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January 2020

January 2020 has ushered in the close of SOL’s and the beginning of a new semester. Staff and students alike heading into the second semester full of ideas and excitement. Take a look at what we have coming up in the latest edition of the Hawk Talk!

Upcoming Events:

  • January 26th: Best Buddies Semi-Formal at the Hickory Ruritan Club
  • January 29th: Report Cards Issued
  • February 10th: 2nd Semester Open House
  • February 14th: Senior Cap and Gown Pictures
  • February 17th: Presidents’ Day-No School
  • February 22nd: Saturday School
  • February 27th: Ring Ceremony
  • February 29th: Ring Dance at Hickory High School

Since the Last Edition…

  • Hickory’s Pink club, led by chemistry teacher Les Maudlin, partnered with Bad Habits to help raise support for two local families battling cancer by hosting the First Annual Pinkapalooza. Hickory High School and the Pink Club were able to donate a total of $5,500 ($2,750 per family) to help our cancer warriors. 
  • Members of the NHS volunteered at Butt’s Road Primary Santa Brunch Students at Santa Lunch
  • Hickory student receives the “Most Determined” award from Public Speaking class.Boy winning award for Public Speaking Class
  • SCA, Students, and Staff had the distinct honor to sponsor local children for the holidays. Through our support, we brought laughter, joy, good tidings, and excitement to these young people. This year we partnered with Thurgood Marshall Elementary School and sponsored students from kindergarten to fifth grade. Students received coats, clothes, toys! Shout out to Avery Signorelli, SCA Service Chair for organizing HawkSanta! Shout out to Katie Reper for donating water bottles with each kid’s name and a toothbrush and toothpaste for each child!
  • SCA and Mag Frat teamed up to collect items to send abroad to brighten our soldier’s deployment through the holidays. The ship was on a long deployment and among the individuals serving was the mother of a current student. Spirits were down, but we hope the various items brought some cheer!
  • SCA members donated warm and fuzzy socks to a local nursing home. The lovely residents also enjoyed some special renditions of Christmas Carol favorites.
  • The last day before break SCA hosted their annual, Winter Extravaganza. Thank you, We Dine Together, Chamber Choir, DECA/Marketing, Public Speaking, and Student Ambassadors for providing various forms of entertainment! The act that stole the show was the Admin Team with Ms. Dortch spittin’ bars on the mic!  Shout out to Travis McGregor, SCA Promo Chair for organizing!
  • Freshman Class President, Delaney Reper led a cookie baking brigade of class officers (Shane Tandy, Taylor McGregor, Ella Grimm) over the holidays. Together they baked 1,200 cookies at the TASTE headquarters kitchen. Veterans at the Hampton Veteran Hospital enjoyed these delicious delights! Students baking cookies

Currently at HHS…

  • January 27th  all students should go to their B-Day homeroom from THIS semester. Students will receive their scheduling material for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, as well as the second semester schedules.
  • Wow! We’re starting to schedule our students for the 2020-2021 school year.  Scheduling materials go home on January 27th and are due back on February 5th.  Students should enter their course selections in StudentVue and counselors will be holding scheduling appointments with their students throughout the month of February.   
  • Students interested in applying to the Chesapeake Career Center should speak with Mr. Markin in the School Counselor’s Office.  Applications are due February 14th.  
  • Yearbooks are on sale!  January 31st is the last chance to order a yearbook with a student’s name and personality icons on the cover.  Order today at or by calling 1-877-767-5217
  • Quick Tip is a support system that allows students and members of our school community to communicate with school administrators anonymously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While the district already has programs in place to help students and members of our school community deal with challenges such as bullying behaviors, stress, peer pressure, family problems, campus violence, depression, and suicide, to name a few, Quick Tip allows them to report concerns to administrators anonymously.
  • Save the Date!  The 3rd annual Hickory Sports Gala will be on March 21st from 6pm-9pm @ Hickory High.  Good Food, Good Company and Silent and Live Auctions.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from a Gala Committee Member, Pat Troia or via Online School Purchases.  All Proceeds benefit The Hickory Athletic Department. Hope to see you there!
  • An Invitation to the community: Parents, professionals, and students aged 10+ are invited to join Hickory Middle School and CHKD for a free screening of ANGST, a film about anxiety, truth, and hope.  February 5th at 6 pm at Hickory Middle School. 

PTSA Update:

Looking for a way to help support the students and staff at Hickory? Look no further-the PTSA has partnered with Fun Pasta Fundraising. Do you have a hobby or a sport or a favorite college team? Browse our great selection of themed pastas while helping us raise money for our school.  Chilis, soups, GF and vegan options available!

Accomplishments to date:

  • Awarded over $2000 in teacher/classroom grants
  • Approved funding for an 8th Elkay H2O station
  • Sponsored monthly Staffulty Appreciation events

We hope that you’ve enjoyed January’s edition of the Hawk Talk. Stay tuned next month for more great things as we soar to excellence at Hickory High School! #WeAreHickory #ThisIsHowWeSOAR

December 2019

As December is the last month of the year, it prepares us for the next year. It’s been a pleasure to work with you and your students in 2019, and we look forward to continued growth and excellence in 2020. Just because the year is coming to a close, it does not mean things are slowing down at HHS. Take a look at what we have coming up in the latest edition of the Hawk Talk!

Upcoming Events:

December 7th: Saturday School

December 10th – 11th: School Play Frozen Jr.

December 16th: WH2 SOL

December 17th: VA/US History SOL

December 17th: Orchestra Concert

December 18th: WH1 SOL

December 19th: Chorus Concert

December 23rd – January 1: Winter Break!

Since the Last Edition…

Thanks to all who participated in New Kicks for Kids! HHS donated 45 pairs of shoes and a bag full of cleats for the students of Thurgood Marshall Elementary School. Way to go Hawks!

