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,
I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving and took the time to spend quality time with your family. As a city, we were faced with an incredibly tragic moment as we witnessed the lives of innocent victims being taken suddenly. We would like to honor the life of one of our 2020 Indian River High School graduates who passed away during the tragic events at Wal-Mart. Times such as these help us to remember what is most important and that is FAMILY, both related and created. We will continue to heal together as a Braves Family as we move forward in the year.
Academically, we had 644 students make honor roll: 157 students made Superintendent's Honor Roll, 196 students made Principal's Honor Roll, 291 students made Honor Roll. Continue to encourage your students to get involved in activities, be on time to school everyday, and keep their grades up as we finish the 3rd marking period, head into SOL testing and the end of the first semester.
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.
Chesapeake Teacher of the Year Finalist!
Mr. Larry Bowles
December 5-9: Computer Science Education Week
December 8: Band Winter Concert at 7:00 p.m.
December 12: NCAA Parent and Athlete Meeting
December 13: Chorus Winter Concert at 7:00 p.m.
December 14: End of Marking Period 3/Parent and Student Attendance Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
December 15: Orchestra Winter Concert at 7:00 p.m.
December 16: Distracted Driving Guest Speaker during all blocks
December 21: Early Release Day at 1:53 p.m.
December 22-January 2: Winter Break
January 12: SOL Testing Day - Reading (It is a virtual learning day for students not testing)
January 13: SOL Testing Day - History (It is a virtual learning day for students not testing)
January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Holiday
January 19: SOL Testing Day - Science (It is a virtual learning day for students not testing)
January 20: SOL Testing Day - Math (It is a virtual learning day for students not testing)
January 25-27: Exams
January 27: End of Marking Period 4/Early Release Day at 1:53 p.m.
January 30: Teacher Workday - No School
January 31: Teacher Workday/In-Service Day - No School
February 1: Start of 2nd Semester
22-23 1st Semester SOL Review Tutoring Schedule
Many students are scheduled to take their SOL End of Couse test(s) in January. To help students pass or earn a better score, we have tutoring review opportunities available starting next week, both before and after school. Please encourage your student to attend if needed. The schedule is listed below:
High School Testing Information for January 2023
We are pleased to share our high school testing schedule for first semester courses. Four days are designated for SOL testing and SOL Power Sessions. All high school students are expected to participate in asynchronous, virtual learning on SOL testing dates. Please note the four SOL test days (January 12, 13, 19 and 20) are the only days with attendance flexibility. Students who are not scheduled to take an SOL may choose to report to school for additional support or opportunities. We will make your student aware of any required SOL testing. Teachers and school counselors will clarify expectations via PSA and/or email.
Attendance Requirements Reminder
Students who are absent more than ten percent of the designated school days run the risk of not receiving credit for the classes, even if they pass them academically. For example, a student that has been enrolled since the first day of school and is absent for ten or more days is considered a chronically absent student. These students and their families will have to complete an attendance waiver request form, which will be shared closer to the end of the semester.
Exam Policy Updates and Grades Reminder
Parents can review their student’s culminating assessment grades in ParentVue. After you log in to ParentVue, please choose your student’s gradebook and then select the fourth marking period grades, where you will see the culminating assessment grades labeled as CA1.
All District Choir
The following students made the 2 All District choirs. Everyone in A day choir ( the small one) who auditioned - made it. From B day (large, beginning level choir) all auditioning students except 4 made it.
All District Results
Sammi Lewis - Alternate
Calvin Dang - Alternate
Ashley Bell (perfect score from both judges )
IRHS Benevolent Braves Committee
The IRHS Benevolent Braves Committee hosted our annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive in November and were able to provide Thanksgiving meals to 25 IRHS families. This was possible thanks to our generous Indian River staff, as well as the following clubs and community sponsors: Braves Alive, DECA, Riverbucks, ROTC, SCA, Faith, Focus, & Vision Ministries, the Hickory YMCA, and 1st Class Real Estate Integrity.
