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PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS, September 3, 2017

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Dear PATRIOT NATION,

I hope you are ready for a PHabulous school year because we have missed our PH Patriots and cannot wait to see each and every one of you on Tuesday morning!  This issue of PPEx (Patriot Pride Express) is designed to give you the information that is most relevant and pressing.  We have tried to think of all of  the questions  you might have about this week, and then provide the best information to  answer those questions.    Our goal is that the only worry or concern you have Monday night is picking out your first day of school outfit :).  

WHAT IS MY BUS ASSIGNMENT?:

WHAT IF I WILL BE DROPPED OFF and/or PICKED UP  or I am a STUDENT DRIVER?:

  • Please follow the traffic flow illustrated in this diagram:  PHHS Student Driver & Parent Drop-off/Pick-up Diagram.  We began this traffic flow last school year, and after a few weeks of adjustment, it ran very smoothly!  Thank you in advance for your help with keeping our Patriots safe.
  • Juniors & Seniors who have a VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE & would like to drive to school may do so the first two weeks of school.  Beginning September 18th, anyone parking on campus MUST have a current, hang tag style parking decal.  Here’s how to get a decal:
    • Pick up the decal application during any of the 4 lunches.
    • Provide proof of a current driver’s license and have no other outstanding fees or obligations.
    • Return the completed application with all information & all signatures completed.
    • Pay the $75 parking decal fee & receive your decal (for now, we are distributing temporary hanging decals until we are able to number the spaces on our newly striped parking lot spaces.  After this is done, we will announce a process for trading in temporary decals for permanent ones.

HOW EARLY MAY WE ARRIVE AT SCHOOL?:

  • For the safety of our students and school community, doors to school will not be open for students until 8:00 AM.  We ask that families make plans according and please DO NOT drop off students prior to 8 AM so that students are not left waiting unsupervised outside.

WHERE DO I PUT MY SPORTS BAG/EQUIPMENT?:

  • Student athletes have assigned team rooms by sport and have been accessing these team rooms this summer and may drop off sports equipment and bags in their team rooms before school.
  • A coach, PE Teacher, or administrator will be on the back gym hallway to unlock a team room for AM drop offs.
  • These team rooms will then be secured before the first bell and until practice time.  However, it is important that athletes not leave any valuables or class necessary items in the team rooms.

WHERE DO WE GO WHEN WE ARRIVE?:

  • Students arriving for school in the morning are asked to enter only through the doors on the front of the school grounds or at the back, main new gym doors by the small faculty parking lot.
  • Between 8:00-8:15 AM, students should report to the front lobby and/or the Commons/cafeteria until they are dismissed to hallways at 8:15 AM.
  • We will ALL begin our day on Tuesday, September 5th in Flex Block class. Your Flex Block class group is listed primarily by grade level and alphabetically (except NJROTC & ACA).

HOW DO I KNOW MY FLEX BLOCK ASSIGNMENT?

  • All Flex Block assignments are linked here: Flex Block Assignments: 2017-2018
  • Administrators and teachers will be in the hallways to assist and also have posters with these listings n the lobby, Commons, and 400’s intersection for reference.

WHAT IS FLEX BLOCK, ANYWAY?:

  • Think of Flex Block as a blend of traditional homeroom meets activity period; a place to distribute/collect school-related business items and a time for club meetings & whole school events (pep rallies, assemblies, etc.) that allows all students access but does not impede on instructional time
  • We will have Flex Block twice weekly for 40 minutes on Tuesdays & Fridays between 2nd & 3rd blocks.

HOW WILL I GET MY SCHEDULE IF I DIDN’T COME TO FEE NIGHT OR I HAVE LOST THE ONE I PICKED UP?:

  • All students will receive fresh printouts of individual schedules in Flex Block Tuesday morning.
  • The freshly printed schedules will be on pink paper to reduce confusion.

WHAT IF I AM A MORNING “TRAVELING” STUDENT GOING TO HHS Specialty Center OR Hanover Trade Center?

  • Like all students on the first day, please report to Flex Block FIRST BEFORE GOING TO THE BUS RAMP.
  • We will make announcements on the first two days to remind you of times to report to the bus ramp.
  • Shuttle Bus Schedule 2017-2018

WHAT IF I NEED TO PAY SCHOOL FEES AND DUES?:

    • Students may pay fees at school on the first day and throughout the first week during all 4 lunches as well as other teacher directed times.

