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Georgia Cyber Safety Initiative Parent Program
Thursday, February 26
Presented by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation
at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, 7-9pm

Parents from the entire community are invited to this special online safety program at the Holy Innocents' Epis​copal School Fine Arts Building. While the event is FREE, please RSVP to ensure that enough materials are on hand.          GA CSI Event Flyer

Fall 2014 Principal’s List Recognition February 27

Principal’s List students earned a Fall 2014 semester cumulative grade point average of 95 or higher; they will be recognized in the Auditorium during Advisement on ​Friday, February 27Congratulations to these outstanding scholars for a successful semester and for their demonstrated commitment to academic excellence. Honor Roll recognition postponed due to snow days. ​Any questions? Contact Assistant Principal Thomas Garrett (GarrettT1@fultonschools.org​​) or Head Counselor Sally Page (PageS@fultonschools.org​)

                   ​2014 Fall Honor Roll and Principal's List​​ (revised)



Black History Month Celebration
Shades of Black:  Honoring Our Collective Past
 Friday, February 27
Cafeteria, 4-5:30pm, $2 donation requested
Sponsored by the State of the Arts and the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) Clubs. Celebrating the Diversity of African Heritage:  African-American, Afro-Latino, Caribbean, and Continental African through cuisine, music (live DJ), crafts, visual displays, and cultural artifacts. Faculty sponsor Heather Ingram (Ingram@fultonschools.org)



SAT Prep Class (For May SAT) Begins February 28
The Princeton Review, in partnership with Fulton County Schools, is accepting registration now for a spring 2015 SAT prep program which begins Saturday, February 28. A special discounted price of $125 includes classroom instruction, two in-class proctored practice exams, access to online drills, and a booklet of additional practice tests. Visit www.princetonreview.com to register; use promo code ATLFCSPSHIP to receive the discount. Visit the Counseling Center to learn more and to inquire about scholarships.​  Princeton Review ​Flyer February 2015



Youth Leadership Sandy Springs Applications Due March 4, 2015

Open to current Freshmen (Class of 2018) and Sophomores (Class of 2017) interested in participating in​ community leadership opportunities. Applications due March 4, 2015 www.leadershipsandysprings.org/ylss


College Financial Aid Program Thursday, March 5, 2015
Auditorium, 7pm
Sponsored by the Counseling Center for parents of seniors. Learn about Financial Aid options for college. Presented by The Princeton Review. Any questions? Contact Head Counselor Sally Page (PageS@fultonschools.org)  NOTE:  Rescheduled from February 17.

Sandy Springs Education Force Community STEM​ Event
Thursday, March 5 at North Springs High School, 5:30-8pm
NOTE:  Rescheduled from February 26. ​Parents, students, business, civic and community members are invited to attend a Communication Technology evening. The Sandy Springs Education Force, in partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute, is sponsoring cutting edge exhibits and presentations.


Career Fair Friday, March 6, 2015
The 3rd Annual Career Fair, sponsored by the Riverwood Foundation, is Friday, March 6 from 8am-12pm in the Tournament Gym. 

​Last year, over 90 businesses and post-secondary schools participated; many Raiders made connections for jobs and internships.

Businesses wishing to participate, and adults willing to volunteer, should contact  ricscareerfair@hotmail.com


Student Mock Interview Workshops Friday, March 13
Sign up through Mrs. Smith (Room 809) to take part in the Mock Interview Workshops taking place at North Springs High School. The event, sponsored in part by the Sandy Springs Education Force, will help students develop job application and interviewing skills. Students are out of school on the 13th as it is a school holiday; the workshops run from 8:30am-noon. ​
              ​Job Application & Interview Workshop Flyer


Spring Musical "Once Upon a Mattress"
March 19-22, 2014
Evening shows Thursday, March 19 - ​Saturday, March 21 at 7pm
Matinee performance Sunday, March 22, 3pm
Tickets $8 Students/$12 Adults
​Box Office opens 45 minutes before curtain


Marching Band Information Night Wednesday, March 25
For all interested and returning marching band members and parents. Meet with Band Director Carlos Rodriguez (RodriguezC@fultonschools.org). Learn about marching band, drumline, and color guard auditions, tryouts, mandatory summer camp dates, etc. Also on the agenda will be the December 2015 trip to the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando.


Georgia Department of Education Parent Survey Ends March 27, 2015
The Georgia Parent Survey is a 24-question online survey used to help measure the quality of and perception of every school across the state. The survey is anonymous; the number of participants as well as the results feed into the school's Climate Star Rating, which is part of the College and Career Readiness Performance Indicator (CCRPI) Scorecard. Access the link using a computer, tablet, or any smart device: http://apps.gado​e.org/sc​hoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp
 

Chorus to Sing​ National Anthem at Braves Game Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The Chorus will sing the National Anthem at 7pm prior to the Braves game vs. the Washington Nationals. Special ticket pricing for Raider fans, families, & friends. Please purchase tickets through the Raider Chorus program. Ticket information coming soon.​


