Career Fair 8am-12pm, Tournament Gym, Friday, March 7
More than 75 businesses will be on hand Friday morning to inspire and educate students. Students will have an opportunity to research summer jobs, internships and careers in a variety of fields. Some of the companies represented include Turner Broadcasting, UPS, and even the National Park Service and local Fire and Police departments. The 2014 Career Fair is sponsored by the Riverwood Foundation in conjunction with the Sandy Springs Education Force. For more information, contact parent volunteer and Foundation President Pam Jones (email@example.com) Students, please carpool or ride the bus on Friday. With more than 75 companies sending representatives to campus, parking will be extremely limited. Remember, students may not park at Heards Ferry Elementary, nor on surrounding surface streets.
2014-15 Academic Catalogue & Scheduling
Scheduling for next year's classes is underway. Due to snow days, Parent Scheduling Night for parents of current 9th-11th grade students moved to Wednesday, March 12.
To learn more about the process and timelines for this year, visit the Academic Catalog & Scheduling Page
The Wedding Singer comes to campus for four great shows March 13-16, 2014
Thursday, March 13, Friday March 14 and Saturday, March 15 at 7pm
Matinee performance Sunday, March 16, 3pm
Tickets $8.00 Students/ $12.00 Adults
Tickets on sale in advance during all school lunches the week of March 10.
Box Office opens 45 minutes before curtain.
The setting is 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart, played by Senior Jake Berne, is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiancée Linda, played by Senior Mila Freeman, leaves him at the altar. The spring musical features a large ensemble as well as a student pit band.
Middle Years Programme (MYP) Survey for Students and Parents
Middle Years Programme (MYP) is the educational framework for all 9th
and 10th grade students at Riverwood. As part of an official evaluation of the program by the International Baccalaureate
Organization, the administration requests stakeholder feedback. Stakeholders (parents, students, and faculty) are encouraged
to examine the following PowerPoint explaining the MYP Evaluation
Process and take the brief online survey. The survey closes March 21, 2014. Contact MYP Coordinator Kendra Hanson with any questions (HansonK1@fultonschools.org)
MYP Programme Evaluation Process .pdf
International Journal Publishes Science Fair Project
The International Journal of Sports Science and Engineering published Sophomore Pascal Acree's
science fair project in its March 2013 edition. Acree's project, which he undertook during his Freshman year, studied tennis racquet parameters
in relation to a junior (youth) tennis player's swing.
A tennis player since elementary school,
Acree was concerned about the optimal age to transition to an adult
Learn more about his project and read the publication in The News and Media Gallery
Band Earns "Superiors" at 2014 Large Group Performance Evaluation
Raider Band, under the direction of Mr. Carlos Rodriguez, traveled to
Cambridge High School at the end of February for this year's Georgia
Music Educators Association (GMEA) performance evaluation.
Congratulations to the band for earning an overall "Superior" rating and
a "Superior" in Sightreading.
SkillsUSA Team Wins Third Place in Broadcast News
The 2014 SkillsUSA Region 3 competition
took place at the Atlanta Technical College on Friday, February 7.
SkillsUSA competitions can include over 100 categories. A few of the
areas of interest to the Raider students were Cinema, Promotional
Video, Audio/Radio Broadcasting, Photography, and hardest of all,
Broadcast News. The Raider delegation of almost a dozen students
tested their skills in several areas and the highlight of the day was
their exciting third place award in Broadcast News.
Advanced Placement Test Results Earn Honors
Georgia Department of Education named Riverwood an AP Merit School, an AP STEM Achievement School, and an AP STEM School based on Spring 2013 AP test scores. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.
Read more in the News & Media Gallery
Orchestra Earns High Marks at Annual Competition
The 2014 Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) took place on Wednesday, February 19. The Orchestra, under the leadership of first year director Jovan DeShong, received high marks from the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) judges. In the performance evaluation, the Raiders were "Excellent" and they earned a "Superior" rating in sight reading.
