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Dr. Shaw sent a letter to parent emails Wednesday, May 18, 2016 with an end of semester message
                               May 18, 2016 letter - English
                               May 18, 2016 lett​er - Spanish

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2016 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS SOCCER TEAM 
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​Final Exams & Early Release Days Monday, May 23-Thursday, May 26
During the four days of exams, the school day begins at 8:20am and ends at noon. Students take two exams each day. The last day of school is Thursday, May 26. 
                              ​ Exa​m Schedule ​



Anticipate Failing a Spring Semester Class?
Credit Recovery Program Registration Ends May 27
Students who anticipate failing certain spring semester classes with a grade of 60-69 may be eligible for a special credit repair program. Credit Recovery Sessions will take place on campus June 2-7. 
Students interested in remediation may sign up online through this link beginning Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27

NOTE: online registration is ONLY ​open May 23-27

Dir​ect any questions to Assistant Principal Gladys Peoples (PeoplesG@fultonschools.org​)

Consult the information letter to determine which courses are eligible for credit repair



​Sandy Springs Police Free Teen Driving Class Wednesday, May 25
Sandy Springs Police Headquarters, 6-8:15pm
For parents and teens. The class is best suited for new drivers ages 14-1/2 to 17. Topics covered include Crash Dynamics, Occupant Protection, Joshua's Law, and Distracted Driving. Contact Sergeant Dan Nable to enroll at 770-551-3311 or email sandyspringsteens@gmail.com





​Georgia Department of Education 2014-15 CCRPI Results
College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI)

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Georgia Department of Driver Services Certificates of Attendance
Students, please allow several working days for the school staff to process Certificates of Attendance. The front office cannot process incomplete forms. The school processing fee is $2.
                      Georgia DDS Attendance Form​  ​​


 

Parking/Safety Notice:  Driveway Access Behind the School is Off Limits
Do not use the access road behind the school for any reason, even after school or on weekends. The road is for emergency vehicles ONLY. Parents, please pick up students in front of the school – either in the front circle by the globe, or after school hours in front of the tournament gym once bus lanes are clear. Students, do not move cars closer to the gym or track after school.  

 



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News, Honors, and Accomplishments
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Most Challenging High Schools 2016 Report
Congratulations to all Raider students and teachers. The Washington Post ranked Riverwood #3 in Fulton County, #14 in Georgia, and #321 in the United States among all high schools.   learn ​more






2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced
​Congratulations to Pascal Acree, Valedictorian, and Kyle Weil, Salutatorian. Graduation 2016 is at 3pm on Thursday, May 26, at the Cobb Energy Centre.


​Valedictorian Pascal Acree (pictured right) will attend Johns Hopkins in the fall. He plans to study Biomedical Engineering.

Salutatorian Kyle Weil (pictured left) will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall. He plans to study Economics​.






Hinton Named Gates Millennium Scholar

Congratulations to Senior Mariah Hinton for being selected as a 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar. She will attend Florida State University in the fall. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Hinton receives a full scholarship as well as​ mentoring, leadership training, travel, and networking opportunities. Only 1,000 high school seniors were selected out of 53,000 applicants.








Addams Family Wins Shuler Hensley Awards
More than 70 students participated in this year's spring musical as cast, crew, and pit band. "The Addams Family" was a huge success, selling out almost every one of its four performances. Congratulations to the Ensemble and Costumes for earning Honorable Mentions from the Shuler Hensley judges. 

Additionally, Sage Stacy and Kento Malm were selected to perform in the ensemble in the Shuler Hensley Awards Show, which was televised April 21, 2016.
                    





Flying Club News

Michelle Marin, Wesley Syme, Kyle Graves, and Amir Hadid (pictured L to R) flew from Gwinnett airport in April. Their flight went to out to Winder and Lake Lanier and back. Newcomers to the club this fall, Michelle Marin and Kyle Graves were able to fly three times during the school year. Freshman Amir Hadid also gained flight experience. Kyle Graves has flown several different aircraft and was able to fly about 90% of the April flight completely by himself. Alan Sohmer is the faculty sponsor.