Chesapeake Public Schools Teachers for Tomorrow panelists including our very own Ms. Dortch, shared inspiring words with aspiring educational leaders. Teachers for Tomorrow students from Deep Creek High School, Grassfield High School, and Hickory High School participated in a panel discussion which provided these future teacher candidates with advice on employment and interview skills.

HHS hosted the Region 2 SCA Conference. It was an engaging event for the next generation of future leaders. Our SCA did a fantastic job welcoming students from across the region for a day of learning and leadership.

The Hickory High School Wind Ensemble performed with the Old Dominion University Wind Ensemble. It was a wonderful performance and we couldn’t be more proud of our students and the HHS Music and Arts department.

Thanks to the support through PTSA memberships & donations, the PTSA provided Mrs. Styron’s AP Seminar class w/new textbooks & a video camera to record/analyze student presentations, which are 1/3 of their AP exam grade. AP Seminar is a new course at HHS, for which there was NO funding. We are grateful for our community assistance!

Our Hats not Hate stand against bullying was a huge success. We Dine Together  and roughly 350 students purchased a handmade hat honoring individual differences.

Currently at HHS…

Giving Back:

Each year during this holiday, we have the distinct honor to sponsor local children. Through our support, we bring laughter, joy, good tidings, and excitement to these young people. This year we are partnering with Thurgood Marshall Elementary School to sponsor 24 children ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. Homerooms will work as a team to collect funds and gifts to support each assigned child. Please help support the children of Thurgood Marshall Elementary School with a charitable donation. We are grateful for your assistance.

SOL Course Remediation:

Hickory High School will begin hosting SOL course remediation sessions before and after school starting in December. In an effort to help all students earn verified credits, we will be offering a FREE Remediation program for students who are currently enrolled in an SOL course. A licensed teacher will provide instruction designed to prepare your child for the SOL test.  The program will be offered before or after your child’s school day. There will be an activity bus that provides transportation home after the remediation sessions offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Please reference the schedule below to determine the date, time, and location the remediation sessions that will be offered.

Course Date/Time Teacher(s)
World History 1

Test Date: 12/18/2019


12/3/19            3:50-4:35 pm Mooring rm 101
12/4/19            3:50-4:35 pm Mooring rm 101
12/5/19            3:50-4:35 pm Mooring rm 101
12/10/19          3:50-4:35 pm Paradiso rm 220
12/11/19          3:50-4:35 pm Paradiso rm 220
12/12/19          3:50-4:35 pm Paradiso rm 220
VA/US History

Test Date: 12/17/2019


12/3/19            3:50-4:35 pm Perry rm 214
12/4/19            3:50-4:35 pm Perry rm 214
12/5/19            3:50-4:35 pm Perry rm 214
12/10/19          3:50-4:35 pm Powers rm 212
12/11/19          3:50-4:35 pm Powers rm 212
12/12/19          3:50-4:35 pm Powers rm 212
World History 2

Test Date: 12/16/2019


12/3/19            3:50-4:35 pm Summerlin rm 216
12/4/19            3:50-4:35 pm Summerlin rm 216
12/5/19            3:50-4:35 pm Summerlin rm 216
12/10/19          3:50-4:35 pm Summerlin rm 216
12/11/19          3:50-4:35 pm Summerlin rm 216
12/12/19          3:50-4:35 pm Summerlin rm 216
Earth Science

Test Date: 1/7/2020

12/10/19            3:50-4:35 pm Linsangan rm 238
12/12/19            3:50-4:35 pm Collins rm 236
12/17/19            3:50-4:35 pm Tam rm 235
12/19/19            3:50-4:35 pm Tam rm 235
1/02/20              3:50-4:35 pm Collins rm 236
1/07/19              7:30-8:40 am TBD

Test Date: 1/6/2020


12/10/19            3:50-4:35 pm Coninx rm 225
12/12/19            3:50-4:35 pm Craft rm 228
12/17/19            3:50-4:35 pm Taylor rm 226
12/18/19            3:50-4:35 pm Conboy rm 232
12/19/19            3:50-4:35 pm Conboy rm 232
1/06/20              7:30-8:40 am Craft rm 228

Test Date: 1/3/2020

12/03/19            3:50-4:35 pm Zydlewski rm 229
12/04/19            3:50-4:35 pm Zydlewski rm 229
12/10/19            3:50-4:35 pm Zydlewski rm 229
12/11/19            3:50-4:35 pm Zydlewski rm 229
12/17/19            3:50-4:35 pm Zydlewski rm 229
12/18/19            3:50-4:35 pm Zydlewski rm 229
Algebra 1

Test Date: 1/14/2020


12/03/19          7:50-8:40 am Key rm 124
12/04/19          3:50-4:35 pm Key rm 124
12/10/19          3:50-4:35 pm Key rm 124
12/11/19          7:50-8:40 am Key rm 124
12/17/19          7:50-8:40 am Key rm 124
1/07/20            7:50-8:40 am Key rm 124

Test Date: 1/13/2020


12/10/19          3:50-4:35 pm Nahan rm 112
12/11/19          3:50-4:35 pm Nahan rm 112
12/17/19          3:50-4:35 pm Nahan rm 112
12/18/19          3:50-4:35 pm Nahan rm 112
1/07/20            3:50-4:35 pm Nahan rm 112
1/09/20            3:50-4:35 pm Nahan rm 112
Algebra 2 –

Test Date: 1/10/2020


12/06/19          7:50-8:40 am Key rm 124
12/12/19          3:50-4:35 pm Key rm 124
12/13/19          7:50-8:40 am Key rm 124
12/18/19          7:50-8:40 am Key rm 124
12/20/19          7:50-8:40 am Key rm 124
1/03/20            7:50-8:40 am Key rm 124

Reflections Winners:

Congratulations Reflections Contest Winners!