 

  • Additionally, parents may choose to pay fees online with MySchoolBucks: MySchoolBucks.

 

HOW DO LUNCHES WORK?:

  • You will eat lunch during the lunchtime assigned to your 3rd block class.
  • Your 3rd block teacher will tell you which lunch you eat. For Tuesday and Wednesday ALL students should report to their 3rd block teacher to find out which lunch they will eat.
  • Lunch is approximately $3-5/day, and the menu is linked here:  lunch menu
  • You may bring cash or check to deposit in your lunch account at a register in the cafeteria during breakfast or lunch times OR you may load money into your account through MySchoolBucks:  MySchoolBucks.
  • Cafeteria account numbers remain the same from school to school within HCPS, so students will use their same 5 digit lunch accounts from last year.  These are also printed on their schedules next to the name and grade level in the top left corner.
  • New enrollees will be assigned a cafe account number within two weeks of enrollment.  Our cafe team will help our new students manage matters in the interim until an account number is assigned.

WHAT IF I AM A MIDDAY “TRAVELING” STUDENT GOING TO/COMING BACK FROM HHS Specialty Center OR Hanover Trade Center?

 

 

  • Students traveling TO HHS/Hanover Trade Center midday will be dismissed a few minutes early from 2nd block and have the option of bringing their lunches or buying the “grab n go” option in the cafe before getting on the shuttle bus.
  • Students returning FROM HHS/Hanover Trade Center midday will have first lunch at PHHS (or are in a study hall 3rd block) so that instructional time is not impacted.

HOW WILL AFTERNOON DISMISSAL WORK?:

  • Students will be dismissed by administrator announcements in the following order for the first week of school:
    • ACA (Advance College Academy) students from HHS
    • Seniors (Senior Privilege)
    • All other student drivers & car riders
    • Bus #s as they are announced (for first week of school)
    • In-season student athletes

WHERE DO I FIND SCHOOL SUPPLIES LIST(S)?:

  • Students will receive class specific lists from teachers; however, all of the “usual suspects” apply:
  1. Pencils
  2. Pens: blue/black; red
  3. Notebook/Binder
  4. Paper
  5. Highlighters

WHAT IS OUR BELL SCHEDULE?:  PHHS Bell Schedule 2017-2018

STUDENT MEDICATIONS & CLINIC INFORMATION:

  • If your child takes medications during the school day, it is important that you complete the proper paperwork to accompany any medications (Rx or Over The Counter) you wish to leave in our school clinic.  http://hcps.us/health_services/documents/MEDPARENT.pdf
  • Parents must drop off medications with our Nurse, Ms. Daugherty, who is here during regular school hours 8:15 AM-3:30 PM.  Students may not bring in medications themselves.

Braunvieh_SibratsgfällGuess why this cow is wearing Hawaiian flowers AND has on a bell…   because she knows that we are going to “Tiki Torch the Glen Allen Jaguars” at the Friday, September 8th Game at 7 PM.  We are wearing luau gear and are bringing back our tradition of ringing cowbells in support of our PHootball Team… buy your PH Pride Bell at the Friday Night game!

SCA SPIRIT T-SHIRTS FOR SALE… PatRIOT in white:

  • Don’t miss out!  Purchase this newest edition of the PatRIOT tshirt in WHITE for only $10 via school fee collection times.
  • If you purchased a size that was out of stock at Fee Night, your shirt order will be delivered to you during Flex Block on Friday, September 8th or Tuesday, September 12th depending upon shipment arrival.

WE LOVE OUR BOOSTER ORGANIZATIONS!:

  • We encourage all parents & family members to become involved at PHHS.  One amazing way you can do this is to join our PHabulous PTSA, whose mission is to support all students and the whole school program.  We also have many other supportive booster groups whose missions each reflect the specific program which they support.  Without the diligence and generosity of our active booster groups, we simply could not offer the opportunities they help to make available through their donation of both time and finances.  We appreciate all that our boosters do for PHHS!

STAY IN TOUCH WITH PATRIOT NATION:

  • The Patriot Pride Express–   This is a weekly electronic newsletter that will be collaboratively compiled by the administrative team and then sent out every weekend (typically Sunday evenings) to our eConnect subscribers as a brief overview of timely information that parents and families need or may wish to know.  If you have not already subscribed to eConnect messages for PHHS, I encourage you to do so now via this link: eConnect sign-up page.
  • 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
  • We also utilize the free and reliable Remind App with our students for whole school, grade level, club,  group, and team communications.  We will invite students to join the various Remind groups during start-up events and gatherings.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  OUR ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT/MEET THE TEACHERS NIGHT AT PHHS WILL BE ON WED, SEPTEMBER 13th from 6-8 PM.

