Announcements for the Week of May 1, 2023

Please pay close attention to the events and reminders for this week! We will recognize the sensational staff at HHS as we hold Teacher Appreciation Week May 1-5!  Please join me in recognizing our wonderful team this week! 

Teacher Appreciation Week! Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1 – May 5 this year, and we are hoping you will consider making a donation of some snacks or a little bit of your time.  Please see the sign-up genius links below for the options, (one is for volunteering at an event or one is for donating treats), and thank you for considering a way to support our wonderful teachers!

HHS Community Forum Please join us for our Weekly Forum on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 to discuss all things Hermitage via Microsoft Teams!   We hope to see you there!

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Testing Season It’s testing season and we opened our testing window on April 26.  To all Panthers, “If you are testing, you are expected to pass!”  Also, each student who is testing will receive a separate message about the test, test date, and support strategies to prepare.

Each test day offers a secure testing environment from 9:00 – 1:00 daily.  Students not testing will report to a study hall upon arrival, then report to their normal schedule at 1:00.

  • May 1-12
    • AP Testing
  • May 10
    • History SOL
  • May 11
    • Science SOL
  • May 17
    • Math SOL
Attendance Reminders Every day counts!  During April of 2022, our Panthers had a 45% absentee rate.  Please make every effort to send your student to school daily!  We are currently at 22.7% absenteeism and should be under 15%.  Be sure that your Panther is at school every day this week!
Big Feet Meet We are fortunate to host the Big Feet Meet for HCPS on Thursday, May 4 from 9:00 – 1:00.  This will be a phenomenal event where we highlight the inclusivity of HHS!
Community Service Hours! The deadline to submit community service hours to be recorded in the 2022-23 school year is Friday, May 5, 2023.  Please submit hours to Mrs. Schatz in school counseling.  The guidelines, directions, and paperwork can all be found on the HCPS Community Service Dashboard.
Class of 2023! We are only 37 (26 school days)  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:

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

Senior laptop Collection 5/22-5/23

Summer EPF It’s time to begin preparing for the Summer of 2023!  Attached is a flier from Longwood University.  Students have the ability to take a dual enrollment Economic and Personal Finance course and earn 3 college credits for only $50.   Please see the link and attached document for additional information.

Registration and payment will be through Longwood University, not HCPS.  Our Summer Academy publication will include this information as well.

Summer 2023 Dual Enrollment Economic and Personal Finance Flyer Henrico.pdf

Summer Trades As we have done in the past, we will be offering our Summer Building Trades course for rising 10th and 11th-grade students, which will count towards 1 local general elective credit.  The program will run from Monday, June 12 – Thursday, July 20 from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM with Fridays off.  Students will report to their closest designated high school and be transported directly to the job site. There will be multiple sites this year. They will have the unique opportunity to work in a setting that will introduce them to the area(s) of electricity, masonry, carpentry, HVAC, and network cabling/wiring.

The cost is FREE for this year.  We are capping registration at 50 and students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Attached is a copy of the brochure that includes the registration process. Please reach out to me directly if you have any questions.  The deadline is Friday, May 19 to allow our transportation department the time it needs to set up bus routes. Let me know if you have any questions

Summer Building Trades 2023 Flyer.pdf

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

  • 5/1 – Day 2 – Senior Signing Day, AP Government Exam
  • 5/2 – Day 1, AP Environmental Science & AP Psychology
  • 5/3 – Day 2, AP English Literature
  • 5/4 – Day 1, Big Feet Meet, AP Human Geo, AP Statistics
  • 5/5 – Day 2, AP US History, Community Service Hours Due
  • 5/6 – All Star Prom


  • Looking Way Ahead:
    • 5/10 – History SOL
    • 5/11 – Science SOL
    • 5/17 – Math SOL
    • 5/25 – HHS Talent Show
    • 5/26 – School Closed
    • 5/29 – School Closed
    • 6/7 – Graduation Ceremony
    • Senior Portraits  – 7/17 and 7/18
    • Senior Make-Ups 10/5-10/6
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.
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 707 overdue books out right now and we would really like to get them back!

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!

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

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.

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, or your partners in academic and career planning, with any questions or concerns.

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.

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Who is My School Counselor? Hermitage School Counseling Website

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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!
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.

Clinic Information Our clinic staff 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, our 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.