SkillsUSA Day at the Capitol
Members of the Raiders SkillsUSA club
traveled to the Georgia State Capitol on Wednesday, February 5, 2014
to take part in the annual legislative event. The students observed
the General Assembly in action and had an opportunity to speak with
several legislators. State Representative Joe Wilkinson, whose
district includes the Riverwood campus, met with the Raider
delegation outside the legislative chambers. They also met Lt
Governor Casey Cagle. Read more in the News & Media Gallery
Georgia Thespian Conference 2014
Three teachers and a parent volunteer
chaperoned 21 Raiders to this year's ThesCon. Held in downtown
Columbus, students from all over the state converged the first
weekend of February for a full slate of workshops, performances, and
even college auditions. Sponsored by the Georgia Thespians, a chapter of the
Education Theatre Association, ThesCon encourages,
promotes, advocates and celebrates theatre excellence in schools and
Two Advance in National Merit
Achievement Scholar Qualifying
the six students named in the fall as semi-finalists, two are now
finalists. Congratulations to Christina Rhaney and India Smith for
this outstanding accomplishment. They join an elite group of
approximately 1,300 high school seniors from across the country as
finalists for academic scholarships. Scholarship notifications will
be made in early spring.
Visit www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php for more information.
Fall 2013 Honor Roll and Principal’s List Announced
Roll students achieved a cumulative average between 90-94.9 and will be
recognized during the school day on Tuesday, March 4. Principal’s List
students earned a cumulative grade point average of 95 or higher; they
will be recognized during the school day on Thursday, March 6.
Academic Superstars, students with a cumulative GPA of 98 and
higher, will also receive certificates. Congratulations to these
outstanding scholars for a successful semester
and for their demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.
2013 Fall Honor Roll and Principal's List
Andee Poulos named Honorary Patient Hero at Hope and Will Ball
2014 Hope and Will Ball, benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
(CHOA), took place at the St. Regis on February 3rd, 2014. CHOA prepared
a video tribute to Riverwood student Andee Poulos, which documents her
three year journey and recovery from a brain injury. View the video tribute
The Hope and Will Ball recognized Andee as the 2014 Honorary Patient
Hero. Congratulations, Andee. Riverwood is proud to join Andee's Army
by hosting the 3rd Annual Andee's Army 5K Run/Walk on March 22. Learn more about Andee's Army and register for the 5K
Guidance Counselor Wins National Award
Congratulations to Guidance Counselor
Michaelle Myrthil for receiving the University of Miami’s
Excellence in Counseling Award. As a winner, Mrs. Myrthil received an
all-expenses paid trip to the University of Miami to attend their
annual workshop at the end of January. The workshop weekend, which brings together guidance
counselors from around the country, included an
awards reception at the university president's home. Pictured at left
is Dr. Donna Shalala, University of Miami president, presenting Mrs.
Myrthil with her award. Mrs. Myrthil began her counseling career in
1997, and joined the Riverwood guidance staff in 2006. Read more about the award in the News & Media Gallery
2013-14 STAR Student and Teacher Announced
Congratulations to Ben Dolder, Riverwood’s 2013-14 STAR Student. The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Each high school STAR Student names a STAR Teacher; Ben’s STAR teacher is Language Arts faculty member Diane Kopkas. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top ten percent, or top ten students, of their class based on grade point average.
Read more in the News & Media Gallery
2014 Fulton County World Language Forum
The annual World Languages competition
took place at Westlake High School on Saturday, January 25. Raiders competed at various levels in four languages: Chinese,
French, Japanese and Spanish. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work and successes.