1st & 3rd   Liliana Wray  $50 + $15=  $65

2nd Julianne Sweeten  $25

Visual Arts:

1st  Diana “Lucy” Victorio   $50

2nd  Kendra Wilson  $25

3rd   Avery Hunter-Holmes  $15


1st Chase Nilsson  $50


1st Ava Collar  $50

Musical Composition:

Grace Peters   $50

Special Artist:

1st Stanford Bowman   $50

Chesapeake Public Schools:


Join us for a FREE 30-minute online parent workshop, as school district experts share key information and answer your questions on educational topics. Click the link below to register and a Zoom webinar meeting link will be e-mailed to you the day prior to the session.

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PTSA Update:

Introducing the 2019-20 PTSA Executive Board:

  • President – Debra Culpepper
  • 1st VP – Jennifer Cooper
  • 2nd VP – Stephanie Alley
  • Treasurer – Christine Matteson
  • Secretary – Susan Dunn.

In the past, the PTSA has avoided traditional fundraisers but this year, it is a challenge to keep up with the demand of classroom grants, which benefit our teachers and students. Please go to to order pasta, shipped directly to you – OR make an online donation at – 100% tax deductible. It’s also not too late to join the PTSA – only $7, and Seniors must be members to apply for one of many $1000 PTA/PTSA scholarships. Join online at

Accomplishments to date:

  • Awarded over $2000 in teacher/classroom grants
  • Approved funding for an 8th Elkay H2O station
  • Sponsored monthly Staffulty Appreciation events

We hope that you’ve enjoyed December’s edition of the Hawk Talk. Stay tuned next month for more great things as we soar to excellence at Hickory High School! #WeAreHickory #ThisIsHowWeSOAR

November 2019

National Gratitude Month!

November is National Gratitude Month. Gratitude is more than simply saying “thank you.”  Gratitude can help us realize what is positive in our own lives. This month we challenge you to express your gratitude, and let someone know how much you appreciate them each day! Fill out our November is Gratitude Month form to let a member of the Hickory High school Hawk Community know how much you appreciate them.

Upcoming Events:

  • November 4: End of Marking Period 2
  • November 5: Teacher Work Day
  • November 11: Veterans’ Day – Holiday
  • November 12: Band concert featuring ODU’s Wind Ensemble
  • November 13: Report Cards will be Issued
  • November 14: Potato Feast
  • November 16: Band Craft Fair
  • November 18: Athletic Awards
  • November 22: Mr. and Miss Hickory Pageant
  • November 23: Senior Social
  • November 27: Early Release Day
  • November 28-29: Thanksgiving Holiday

Since the Last Edition:

Soaring in the Spotlight

Hickory Marching Hawks competed in the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative Warhill Classic. The Hickory High School Marching Hawks brought home 6 awards including Best Music, Best Percussion, Best General Effect, Best Colorguard, 1st in class, and overall Grand Champion.

Soaring in the Spotlight Hickory brought home six awards including Best Music, Best Percussion, Best General Effect, Best Colorguard, 1st in class, and overall Grand Champion against 19 other bands.

The HHS Competition Cheer Team won the Southeastern District Championship! Wish them luck at their State Competition this weekend.

Soaring in the Spotlight

The Hickory varsity golf team placed 2nd of 10 at the Class 5 Region A tournament. Our very own Luke Gareiss carded a 2-over 74 to tie for fifth in the Class 5 state championships and helped the Hawks to a sixth-place finish with a score of 331.

Soaring in the Spotlight

Payton Workman and Samir Godambe are the first winners of the “I’m A Class Act” sportsmanship award. Nominated by their coaches and selected by Coach Troia and Ms. Dortch, we are honored to award these outstanding student athletes.

Hickory Soaring in the spotlight Payton Workman and Samir Godambe win the "I'm a Class Act" Award. four people, two kids holding awards

Principal Amber Dortch, Assistant Principal Steven Carter and Officer Marciniak received the Police Chief’s Award of Recognition and Outstanding Teamwork Award alongside Chesapeake Police Officers for work on the Active Threat Exercise.

Soaring in the spotligh

Hickory High School has been distinguished as a Purple Star School for demonstrating a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military.

Purple Star School for demonstrating a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military.

Hawks Giving Back:

HHS hosted the 2nd Annual Walk and Roll for Disability Awareness. It was a great community event and many of our Hawks participated in the noble cause.

A bear a hawk and a wild cat

Our wonderful PTSA recognized our Principal Ms. Dortch and Assistant Principals: Mr. Carter, Mrs. Freeman, Ms. Coles, and Mr. Porter for Principals Month by treating them to TASTE for lunch. If that was not enough, Katie Reper, and the PTSA organized a Staffulty Candy Bar. All staffulty members were entered in a grand prize drawing, and Mrs. Kayser was the winner of the $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card. Thank you PTSA!

Students and a person dressed like a witch

The Hickory and Greatbridge Baseball teams participated in the 5th Annual Costumes for a Cause Baseball Bash on October 30th. The teams played in costume to raise funds in order to benefit the Kelly family.

Costumes for a cause event flyer

The HHS SCA organized a food drive to collect canned goods and stock the Food Bank. The homeroom who collected the most canned goods would win a breakfast party. Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. William’s homeroom team collected 124 cans and won the grand prize of an Amazing Glazed breakfast party.

Trick or treat


Currently at HHS…

ASVAB – Lisa Roland

Students who want to join the military need to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). It will be offered at Hickory High School on November 5th, January 24th and June 11th. Since these are teacher workdays, students must provide their own transportation. The test starts at 8:30 am sharp, and students will not be admitted to the test site once the test has started. Please sign up in the Counseling Office. Seating is limited.

Counselor Corner – Lisa Roland

Starting this year, there will be counselors available at the Perch every Thursday, during all lunches. We know that many students have difficulty finding time to stop by the counseling office to see a counselor. That is why we are trying to make it easier for students to see a counselor. We can help students with their Parchment accounts, college applications, answering quick questions, etc… No appointment is needed. We look forward to seeing you!

