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Parent Workshop

WHAT:         Age of Majority

What happens when my child with an IEP turns 18?
Students and parents come learn about this very important topic. EVERYTHING changes once a person with a disability turns 18. Are you prepared…do you know what things you need to have in place? Please join Dana Traynham, a lawyer from the disAbility Law Center of Virginia, as she explains how to make this transition easier.

WHERE:       Oak Knoll Middle School

10295 Chamberlayne Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116

WHEN:         Thursday, Oct 6, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Please RSVP HERE or contact Kelly at (804) 365-4596.

The Parent Resource Center offers education and support to parents of students with special needs. View all upcoming workshops at:http://hcps.us/instruction/parentresource/workshops.htm

Electrical Issue

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Earlier this morning, we experienced a brief power outage that affected a portion of the 400 wing of PHHS (6 classrooms) due to an HVAC breaker issue.  Students are safe, and we are continuing with instruction.  Power has been restored and our facilities staff is working as quickly as possible to repair the HVAC system impacting this area.  In the interim, we have a plan in place to relocate the affected classrooms to ensure instruction is not disrupted.

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts in providing a safe and healthy environment for our outstanding students. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

Kind regards,

Beth Smith


Science National Honor Society (SNHS) Applications

Patrick Henry High School Science National Honor Society (SNHS) Applications are available!

This organization is dedicated to science scholarship, leadership, and service in order to promote science in both our school and our community. As a member of Science NHS, a student will actively participate in science-related events at least once per nine weeks in the community (outside of Patrick Henry) and tutoring within the school community.  You must meet the minimum requirements listed below.

All applications are due on Friday, October 7th at 3:30pm to Mrs. Embrey in room 209 or Ms Scheele in room 212. Click here for the application.

ication Requirements

  • 3.75 overall GPA (weighted)
  • 3.667 average GPA in all high school science classes (un-weighted)
  • Junior or Senior year – currently enrolled in an AP or IB science class earning an A or a B
  • If GPA or grade falls below requirements, student is put on probation and has nine weeks to pull grade back up.  After that, student’s membership is revoked.
  • Documentation of participation in some science extracurricular activity during any part of elementary, middle, or high school (e.g. internship, class, workshop, summer camp, VJAS, Metro Richmond, Math & Science center, Science Fair, formal or informal tutoring peers in science)
  • Teacher recommendation from a previous science teacher.  The teacher must put the recommendation back in my mailbox or you must provide your teachers with an envelope for the completed recommendation, which must be signed over the seal.  Incomplete applications will void an applicant from being considered for membership.

We hope that you are interested in applying to the Patrick Henry High School Science National Honor Society! If you have questions or comments, please contact:

Mrs. Embrey: cembrey@hcps.us

Ms. Scheele: ascheele@hcps.us

MSiC Open House


Safety Drill

Today, September 27th , school administrators, in cooperation with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a proactive safety drill where students and staff practiced taking shelter in their building.  This is a precautionary measure conducted multiple times during the school year, which is required by law.  We appreciate your support of our efforts to provide a safe and secure school environment for our students and staff.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (804) 365-8000.

Online Computer Science Course

Hanover County Public Schools and CodeRVA are pleased to introduce a new online course for 9th grade students interested in computer science. The course is taken entirely online with a teacher who interacts with students virtually.  No face-to-face sessions are required. Students will study a wide variety of computer science topics, including big data and game development. Once students successfully complete the course, it will be added to transcripts and count towards graduation requirements.

Please see the attached flyer for more information on the course and to sign up.

PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS Issue 6 – September 23rd, 2016

Below, please find a preview of the week to come as well as a few reminders & highlights:




  • Parking decals are $75 and may be purchased by LICENSED drivers that are Seniors & Juniors who have no other outstanding fee/book obligations.
  • We will begin checking for student decals on Monday, September 26th.  
    • Students wishing to drive to school and park on campus MUST have a decal by this date.  Students who park without a decal are subject to disciplinary consequences, including potential loss of this privilege.  Please plan accordingly.




