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March 2013

Patriot High School, 10504 Kettle Run Road, Nokesville, VA 20181

Senior Newsletter Dear Patriot 2013 Future Graduate: It’s hard to believe we are half way through your last year of high school!

Hopefully, the school year has found you completing college applications, gathering reference letters, submitting financial aid requests, and preparing for your life outside of high school. Please keep up the hard work! Now, that your goal is within reach, do not stop working. Attendance, maintaining high grades, as well as your performance on AP tests still play a vital role in your future. Make sure you let your counselor know about your college acceptance and your final choice for college.

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For those entering the work force directly out of high school or for those looking for summer employment, please check Patriot’s Web page, under School Counseling, for employment opportunities. Also, Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) will be holding two job fairs– the first is on Thursday, March 14, at Stonewall Jackson High School and the second is on Tuesday, March 19, at Freedom High School. Both job fairs start at 6, lasting until 7:30 p.m. Those participating must be 16-18 years old. Applications and other necessary information can be found on the Human Resources page of the PWCS Web site.

Inside this issue: Letter from Dr. Bishop


Counseling Department


Senior Calendar


Graduation Information


Graduation DVD Order Form


Graduation information, including the number of tickets available and handicap parking access, is enclosed in this newsletter. Please make sure to review the information carefully to ensure graduation night is a smooth one for all participants.

If you are interested in serving on one of our senior class planning committees, please respond via email to Mrs. Utter (, Mrs. Hardy (, or Mrs. Johnson (



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From the Counseling Department: Counseling Reminders Please join all of the counseling websites to receive updates on the latest career/college information and scholarships. The counseling website is accessible from the Patriot High School’s Webpage: Seniors must have completed all requirements for graduation in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. If you have any questions about academic credits please contact the appropriate school counselor at 703.594.3628. Tiffany Smith A-Cl

Sara Correll Co-Go

Diana Brent Gr-La

Laura Feeley Le-N

Joe Banks O-Sh

Susan Signmon Si-Z

Students should check the spelling of their full name on the senior list posted by the school counseling office. The name on the list will be printed on the student’s diploma.

Honor Graduates Summa Cum Laude 4.0+ GPA Magna Cum Laude 3.8-3.99 GPA Cum Laude 3.5-3.79 GPA National Honor Society members will wear stoles and tassels. Other honor society or distinguished graduates will wear a cord or pin provided by their sponsor.

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Senior Calendar

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Graduation Information If students have not yet ordered their cap and gowns, please contact Herff Jones immediately at 703.594.3982 or The Class of 2013 Graduation will be held at Patriot High School on Thursday June 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be held on Patriot High School's football field. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside in our gymnasium. Ticket Information Initially, students will be provided up to 11 tickets per family. Tickets will be available during lunches in the annex office, room 2044, from May 1st -10th. If additional tickets are needed, students will be able to request stadium tickets only in the annex office on and after May 15th. Extra tickets will be provided on a first come, first serve basis until all tickets have been distributed. The graduation tickets will be color-coded red or blue. If the ceremony will be held in the gymnasium, only red tickets (7 per family) will be admitted in the gymnasium. Other members of your party with blue tickets will be able to view the graduation ceremony via closed circuit broadcast screen in the commons areas and the auditorium. If accessible seating is needed, please see pg. 7 for detailed information. Female Graduate Attire Dresses should be fully covered by the graduation gown. If dresses or pants are visible under the gown, they should be of dark-colored material; Graduates should wear dress shoes and natural pantyhose with skirts or dresses. Caps will be worn straight on the head– no decorative features/markings on cap; no accessories will be tolerated; no sunglasses; no purses; no corsages; etc. Male Graduate Attire Dark tie, light-colored dress shirt with collar; dark dress pants (no jeans); dark socks; dark dress shoes (no sneakers); no sunglasses; caps will be worn straight on head– no decorative features/markings on cap; no accessories will be tolerated. Tassels Tassels should be worn on the right side at all times. Wind the tassel around the button on the cap two times to secure it. Please keep tassels in a safe place as we do not provide extra tassels.

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Graduation Information Electronic Devices: All cellular phones must be turned off for the duration of the ceremony and are subject to confiscation. Graduation Rehearsal Practice: It is mandatory that you attend practices in order to participate in graduation. Be on time to practice! You must stay for the entire practice. Students will report to the gym for practices. Practice dates: June 11th from 9:00 a.m. until noon; Senior picnic will follow June 12th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Senior panoramic picture with students in caps and gowns will follow Attendance at all practices is required if students are to participate in the ceremony. Only absences excused by subpoena or doctor’s note will be accepted.

Financial Obligations Fees: All obligation fees must be met by June 4, 2013. Please make sure that ALL senior dues, cafeteria, library, PE, textbook, lab, and extracurricular fees are paid. Seniors may NOT be able to receive graduation tickets or walk in the graduation ceremony with outstanding obligations. Student obligation lists are located in the annex office. Dues can be paid in the annex office. An email will also be provided to families for outstanding obligations.

