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 May 2nd!

A Message from our Principal!

Greetings Braves Family,

Second semester is off to an excellent start!

We are excited about the opportunities for our students to participate in upcoming events this spring. Recently, we crowned Mr. and Miss Indian River in our 50th Miss Indian River Pageant. Throughout the year we continue to celebrate our students and staff for their many accomplishments. Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year Finalist, Dr. Shabazz, we are looking forward to the Teacher of the Year Ceremony here at Indian River on Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 p.m.

Our theme for this year's Black History Month was "Black History is...Everything." It was a wonderful month of reflection and celebration for our students and staff. Thank you to the black history committee for their hard work and efforts. Job well done!

Take care,

Naomi Dunbar

Important Dates:

3/7 End of Marking Period 5

3/10 Daylight Saving Time

3/14 Club Picture Day

3/14 Report Cards MP05 in Parentvue

3/15, 3/17, 3/22, 3/24 SOL Testing (Writing)

4/18 Virtual PTSA Meeting 5:30 p.m.

4/20 Junior Ring Ceremony 6:00 p.m.

4/23 Junior Ring Dance 7:00 p.m.

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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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Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions

Please click here for the letter sent by email to parents. This survey should be completed March 10th at 10 am.

Workplace Wednesdays: Dollar Tree Distribution Center

Graduating Seniors, don't miss your chance to meet with our local Dollar Tree Distribution Center to learn about career opportunities. Wednesday, April 6th, is your chance to speak directly with an HR Manager and Team Lead, and they will also accept resumes! If you need assistance or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Pervall!
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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.

Student Parking

Student drivers without a parking pass will be ticketed. Students may still purchase parking passes in the main office. This information here.

IRHS 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year: Dr. Yardan Shabazz

Congratulations to Dr. Shabazz on being selected as the 2021-2022 IRHS Teacher of the Year. Dr. Shabazz has also been selected as a 2022 Teacher of the Year Finalist. The ceremony will be held here on March 24th. We are so very proud of "Doc" for all his accomplishments!

Congratulations to the Forensics Team!

IRHS VHSL Public Speaking 5A Region Championship Team

Coach: Dr. Yardan Shabazz

Alexandria Brown

Joaquin Partida

Leviticus McColgan

Jasmine Phillips-2nd Place in Prose Reading

Kai Hocking- 2nd Place in Original Oratory

Terrence McDuffie-1st Place in Original Oratory

T'Nia Rouse- 1st Place in Humorous Interpretation

Sierra Davis- 1st Place in Poetry Interpretation

Dasa Finefield- 1st Place in Dramatic Interpretation

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Public Speaking Team: 2022 5A Region Champion

But wait... there's more!!! They also won the SUPER REGIONALS!!

2022 5AB VHSL Super Region Public Speaking Champion

Kai Hocking: 3rd in Original Oratory
Terrence McDuffie: 1st in Original Oratory
T’Nia Rouse: 1st in Humorous
Sierra Davis: 1st in Poetry
Dasa Finefield: 1st in Dramatic
Jasmine Phillips: 1st in Prose

IRHS 2021-2022 1st Semester Crystal Apple Winner: Cathy Yost

Mrs. Yost has been an employee of Chesapeake Public School for 30 years. She has served as a teacher assistant in multiple settings. She has worked diligently to assist students with academic, social, emotional, or physical needs. She embodies the school theme "Braves are who we are, and Rise is what we do."

Honor Roll at River

We are so proud of our honor roll students! The marking period ends on Monday, March 7th. This section will be updated by Monday, March 14th.


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.


Link to order the Cap & Gown: Jostens - Indian River High School Cap & Gown Online Order. They can also contact Jostens at 1-800-567-8367 for ordering assistance.

Important Dates:

  • 4/25 announcement only delivery during school lunch
  • 5/11 Cap and gown delivery during lunch and after school 3-5. Students can purchase honors during this time.
  • 6/3 make up during school lunch

Miss Indian River Pageant

The 50th Annual Miss Indian River Pageant was held on Friday, February 18th in our school's auditorium. This event is sponsored by Alpha Omega Phi Tri-Hi-Y and directed by Ms. Hailey Estes. This year's pageant was nothing short of amazing. It showcased some of our talented ladies as well as showing their poise and eloquence in evening gown. The Mr. Indian River contestants are always a featured hit and this year was no different. They wow'd the audience with their acting skills and dance moves. As the night was coming to a close, everyone anxiously awaited the results. The Roben Moss Service Award went to Andrea Espiritu. Ashley Bell was awarded with the Academic Award as well as Miss Congeniality and Most Talented went to Frankie McArthur. Our People's Choice winners were Kennedy Lacey and Niko Florido. 2nd runner-up went to Andrea Espiritu and Keagan Cullifer. 1st runner-up was Ashley Bell and Niko Florido. And now for the moment everyone was waiting for, Diego Alvarez was crowned Mr. Indian River 2022 and Frankie McArthur was crowned Miss Indian River 2022. Alpha and Ms. Estes would like to thank all the contestants for an amazing night and we appreciate the support from our staff and community.

Orchestra District Assessment

Congratulations to the IRHS Concert Orchestra and the IRHS Braves Orchestra for earning Superior Ratings at District Assessment on March 2 and 3rd! 🎉🎉

Cheer Accolades!

Guidance updates!!

SOL Test Dates

March 15 and 17- Writing SOL Testing (2 day test)

March 22 and 24- Make up Writing SOL Testing

April 18 - 22- English 11 Writing Test 2nd attempt for Term Grad Seniors only

May 23 – June 13- Non Writing SOL EOC and Retests Window

(More info to come about specific Subject testing dates)

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Connect with TCC

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

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Black History Month @IRH

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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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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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On Feb. 5, Indian River Repertory performed their 2021-2022 VHSL One-Act, Midnight Wax, at Salem High School. Students were judged on acting, ensemble and direction. They placed 3rd overall, with Noah Schlabach, freshman, being honored as a best actor. Midnight Wax tells the story of an aging wax museum, whose owner, Herbert Midgett, played by JT Pelofske, is willing to do anything to keep his museum open. He and his employee, Caroline, played by Moira Krolak, invite hot-shot reporter, Terry Barker, played by Kennedy Wagner-Cook, and her photographer, played by Ashley Bell, to spend the night in the museum. In the morning, when Terry's body is found, no one really knows what happened, but the museum is saved. The drama department is now on a short break until they begin their spring musical- The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, opening May 12. For more details, to volunteer, or to provide sponsorships for the show, please contact Mrs. Miguel.

Photo: Brody Thomas as The Grim Reaper

Student Athletes are Phenomenal at River!

What a great time it is to be a Brave Student Athlete!

Congratulations to the following Student Athletes: Larry Almariento, Wilson Butcher, Ethan Zehir, and Brody Salpeter for advancing to the State Swim Competition. Larry received a medal for 6th place in the 200 Fly event. Congratulations as well to Malachi Hinton and Brianna Selby for their performances in the State Indoor Track Meet. Brianna won the 55 and 300-meter sprint events, setting Indian River records in both events. Brianna’s 55-meter time is the 4th fastest time in the nation. Malachi placed 2nd in the 55-meter dash while setting an Indian River record as well. Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Basketball team for advancing to the State Playoffs for the first time since 1995/1996. In addition, Congratulations to Braves Wrestlers Josh Davenport, Robert Foster, and Zadarius McKenzie for qualifying for the State Wrestling Competition.

Great Job Brave Student Athletes as the entire Indian River Community is excited for you.

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GO Fans Tickets

Click HERE for purchase.

April is Military Child Month

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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.