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Week of April 3, 2016




Thank you to Mr. Clark and his horticulture students Marquez Jackson, Logan Bulthuis, Hunter Hart, Tyler Baker, Noah Zook, Emma Lucas, and Kendall Stanley for taking mulch to the natural resources section of the State Fair and also mulching the plantings that were installed last year.  These students showed great community spirit!


Congratulations to junior Jonathan Spaulding for being chosen to participate in the 2016 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Washington Tour where 1500 students from all over the country will convene to learn about the judicial and political process and electric cooperatives.  Jonathan is one of only seven students in our entire district to win a space through his excellent application. This event is a week-long experience that takes place in June.  Jonathan, we are proud of you!


Congratulations are in order again for senior swimmer Ted Schubert.  Earlier this year, Ted won his fourth and fifth VHSL state championships for PH in the 100 fly and the 100 back stroke. Mid-March, Ted earned a fourth Olympic trials cut at the Junior National Championships in Orlando.  He will compete at the Olympic trials this summer in Omaha in the 200 back, 200 fly, 400 IM, and 1500 free stroke.  Ted was also the male high point winner for the Junior Nationals meet. Ted will compete in the ACC this fall for the University of Virginia.  Awesome, Ted!


Congratulations to us!  Hanover County Public Schools was one of only twelve Virginia school divisions to receive the “Best Community for Music Education” designation. This year is the fourth in a row that we have received this award.  The credit goes to our outstanding music teachers and students.  Thank you, Mrs. Dickerson, chorus teacher; Mrs. Peters, band director; and Mr. Idleman, strings teacher; and all our wonderful music students!



After-school math remediation starts 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.  A schedule of topics is attached.


From Emerging Leaders:  We invite you, your family, and friends to attend our Spring Bazaar on April 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Patrick Henry High School.  Browse booths with crafts, household items, clothing, and toys for sale. The proceeds from this event will be donated to Hanover Safe Place, an organization that gives counseling and shelter to women and families affected by domestic violence and abuse. We hope to see you at the bazaar!


Attached is this month’s Counseling Center Chronicle.  Thank you to Director Mr. Hurley, plus counselors Ms. Morck, Ms. Roane, and Mrs. Crowder for keeping us informed.  We have an awesome Counseling Center that serves our students in so many different ways.


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.



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!


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 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!


Families of students with an IEP, please join us for “I’m Determined Family Night” on April 12, 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.


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!  The price is $40 per person or $75 per couple.  Purchase tickets online at http://www.phlacrosse.com, and register for the corn hole tournament.


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 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

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

4/15-Report cards distributed

4/23-Arts and Science Festival, Atlee High School, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 

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

5/16-27-Main SOL Testing Window

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


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