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PATRIOT PRIDE EXPRESS Issue 2- August 21, 2016

Dear Patriot Nation,

Great things are happening at PHHS as we prepare to welcome back our Patriots with PRIDE!  In order to be good stewards of the resources we already have before assessing and planning for future needs, we have been working this summer on assessing, redefining, purging, cleaning, and reorganizing what already exists. Doing this together with our available summer staff, students, and parents along with the support of our School Board Office, I am reminded that  the most valuable resources are PEOPLE and COMMUNITY; not things.  If this small portion of our community has accomplished this much, imagine what we could do with everyone involved!  Patriot families, we need YOU in whatever way each of you can jump in-  time, talent, and/or financial-  it all adds up!  If we work as unified school community, we will be unstoppable in what we can accomplish for our children and their futures.  To inspire you a bit, I’d like to share a few of our accomplishments in the past few weeks:

Outside PHacelifts:

  • Coach Crowder & Coach Farmer have worked tirelessly all summer on our fields, and our football field looks gorgeous!
  • Parent members of PATS, PTSA, and the community joined our football players, coaches, and other staff to hold the third annual Stadium Pride Clean-up.  From weed eating and raking every fence edge to powerwashing the bleachers to full shine, it looks beautiful!  We are ready for some PHootball PHun!
  • Our weight room received a deep clean and a power wash.
  • Our tennis court replacements are fully underway and should be ready for play in the early fall.  
  • Thanks to the creativity and diligence of our Horticulture Teacher, Mr. Cornette, we have gorgeous, patriotic themed plantings welcoming visitors at both the main front entrance and the back gym entrance.  

Inside PHacelifts:

  • Inside, we have purged, cleaned, redefined and reorganized many spaces, allowing us to reclaim areas for much needed areas for meetings, trainings, and storage while also boosting the atmosphere of the teacher existing and newly developed staff work spaces. We have filled a construction grade dumpster to the brim from the cleaning we have done, yet we have repurposed anything we could to save funds.
  • In the past, we have had limited meeting space for meeting space.  We now have a Professional Development and Meeting Room that is freshly painted and fully furnished thanks to our PHantastic PTSA.  We look forward to pridefully hosting small events and meetings in this space.
  • In the front office suite, we have reconfigured our available spaces for maximum efficiency and customer service needs.  For a new, updated, and efficient staff workstation complete with copiers, computers, fax machine, and other supplies; we have ordered counters and tables to add to this. We also have a newly designed attendance service area in progress that will unfold in stages over this first semester.
  •  Our locker rooms have been fully refurbished with locker repairs, new paint, and a restroom deep clean.  
  • We are working closely with our PTSA on updating our student cafeteria.  Please stop by their table at fee night to hear more about how you can help with this goal that serves all of our Patriots!
  • The renovations of the Lee-Davis HS and Patrick Henry HS auditoriums are temporarily on hold due to higher than expected construction costs received by the school division during the bid process.  The Hanover County School Board will carefully evaluate these projects in September.  We will provide you with another update on the status of these projects when more information becomes available.  Thank you for your patience.

Communication Reminders:

Please remember that we want all Patriots in the know & in the loop, so please encourage friends, family, and neighbors-  anyone with a student at PHHS- to sign up for eConnect.  To recap from Issue 1, here are our primary modes of communication this year:

  • eConnect-  This is a service of choice where parents must OPT INTO this service by registering current contact information.  eConnect is intended to be a tool for keeping families in the loop with proactive, planned communication as well as with critical school notices if and when needed.  Please take a moment to ensure that any parents or community members wishing to receive mass notification are signed up for all relevant schools with current info:   eConnect sign-up
  • The Patriot Pride Express–   This is a weekly electronic newsletter that will be collaboratively compiled by the administrative team and then sent out every Friday afternoon to our eConnect subscribers as a brief overview of timely information that parents and families need or may wish to know.   Our school website will remain the place for more detailed information.  If you have not already subscribed to eConnect messages for PHHS, I encourage you to do so now via this link: eConnect sign-up.
  • PHHS Website-  Thanks to our webmaster, Ms. Terri Lent, our website has been updated and streamlined.  While additional tweaks and improvements are to come, I want to thank Mrs. Lent for working with the current web design platform to maximize the available presentation and layout options. We are excited to learn that an upgrade of our district website platform is expected later this year.   In the meantime, please access our website as a starting point for other relevant school links, bell schedules, announcements, and copies of current and past issues of The Patriot Pride Express.

http://hanover.k12.va.us/phhs/

Note:  Please check out the Athletics Website that is linked here;  every website hit helps!