Hickory High School Class of 2020 – Heather Key

Hickory High School’s commencement ceremonies for the graduating class of 2020 will take place on June 12, 2020 at 9:30 am. Planning is already underway for this very special event for our students and their families. Seniors will attend a class meeting with Balfour on November 6th to review details of ordering caps, gowns, and graduation announcements. All graduates will be required to wear the official Hickory Graduation regalia and attire on June 12th. Appropriate attire includes black shoes, black trousers, dress shirts, neckties, dresses, skirts, or blouses. For important graduation details, please see the Hickory High School Graduation web page. With your support, the Class of 2020 will be honored with the dignity they deserve.

Student Hawk Hub – Fallon Graham

Check out our new Student Hawk Hub page on the website. This page is designed to help students stay up to date on Hickory High School announcements, provide quick access to highly used and beneficial websites and curated remediation resources, and assist students in navigating One Lunch. Please take a look at what is currently available on Student Hawk Hub and stay tuned because more is coming!

Student Haw Hub We are Hickory

Get Involved – Join the PTSA – Elaina Trotter

Many volunteers are working behind the scenes, during and after school hours, to make this year another success. One of our goals is to improve communications between school and home – please see the flyer on the many ways you can follow the PTSA.
Several volunteers positions remain unfilled. Email the PTSA  if you have any questions.
Thanks for your support, as always.

Follow the PTSA

Survey: Should CPS consider a pre-Labor Day school start?

Based on a change to the Code of Virginia in 2019, school boards are now permitted to open schools as early as two weeks before Labor Day. If this change were to occur, the law requires that students have a four-day Labor Day weekend with schools closed the Friday before Labor Day through the actual holiday.

Chesapeake Public Schools is seeking stakeholder input to determine if a pre-Labor Day school start should be considered for future school calendars.

Starting school before Labor Day could provide a more flexible school calendar, with the possibility for longer winter and/or spring breaks, additional days built in for inclement weather, added days for teacher workdays/in-service days, and/or the potential to end the school year earlier.

It could also allow more preparation time for high stakes assessments such as SOL, AP, and IB tests, which are scheduled on a national level.

This survey will be open from October 29, 2019, through November 15, 2019.

Coming Up for HHS…

Winter Sports Tryout Schedule – Pat Troia

Below you will find the Winter Sports Tryout Schedule. Students must have a VHSL Athletic Physical on file with the school in order to participate.

Girls Basketball:  Main Gym

  • Monday 11/11 8 am – 10 am
  • Tuesday 11/12 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Wednesday 11/13 4 pm – 6 pm

Boys Basketball:  Main Gym

  • Monday 11/11 9:30 am – Noon Check in and have a plain white t-shirt
  • Tuesday 11/12 6 pm  – 8 pm
  • Wednesday 11/13 6 pm – 7:30 pm


  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11/12, 13 & 14 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm HHS Aux Gym

Indoor Track

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11/12, 13 & 14 4 pm – 6 pm

Swimming:  @ Great Bridge Swim and Racquet Club

  • Monday 11/11 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday – Friday 6:15 am – 7:30 am

Wrestling:  HHS Wrestling Room

  • Monday 11/11 9 am – Noon
  • Tuesday 11/12 and Wednesday 11/13 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Remediation – Fallon Graham

Hickory High School will be providing remediation sessions for all students enrolled in SOL courses. These sessions are free, and students are highly encouraged to attend. Regardless of whether a student is scheduled to take the End of Course test, remediation is an option to support academic growth and success. Once the schedule is determined, an email will be sent out through Synergy.

New Kicks for Kids! – Lesley Sarver

Hickory High School is having a shoe drive for the students attending Thurgood Marshall Elementary. We would love for our student body to donate so these kids can have some new kicks!

  • Shoe requirements: Boys and girls: size 5 youth-9 adult
  • Donation info: Shoes can be put in the box outside of The Perch Nov. 4-Nov. 22

We hope that you’ve enjoyed November’s edition of the Hawk Talk. Stay tuned next month for more great things as we soar to excellence at Hickory High School! #WeAreHickory #ThisIsHowWeSOAR

October 2019

Fall Back Into The School Year

Now that we are a month into the 2019-2020 year, we are excited to share with you some of the exciting things that have taken place, and the great things that are coming up in the future for our Hawks.

So Far This Year…

Back to School Bash

Beautiful Tomorrow Assembly with lots of students and speaker

We started the school year off with a bang at our Back To School Bash. Students rotated through sessions geared towards preparing them for academic and social success here at Hickory High School. Students attended grade level assemblies, and met with Ms. Dortch to learn about HHS’s student expectations. With the help of our faculty members, students  signed into our school computers and reset their passwords for StudentVue. A club fair was set up to encourage students to get involved in activities which peak their interests. The most exciting part was a visit by Beautiful Tomorrow where students engaged in a energetic presentation which delivered a timely and relevant message, with a musical sound that spoke to their generation.

One Lunch

Hickory High School's One Lunch Empowering Passes with Choices Lunch tray with map pens basketball pencils computer and hawk head with fork and knife

Hickory High School has hosted three One Lunch sessions so far. One Lunch provides the students of Hickory High School with the access to participate in a variety of organized opportunities.  Our One Lunch opportunities include academic sessions, activity sessions, club meetings, supervised study hall areas, and teacher office hours. The purpose of these sessions is to support our Hawks academically, and socially.  We want all of our Hawks to have equitable access during the school day to the support HHS can provide, through the course of the entire school year. Click the link to view our One Lunch schedule and available sessions. The schedule also contains a link to access an online form which will allow Hickory High School students to sign up for specific sessions.

