Announcements for the Week of January 17, 2022

Hey, Panther Nation! I hope you enjoyed the three-day weekend and took a moment to reflect on the mission and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Safety As students return, it is vital to remember that we must follow all mitigation strategies.

  • In response to the most recent Executive Order by Governor Youngkin, HCPS will maintain the current expectation on masks.  It is expected that all students, staff, and visitors wear masks on school grounds at all times
  • If your student has tested positive and is showing symptoms, please communicate the date of the positive test to the school via phone,
  • Complete the Health Screening for Students prior to leaving for school in the morning,
  • Maintain distance between others as much as possible during the school day.
  • Follow our traffic safety plan
    • Student drop off and pick up is in the Stadium Parking lot and students enter through Music Ramp doors
    • Bus Riders enter through the Bus ramp doors
  • In the event that your student must quarantine, please view the Flowchart for quarantining
  • Weekly update
    • 28 Positive Cases and 2 Exposures
Masks In recent weeks, we have handed out many reusable fabric masks at an alarming rate. We ask that all families ensure that their students have their masks before leaving for school. We need to ensure that we have extra masks available for students when it becomes soiled or damaged. Please also remember that ski masks, gaiters, and masks that have valves are not allowed.

Please talk to your student about wearing the mask all day except when they are actively eating. “All day” includes the bus stop, on the bus, and on the bus ramp.

We appreciate your assistance!

Course Selection Window Open Attention all Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors:  It is time to make plans for the 2022-23 school year.  The course selection window for students and parents/guardians opens today, January 17th, and closes Friday, January 21st.  The School Counseling team presented valuable information about course options, graduation requirements, etc. to students last week.  Teachers have made recommendations for core classes as well as some elective courses.  These recommendations will be visible in PowerSchool.  We have some new electives offered for next year as well as our traditional offerings.

Please, closely review the offerings in all disciplines; there are some wonderful options!  If you have not already done so it is now imperative that you and your student/s discuss teacher recommendations, class offerings, and make selections in PowerSchool.

Later in the spring course verification sheets will be sent home with students.  That will be a good opportunity to confirm your student’s course selections.  The last day to request a change to the 2022-23 classes will be May 27, 2022; this is not a guarantee that the change request can be accommodated, only that the request can be considered.  The School Counseling team is here to support your student, please contact us if you have any issues or questions.

Below are several links to crucial information about selecting classes.

2022-23 Course Selection/Offering Sheet

Directions for picking classes in PowerSchool

Directions for setting up the Parent PowerSchool Portal

HCPS Planning Guide

The scheduling presentation PowerPoint

Hermitage School Counseling Website

Who is my counselor?

  • Last Name A – CO – Patric Anderson
  • Last Name Cr – Hn – Kathy Ferrell
  • Last Name Hu – M – Aiyanne Payne
  • Last Name N – S – Shelley Lynch
  • Last Name T – Z – Juliana Schatz
HHS Water Bottles/Masks We will continue to sell HHS water bottles and masks.  Please stop by the main office for your purchase!
Attendance Today is our 74th day of school and attendance matters.  If you missed 7 days of school so far, you are considered chronically absent.  Please bring in a doctor’s note if you have unexcused absences and remember to come to school every day!  HHS is currently at 36% absenteeism.  Remember, if you do not feel well, please call the Main Office.  Thanks for your assistance!
Deliveries This is a reminder that we are NOT accepting any food deliveries at HHS during the school day. This includes DoorDash, GrubHub, and Parent drop off.  All students eat for free and we are unable to determine the safety of the contents of items dropped off for students.  Thanks for understanding and working with us.
Access to Online Forms Please visit “The Connection,” to obtain information to assist with gaining access to the following forms.

  • PowerSchool Parent Portal,
  • Rycor,
  • Schoology,
  • MySchool Bucks, and
  • Online School Payments
HHS Athletics You can now buy tickets online for all Hermitage athletic events.

We encourage everyone to support our student-athletes and view the VHSL schedule for this week.

HHS Athletic Calendar

Seniors You are on the clock!  It is finally 2022 and we are 155 days from graduation!

Senior Parents –  Is your student planning on attending college next year? If so you will need to fill out your FAFSA form! This is the federal application for student aid which is MONEY FOR COLLEGE! Mrs. Cox- our GRASP representative – will be in the school counseling office on Tuesdays to help you and your family submit this very important form.

Appointments will be every 30 minutes, but please sign up for 2 slots if you will attend along with your student.  Appointment times will be on Tuesdays from 9 am -2 pm.  Schedule your appointment today by clicking on the following link:

If you have any questions you can email Mrs. Cox at

Upcoming Holiday Wednesday, January 26 is a half-day and students will be dismissed at 12:55.  A Grab and Go lunch will be served prior to dismissal.
Calendar Updates Additional information is forthcoming on the following events as we plan for the 21-22 school year!

  • 1/17 – Martin Luther King Day- School Closed/Course Selection window opens
  • 1/18 – Day 1
  • 1/19 – Day 2
  • 1/20 – Day 1
  • 1/21 – Day 2 – Course Selection window closes

Looking Way Ahead:

  • 1/24 – Day 1
  • 1/25 – Day 2
  • 1/26 – Day 1 – Half Day/Final Day of MP2
  • 1/27 – Day 2
  • 1/28 – Day 1
Lastly, Stay safe and connected Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  Thanks for all that you do to support us at HHS.  Stay safe and stay healthy,  Roll Pride!

Hermitage High School, a safe and inclusive academic community, BELIEVES that ALL students will exceed expectations, ACHIEVE personal goals, and pave their way to SUCCESS.