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PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS ‘17-18 Issue 5:  September 24, 2017

Awards Assembly

 

  • Patrick Henry will hold a school-wide awards assembly on Friday October 6th in the new gym from 9:15-10:45 AM. Students will be recognized for academic achievements earned as Patriots during the 2016-2017 school year.  Parents are welcome to attend and  will be contacted if your student will be recognized individually.   

 

Attention Seniors

  • If you missed the Candid Color senior picture appointments during the summer, the make-up day is October 4. Candid  Color will be on-site from 3:15-5:00, and you must sign up outside room 506 to reserve your spot.
  • Jostens will have 3 opportunities for Seniors and Families to place their graduation  orders directly with Jostens representatives:

1)  Monday 9/25 during all four lunches

2)  Tuesday 9/26 during all four lunches

3) Tuesday 9/26 from 4-7 in the Commons

Picture Days

  • Underclass pictures will be held on October 4-5 and will be taken through English classes.
  • Order forms will be distributed the week of September 25 or students may see Mrs. Zook in room 506.

SCA NEWS

  • SCA will be selling Homecoming tickets to the Enchanted Forest beginning October 2nd. Early Bird Special tickets will be $15 and will sold during all lunches in the cafeteria the week of October 2nd-6th. Tickets will also be available the week of Oct 10th-13th out of the SCA Office before school and during A3 for $20.

ASVAB Test

  • The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test will be given on Tuesday, October 24 at 8:30 a.m.   This test is given to all NJROTC cadets as part of the program and as a completer for CTE credit.  The test can also be taken by students not enrolled in NJROTC in grades 11 and 12.  The test lasts approximately 3 hours.  ASVAB scores are used primarily to determine enlistment eligibility, assign applicants to military jobs, and to aid students in career exploration.  This test is required by anyone desiring to enter a branch of the armed forces, and test results are valid for 2 years.  The ASVAB is also a great test to determine your potential aptitude for specific career fields.  ASVAB Tests taken at PH do not get released to military recruiters unless you give permission.
  • Non JROTC students (grades 11-12) who are interested in taking this test, please get a permission form from the School Testing Coordinator, Ms. Whitaker, in Room 204 and return back to Ms. Whitaker by Friday, October 13.

CAREER COUNSELING NEWS:

  • College Recruiter visits during Week of September 25:
    • College of William & Mary – Monday, September 25 (lunch visit)
    • Virginia Commonwealth University – Thursday, September 28 (lunch visit)
    • Johnson & Wales University – Friday, September 29 (lunch visit)
  • SAVE THE DATES:
    • Monday, October 16 at 6:00 pmCollege Information Night at Hanover High School:  Learn more about the college admissions process, financing for college, the importance of the college visit, and choosing a college major.  Panelists from various Virginia colleges will speak on these important topics.
    • 2017 QuestBridge National College Match
      • The 2017 QuestBridge National College Match for high school seniors is now open! The free, online application is due on September 27, 2017.
      • QuestBridge is a nationally recognized nonprofit that connects high-achieving, low-income students to full four-year scholarships at the nation’s best colleges, including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Amherst, and Duke
      • To learn more, visit www.questbridge.org
    • Exploring College Options – Student/Parent Information Session
      • Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn and Stanford are hosting this event to share information with prospective students and their parents about their institutions, up-to-date information about selection practices and processes, financial aid opportunities and more.
      • RSVP at: www.exploringcollegeoptions.org
      • Monday, October 2, 7:00 pm
      • Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump
      • 12042 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 364-3600
  • Reminder to get connected with your Career Counseling Center this school year
  • The 2017-18 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, 2017 at 12 midnight.  Seniors can use the below link to access the application:  http://bit.ly/2017SeniorScholarshipApp
  • If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Edwards at spedwards@hcps.us. Thank you!

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 has been 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.

Athletic Events for the Week of September 25th

  • Monday Sept. 25th
    • Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball  at Deep Run at  6PM
    • Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball at Patrick Henry at 6PM
    • JV and Varsity Field Hockey at Hanover at 5:30PM
  • Tuesday Sept. 26th
    • Boys and Girls Cross Country Meet at Wilder Middle at 5PM (rescheduled from 9-27)
    • Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball at Atlee  6PM
    • Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball at Patrick Henry at 6PM
  • Wednesday Sept. 27th
    • Varsity Field Hockey at Hermitage at 6PM
  • Thursday Sept. 28th
    • Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball at Patrick Henry at 6PM
    • Boys Varsity Volleyball at Henrico at 6PM
    • JV Football Game at Patrick Henry 7PM
  • Friday Sept. 29th
    • Varsity Football at Atlee at 7PM
  • Saturday Sept. 30th
    • Girls Cross Country  Invitational at Patrick Henry

 

STAY IN TOUCH WITH PATRIOT NATION:

  • 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

Class of 2018 dates

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Student Picture Day

Seniors: If you missed the Candid Color senior picture appointments during the summer, the make-up day is October 4. Candid  Color will be on-site from 3:15-5:00, and you must sign up outside room 506 to reserve your spot.
Underclass pictures will be held on October 4-5 and will be taken through English classes.

