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PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS ‘17-18 Issue 18: January 2nd, 2018


Happy New Year Patriot Nation! Hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable break!

Important Course Registration Information

  • Student course registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin shortly after we return from break!  Please encourage your child to review the Program of Studies before meeting with their counselor.  A limited number of paper copies are available in the PH Counseling Center.  Individual Academic Planning Meetings will take place on the following timeline:
    • Current Juniors: 1/8 – 1/19
    • Current Sophomores: 1/22 – 2/2
    • Current Freshmen: 2/5 – 2/9.
    • The last day to change classes for the 2018-2019 school year is August 9.  Please see the following attachments for more details or contact your child’s school counselor.

PHHS Baseball Camp

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 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.


    • Attention parents of senior students:  Several new scholarships have been posted to the HCPS Career Counseling website via the Scholarship Opportunities Spreadsheet. Some of these are listed below. Click on the above Scholarship Opportunities Spreadsheet link to view complete details and the application process for these and several more!
    • AARP Hanover Chapter Scholarship – Senior planning to major in special education; 3.0 GPA or higher; strong leadership and citizenship characteristics; strong work ethic; compose an essay on why you have chosen to major in the field of special education.
    • Austin Brown Pleasants Family Memorial Scholarship – Senior candidates should be active in their school/community. Choral students are encouraged to apply.
    • GRASP 2+2 Renewable Scholarships – seniors must plan to earn their associates degree at a Virginia Community College and then transfer to a 4-year school for their bachelor’s degree. Students must meet with your high school GRASP Advisor, Mrs. Patty Wood (School Counseling Office) to be eligible.
    • Hanover County Council of PTAs Senior Scholarship – senior must be continuing on to either a two‐year or four‐year college or university. To be eligible, a senior or their parent must be a member of a Hanover County PTA/PTSA. The scholarship focuses not solely on academic achievement, but also on a commitment to and engagement in community service.\
    • J.K. Samples Scholarship – senior applicant must have a 2.0 GPA minimum, a commitment to participating in a post-secondary program, strong leadership and citizenship characteristics.
    • Thomas L. Purvis Scholarship – Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, senior who has been a scholar athlete while attending PHHS, should possess high standards of character and leadership.\
    • For additional Scholarship Opportunities and upcoming Scholarship Fairs click below: https://hcpscareercounseling.wordpress.com/scholarships/
    • 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
      • Click Here – UMW Sign-Up Form
    • 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 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
    • 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:
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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 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
      • GRASP is holding several FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion and financial aid information events during the upcoming months that are both free and open to the public. Below are the dates, locations, and contact information for making appointments.
        • Belmont Library: Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Call (804) 527-7772 to make an appointment or visit the library on Wednesdays during that time.
        • Richmond Main Branch Library: Saturday, January 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Call (804) 527-7772 to make an appointment. Additional financial aid information is available at the GRASP website at www.grasp4va.org
  • Stay connected with your Career Counseling Center this school year:

Tardy Policy Reminder

  • 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 January 1st

  • Monday Jan. 1st
    • Winter Break – School Closed
  • Tuesday Jan. 2nd
    • Winter Break – School Closed
    • Girls Swimming Invitational at GRAP – TBD
  • Wednesday Jan. 3rd
    • Students return to school
    • No after school events
  • Thursday Jan. 4th
    • Varsity Gymnastics Meet at Deep Run – TBD
    • Boys and Girls JV basketball at Lee Davis – 6:00PM
    • JV Wrestling – TBD
    • Varsity Wrestling at Patrick Henry 6PM
  • Friday Jan. 5th
    • IB Ceremony in the Auditorium – 10:30AM
    • Boys and Girls Indoor Track Invitational at Boo Williams – 3PM
    • Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball at Patrick Henry – 6PM
    • Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming at Ashland YMCA – 6PM
  • Saturday Jan. 6th
    • Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming at Ashland YMCA ( Rescheduled from 12-09)- TBD
    • Boys and Girls Indoor Track Invitational at Boo Williams – 9AM


  • 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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