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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 csears2@rvaschools.net or 804.780.6028.

    Yours in service,

    Cherita H. Sears

    Thomas Jefferson High School

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District Announcements

  • RPS Civic Voices Town Hall - Please join us on our Facebook page at 6pm Wednesday, December 2nd for our next RPS Civic Voices Town Hall! The event will be moderated by our very own Mr. Rodney Robinson and will feature RPS educators, community leaders, and advocates engaging in a discussion about recruiting and investing in male teachers of color.

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  • RPS Family Academy - With live workshops and a virtual resource library, the Family Academy provides RPS families and advocates the opportunity to connect with each other and get engaged with our childrens' education and future. Learn more and register for upcoming sessions here.

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  • Winter Break Meal Packs - RPS School Nutrition Services will be providing 5-Day Meal Packs including breakfast and lunch items before RPS closes for Winter Break from December 21st to January 1st! There will be no meal distribution during Winter Break. Click here to pre-order your Meal Pack by November 30th!

     
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  • Reopening Survey - RPS Families and Staff, please complete our Second Semester Reopening Survey by December 7th! The survey for families is available in English and Spanish, and we have a separate survey for school-based staff.

     
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  • Open Enrollment and School Applications - The school application window for open enrollment, specialty schools, and regional governor’s schools is now open! Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2020 at 4:30 PM. To learn more about the application process, and to get started, visit the RPS Enroll Portal.

     
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  • #RPSLove Store - Show your #RPSLove and check out our new Bonfire store with t-shirts, hoodies, masks and more! All proceeds and donations benefit our schools, teachers and instructional assistants, and local racial justice, housing, and food support non-profits.

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  • #ReopenWithLove - For the latest information and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution and other critical information.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helplne at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

     
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  • Free Flu Shots - RPS is offering free flu shots on November 18th at MLK Middle School and December 2nd at Huguenot High School from 1pm-4pm. Learn more!

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - November 30, 2020

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share that seven staff members and four students have tested positive for COVID-19: Academic Office – 2 staff members (last at City Hall on 10-28) J.L. Francis Elementary School – 1 student (not physically present this academic year) Maymont Preschool – 1 staff member (not physically present this academic year) Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School – 1 student (not physically present this academic year) Richmond Alternative School – 1 student (not physically present this academic year) River City Middle School – 1 staff member (last there on 11-17) Thomas Jefferson High School – 2 staff members (one was last there on 10-21) and 1 student (not physically present this academic year) YMCA Facilitated Learning Center at Miles J. Jones Elementary School – 1 staff member (last there on 11-24; as a result, entire site closed until 12-9) Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501.

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  • RPS Direct Update - November 24, 2020 (PM)

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Well, I said "flood" my inbox with shout outs – and flood you did! Thank you for sharing more than 100 beautiful messages of appreciation for our teachers, administrators, support staff, partners, families, and students. (I encourage you to read all the way to the end, as the last one is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.) I can't express how much these words of support, encouragement, and gratitude mean to the recipients. On behalf of RPS, thank you to everyone who wrote in! Before I sign off for the holiday break, I also want to express my profound gratitude to our principals, teachers, and support staff. Since March 13, you have delivered more than 2 million meals, purchased and distributed over 20,000 Chromebooks, facilitated more than 30,000 community circles, and literally reinvented what it means to be a teacher – all with boundless love for our students and families. In short, you have demonstrated that RPS is capable of doing truly extraordinary things. This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for you. With the deepest appreciation, Jason

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