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PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS ‘17-18 Issue 17:  December 17, 2017


 PHHS Student Commercial

  • Students from Patrick Henry have a  commercial that has been selected for the CBS NOT4ME commercial. Out of dozens of entries we placed top 5 along with TV99 (Lee Davis), Atlee, and Varina.
  • Voting is now open to select the winning entry, ust the link below to vote!
  • Select “Drinking can wait, the Adventure Can’t” by Corinna C.
  • The winning video will be broadcast during the 60th annual Grammy Awards on CBS on Jan. 28 and continue to run through June 2018. The students will win a $1,500 cash grant and I could win a $1000 cash grant.
  • EVERYONE CAN VOTE DAILY between now and January 14th

Emerging Leaders Application


  • Applications for rising seniors applying to the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Program are available.


  • The University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies and Hanover County Public Schools have formed a partnership to provide an innovative Emerging Leaders Program for gifted high school students. The program includes two components: a Summer Leadership Institute and the Academic Year Continuation.  During the summer program and the school year, students will work on expanding their leadership skills by planning and executing a year long project. Interested students must have room in their schedule for this class and be able to attend the summer program at the University of Richmond (July 23-27). Applications are attached and can also be found in the front office, with school counselors, outside of Ms. Scheele’s room (213) and on the school website. Applications are due to Ms. Scheele by January 26, 2018. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Ms. Scheele at ascheele@hcps.us.

Chorus Discount Card

  • The PHHS Chorus is selling Discount Cards to all your favorite shops in Ashland.
  • These are great gifts for stockings or for yourself and they are only $10.00
  • Get discounts at McDonalds, Sonic, Dominos, Firestone Buffalo Wild Wings, EnRoute Dry Cleaners, Jersey Mikes, Pie Hole. Shoe Carnival, Sweet Frog, Ponderosa, Applebees’, Sportspage Grill, Merchant’s Tire, SportsClips and Brick Oven!!!
  • Discounts apply for all visits now until Nov. 1, 2018!!
  • For more information or to purchase tickets, contact any chorus student or email: Betty Godbolt

Counseling News

  • The application for The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology is now open!  Trade School classes are open to rising Juniors and Seniors, including courses in Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, HVAC, Carpentry, and Electricity.  These courses will be 3 credits in the 2018-2019 school year and take 3 blocks in a student’s schedule.  Transportation is provided to and from THCTT and lunch will be available for students travelling for Trade School classes.  Be sure to consult with your school counselor during your individual academic planning meeting in January/February if interested in Trade School courses.  Apply for a spot today; applications are due by 2/15!
  • Do you want to help plan Hanover’s Global Youth Service Day Kick-Off Party and mobilize thousands of youth to volunteer? If your answer is YES, consider joining the Global Youth Service Day Youth Planning Coalition!  Meetings will be held on January 16th, February 13th, and March 6th from 7-8:30 p.m. in Ashland and the Kick-Off Party takes place on March 17th from 12:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the Patrick Henry YMCA. You’ll learn basic project planning and marketing skills, participate in service projects, and meet young people just like you who are making a difference in our community.  For more information and to sign up please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GYSD2018. You must sign up by January 5, 2018


    • 2018 Reynolds Preview Days
      • Students and parents have the unique opportunity to come and visit J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College for themselves at the upcoming 2018 Reynolds Preview Days.  See the following flyer for upcoming dates, focus topics and additional information.  2018 Reynolds Preview Days Flyer
      • Parents of Seniors:  If your senior student has completed up to 100 hours of community service in ONE location beginning in their junior year, encourage them to apply for the $1,000 HEF Serve & Learn Scholarship ASAP!  Students can visit the Scholarship Opportunities Spreadsheet at http://bit.ly/2zVWwFG for more information and should apply before winter break as the application deadline is December 29, 2017!
      • IMPORTANT: Seniors need to fill out the 2017-2018 Senior Scholarship Application ASAP! Completing this application will qualify seniors to be considered for several scholarships provided by area businesses and organizations through the PH Scholarship Committee. The deadline to complete the application is Friday, December 29 at midnight.  If they’ve not already done so, please encourage your senior to complete this ASAP.  Students can use the following link to access the application:http://bit.ly/2017SeniorScholarshipApp
    • For additional Scholarship Opportunities and upcoming Scholarship Fairs click below: https://hcpscareercounseling.wordpress.com/scholarships/



  • ECPI University – will be visiting PH during all student lunches on Monday, December 18th. Students can learn more by visiting with the admissions representative in the lunchroom that day!
    • The University of Mary Washington (UMW) will be holding an On-Site Admissions event for interested Seniors on Tuesday, January 9th at 11:30 am. To attend this event, seniors must apply/submit their Common Application to UMW on or before Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Students must also come with an official or unofficial copy of their transcript in hand. SAT or ACT scores included on the high school transcript will be accepted as will those already submitted to UMW by the student.
    • Seniors can sign-up to attend this event by clicking on the below Sign-Up link OR by signing up on the form posted outside of the Career Counseling Center Office (located near the World Languages hallway).  Please contact Mrs. Edwards, Career Counselor, with any questions at spedwards@hcps.us
    • 2018 Reynolds Preview Days
      • Students and parents have the unique opportunity to come and visit J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College for themselves at the upcoming 2018 Reynolds Preview Days.  See the following flyer for upcoming dates, focus topics and additional information. 2018 Reynolds Preview Day Flyer
    • 2018 HBCU Festival
    • Alfred Street Baptist Church is hosting the 16th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Festival on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.The festival will be held at:
      • The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745
    • This festival is geared towards juniors and seniors however 10th grade students are welcome to attend to begin higher education research.  Parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend the festival with their student. The Festival is FREE to attend, however, EVERYONE MUST REGISTER at:
    • www.alfredstreet.org/ministries/outreach-and-missions/hbcu-festival/
    • Over 70 colleges and universities will be represented plus other organizations
    • Some schools will offer instant admission, conduct on-site interviews, and waive application fees
    • Seminars for students, parents, and guardians
    • Band auditions (Must pre-register and bring your own instrument)