  • PHHS Calendar-  On our school website you will find a link to the PHHS School Calendar, formerly referred to as the athletic calendar.  We are working to “bundle” your communication and information sources and hope that attempting to capture all major school-related happenings in ONE PLACE will move us in this direction.  This school calendar will be where you may find 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/classroom dates will not be posted on this larger calendar.  Please access the website for our complete upcoming school events, including these highlighted below:

 

First Home Varsity Football Game 7 pm 9/2
First Day of School 9/6
Back to School Night 6pm-8pm 9/14
Grade Level Specific Fee Nights

8/23 from 2-6 for 11th & 12th

8/24 from 2-6 for 10th, 11th, & 12th,

& 8/30 from 4-7 for 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th

Freshman Program 7pm following the 9th Grade Fee Night-  for parents & students

(details) plus see more info in chart below…

 

Fee Nights- Please come on your grade level assigned date.  On your assigned date, you may come at any time during the fee pay window.  It is an “open flow” time format.

For Students and/or Parents: Why Attend? You get the “business” part of school start up done and off your plate, you get your schedule early, and you get to see us!

  • Update your student contact information & health/emergency information
  • Pay your fees in person OR Bring your receipt if you paid online on MySchoolBucks prior to this date. Here’s the link for MySchoolBucks:  https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain?requestAction=home
  • Receive your class schedule early & proceed to the appropriate line-  

          1) Pay in person OR

          2) “Fast Pass Lane” for anyone who paid online and has receipt

  • Also, take advantage of the convenience of taking care of other matters, such as:
    • PIck up school agenda if purchased
    • Purchase Spirit Wear
    • Join Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)
    • Join Patriot Athletic Team Supporters (PATS)
    • Purchase Student Activities Pass
    • Visit other booster or organizations’ tables
    • Load your cafeteria account
    • Complete
    • JUNIORS & SENIORS ONLY-  apply for and/or purchase parking permit pass- bring your current driver’s license with you, please.   

We can’t wait to see you all soon!  

In Patriot Pride,

Beth Smith

 

Cafeteria Accounts

Dear Patrick Henry High Students and Parents:

Welcome to a new school year!  Here is some basic information about how the food service operation at Patrick Henry High School works.

The food service operations at all Hanover County high schools do not participate in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, and do not receive state or federal reimbursement of any kind and therefore is supported entirely by the sale of food and beverages in the cafeteria.  This system allows students to select from a wide variety of individual food items that are priced individually and the total cost of a student meal depends on the items selected.  Menu offerings change daily and a selection of hot and cold entrees, salads, side dishes, beverages, and desserts are for sale.  Monthly menus and some a la carte item prices are available through the school website. The average student will spend $5.00 for lunch each day.

The computerized point of sale system is designed to debit money directly from your student’s accounts. Money needs to be put onto an account in advance and as purchases are made the amount is deducted from the balance.  Accounts are accessed by Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) entered into a keypad at the point of sale. A student’s lunch account is created upon enrollment and follows them throughout their academic career with Hanover Public Schools and any account balances, both positive and negative, are transferred with the student.  To prevent wrongful access, photos can be taken at the register and are visible when the student’s account is accessed by the cashier.

There is a $5.00 charge limit on meal accounts at Patrick Henry High School.  Department policy is that once money is put onto a student’s account, it cannot be refunded without a note from a parent or guardian.  Parents can check on account balances by contacting their school’s cafeteria manager or by signing up at the My School Bucks website. This is an internet based service that will allow you to manage your child’s account.  Visit http://www.myschoolbucks.com for more detailed information.  Cash and personal checks are always accepted for payment in the cafeteria service lines.

For students who may need financial assistance for their meals, a credit towards the cost of breakfast and lunch is offered.  To qualify, households must be receiving food stamps or aid through Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) payments.  Additional information and special applications for the high school meal credit program can be obtained from the school counseling center.

Please call the cafeteria manager, Ms. Sheila Agustin, at 365- 8016 if you have questions regarding the food service operation at Patrick Henry High.  We look forward to feeding you during the 2016-2017 school year!

Basketball Camp

PATRICK HENRY HIGH SCHOOL BOYS AND GIRLS YOUTH BASKETBALL CAMP

LOCATION: Patrick Henry High School, 12449 West Patrick Henry Rd,  Ashland, Virginia                        23005

AGES:         6 – 14 yrs

COST:          $75

DATE:          August 22nd, 23rd, 24th

TIME:           8:30am – 1:00pm (Early drop-off starts at 8am)

 

*We are still accepting registration forms and payment.  You may drop off the registration at Patrick Henry, or you may register and pay on the first day of camp.  We will try our best to accommodate newly registered campers with a T-shirt.  Shirt orders for pre-registered campers were placed during the first week of August.  Thank you for your attention to this matter, and we look forward to seeing you next week! 

