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  • Principal Sears


    Greetings, Viking Family!

    I am so happy to continue this year as the principal of Thomas Jefferson High School!  As we embark on this virtual journey together, I am excited about all of the learning and growing that will take place this school year.  Our theme for the year is “And Still We Rise: Striving for Greatness”, a nod to the tenacity, resilience, and excellence that exists within the hearts, and minds of Thomas Jefferson High School’s staff and students. Our students are determined to continue their education, even from a distance and our staff is excited to provide them with just that.  We are striving for greatness and we will meet the mark. Here’s to another amazing school year!

    We are Viking Strong! 

    If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi, please feel free to contact me via at or 804.780.6028.

    Yours in service,

    Cherita H. Sears

    Thomas Jefferson High School

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  • RPS Direct Update - February 26, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Today was especially joyous for me, as I had the privilege of presiding over our first-ever Mid-Year Graduation for students from the 2020, 2019, and 2018 classes who have returned to earn their diplomas. These 25 young people have redefined what it means to persevere and we are immensely proud of them! The ceremony today is a result of more than a year's worth of work to find students who left RPS, re-engage them through new programs like Con Ganas (With Determination), and support them through every last obstacle. Please join me in thanking the RPS teachers, counselors, administrators, and support staff – along with the students' families! – for making today possible.

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  • RPS Direct Update - February 25, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I'm thrilled to share that we have a new Chief Operating Officer joining RPS on March 1! Alana Gonzalez has spent her entire career helping government agencies work more efficiently and more equitably. She's coming to us from New York, where she served as Executive Director of Community Reconstruction and Infrastructure for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. In this role, she led over 300 recovery and resiliency projects for NY communities affected by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Hurricane Lee. Ms. Gonzalez also held various roles, including Chief of Staff to the General Manager, at the New York City Housing Authority, which provides affordable housing to more than 400,000 low- to moderate-income New Yorkers.

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