Choral Groups Earn “Superiors” at Large Group Performance Evaluation
Congratulations to the Raider Choral groups for their outstanding performances at the Spring 2016 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE). It was a familiar and comfortable environment for the Beginners Choir, the Advanced Women's Choir combined with the Chamber Choir, the Men's Choir, and the Riverwood Singers, as Riverwood hosted the event on Monday, March 28. For the seventh consecutive year, every Raider choir received the highest rating of “Superior” in their performance.​ 

Goldfarb is National Merit Finalist
Congratulations to Senior David Goldfarb who, based on his stellar scores on the PSAT taken in October 2014, is a Finalist in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship competition. Goldfarb was one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program and is now one of around 7,400 students advancing to the finalist stage. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to compete for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.


 



Raider Marching Band Performance at 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl

The Raider Marching Band, along with select high school marching bands from around the country, performed in the halftime show of the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. Band director Carlos Rodriguez, assisted by several faculty and parent chaperones, led members of the Raider Marching Band and Color Guard to Orlando. The combined high school bands learned the halftime music and practiced together before performing at the December 29th bowl game between the #10 North Carolina Tar Heels and the #18 Baylor Bears. View a video of the band's halftime show, as well as​ photos from the four day trip, on the band's Facebook page (Riverwood Intl. Charter School Marching Band)


 
Graduation Rate Increases 8.3%
The Georgia Department of Education recently reported the Class of 2015 graduation rates for all schools. Congratulations to the faculty and to the members of the Class of 2015 for achieving an 89.6% graduation rate, an increase of 8.3% over the Class of 2014. The graduate rate measures the number of students who graduate within four years, adjusted for student transfers. Dr. Shaw's November Principal's Report to the Governance Council discusses the graduation rate as well as other school news:  Dr. Shaw's November 2015 PowerPoint Presentation


Riverwood Singers Selected for GMEA 2016 Convention

The Georgia Music Educator’s Association (GMEA) chose the Riverwood Singers to be one of only four high schools to perform at the January 2016 GMEA State Music Teacher’s Convention in Athens. The GMEA auditions the top choirs across the state to select the performers for ​its annual convention. The Riverwood Singers is an 18-member treble vocal ensemble and is the premier vocal group of the school’s five curricular choirs.​ ​




 

Class of 2016 Top Ten Announced
Congratulations to the Seniors with the highest GPA's in the class:  Pascal Acree, David Goldfarb, Shaina Goldfein, Harrison Lipsky, Morgan Martin, Fallon Parfaite, Samantha Stahlman, Josh Vayle, Kyle Weil & Kathryn Wyckoff.




Spring 2015 Honor Roll and Principal’s List Recognitions
Honor Roll students achieved a Spring 2015 semester cumulative average between 90-94.9 and were recognized Thursday, October 29. Principal’s List students earned a Spring 2015 semester cumulative grade point average of 95 or higher; they were honored Friday, October 30. ​Congratulations to these outstanding scholars for a successful semester and for their demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.

                        2015 Spring Honor ​Roll and Principal's List


 

Stahlman Receives Community Service Award

Congratulations to Senior Samantha Stahlman for winning the Princeton Club of Georgia’s annual Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award. This prestigious award honors metro Atlanta high school students who, through community involvement and personal initiative, best exemplify the ideals of service and volunteerism espoused by former President Woodrow Wilson. In an October 2015 ceremony at the State Capitol, Governor Nathan Deal presented the awards to the 11 winners.   

     Stahlman is on the front row second from the left




Raider Debate at Chattahoochee Tournament
The Raiders competed at Chattahoochee High School Saturday, September 26, 2015. On the JV level, Saya Abney and Julia Dias took third place. Individually, Abney was 6th and Dias was 9th speaker. On the Novice level, the team was collectively 11-19. While none of the Raider teams placed, the win rate more than doubled from 16% to 36% from the previous tournament​ at Emory. Zack Feldberg is the Faculty Sponsor; Blake Tanase​ is the Debate Coach.


 
Chick-Fil-A Tour:  From Headquarters to Kitchen
Around 20 members of the Raider Chapter of the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) toured the Chick-fil-A headquarters in College Park as well as the Sandy Springs restaurant on September 23, 2015. The headquarters tour provided a glimpse of the corporate operations while the tour of the Roswell Road kitchen during lunch rush hour was eye-opening! The students learned about new menu items under consideration and also about some old favorites which may be removed. A box lunch was the perfect ending to the field trip. Faculty sponsor of the Culinary Club is Chef Elissa Oliver.​


 
Raider Debate Wins 1st Place Awards
The Raider Debate Team is off to a tremendous start with several first place medals in their first competition of the year. The team participated in the Emory University Barkley​ Forum Novice/JV debate over Labor Day weekend. Congratulations to Sophomores Saya Abney and Julia Dias for their first place win as a JV Team. In the individual competition, Abney won 1st Speaker and Dias placed 4th Speaker. 

