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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

Principal’s Message

Dear Patriot PHamily,

Warmest New Year’s greetings to each of you.  I can hardly believe that Winter Break is over, and the adventure of 2017 is already underway.  Time has sped by since my arrival in July, this fall has been chock full of positive momentum for our Patriot Nation, and I am confident that this Winter will bring more moments of excellence for Patrick Henry High School.  As we begin a new chapter together and embrace the new  beginnings 2017 and every new year offers, I feel compelled to share how grateful I am to be your principal.  In my twenty-two years as an educator, I have had wonderful, blessed experiences across the secondary spectrum of middle and high schools in a wide variety of settings with many different roles in those settings, and the school community that has captured my heart the fastest has certainly been our own.  Taking a cue from David Letterman, here’s my summary of why:

Top Ten Reasons Why I LOVE Patrick High School

(as a principal, parent, & community member):

  1. Our wide variety of & opportunity in co-curricular & extra-curricular opportunities
  2.   Our many options & choices in academics & electives
  3.   Our invested generations of Patriot graduates who remain connected & involved with PHHS
  4.   Our beautifully diverse school community that is an example of unity and inclusion
  5.   Our collective Patriot Pride runs deep
  6.   Our genuine PHamily atmosphere
  7.   Our generous & dedicated boosters
  8.   Our supportive, active parents who have model a true “can do” spirit and effort
  9.   Our talented, caring, dedicated, & highly qualified staff who love children and PHHS
  10.  Our kind, honest, creative, respectful, & brilliant students who have stolen my heart

 

Truly, it is an honor and a privilege to be a Patriot and to lead our school community in a continued and intensified pursuit of excellence and opportunity on behalf of our students, present and future.  As we walk this journey together, I believe that it is important for me to share a few of our challenges where we need our families’ support to affect the most improvement and positive change.  (Please note that the order in which I share these challenges do not necessarily indicate a rating or an importance.)

Challenge #1-

We are a school community that has enjoyed a history of a relatively safe school environment.  As a result, we have dealt with this matter with a measure of complacency that did not account for proactive planning geared toward prevention of future issues that I feel is necessary in any school environment.  In the past few months, we have analyzed and changed practices ranging from staff duties to arrival and dismissal procedures, traffic flow, visitor protocols, hallway traffic patterns, and fire drill procedures, among a few.  Further, we have diligently pursued the immediate reduction of student fights and continue to promote positive methods to manage conflicts through several methods-  the promotion of the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) approach to school discipline;  the use of  the “Silence Hurts” online & anonymous request for help/report of concern for the safety of self, others, or the school community; and the regular and visible presence & availability of trusted staff to support mediation and/or positive resolution.  With the trust and cooperation of our students and staff, we have accomplished a significant reduction in physical conflicts with fewer than ½ the number of incidents/month from October to November and will continue to see improvements in this and other areas of safety with your help.

How?

 

  • Please consider having a family discussion about the “See Something, Say Something” approach to school safety.  There are about 150 adults on campus and about 1500 students; students see far more than we possibly can, so we need them to make us aware of potential safety concerns ranging from a burnt out lightbulb at an exit door to a potential fight at school brewing on social media to a friend who is making concerning statements about self harm.  
  • Further, we want students to be a significant source of ideas for safety and other improvements at PHHS.   In my experience, students often have the best ideas and need to be heard.  When they become proactively and personally involved in school safety, students can be the game changer in promoting a safer, more positive school culture.   Please note that I have no interest in grooming student “snitches” who look for ways to tattle on peers.  This tactic backfires and results in a lack of trust rather than a promotion of safety.  Conversely, it is my goal to foster an environment where students are confident problem-solvers who feel a sense of ownership and control over their school experience and know when to involve supportive adults and take responsibility for doing so.

 
Challenge #2-

We have a beautiful campus and school building, but it is an aging one nearing its 60 year mark.  As a result, we have regular need for maintenance, repair, and upgrade to remain functional, and this level of attention to an aging building is often costly yet “unseen” and involves such glamorous items like roof repairs, electrical upgrades, & plumbing fixes.  However, there are many more improvements to be done-  some require large budget requests while others involve elbow grease and teamwork.  It is important to note that HCPS central office and school board have provided several major upgrades in the past year including new scoreboards at the football and softball fields, new tennis courts, and three new storage sheds-  one at softball, one at the football practice field, and one under construction behind the auditorium.