No Cell Phone or Earbud Deliveries Allowed
Due to the new cell phone policy, we will not allow cell phones or earbuds to be dropped off for students. Thank you for your support for this policy.
One Login and Password Help
- The CPS Help Desk assists all students, and parents of Virginia's Chesapeake Public Schools District with their technology questions and requests.
- The Help Desk provides a centralized place to find resources for all your technology questions as well as showcase the integration of technology throughout the school district.
- If you are having trouble accessing OneLogin or StudentVue or ParentVue, please access the CPS Help Desk for assistance.
IRHS 2022-2023 Bell Schedule
Please see below.
2022-2023 Student Dress Code
Please read the newly adopted Dress Code Policy recently revised by Chesapeake Public Schools. The new dress code policy will be effective beginning with the 2022 school year.
AFJROTC THANKSGIVING DONATIONS TO FAMILIES IN NEED
How to Purchase Tickets
Tickets for high school athletic events must be purchased online using the GoFan website. GoFan sells mobile tickets for ALL high school athletic events – including all sports for home and away games. Purchasing tickets online permits fans to easily access and share tickets (email or text) without standing in line.
Click HERE to access the GOFAN website for IRHS to purchase your tickets.
5A Football All-Region Honors
1st Team-All Region Honors
Defensive Line - Chris Shaw
Defensive End - Jordan Harris
LIneBacker - Jakob Divincenzo
2nd Team- All Region Honors
Offensive Line - Chris Shaw
Running Back - Kekoa Benavente
Defensive Backs - Jakeyse Graves
Boys Volleyball 5A Region Champions
Coach: Mrs. Kayla Matthews
Congratulations to the Varsity Competition Team for a successful season. They competed on October 29th at Tallwood High School in the 5A Regional Competition. The Braves placed 2nd in the first round and finished 3rd overall. The following cheerleaders were named All-Region Cheerleader and also were selected as 2nd team All-State: Brianna McCullough, Elizabeth Thurston, and Lyndey Brown. These ladies are coached by Ms. Hailey Estes
Alpha Omega Phi Tri-Hi-Y
Alpha Omega Phi Tri-Hi-Y is a community service club and enjoys doing various projects around the school and community. Recently, Alpha hosted a canned food drive at the school and ended up with six full boxes of items that were donated to the Southeastern Food Bank. Thank you to those that participated!
- Congratulations to the Boys Volleyball team as the Region 5A champions
- Congratulations to Beckham Rhombaoa as the Region 5A boys volleyball player of the year
- Congratulations to Coach Matt Lawrence as the Region 5A boys volleyball coach of the year
- Congratulations to the following boys and girls volleyball players for their postseason accomplishments as well:
Beckham Rhombaoa, Matt Sheppard, and Andrew Dieck for first team all region- Kei Nichols, Jeremiah Bryant, Allyssa Carr, and Mikalah Avery for second team all region.
Chesapeake Public Schools Revised 2.0 GPA Policy for Athletic Eligibility for 2022-2023
The 2.0 requirement for student-athlete eligibility has been revised for the first semester of the 2022-2023 school year. A student-athlete who does not meet the current 2.0 GPA requirement will be allowed to use their one-time probation period during the first semester of the school year 2022-2023 if he/she established a 2.0 GPA at any time during their 8th-11th grade school years. In order for a student-athlete to use their one-time probation period the following criteria must be met:
Student-athlete must be VHSL eligible as determined by the school
Schools must determine which semester the student-athlete established a 2.0
Schools must submit all supporting documentation to the Office of Student Activities
The Office of Student Activities will review documents to determine eligibility
If approved by the Office of Student Activities, the student-athlete will be permitted to use their one-time probation period during the fall semester of the school year 2022-2023 under the following conditions:
Schools must communicate with the student-athlete and parent(s) in writing that he/she is using their one-time probationary period
Schools must also communicate with the student-athlete and parent(s) in writing that he/she will not have another probation period during their high school career.
Student-athlete must attend mandatory study hall during the sports season
Schools must maintain a list of student-athletes who use their probation period under this provision