  • Bank of America – Student Leaders Program
    • Every year, through their Student Leaders program, Bank of America helps connect 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service. Students are awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such as Boys and Girls Clubs of America and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. The Student Leaders Summit focuses on skill building and creating a more civically engaged society.
    • Students that have a passion for improving the community can learn more about the eligibility criteria and find the 2018 application at Student Leaders Program – Eligibility Criteria & Application
    • Juniors and Seniors can apply from October 30, 2017 to February 2, 2018


  • UVA – Curry School of Education: 2018 Summer Enrichment Program
  • In conjunction with the Curry School of Education, the University of Virginia announces the 40th year of its residential summer program. This is an exciting opportunity for gifted and high ability students currently in grades 4-10! The camp is a 12-day residential experience where students live on grounds at UVA and attend classes at a nearby private school. Students in the program spend the morning and afternoon engaged in learning experiences designed to foster critical thinking, creative thinking, and inquiry processes. Instruction is differentiated to meet the individual readiness, learning profile, and interests of each student. There are three summer sessions offered:
    • Session I: June 17-28, 2018
    • Session II: July 1-12, 2018
    • Session III: July 15-26, 2018
  • More information about this Summer Enrichment Program and the application can be found at:
  • Summer Program at CNU!
  • Interested in earning college credit this summer while learning about revolutionary thinking throughout history?
  • Christopher Newport University’s Summer Humanities Institute is a two-week residential program where students who take or plan to enroll in college-level coursework while in high school (AP, IB or DE) can learn in and outside the classroom from dynamic college faculty in the disciplines of philosophy, history, literature and cultural studies.
  • The multidisciplinary immersion course supports the advanced courses students are taking in high school. Participants live in CNU’s residence halls, eat in the dining halls, learn in college classrooms and earn three college credits.
  • Check out the program website for additional information at http://cnu.edu/summerhumanities/
  • The program deadline is March 15, 2018.
  • Virginia Military Institute Open House Visits
    • VMI Open House Visits allow high school seniors and juniors to sleep in barracks, eat in the mess hall, and talk with faculty, admission counselors, and cadets. They are a student and parent affair. Students may bring no more than two guests with them and they must make separate arrangements for lodging.
    • For information about VMI Open House Visits contact Capt. Chase Perry at openhouse@vmi.edu or call 540-464-7211.
    • Remaining Open House Dates for 2017-18:
      • February 9-10, 2018
      • March 2-3, 2018
      • March 16-17, 2018


  • Career Update
    • Virginia Education Wizard Update
    • The Career Counseling Center recently completed career assessments utilizing the Virginia Education Wizard website with all 9th and 11th grade students.  This website can be accessed at www.vawizard.org. Students received their own Student Wizard Quick Start sheet during the lesson which includes their unique Username and Password for logging into the Virginia Wizard website
    • Ask your student to login and share with you what they learned during their lesson. Virginia Wizard is a great resource for helping students understand more about themselves and how to achieve their goals. Through career assessments, college and career advice, and tools to help them plan each step of the way, the Wizard will help students focus on their next steps! Contact Mrs. Edwards, Career Counselor, at spedwards@hcps.us with any questions
  • GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.) provides Spanish speaking advisor for financial aid assistance/questions:
  • GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable, college-access organization that assists students and families in obtaining funding for post-secondary education, now has a Spanish speaking advisor available to assist students/families with the financial aid process. The advisor, Conchy Martinez, is bilingual and is available to assist with outreach to the Latino community.  She staffs an email in Spanish so that parents who speak little or no English can send her financial aid questions in Spanish and receive an answer in Spanish.  Her email is espanol@grasp4va.org.
  • Additional financial aid information is available at the GRASP website, www.grasp4va.org.
  • Free FAFSA assistance available through GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.)


o GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.) is holding several FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion and financial aid information events during the upcoming months that are FREE and open to the public.  Below are the dates, locations, and contact information for making appointments.

o Belmont Library (Richmond) – Wednesdays from 6-8 pm – FAFSA and/or financial aid assistance.  Call (804) 527-7772 for appointment or visit the library on Wednesdays at that time.

o   FAFSA Completion events – Richmond Public Library, Main Branch

Saturday, January 27, 10 am – 4 pm

Call (804) 527-7772 to make appointment.

  • Get connected with your Career Counseling Center this school year:

o   Visit our website at – https://hcpscareercounseling.wordpress.com/

o   Follow me on Twitter: @HCPSCareers for up to date details on the latest Careers, College/Military Visits, Scholarships and more!

Tardy Policy Reminder

  • Upon return from winter break, please be reminded the following tardy policy is in place: If a student accumulates 5 tardies spread out between any class, he/she will be assigned 1 day of After School Detention, held in Room 407 until 4:30.
  • If the student skips detention, he/she will be assigned In-School Suspension. This process will occur again if the student reaches 7 tardies, and again after 9 tardies.
  • If a student accumulates 10 or more tardies, the student will be assigned 1 day of ISS for every additional 5 tardies. Please encourage your student to develop the habit of being on time to both school and class throughout the day! Thank you for your help!

Athletic Events for the Week of December 18th

  • Monday Dec. 18th
    • NJROTC Awards – 6PM
  • Tuesday Dec. 19th
    • No Flex Block
    • Girls Swimming Invitational at GRAP – TBD
  • Wednesday Dec. 20th – January 2nd, 2018
    • Winter Break – Schools closed


  • 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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