Wildcat Weekly #5

A MESSAGE FROM DR. FELLOWS

Wildcat Community:

October is here! Next week will be a busy week at Deep Run! If you want to go to the Homecoming Dance, you must purchase tickets in advance by Friday, October 8. Please see the information below.

Monday, October 11 – No School

SPIRIT WEEK! Details and themes will be shared on the morning announcements and added to The Show Must Glow On listing of events.

Wednesday, October 13 – PSAT (for students in grades 9, 10, & those in grade 11 who registered). Convocation for Seniors. More information about both is below.
Friday, October 15 – Pep Rally, Homecoming Parade, Football Game
Saturday, October 16 – Homecoming Dance

Have a great remainder of the week and a wonderful weekend.

#WildcatPrideRunsDeep

Thank you!

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COVID INFORMATION

Information will be updated each week in this section

For the week of Sept. 25 – Oct 1, our school recorded 1 positive COVID case and 0 close contacts.

If you are interested in knowing the data from each school in HCPS, please CLICK HERE. The information is updated every Monday.

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PSAT Reminders – Wed, Oct 13 – students in grades 9, 10, and those in grade 11 who previously registered:

ARRIVAL – Students should report to school at normal time and report to advisory/Wildcat Connection (the original for testing.  Testing is scheduled to begin at 9:30.

BRING WITH YOU –You must bring a calculator and #2 pencils (NOT mechanical).  You may bring snacks and water to be consumed during a break.

DEPARTURE– Testing will end at 12:45 for students with standard testing time.  After testing, students will report to 4 Block/Lunch.

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HOMECOMING PLANS

THE SHOW MUST GLOW ON…….

Please CLICK HERE to access the plans for Homecoming 2021 – including information on how to purchase tickets for the Saturday evening event. Tickets are on sale now through October 8 using the OSP online system.

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CLASS OF 2022

Please continue checking the DRHS Class of 2022 Senior Website regularly.

Seniors will practice for Convocation on Friday, October 8 during 1st Period.

Attire for Convocation and Graduation – students should wear a dark dress/pants (black, dark blue, gray) and dark shoes with the graduation gown. A white shirt is recommended and gentlemen are encouraged to wear a tie.

Convocation (STUDENTS AND STAFF ONLY) – We will formally present the DRHS Class of 2022 to the school and community on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 9:45a. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Nyah Hamlett, Superintendent of Chapel Hill-Carborro City Public Schools. Seniors will be dismissed for the day at the conclusion of the Convocation program.

Convocation will be live-streamed on the DRHS YouTube Student Activities Channel.

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GET YOUR DEEP RUN WILDCAT GEAR!

The Wildcat Bookstore is open online!

The store is open until October 8.

Please visit www.deeprunptso.com and click on the Bookstore tab at the top (or CLICK HERE) to access the store and place your order.

Merchandise pick-up will be Wednesday, October 13, and Monday, October 18 from 6-7 pm outside of the Commons doors.

Please note: the store inside the building is not open- orders can only be placed online at this time.

Contact Bookstore@deeprunptso.com with any questions.

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STUDENT SURVEY

Henrico County Public Schools Strategic Plan, Destination 2020 – A Plan for HCPS, includes strategies for providing all students with opportunities to engage in rigorous learning experiences. Towards this effort, a partnership has been established with Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) to support the school division’s efforts to increase equitable enrollment in rigorous courses, including Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes.

During the date range of October 11 – 22, 2021, your high school child will be asked to participate in the EOS School Culture Survey. The survey will be taken at school and will take approximately 40-50 minutes. Surveys will ask students about their self-view, learning mindset, sense of belonging, school climate, and advanced coursework enrollment and support. Results generated from the survey will provide schools with student-specific data and trends on information, expectations, and belonging in accelerated coursework.

School teams will use this data to surface student potential, interests, and perspectives on school equity.

If for any reason you do not want your child to take the survey, please email Hope Parham, Assistant Principal, by October 8 to opt your child out of the survey.

If you have any questions, please contact Hope Parham, Assistant Principal at 804.364.8000.

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COLLEGE & MILITARY VIRTUAL VISITS

Here is the list of colleges conducting virtual visits for the week of 10/6-10/15 during lunch periods:

Thursday, 10/7 – Hollins University – A Lunch (11:30-12) – Hollins University Virtual Visit

Friday, 10/8 – Mary Baldwin – A Lunch (11:30-12) – Mary Baldwin University Virtual Visit

Tuesday, 10/12 – High Point University – Old Schedule A lunch (11:30-12) – High Point Virtual Visit Link

Friday, 10/15 – Virginia Tech – New Schedule A lunch (12-12:30) – Virginia Tech Virtual Visit Link

The links to these virtual visits can also be found on the Counseling Schoology page.  Parents and students are welcome to join in on the visits.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

The Richmond Forum Scholars

Each year, the Richmond Forum Scholars Program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for five of the region’s highest achieving and most impressive high school juniors to volunteer behind the scenes at America’s largest speaker series.

