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Welcome to our website!  White River Valley School District is proud to enter the 2020-21 school year, a year with plenty of unknowns and uncertainties, with plenty of choices for our students and their parents/guardians.  First, WRVSD, our Board of Education, our faculty, and our administration all believe that the best delivery method for learning is in-person learning with a highly qualified educator.  We understand, however, that in these times some parents might be anxious about sending their student into a group environment.  We have put together a good virtual curriculum package that will keep students on-task with their learning cohort, and it will be administered by our own faculty…not a teacher from another state who is unfamiliar with Indiana standards.

We are excited to be launching a number of new initiatives this year as we move into the implementation phase of our Regional Opportunity Initiative grant.  We will be immersing our students into more STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) academic programming as Mr. Jacob Graham takes over as our STEAM district coordinator.  We have added opportunities in the elementary and middle school through Project Lead the Way initiatives in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.  We are also training all PK-grade 8 teachers/staff in the Trust-Based Relational Intervention program to help our students with trauma and other tough situations in their lives.

It will be an exciting year at White River Valley High School as well.  The Wolverine Enterprises, a series of six student-led businesses, will be launched for all juniors and seniors.  This focus on the building of our local workforce talent will help give students entrepreneurial skills, soft skills, and a focus on future careers.  Through our acceptance into the Conexus Apprenticeship program, opportunities to gain actual salaries for their work is a great learning feature for our students.  It really will be “earn, while you learn!”  Freshmen and Sophomore students will be participating in eight different LIFE mini-courses to gain “real life” experiences that aren’t always taught in the classroom.  Topics like financial literacy, etiquette, car maintenance, resume writing, application completion, SAT/ACT preparation are among the mini-course curricula.  2020-2021 will also see the implementation of our Advanced Placement TIP grant launch through the University of Notre Dame.  New AP program offerings will continue to build the rigor in our courses that will help students prepare for life after high school.

We are all concerned with student safety in the midst of the pandemic.  If we can partner with families to self-check students prior to their arrival at school, we can make sure that students have great academic, social, and emotional experiences as we build our local talent towards future success.  We are prepared to go all-virtual, if necessary, as teachers have been working in technology training all summer.

At White River Valley, we GROW DREAMS!!!  Let’s work together to give our students genuine experiences that will lead to post-secondary success!!


Dr. Bob Hacker, superintendent


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