Braves Rise Together Newsletter

Braves are who we are; Rise is what we do!

This newsletter will contain Braves news, updates, sports, and information about activities and events. It will be published bi-monthly.

A Message from our Principal!

Greetings Braves Family,

As this year comes to a close, I would like to express my appreciation for your support of your child and our school. Although this year continued to be challenging, I am thankful that our Braves family has remained safe and intact. We are truly blessed that our students are experiencing some sense of normalcy as they attend special events such as the Ring Dance, Talent Show, Drama Productions and the Prom.

Congratulations to over 700 students who have maintained the honor roll all year and achieved an award of excellence. On June 2, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. we will celebrate all of the underclassmen for their achievements and continued success. In addition, the Senior Academic Awards and Scholarship Celebration will be held on June 1, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. All parents and guardians will be notified by email within the next week if your child will be receiving an award.

I would like to wish a warm farewell to several extraordinary staff members. Cathy Bachman, Shelley Beeler, Gavin Harris, Joann Kenneday, Katrina Peterson, John Scott, Elaina Siegel, and Angela Turner. Together, they have a combined almost 200 years of service to the educational profession. In addition, they have made a significant impact on our school and the lives of our students. We wish them well in their retirement and future endeavors.

Finally, best wishes to our 366 graduating seniors. By the first of June, I will have met with each senior for our senior chat. As a result of these meetings, I am able to hear of their future plans for pursuing degrees in college, entering the workforce, or joining the Armed Forces. I truly enjoy the opportunity to get a personal insight into their ambitions. I believe with my heart that they will be successful! Additionally, I encourage the entire student body to finish the year strong.

Have a safe and wonderful summer. I look forward to partnering with students, parents, staff, and community members again next year. Always remember, Braves Are Who We Are and RISE Is What WE DO!


Naomi Dunbar

Important Dates:

5/21 Senior Prom at 7:00 p.m.

5/23 SOL Retesting

5/25 SOL Retesting

5/26 English 11 Reading SOL

5/27 History SOL and Science Bootcamp

5/30 Memorial Day - Holiday

5/31 SOL Retesting and Make-ups

6/1 SOL Retesting and Make-ups

6/2 Science SOL and Math Bootcamp

6/3 Math SOL

6/6 SOL Make-ups

6/7 SOL Retesting

6/8 SOL Retesting

6/14-6/16 Exams

6/16 Early Release Day/Last Day of School/End of MP08

6/17 Graduation 4:30 p.m.

IRHS Study Hall Schedule

Free tutoring is available for students after school, 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. No bus transportation is available. Please see the schedule and locations below.
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Honor Roll at River

We are so proud of our honor roll students!

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SOL/Exam Schedule

You can find the SOL/Exam Schedule here!

Student Parking

Parking is only allowed for Juniors & Seniors!

To obtain a student parking pass please follow these steps:

  1. Students MUST submit an online application for 2021-2022.
  2. Upon completion of the application, students will also need to download and print out the student/parent parking agreement.
  3. The student will then bring this signed agreement to Indian River High School with a valid driver’s license during the time frame of: 8:40AM – 9:00AM
  4. The Cost is $25.00

Attention Juniors:

Attention Juniors - Paint Your Parking Spot Senior Year! You can find the application here!

To obtain a student parking pass please follow these steps:

  1. Students MUST submit an online application for 2022-2023.
  2. Upon completion of the application, students will also need to download and print out the student parking agreement.
  3. The student will then bring this signed agreement to Indian River High School with a valid driver’s license during the time frame of: 8:40AM – 9:00AM
  4. The Cost is $25.00

FBLA Championship Results

FBLA Tidewater Regional Conference - Met at Landstown High School, Saturday, March 12

FBLA Regional Competition Winners –

1st Place for Insurance and Risk Management – Deshaun Newman

2nd Place for Web Design – Team: Kayla Freitas and Widjina Fils-Aimee

2nd Place for Job Interview – Corey Burke

FBLA's 1st place winner, Deshaun Newman will advance to state competition April 1 – 3, in Reston, Virginia.

We congratulate them all for a job well done!

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The IRHS Public Speaking Team is the only team from Chesapeake to ever accomplish the trifecta:

Region 5A Champion

Super Region 5AB Champion

Class 5 State Champion.

