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Principal's Message


As members of our vibrant school community, you play a crucial role in shaping the positive culture and environment at River Springs. Let us take a moment to reflect on the core values that guide us—the Gator Way.

  • Growing and Learning: Each day, you step into our hallways with the opportunity to learn, explore, and expand your horizons. Whether it’s mastering algebraic equations, experimenting in science class, or writing a persuasive essay, remember that growth happens when you embrace challenges. Be curious, ask questions, and never shy away from seeking knowledge.
  • Achieving Success: Success is not just about acing a test or winning a game—it’s about the journey. Set goals for yourself, both academically and personally. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. Remember that success is not a solitary pursuit; it’s a collective effort. Lift each other up, celebrate your classmates’ victories, and be a source of encouragement.
  • Taking Responsibility: As middle school students, you are transitioning into young adults. With this transition comes increased responsibility. Be accountable for your actions, whether it’s turning in homework on time, treating others with kindness, or taking care of our school environment. Remember that responsibility extends beyond the classroom—it’s about being a responsible citizen of our community.
  • Being Open-Minded: Our diverse student body brings together various perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. Embrace this diversity. Be open-minded, willing to listen, and eager to learn from one another. Engage in respectful dialogue, even when opinions differ. Remember that growth occurs when we step outside our comfort zones.
  • Respect: Treat others as you would like to be treated. Respect your peers, teachers, staff, and everyone you encounter. Kindness goes a long way. Hold the door open for someone, offer a smile, and practice empathy. Remember that respect is the foundation of a harmonious school community.
  • Striving to Be Safe: Safety is our top priority. Follow safety protocols, whether it’s during fire drills, lab experiments, or sports activities. Look out for one another. If you see someone struggling, lend a helping hand. Together, we create a safe and secure environment where everyone feels valued.

In conclusion, the Gator Way isn’t just a set of rules—it’s a way of life. Let’s embody these values every day, both within our school walls and beyond. As you navigate middle school, remember that you are part of a supportive family—the River Springs Gator family.

Wishing you a fantastic academic journey filled with growth, laughter, and memorable moments.

Go Gators!


Thomas Vaughan