 

~Coach Randy Anderson and Coach Phillip Cobb

Patriot Pride Express – Issue 1: August 10, 2016

 

Dear Patriot Nation,

This year is shaping up to be dynamic!  As your new PHHS Principal, I am thrilled about the opportunities that new beginnings provide, and I am grateful for the feedback to date given by student leaders, staff, and parent groups that has included the existing strengths and the areas of needed improvement at PHHS.  I can summarize the feedback in this way:  PHHS is known for its rich tradition, academic excellence, and PHamily atmosphere and is also in need of revival of the PH Pride that has unified our school community over our 57 years.  

With this feedback and focus in mind, our team has been hard at work this summer ensuring that our staff, students, and families return to PHHS with a renewed sense of pride and excitement by focusing our efforts in three key areas-  improving communication with all stakeholders, assessing and utilizing our space & resources wisely, and planning for continued excellent instruction.  For the purposes of this issue, I want to focus on the first area of communication, the key to our school community success.  Please know that you can expect the following regular communications from us this year:

  • The Patriot Pride Express–   This is a weekly electronic newsletter that will be collaboratively compiled by the administrative team and then sent out every Friday afternoon to our eConnect subscribers as a brief overview of timely information that parents and families need or may wish to know.   Our school website will remain the place for more detailed information.  If you have not already subscribed to eConnect messages for PHHS, I encourage you to do so now via this link: eConnect sign-up.
  • PHHS Website-  Thanks to our webmaster, Ms. Terri Lent, our website has been updated and streamlined.  While additional tweaks and improvements are to come, I want to thank Mrs. Lent for working with the current web design platform to maximize the available presentation and layout options. We are excited to learn that an upgrade of our district website platform is expected later this year.   In the meantime, please access our website as a starting point for other relevant school links, bell schedules, announcements, and copies of current and past issues of The Patriot Pride Express.

http://hanover.k12.va.us/phhs/

Please access the website for our complete upcoming opening school events, including:

 

College Boot Camp 9am-12pm (details) 8/11
Freshman Patriot Camp  9am-12pm (details) 8/18
ACA Open House 1pm-3pm (details) 8/18
Fee Night 2pm-6pm (details) 8/23
Fee Night 2pm-6pm (details) 8/24
Fee Night 4pm-7pm (details) 8/30
Freshman Program 7pm (details) 8/30
First Day of School 9/6
Back to School Night 6pm-8pm 9/14

 

We want to encourage our student Patriots to consider giving their time and energy to help us kick off our year with PRIDE by possibly volunteering at some of the events above.  

Click here to read more and sign up:  PATRIOT PRIDE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
PHHS Calendar-  On our school website you will find a link to the PHHS School Calendar, formerly referred to as the athletic calendar.  We are working to “bundle” your communication and information sources and hope that attempting to capture all major school-related happenings in ONE PLACE will move us in this direction.  This school calendar will be where you may find 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/classroom dates will not be posted on this larger calendar.  

  • eConnect-  This is a service of choice where parents must OPT INTO this service by registering current contact information.  eConnect is intended to be a tool for keeping families in the loop with proactive, planned communication as well as with critical school notices if and when needed.  Please take a moment to ensure that any parents or community members wishing to receive mass notification are signed up for all relevant schools with current info:   eConnect sign-up

Next week, please look for specifics on fee nights as well as current and upcoming PH Pride Projects related to PHace lifts in and around our building.  These are exciting times, Patriots.  I am honored to be part of the PHHS PHamily.

Warmly,

Beth Smith

 

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

Advance College Academy

 

In a few short weeks, we will begin Hanover County’s first ever Advance College Academy.  As we gear up together for this exciting journey into your futures, I wanted to share a few pieces of important and timely information.

First, we want to remind you of our upcoming ACA Event.

ACA OPEN HOUSE:

  •         When?          August 18, 2016 from 1-3 PM
  •         Where?        Patrick Henry High School (New Gym)
  •         Why?            Meet your fellow student cohort members,

                    your teachers and other key PHHS staff, walk through a “typical

day” at PHHS ACA, and celebrate at our ice cream social!

  •         Who?            ACA Student Members, hosted by PHHS ACA Team

Next, I want to share that collaboration on unified ACA program planning across our district is strong.