These students have the unique and rare opportunity to interact directly with national and international speakers by playing important roles in each Richmond Forum program evening.

Responsibilities

  • Staffing VIP speaker receptions
  • Serving as greeters and checking in sponsor guests
  • Escorting speakers, moderators, introducers, etc.
  • Introducing speakers to area students in our Student Room and moderating the discussion
  • Acting as runners when required by staff
  • Other assignments as needed to support each program

Benefits

  • Exposure to national and international speakers
  • Networking through participation and attendance at corporate sponsor dinners and receptions
  • A behind-the-scenes view of each Richmond Forum program
  • Pre-program resource lists and topic discussions with Forum staff and board members
  • Leadership experience through Student Room moderation
  • Looks great on college applications!

How to apply

Applications will be accepted through November 22nd for the 2021-2022 season which begins in January. To apply, complete the application and submit the required documents by November 22 (applicant checklist and speaker lineup attached). You can also find the information on www.richmondforum.org. Finalist interviews will be conducted the week of December 6, 2021

 

Forum program dates:

  • January 22, 2022
  • February 19, 2022
  • March 26, 2022
  • April 30, 2022
  • May 21, 2022

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The Richmond Forum Student Room

Each season, over 500 area students participate in Richmond Forum programs in our Student Room. Students are able to view our sold-out programs and have the inspiring opportunity. to interact directly with our speakers.

Students and their chaperones are expected to arrive at the Altria Theater by 7:00 PM and be seated in the Student Room by 7:15 PM for the moderator to provide an introduction to the Student Room experience, and to start a discussion about the evening’s speaker(s) and topic.

Schools and/or chaperones are responsible for arranging their own transportation. Student Room participation is limited to 20 seats per school per program.

A typical night in the Student Room goes as follows:

7:00 PM Doors open
7:15 PM Introduction to the Student Room

Students and chaperones should be seated by this time.

7:30 PM Student Room Q&A

This is your chance to ask questions of our speaker(s)!

8:00 PM Forum Presentation
9:00 PM Intermission
9:15 PM Audience Q&A
10:00 PM Program ends

 

Faculty/staff and students interested in attending the student room for one or more of our programs should email sandra@richmondforum.org or complete the interest form. Students must be 16 years old in order to attend without a chaperone. Information will be available at our website www.richmondforum.org as well beginning October 11th.

 

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The Richmond Forum Speech & Debate Initiative

Recognizing the absence of speech and debate programs at many of the region’s public schools and the inadequate funding for the teams that did exist, in 2018, The Richmond Forum launched a Speech & Debate Initiative to start, grow, and support these important programs. The Richmond Forum Speech & Debate Initiative (RFSDI) provides funding for tournament entry fees and travel, training for coaches, debate camp scholarships for students and much more! If you do not already have a speech/debate team at your school please encourage faculty/staff to initiate a club! We’re here to help for good! CLICK HERE for a brochure.

www.richmondspeechdebate.org.
EQUITY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

ATTENTION ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Are you passionate about becoming a change agent in your school community?  You should consider becoming an Equity Ambassador.  The Equity Ambassador program is designed to create a safe place for students across the County to discuss current issues impacting our school communities while developing knowledge and leadership skills to promote equity and diversity (inclusivity) efforts in your school community.  You can complete and submit an application online at henricoschools.us/equity-and-diversity.  Click the Student Voice Application.  Applications are due October 8.

STUDENT ELECTION PAGE PROGRAM – Students aged 16-18

The Henrico County Registrar’s office has launched its registration process for the 2021 Student Election Page program.   The registrar’s office places high school students in precincts across the county on Election Day to assist with the voting process.  This program is for students aged 16-18.

Students are assigned a precinct for either the morning (5 am to 12:00 pm) or afternoon (12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.)  The registrar’s office is providing masks, hand sanitizer, etc. for all workers.  Pages are of great assistance with line management, looking up voters, keeping voting booths clean, and handing out stickers.  They will be assigned to a precinct close to their home.    Pages will receive community service hours for their time and valuable knowledge of the electoral process.

To participate in the Henrico County Election Page Program, a page must be:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • 16-18 years old by November, General Election Day
  • Henrico County Resident
  • Complete the online application

The link to the website and page application can be found here: https://henrico.us/services/studentpage/   There is a Google form for students to complete.

