Announcements for the Week of January 23, 2023 (Kindness Week!)

Happy Kindness Week, Panther Nation!  Please pay close attention to the events and reminders for this week! 

Attendance Reminders Every day counts!  Please make every effort to send your student to school daily!
Lunar New Year! Hermitage High School serves a diverse student body and tomorrow we will support the Asian members of our community and recognize Lunar New Year by wearing red on Monday!  Thanks for showing your support!
Spirit Week! It’s Spirit Week!

Dress for fun while we finish the semester strong together celebrating Kindness Week, January 23-27.

  • Monday: Panthers wear red!
  • Tuesday: Kindness rocks! (Dress like a rockstar)
  • Wednesday: Rainbow, glitter, and crazy socks (Make Herm smile with your colorful style)
  • Thursday: Peace, love, and kindness (tie dyes and hippie styles)
  • Friday: Dreaming of kindness (school-appropriate pajamas)

Thanks for showing your support!

Course Request Window The course registration window for the 2023-24 school year opened on Monday, January 16th and closes on January 27th.  The last day for students to request a change in their initial course requests is May 26, 2023.

Course Selection Sheet for ALL Grade Levels

Course selection instructions in PowerSchool for students & parents

The Scheduling Presentation PowerPoint

HHS Community Forum Please join us at 7:00 on Tuesday, January 24 to discuss all things Hermitage via Microsoft Teams!  We will review our mission/vision, goals for this year, and focus areas for 22-23.  We hope to see you there!

Community Forum Presentation

Microsoft Teams meeting

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Parents Guide to the College Recruiting Process ATTENTION! Athletes & Parents! If you want to play sports in college you should  register to attend this FREE Virtual “Parents’ Guide to the College Recruiting Process” Seminar on Tuesday, January 24th at 8:00 p.m.

This Seminar is for Athletes in grades 7-12 that have aspirations of playing College Sports, and their Parents and Coaches.  Watch it together as a family from the comfort and safety of your HOME Laptop/PC/Notebook, etc.

This Nationally Acclaimed program will be conducted by National Recruiting Expert, Rick Wire & “Special Guests” Sue Ramsey, Indiana University Basketball Star, 2012 NCAA D-II Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, and Coy Wire, Stanford Graduate, 9-yr. NFL Veteran and CNN/HLN Sports Correspondent.

The Workshop covers the following topics:

  1. How to setup Recruiting Visits.
  2. How to make sure your Athlete will be ACADEMICALLY Eligible to play in College as a freshman and get more opportunities.
  3. How to get an Athletic Scholarship or Grant.
  4. How to get Noticed & RECRUITED.
  5. Why you should start as early as 8th Grade!
  6. Why there are more opportunities at D-III, NAIA & Junior Colleges

Participants will also receive an SAT/ACT prep program ($350 value)!

You MUST “Pre-Register” for this Workshop. Space is Limited. Save your Spot NOW!

To register for this workshop click here ->


Herff Jones, Sophomore and Junior Family Ring Order Nights Announcement

Herff Jones representatives will be at Hermitage High School on the following dates and times in January to take orders for Sophomore and Junior Ring orders.

Wednesday, January 25 from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Thursday, January 26 from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Students and their parents/guardians can review all Herff Jones products by going to on the attached pdf.

**We do encourage students and parents to also order online at It’s fast, easy, secure and there are no lines!**

We do ask that parents and students schedule an appointment by using the QR code on the flyer.

Check, cash, debit and credit cards and money orders are accepted for payments on all Ring Orders.

We require a $100 deposit on Ultrium orders and $175 deposit on all other metals.

End of MP2 The final day of the second marking period is Thursday, January 26.  Students should complete all assignments by this date.
Half Day Friday, January 27 is a half day and students will be released at 1:00.  We will hold our Winter Pep Rally and students will have the opportunity to obtain a grab and go lunch prior to dismissal.
End of Course Writing Performance Task Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) will continue to implement End of Course (EOC) Writing Performance Tasks instead of multiple-choice writing SOL tests during the 2022-23 school year.  Your student will complete Performance Tasks this year that count toward their English verified credit (9TH grade – Spring of 2023 & 10TH grade – Winter of 2023 and Spring of 2023).  Students will be immersed in tasks throughout this school year to prepare for this EOC task
Overdue Library Books While we understand that we have the BEST Library in Virginia, we cannot maintain our circulation unless books are returned in a timely manner.   There are currently 795 overdue books out right now and we would really like to get them back!  We have already broken our January checkout record with still over a week to go, but imagine how many books we could check out if we could get the popular books back on the shelves!

We do not charge overdue fees.  If students are still reading a book, they should come in to renew their loan – we want them to keep reading!

School Health Services Families, if you have not already done so, please log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to fill out the mandatory school health history form. If you prefer, you can print the Student Health History, complete it, and have your student return it to Nurse Tyree. You may also email the completed forms to
ACE Center Renovation Due to the expansion of the ACE Center, construction has begun and will impact our traffic pattern.  A fence has been placed in our Auxiliary Parking lot in front of the building.  Please follow our protocols for Parent Pick-up and Drop Off as we now have limited space in the front parking lot.  Thanks for your assistance with this process!
MajorClarity HCPS has partnered with MajorClarity, an online academic and career planning platform designed to help every student in grades 6-12 explore and discover future careers and courses that closely relate to their interests, personality, skills and strengths and take ownership of their academic and career goals! Because parents/guardians play an integral role in their child’s academic and career planning process, students are encouraged to access MajorClarity at home with their family in addition to the various planned and scheduled opportunities to work in the platform at school. Parents/guardians also have the opportunity to access MajorClarity via their student’s account anytime, from any device, using Clever. Check out the MajorClarity Parent/Guardian Login Instructions for detailed directions!