Visit the One Lunch Page

Hickory High School One Lunch Schedule

Spirit Chain Competition

Soaring in the spot light: Hickory High School, together with Grassfield High School raised $1474.38 for CHKD in the Spirit Chain Competition.

The Hawks and the Grassfield Grizzles participated in a friendly competition. Each school raised money by selling spirit chain links. All money collected would be donated to the winning school’s charity of choice. Whichever school built the longest spirit chain would choose which charity to donate to, and the opposing school’s principal would have to wear the other school’s football jersey at the Hickory vs. Grassfield football game. Hickory High School’s generous student body raised the most funds and built the longest spirit chain. Fortunately for Ms. Dortch, Mr. Perez had to wear Hickory High School’s football jersey! Between both schools, Hickory High School and Grassfield High School raised over $1,400 to donate to CHKD. Go Hawks!

10 Seconds Can Change Your Life Forever

Bobby during presentation in auditorium

Hickory High School was fortunate enough to welcome Bobby Petrocelli to HHS to speak to our Hawks. Bobby delivered an inspiring and empowering message about how ten seconds can change your life forever. Our Hawks were moved by his story and his heart touching message is one we will never forget.

Currently at HHS…

Great Times at Hickory High – Homecoming 2019

This year’s Homecoming football game is October 11. The Hickory Hawks will battle the Indian River Braves at 7:00 PM. The Hickory High SCA has lined up an exciting spirit week this year with the theme “Great Times at Hickory High”. Take a look at this year’s Homecoming schedule below:

  • Monday = High School Musical Monday
  • Tuesday = Ferris Bueller’s Take it Easy Tuesday – PowderPuff Game 6:00 PM Admission: Canned Good
  • Wednesday =  Bring it On Wednesday – Movie on the Lawn 7:00 PM Admission: Free!
  • Thursday = T-Bird/ Pink Lady Thursday
  • Friday  = Friday Night Lights Spirit Wear – Homecoming Football Game 7:00 PM Parade and Crowning at Half Time Admission: $4.00
  • Saturday = Homecoming Dance 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Admission: $15

HHS Year Book – Susan Rowland

Yearbooks are now on sale for the lowest price of the year. Order by October 11th with personalization to receive 4 FREE icons.

Yearbooks are now on sale for the lowest price of the year. Order by October 11th, and with personalization receive 4 FREE icons. Visit to place your order online. Senior portraits, baby pictures and Activity sheets are due to the yearbook staff by October 30th.

PTSA Reflections “Look Within” – Mary Beth Kiss

A color logo of an eye for the 2019-2020 National PTA Reflection's Theme LOOK WITHIN. Indicates that entries from all grades and all abilities are welcome. Website is provided. color logos for the six categories are provided, including: dance, filmography, photography, literature, music, and visual arts.

Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films, and taking photos? Then have fun unleashing your inner artist with Hickory’s PTSA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Look Within,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form today at the PTSA bulletin board by the front security desk and return by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th, 4pm. Enter one or more categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. There are two divisions that students can elect to enter their submissions – High School (9-12) or Special Artist (all grades – see how to qualify). Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for EACH category.
Last year Hickory High School had three students earn recognition at the State level of competition. Will you be one this year?! For more information and copies of digital guidelines and entry forms email: Email Reflections.

PTSA Announcements – Elaina Trotter

September has been a busy month for our PTSA and we appreciate the volunteers, donors and families who have joined in helping us support Hickory High School. A couple of reminders:

  • Seeking a President or 1st Vice President for this school year, as well as a co-chair for Reflections and a Yard Hawker (a great after-hours volunteer slot, where you place 25 black & teal hawks in a recipient’s yard, less than 15/year).
  • It’s not too late to join the PTSA – family membership is $30 and individual $7. Seniors must be members to apply for $1000 scholarships. Go to to join.
  • For the 5th year in a row, no door-to-door fundraisers but we can use your help with a tax-deductible Direct Donation. Cash or check to HHS PTSA, or donate online at
  • Interested in volunteering at the PTSA-run Hawks Nest store? Sign up at Parents have helped the Hawks Nest become the largest source of revenue for the PTSA.
  • Breakfast at Bergey’s returns in October – and every 2nd Friday of the school year. Join other Hawk parents for this casual social to meet up and get to know all things Hickory. Details to follow.

Please email the PTSA for any questions or more info on how you can help.

Senior Class Remind – Mary Faith Williams

Please sign-up for the HHS Class of 2020 REMIND account by texting 81010 the following code according to your last name(A-H) @6g843a6       (I-P)  @e4a3b9b      (Q-Z) @hab78ek       (Parents) @chk32h

Please sign-up for the HHS Class of 2020 REMIND account by texting 81010 the following code according to your last name:

  • (A-H) @6g843a6
  • (I-P)  @e4a3b9b
  • (Q-Z) @hab78ek
  • (Parents) @chk32h

After Prom Fundraiser – Fallon Graham

Hickory High School Class of 2020 Student Name Class of 2020 Hawk Yard Sign On sale Now. Teal hawk head yard sign.

Yard signs are on sale now – February 28th, 2020 for the graduating class of 2002. All proceeds go towards supporting After Prom. Visit the After Prom page for more details on how to order your Class of 2020 Hawk Yard Sign today!

Mitigating Effects of Anxiety Surrounding School Safety – Brianna Lyons

School shootings are statistically rare, but the perception of risk is high and daunting. For years, schools across the country, including those in Chesapeake Public Schools, have engaged in actions designed to prevent, prepare for, and responsively react to safety threats. Designed to protect students from danger in and around school grounds, lockdowns are intended to secure a school and keep out any threats. Lockdowns require students to sit quietly and out of sight and may be triggered due a number of reasons, such as, police action in the neighborhood, online or in-person threats, or other perceived dangers, such as a dangerous animal in the community.
Lockdowns are believed to save lives and are considered best practice in school crisis response. In order to be fully prepared in case of such an event, countless number of school safety procedures may be implemented on a daily basis, including lockdown drills. Practicing lockdown drills is one of the most common procedures in keeping our students safe. In fact, virtually all of today’s schools engage in the practice of lockdown drills (U.S. Government Accountability Office, 2016). High profile acts of violence may cause adolescents to experience anxiety, stress, and traumatic symptoms and the practice of lockdown drills may increase these feelings. A certain level of anxiety and stress is to be expected; however, here are some tips on what to do if your child or student is feeling overly anxious following a drill or event.