WE LOVE OUR PATRIOTS AND CANNOT WAIT TO SEE you at PHHS:  A Place where YOU matter!  

               -Mrs. Smith & the entire Patriot PHamily

Fall Sports Tryouts and Open Gym

Open Gym and Tryout Dates

Patrick Henry High School is scheduled to have an upgrade to the electrical system in July.  This could impact the status of open gyms for basketball and volleyball from 7/14/2017 to 7/23/2017.  Please contact the coach listed below if you have any specific questions.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  The VHSL also has a dead period for all sports that will extend from July 3rd-7th.

 

Tryout Information

Football

Practice begins Tuesday, August 1st. 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Coach Keith Braxton-kbraxton@hcps.us

 

Girls Volleyball

Tryouts begin Monday, July 31st.   4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Coach Billy Farmer-wfarmer@hcps.us

 

Boys Volleyball

Tryouts begin Monday, July 31st. JV  6:00 PM – 8:00 pm  Varsity 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Coach Michael Townsend-matownsend15@gmail.com

 

Golf

Tryouts will be held 8/7 and 8/8 at Hanover Country Club.  1:00 PM

Coach Dave Hudak-dhudak@hcps.us

 

Field Hockey

Tryouts will be held Monday, July 31 through Friday – August 4, 8:00 am until 1:00 pm (break between practices) and Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 11, 8:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Coach Abbie Rossman-arossman@hcps.us

 

Cross Country

Practice begins August 14, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM on the track.

Coach Jeremy Dobrinski-jdobrinski@hcps.us

 

Cheer

Tryouts begin on August 1st from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM in the auxiliary gym.

Coach Kristen Martinez-kmmartinez@hcps.us

 

All athletes must have a completed physical on file or in hand to tryout.  Physicals must be completely filled out and dated May 1st, 2017 or later.

 

Boys Basketball Open Gym:  July

Mondays and Tuesdays 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

(No workouts the week of July 3-7)

randerson@hcps.us

 

Fee Night for 2017-18 School Year

  • Fee Night for Rising 10th-12th will be on Tuesday, August 29th from 4-7 PM with the following target times for each of these three grade levels to attend:
    • 4-5 PM:    12th Graders
    • 5-6 PM:    11th Graders
    • 6-7 PM:    10th Graders (& any 9th Grader Parents unable to attend Patriot Camp- see above)

Patriot Camp

  • WHO?:       Rising PHreshmen (9th Graders) and PHuture Patriot Parents
  • WHEN?:    August 17th from 9 AM to 12 PM.
  • WHAT?:    Students and parents will be in separate sessions & events.
    • STUDENTS:      Please plan to join us for a fun-filled morning including myth-busters brought to you by fellow Patriots, “insider” tours, spirit games, and more.
    • PARENTS:      This year, the Counseling Center and PH Administration have added a concurrent but separate parent program with these components:
      • high school information that every parent needs to know & where to find it
      • an opportunity to pay for school fees early (avoid the lines on the August 24th Fee Night, complete the bulk of school forms & registrations).
  • HOW?:      Visit www.tinyurl.com/PHPatriotCamp to register today.  Registration is now open for this exciting event, & RSVP is required to participate.  We can’t wait to see you there!

PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS Issue 40- June 4th, 2017

 

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

IMPORTANT ITEMS FOR CLOSING OUT THE YEAR:

Textbook Collection

  • Parents, textbooks are being inventoried and collected THIS WEEK!
  • If a student has lost or damaged a textbook, THE STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO PAY FOR THE BOOK, and the price list is attached.
  • Please help ensure your student is bringing in textbook and any other resource that should be returned to PHHS.  Thank you in advance for your help.

Medications at School

  • Please pick up your child’s medications no later than June 15th, 2017.  After this date, all medications in the clinic must and will be properly destroyed if not picked up by a parent/guardian before.  Please contact Colleen Daugherty, RN at 804-365-8015 for inquiry or to make pick-up arrangements.

