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Principal's Message

Welcome Jaguars to school year 2017-2018 !

Jaguars are on the move! This is my fourth year as the proud principal of Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School. I am elated and am looking forward to another successful school year. I believe that we have a recipe for success because of our dedication to this profession. At RHHS, we are all teachers by the work we do. “A college degree and a teaching certificate define a person as a teacher, but it takes hard work and dedication to be one” Paul McClure.

Ridgeland-Hardeeville High will continue to “Name, Claim, Believe, and Achieve Success”. We are excited about the upcoming school year. We are privileged to have three seasoned administrators. All twenty-four of my years in education have been right here in Jasper County. I graduated from high school here in the 80’s and came back here after college to start my career. Assistant Principal Dr. L.R. Dinkins has been employed by JCSD for more than 15 years. He will work specifically with 9th and 10th graders. Dr. Marlyn Westbrook has worked in the county  previously and is assigned to 10th and 11th graders. In addition to 2 assistant principals, the Jaguar Family is elated to have Ms. Joanne Owens to join the family as our Instructional Coach.  We have several new staff members aboard this year. I know they all will be great assets to our Jaguar family.

Head School Counselor, Mrs. Cheryl Dopson, will continue to oversee all counselors and work with students whose last names begin with letters A-H. School Counselor, Ms. Cynthia Hasty, will continue to work very closely with the other counselors and students whose last names begin with letters I-Z.

All students will have at least 2 advisors, their homeroom teacher and a guidance counselor. Additionally, some students will work with youth counselors and our seniors have GEAR UP coaches. The objective of the advisors and counselors is to monitor students and keep them on track to meet their academic and career goals.

We will continue with our 4x4 block schedule, 4 classes per semester for a total of 8 classes in a school year. Additionally, credit recovery classes via the computer lab and dual enrollment courses will be offered to qualified students. Two more Advance Placement (AP) courses have been added to our master schedule along with another computer lab. We are committed to doing all we can to pursue our vision: "To become a high school of excellence in preparing students to excel in a global society".

We look forward to support from all stakeholders (parents, community leaders, elected officials, business partners, etc.) as we continue to move JCSD forward. I thank you in advance for your collaborative efforts for a successful school year.


Dr. Karen G. Parker, Principal