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March 2019

Hello Hickory High School Families,

 

National Honor Society Applications:  applications were distributed to all sophomores and non-member juniors who meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.5 or above on February 21.  Applications are due to Mrs. Dalton in room 144 by 3:45 on March 21.  No late applications will be considered, regardless of the reason.  Please turn the application in early.  Specific requirements for membership are detailed on the application and on the red FAQ sheet distributed with the application.  Other questions can be directed to .

Subscribe!  We now have a subscribe button on the HHS website! This means that any time the website is updated, and new posts are added, anyone who is subscribed will get an email of the post and will not have to go to the website to see the updates. We encourage our parents and students to subscribe to the website as another way to stay connected!  https://cpschools.com/hhs/

Math Textbook Adoption:  The Chesapeake Public Schools Mathematics Department is seeking parent and community input for the citywide adoption of the new K – 12 mathematics textbooks. Citizens are invited to examine the proposed textbooks and provide feedback.  Textbooks will be displayed through March 11, 2019 the following locations:

  • Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road
  • Indian River Library, 2320 Old Greenbrier Road
  • Major Hillard Library, 824 Old George Washington Hwy N.
  • Russell Library, 2808 Taylor Road
  • South Norfolk Memorial Library, 801 Poindexter Street, Suite 111

Textbooks will also be available for review at Hickory High School at the following times:

  • Through March 11 from 9am – 10am

Time is running out…Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase a Hickory High School yearbook!  Visit https://cpschools.com/hhs/yearbook/ for information.

Seniors and their parents can visit ScholarshipVue to explore opportunities for college scholarships.  Parents will need their student’s ID number to access the program.  https://web.cpschools.com/departments/guidance/scholarshipvue/login.php

Attendance Reminder:  The Code of Virginia §22.1-254 requires all students to attend school regularly. Schools are required by §22.1-258 to refer students to truancy court after the student accumulates ten (10) unexcused absences.  For truancy cases, these unexcused absences are based on attendance for the entire school year.  The number does not reset at the beginning of the second semester.  Chesapeake begins the truancy process with the creation of an Attendance Improvement Plan once a student reaches five (5) unexcused absences. As we are six months into the school year and cold/flu season has started, more and more students are reaching the 5-absence threshold. Parents may begin receiving calls from homeroom teachers to create improvement plans.  To ensure all would-be excused absences are properly documented, the parent/guardian should send a written note every time his/her student is absent from school within four (4) days of his/her return to school.  Students may give excuse notes to their homeroom teachers or hand them directly to Mrs. Hanks, our attendance secretary.

Communication: Chesapeake Public Schools is committed to continually improving our ability to inform and engage our community, but we need your help.  Please take our Communication Preferences Survey to share with us which methods best meet your needs at the school and division level.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CommunicationPreferences2019 We are committed to continually improving our ability to inform and engage our community, but we need your help. Please take our Communication Preferences Survey to share with us which methods best meet your needs at the school and division level:We are committed to continually improving our ability to inform and engage our community, but we need your help. Please take our Communication Preferences Survey to share with us which methods best meet your needs at the school and division level:

 

On the horizon:

March 19-22                       HHS In-House Student Art Show

March 20                            HHS Student Art Show Reception 6:30pm

April 6                                  PTSA Spring Artisan Craft Show

April 15-19                          Spring Break

May 6-June 10                   SOL Testing window

May 6-17                             AP Testing window

May 18                                 Prom

May 27                                 Memorial Day

May 28                                Awards & Scholarship Recognition Program

June 14                                Graduation at ODU Ted Constant Center

 

 

Have a great day!
The Hickory High School Administrative Team


January 2019

Hello Hickory High School Families,

The Hickory High School Sports Gala is the place to be!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 6-9 pm. Do not miss out on an exciting evening of dancing, live/silent auctions, dinner and mingling with over 200 of your closest Hawk sports fans!  Contact Pat Troia if you are interested in sponsoring or donating to our hugely popular event. Purchase your $20 tickets at the Hawks’ Nest school store or by using Online School Payments.

The Hickory High School Elective Fair will be held at 6pm on January 23rd.  Come see the amazing opportunities available to all students.  Immediately following, at 7 pm, HHS will hold our Rise Up presentation for rising freshman/current 8th grade students.

First semester final exams are scheduled for January 24 & 25.  January 24 students will take exams in block 1 & 4.  January 25th students will take exams in block 2 & 3.

Fall semester textbooks will be collected January 22 and 23.  Any student wishing to keep his/her textbook through exams may do so.  For these students, textbooks will be collected in the book room during lunches January 24 and 25.

