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

  • Spring In-person Testing Parent Intent Survey is now available. Parents have the option to allow their child to:
    1. test in-person,
    2. refuse to test, or
    3. refuse testing but allow their child to take the VDOE’s remote assessment (grades 3-8 only).
     
    If the parents refuse testing, they will be directed to complete the refusal form. 
     
    The survey also asks parents their intent for the WIDA assessment. 
     
    The link to the survey is posted below. 
     
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  • 2021-2022 Course Selection Information

    To choose your courses for the next school year, please follow this LINK for directions.

     

    UPDATE: The deadline to complete the Course Plan in SchooLinks is approaching fast!  The student instruction sheet, which does include the Google meeting links for school counselors is linked below.  School counselors will be available during the asynchronous periods and by specific appointments today, Thursday 4/15, and tomorrow, Friday, 4/16.  Students may also email any questions to us. Contacts

    School Links

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  • Immunization Requirements for ALL RPS Students

    Please Click HERE

    Immunization Guidelines have been updated as a result of the 2020 General Assembly. What does that mean?
    The new vaccine guidelines for school-age children from grades PK-12 are listed below. A quick summary is as follows:
    PK- K students - Hepatitis A 2 doses required BEFORE K with the 1st dose at 12 months or older
    5- 7 grade students ** - HPV series 1st dose BEFORE 7th grade and completed by age 13 **With HPV Vaccine Parents need to discuss this with the MD as it is required HOWEVER parents may elect not to receive this vaccine
    5-12 grade students - 2 properly spaced Meningococcal vaccines. The first must be given BEFORE 7th grade and the second BEFORE 12th grade
    Note vaccinations changes that go into effect July 1, 2021
    Rising 12 Grade students will be required to have 1 dose of the MenACWY (Meningococcal) prior to school entry.
    12th Grade
    • Meningococcal (1 dose before 12th-grade entry)

    " Children will NOT be admitted in person out of compliance." -  Angela Jones Director of Student Services  3/29/2021.    
    "No conditional enrollment for 12th Graders. Students in grades 8 and above will NOT need to go back and receive the 7th grade MenACWY dose, and they will pick up with the 12-grade MenACWY dose " Nakeisha White RN School Health Services 3/30/2021.

    BELOW is the list of required vaccines for school-age children from the Virginia Department of Health

    REQUIRED

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  • Howard University created an alumni panel taking place at 6 pm on April 1. Students should register online at: https://tinyurl.com/HBCUpanel

     
    They have 6+ panelists from different HBCUs.  This event is open to all students and families as the panelists will discuss the value of an HBCU education.

    They will be emailed the google meet link before the event on April 1.

    HBCU April 1

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    Student Covid Vaccination

    Estudiante Avuna contra el COVID

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  • Senior Newsletter 

    Seniors, Click on the title to get updates for the senior class.

    Volume 4 is now available: 

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  • HHS Advocacy and Outreach webpage

    We have added a new page just for our HHS family. It contains information to reach our parents and students and support their needs. Currently, we have added information for English Language Learners. Click HERE for more information.

    • English for Speakers of Other Languages: Citizenship Preparatory Class - Prepares students for components of the citizenship exam. Registration Fee:  FREE 

     

    • Customer Service Certification & Advanced English Training - Prepares students to interact with customers and co-workers. Registration Fee: FREE

     

    •  English As A Second Language Classes - Adult classes provide a variety of skills to non-English speakers. Includes grammar, reading, comprehension, writing, and vocabulary Registration Fee: $25
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  • Girls For A Change: Girl Ambassador Program
    Information Session-in person
    Information Session-virtual
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  • Guidance Department Updates

    Graduation requirements: Click HERE

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  • Chromebook & Device Care Information 

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

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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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  • Virtual College Visits, HBCU Festivals, Scholarships, and more can be found on our Career Pathways page. 

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  • YouTube Tutorial on Google Classroom for Students and Parents CLICK HERE

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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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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - April 16, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Today's updates: Yale National Fellows – Congratulations to the following RPS teachers who were selected as Yale National Fellows through the Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools! In collaboration with Yale faculty members, each fellow will develop a curriculum unit to teach during the coming school year and share with teachers throughout RPS. Taryn Coullier, Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School Emma Kessler, Bellevue Elementary School Tara McCrone, Chimborazo Elementary School Joanna Minott, Huguenot High School Karen Mullins, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Valerie Schwarz, Mary Munford Elementary School Stephen Straus, River City Middle School Kaitlin Waldron, River City Middle School

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  • RPS Direct Update (PM) - April 15, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, In honor of National Library Month, tonight I'm spotlighting the hottest ride in town – the RPS Lit Limo! Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars for a visit. Put the Chromebooks down, stretch your legs, and pick up an actual, physical book to take home. And if you'd like to donate books to the Lit Limo, please reach out to our amazing head of library services, Judy Deichman, at jdeichman@rvaschools.net. And just remember: Dinosaurs didn't read; now they're extinct. With great appreciation, Jason

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