Hi Rapids Families!
Welcome to returning and new families, students, and staff! As we start a new school year, we are excited to continue to return to normalcy for the students. teachers, and staff at JRHS as much as possible. We were largely a brand new PTSO Board last year as we navigated the new way of doing things thanks to COVID. We managed to help with the Fall Dance (Homecoming) and senior events, have quite a few fundraisers (Krispy Kreme sales, Spirit Night at Chicano Boy, the Grade Level Coin War), award two $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors, and show the staff how much we appreciate them with luncheons and treats throughout the year! We were able to do this with only 250 students, staff and parents joining the PTSO. Pre-COVID, we had 1500 to over 2000 members and we hope to return to those numbers again this year with a goal of AT LEAST 1000 members for the 2022-23 school year! Please consider joining and volunteering to help us make this a great school year at JRHS!
The PTSO awards scholarships to deserving seniors, supports school needs (including classrooms, the
library, etc.), provides support for annual activities like the International Flag Ceremony, speakers for students and families, faculty and staff appreciation events, and provides volunteers for activities throughout the year, such as Homecoming, prom, senior events, and grade level awards. Other ways that you can support the PTSO include signing up for Kroger Community Rewards and using JRHS PTSO as the recipient, donate your unwanted clothing, bedding, etc. to the Clothing for Cash Program (the bin for this is in the JRHS parking lot), and signing up for Smile Amazon, which also donates a portion of your purchase to the PTSO. Another great way to support the PTSO is to volunteer to help out when you see a PTSO sign up.
James River is a GREAT high school and we want that to show to existing familes, new families and the community! We would love to have you join the JRHS PTSO and be a part of your child’s high school experience. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me at