 

Further, as a newly forming team at PHHS, our administration examined the assignment of class, office, and storage spaces in our school and found ways to reorganize and maximize our spaces, including a two year plan of classroom shifts that improve department collaboration and use of storage areas.  We rolled up our sleeves and worked together to move furniture and purge outdated and irrelevant items that equated to four constructive grade dumpster loads.  At the same time, members of multiple booster organizations joined forces and tackled major “PHace Lift” projects such as power washing the stadium stands, deep cleaning the stadium restrooms, conducting a large and several follow-up stadium clean ups, painting the newly formed Professional Development Room and back hallway, donating the PH Pride posters & banners, purchasing new microwaves and microwave table for the cafeteria, organizing performing arts costumes and storage, and so much more.

Along with the support from our school board office, administration, & booster groups, we need the full and active support of every one of our stakeholders (staff, students, & parents/families) to actively participate in the upkeep and improvement of our campus and school building.  

How?

 

  • Begin to exercise a sense of personal ownership regarding our school facility. Until there is a sense of pride that includes this “ownership”, we will be fighting a losing battle to keep up our school and we will not escape the reputation of the “run down” high school.  However, if every one of us picks up a small bit of trash that we see in our journey around the campus, there will no longer be litter.  If every one of us refuses to tolerate the defacing or disrespecting of our school building or campus, the gatorade bottles left behind in the stadium or the 400’s restroom would cease, the trash left at the lunch table would be no more, and the graffiti on the walls will be a distant memory.  If every staff, student, and parent organization could consider how to help maintain and improve our physical plant, we will be unstoppable in bringing back the beauty of our diamond in the rough.
  • As we organize and advertise unified spring clean up efforts on our campus, please find a way to participate.  Be on the lookout for more information in the month to come.  We need everyone- every student, parent, & staff member and every club, team, and booster group-  as we seek ways to be responsible stewards of our current resources by cleaning, sorting, purging, storing, and maintaining our current resources.

 

Truly, if we unify on these challenges, they will be challenges no more.  Our unity and collective investment in Patriot Nation are what make PHHS a special and unique school community.  Together, nothing can stop us.  Thank you for your incredible support and honest hospitality.  I am proud to be a Patrick Henry Patriot, and it is my sincere desire to help every student, staff, and family member feel the same way about our amazing school.

Stay warm & safe during this weather*,

Beth Smith

Principal

*Remember that news about school delays and closings can be found in the following places:

 

  • On TV99 (Comcast Channel 99)
  • By calling The HCPS Inclement Weather Hotline at 804-277-4960
  • And on local media outlets

 

 

PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS Issue 19- January 6th, 2017

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

Principal’s Message

Mid-Term Exams

  • Mid-term exams will take place during the week of January 24th. Students will have a 1:15 dismissal during exams.
  • Click here for important information about exams

College Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Parent Workshop in PHHS Health Classrooms, 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Freshman “Wizard” Contest

  • Freshman – There is still time to enter the drawing for the Freshman “Wizard” Contest to win a $50 gift card!
  • Students must complete and submit the contest form no later than Friday, January 13, 2017.
  • The winner will be notified by email no later than February 1, 2017. The link to the contest form can be found on the homepage of the Career Center Website and you will need the results of your career assessments to fill out the form. For more information see Ms. Konrad, Career Counselor.

PSAT Basketball Concession Stand

  • The Patrick Henry Boys and Girls JV and varsity basketball season starts on Tuesday, November 29. Come out and support our teams and stop by the PTSA concession stand. We will have sodas, bottled water, Gatorade, hot dogs, chips, candy and more for sale during all the home games.

Substance Use Prevention

PHHS SHARE OUT

Congrats to our gymnastics team in their meet this week. We were the overall winners with the high score of 130.75 beating Atlee and Hanover!!!  Results are below.

