Huguenot High School

Home of the Mighty Falcons

Principal's Message

  • Principal Gilstrap

    Greetings Falcon Family,

    Welcome to Huguenot High School, home of the Mighty, Mighty Falcons. Huguenot is the largest school in Richmond Public Schools; our comprehensive high school supports over 1200 students. HHS supports one of the largest ESL programs south of the James River. We are a thriving and welcoming community of learners and there has been a strong attraction to the quality programs and newly constructed campus over the past few years. 

    Five years ago, I brought my family from Oklahoma to provide them a greater opportunity educationally and a superior cultural environment.  As a former high school English teacher, my passion for students has always centered around enhanced communication skills and strong cognitive development.  In my time as the principal of Huguenot, I have always looked to hire teachers and staff with personal grit to be able to fight through the challenges of the career and passion for individual student relationships.

    The past five years have centered on the ideals behind the following themes.  All students are groomed, through an environment of reinforcement and tenacity within a culture of autonomy, to successfully complete college or excel in a trade to ultimately flourish in a 21st-century society. Our learners have a proud history and a bright future beyond high school.  Daily we celebrate our beauty inside and out to remind us of the value in all people.  Our Falcons are eager to make their mark upon this school, city, and state.  We are determined to extend our influence and reputation beyond our campus walls.  With unprecedented change comes opportunity which gives us virtually limitless boundaries for growth.

    This year will be the first in the history of the school to start virtually.  We are all struggling to adjust to life during a pandemic.  We will continue to strive towards the Dreams4RPS five pillars: Exciting and Rigorous Teaching and Learning, Skilled and Supported Staff, Safe and Loving School Cultures, Deep Partnership with Families and Community, and a Modern Systems and Infrastructure.  We will start the year with an abundance of patience and grace towards students and staff.  Our learning curve as we transition to a one to one school will set us apart among our peer schools.

    My ask of you as a parent, guardian, community partner, student or staff is to be attentive to your child’s and or your own progress. Do not assume that everything is going well.  Please check and check often.  Please stay in touch with us via our multiple platforms and social media outlets.  We will push out information to your email, phone, address, and through technology.  Mostly develop communication loops with the school.  This could be the teachers that serve your student, counselors that guide, social workers that support, and principals that lead.  Email me directly when you cannot get the help you need at rgilstra@rvaschools.net

    Please partner with us in making this school year the most impactful and meaningful year in all our students’ lives.  Reach out to us if we can assist you or your child.  We aim to have meaningful relationships with all our students and families.

    Huguenot High School receives 2020 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award

    Schools recognized for continuous improvement were rated “Accredited” or “Accredited with Conditions” for 2019-2020 and met at least one of the following four criteria based on performance during 2018-2019:

    • A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math, and the pass rate in science;
    • A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math for two or more student groups across three years;
    • A decrease in the chronic absenteeism rate for three years; or
    • For schools with a graduating class, an increase in the Graduation and Completion Index and a decrease in the dropout rate for three years.

    Robert Gilstrap

    Principal, Huguenot High School

    Virtually Limitless

Announcements

  • From the Falcons Nest

    The Ultimate Guide to Huguenot Athletics

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  • We are thrilled to announce the first annual RPS Summer Fest events! These will be the premier events of the summer as we prepare to ReopenWithLove 2.0.
     
    The Summer Fest events will be held on Saturday, July 24 at MLK Middle School and Saturday, July 31 at the Broad Rock Sports Complex. Both events are from 11:00am-3:00pm. We will also have an RPS Love Parade in August. (We’ll send out the save the date for the parade soon.)

    We are inviting all of our students and families to come out to learn all about our fall reopening plans, enroll their children at RPS, meet with staff and much more. I’ve attached the flyers (In English and Spanish) for you to share with your communities. Please share this on all of your available platforms starting now and continue to share them leading up to each event.

     

    RPS SUmmer Fest RPS Festival de Verano

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  • We are looking forward to Fall Sports!!  If you still need one...Free Sports Physicals on July 9th!!  You'll need to complete the physical form below before you arrive!

     
    Free Ssports Physical
     
    Richard Farquharson
    Student Activities Director
    Huguenot High School
    804-320-7967
    804-560-9130 (fax)
    Twitter: @FalconsDSA
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  • SUMMER FOUR-DAY WORK WEEK SCHEDULE

    June 21, 2021 – August 19, 2021

    • School and administrative offices will be open to the public beginning July 1, 2021,
    • Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Schools and offices will be closed on Fridays.
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  • Click here for the Junior Class Handbook

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  • Suicide Prevention: A Public Service Announcement from the Students of Huguenot High School.

    You Tube Video: https://youtu.be/GrA5CKgkvIA

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  • Need to contact someone in the Huguenot High School building. Click HERE for a list of staff.

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  • Chromebook & Device Care Information 

    For general care and tutorials regarding your RPS devices, click HERE

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Division Announcements

  • Free Extended Day Programming - RPS, in partnership with the City of Richmond, will be providing FREE extended day programming for the 2021-22 school year! This programming will be available for all Preschool-5th grade students and includes academic support and enrichment. Please complete this survey for each student interested by August 11th.

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  • RPS SummerFest - You are invited to RPS SummerFest! Join us for food, fun, and fellowship as we prepare to Reopen With Love 2.0! Click here to learn more. We can't wait to see you at #RPSSummerFest!

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  • Reopen With Love 2.0 FAQ - We have gathered the most asked questions from our Regional Community Conversations and have the answers available for you in one place. Click here to check it out!

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  • 2021-22 Required School Immunizations - As of July 1, Virginia has mandated new vaccinations (unrelated to COVID-19) for any child attending school or daycare in the state. These are in addition to current vaccination requirements. Click here for more information or visit www.rchd.com.

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  • K-12 Summer School Bus Stops - Click here to view the bus stops for the 2021 Summer School session for Elementary, Middle, and High School students.

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  • New Summer Meal Distribution - We are excited to share a variety of free meal pick-up options for our families beginning Monday, June 21st through the summer! Click here to find a site nearest you and to see an interactive map of sites!

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  • New 2021-22 Bell Schedule - The RPS School Board has approved new daily start/end times for students next year, click here to view the new schedule!

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  • Vaccine Opportunity for RPS Families & Staff - On Wednesdays, you can walk up to George Wythe High School (4314 Crutchfield Street) from 3pm - 6pm and get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment. All walk-up events at George Wythe will offer either the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, so anyone 12+ can attend. Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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  • RPS Reopening Dashboard - Click here to download the latest update of the RPS Reopening Dashboard.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helpline at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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Upcoming Events

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - July 22, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: Summer Fest– Our first Summer Fest event is this Saturday, July 24! We can’t wait to see our students, families, and staff at MLK Jr. Middle School from 11 am - 3 pm. Please see the flyers below for all the details. Free Extended Day Program for Next Year – In partnership with the City of Richmond, RPS will be providing FREE extended day programming – including enrichment and academic support – to any preschool-5th grade families who wish to participate next year. Snacks and transportation will be included. If you're interested, please complete this survey by August 11.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 21, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: Mask Guidance – Despite today's announcement from the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education allowing for more leniency with mask-wearing in middle and high schools, at RPS, we will be maintaining our 100% mask-wearing policy for all students, staff, and visitors. We feel this is the safest course of action, particularly with the surging delta variant.

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