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Week of May 1, 2016




Exciting News From Naval JROTC Instructor, Lt. Head: I am pleased to announce that one of our IB Seniors and Commander of our NJROTC Battalion, Grace Brooks, has been informed by Congressman David Brat’s office that she earned an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.  This high honor was not an overnight application.  Grace has been working hard toward this goal since the start of her freshman year.

A West Point cadetship includes a fully funded four‐year college education that confers a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. Tuition, room, board, and medical and dental care are provided by the U.S. Army.  As members of the Armed Forces, cadets also receive an annual salary of more than $6,500, and the cost of uniforms, books, a personal computer, and living incidentals are all provided.  The Government Accounting Office (GAO)  in 2009 placed the total value of this superb education and training at about $450,000.

On behalf of myself, the administrators, teachers and staff, we offer our most profound congratulations.  Grace, we are so proud of you!

Congratulations to our 2015-16 Valedictorian Max Cook and Salutatorian Emily Cannon.  We look forward to hearing their inspiring speeches during our graduation ceremony on June 18 at the Siegel Center.

Partrick Henry High School will be represented well at this year’s Girls and Boys State, summer leadership and citizenship programs sponsored by the American Legion.  Below are the names of our outstanding students who were accepted:

Girls State:

Jean Woodrum-Receiving scholarship from Henry Clay Women’s Club, Ashland

Meagan Weis

Elizabeth Mazza

Ashton Liesfeld


Boys State:

Kevin Huntsinger-Delegate

Parker Davis-Delegate

Joshua Peck-Delegate

Evan Hughes-Delegate

Carter Riddle-Delegate and receiving scholarship from American Legion Ashland Post 206

Joshua Sutton-Alternate

Kevin Kapros-Alternate


From Counseling Center Director, Mr. Hurley:  This past Tuesday, the Patrick Henry Kindness Crew delivered lunch to the Hanover County Sheriff’s Department to show appreciation to the officers that serve our community.  The students provided the officers with pulled pork BBQ donated from Jake’s place, buns, potato salad, chips, sodas, and homemade cookies prepared by two school counselors.  The students also distributed hand-written thank you cards to the officers.    The awesome students who participated are as follows:


Tyler Travers

Olivia Phillips

Hailey Wilson

Abby Smallwood

Lindsey Clay

Brooke Purcell

Julia LaFortune

Danielle Freda

Adriana Leitner

Rashidah Chernesky

Erin Wilson

Christine Minozzi


Last weekend, nineteen PH students attended the DECA International Competition in Nashville, Tennessee.  Bus driver Dennis Minton sent to me this complimentary email message about these PH students:

“I wanted to briefly touch base with you in reference to the recent DECA trip to Nashville. Mrs. Beth Markwood, Mrs. Chelsea Tinsley, and your students were absolutely great and represented Patrick Henry High School, our school, exceptionally well. They were on time for their pick ups, well-behaved, and most appreciative of our service as well as their teachers. Its amazing what our young people are capable of. I did not hear any complaints about anything during the time we spent together. I can’t tell you how many times they said thank you! They made me proud of our school and Hanover County.”  And, they make their principal proud, as well!  We have such great kids at PH!


Griffin Aderhold

Kayleigh Bohn

Delaney Boone

Blake Boschen

Wright Brockwell

Harrison Enright

Molly Enright

Allyson Flinn

Sydney Gilman

Bri Gooms

Jake Huber

Dabney Hyman

Sarah Jackson

Tyler Jackson

Christian LeMay

Katherine Lucas

Meredith Palmer

Justin Sikkar

Grace Stivers



Thursday, May 5, is PH day at Chick-fil-A in Ashland!  15% of all PH purchases from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. will be donated to the PH Choral Boosters.  All you have to do is put your Chick-fil-A receipt in the black box on the counter inside the store.  If you purchase via the drive thru, please take your receipt inside, and deposit it in the box.


The Chorus Pops Concert will be this Friday, May 6, 7 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door for $7 or $25 per family.  You will be awed by the musical talents of our students and the excellent direction of their instructor, Mrs. Dickerson.



May 5 & 6,  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. A flyer is attached to this message.


From Career Counselor, Ms. Konrad: 

Seniors, the last day to turn in scholarship award information from outside organizations is Thursday, May 5. A copy of the original award letter is required for the award to be announced on Senior Awards Night. If you are bringing an award letter from a college or university, it must be from the university you plan on attending. For questions, see Ms. Konrad in the Career Center or Ms. Morck in the Counseling Center.


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.

Exploring Educational Excellence Information Session: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice Universities and the University of Chicago.

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016 at 7pm.


WHERE: Hilton Richmond Short Pump

12042 W Broad St

Richmond, VA 23233


Learn about the selective admissions process, scholarships and financial aid, academic programs and campus life. An admissions officer from each school will be available. You must RSVP to reserve a space at  http://www.exploringeducationalexcellence.org/

From Mrs. Spaulding, GRASP Representative:

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.)


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).



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 start in Room 410, geometry students start in Room 602, and Algebra II students start in Room 403.  Snacks are 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 Mrs. Nuckols: Open gym for girls basketball will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m.


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.  Copy and paste this link into your browser:



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
  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

5/6-Interims distributed

5/6-Pops Concert, 7 p.m., $7 at the door or $25 per family 

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 at Siegel Center and senior picnic in PH gym and on front lawn

6/12-Baccalaureate service, 7 p.m., auditorium

6/18-Graduation, 12:00 noon, Siegel Center


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