  • Reassure students that they are safe
  • Make time to talk and answer any questions
  • Review safety procedures and encourage students to follow them
  • Refer your student to the school counselor or psychologist

For more information about school safety, you can visit:

The Counseling Department


Attention 9th and 11th grade students:

Registration for the PSAT will be from September 9th – October 9th.  The cost is $17.00.  The test date is October 16th.  10th grade students will be automatically registered.  For more information, please see Mrs. Freeman in the guidance office.


Can parent/teacher conferences be scheduled at the high school?

Yes.  If you are concerned about your child’s class(es), you can call the counselor assigned to your child to schedule a meeting.  By making an appointment, you can be assured the counselor and/or teacher(s) will be available.  If you show up without an appointment, you may have to wait or schedule an appointment at a later date.  Parent/Teacher conferences are usually held at 8:20 a.m.; meetings with just the counselor can be scheduled with the counselor anytime during the school day.

How can my child get in touch with the counselor?

Students are encouraged to put notes in the counselors’ boxes located in guidance.  Your child’s assigned counselor will get back to him/her as quickly as possible.

If my child is sick, do I need to call the school that day?

No.  If your child is sick, just send a note to school with him/her the following day.

If my child is sick, can the school provide the missed work?

If a student is out of school for more than two days, please contact the counselor and he/she can get the work to you within 24 hours. Students can also use a “buddy system”—contact a friend in each class who can collect missed assignments.  Students are also encouraged to check course syllabi on Student Vue.

How important is attendance?

Attendance is very important.  Students not only learn from the textbook but also from the information discussed in class as well as the collaborative activities performed in the learning environment.  A student who misses more than nine days in a class will fail the class regardless of his/her grade.  Appeals can be made to the school board rule by submitting written documentation (doctors’ notes, legal notices, etc.) at the end of the semester.  The Extenuating Circumstances Committee within the school will determine whether extenuating circumstances will be granted.

What is the difference between an unexcused absence and an excused absence?

An unexcused absence is an absence where the student has cut or skipped the class. Unexcused and excused absences both count toward the nine-day limit; consequently, teachers will send home absence notifications when a student has missed more than five days.  These notifications include both excused and unexcused absences. School field trips do not count toward the nine-day limit.

AP College Board – Megan Johnson

HICKORY HIGH SCHOOL The College Board has changed their AP Exam Registration & payment policies Students in Fall and/or Full Year AP Courses must adhere to the following deadlines: 1. September 30 – Students join the online classroom using the unique class join code provided by their teacher. 2. November 1 – Students must reserve each test through the online classroom and pay in full.

The Advanced Placement exam registration and ordering process has had some big changes this year. Student’s need to join all of their AP courses no later than September 30th, 2019. Their join code is provided to them by their AP teacher. Student’s also need to decide for each course whether or not they are ordering an exam, as well as submit their payment and registration form to Guidance no later than November 1st, 2019. Registration forms will be made available to the AP teachers October 14th 2019. The fee for any unused exam or late order exam has increased to $40.00 per exam. Please contact Mrs. Johnson in Guidance with any questions. Any student that qualifies for free and reduced lunch, please see Mrs. Freeman, Assistant Principal of Instruction in the Main Office.

Chesapeake Public Schools

Bye Bye Blue Card

Chesapeake Public Schools Bird with Blue Flame

Student Online Verification allows you to update your emergency contact information and report medical issues to your child’s school. Log in to ParentVue by September 30th and click the Online Registration/Verification link. For more information visit the Office of Student Attendance & Enrollment page.

Quick Tip

Tip in a bubble

Quick Tip is a support system that allows students and members of our school community to communicate with school administrators anonymously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While the district already has programs in place to help students and members of our school community deal with challenges such as bullying behaviors, stress, peer pressure, family problems, campus violence, depression, and suicide, to name a few, Quick Tip allows them to report concerns to administrators anonymously.

Because Quick Tip allows school administrators to receive tips at any time, they are able to respond quickly to issues that impact the school or individual students. Students, staff, parents, and other stakeholders can visit the district website at to gain access to Quick Tip.  Users can identify which schools receive the tip, select an appropriate topic from the dropdown list, write the message and submit the tip.  Users may opt to provide their contact information for follow up or choose to communicate anonymously.

The district’s Quick Tip app is available as a free download for both iOS (iTunes App Store) and Android devices (Google Play.) Users can search for “quick tip” to find the app, which is free. If you download the app, you will be prompted to enter a location code. This code will link your app to the district. The location code is Chesapeake.

While Quick Tip is available to all members of our school community, Parents and other adults wishing to express a concern or share information are encouraged to continue doing so by calling our schools or departments directly and speaking with the appropriate personnel. It is our hope that Quick Tip will provide an additional form of support that will result in us hosting the best possible learning environment for our students.

Chesapeake Public Schools holds the safety of our students and staff as our first priority. The “Quick Tip” feature is located on our website,, on the “Contact Us” page.



We hope that you’ve enjoyed October’s edition of the Hawk Talk. Stay tuned next month for more great things as we soar to excellence at Hickory High School! 

