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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:

  • Merchant Rewards Help HHS PTSAJoin for only $7.  Go to to pay online or submit the membership form in the back to school packet.  Seniors must be members to apply for scholarships.
  • Link your Harris Teeter VIC card to HHS #6941, Kroger Community Rewards and Amazon Smile to Hickory HS PTSA.
  • Volunteer! Open House, Hawks Nest, Hawk-a-yard coordinator, faculty events or behind the scenes.  We need help with website updates.
  • Send your email address to to get on the email distribution list so you can stay current on school events.
  • Shop and volunteer at our Hawks Nest School Store, open daily during lunch. This is our biggest source of revenue.
  • Donate — all donations are tax-deductible and allow us to not rely on sales-type fundraisers.
    We welcome and encourage 9th grade parents/guardians to get involved this year. Any questions, please email

Connect with the PTSA

  • Website:
  • Email:
  • Facebook:
  • Twitter:
  • Remind: @HPTSA to 81010

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.