the park upon contact by a chaperone. If you have any questions please call or email Mrs. Allen (Fallen@hcps.us) or Mrs. Markwood (EMarkwood@hcps.us) at 365-8000.

After-school math remediation continues this week in preparation for May SOL tests.  Remediation will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. starting April 5 and ending May 12.  Algebra students will start in Room 410, geometry students will start in Room 602, and Algebra II students will start in Room 403.  Snacks will be provided.  Unless otherwise notified, students must have transportation to leave at 4:45 p.m.  All algebra, geometry, and Algebra II students are welcome to attend as many sessions as possible.

From the PH SCA: We will have our annual Spring Harvest Food Drive during the month of April. The food items collected will go to WHEAT (Western Hanover Emergency Action Team). PHHS collected 521 lbs of food last year, and over 900 lbs the year before. The SCA officers will come around to A2 classes during study block once a week to collect and count food items.

Prom Information:  Prom 2016 is on Saturday, May 7. Tickets are $30 each and will be on sale before and after school in the commons from Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29. Before students can purchase tickets, they must pay all outstanding fines, fees, and dues.  PH juniors and seniors bringing a date who does not attend PH, must have a guest permission slip form completed before purchasing tickets. The guest permission slip is available in the front office.  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Pauley (MPauley@hcps.us) in Room 309 or Mrs. Greenwood (KGreenwood@hcps.us) in Room 108. 

From The College of William & Mary, June 26-July 1:

Leadership by Design is an opportunity for students to learn from William & Mary faculty, staff, and students about leadership opportunities, service opportunities, and core principles that drive social change in a residential setting. The program, developed in partnership with the Leadership by Design program at Shenandoah University, which can be found here, is designed for 10th and 11th grade students interested in attending college or university, whether that is William & Mary or any other institution.  It is a great opportunity for students to gain exposure to and comfort with college life.  We are truly seeking students with varying levels of experience and exposure to higher education, interest in higher education, and more. We really are interested in having your students involved in this experience.  The program is $600 and there is some available financial aid, so please encourage students to register and apply for aid!  Due date is April 28, 2016 at 5 p.m.  Link/web address for application: http://www.wm.edu/offices/sel/leadership-by-design/index.php.  If you have questions, contact bsbrown01@wm.edu or call at 757-221-3263.

From James Madison University: The weeklong institute (July 10-16) will provide students with a great opportunity to get a close glimpse of college life.  They will have the opportunity to live in a college dorm, sample small honors-type classes, and engage with professors and current students.  Participants will hear from representatives from JMU’s Admissions Office who will explain the college admissions process, offer tips, and answer questions that the students might have.   Representatives from the Career and Academic Planning Office will also provide advice regarding the selection of a major and career preparation.    Honors Program staff members will explain how participation in an honors program can enhance a student’s college experience.   Finally, there will be opportunities for students to participate in a variety of fun activities on and off campus.   Application deadline is May 15, 2016.  A more complete description of the program is available on the SHI website: http://www.jmu.edu/outreach/programs/all/honorscamp/index.shtml

There is an $900 fee per student, which will cover all SHI related expenses (room and board, class materials, activity fees). Partial scholarships may be available for students with financial need.  Please contact Melissa Heatwole in JMU’s Office of Outreach and Engagement if you have questions or would like more information. Melissa can be reached at heatwoml@jmu

From Hanover County Parks & Recreation:  This class will teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your retirement. You will discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships and strategies for minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education. 

Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College

 Course #5782– Wednesday, May 18– 6 PM-8:30 PM

Hanover High School

 Tuition Fees $25   Spouse can attend for free.

 Please see the below links for more information on the course schedule and their    registration form. 

 Course information:

Register online at www.hanoverparksrec.com

 Brochure and Registration Form:


 For additional information contact Hanover County Parks & Recreation or email:parksandrec@hanovercounty.gov

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: https://phhsnews.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/2016-5k-phun-run/ 


If you would like to start planning for summer school, information has been posted at http://hanover.k12.va.us/instruction/summer_school/.  Also, our Counseling Center has a few brochures. The location for high school summer school this year is Lee-Davis High School.  The school division will provide transportation to and from Patrick Henry High School.

Senior 2017 Portrait Dates:


Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Times: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Location: Commons



Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Times: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location: Commons



Date: Monday-Tuesday, October 10-11, 2016

Times: After school (no senior portraits during underclass timeframe); Sign-up sheets to be provided

Location: Commons


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 permitted.
  3. Mesh or see-through clothing is not permitted.
  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

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

5/6-Interims distributed

5/6-Pops Concert, 7 p.m., $7 at the door 

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

5/9-13-School-wide SOL focus: every class meets every day; no shuttle buses will run

5/16-27-Main SOL Testing Window

5/19-Spring Concert, 7 p.m.—FREE admission

5/30-Memorial Day; holiday for students and staff

6/13-16-Final exams


Senior Dates

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

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Not too late to get funding for 2016-17 college courses: If you have not already filed your 2016-17 FAFSA  (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the academic year that beings next fall, you still can do so at www.fafsa.gov. This form is used by colleges to determine if a student is eligible for Pell Grant and/or Work-Study funds, and to award Federal Student Loans. If you need help completing the form, you can make an appointment with Mrs. Spaulding in PH Counseling (365-8020).

Bridging RVA Drawing for college scholarship funds:  All PH Seniors can be entered in a random drawing for a $250 scholarship funded by Bridging RVA.   All you need to do is take a copy of your FAFSA one-page results or the email you received stating that your FAFSA was submitted, and give it to Mrs. Osborne in Counseling by May 17th.  All entries will be placed in a bowl and TWO recipients will be drawn.  That is all there is to it!  If you have not already filed a FAFSA, you can do so at www.fafsa.gov.  If you need help completing it, you can make an appoint with Mrs. Spaulding in Counseling.  (These scholarships are funded by an award PHHS was given by Bridging RVA for the progress we have made in raising the FAFSA completion rate for PH students.)

Athletics for April 22, 2016

Due to weather forecasts for later this evening, both of tonight’s JV soccer games have been cancelled.  We have no make-up dates yet.
The boys’ varsity soccer game will start at 6 p.m. at home.
The girls’ varsity soccer game will start at 6 p.m. at Atlee High School.

Athletic Events Changes, April 21-22, 2016

Athletic Event Changes:

The Varsity Baseball game scheduled for Friday, April 22 will now be on Thursday, April 21 @ 6pm – $5 admission

The Varsity Softball game scheduled for Friday, April 22 will now be on Thursday, April 21 @ 7pm – $5 admission

The JV Baseall game scheduled for Friday, Aprill 22 @ Atlee will now be played Thursday, April 21 @ 6:00pm

Math Textbook Adoptions

Hanover County Public Schools is seeking the public’s input on high school mathematics textbooks that are being considered for adoption.  Hanover County residents are encouraged to examine textbooks from the publishers’ series and provide written feedback.


Textbooks can be reviewed April 21—April 29 at the following locations:


Hanover County School Board Office

200 Berkley Street, Ashland, VA 23005

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Atlee Branch Library

9161 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116

The library is open Monday—Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday—Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Citizens are encouraged to contact the library at (804) 559-0645 to confirm its hours of operation as they may be subject to change, or visit their website at: http://www.pamunkeylibrary.org/atlee.htm


Assessment forms will be provided at each location, which can be completed on-site by anyone interested in submitting feedback.