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Week of May 8, 2016




Saturday night’s prom was splendid.  The theme Grecian Gardens lent itself well to ancient-looking Greek statues, spirals of ivy, and sparkling table-top fountains.  The students were gorgeously decked out.  I saw many smiles.  We hope everyone had a great time.  Paul Franklin and Katie Dodson were crowned Prom King and Queen, lovely seniors–inside and out.  Thank you to Mrs. Greenwood and Mrs. Pauley, our awesome sponsors.  They, once again, created an unforgettable experience for our students.


Friday night’s pop concert was excellent!  Thank you to all of the tremendously talented students who shared their singing and dancing passions with us.  Very impressive!  Thank you, Mrs. Dickerson, choral director, for all your hard work.


Senior Assembly last Friday was our first cap and gown event.  We appreciate School Board Vice Chair Sue Dibble for her words of welcome and inspiration.  Also, prior long-standing School Board member Sue Forbes Watson delivered a congratulatory message that lauded the many achievements of students in this year’s graduating class.  It was a great PH event.  Thank you to senior sponsors Mrs. Nuckols and Mrs. Flinchbaugh for their hard work and dedication to keeping us organized.


Congratulations to senior Brianna Grooms who was honored on Tuesday, May 3, at the Spirit of Volunteerism Celebration.  Brianna was recognized for her 300+ annual hours of volunteer work.  In the “Spirit of Youth” category, four of the six nominees were from Patrick Henry High School: Brianna Grooms, Madison Yancey, Peyton Luck, and our fabulous SCA: President – Katie Dodson; Vice President – Sidney Tinker; Secretary – Libbie Stone; Treasurer – Theresa Matthews; and Historian – Shea Burch.  PH was well-represented!


Congratulations to the members of the jazz band for an outstanding performance last weekend at the King’s Dominion Music Festival. They won first place high school band and earned a superior rating. They were also awarded the grand champion band trophy for earning the highest score of all of the bands competing.  According to band director Mrs. Peters, “They were a great representation of what makes PH so wonderPHul!”  Also, we thank Mrs. Peters for all her hard work in teaching and supporting these talented musicians.


Senior Ted Schubert was named Metro Swimmer of the Year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Congratulations, Ted!  This kid is some kind of athlete, and we are proud to all him a PH Patriot.  Below are links to the media coverage: http://www.richmond.com/sports/high-school/swimming/article_7151d616-2f87-5faf-9088-30c8cba5bbca.html





Note: This week, a separate counseling center e-newsletter is being sent due to the many announcements and reminders with attachments from our counselors. It can be found at https://phhsnews.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/counselling-information-week-of-may-9-2016/

Sports physicals are going to be held on June 2, in the old gym, starting at 3:30 p.m.  The cost is $20 per student athlete.  These physicals are for school year 2016-17.


Final Exam Schedule:

School dismisses at 1:15 p.m. on June 13-16, 2016.  The schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 13-Blocks A1 and A3

Tuesday, June 14-Blocks B1 and B3

Wednesday, June 15-Blocks A2 and A4

Thursday, June 16-Blocks B2 and B4



After-school math remediation:  This week is the last opportunity to take advantage of these help sessions for May SOL tests.  Remediation will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.  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


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.  


  • Skirts, dresses and shorts should be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee.


  1. Jeggings, leggings, yoga pants, etc. must be worn with tops that come to at least mid-thigh.
  2. 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

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

5/16-27-Main SOL Testing Window

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

5/24-Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m.–FREE admission

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

6/13-16-Final exams



Senior Dates

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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