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Message from Ms. Dortch

Dear Parents,
Successful school years do not happen by accident. You deserve a largemeasure of credit and thanks for helping make this happen. Hickory High School has a history of providing students with a quality education and this year is no exception. Our teachers continue to do what is best for our students and our school. Our students continue to be a stellar student body striving always to do their best as they “Soar to Excellence!” Last, but not least, you, our parents continue to place education first in your homes. For your unflagging support of our mission, we are eternally grateful. On behalf of the Administration, Faculty and Staff, we wish you a pleasant, safe, and relaxing summer. Thank you again for making our school the best high school in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Amber Dortch

AP and Honors English

Books stackedRequired Summer Reading:  These readings are required for AP English and will be assessed during the first marking period as detailed in the linked letters.

Suggested Summer Reading:  These works will be studied during the student’s honors English class, which may be first or second semester.  Reading the novels during the summer may help alleviate the pressure associated with assigned reading during the regular school term.

  • Honors English 12
    • Wilde, Oscar.  The Picture of Dorian Gray
    • Sandel, Michael.   Justice:  What’s the Right Thing to Do?
  • Honors English 11
    • Hawthorne, Nathaniel.  The Scarlet Letter
    • McBride, James.  The Color of Water
  • Honors English 10
    • Achebe, Chinua.  Things Fall Apart
    • Krakauer, Jon.  Into the Wild
  • Honors English 9
    • Golding, William.  Lord of the Flies
    • Krakauer, Jon.  Into Thin Air


Upcoming Senior Formal and Casual Photos

Teal Camera with silhouette of student with graduation capDear Hickory High School Class of 2019,

The summer Senior Formal and Casual pictures will be taken at Hickory High School on June 25, 26, 27; July 30, 31; and August 1st in the auditorium.

Prestige/Lifetouch Studios is Hickory’s contractual yearbook photographer for the 2018-2019 school year. Soon Prestige Studios will contact you about your portrait sitting. Please make every effort to keep your appointment, or call the studio at 222-0222 and make arrangements for changing your appointment to a more convenient time. Other photography companies may contact you. These companies have not been endorsed by our school for school portraits. Prestige/Lifetouch Studios competed for and was selected as the contractual photographer for our school.

Each Hickory Senior must be photographed by Prestige/Lifetouch before October to be in the 2019 class picture and to guarantee that you will be in the 2019 yearbook.  After your picture is taken, it takes about two weeks for the poses to be uploaded to Phototracker, the Prestige website, where you can see your proofs. Then you need to select a drape/tux vertical photograph for the yearbook (in sharp focus – no soft focus) on Phototracker before October 30th.  We regret that only those seniors whose proofs are on Prestige’s Phototracker website by October 30th can make it into the yearbook senior section because of yearbook publishing deadlines.

There will be a special deal on the 2019 yearbook during the month of September. Look for a mailing in September regarding senior ads to make your senior yearbook that more special. Also, cap and gown pictures will be taken February 15 in the auditorium.

Finally, we wish to re-emphasize the importance of keeping your senior formal pictures appointment or calling Prestige/Lifetouch to make a change if necessary (757-222-0222).  By doing so, you will help make sure that your senior formal picture is in the yearbook.  Your appointment time and date will be mailed to you soon.  We hope you have a wonderful summer and a fantastic senior year.


Susan Rowland

Yearbook Adviser

*Prestige website:  https://shop.prestigeportraits.com/shop/login.html

Summer Reading List

Invictus Ryan Graudin Travel to exotic places.  Meet famous people.  Turn back time and explore ancient history.  You can do all of that this summer – read a book! This list is not to be confused with the Required and Suggested AP English 11 and 12 list.

Reading is a window to new worlds and exciting people, but did you know that high school students that read during the summer are also more likely to score higher on standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, and AP exams?  Include reading in your summer plans!

Visit the Summer Reading Page to view our specially selected list.


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Thank you PTSA for your support and contributions to Hickory High School, the faculty and staff, and our students.

Visit the HHS PTSA Page to see all that they have done for HHS this year!


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There is a lot happening at HHS! Click the link to visit the SCA Page to see all the great events our school has to offer!

Upcoming Events:   Powder Puff has been rescheduled for May 30th!

Wall of Honor

Two American Flags CrossedHickory High School will be installing a Wall of Honor which will display the name, armed service branch and graduation year of our brave and courageous alumni.

Please complete the  Wall of Honor form to help us honor those who have served or currently are serving our country!

If you have any questions, please contact .

Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 Red CloudChesapeake Public Schools is happy to announce the availability of Office 365 Pro Plus at no charge to all Chesapeake Public School (CPS) students for use on personal computer equipment.
The licensing allows the installation of the software on up to five compatible PC and/or MAC computers.


In addition, a simplified version of the software may be installed on up to five tablet/mobile devices. The license will remain active as long as the division maintains this agreement and as long as you are a CPS student.

Click here for more information on Microsoft Office 365.

Parking at HHS

Steps for obtaining your own parking permit: 

Car in a parking spot1.  Print and complete Hickory High School Parking Policies and Procedures

2.  Visit our parking application link to fill in the required information

Once you have completed steps 1 and 2:

3.  Visit room 205 on Wednesday mornings between 8:15 and 8:40 to purchase your decal. You must bring the following items with you to complete the purchase:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License (out of state with military ID)
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Completed Hickory High School Parking Policies and Procedures Acknowledgment Statement
  • Twenty dollars (cash, check payable to HHS, or pay online)