Parent Volunteers Needed Please contact Mrs. Amy Seitz at 703.361.8373 or email at to volunteer assistance for senior activities/functions.

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Graduation Information Guests and Ceremony Conduct It is the goal of the Patriot High School Senior Class of 2013 to make this year’s commencement exercises a dignified celebration and ceremony. We ask that all persons attending the ceremony conduct themselves in a proper manner. So that every family may hear the name of their graduate called, please refrain from yelling, ringing bells, blowing air horns and using noise makers. Should celebrations become disorderly the commencement will stop until order is restored. We seek your cooperation in this matter. Commencement Ceremony Punctuality is mandatory. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. on June 13, 2013. All students must arrive by 5 p.m. and report to the auxiliary gym. The academic procession will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. The graduation order will be arranged alphabetically. As graduates receive the diploma, a professional photographer from Herff Jones will take a picture of the graduate receiving his/her diploma. Those photos will be available at No one from the audience will be allowed to approach the podium with a camera. The use of video cameras and digital cameras are allowed. However, attendees may only film from areas that will not impede the viewing area. Standing in the aisles and the use of electrical cords or tripods is prohibited. To ensure a smooth transition between recognition of each student, please hold your applause until all students have received their diplomas.

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Graduation Information Graduation Parking Please plan accordingly for parking. The ceremony is scheduled to begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. The stadium and/or gym will open for guests at 5:45 p.m. Parking will be available in the parking lots at T-Clay Wood Elementary School and Patriot High School. To keep the available parking lots open for guests, graduates should not drive their own vehicle on site. We are encouraging students to be dropped off near the auxiliary gym at 5:00 p.m. Students can enter through door #17 or 20. Graduates must be on time. Students who arrive late may not participate in the ceremony. Accessible Parking Handicap parking is available on site. Handicap parking is located near the stadium entrance and at the school’s main entrance, Door #1. Vehicles must have a DMV issued handicap parking pass visible in the car window to park in the handicap parking area. Accessible Seating for Ceremony Guests who are in need of handicap seating for the graduation ceremony should request a designated handicap graduation ticket when they pick up their tickets in the annex office. A red ticket will need to be exchanged for a handicap accessible ticket. Handicap seating will be available in the indoor and outdoor setting. Only the individual who needs the seating plus one (1) other person will be allowed in the designated area. We do not have room for entire families to sit in the designated area. Thank you. Senior Recognition Ceremony The Class of 2013 Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday June 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Patriot High School auditorium.

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Attendance Attendance: All seniors are to be reminded that attending school on a regular basis is important. Improper attendance patterns may negatively affect grades and could result in students not meeting the course requirements necessary for graduation. In addition, it is essential that all seniors adhere to county/school rules and regulations for the remainder of the year. Failure to do so may cause suspension and may jeopardize an individual’s privilege to participate in the graduation ceremony. Put first things first and envision your long-term goals as you complete your last year of high school.

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PATRIOT HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2013 GRADUATION DVD!! ************************************************************ American Multimedia Yearbooks, the largest producers of high school DVDs in the country and the company that has filmed the other area Prom DVDs and Graduation DVDs the last 11 years, is happy to give you the opportunity to purchase a DVD of the Graduation Ceremony. The purchase of this DVD will enable you and your son or daughter to relive the joy of this once in a lifetime event as often as you wish. Incidentally, the DVD makes a wonderful gift for parents, students, grandparents, etc. Don’t miss the full effect of the entire event which will include all the excitement and fun you will want to remember forever. And every student purchasing a DVD and attending this event is guaranteed to be on the DVD. The graduation DVD will feature a live close-up of each student processing in and also receiving their diploma. We also make a montage with great music and student comments at the beginning and end of the DVD. We videotape with three chip digital video cameras, which means that the quality of the images on your graduation DVD will be nearly indistinguishable from broadcast quality video! The price is $36. Give one to your student to take to college, and keep one for yourself! ************************************************************ To order, please fill out the form on the next page and mail to us at the address at the bottom of the page. Please mail this form to us no later than June 13th to insure timely delivery.

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Student’s Name ______________________ ____________________ _______



Phone #____________

_____ (Please include zip code)

Parent email address: (please print clearly!) __________________________________ PLEASE CHECK HOW MANY DVDS YOU ARE ORDERING:

[ ] 1 DVD….$39 (Price includes $3 shipping and handling) [ ] 2 DVDs…$75 (Price includes $3 shipping and handling)

All DVDs will be mailed directly to homes, please allow 4-6 weeks delivery (Please make checks payable to: AMERICAN MULTIMEDIA YEARBOOKS) This mailing has been authorized by Asst. Principal Emily Utter, Patriot High School. Questions? Please call Jeff at:



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