Would you like an introduction to MajorClarity? This MajorClarity Overview Video is a great place for parents/guardians to start!

Need targeted help navigating MajorClarity with your student? Check out these MajorClarity student User Guides and Video Tutorials!

The following MajorClarity resources may also be helpful to HCPS parents/guardians:

MajorClarity Overview

The Secondary Student Journey in MajorClarity

Career Exploration & Self-Discovery in MajorClarity

Finally, HCPS Bridge Builders Academy will be presenting a virtual “Getting to Know MajorClarity” session in January, and details will be coming soon! In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to your school counseling department, your partners in academic and career planning, with any questions or concerns.

Yearbooks Yearbooks are $55 and we will accept cash during lunch if you are interested.
FEV Tutoring/Panther Plus We have two separate tutoring opportunities at HHS.  Use this link to access the Panther Plus after school tutoring program from 4:00 – 5:00 Monday – Thursday.

Please use the following link to access FEV online tutoring.

PTSO Update Please join the PTSO!  Don’t forget to visit the website to join for only:

$7 Parents

$5 Teachers

$3 Students

Class of 2023! Cap and Gown Pictures will be offered on February 2, 2023

We are only 136 days away from graduation!

FAFSA Information(Free Application for Federal Student Aid):

Sharon Cox is our GRASP Representative and will work with seniors on Tuesdays to complete FAFSA applications. Please select the link to the sign-up genius to schedule an appointment:

College Info Sessions:

Please check the link to see which colleges are visiting Herm this week!

Graduation Day! Wednesday, June 7 at 3:00 at the VCU Siegel Center!

Calendar Updates Additional information is forthcoming on the following events as we plan for the 22-23 school year!

  • 1/23 – Day 2 Course Request Window Open, Panthers wear Red – Kindness Spirit Week!
  • 1/24 – Day 1 Community Forum @ 7:00, College Recruiting Seminar
  • 1/25 – Day 2, Herff Jones Ring Ordering Event 4:30-7:00
  • 1/26 – Day 1, Herff Jones Ring Ordering Event 4:30-7:00
  • 1/27 – Day 2, Pep Rally, Half Day
  • Looking Way Ahead:
    • 2/1 – Performance Task Assessment
      • Alternate bell schedule
    • 2/20-Student Holiday
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!
Previous Information
Safety Protocols According to the latest guidance from the Health Department and HCPS:

  • Masks are optional for students this year.
    • Neck gaiters and ski masks are not allowed.
  • In the event of a positive test, communicate with the main office,
  • The recommendation is that students should quarantine for 5 days and return on day 6 with a mask until day 10,
  • Families are on the honor system with this process moving forward.
Transportation This is a reminder that Student Drop-Off is at the Stadium Parking lot.  Walkers may and students with Special Needs enter through the front doors.


Student Drivers must enter the building and be seated in class at 9:00 daily to be counted as present and on-time.

Fall Pictures Fall Underclass Pictures took place Monday and Tuesday.  Please refer to the attached documents for assistance.  The online code to purchase pictures is:  FM397236

  • Senior Cap and Gown Pictures – February 2, 2023
School Fees School fees can be paid via the Parent Portal.  Please visit the Online School Payments page to pay all fees.
Parent Portal Account Please visit the HCPS Parent Connection Site and follow the prompts.  All information needed to create an account is located on your student’s report card.

Mire este sitio web para obtener instrucciones en español.

Who is My School Counselor? Hermitage School Counseling Website

Who is my counselor?

How do I obtain Panther Gear? HHS water bottles are on sale in the front office.  The Hermitage Panther Spirit Store is now open!  Please select the link if you want to purchase any Panther gear.  Also, attached is the order form for the HHS letterman jacket.

Don’t forget to support our student athletes as they begin competition this week.  Please attend as many Panther events as possible!

HHS Library Congratulations to our Library as we checked out over 2000 books for the month of December.  This is a new record!
Yearbook Information Yearbooks will be shipped for Seniors who paid during the 21-22 school year.  Returning students may pick up yearbooks from the main office.
School Nutrition All students will continue to be able to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge.  Students must enter their lunch code for data purposes only.

Food deliveries – HCPS does not permit outside food deliveries.  Students are not able to leave campus for lunch or food delivery.

HermTravels If you are interested in traveling to the Galapagos in summer 2023, but missed the meeting, you can get all of the trip information at or see Mrs. Pollock in Room 150 for more information!
Clinic Information We welcome back our clinic staff, Nurse Valarie Tyree, LPN.  They will be available if you need to drop off medication for your child.  Linked are the forms that you will need to complete for prescription and over the counter medications.

Online Mandatory Schools Forms:  Families are able to fill out mandatory school forms through Ecollect Forms this year which is accessible through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Please make sure that you have filled out the school health history form in order for our clinic to have the required medical information for your child.

Testing/Credit Recovery Students, please monitor your email for messages from Luiza Wood, out Testing Coordinator.  She will make you aware of any remediation opportunities and if you have any tests to take.


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.