SHS Weekly Update


THANK YOU DOMINION POWER! Engineers from Dominion Power visited the EGR 3/4 students to discuss their projects and offer feedback-invaluable experience for our students!

Turning Your Trash to Treasure

One person’s trash is an Engineering classroom’s treasure! The Engineering program can use the following item donations:

  • Old, broken RC or motorized toys (we salvage the IR electronics)

  • Broken inkjet printers (we salvage the DC motors, fans, axles and gears)

  • One gallon HDPE milk jugs (for a chemical engineering project)

  • Snap Circuit sets (check us out on Twitter @PackerEngineers)

Drop off any items in the main office and an engineering student will come and pick them up!

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SOL Writing test

The SOL Writing test will be given on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 21 and 22, 2023. This test will be administered to students currently taking English 11 and some others who may need to test. Please encourage your student to charge his/her laptop overnight so he/she will be prepared for testing.


What is ASVAB and who should take it?

The ASVAB, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is a test that measures abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is also a highly effective career exploration exam for those students not wishing to enter the military, but hoping to figure out the best career pathway available to them. The test is being offered to any student in grade 10, 11 or 12. There is no cost to take this test.

Test date and registration

  • The ASVAB will be given on Wednesday, April 5 at 8:00am.

  • Students MUST sign up by Wednesday, March 29 via the google doc that was sent to their student gmail last week.

  • The test may take up to three hours.


Senior News

Senior Dues: $75 (cash, check, or money order accepted)

  • Dues should be paid by Friday, March 24

  • Senior shirts will be ordered by April 3

Cap and Gown Delivery: Monday, March 27, and Friday, April 21

If you have not placed your cap and gown order on, please due so as soon as possible. If you would like to pay on site, feel free to bring $50 in cash on the dates listed above.

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2023 VSBA Student Essay Contest: $500 Scholarship Opportunity

The Virginia School Boards Association is holding a personal essay/speaking contest where the finalists will have an opportunity to present before an audience of more than 300 school board members and administrators at the 2023 VSBA Conference on Education held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump on July 13, 2023.

This is the third year the Virginia School Boards Association will hold this contest with hope that this contest will bring out the very best in students’ writing and speaking efforts to allow our attendees to witness examples of the bright, thoughtful, and accomplished students from around the Commonwealth. This years topic is The Meaning of Civility.

Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous sponsor, the top finalist will receive a $500 scholarship. Submissions are open to all Virginia public high school students (grades 9-12) as a great opportunity to share their unique voices as well as compete for funds to further their education.

For more information on the contest and complete guidelines please view the guidebook. Entry form:

For questions, please contact

CTE Application

Click this link to apply for admission to any of the IWCS CTE Programs. Programs included in this application are: agriculture, culinary arts, welding, early childhood education/Little Sprouts, cosmetology, building trades and Certified Nurse Aide.

Spring SOL Test Dates

Friday, May 26 - History

Wednesday, May 31 - Reading

Friday, June 2 - Math

Monday, June 5 - Science

AP Exam Dates

Monday, May 1

United States Government and Politics - 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 2

Psychology - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 3

English Literature and Composition - 7:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 4

Macroeconomics - 7:30 a.m.

Friday, May 5

European History & United States History - 7:30 a.m.

Microeconomics - 11:30 a.m.

Monday, May 8

Calculus AB & BC - 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 9

English Language and Composition - 7:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 10

Biology - 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 18

Comparative Government and Politics - 11:30 a.m.

SHS Athletic Booster Club Needs Parent Volunteers

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State Superintendent Announces Pandemic Recovery Program for Students

RICHMOND — Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow announced Feb. 13 that the Virginia Department of Education has launched “Engage Virginia,” an academic recovery and coaching program to help students recover from the impact of the pandemic on learning, attendance and related issues.

Engage Virginia services are available to students, families and schools at no cost through a partnership between VDOE and Graduation Alliance, a Salt Lake City-based education services provider specializing in online programs for students and state and local education agencies.

“Engage Virginia will supplement the efforts already underway in our school divisions in partnership with VDOE to meet the needs of students still struggling with academic, attendance, mental health issues,” Balow said. “It is our goal to fill every available slot with students who can benefit from this support.”

School divisions opt-in to participate in Engage Virginia and refer students and families to the program. Parents in non-participating divisions may enroll their children by registering directly on the Engage Virginia website.

Participating students and families are assigned an academic success coach to help them navigate the program and access online and in-person services, including:

  • Academic resources
  • Referrals for community services.
  • 24/7 academic tutoring.
  • Homework assistance.
  • Motivational coaching.
  • Study and time-management skills coaching.
  • Test preparation.
  • Feedback on resumes and cover letters.

The 2022 General Assembly appropriated $3.5 million for VDOE to create an online program to help school divisions provide support and coaching for disengaged, chronically absent and struggling students. VDOE contracted with Graduation Alliance to create Engage Virginia and provide support for up to18,500 students statewide.

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