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 2018-19 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.”


It has been a very difficult summer for many of our students and families.  With two tragedies in our student body and other issues involving both current and former students, RVHS students and staff have had to stand strong with the families involved.  We mourn the lost of life but know they will never be forgotten as a member of Black Bear Nation.


We have three focuses 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 family.

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 Mentoring Program, where students job-shadow a professional, and through our FFA Program our Agricultural and Environmental Capstone where students complete 300 hours of work experience in an agricultural related position RVHS students will be ready for the world ahead of them.


This year we are working at creating more Mentoring opportunities for our students at RVHS.  From students on Success Plans, to adults in the building being assigned a mentee to community members coming into the school to build relationships with students, mentoring has be been proven to a trait of successful students and adults.


At RVHS Senior Projects, Community Service Letters earned by students in all grades, the “I Believe” Leadership program, our Leadership Enrichments, and over eleven 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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