Athletics

  • FALL SPORTS PHYSICALS:  These physicals are good for the entire 2017-2018 school year, the cost is ONLY $20, and the proceeds help to fund our athletic training and athletics program so your small investment comes directly back to students.
    • WHO?:    Hosted by Patrick Henry Athletic Training Department; Serving both PHHS & LMS students
    • WHEN?:    Directly after school on Thursday, June 8th beginning at 3:30 PM.
    • WHERE?:    Meet in the PHHS Commons/Cafeteria to check-in & to receive order in line
    • HOW?:        Physicals will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please bring your $20 payment with you.  If you have any question please contact Patrick Henry’s Athletic Trainer, Chris Garrett at cgarrett@hcps.us

FALL SPORTS PARENT & STUDENT INFORMATIONAL MEETING:

  • The Patrick Henry Athletic Department will host an IMPORTANT informational meeting on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 PM for PARENT/GUARDIANS & ATHLETES  interested in fall sports at Patrick Henry.
  • We strongly encourage anyone considering a fall sport to attend so you may plan accordingly this summer.
  • We will gather first in our Auditorium as a large group first and then will break off into sports-specific groups.
  • Coaches for sideline cheer, competition cheer, golf, football, field hockey, cross country and volleyball will be on hand to answer questions.
  • If you have any question please email Patrick Henry’s Athletic Director, Matt Crowder at mcrowder@hcps.us

 

 

Dual Enrollment

  • Attention Dual Enrollment students and parents!  Payment information has been sent to both students and parents.  Dual Enrollment payments are due in full by June 15, 2017.  Please contact Mrs. Roane in the Counseling Center if you have questions or concerns about your payments.

 

Library Books

  • All library books are now due!  Students (and parents) can check to see if they have any library books checked out or overdue fines by going to Destiny Library Catalog and clicking on the “login” button in the top right hand corner.  Usernames are the student ID numbers and the passwords are birthdates (DDMMYY).  Once logged in, click on the “my info” tab which is above the top green bar to find books that have been checked out and any fines that may be owed to the library.  Overdue fines may be paid online through myschoolbucks.com; select library fines from the list and then enter the appropriate amount. Questions about books or fines can be directed to Mrs. Lent (tlent@hcps.us) or Mrs. Brown (mbrown@hcps.us) or by calling the library directly at 365-8036.

Passwords

  • Each student has their own HCPS Google account.  It is important that your child remember their username and password for the first days of school in the fall. If your child has used Google this year please write down this information some place safe so that they are ready to begin the school year in September.

 

Graduation Seating

  • Hanover County Employees that are interested in sitting in the reserved VIP seating section for Graduation need to email Leslie Nuckols at ltnuckols@hcps.us to make the reservation.  You may reserve up to 12 seats.

 

PTSA Officers 2017-2018

  • The Nominating Committee of the Patrick Henry High School Parent Teacher Student Associate have slated the officers for the 2017-2018 school year.  The General Membership meeting for elections will be Monday, June 12, 2017.  The slate of officers are as follows:
  • President – Anne Leigh Klinger
  • 1st Vice President – Programming – Nat Draper
  • 2nd Vice President – Membership – Amanda Lauritzen
  • 3rd Vice President – Ways & Means – Cheryl Herbert
  • Treasurer – Lynn Overby
  • Secretary – Chris Dull

 

School Counseling Information

  • Seniors!  If you are attending a 2- or 4-year university, you must request that your final transcript be sent to you college or university.  Please visit Parchment.com, log in, and request your transcript free of charge at this time by clicking “Hold for Grades” at the time of the order.  Fees are temporarily disabled but will be turned back on soon so order yours today!
  • The PH Counseling Center now has a Twitter account!  Follow them @PH_Counseling to receive up-to-date information on upcoming deadlines, dates, and pertinent information.  Parents, students, and faculty members are all welcome to follow us
  • Hanover County Summer School Registration opens on Monday, May 1, 2017 and will remain open until June 21, 2017.  Registration for online courses will close early on June 2, 2017.  All Hanover County students are required to sign up through the online registration form this year.  Summer School will run from June 26 to August 9 and will be held at Hanover High School.  Sign up early to secure your spot as classes do fill up quickly.  For more information and to register, please visit:https://sites.google.com/hcps.us/summerschool/secondary-information?authuser=0.
  • Registration has begun for Longwood University’s Dual Enrollment Economics and Personal Finance Course! Here is the link to make registration as easy as possible for any students interested in taking this course: https://www.applyweb.com/cgi-bin/app?s=lwud.  Check out this informational video and please email Marissa Brunner (brunnermj@longwood.edu) or Danielle Hennessey (hennesseydm@longwood.edu) with any questions.”
  • “Do you have questions on how to pay for college?  Check out the Guide to Paying for College – Financial Aid, Scholarships, Savings, & Student Loans.  This guide includes 6 steps in total, including The Cost of College, The Steps to Paying for College, Financial Aid, Scholarships & Grants, College Savings Accounts, and Student Loans.”
  • Substance Use Prevention:  Substance Use Prevention Education Blog

