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Week of April 10, 2016




Both PH Destination Imagination teams had a great weekend.  They both placed second in their challenges at the Virginia State Destination Imagination competition held at Atlee High School yesterday. Both teams have now qualified for the global competition in May at the University of Tennessee.   The teams are:

  • We’re All Mad Here – Lily Abbott, Maggie Hartigan, Philip Hobson, and Haley Lavach
  • No One PHights Alone – Hannah Hobson, Zach Kahler,  Kendall Kalber, and Rachel Walsh

Congratulations to both teams!


Kudos to SOAR Representative Mrs. Spaulding and the PHHS Counseling Center!  From GRASP (Great Aspirations Scholarship Program)–Since GRASP first implemented the SOAR program in the 2010/2011 school year, 87 PH students have participated. Through their persistence and fulfillment of their pledge, collectively these students have earned $66,500 in scholarships.


Presently 42 students are enrolled. Next year SOAR Virginia will be open to another fifteen rising Patrick Henry sophomores. We have prepared an information piece for prospective students and parents that we hope can be shared with the 9th Grade (rising sophomores). The link for this flyer is https://www.smore.com/x92em. Any assistance you can be in getting this into the hands of rising 10th Graders is greatly appreciated. Ideally, we would have these students identified at the very start of the 2016/2017 school year.


Our thanks go to Counseling Director Josh Hurley and the entire Patrick Henry High School team for the tremendous support that this program has received. Without this support, these students would never have benefited from being a SOAR Virginia scholar, a unique combination of access services and scholarship incentives.



From Emerging Leaders:  Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday to the Bazaar, hosted and organized by our Emerging Leaders students.  They raised money for donation to Hanover Safe Place, an organization that gives counseling and shelter to women and families affected by domestic violence and abuse.


Chorus Fundraiser:  Tuesday, April 12, is PH day at Chipotle at 1070 Virginia Center Parkway.  50% of all PH purchases from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, will be donated to the PH Choral Boosters.  All you have to do is tell the cashier at checkout that you are there for the fundraiser.  Or, you can show a hard copy of the flier or a copy on your phone.

Senior Trip Information:  The senior class will be taking their annual trip to Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, on Monday, June 6, 2016.

  • 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.
  • Permission slips and money will be collected the week of April 11 – April 15, during all four lunches.
  • 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) at 365-8000.


Senior Class Officer Applications Available:  Juniors qualify to apply for the offices of president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.  The applications are due Friday, April 15. The officers will be responsible for planning all senior events next year, including graduation, the picnic, and senior assembly.  Then, later on in life they will be the people to initiate the planning of reunions.  : )


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 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


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!  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.   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 Ms. Konrad, Career Counselor: 

  • Wednesday, April 13 – Beaverdam Ruritan Scholarship Applications due
  • Thursday, April 14 – Elmont Elementary School PTA Applications due
  • Thursday, April 21 – Gabe Pearce Memorial Applications for a student who will attend VCU are due.
  • The Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship Program will be awarding ten scholarships in Virginia of up to $2500 for a student who will attend an accredited non-profit community college in the fall to pursue and complete a career or technical program. The student needs to demonstrate financial need (Pell-Grant eligible).  Students interested should see Mrs. Konrad in the Career Center.


From Mrs. Roane, School Counselor:

  • Students planning to take dual enrollment classes in the 2016-2017 school year should bring their testing results to Mrs. Roane in the Counseling Center by Friday, April 15.
  • Students accepting placement in the Nurse Aide program must return their signed acceptance letters to Mrs. Roane in the Counseling Center no later than Friday, April 15.



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.


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.


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.  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

4/15-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

5/6-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

5/16-27-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


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