Three Exam Exemption incentives are available for students.

1. SOL EXAM EXEMPTION – Students (grades 9-12) enrolled in an SOL course who pass the SOL on their first attempt* or in an expedited retake* will have the option of being awarded an exam grade which correlates to their earned SOL score
2. INDUSTRY CREDENTIAL EXAM EXEMPTION – Students enrolled in a CTE course who pass a course-specific industry credential test may use the average of their marking period grades as their exam grade.
3. ATTENDANCE EXAM EXEMPTION – Students who have low absences in a course AND have the corresponding class grade average AND have passed the SOL test associated with the course (if SOL is required) *Total absence count – Time Recovery will not be considered

Detailed information is available on the Hickory High school FAQ sheet:  https://cpschools.com/hhs/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/01/exam-exemption-FAQ-HHS-Extended.pdf

Second semester starts January 30th.  Second semester schedules will not be finalized until January 29th.

Second semester Open House will be held the evening of Feb 7th.

Math Textbook Adoption:  The Chesapeake Public Schools Mathematics Department is seeking parent and community input for the citywide adoption of the new K – 12 mathematics textbooks. Citizens are invited to examine the proposed textbooks and provide feedback.  Textbooks will be displayed through March 11, 2019 the following locations:

Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road
Indian River Library, 2320 Old Greenbrier Road
Major Hillard Library, 824 Old George Washington Hwy N.
Russell Library, 2808 Taylor Road
South Norfolk Memorial Library, 801 Poindexter Street, Suite 111

Textbooks will also be available for review at Hickory High School at the following times:

January 8 – 29 from 2pm – 3:30pm
January 30 – March 11 from 9am – 10am

Scheduling for the 2019-2020 school year is upon us.  Students will receive their scheduling materials through homerooms.  NEW this year…students will receive directions on how to enter their course selections through StudentVue!  Parents are encouraged to review StudentVue course selections.  The signed Scheduling Worksheet is due back to Hickory High School on January 25th.  (Two days after the Elective Fair).  Beginning February 11th, counselors will meet individually with students to confirm selections and lock course requests.

Mid-year transcripts will be available after February 11th.  All transcript requests must be made through Parchment.  The directions for setting up a Parchment account can be found on the HHS website.

Hickory High School has welcomed Mrs. Kelsey Warren as our new TCC Outreach Advisor.  Mrs. Warren is available to assist students with TCC pathway and career exploration, completing the TCC admission application, and answering questions about the enrollment process at TCC.  Mrs. Warren can be reached at or 757-822-7138.

Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase a Hickory High School yearbook!  Visit https://cpschools.com/hhs/yearbook/ for information.

Seniors and their parents can visit ScholarshipVue to explore opportunities for college scholarships.  Parents will need their student’s ID number to access the program.  https://web.cpschools.com/departments/guidance/scholarshipvue/login.php

It’s not too late to join the PTSA – only $7. Seniors must be members to apply for one of many $1000 PTSA scholarships.

The Senior Social will take place from 8pm to 11pm on January 26th.  Tickets for the Senior Social will be on sale January 16.

Hickory High School has installed the Wall of Honor to display the name, armed service branch, and graduation year of our brave and courageous alumni.  To honor military alumni, complete the Wall of Honor form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfjr4O3nbHCzS_QAXlr25Mjepys3VS3ccuGZlfgNNwT1TdrqA/viewform

Ring Dance will be Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Hickory High School from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. This year’s theme will be “Springtime in Paris”.  An information letter will be given to Juniors in January.   Tickets will go on sale February 19th, 20th, and 21st.

January 17 ​​Talent Show

January 17​​ Chesapeake Career Center Recruitment Night @6:30

January 21​​Martin Luther King Holiday – No School

January 24​​First Semester Final Exams – Block 1 & 4

January 25*​​First Semester Final Exams – Block 2 & 3    *Early Release Day

January 26​​Senior Social

January 28-29​​Teacher Work Days

February 2​​HHS Sports Gala, 6-9pm

February 7​​Second Semester Open House

February 15 ​​Senior cap and gown pictures

March 2​​Ring Dance

April 6​​​PTSA Spring Artisan Craft Show

 

Have a great day!
The Hickory High School Administrative Team


December 2018

Hello Hickory High School Families,

Students interested in attending Saturday School must make arrangements with their teacher prior to showing up to a Saturday School session. The next session is scheduled for January 12. Saturday School meets from 8:15-11:15. This is an opportunity to make up two missed class periods and make up work. Bring your own devise. *Saturday School time does not impact Exam Exemption options.

Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase a Hickory High School yearbook! Visit https://cpschools.com/hhs/yearbook/ for information.

It’s not too late to join the PTSA – only $7. Seniors must be members to apply for one of many $1000 PTSA scholarships.

The HHS Red Cross Club is sponsoring the Holiday for Heroes project. Through Dec. 20th, they are collecting snacks and hygiene items for veterans and service members who are overseas.

First semester End of Course SOL testing and Industry Certification testing will take place now through January 22nd. Please be mindful when scheduling appointments. Talk with your student about remediation opportunities.

Seniors needing transcripts for deadlines prior to January 15 must make a request in Parchment by December 14th. This includes all scholarship and college application transcript requests. In addition, if you will need a letter of recommendation, you will need to give your counselor a resume. This way your counselor can have everything ready for you by December 20th.

The Senior Social will take place from 8pm to 11pm on January 26th. Tickets for the Senior Social will be on sale January 4, 7, 8, and 16.

Ring Dance will be Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Hickory High School from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. This year’s theme will be “Springtime in Paris”. An information letter will be given to Juniors in January. Tickets will go on sale February 19th, 20th, and 21st.

December 12 End of 3rd Quarter Marking Period
December 13-15 Freaky Friday Musical
December 19 Chorus Concert
December 21 – January 1 Winter Break
January 2 Report Cards Issued
January 11 One Lunch
January 12 Saturday School
January 17 Talent Show
January 17 Chesapeake Career Center Recruitment Night @6:30
January 21 Martin Luther King Holiday – No School
January 23-25 First Semester Final Exams
January 26 Senior Social
January 28-29 Teacher Work Days
February 2 HHS Sports Gala
February 15 Senior cap and gown pictures
March 2 Ring Dance

Have a great day!
The Hickory High School Administrative Team


November 2018

Hello Hickory High School Families,

Beginning this year, the Parent Alert System will only be used to relay information about absences, lock down drills, and critically urgent matters. Announcements, event information, and notices will be shared on the school website, Twitter, and Remind.
Hickory High School Website: https://cpschools.com/hhs/
Twitter: @WeAreHickory
Remind: Text @hk92c9 to 81010

The Hickory High School Athletic Program is excited to welcome you to another outstanding season of sports competition. Winter sports include Indoor Track, Gymnastics, Basketball, Swim & Dive, and Wrestling. New this year, for sports requiring an admission ticket, the Southeastern District Principal’s Association has set ticket prices as $6 per adult and $4 per student (grades K-12). Also new, Winter Season Athletic Passes will be offered and will include admissions to all regular winter season home athletic events. Winter season passes are $40 per pass.

Every time you shop at Harris Teeter (HT products/pharmacy), Kroger, and on Amazon, our school can earn free money! All you have to do is link your cards at HT and Kroger, which must be done at the beginning of every school year. At Harris Teeter, ask your cashier at check-out or email and they’ll do it for you. At Kroger, register your Plus card at: https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow/. If you’re an Amazon shopper, bookmark the link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1814800 and support us every time you shop.

Students who are interested in touring the Chesapeake Career Center on November 29th should stop by guidance for a permission slip.

Hickory High School has installed a Wall of Honor which will display the name, armed service branch and graduation year of our brave and courageous alumni. Visit the HHS website to register a service member who has graduated from Hickory High School. https://cpschools.com/hhs/

Students interested in the National Honor Society can find information, membership criteria, important dates, and service logs on the NHS link of the Hickory High School website. https://cpschools.com/hhs/national-honor-society/

The Hawk’s Nest just got in some new spirit wear! Come check out our newest selection if you’re looking for something different to wear to the game! The Hawk’s Nest is open daily from 12-2pm.

It’s not too late to join the HHS PTSA – only $7. Seniors must be members to apply for one of many $1000 PTSA scholarships. Visit the HHS PTSA Page to learn more about how the PTSA supports HHS. https://cpschools.com/hhs/ptsa/

Hickory High School Yearbooks are available for purchase. See the HHS website for order information. https://cpschools.com/hhs/

To stay current with all senior class events, text @d6kgkc to 81010.

Students applying to college should request your transcript using your Parchment account. Please allow 14 working school days for processing. Visit the Counseling link on the HHS website for more information and directions on how to set up your Parchment account. https://cpschools.com/hhs/guidance/

Hickory High School works together with the ACCESS Program to help families understand and complete the college application, financial aid, and scholarship process. Mr. Kyle Williams is in Guidance on Wednesdays and Thursdays. He can be reached at

Students who wish to ride the activity bus will need a signed pass from a faculty mentor, coach, or teacher.