Bars

  • 1st Sierra Baxter
  • 5th Brianna Dorsey

Beam

  • 1st- Sierra Baxter
  • 2nd- Jennifer Flores
  • 4th- Kayleigh Bohn

Floor

  • 1st Sierra Baxter
  • 2nd Rachel Morgan
  • 3rd Madison Spence

Vault

  • 1st Madison spence
  • 2nd Jennifer Flores
  • 3rd Sierra Baxter

All-around

  • 1st Sierra Baxter
  • 4th Jennifer Flores
  • 5th Brianna Dorsey
  • 6th Kayleigh Bohn

PHHS Events January 9th – 16th

Monday January 9th         

Snow Day

Tuesday January 10th

Girls JV and Varsity Basketball at Armstrong 6:00 and 7:30PM
Financial Aid Workshop in the Health Classroom 6:00
School Board Meeting – School Board Office 7:00PM

 

Wednesday January 11th            

Boys JV and Varsity Basketball at Patrick Henry 6:00 and 7:30PM
Varsity Wrestling Meet at Hanover 7:00PM

Thursday January 12th

All County Band at Atlee TBD
Varsity Gymnastics at Godwin TBD
JV and Varsity Girls Basketball at Massaponax 5:30PM and 7:00PM
Curriculum Night for rising 9th graders and parents in the Auditorium 6:30PM

Friday January 13th

All County Band at Atlee TBD
Boys and Girls Indoor Track at Boo Williams TBD
Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball at Patrick Henry

Silent Night

6:00PM and 7:30PM
Boys and Girls JV Basketball at Atlee 6:00PM  and 7:30PM

Saturday January 14th    

Boys and Girls Swimming Invitational at Kecoughtan TBD
Boys and Girls Indoor Track Invitational at Boo Williams TBD
Varsity Wrestling at Tucker TBD

PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS Issue 18- January 1st, 2017

 

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

Hope everyone had a restful and relaxing Winter Break and  Happy New Year!

Mid-Term Exams

  • Mid-term exams will take place during the week of January 24th. Students will have a 1:15 dismissal during exams.

College Financial Aid

  • College admission and/or funding questions???:  If you need help filling out your FAFSA (Federal Student Aid form) or CSS Profile for the 2017-18 academic year, you can make an appointment with the PH GRASP representative, Mila Spaulding, by calling Counseling at 365-8020.
  • She is available on Thursdays in Counseling to help with any aspect of the 2-year or 4-year college process.
  • Priority Filing Dates are deadlines that are unique to each school, and very important to meet.
  • Don’t leave funds somewhere that could have been yours if you had just finished a form before its deadline.
  • Mrs. Spaulding has helped PH Seniors with this process for the last 10 years, and she will be glad to help you.

PSAT Basketball Concession Stand

  • The Patrick Henry Boys and Girls JV and varsity basketball season starts on Tuesday, November 29. Come out and support our teams and stop by the PTSA concession stand. We will have sodas, bottled water, Gatorade, hot dogs, chips, candy and more for sale during all the home games.

Substance Use Prevention

 

PHHS SHARE OUT

  • Wrestling Senior Night will take place on January 4th in the main gym
  • PHHS will be facing off against Maggie Walker, and the night will also host a “spirit competition.”
  • The team with the most spectators will win the wrestling spirit award, which is a trophy that the winning team will keep until the next year.

 

PHHS Events January 2nd – 7th

Monday January 2nd         

School Re-opens All Day

Tuesday January 3rd

Girls JV and Varsity Basketball at Henrico 6:00 and 7:30PM
Boys JV and Varsity Basketball at Patrick Henry 6:00 and 7:30PM

Wednesday January 4th             

Varsity Gymnastics at Atlee TBD
Varsity Wrestling Meet at Patrick Henry

Senior Night – See note above

7:00PM

Thursday January 5th

Boys and Girls JV Basketball at Lee-Davis 6:00PM and 7:30PM

Friday January 6th

Boys and Girls Indoor Track Invitational at Boo Williams TBD
Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming vs. Maggie Walker at the Ashland YMCA TBD
Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball at Patrick Henry 6:00PM and 7:30PM

Saturday January 7th     

District Band Auditions at Atlee High School
Boys and Girls Indoor Track Invitational at Boo Williams TBD

 

PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS Issue 17 – December 11th, 2016

 

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

IMPORTANT: Add/Drop Class Deadline

  • December 16 is the last day to drop a course without it showing up on a student’s transcript.
  • If a course is dropped after December 16, the course will appear on the student’s transcript and show whether or not the student was passing or failing at the time of the withdrawal (WP: Withdraw Pass, WF: Withdraw Fail).
  • If a student drops a course in which they are failing after December 16, a 0 will be calculated into the student’s Cumulative GPA.