  • Remind 101-  Keep up with important information about grade level events with Remind. Students and parents alike may use the codes below to join based on graduation year and encourage your student to sign up so they don’t miss out!              PHHS CLASS REMIND CODES:

Seniors, Class of 2017 ⚫ Text @phhsgrad17 to 81010

Juniors, Class of 2018 ⚫Text @phhsgrad18 to 81010

Sophomores, Class of 2019 ⚫ Text @phhsgrad19 to 81010

Freshmen, Class of 2020 ⚫ Text @phhsgrad20 to 81010



  • National Honor Society applications are due on  9/30 2 PM – this  is a firm application deadline
  • BETA applications were distributed this week and are due on October 7th at 3:30PM. See website for details


IB Exam Information

  • Registration for Juniors and Seniors enrolled in an IB level course began this week, and ends on 10/31/16. Thank you to the many parents who have already taken care of this obligation.
  • If a student takes an IB level course, then s/he is required to take the IB exam in May 2017. The registration fee ($168) is paid for by Hanover County. The testing fee this year of $116.00 per subject is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Forms were distributed to students this past week and can be found online at https://hcpsib.wordpress.com/ib-registration/
  • Fees can be paid on https://www.myschoolbucks.com or with a check made payable to PHHS (Please indicate “IB Exam Fees” in the memo field). Return the registration form with payment to Mr. Eads in the IB Office (Glass Office beside Library) by 10/31/16.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Eads (IB Coordinator) at meads@hcps.us

Scholarship Information

  • Fill out the PHHS School and Community Scholarship Application by 4pm on December 9 to be eligible for the many local scholarships sponsored by our community!! The PHHS Scholarship application can be found by going to the HCPS Career Center website and clicking on the “Scholarships” tab. You will need to use your school Google login to access the application.
  • Don’t forget to check out the scholarship database where new scholarship opportunities are posted weekly! For more information, see Ms. Konrad in the Career Center on Thursdays and Fridays!

Hanover Cares Survey

  • Students in the 10th and 12th grades were given a yellow permission slip today during our Phlex block for the Hanover Youth Survey. This survey is a partnership between HCPS and Hanover Cares and is aimed at collecting information on youth alcohol and drug use and awareness. The data collected from this survey will really be useful as we move forward and helping to prevent our youth from substance misuse. Please sign and encourage your student to participate. Copy of permission slip is attached.

School Counseling News

  • The PH Counseling Center is putting together an Advisory Council to review the counseling curriculum and provide input on goals and activities.  This group will meet twice a year (once in each semester).  We would love to have a parent representative to provide us with the communities perspective.  Please email Mr. Hurley at jhurley@hcps.us  if interested!
  • The PH Counseling Center will be running a First Generation College group that will cover the college application process, how college admissions works, financial advice, and provide support and assistance to your student as they apply to college.  This group is intended for students who will be the first in their family to attend college.  If interested, please sign up in the Counseling Center by September 29, 2016.


PHHS Events Sept. 23rd to Sept. 30th

Friday September 23rd    

Varsity Football at Patrick Henry

Student Theme – Neon

WIN! PH is 4-0!!!!



Saturday September 24th     

Marching Band Competition at Goochland High School 2:00PM

Monday September 26th     

JV and Varsity Field Hockey at Patrick Henry 6:00PM and 7:30PM

Tuesday September 27th         

Varsity Field Hockey at Patrick Henry 6:00PM
JV and Varsity Girls Volleyball at Patrick Henry 6:00PM and 7:00PM
JV and Varsity Boys Volleyball at Atlee 6:00PM and 7:00PM

Wednesday September 28th

Boys Regional Golf Tournament at Briar Woods TBD
Boys and Girls Cross Country Meet at Atlee 5:00PM

Thursday September 29th         

JV and Varsity Girls Volleyball at Henrico 6:00PM and 7:00PM
Boys Varsity Volley at Patrick Henry 6:00PM
JV Football at Patrick Henry 7:00PM

Friday September 30th    

Varsity Football at Hanover

Student Theme – All Black