Region 5A Champion

Super Region 5AB Champion

Class 5 State Champion

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Individual Champions:

Dasa Finefield- 1st in Dramatic Interpretation

Terrence McDuffie- 1st in Original Oratory

The Public Speaking Team is Truly a Class Act!

Students enrolled in Pubic Speaking visited Georgetown Primary School for a day of educational presentations an fun!

Athletic Signing Day

Congratulations Senior Athletes on your College Signing Day! Good luck to the following seniors on your future endeavors in college: Larry Almariento (Mary Washington University), Linnea Ankney ( Bryant and Stratton), Titus Blackburn ( Lees McRae), Sierra Davis (Norfolk State University), Sandra Mason (Lees McRae), Deante Newsome (Virginia Union University), Donovan Owens (Virginia Union University), Dalana Taylor (Dominican College).

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Updated Mask Policy

In a vote at the February 28th school board meeting, the board voted to make masks optional across the school district for employees, visitors, and bus riders.

Deliveries/Forgotten Items:

Due to health and safety guidelines at this time, limited items may be dropped off. The acceptance of forgotten items is limited to medicine/personal items delivered to the clinic or Chromebooks and school work. Any student who forgets his/her lunch will be offered a school lunch at no charge. No food deliveries of any kind will be allowed. This policy is for student safety and to maximize instructional time. No earbuds. Cell phones and house keys will be given to the student at the end of the day. Sports equipment may be dropped off at the end of the day before practice.

Welcome, Officer Nicholson!!

We now have a new Student Resource Officer at Indian River!! Officer Nicholson has been with the Chesapeake Police Department for 12 years. He is also a crisis negotiator, an Honor Guard member, and a Crime Prevention Specialist. Mr. Nicholson truly believes in education, as he has a Bachelors from Queens College (Labor Studies) and an Associates from Nassau Community College (Liberal Arts). Please give a warm welcome to Mr. James Nicholson.


The Fall Varsity Cheerleaders will be hosting a youth cheerleading camp this summer! The camp will be held from July 11 - July 14 in the gymnasium. Camp is open to all rising 1st - 8th graders and is $110.00 for the week. Please email Coach Hailey Estes at for a flyer and registration.

Fall Season Cheerleading Tryouts

Any rising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grader interested in trying out for the fall cheerleading teams, should contact Coach Hailey Estes for information. Weekly workouts have begun but it is not too late to get involved. Tryouts will be held at the end of July and everyone must have a current physical in order to workout and tryout. Our season begins in August so please be prepared this summer. Come be a part of our tribe!

Congratulations to our Band and Orchestra!!

They BOTH received SUPERIOR ratings at Regionals!!
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Please visit to place your order or you may call the Jostens’ customer service line at 1-800-Jostens or 1-800-567-8367.

Thank you and we look forward to celebrating with you!

Important Dates:

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Guidance Updates

Please click here for the May/June 2022 guidance updates!

Connect with TCC

If you have a student who is interested in TCC, please see the TCC Prospect Interest Form.

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Student Drop-off and Pick-up

Students may not enter the building prior to 8:40 a.m. Upon arrival, students should report directly to their homeroom classroom or directly to the cafeteria for breakfast. Students may drop off instruments before they report to homeroom.

Parent Pick up is in the front loop or on Dunbarton only. Please do not pick up on the gymnasium side or in the staff parking lot. Dismissal is staggered at the end of the day: 3:53 p.m. for bus riders; 3:55 p.m. for walkers, parent pick-up, and student drivers; 3:57 p.m. for athletes and student activities.

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ATTENTION JUNIORS & SENIORS!!! If you are interested in a career in the shipbuilding industry, please plan to attend the upcoming Workplace Wednesday events. Complete the interest form to receive details on where to go and what to prepare for – . Please see Ms. Pervall in Guidance or email if you have questions!

Norfolk Naval Shipyard – May 25 @ 11:30-2:30
Interest Form Link:

Quick Tip

Quick Tip is a support system that allows students to communicate with school administrators anonymously. While the district already has many programs to help students deal with challenges such as bullying behaviors, stress, peer pressure, and family problems, Quick Tip helps break the code of silence often experienced by students because it allows them to report concerns to administrators anonymously.

Submit a Tip:
Bullying Behavior
School Threat

Weapons and Drugs

A Quick Tip mobile app is also available for download on IOS and Android devices. On the first use, enter the Location Code: Chesapeake.