Christmas Dessert Bar

  • PH PTSA is planning on providing a Christmas Dessert Bar for faculty and staff on Thursday Dec 15th from 12 -2.
  • We are looking for items such as K-cups, flavor creamers, cupcakes, cookies, candies and water bottles to be donated. If you are able to donate please have your item(s) sent to the main office no later than Thursday Dec 15th by 9am.
  • Thank you in advance for all that can help us make this a special time for our PHamily faculty and staff.

College Financial Aid

  • College admission and/or funding questions???:  If you need help filling out your FAFSA (Federal Student Aid form) or CSS Profile for the 2017-18 academic year, you can make an appointment with the PH GRASP representative, Mila Spaulding, by calling Counseling at 365-8020.
  • She is available on Thursdays in Counseling to help with any aspect of the 2-year or 4-year college process.
  • Priority Filing Dates are deadlines that are unique to each school, and very important to meet.
  • Don’t leave funds somewhere that could have been yours if you had just finished a form before its deadline.
  • Mrs. Spaulding has helped PH Seniors with this process for the last 10 years, and she will be glad to help you.

Reflections Winners

  • The Reflections Program is an annual  student recognition program that encourages creativity in school and at home.  The theme this year was “What Is Your Story?”.  Through personal exploration and creation of original works, students can grow in confidence and ability in the Arts while engaged in their own learning.
  • There were a record number of entries this year.  Here are the winners of Patrick Henry High’s 2016 Reflections Program:
    • Visual Arts – Michelle Page – for her entry titled “Tapestry.”
    • Music – Aleana Hicks – for her entry titled “Life.”
    • Literature – Lily Abbott – for her entry titled “Lily.”
    • Photography – Avery Inge – for her entry titled “Immerse.”
  • Winning entries move on to the County level, and will be notified by the Hanover County Reflections team should their entry advance to the Regional level.
  • Congratulations, winners, job well done!  And thank you to every student who submitted an entry.  Please continue to explore your creativity through the Arts.  For underclassmen, please consider entering again next year.  Special thanks to all the teachers, staff and judges who promoted and participated in the Reflections Program.  We could not have had a successful program without your help!

SCA Holiday Meal

  • Each year the SCA hosts a custodial dinner before winter break.
  • The custodial staff does so much for our school and we use this opportunity to thank them and show our appreciation.
  • The SCA is asking for donations from the community to put a bag together for each custodian to be presented at this meal
  • The SCA is requesting eight of the same thing. Any donation is greatly appreciated. We will be collecting donations through Dec. 13th and they may be turned into the front office or the SCA office.

PSAT Basketball Concession Stand

  • The Patrick Henry Boys and Girls JV and varsity basketball season starts on Tuesday, November 29. Come out and support our teams and stop by the PTSA concession stand. We will have sodas, bottled water, Gatorade, hot dogs, chips, candy and more for sale during all the home games.

Substance Use Prevention

  • Substance Use Prevention Education Blog: http://boldwithprevention.blogspot.com. Is your teen addicted to marijuana? See the latest blog post for signs to pay attention to and links to resources for parents.

 

PHHS SHARE OUT

  • SCA Spirit week to celebrate 5 days until break! Themes for each day are:
    • Monday: Merry Morning (PJ Day)
    • Tuesday: Totally Christmas (#ChristmasOut)
    • Wednesday: Christmas Characters
    • Thursday: Tacky Sweater
    • Friday: Flannel Day

PHHS Events December 11th- December 16th

Monday  December 12th – Merry Morning PJ Day        

W!SE Remediation and Testing in the Library All Day

Tuesday December 13th – Totally Christmas Tuesday (#ChristmasOut)

Spring Musical Auditions in the Auditorium 3:45-6:00PM
Girls JV and Varsity Basketball at Highland Springs 6:00 and 7:30PM
Boys JV and Varsity Basketball at Patrick Henry 6:00 and 7:30PM

