Principal's Message

Mr. Charles Rinkes

Charles Rinkes
Principal ~ River View High School

Dear Parents and Students at River View High School:


On behalf of the staff and faculty of River View High School I want to welcome you back to school for the 2019-2020 school year!  I have no doubt this will be a tremendous year at River View High School. Everyday, the students and staff engage in the process of learning and growing. Our mission statement at the high school says as much; “To achieve educational excellence and to build productive citizens by teaching students the skills for lifelong learning and success.”


We have three focuses that relate back to our mission statement for this school year. All three are concepts that will not only aid our students while they are in high school but also later in life as they make decisions on the job and with their families.

Focus Areas:   The Black Bear Code

  1. Control your 20 Square Feet- Be the best version of you.

  2. E+R=O  The event plus your response equals the outcome. The only thing you can control is your response. Use Above the Line Thinking - intentional, less emotional to lead to a better response.

  3. Serve Others to create a better You - Givers Gain in this world.


You will hear me refer to these ideas as we make our way through the school year. My goal as the principal of the building is to create an environment where both students and staff can reach their fullest potential each day. Yes, it is a lofty goal, but one that both Mr. Turnbull and myself believe in very much.  


There are great opportunities for our students at River View High School. We have created an environment that involves students in opportunities to provide what they need to be productive citizens when they graduate from RVHS. These four years should be a training ground for what comes next, whether that is the work force, a certificate program or a college degree. Our students need to be prepared for the world after River View.


We also recognize the needs of many of our students have at RVHS which is why we have embraced learning so much about Trauma Informed Care over the past year and a half.  This year the staff will be doing a common book study on trauma and the needs our students have along with further exploring our PBIS Model (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) for our school and each classroom.  As our community changes our school must meet the needs or our students both academically and socially. We hope we can be a partner with our families to meet those needs and get students to graduation and beyond.  


Senior Projects with Community Mentors, Community Service Letters earned by students in all grades, the “I Believe” Leadership Program, our Leadership Enrichments, the FFA Business Management class, and over fourteen College Credit Plus courses at RVHS are some opportunities that make us competitive and undoubtedly contributed to our recognition in US News and World Report. You can be proud that your student attends one of the best high schools in Ohio. Be proud! Be a Black Bear!  


Have a great school year and don’t hesitate to call with questions or concerns.


C. Rinkes, Principal



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