 
Congratulations also to Freshmen team members Malcolm Aquebor, Joi Bailey, Isabelle Balaban, Miyel Caldwell, Aida Geuye, Lauren Lockhart, Cecilia Palmar, Nakhari Quinn, Brittany Rhodes, Kiara Simmons, Lillian Weinstein, and Atreyana Wiggins for competing in their first Novice Debate Tournament. The Raiders are proud of these six novice teams.​ The Faculty Sponsor is Zack Feldberg and Blake Tanase​ is the Debate Coach.



Youth Leadership Sandy Springs Inducts 13 Raiders
Congratulations to the Raiders inducted into fifth Youth Leadership Sandy Springs class on August 13, 2015. David Antoniono, Dori Balser, Mary-Crawford Essinger, Julia Grace Jones, Lesly Organista, Ben Segal, Brian Smith, Christopher Sprung, Anna Thomas, Inara Valliani, Joseph Virgin, Taylor Williams, and Laura Zamora join 27 students from ten other local schools for a year of leadership training and civic engagement programs​. 

 

 

 


Goldfarb is​ Winship Cancer Institute Summer Scholar
Congratulations to Senior David Goldfarb (Class of 2016) for being selected to participate in the 2015 Winship Cancer Institute Summer Scholars Program at Emory University. The six-week program introduces students to the fields of biochemistry, microbiology, and medicine. In addition, the program provides students the opportunity to explore and discover the interconnectivity of various scientific fields.

Students in the program partner with an active researcher affiliated with Emory University and develop their own project to investigate and present at a concluding symposium. Goldfarb's work focused on the regulation of proteins, particularly NTG1, involved in Base Excision Repair: a method of DNA repair. 


 

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SPLOST is on the May 24, 2016 ballot
​Continued SPLOST funding impacts Riverwood:  Phase II of the Riverwood renovation is one of the many projects planned to be funded by the next Fulton County Sch​ools SPLOST. Please take time to learn more about SPLOST and cast an educated vote on May 24, 2016

Message from Fulton County Schools: Fulton’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) has accomplished much during the past five years. Some of the projects completed since 2012 include:  five new or replacement schools opened, four middle school additions completed, 33 elementary school playgrounds and 23 gyms replaced, new security cameras installed in all district buses, visitor access controls installed in all schools, and more than 20,000 computers refreshed or deployed to teachers, schools, and employees. 

           Learn more

Investing in Fulton’s future:  one penny at a time.

Election Day May 24, 2016​

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Spring Semester 2016 Testing
Georgia Milestones, AP & IB tests, and Final Exam schedules are on the Calendar page​

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Raiders 2016 Summer Sports Camps 
The Raiders are offering a variety of camps this summer:  Basketball, Football, Lacrosse, Volleyball, & Wrestling.

Learn more about dates, age requirements, and costs

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WARNING​:
Construction Site Next Door

The former Heards Ferry Elementary school property next door is now a construction site. Please do not attempt to enter the construction zone.

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School Communications:  Learn how to Stay Connected & Stay Informed​
 
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​Visit the Principal's Notes Page
to keep up with the latest news from Dr. Shaw:​
 

 
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​​Fundraisers & Service Projects
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Metro Atlanta Coupon Booklet, $20

Support the Band and Orchestra by purchasing a North Atlanta Coupon Booklet with discounts to a variety of ​Metro Atlanta merchants &​ attractions.Contact any Band or Orchestra student, Band Director Carlos Rodriguez (RodriguezC@fultonschools.org), or Booster President Andrea Galiano (ajoy@bellsouth.net)


A​mazonSmile   
Log into AmazonSmile​ and designate the "Riverwood High School Foundation" before shopping on the entire Amazon site. Amazon donates a percentage of all eligible purchases to the Foundation
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Kroger Community Rewards
Shop at Kroger and support the Raiders. Already have a Kroger Plus card? Register online to designate the Riverwood High School Foundation (organization number 14852​) and start shopping.  Need a Kroger Plus card, or need ​more information? Sign up at Kroger.com/communityrewards

Publix Partner Cards: Free partner cards available in the school front office. Every purchase made at Publix counts; for every $37,500 spent, Riverwood receives $250.



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