Wednesday December 14th – Christmas Characters                

8th Grade Visits  
Spring Musical Auditions in the Auditorium 3:45-6:00PM
Gymnastics Varsity Meet at Henrico TBD
Boys Varsity Swim Meet vs. Atlee at RMC TBD
Varsity Wrestling Match at Freeman 6:00PM

Thursday December 15th – Tacky Sweater Day

8th Grade Visits  
Dodgeball Tournament in the Main Gym TBD
Spring Musical Auditions in the Auditorium 3:45-6:00PM
Varsity Wrestling Match at. Lee-Davis 4:00PM
Boys and Girls Varsity Indoor Track Meet at Freeman 5:00PM

Friday December 16th – Flannel Friday

Last Day of School Before Winter Break  

Saturday December 17th

Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming at Hanover TBD
Varsity Wrestling Tournament at Lee-Davis 10:00AM
Boys JV and Varsity Basketball at Louisa 1:00 and 3:30PM

 

PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS Issue 16 – December 2nd, 2016

 

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

IMPORTANT: Add/Drop Class Deadline

  • December 16 is the last day to drop a course without it showing up on a student’s transcript.
  • If a course is dropped after December 16, the course will appear on the student’s transcript and show whether or not the student was passing or failing at the time of the withdrawal (WP: Withdraw Pass, WF: Withdraw Fail).
  • If a student drops a course in which they are failing after December 16, a 0 will be calculated into the student’s Cumulative GPA.

Dress Code Reminder

  • Students should always remove hats and keep them off when inside of the school building.
  • This expectation has been solidly established this first quarter and regular reminders from school staff should no longer be needed. Please remind your student at home.
  • Beginning Wednesday November 30th, any student forgetting this dress code directive their first time will be asked to give his/her hat to an administrator until afternoon dismissal.
  • One the second time, the hat will be held until an administrator arranges for a parent pick up of the item.
  • We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in this matter.

SCA Holiday Meal

  • Each year the SCA hosts a custodial dinner before winter break.
  • The custodial staff does so much for our school and we use this opportunity to thank them and show our appreciation.
  • The SCA is asking for donations from the community to put a bag together for each custodian to be presented at this meal
  • The SCA is requesting eight of the same thing. Any donation is greatly appreciated. We will be collecting donations through Dec. 13th and they may be turned into the front office or the SCA office.

PSAT Basketball Concession Stand

  • The Patrick Henry Boys and Girls JV and varsity basketball season starts on Tuesday, November 29. Come out and support our teams and stop by the PTSA concession stand. We will have sodas, bottled water, Gatorade, hot dogs, chips, candy and more for sale during all the home games.

Substance Use Prevention

  • Substance Use Prevention Education Blog: http://boldwithprevention.blogspot.com. Is your teen addicted to marijuana? See the latest blog post for signs to pay attention to and links to resources for parents.

 

PHHS SHARE OUT

  • Thank you to the PHHS Faculty and Students who raised over $900 in coin donations for Henry Clay and Elmont Elementary.

PHHS Events December 2nd – December 9th

Tuesday December 6th                     

Boys JV and Varsity Basketball at Varina 6:00PM and 7:00PM
Girls JV and Varsity Basketball at Patrick Henry 6:00PM and 7:00PM
Winter Strings Concert in the Auditorium 7:00PM

Wednesday December 7th

Boys and Girls Indoor Track Meet at Lee-Davis 4:45PM
Varsity Wrestling Match at Monacan 6:00PM
Winter Strings Concert in the Auditorium 7:00PM

Thursday December 8th

Gymnastics Varsity Meet at Freeman TBD
Girls JV and Varsity Basketball at Caroline 6:00 and 7:30PM
Boys JV and Varsity Basketball at Patrick HEnry 6:00PM and 7:30PM
NJROTC Awards in the Auditorium 5:00PM

Friday December 9th

Interim Reports thru Flex  
Boys and Girls Indoor Track at Christopher Newport TBD
Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming at the Ashland YMCA TBD
Boys and Girls JV Basketball at Hanover High 6:00PM and 7:30PM
Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball at Patrick Henry 6:00PM and 7:30PM

 

PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS Issue 15 – November 27th, 2016

 

Hope everyone had a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving Break!