Parents can view report cards on ParentVue. Go to the Report Card button to see the report card.

All parents and students can check out ScholarshipVUE online. Visit the site often, as it is updated regularly.

Congratulations to Lesley Sarver, Hickory High School’s 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Anja Moore for receiving “Best of FLAVA” for her presentation at the Foreign Language Association of Virginia Conference.

Upcoming dates and events:
November 16 Mr. & Miss Hickory Pageant
November 19 Fall Sports Awards
November 20 Club picture day
November 21 Early Release Day (Dismissal – 1:48pm)
November 22-25 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 3-7 SOL Retesting
December 10-14 W!SE Testing
December 12 End of Grading Period
December 17-Jan 18 SOL Testing
December 21-Jan 1 Winter Break
January 2 Report Cards Issued
January 26 Senior Social
February 15 Senior cap and gown pictures
March 2 Ring Dance
May 18 Prom
June 14 Graduation

Have a great day!
The Hickory High School Administrative Team


September 2018

Hello Hickory High School Families,

HHS Yearbooks are on sale! Order now, save $10, and get four free icons. Senior portraits, baby pictures, and activity sheets are due by Oct. 30th.

Scholarship information is available to all Chesapeake school division families on ScholarshipVue. Students and parents will need the student’s school ID to login to ScholarshipVue.
https://web.cpschools.com/departments/guidance/scholarshipvue/login.php

Sign up for the Hickory High School Scholarship Remind. Text @GC6F68 to 81010 to get text message reminders about current scholarship opportunities.

Sign up for the Hickory High School College Visit Remind. Text @4HD87KG to 81010 to get text message reminders about college recruiters who are visiting Hickory High school.

We will start registering for the PSAT on September 17th through October 1st. The cost is $16. Cash and checks payable to HHS will be accepted. Credit card payments will be accepted through OSP (online school payment). We will collect money and register from 8:30-1:30 in the Guidance office starting September 17th. On October 10, 2018, Hickory High School will be administering the PSAT Test to all 10th grade students. 9th and 11th grade students who are interested in taking the PSAT are required to register. The PSAT will be free of charge for 10th grade students and $16 for all other students. Students will provide their own calculator and #2 pencils. The following is a link to the College Board information on approved calculators https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/taking-the-tests/test-day-checklist/approved-calculators

The PTSA sponsored Hawk’s Nest Spirit Store is open daily during all lunches. Proceeds directly support Hickory High School!

On August 31, 2018, there was a change to the way Chesapeake Public Schools’ (CPS) students access Google G-Suite. The domain name for students changed from @cpschools.com to @k12cpschools.com. This change impacted STUDENT Google G Suite accounts only. All faculty and staff accounts will remain the same. Students who already had a CPS Google account will continue to use the passwords they set last year, but must login using the new extension (@k12cpschools.com).

Hickory High School installed a Wall of Honor which will display the name, armed service branch, and graduation year of our brave and courageous alumni. If there is someone you would like to honor, complete the Wall of Honor form to help us honor those who have served or currently are serving our country!

October 5th is Homecoming at Hickory High School. Spirit Week activities are planned for October 1-5, the football game for October 5th, and the Homecoming Dance for October 6. Let’s Go Hickory High!

Does your student enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing their inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme,
“Heroes Around Me,” calls for a unique interpretation through the arts. Categories are Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, Film Production, Dance Choreography, and Special Artist. Email for submission guidelines/forms and return to the Main Office by Friday, October 26th. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections. HHS PTSA is offering prizes in each category: 1st place- $50, 2nd-$25, 3rd – $15.

Congratulations to Mr. Mark Jones! Mr. Jones was named the 2018 Outstanding Economic Educator of the Year! This award, sponsored by the Virginia Council on Economic Education, annually recognizes and rewards educators who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the instruction of economics. Great job Mr. Jones!

Congratulations Mr. Daniel Watkins! Mr. Watkins is a grant recipient from the Office of Naval Research. Hickory High School received a hands-on-curriculum, supplies, technology, and lab equipment! Way to go Mr. Watkins!

Athletic schedules are available at www.hickorysports.com (Including recently rescheduled events)
All Hickory Athletes must have a current physical dated after May 1, 2018. VHSL form can be found at www.hickorysports.com. Plan ahead winter athletes!