Senior Class meeting with Jostens

Attention All Seniors:
Jostens will be here this Friday 9/22 during Flex Block to explain the process for ordering caps and gowns and other graduation items.  This Senior Class meeting is mandatory for all Seniors to attend.
Jostens will have 3 opportunities for Seniors and Families to place their orders directly with Jostens representatives:
1)  Monday 9/25 during all four lunches
2)  Tuesday 9/26 during all four lunches
3)  Tuesday 9/26 from 4-7 in the Commons

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

Patriot Nation,

Please see below for important information from Patrick Henry High School

SCA NEWS

  • SCA will be selling Homecoming tickets to the Enchanted Forest beginning October 2nd. Early Bird Special tickets will be $15 and will sold during all lunches in the cafeteria the week of October 2nd-6th. Tickets will also be available the week of Oct 10th-13th out of the SCA Office before school and during A3 for $20.
  • Club Fair this Thursday during all 4 lunches. Please see attachment for more information.
  • Club meetings are held on Tuesdays during Flex. Clubs will be set up according to the day they meet- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Tuesdays. Encourage students to sign up for a club that meets each Tuesday for maximum school involvement. Club members and/or sponsors will be available for information. Also, freshman class officer applications will be available during club fair.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PASSWORDS:

  • Student passwords have been reset for the 17-18 school year.  Password updates for the school network, Google, Blackboard and PowerSchool were finished on 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 have problems with their password changes should go to the library to get help with the issue.
  • Parents who have problems accessing PowerSchool can send an email to hcpsparentportal@hcps.us

 

CAREER COUNSELING NEWS:

  • We have several exciting upcoming College Visits, Scholarship, and Career Exploration opportunities for our students!
    • College Recruiter visits during Week of September 18:
      • High Point University – Tuesday, September 19 (lunchroom visit during all lunches)
      • ECPI University – Wednesday, September 20  (lunchroom visit during all lunches)
    • Service Academy Day – Meet representatives from the Service Academies and Congressman Rob Wittman to learn more about the academies, the congressional office’s nomination process, and the admission process.  Students, Parents, Counselors and School Officials are all welcome to attend this event.
    • Saturday, September 30, 2017
      • Life Church – 8378 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
      • 9:00 am – 10:30 am
      • Door opens at 8:30 am for registration
      • Pre-Registration is NOT required.  For more info. call (804) 730-6595
    • The Infinite Scholars Program – 11th RVA Annual College Scholarship Fair:
      • Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
      • The Greater Richmond Convention Center
      • Pre-Register early at www.infinitescholar.org
      • Get connected with your PH Career Counseling Center this school year:
    • Bookmark the HCPS Career Counseling Center website, for helpful tools, tips and information: https://hcpscareercounseling.wordpress.com/
    • Follow me on Twitter: @HCPSCareers for up to date details on the latest Careers, College/Military Visits, Scholarships and more!
    • Scholarships update: The 2017-18 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, 2017 at 12 midnight.  Seniors can use the below link to access the application: http://bit.ly/2017SeniorScholarshipApp
    • If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Edwards at spedwards@hcps.us. Thank you!

 

Class of 2019

  • On September 26th , a Jostens representative will be at PH to hand out class rings to members of the Junior Class who purchased last year. The ring ceremony will take place in the Auditorium during PHlex.

 

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.
  • Seniors and/or Parents of a Senior:  If you are feeling overwhelmed by the “what will I do after high school” question, there is help at PHHS.  Mrs. Spaulding, the PH GRASP Advisor,  is at school every Thursday.  She is available to help with any aspect of the college process, including:
    • Do I really want to start college next August?
    • Should I start at a 2-year college and then transfer to a 4-year college?  How does transfer grant funding work?
    • What is the FAFSA (available Oct 1) and how does my family fill it out?
    • Do I need to fill out the CSS Profile for the colleges where I plan to apply for extra funding?
    • How do I look for scholarship funding?
    • Planning to work after high school and needing a credential to get a job?  She can also help you with the new Virginia initiative in the area of Workforce Credential Development funding.
    • Her sole purpose for being at PH is to help current seniors and their parents through this process in a timely way. You can make an appointment to see her by going by PH Counseling or calling PH Counseling at 365-8020 and speaking with Ms Osborne.

 

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 has been 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.

 

Athletic Events for the Week of September 18th

  • Monday Sept. 18th
    • Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball at Patrick Henry at 6PM
    • Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball at Monacan at 5:45PM
    • JV and Varsity Field Hockey at Atlee at 5PM
  • Tuesday Sept. 19th
    • Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball at Patrick Henry 6PM
    • Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball at Lee-Davis at 6PM
  • Wednesday Sept. 20th
    • Boys and Girls Cross Country meet at Pole Green Park
    • JV and Varsity Field Hockey at Patrick Henry at 5:30PM
  • Thursday Sept. 21st
    • Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball at Patrick Henry at 6PM
    • JV Football Game at Patrick Henry 7PM
  • Friday Sept. 22nd
    • Varsity Football at Henrico at 7PM
  • Saturday Sept. 23rd
    • Girls Volleyball Invitational at Albemarle

 

STAY IN TOUCH WITH PATRIOT NATION:

  • 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

Safety Drill 9/13/17

Good Morning

Today, September 12th, 2107, 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.

 

Beth Smith

Principal

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

Dear PATRIOT NATION,

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/ .

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT STUDENT PASSWORDS:

  • 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.

FROM MRS. EDWARDS, OUR NEW CAREER COUNSELOR:

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.

 

STAY IN TOUCH WITH PATRIOT NATION:

  • 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