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									Tiger News
 Combined School and PTSA Newsletter

 J.R. Tucker High School
 2910 N Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23297-4433
 November 2009

                                                                                                                                          Important Dates!
   HELP! Volunteers are Needed!                                                                                                           • November 3rd – Parent Visitation
                                                                                                                                            (8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.)
 Craftmen’s Classic Arts & Craft Festival
                                                                                                                                          • November 9th – Senior Portraits must
                           Twice a year Tucker PTSA provides volunteers for the Craftmen’s
                                                                                                                                            be chosen
                           Classic Arts & Craft Festival at the Richmond Raceway and it’s time
                           once again to begin collecting volunteers for the next event.                                                  • November 16th – Party All Night
                                                                                                                                            (PAN) Planning meeting (see PAN
  Volunteers are needed for 2 hours shifts                        Event Dates:                                                              FAQs article for more details)
  to do the following:
                                                                  Friday, November 6th, 10am – 8 pm                                       • November 17th – College Night
  • Relieve vendors (sit at their booth                                                                                                     7:00 p.m.
                                                                  Saturday, November 7th, 10am – 6 pm
    while they take a break)
                                                                  Sunday, November 8th, 11 am – 5 pm                                      • December 2nd, 3rd, & 4th – Testing
  • Pass out registration slips to customers
                                                                                                                                            for any student who needs an SOL.
  • Sell Craftmen’s Classic shopping bags                                                                                                   (Seniors, transfer and retakes)

 You may come to the show before or stay after you volunteer so that you can shop.                                                        • December – 9th & 10th Testing
 You will not have to pay the admission charge. Students can get community service                                                          (2nd chance)
 hours by volunteering! Contact Katherine Farmer at 371-0715 or 965-9130,
 ways-means@jrtuckerptsa.com to volunteer.                                                                                                • December 15th – Spirit Night at

                                                                                                                                          • There is no Principal’s Coffee for the
                                                                                                                                            month of December

                                          Laser Touch-Free Car Wash
                           8019 W. Broad Street (Behind Wawa at Westland)

We are proud to help the J.R. Tucker High School PTSA meet its membership goals by
offering a $2.00 discount on any wash purchased from now thru 11/14/09. Just
provide this special code to be used prior to making a purchase. Special code 2910.

In addition a $1.00 donation will be made to the PTSA for each car wash purchased
between now and years end when this code is used at the time of purchase. Directions:
Punch in code 2910, Choose wash package, Pay with cash or credit card, Earn $1
donation for PTSA.

                                                                                                                                         Attention all Tigers!
Contents                                                           PTSA Membership Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              5   If you would like to submit a school event,
Cheeburger Cheeburger Fundraiser . . . . . . . .              2    GPA and Class Rank Input Survey Results . . . .                   6   sports results, information about your
Lay Advisory Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        3    Spirit Dates - Mark Your Calendar. . . . . . . . . .              6
President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     3    Tiger Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6   club, photo, artwork or a news article for
Congratulations to... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3    Thank You! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    7   inclusion in an upcoming issue, contact
Kroger Plus Card for Education . . . . . . . . . . .          4    Chick-fil-A Offer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     7   Suanne M. Brady, Newsletter Chairman
Homecoming Winners: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         5    Party All Night – FAQs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          7
VA PTA In Action. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5    www.jrtuckerptsa.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          7   at newsletter@jrtuckerptsa.com
November 2009                                                                                        Tiger News

             FUND RAISER FOR
                                    November 11th
                                      All Day
            Please help raise funds for Tucker High School PTA.
            Cheeburger Cheeburger will donate 15% of all sales
             when you bring this flyer and eat in or take out.
          Have YOUR next Fund Raiser here. It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s extra money for your group!
            Just give us a call. Ask for the Manager. Pick a date. We’ll create the flyer for you.
          You make copies and distribute them. We’ll collect the flyers and receipts at the event.
                       Your check will be issued promptly after accounting is done.