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

IMPORTANT: Add/Drop Class Deadline

  • December 16 is the last day to drop a course without it showing up on a student’s transcript.
  • If a course is dropped after December 16, the course will appear on the student’s transcript and show whether or not the student was passing or failing at the time of the withdrawal (WP: Withdraw Pass, WF: Withdraw Fail).
  • If a student drops a course in which they are failing after December 16, a 0 will be calculated into the student’s Cumulative GPA.

WIFI

  • We are grateful that the issue of inconsistent WIFI access in the school building was brought to our attention several weeks ago.
  • This allow us to look for patterns, troubleshoot, and communicate more specifics with central technology.
  • Together we discovered that in an effort to restrict VPN (Virtual Private Network) use by students, which is not permitted because it allows unrestricted and unfiltered internet  access, the response had a broader reach than expected.
  • Specifically, we think this fix pushed out some user’s who may have not been knowingly using VPNs by connecting to another users hot spot where a VPN was in use.
  • This fix was reversed, all users were allowed back into the school WIFI and the VPN response was modified.
  • Therefore, as of Friday prior to break, all students should have school WIFI access.
  • If a student has difficulty with WIFI access at this point, please visit Mrs. Haverstein in the library so she can support you.
  • We ask that parents ensure that students remove any VPN apps from their phones/personal devices.
  • Installation and use of VPNs is not permitted and will cause a loss of access. Thank you for your collaborative problem solving.

Extra Jostens Order Day for Seniors

  • Jostens will be back for 1 additional order day on Friday December 2nd during all 4 lunches.
  • This will be the final order day before the prices increase after the holidays.

SCA Holiday Meal

  • Each year the SCA hosts a custodial dinner before winter break.
  • The custodial staff does so much for our school and we use this opportunity to thank them and show our appreciation.
  • The SCA is asking for donations from the community to put a bag together for each custodian to be presented at this meal
  • The SCA is requesting eight of the same thing. Any donation is greatly appreciated. We will be collecting donations through Dec. 13th and they may be turned into the front office or the SCA office.

PSAT Basketball Concession Stand

  • The Patrick Henry Boys and Girls JV and varsity basketball season starts on Tuesday, November 29. Come out and support our teams and stop by the PTSA concession stand. We will have sodas, bottled water, Gatorade, hot dogs, chips, candy and more for sale during all the home games.

Substance Use Prevention

  • Substance Use Prevention Education Blog: http://boldwithprevention.blogspot.com. This week the Surgeon General released the first report ever dedicated to substance addiction and referred to drug and alcohol addiction as a public health crisis. Check out the blog for links to this report and for resources to help have discussions about addiction.
  • Applications for Sticker Shock are available and there are only 10 slots! Sticker Shock is a program run by law enforcement to warn the community about the consequences of buying alcohol for someone who is underage. On February 4th, teams of students from HCPS will work with police to place warning stickers on alcoholic products around the county. Interested students should see Mrs. Streitel in room 110 ASAP for an application! Students can also email Mrs. Streitel at kstreitel@hcps.us.

 

PHHS SHARE OUT

  • Thank you to the PHHS Faculty and Students who raised over $900 in coin donations for Henry Clay and Elmont Elementary.

 

PHHS Events November 29th – December 2nd

Tuesday  November 29th        

PHHS Blood Drive in the Main Gym  
Girls JV and Varsity Basketball at Godwin 6:00PM and 7:30PM
Boys JV and Varsity Basketball at Patrick Henry 6:00PM and 7:30PM

 

Wednesday November 30th

Varsity Wrestling Match at Collegiate TBD
Girls JV and Varsity Basketball at Glen Allen 6:00PM and 7:30PM
Boys JV and Varsity Basketball at Patrick Henry 6:00PM and 7:30PM

Thursday December 1st                     

Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming at Hanover TBD

Friday December 2nd

Girls JV and Varsity Basketball at Patrick Henry 6:00PM and 7:30PM
Boys JV and Varsity Basketball at Hermitage 6:00PM and 7:30PM

Saturday December 3rd

Jazz Band Concert at the Beaverdam Depot  
Varsity Wrestling Tournament in Caroline 9:00AM