Upcoming dates and events:
Sept 18 Underclass pictures 10th grade (last name A-M) and ALL 11th grade
Sept 19 Underclass pictures 10th grade (last name N-Z) and ALL 9th grade
Sept 25 ACCESS Parent Night
Sept 27 Hickory High School Fall Open House (rescheduled)
Sept 29 Southeastern VA Music Games
October 4 Senior formal make up pictures (rescheduled)
October 5 Homecoming
October 6 Competition Cheer – SED Cheer Championship at Oscar Smith High
October 10 PSAT
October 10 Balfour Ring Assembly (afternoon)
October 11 Report Cards Issued
October 16-17 Balfour ring orders 6pm
October 18 Balfour ring orders during lunches
October 18 Chesapeake Career Center (rescheduled) open house
October 20 Walk & Roll
October 22-26 Writing SOL (11th grade)
October 26 Underclass make up pictures
October 26 Entry Deadline for Reflections Contest
November 10 Band Craft Fair
November 20 Club picture day
February 15 Senior cap and gown pictures

Have a great day!

The Hickory High School Administrative Team


August 2018

Hello Hickory High School Families,

The start of the school year is just around the corner!  Below are a few important pieces of information that we would like to share as we prepare to soar into the 2018-2019 school year.

The first day of school will be Tuesday, September 4th.  Classes start at 8:40 am and bus information will be found on the Chesapeake Public School website the week before the start of school. Visit https://cpschools.com/ for the bus schedule. 

Class schedules are expected to be mailed home on August 26, 2018.  

First Flight will be held on Tuesday, August 28, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.  This event will welcome all rising freshman as well as students new to Hickory High School.  An exciting breakout session is scheduled for parents!  There will also be an opportunity to visit the Hawk’s Nest spirit store and to take care of gym uniforms, PTSA dues, and class dues. 

Parking Passes will be on sale August 6 from 10 am to noon (Seniors only), August 8 from 10 am to noon (Juniors only), and August 13 and August 15 from 10 am to noon for all students.  Acknowledgement Statement forms and Parking Application forms can be found on the Hickory High school website. https://cpschools.com/hhs/  

Paint Your Spot is a new activity this year!  Seniors are invited to personalize their parking spot by painting their assigned spots.  Parking passes must be purchased prior to painting.  Designs must be preapproved.  Paint Your Spot Applications and painting guidelines can be found on the Hickory High School website. 

Senior Transcripts can be ordered on Parchment.  If a student has not created their Parchment account, click on the “Order Records” icon on the Hickory High School website.  Note that 2018-2019 courses will appear on the transcripts beginning in mid-October.   

The Hickory High School Athletic Program is excited to welcome you to another outstanding season of sports competition.  Fall sports include Football, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Golf, Cross Country, and Competition Cheerleading.  New this year, for sports requiring an admission ticket, the Southeastern District Principal’s Association has set ticket prices as $6 per adult and $4 per student (grades K-12).  Also new, Fall Season Athletic Passes will be offered and will include admissions to all regular fall season home athletic events.  Fall season passes are $35 per adult pass and $30 per student pass.  No athletic parent discount passes will be provided this year. 

Senior yearbook portraits will be taken by Lifetouch Prestige Studios.  Please contact Lifetouch Prestige Studios directly, at 222-0222, to schedule an appointment for a senior portrait session.  If a student choses to use another photographer, the student will be responsible for submitting the senior portrait to the yearbook staff by October 30th

Drive 4 Ur School will take place on August 31 from 10am to 2pm.  Come out and test drive a vehicle to support the Hawks!  Cavalier Auto Group sponsors this event and funds raised will support Hickory High School. 

Stay informed with all things Hickory!  The Hickory High school website can be found at https://cpschools.com/hhs/. Follow us on Twitter @WeAreHickory.  New this year…If you are interested in receiving text message reminders sent directly to your phone, The Hickory Highlights will send upcoming events and important reminders!  Text @hk92c9 to 81010 to receive The Hickory Highlights!  

Upcoming dates and events:

August 6          Golf – first match vs. OSH at Cahoon Golf Course

August 23        Girls and Boys Volleyball – first home match vs. King’s Fork High

August 29        Field Hockey – first home game vs. King’s Fork High

September 4  First day of school and Club Fair

September 5   Cross Country – first meet at Bells Mill Park

September 7   Football – first home football game vs. Nansemond River High

September 13   Fall Open House

October 6        Competition Cheer – SED Cheer Championship at Oscar Smith High

 

Have a great day!

The Hickory High School Administrative Team