             11363 Nuckols Road • Glen Allen • 804-270-2088
 The Village Shopping Center • 7003-A Three Chopt Road • Henrico • 804-288-8898
                                   Locally owned and operated with pride.
Tiger News                                                                                                       November 2009

Lay Advisory Committee
                                            President’s Message
The Lay Advisory Committee (LAC) is a
                                            Happy Fall, Tigers!
forum for sharing information between
the School Board and the wider school       Where did those warm temperatures go? As the weather becomes more and more
community. The LAC meets third Monday       uncertain, so do the things around us. I hope that your family has avoided all of the
of each month at 7:00 pm at Moody           viruses so far this year or if you’ve been struck, I hope recovery has gone well! The
Middle School. Everyone is welcome to       economy doesn’t seem to be getting any better for the state of Virginia or the county
attend our meetings and we encourage        of Henrico. The difficult news each night seems to keep coming. The Henrico County
participation.                              school system is going to have to make some serious decisions about our budget for
                                            the next couple of years. In addition to the difficult economy, we are opening two
At our most recent meeting we were
                                            new schools and incurring the additional expenses associated with them. The budget
informed that budget cuts will be
                                            committee is starting to plan for 2010. If you have an opinion on areas that the
necessary for the coming school year.
                                            school system can cut next year (or that you don’t want cut), let your voice be heard.
Principals and teachers are seeking input
                                            You can send the information to Dr. Miller, our Lay Advisory Rep, Julie Molloy, or to
from parents about areas in which cuts
                                            the school board.
might be feasible. The LAC identified
several areas where budget cuts may         Economic times are tough in the PTSA as well. Our membership #’s as well as
be feasible, including the following: bus   our Tiger Trust donations are down this year. In order for us to provide all of the
transportation (increasing walking zone     programs that we would like to for our school and our students, we need your help!
distances, decreasing availability for      If you haven’t had a chance yet to join or make your donation, it’s never too late.
students attending speciality centers);     Forms can be obtained on our website or you can just write a note with your check
payment for AP testing by the county;       and send it into school in an envelope addressed to the PTSA. THANKS to all of you
middle school laptop initiative; staffing   who have already helped out this year.
for the testing processes that students
undertake; and reducing “unfunded”          Ok, that’s enough of the doom and gloom. Although it’s been tough, so far we’ve
mandates. I encourage all parents to        been able to do everything that we have needed to do so far. We have a great
reach out to their school administrators    group of volunteers on and off of the board! We’re making plans early for Party All
and/or school board members with            Night and looking forward to our College Night (Nov), visits by Chris Skinner (www.
respect to this important issue.            chrisskinner.org – Feb) and our Tiger Roar Rally (May) as well as many other activities
                                            in between. Our Refresh committee continues to be strong!
At LAC meetings, we make an effort to
share information about upcoming events     We recently sent letters to businesses in our community seeking their support. If you
to ensure the widest audience. Upcoming     work for or own a business that would like to make a donation to our non-profit
events of interest include:                 organization and get some advertising in our publications, have them give me a call!

HCPS College Fair (open house that          Stay healthy and warm!
provides information from various
colleges and universities)                  Helena Lythgoe,
Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm        PTSA President
Godwin High School                          www.jrtuckerptsa.com
Presentation by Huntington Learning
Center about “Homework: A Parents
Study Guide”
November 17, 7:00 pm
                                            Congratulations to...
Moody Middle School
                                            Norma Arnold as an ABCD (Above and Beyond the
                                            Call of Duty) award winner for the month of October.
Performance of the Nutcracker
November 21, 7:00 pm
                                            Mrs. Arnold is our school registrar and a valuable
Moody Middle School
                                            asset to the Tiger Family!
Julie Molloy,
J.R. Tucker Lay Advisory Representative
November 2009   Tiger News

Tiger News                                                                                                           November 2009

Thanksgiving - November 26th

                                            VA PTA In Action
                                            Hi All, as the VA PTA Legislation Chair, I have just posted an action alert to the VA PTA
                                            web site and wanted you all to know. The Action Alert I posted is asking for emails to
                                            be sent to Governor Kaine to protect K-12 public education in the 2010-12 budget he
                                            will propose next week.