It is a privilege and honor to work together as a team with my colleagues at all four Hanover High Schools as well as Reynolds Community College to ensure our students have a consistent, rich, and deep experience in ACA no matter which campus they attend for the program.  In this vein, Mr. Charles Stevens and I are working together to develop some ACA “swag” (polo shirt & t-shirt options) for our awesome students to purchase at both locations.  We are excited to be able to offer unifying, common attire that will allow you all to show your pride in ACA and to show that you are a member of program that is larger than one school and is preparing you for success after high school.

Also, I want to capture the details for the bus shuttle routine for our ACA students traveling to & from HHS.

MEETING DAYS:  The PHHS/HHS ACA will hold classes on every A Day at PHHS.  Therefore, students and parents need to make careful note of the following transportation information for every A Day…

MORNING SHUTTLE-  From Hanover High School to Patrick Henry High School

o   The ACA shuttle bus will depart PROMPTLY at 7:50 AM.

o   Students should report to Hanover High School by 7:40 AM in order to board the shuttle bus and be ready to leave campus at 7:50 AM.  The bus will not be able to wait for tardy students.

o   Parents are responsible for ensuring timely arrival for the shuttle & should drop off  at the main entrance of Hanover High School.

AFTERNOON SHUTTLE-  From Patrick Henry High School back to Hanover High School

o   Students will be dismissed PROMPTLY from class at 3:15 PM in order to board the bus and depart ahead of regular dismissal and with time to return to HHS campus for afternoon activity start.  (The instructional time reduced for this 10 minute early dismissal five times over a two week period will be recovered during Wednesday Flex Block period every other week.  ACA students will remain with ACA students and teachers during this Flex Block time while the rest of PHHS students will attend their grade level Flex Block class.)

o   The shuttle bus for our ACA students will be the first position in our PM bus line-up at PHHS and will leave campus first and immediately after all students have boarded.

o    The return shuttle is expected to arrive at Hanover High School at approximately 3:45 PM, depending upon traffic patterns.

o   Hanover students participating in scheduled afternoon activities should report promptly upon arrival on campus.

o   Parents of HHS students in ACA are responsible for afternoon transportation home and should plan to pick up their children at the main entrance of Hanover High School.

We thank our parent partners in advance for your consistent help with timely, efficient drop-off and pick-up routines in order to maximize the instructional time required for the success and requirements of this amazing program for our students.  

 

Additionally, I want to review the fees related to student participation in Advance College Academy.

FEES:  As you all know, the cost of the program is $1,000.  Here is the breakdown of annual fee payment for the two different cohorts:

  •         ACA Class of 2019 (10th Graders)=   $334 year 1, $333 year 2, and $333 year 3.
  •         ACA Class of 2020 (9th Graders)=     $250 each year for four years
  •         You may pay your respective fee for this year online via MySchoolBucks, or during your HOME SCHOOL fee collection times.  (Fee Nights for PHHS  will be on August 23rd, 24th, and 30th.  Please see website for more details.)

Thank you in advance for your financial support of your child’s opportunity.

 

Finally, I want to highlight some resources to note:

ACA Contact at PHHS:                        Mrs. Margaret Roane, School Counselor

                                                                    mroane@hcps.us 

                                                                    Tel:  804.365.8020

ACA Administrator at PHHS:             Mrs. Beth Smith, Principal

                                                                    esmith@hcps.us

                                                                    Tel:  804.365.800

ACA Information from Reynolds:  http://reynolds.edu/get_started/advance_college_academy

PHHS Main Website:                      http://hanover.k12.va.us/phhs/
I look forward to meeting each of you at our August 18th Open House and working with you all for the next three to four years.  Here’s to an amazing year in Advance College Academy!

Warmly,

Beth Smith

PHHS Principal

College Bootcamp

A COUNSELING CENTER EVENT FOR RISING SENIORS

WHEN August 11 9am – 12pm

WHERE Patrick Henry High School

FEATURING

  • Raffle Prizes
  • Informational Sessions
  • Q&A Session with Counselors
  • Hands-on Application Experience
  • Lunch

INFORMATION SESSIONS

  • Finding the Right Fit
  • Common App
  • Parchment
  • How to Pay for College
  • Writing the Essay

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

  • List of ExtraCurriculars
  • List of Volunteering
  • Pens
  • Notebook
  • Questions

RSVP ONLINE: http://tinyurl.com/ PHCollegeBootcamp

See attached PH College Bootcamp Flyer flyer for details.