IMPORTANT INFO FOR YOUR SUMMER PLANNING:

Patriot Camp

  • WHO?:        Rising PHreshmen (9th Graders) and PHuture Patriot Parents
  • WHEN?:    August 17th from 9 AM to 12 PM.
  • WHAT?:    Students and parents will be in separate sessions & events.
    • STUDENTS:      Please plan to join us for a fun-filled morning including myth-busters brought to you by fellow Patriots, “insider” tours, spirit games, and more.
    • PARENTS:      This year, the Counseling Center and PH Administration have added a concurrent but separate parent program with these components:
      • high school information that every parent needs to know & where to find it  &
      • an opportunity to pay for school fees early (avoid the lines on the August 24th Fee Night, complete the bulk of school forms & registrations).
  • HOW?:        Visit www.tinyurl.com/PHPatriotCamp to register today.  Registration is now open for this exciting event, & RSVP is required to participate.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Fee Night

  • Fee Night for Rising 10th-12th will be on Tuesday, August 24th from 4-7 PM with the following target times for each of these three grade levels to attend:
    • 4-5 PM:    12th Graders
    • 5-6 PM:    11th Graders
    • 6-7 PM:    10th Graders (& any 9th Grader Parents unable to attend Patriot Camp- see above)
  • Fee Night is an excellent time to get a jump start on the year!

 

Summer Food Info

  • Teachers and Friends – If you have a school aged student in need of breakfast and lunch this summer text FOOD to 877877 and receive  a message back with a location closest to you where they can get free summer meals.
  • Please copy and paste!  Yourshare could keep a belly full.

 

Summer Programs and Scholarships

  • Students, check out the great summer programs, career exploration programs and leadership opportunities on the Announcements page of the Career Center website!
  • Student Citizen’s Police Academy: Rising 9th-12th graders interested in learning more about law enforcement and investigations should see their School Resource Officer to get information on applying for the youth police academy.

 

PHHS Events June 5th  – June 9th

For the full list of events at Patrick Henry click here

 

Monday June 5th

Lacrosse Awards Night 4:30PM

 

Tuesday June 6th            

Girls Soccer Awards Night in the Cafeteria 6:00PM

 

 

Wednesday June 7th                

No After School Events  

 

Thursday June 8th        

Sports Physicals in teh Cafeteria 3:30PM

 

Friday June 9th    

Music in the Park – Auditorium and Main Gym  

 

 

Spirit Wear

The DECA SCHOOL STORE has a new Online Order System for Spirit Wear.  The online store  will be open three times a year (Sept, Nov & Feb) for you to order PH spirit wear.   The delivery of the merchandise will be approximately 2 weeks after the close date for each sale. There is no shipping or handling fee.  Please use the link below to place orders for the Grand Opening of our PH DECA Online Store.  Items will be available to order until midnight on Sept. 25, 2016.  Delivery will be made to PHHS  around October 5th.  If you have suggestions of items to add to the store please let me know and we will research the possibility.  Thank you for supporting DECA.
PATRIOT PRIDE –
DECA’s ONLINE SPIRIT WEAR STORE
Jackets, Sweatshirts, Sweat pant, Tee Shirts, Hats and Sport Bags!
No Shipping or Handling Charge
Orders must be place by 9/25/16 – Use your credit or debit card.

Course Change Requests

Requests for course changes can be indicated and signed on the course verification sheets that went home with students with quarter 3 and quarter 4 interims OR the parent/guardian can email their counselor with the change before August 12.

Josh Hurley, Director of School Counseling and IB Counselor, jhurley@hcps.us

Erika Morck, School Counselor for students with last names A – G, emorck@hcps.us

Margaret Roane, School Counselor for students with last names H – O, mroane@hcps.us

Jen Crowder, School Counselor for students with last names P – Z,  jcrowder@hcps.us