Though many competing claims exist,         To do your part go to www.vapta.org and click the tab titled “Take Action VA” then
the most familiar story of the first        click the “Take Action” button on the Featured Alert.
Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth
Colony, in present-day Massachusetts,       The email is already written for you, although you can edit it if you wish, simply
in 1621. More than 200 years later,         supply your contact information and click the “Send Message” button.
President Abraham Lincoln declared
                                            Thanks for your assistance,
the final Thursday in November as a
                                            Kathy Burcher
national day of thanksgiving. Congress
finally made Thanksgiving Day an official
national holiday in 1941.
                                                     P T S A Membership Update
                                             Join the J. R. Tucker PTSA
                                             It’s as easy as completing the form below and returning it in the your students
                                             Homeroom Teacher with $5.00 per member in an envelope marked PTSA or mail
                                             to: JR Tucker, 2910 Parham Rd., Richmond, VA 23294 Attn: PTSA

                                               Student Name:                                  Grade:
                                               Adult Member 1:
                                               Adult Member 2:
                                               Student Member 1:
                                               Student Member 2:
                                               Teacher Member:
                                               Parent Email:                           Parent Phone:
                                               These members are joining to support the following Student name(s) and Grades:

                                            Thanks to all the students who participated in the J.R. Tucker PTSA Membership Drive
Homecoming                                  last month. We had a great time and would like to thank the following businesses for
                                            their support:
Winners:                                                       Chick-fil-A                             Wash World Car Wash

Congratulations to Homecoming Court                   Tropical Smoothie Cafe                            Bruster’s Ice Cream
queen, Joi Crenshaw, and King Jacob
Bennett.                                              Chipotle Mexican Grill                               Quiznos Sub

                                                                             Richmond Flying Squirrels
Circle of Friends won best club float
                                            It’s not too late to join simply fill in the Membership Form above and return to
Congratulations to the Sophomore class,
                                            your homeroom teacher along with your $5.00 payment.                                 
who had the best class float.
November 2009                                                                                                                 Tiger News

GPA and Class Rank                                                                          Tiger Trust
                                                                                            Please donate to the J. R. Tucker High
Input Survey Results                                                                        School PTSA’s main fundraiser, Tiger
                                                                                            Trust. Your one-time, tax-deductible
In May, Student Congress, a group of 200 high school students, presented a                  contribution enables the PTSA to provide
recommendation to the Henrico County Public School (HCPS) Board to change                   a variety of programs to benefit the
how GPA is computed at the high school level. Additionally, Student Congress                Tucker students, teachers, and staff. Any
recommended discontinuing ranking students by their GPA. The Board requested the            amount is greatly appreciated. Bank of
Division of Instruction gather input from parents, high school faculty and administrators   America, Capital One, Genworth, and
before changing the policy.                                                                 Wachovia have matching gift programs.
                                                                                            Does your company? Please remember
To collect input, an online survey was created and posted on the HCPS website               to check. Thanks for your support.
from September 21st - 30th. Parents, high school faculty and administrators were
asked to participate in the survey, 2,157 respondents who completed the survey.                 OUR GOAL                        PROGRESS

Results showed 81.5% of the respondents supported the recommended new practice                    $6,250
for calculating GPA. Results showed 64.0% of the respondents supported the
recommendation of discontinuing the practice of class rank.                                        4,687
The overall majority of the survey respondents supported the recommended
calculation practice for GPA and the proposal to eliminate the use of class rank,                 3,125
respondents referenced supporting the recommendation for a simpler calculation
method, aligning GPA practices with other school divisions, and rewarding rigor                   1,562
of the advanced classes, to name a few. Respondents who did not support the
recommendation referred to grade inflation, stress on students to take advanced
courses, and disagreement with the values assigned to AP/IB or Honor’s courses in
the proposal, to name a few.

For the recommendation to eliminate class rank, comments in support of the
recommendation discussed negative consequences to continuing with the use of class          A special thank you to the following
ranking, including class rank not accurately reflecting student achievement, negative       contributors who have donated since the
competition among students, and stress. Comments provided in opposition to the              last newsletter was published:
recommendation, included prepares students for real world competition, penalizes
                                                                                            Reginald V. Davenport
high performing students, and needed for college applications.
                                                                                            Bob, June, & Kyle Degenhardt
Additional information on this survey will be available at the JR Tucker College Night      Leith, Joanne, & Mackie Ellis
on November 17th.                                                                           Richard, Nancy, & Anna Friesen
                                                                                            Betty & Ben Hudson
                                                                                            Scott, Ingrid, & Connor Johnson
  Spirit Dates - Mark Your Calendar                                                         Danny, Helena, & Brittany Lythgoe