 

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INFORMATION FROM PREVIOUS WILDCAT WEEKLY MESSAGES WHICH ARE STILL RELEVANT:

REQUEST AN EXCUSED ABSENCE

To request a full-day planned absence due to Out-of-Town travel to be approved, please CLICK HERE.

Note: Only ten total days per school year will be approved for out-of-town travel.

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

CLICK HERE for the HCPS 21-22 Calendar

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PTSO MEMBERSHIP

Welcome back to in-person school! The Deep Run PTSO wants to make this school year a great one for your children and needs your help by joining the DRHS PTSO. Your membership directly benefits your student at Deep Run as we are not affiliated with any state or national organization. All contributions are used for programs and activities supporting the students, parents, faculty, and administration at DRHS. We fund our budget through your tax-deductible direct donation. To join the PTSO go to Memberhub. We encourage not only parents to join, but also your students. You can also visit our PTSO website for more information. For questions, reach out to our membership chair at membership@deeprunptso.com.

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SPORTS SCHEDULES

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE UPCOMING SCHEDULE FOR ALL TEAMS!

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DELIVERIES AND THE FRONT OFFICE

The main office will only accept educational or emergency items (eg, assignments, laptops, eyeglasses, house keys).

We will not be able to accept student lunches or items for after-school activities or sports equipment.

Please keep in mind that school lunches are free this year for all students.

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STUDENT ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE PROCEDURES

Please review the DRHS traffic flow map.

If you are a student driver or if you drop off/pick up a student, you are encouraged to read, again, the procedures in the next section. Thank you! IMPORTANT: you may not park or pick up/drop off in the neighborhoods or businesses surrounding the school. This includes the Twin Hickory Library, Twin Hickory Elementary School, and Twin Hickory Park. We have been notified that they will start ticketing/towing vehicles. We need to be good neighbors. Thank you.

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MATH HELP IS AVAILABLE

Mu Alpha Theta (National Mathematics Honor Society) will be offering peer tutoring again this year. If you need additional assistance in math and to take advantage of this resource, please click on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/DRHSMathTutoring

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COVID-19 POSITIVE CASES AND QUARANTINE INFORMATION

Change/Revision – The number of confirmed COVID positive cases and Close Contacts at DRHS will be shared next Wednesday for the week of Sept 18 – Sept 24. Moving forward, this data will be shared in the Wildcat Weekly instead of an individual email to the community.

The next section attempts to explain the current process we are following related to COVID-19 POSITIVE CASES AND QUARANTINE. If any of these scenarios apply to your child now or in the future, please know school staff will work with you and your family.

  • If a student tests positive for Covid-19, the student must quarantine. We will enter the student into a contact tracing form so the Henrico County health department can follow up with the student’s family to determine a return-to-school date.  Once cleared by the health department, the student can return to school as long as he/she is symptom-free.
  • If a student is fully vaccinated and is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case at school because he/she is within 3 feet of the case in the classroom, lunchroom, or school bus, the student can be cleared to return to school by the principal (or designee) as long as he/she is symptom-free.  The principal (or designee) will communicate this information with the student and will send families a message with the date of exposure and other information. Vaccinated students do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.
  • If a student is fully vaccinated and is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case in the community and the student’s family reports it to the school, the principal (or designee) can clear the student and will contact the student’s family.  Fully vaccinated students do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.
  • If a student is not vaccinated and is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case at school, the student will need to quarantine until the Henrico County health department can follow up with the student’s family to determine a return to school date.  This date is tentative for 10 days after the exposure, and the student could possibly return on the 11th day after the exposure.  A student in this situation must be cleared by the health department to return to school.  The student can be tested for Covid-19 during this 10-day window which may prove to shorten the length of time that a student is out of school.  (Tested on day 5 and return on day 8 to school)
  • If a student is not vaccinated and is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case in the community, the student will need to quarantine for 10 days after the exposure.  We will submit the information to the Henrico County Health Department, but the student will be able to return to school after the 10 days quarantine. The student can be tested for COVID-19 during this 10-day window which may prove to shorten the length of time that a student is out of school.  (Tested on day 5 and return on day 8 to school)
  • If a student is sent home from school from the clinic with COVID-19 symptoms, the student will need a doctor’s note to return to school.  If not, the student will have to quarantine for 10 days.
  • If a student has any illness where he/she misses school, the student will need a doctor’s note to return to school or a negative COVID-19 test.  If not, the student will have to quarantine for 10 days.

Note: We encourage students to take a picture of their vaccination card to have with them to assist and to expedite the contact tracing process.