It's hard to believe, but Spring Break is over, and we're into the final stretch of the year!

Thanks to all those who joined us for the educational forum on anxiety and to Dr. Robert Falk of Dominion Behavioral Healthcare who led the presentation and guided us through a mindfulness exercise.  

Color Splash just around the corner!  On April 29, we hope you will join us for our 5th Annual Color Splash Run which is a 2.5 mile non-competitive run/walk around the school.  Online registration is available here on the website.  Go to the homepage and click the registration button.  All funds raised go back to the school and to the Carrie Roarty Family Fund.  We hope to see you there!

The PTSO encourages the James River Community to observe Earth Day throughout the month of April.  Recycle old clothing, bags, linens and shoes by dropping them in the Clothing to Cash bin in the teacher parking lot.  Please don't let these items go to landfills!  

Keep in mind that it's not too late to support the PTSO.   If you have not yet joined, I encourage you to do so.  JRHS PTSO's overarching goal is to support the entire James River community--teachers, students and parents. Our school can only reach its full potential when the community is actively engaged in all aspects of its operation. If you haven't joined yet, I hope you will do so and help make James River High School the best it can be! 

Go Rapids!

Lynn Gittelman

JRHS PTSO President



Join us in our efforts to make James River High School the best high school in Chesterfield County!  


Some of the ways the PTSO supports the James River community are:

  • Faculty and staff appreciation luncheons
  • Golden Apple Awards for a teacher each month
  • Technology purchases, such as Promethean Boards and ActivSlates
  • Volunteering in the front office, counseling office and clinic
  • Assist at various events throughout the year, including Fee Day, Senior Picnic, Convocation and Homecoming
  • Senior scholarships for PTSO student members each year
  • Hosting fun events like Color Splash 


Here's how you can support James River High School and the PTSO: 

First--Become a member!  If you haven't done so already, join the James River PTSO and encourage your student(s) to join as well. The PTSO is the only organization in the school that supports every student and family at JRHS. Please click here to join.


Second--Support James River HS and PTSO programs by participating in our fundraisers--we have several options:

  • James River Tervis Tumblers can be purchased by clicking here—show your school spirit!
  • The Clothing to Cash Recycling Program—Bring your old clothing, shoes, linens, accessories and toys to the white bin in the teacher parking lot. James River gets paid for every pound collected, so the more you donate, the more the more the school makes! Whenever you’re cleaning out your closets throughout the year, please drop your donations in the bin. We accept all unwanted items including clothing, shoes, towels, tablecloths, etc. We accept all conditions, too – don’t worry about how ragged the towels are! Remember, the PTSO receives money based on the pounds of clothes recycled each month. Clothing to Cash sells the used items at their thrift stores or recycles them into rags or other items. Don’t wait for the school year to start – drop off your donations today!
  • Kroger Community Rewards Program:  Continue your support of James River PTSO every time you shop and use your Kroger Shopper's Card.  Just login in https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow  and select JRHS PTSO.  Kroger's "new year of giving" begins September 1, so sign up today!


Third--Support James River and the PTSO programs through a one-time financial contribution.

To supplement funds raised through membership dues and fundraisers, we also offer a "One Gift" Program.  Another option to the fundraisers, your "One Gift" contribution is tax-deductible and may be eligible for corporate Matching Gift Programs.  Contact your company’s HR department for more information.  Click here to make a One Gift donation.


Fourth--Get involved! 

High school is an important time to be engaged in your child's educational experience. There are ways to be involved, no matter how much time you have to offer.  After you join the PTSO, please complete and submit the Volunteer Form and someone from the PTSO Board will get back with youClick here to get more information.