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PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS ‘17-18 Issue 3:  September 10, 2017



What an amazing first week with our Patriots!  Our PHaculty has been so excited to have our students back with us, and our students, in turn, were exceptional!  I am so proud of the entire PHHS School Community for a top notch kick off week in all regards!  

As we embark on a new year, we want to be sure to highlight for Patriot Nation that we do so with a new grading scale in Hanover County Public Schools.  Much like the cat pictured here, you may have some questions about the exact details of these changes.  Here is a brief message from our HCPS Superintendent  Dr. Michael Gill:

Please check out the attached HCPS Grading Scale ‘17-18 document to be sure you have the most up-to-date and accurate information.

This week, we look forward to more excitement with our annual Back To School Night on Wednesday from 6-8 PM where parents & guardians come out to “live their teens’ schedules” for a brief night and meet their teachers and school support network.  We will begin the evening together in the Auditorium and then move to PHlex Block where parents will receive copies of their student’s schedule to follow for the evening.  All Flex Block assignments are linked here: Flex Block Assignments: 2017-2018, and we will also have posters up and PHaculty in the halls to help parents get the proper PHlex classroom.

We hope to see you all there and at our other events this week that are highlighted in this issue and published on our School Calendar, which is linked on the PHHS website front page and again at the conclusion of this issue.  

    Tomorrow at PHHS, we will fly the Freedom Flag in remembrance of 9-11.  Here are some facts about the Freedom Flag:  1) Our Virginia Senate and House of Delegates  designated the Freedom Flag as the Commonwealth’s official symbol of remembrance during the 2003 General Assembly session and Governor Mark Warner issued an executive order on February 24, 2003 proclaiming the Freedom Flag as Virginia’s official symbol of remembrance for September 11, 2001; 2) Businessman and Richmond, Virginia resident Richard Nicholas Melito drew a sketch on a napkin of the first Freedom Flag on the evening of September 20, 2001; and 3) the markings on the flag are symbolic representations of reminders as described on this official site:  https://www.freedomflagfoundation.org/ .


  • Student passwords are currently being reset for the 17-18 school year.  Password updates for the school network, Google, Blackboard and PowerSchool should be finished by Friday, September 15.
  • To keep students from getting locked out of PowerSchool, students should delete the PowerSchool app from their phones and then reinstall it once they have updated their passwords through their English classes.
  • Students who had problems with their password changes will be called to the library once their accounts have been fixed.
  • Parents who have problems accessing PowerSchool can send an email to hcpsparentportal@hcps.us
  • We will have a help station during Back To School Night to assist anyone with questions or concerns regarding parent access to PowerSchool, eConnect, or any other questions.


As the new Career Counselor, I look forward to working with you and your family this school year. Please stop by and visit me in the Career Counseling Center at the upcoming Back-To-School Night on Wednesday, September 13.  

  • Please also be sure and bookmark the HCPS Career Counseling Center website, for helpful tools, tips and information: https://hcpscareercounseling.wordpress.com/
  • For up to date details on the latest careers, college/military visits, scholarships and much more, follow me on Twitter: @HCPSCareers  
  • The 2017-2018 Senior Scholarship Application is now open for senior students to access. Completing this application will qualify seniors to be considered for scholarships provided by area businesses and organizations through the PHHS Scholarship Committee. The deadline to complete the application is Friday, December 29 at midnight. Seniors can use the following link to access the application: http://bit.ly/2017SeniorScholarshipApp
  • If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Edwards at spedwards@hcps.us

Class of 2018

  • Seniors and Families of Seniors – Please click here to see important dates related to senior year through graduation  for the 2017-2018 school year.

IB Testing Fees

  • If your child is a Junior or Senior taking an IB level course, then the IB organization requires that they must register for the IB exam in May 2018.  Mr. Eads will be coming into classrooms throughout the week to discuss the testing fees, testing dates, and distribute the form attached here. The testing fees are due by October 31, 2017.
  • Thank you for your understanding and if you have any questions, please contact Mr. Eads, meads@hcps.us or 804-365-8045.



  • PHHS Website-  http://hanover.k12.va.us/phhs/   In support of the snapshots provided by the weekly e-newsletter, our school website will remain the source for more detailed information and links.
  • PHHS Calendar-  On our school website you will find a link to the PHHS School Calendar, formerly referred to as the athletic calendar.  We work diligently to “bundle” information about all major school-related happenings in ONE PLACE on our school calendar, including major holidays, early release days, report card distribution, whole school events and assemblies, large field trips and concert dates, sports competitions, standardized testing dates, etc.  Specific club, organization, and course dates are not posted on this larger calendar:  PHHS School Calendar 1718
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