View the list of participants and their awards in the News & Media Gallery
Raiders Represent Yemen at Model Arab League
Marist hosted the 2014 Atlanta Regional
Model Arab League on January 23-24, 2014. Congratulations to Josh
Vale for winning the Outstanding Delegate on the Joint Defense
Council and to Zach Schreier for winning the Most Motivated and
Passionate in the Council on Political Affairs. Assigned to one of
22 countries, high school delegates took on this year's theme: Post
Conflict Resolution and Issues. Students investigated topics ranging
from “the principles and
management of military intervention by
regional and global actors in member states” to “the impact of
environmental degradation in current conflict zones on
agricultural industries and considering possible
Congratulations to all of the Raider delegates for their hard work
and success: Caroline Albright
, Blake Avrett
, Anton Hsu
, Erik Hsu
, David Kim, Sam Moss, Zach
Schreier, Danielle Stewart, and Josh Vayle. Social Studies teacher
Josh Williams is the faculty sponsor.
REMINDER: Driveway Access Behind School is Off Limits
Parents and Students cannot use the driveway adjacent to the gymnasiums
and behind the school at any time. The access is for emergency vehicles
only. Parents, please pick up students at the front circle near the
main entrance to the school. After school hours, once the bus lane is
clear, students may be picked up at the sidewalk near the entrance to
Santoro Voted Region 7-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year
to Athletic Director Mike Santoro for being selected the Region 7-AAAAA
Athletic Director of the Year by the High School principals in the
Four Posse Scholars in Class of 2014
Alexis Bailey, Mae Davis, Ammar
Haque and India Smith for being chosen 2014 Posse Scholars. The Posse
Foundation honored them at a reception at the Fox Theatre Egyptian
Ballroom in December. Each Posse Scholar receives a four year, full
tuition scholarship from the Foundation.
Alexis Bailey and Ammar Haque will attend Texas A&M University; Mae
Davis and India Smith will attend Boston University. Read the January 9, 2014 article in the Sandy Springs Patch
2014 All-State Chorus News
Seven Raiders passed the first, and
most difficult, round of auditions for the 2014 All-State Chorus.
These young men and women went through a rigorous audition process
which included music theory, challenging sight reading examples,
performing prepared solos, and scales. Congratulations and best wishes to
Matthew Boatwright, Abby Gibson, Amelia Holley, Ellen Murray, Callaway Powlus, Jasmine Smith, and
Carolyn Wright. Read more in the News & Media Gallery
12 Raiders Advance as Governor's Honors
Congratulations to the following
Raiders who advanced through the application and interview
process to be named GHP semi-finalists: Pascal Acree – Biology,
Garon Berenson – Technology, Sarah Hamer - Executive Management,
Max Kantor - Theatre Performance, Sadaf Mirzai - Social Studies,
Lucy Mulkeen - Music/Voice (Soprano), Ellen Murray - Music/Voice
(Soprano), Callaway Powlus - Music/Voice (Soprano), Tianna Seidel -
Theatre Performance, Madeline Sibert - Music/Voice (Alto), Jasmine
Smith - Music/Voice (Alto), and Christine Tye – Technology. Read more in the News & Media Gallery
Six 2014 National Merit Achievement Scholar Semifinalists Named
Congratulations to (pictured L to R) Divanna Eckels, Sterling Conyers, Kyana Roussell, Christina Rhaney, India Smith, Jade Eckels for being selected as
semifinalists in the 2014 National Achievement Program. They join an elite group of approximately 1,600 high school seniors from across the country as semifinalists for academic scholarships. Visit www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php for more information.
Seniors Dolder and Vear named National Merit Semifinalists
to Seniors Benjamin Dolder and Edward Vear for being selected as
semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. They
were identified through exceptionally high scores on the PSAT, which
they took as juniors. As semifinalists, the students now must fulfill
several requirements in order to advance to the finalist round. They
must have a record of high academic performance, be endorsed and
recommended by their school leadership, and earn SAT scores that
confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. The students must
also complete a detailed scholarship application, which includes an
essay and information about participation and leadership in school
and community activities. Finalists are named in the winter;
scholarship winners in the spring.
Dana Munson named Georgia Art Teacher of the Year
to faculty member Dana Munson for being named the 2013-14 Georgia Art
Educator of the Year by the Georgia Art Education Association. She will
accept this honor at the October GAEA convention in Savannah.