PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Welcome Rapids!

We are so excited to be starting the new school year! For all of us, this year will be one of transition. While we continue to navigate the COVID pandemic, we are excited to see what the new school year will bring! As we transition to what we anticipate to be a more traditional school year, we are trying to simplify our approach by ensuring everyone is ready.  We want our students to graduate from James River READY to conquer the world, and that includes socially, emotionally, and academically.  To make this transition successful, our faculty and staff will continuously partner with students to build school culture, relationships, procedures, and expectations.

As your principal, you can expect me to be a  visible, daily presence  in the classroom and at school events. You can expect an open door policy for you, students, staff, and the community.  I am eager to meet with each of you as I believe we are successful only when we work together in partnership. For some of you, I was your child’s principal at both Chalkley Elementary School and Providence Middle School. What a rare opportunity to follow students from elementary school all the way to their high school graduation! It is important for you to know that I believe in maintaining a learning environment where everyone’s voice is valued and heard. As a mother of a recent high school graduate, and an educator for over twenty years, I think you should know that I have and will always continue to treat each and every student as if they are my own. To that end, I have very high expectations for every James River High School student. I expect them to come to school every day, work hard, be kind, and seek the interests they wish to pursue as adults. I expect our staff to maintain and exceed our Blue Ribbon School of Excellence standards and provide exceptional instruction every single day. I expect parents to reach out to me when needed and partner with their children’s teachers. 

Let’s make this a great year-together!

Rapid pride runs deep!

We are ALL JR. 

Amanda Voelker Ed. D.
Principal

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September 1st, 2021

Email 9-1-21

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August 30th, 2021

Chesterfield County Public Schools increases bus driver pay and incentives

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August 26th, 2021

Pass rates on Standards of Learning tests

The Virginia Department of Education today released Standards of Learning pass rates for every school district in Virginia. The pass rates are based on SOL tests administered in the spring of 2021. Given the closure of schools in March 2020 and the disruption of in-person instruction during 2020- 21, the latest SOL results represent new […]

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