August 2019

Welcome Back

The entire Hickory High School administration team is excited to welcome the start of the 2019-2020 school year! We have been busy at work all summer preparing for the return of our Hawks. Hickory High School will continue to Soar to Excellence, and we are so glad that you are here to join us! This school year, we going to focus on strengthening our sense of community and build upon our Hawk Pride. We want our students to know that the faculty, staff, and administrative team value our hawks for who they are as individuals. Hickory High School will continue to place an emphasis on building positive relationships and fostering academic success with all of our students.

As we enter into the month of September we want to share with you some information to help you get started on a successful school year. #ThisIsHowWeSOAR

Since Last School Year

Hawks Soar to Washington D.C.

In coordination with Educational Theater Association and the International Thespian Society, Madelyn Ritter and Marla Wood participated in Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. on July 16th. It was a full day of meeting Representative’s staffers and Senate aides to discuss the importance of theater education in our schools. It was an exciting and daunting day of exploring Capitol Hill. Hickory High School was proud to have Madelyn and Mrs. Wood represent our school and Virginia Thespians in this important endeavor.

Equity for All Hawks

Members of the administrative team and faculty attended the Region II Leading and Teaching for Equity conference in Virginia Beach. During this conference, our HHS Team joined 350 fellow colleagues from Chesapeake Public Schools as well as 1,400+ other teachers and administrators from several Region II school divisions, Henrico County, Loudon County, and SECEP to investigate the essence of Leading and Teaching for Equity. During the conference they heard from experts and practitioners in the field who challenged and inspired our team while providing tools needed to create innovative, inclusive, and equitable pathways to learning in our schools and divisions. They discovered ways to build capacity, increase knowledge, and acquired skills to transform education, enrich classrooms, and improve student success.  The HHS team is invigorated and is prepared to share what they learned with the entire HHS faculty and staff.

Safety for Our Hawks

On August 15th Hickory High School’s faculty and staff members participated in a full scale Active Threat Response drill. The purpose of the drill was to train and prepare our staff on how best to keep our students safe in the event of an emergency. Hickory High School has been working hand in hand with our local first responders who were responsible for coordinating the drill. We are thankful for their commitment to keeping our school safe.

First Flight

Rising 9th graders, new students, and their parents were invited to attend First Flight on August 28th . The event kicked off the event with a pizza social where new students could mingle with Hickory High School’s current SCA members and Student Ambassadors. After the social, students rotated through stations designed to introduce them to the school and make friends. While the students were taking a tour, their parents attended an informational meeting. Overall, First Flight was a night of fun, and an opportunity for students to connect with fellow students as they enter into a new chapter in their lives as a Hickory Hawk.

General Information

School Hours

The school day for students begins at 8:45 AM and ends at 3:43 PM. The school office is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Students are permitted to enter the school at 8:00 AM and must leave the school at 4:00 PM unless they are under the direct supervision of a teacher or coach.

QR Codes for Communication

This year Hickory High School will be using QR codes to help aid in communication with parents and students.

What is a QR Code? QR code is a two-dimensional version of a barcode.  When the barcode is scanned by a smartphone or QR Reader App, it will direct you instantly to the digital content hidden within the code (Examples: website, documents, etc.).  “QR” stands for “Quick Response” and many smartphones have a QR reader app already built into the camera. You may also download a free QR Reader App in case your device does not have one already built in.

To Scan A QR Code:

  1. Open your camera app.
  2. Focus the camera on the code.
  3. At the top of the screen, there will be a notification alerting you of the source of the page. Click it and it will take you to the page.

Try scanning these QR Codes

Athletics Bus Changes Follow Us Synergy

Print off our QR code flyer and hang it on your fridge for quick access to frequently visited documents and sites.

QR Code Flyer

Parking Information

The Back Gravel parking lot is reserved for over-sized vehicles only. The Front Gravel parking lot is reserved for CCC, Teachers for Tomorrow, late arrival or early dismissal due to a 3×3, 4×3, 3×4 schedule. The Teal Lot is reserved for seniors only and the Black Lot is reserved for underclassmen.

*New* Parking will be on a first come-first serve basis. Seniors may pay extra to paint a spot which will then be their reserved spot.

*New* Members of the Student Council Association as well as class officers will have a designated parking area in the teal and black lot.

Steps for obtaining your own parking permit:

  1. Print and complete Hickory High School Acknowledgment Statement.
  2. Visit our Parking Application Form to fill in the required information. To complete this form, please sign out of all personal Google accounts and sign into the school assigned Google account. The form will only work using a CPS Google account.

Once you have completed steps 1 and 2, see Mrs. Sarver in room 172 during any lunch on Wednesdays.

Please bring with you:

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


In order to maintain communication with parents regarding student academic progress and share course information, our division utilizes Synergy. If your student is returning to Hickory High School, or a rising ninth grader, your account information will remain the same as last year. Please ensure the email address connected to the account it active to receive teacher/ and school correspondence.


Student Dress Code

As you prepare for the school year. Here is some information about our school dress code.

The Chesapeake School Board expects all students to dress in a manner appropriate for the promotion of learning. Student appearance shall not be disrespectful, indecent, dangerous to the health and welfare of students, or disruptive to the school environment. Students found in violation of the dress code will be given the opportunity to call home to secure appropriate clothing and/or be loaned a gym uniform/appropriate attire to wear in the event that parent contact cannot be made.  In cases of rips in jeans above mid-thigh, duct tape may use to cover the rips. Continued violation of the dress code will result in ISS or OSS.

