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. Stay tuned for our next edition on March 1st!

A Message from our Principal!

Greetings Braves Family,


As 2021 draws to an end, we are grateful that during this unprecedented time, our students and staff have maintained resilience. Their commitment to success has risen beyond our expectations. We are very appreciative of your support.


We would like to congratulate our Reading Teacher of the Year, Mr. Dubois Scott. Mr. Scott teaches English and is dedicated to his students and IRHS.


We hope that this winter break is a time of rest and relaxation. Please practice social distancing, wear your mask, and if traveling, please be cautious. Remember, winter break is from December 20th through January 2nd. Students will return to the building on January 3rd.


On behalf of the faculty and staff of Indian River, I would like to wish all our Braves families a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. We hope that you have a restful and safe winter break.


Take care,

Naomi Dunbar

Important Dates:

12/15 Orchestra Concert at 7pm

12/16 Band Concert at 7pm

12/20-1/2 Winter Break

1/10 PTSA Meeting at 5:30pm

1/12 NHS Induction Ceremony at 6pm

1/17 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday- No School

1/26-1/28 Exams

1/28 End of Marking Period 4

1/28 Early Release Day

1/31 Teacher Workday- No School

2/1 Teacher Workday- No School

2/18 Miss Indian River Pageant at 8pm

2/21 President's Day Holiday- No School

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.

Updated Mask Policy


On Friday, December 31st, the Chesapeake Public Schools' School Board directed School Administration to make COVID-19 vaccines and testing for student athletes optional beginning January 3, 2022. Masks will be mandatory on school property. Masks are still required on school buses, as per the federal requirements.

Student Parking

The morning of January 3rd, student drivers without a parking pass will be ticketed. Students may still purchase parking passes in the main office. This information here.

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. 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.

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.

IRHS 2021-2022 Reading Teacher of the Year: Mr. DuBois Scott

This year's Reading Teacher of the Year is no stranger to literacy. Actually, this person is a true advocate. This phenomenal winner loves opening a new book, devouring the content, and then sharing with anyone who will listen. Most importantly, this person finds a media specialist and makes a case for the resource to be included in our collection. This person not only is an avid reader, but also excels in the English classroom. This person can often be seen wearing sneakers with his suits, so he's always ready. Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Reading Teacher of the Year, Mr. DuBois Scott!

Honor Roll at River

We are so proud of our honor roll students!
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Yearbook

The 2021-2022 yearbook is going to be completely different than all the ones that have come before. This year's theme, Tree of Life, breaks from many of our yearbook traditions. The yearbook staff has been hard at work creating a book that everyone will want to have. There are many opportunities for students to be featured in the yearbook, outside of portraits or activities. We have run several polls about what life is "really" like here at Indian River, and students whose poll answers are featured in the yearbook have been entered in a raffle to win a free yearbook. It is currently on sale for $80.00, but the price goes up to $85.00 in February. Yearbooks can be purchased through the Jostens website. Senior ads can also be purchased--pay tribute to a graduating senior by purchasing an ad from Jostens.

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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Final Exam Schedule for Semester 1

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End-of-Course SOL Preparation and Testing Schedule

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Winter Spirit Week December 13th-17th

Theme: Walking in the Winter Wonderland


Dress Days


Monday- Holiday Hats, Socks, and Sweaters


Tuesday- Everything But a Backpack Day


Wednesday- Everyday is a Holiday!


Thursday- Silent Night - Pajama Day


Friday- IR School Spirit

Winter Wonderland at River

SCA and Alpha decorated the main hallway for our Winter Spirit Week.

The Giving Tree: Warmth for the Holidays

Braves were able to select warm items from our tree. The tree included gloves, scarves, and hats.
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Honoring our Custodians

Panera hosted an event for our custodians last night for custodial support week. Mr. Fedorowicz set this event up for our custodial staff and Mr.Easter from Panera’s local headquarters came by and brought sandwiches, chips, tea, and cookies. Panera wanted to ensure that our custodial staff feels appreciated for everything they do to keep our school safe and clean.
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Extenuating Circumstance Policy

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January is Reading Month

Students will be able to participate in activities all month long! Click here to play a Kahoot about media center facts! Click here to download our reading month calendar of activities!

February is Black History Month

During the month of February, Indian River High School's students and staff members will be celebrating Black History Month by embracing the theme: Black History Is...

In doing so, the River family will honor the legacy of African Americans, past and present.

Homecoming 2021 at River

Faculty Homecoming King and Queen

Dr. Yardan Shabazz and Ms. Ashley Lentini
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Homecoming King and Queen

Donovan Owens and
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Cadets served over 1,600 veterans and families today. Service Before Self!

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The drama department put on a wonderful production of the Grimm Brothers!

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Midnight Wax

Indian River Rep is preparing its VHSL one-act, Midnight Wax for Jan. 22 competition at Salem High School. Midnight Wax tells the story of a failing wax museum whose employees will stop at nothing to save their beloved museum. Including murder. Public performance Feb. 3 at 7:00 pm.
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Winter Sports were Phenomenal at River!

Congratulations to Coach Hailey Estes!!

The Varsity Competition Team had a very impressive season. Hitting 3 perfect routines at each competition, their perseverance and hard work helped them to earn the honor of Region 5A runner-up which secured them a spot in the VHSL State Cheer Competition. The Braves performed at the state competition on Saturday, November 6th at the Siegel Center in Richmond with an awesome performance scoring the highest in school history and placing 5th in the state.

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Congratulations to Coach Marcus Ferebee!

The football team made it to the second round of regionals!
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GO Fans Tickets

Spend $20 and get into all sporting events for the Fall season. Click HERE for purchase.