  Mark your calendars for these upcoming Spirit Night events. If you haven’t been           Pat Marshall & Patrick Splan
  to a Spirit Night you don’t know what you’re missing.                                     Kelly & Kasey McDonald – McDonald
                                                                                            Roofing, LLC
                                             12/15 Qdoba                                    Gary, Beth, & Gregory Mercer
                                                                                            Mark, Susan, & Natalie Mongold
                                             1/12 Tropical Smoothie
                                                                                            Larry & Glenda Noble & Alexandra Courtney
                                             1/19 Qdoba                                     Stephen, Kathi, & Josh Page

                                             2/09 Qdoba                                     Bob & Kymberly Pectelidis & Cassidy Glading
                                                                                            Mike & Samantha Strusky
                                             3/16 Qdoba
                                                                                            Hugh, Vickie, & Claire Tito
                                             4/16 Tropical Smoothie                         Doug, Beth, & Cory Woods
   6                                                                                        Paul, Grace, & Mallory Wygal
Tiger News                                                                                                          November 2009

Thank You!                                    Party All Night –
Thank you to all that made
                                              Frequently Asked Questions
generous candy donations                      What is Party All Night (PAN)?
for the October Teacher
                                              Party All Night is Tucker’s drug and alcohol-free after prom celebration – rumored to
                                              be the best in town.
The Hospitality Committee will be
                                              Why does the PTSA sponsor Party All Night?
providing a light dinner snack to the
teacher on Thursday, November 19th.           Prom night is one of the riskiest nights for our teenager’s. The PTSA wants to provide
If you are interested in helping with         a safe, fun place for our students to continue to enjoy their prom night.
donations or setup/cleanup (between
                                              What happens at Party All Night?
3-7pm), please contact Kathy Winston
or Linda Lyell by email at hospitality@       Party All Night provides a fun-filled, safe, drug and alcohol-free after prom celebration
jrtuckerptsa.com.                             with lots of activities. Last year there was a DJ, casino with blackjack, Texas hold-em,
                                              roulette and craps, a balloon drop with cash prizes, human bowling, giant dual slide,
All volunteers are guaranteed an A+!          chaos obstacle course, caricature artists, ping pong, pool, foosball, rock climbing,
                                              dancing, tattoos, and scrumptious food. Every student received a t-shirt design by
                                              Tucker students and was eligible to win prizes, including cash prizes, mini-refrigerator,
                                              iPod, gift certificates to local restaurants, and more.

                                              When and where is Party All Night?
                                              PAN will take place after the prom from 12:00 am to 4:00 am at the Tuckahoe

                                              Which students can come to PAN?
                                              All juniors and seniors may attend, whether or not they attend the prom. If they do

Sign Up for Free Offers                       attend the prom, their dates may also attend. Over 400 students took advantage of
                                              this wonderful event last year, along with 80 helpful parent volunteers.
From Chick-fil-A at Tuckernuck Plaza
                                              Who can help?
                   Text TIGERS to 411247
                                              Everyone can help – parents, faculty, and students. We need financial donations as
                      from your cell phone
                                              well as volunteers to help with fundraising, decorating, food, setting up, dealing in the
                                              casino, setting and cleaning up, and lots of other volunteer opportunities.

                                              How do I find out more?

Chick-Fil-A will sending out special offers   Attend our first planning meeting on Monday Nov 16 at 7:00 in the library. If you are
and savings in honor of Tucker sports         unable to attend you can reach the committee at partyallnight@jrtuckerptsa.com.
teams victories and other school events.
                                              Thank you, Ingrid and Cara

               The PTSA website is up-to-date with PTSA news and opportunities as well as a calendar of events for the 2009-
 2010 school year. The website also has quick links to all PTSA forms and to other websites that may be of interest to parents.
 There is a new ”Just for Students” page that includes Community Service Opportunities complete with an email alert option that
 will notify students of community service opportunities as they are posted on the site. Patricia Hutcherson - PTSA Web Mistress
 Check out what the PTSA is all about at

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