  1. Students will not be allowed to wear clothes, jewelry, or other apparel or personal belongings that advocate violence, use of alcohol, tobacco products or drug use and/or distribution; that represent gang activity and/or membership; use obscenities; or reflect adversely on persons due to race, gender, creed, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.
  2. Students who wear revealing attire may be removed from school until properly dressed.
  3. Students will not be allowed to wear hats, caps, or any other kind of head cover in the school building.
  4. Students will not be allowed to wear items containing spikes.
  5. Shirts must be worn in an appropriate manner.
  6. All pants must be secured at the waistline.
  7. Students may not wear revealing attire, including apparel that exposes the midriff, tube or halter tops, see through fabrics, low-cut, backless, or spaghetti-strap garments.
  8. Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be no higher than mid-thigh.   Any holes, rips, or cut-outs in pants must start below mid-thigh.
  9. For reasons of health and safety, all students are required to wear appropriate shoes when on school property.
  10. Students whose dress is considered contrary to good hygiene or in any way disruptive to the learning process will be required to meet the school standards.


Hickory High School’s award-winning PTSA needs you! They are seeking a President to continue working with a dedicated group of parents to support HHS and maintain a strong parent-school bond.  They are also looking for volunteers to run the Hawks Nest spirit store daily; funds raised go directly back to the school in the form of grants, school projects (such as 7 Elkay H2O stations, signage, furniture and portable sound system), Senior Scholarships ($18,000 over 4 years) and more!

Ways to help:

Connect with the PTSA

Thank you for your support and looking forward to seeing some new faces this year!

Empower 2025

Hickory High School supports Chesapeake Public Schools’ Empower 2025 plan.


We inspire, engage, and empower all students to achieve their highest potential.


The Chesapeake Public School family promotes educational excellence by engaging all students in meaningful and innovative learning experiences that empower them to successfully fulfill their life’s purpose.

To learn more visit

Up Coming Events

Back to School Bash

We are excited to start the school year off with our Second Annual Back to School Bash!  Students will go through their schedule and attend their classes for 45 minutes.  There will be 6 minutes between each bell. After fourth block, four more bells have been added to allow students to attend four sessions: lunch/club fair, grade-level assemblies, a motivational guest speaker, and an informational technology session. There will be two lunches. To avoid long lines, students may want to consider packing their lunch on the first day.  

Open House

Open house will be September 23rd beginning at 7:00 PM. This is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, and for our faculty to meet you! The night will begin in the Auditorium. After a brief meeting, you will visit your student’s teachers according to their schedule. Not sure where to go? We will have students available guide you along the way. We look forward to seeing you at Open House.

Homecoming 2019

Homecoming 2019 is right around the corner. Our theme this year is Great Times at Hickory High!

Spirit Week Schedule:

  • Monday October 7th – High School Musical Monday. Dress as your favorite character from the movie or your favorite musician.
  • Tuesday October 8th – Ferris Bueller’s Take It Easy Tuesday. Dress as if you are going on vacation.
  • Wednesday October 9th – Bring it On Wednesday. Dress as a sports player or cheerleader.
  • Thursday October 10th – T-Bird & Pink Lady Thursday. Dress as a character from the movie Grease
  • Friday October 11th –  Friday Night Lights! It’s spirit wear day. Wear your class shirt or Hickory colors.

Additional Events:

  • Tuesday October 8th – Powderpuff Game
  • Wednesday October 9th – Movie on the Lawn
  • Friday October 11th – Football Game 7:00 pm, Parade and Crowning at Halftime
  • Saturday October 12th – Semi-Formal Homecoming Dance from 7:00 -11:00 pm.

Graduating Class of 2020

Hickory High School’s commencement ceremonies for the graduating class of 2020 will take place on June 12, 2020 at 9:30 AM. Planning is already underway for this very special event for our students and their families. Seniors will attend a class meeting with Balfour on November 6th to review details of ordering caps, gowns, and graduation announcements. All graduates will be required to wear the official Hickory Graduation regalia and attire on June 12th. Appropriate attire includes black shoes, black trousers, dress shirts, neckties, dresses, skirts, or blouses. For important graduation details, please see the Hickory High School Website. With your support, the Class of 2020 will be honored with the dignity they deserve.

Visit for additional information.

Saturday School

Saturday School is available once per marking period to make up 2 class absences and to make up work. It is held in the school cafeteria from 8:15 AM to 11:15 AM. Students should speak with their teachers to ensure their assignments are submitted to the Saturday School proctors.

Saturday School dates for the 2019-2020 school year are:

9/28/19; 10/26/19; 12/7/19; 1/11/20; 2/22/20; 3/21:20; 5/2/20; 5/30/20


Hey Hawk Fans! During our home football games, our SCA will be hosting themed nights. Please plan to participate! #ThisIsHowWeSOAR


  • September 6th – Faculty Appreciation Night, Luau Theme!
  • September 20th – Teal Time!
  • September 27th – Pink Out!
  • October 11th – Homecoming: Great Times at Hickory High
  • November 1st – Black Out!

School Photos

Please view the schedule for school pictures below. These portraits will be used for the yearbook.

  • September 16th & 17th – underclass pictures
  • September 25th – senior formal make-ups
  • October 28th – underclass make-up pictures
  • November 19th – club pictures
  • February 14th – senior cap and gown pictures

Connect with Us

Stay up to date on the latest information and all the wonderful things happening at Hickory High School.

Administrative Team


Ms. Amber N. Dortch

Assistant Principal for Instruction

Mrs. Julienne Freeman

Assistant Principal

Mr. Steven L. Carter: Grade 10: A – M, Grade 12

Assistant Principal

Ms. Alveria A. Coles: Grade 9

Assistant Principal

Mr. K. Brian Porter: Grade 10: N – Z, Grade 11

Contact Information

Hickory High School, 1996 Hawk Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23322

Main Office Numbers:

  • (757) 421-4295
  • (757) 421-7170

Main Office Fax Number:

  • (757) 421-2190

Attendance Office:

  • (757) 421-7363

Guidance Office:

  • (757) 421-7194

Guidance Fax Number:

  • (757) 421-4041

Athletic Director:

  • (757) 421-0544

As we enter into the start of another school year, know that we look forward to learning and growing together as a school community.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the September 2019 edition of the Hawk Talk. Please stay tuned for October’s edition.