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. ​


News, Honors, and Accomplishments


Lila Claire Best Wins School's 1st Girls State Swim Championship

Swimmers Set Seven New School Records at 2015 State Swim Meet
The Raiders sent 23 members of the Swim and Dive team to the 2015 State Championships held at the Georgia Tech Natatorium the weekend of February 5-7. Senior Lila Claire Best won the first Girls State Championship event in school history with her school record-setting time in the 200 freestyle. Six other school records fell over the weekend in both individual and relay events.  Congratulations to the Boys and the Girls teams for a great season.
           Read about the record-setting 20​15 State Championship Swim meet


Science Project Wins 1st Place at Region and Heads to State Competition
Kenzie Fisher’s project “Power Output of Graphene Super Capacitors in Comparison to Capacitors” won first place in the Chemistry Division of the January 2015 Fulton County Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Westlake High School hosted the Region Fair January 30-31, 2015. Fisher's winning project was one of only five chosen to advance from the Fulton Regional Fair ​to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF). The GSEF is in March in Athens. Fisher will have the opportunity to share her research with some of the top scientists in Georgia and to compete for awards and scholarships. Congratulations also to Kendell and Sydney Laws for winning second place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division for their project “Musical Appetite.”​



Junior Selected to Speak at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service
The 47th Annual King Holiday observance took place at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday, January 19. Among those honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were several students of international descent. Congratulations to Junior Nina Garibaldi for being chosen to participate in the celebration.​ Garibaldi, wearing native regalia, read excerpts from Dr. King’s writings. Fox 5 Atlanta televised the event live. 



Senior Named Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Senior Jaycie Emery for being named the January 2015 Work-Based Learning Employee of the Month. Emery works at Metro Atlanta Gastroenterology in their administrative office. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. Only 11th and 12th grade students are eligible to participate in Work-Based Learning. Interested students should contact Ms. Sheri Smith (Room 809) for more information about applying for Work-Based Learning during the 2015-16 school year.


Mock Trial Team Earns Region Commendations
The Raider Mock Trial Team enjoyed success at the 2015 Region 3 Competition held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Saturday, January 31. Each team fielded two squads: Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense during the day-long competition. The Raiders, under the guidance of coaches ​Mr. Evans, Mrs. Jones, and Mr. Alford, won commendations for both Outstanding Attorney (Caroline Albright, Nina Garibaldi, and Carolyn Stanek) and Outstanding Witness (Courtney Jeffers and Stephanie Piefke).


Model UN Wins Outstanding Delegation Award
The Raider Model United Nations team was very successful at the Model Arab League Conference held at the Marist School January 22-23, 2015. Representing Saudi Arabia, the Raiders finished in the top three out of 23 high schools. Additionally, the Raiders were one of only three teams to win an Outstanding Delegation award. The death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, which occurred during the two-day conference, presented the team a unique challenge to respond quickly to political change.
              Learn more in the News & Media Gallery​


FBLA ​Shines at 2015 Region Leadership Conference
The Raider Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter participated in the January 2015 Region Leadership Conference. Congratulations to the following FBLA students for advancing to the State Leadership Conference March 20th-21st:  Chandler Arney, Thaddeus Caldwell, Jordan Coleman, Liam Collins, Alexis Fuller, Max Goldstein, Ryan Graffagnino, Matt Gruenig, Sarah Hamer​, Jeffrey Hooks, Katie HornBayne Jarvis, Alex Koenig, Kendall Laws, Harrison Lipsky, Asher Newman, Nicole Nichols, Matthew Oliver, Marcelo Paiz, Cameron Sheele, Kian Smith, Daniel Steinberg, Brittany Thomas, Collins Vice, Kyle Weil, and Kara Wise.  ​​  Learn more in the News & Media Gallery​


Class of 2015 POSSE scholars
Congratulations to Taylor Hall (Boston University) and Jazondre Gibbs (Bard College) for receiving full four-year college scholarships from the Posse Foundation. Since 1989, the Posse Foundation has identified, recruited, and trained more than 4,000 public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential. These ​students—many of whom might have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes—receive full-tuition leadership scholarships. Of note, Posse Scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers.



Governor's Honors Semi-finalists
Congratulations to the ten Raiders chosen as semi-finalists for the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP). The next round of interviews will be in early 2015, and the finalists will be announced in March. GHP is a four week, all expenses paid residential academic program which brings together Georgia’s top students to study a variety of disciplines. Congratulations to Abby Gibson (Voice), Shaina Goldfein (Visual Arts), Mariah Hinton (Social Studies), Gabby Jackson (Voice), Kendall Laws (Technology), Ellen Murray (Theatre), Jaclyn Nichols (Visual Arts), Daniel Steinberg (Physics), Joshua Vayle (Chemistry), and Kyle Weil (Technology).

Raiders Advance to State PTSA Reflections
Congratulations to the six district winners who advanced to the state level Reflections competition. They interpreted the theme “The World Would be a Better Place If...” through original works of literature, visual art, music composition, and photography. 
           Nicole Nichols:  “Wishing” (Visual Art)
           Sarah Kern:  “What are You Looking at?” (Photography)
           Lilly Blumenthal:  “The Dog Park” (Photography)
           Anton Hsu:  “Lost in Nature” (Photography)
           Elise Flanagan:  “Flowing Emotions” (Musical Composition)
           Alexander Hamer:  “The Incomplete Answer” (Literature)

Raiders Make Commitments on National Signing Day
​Four Raider athletes made official college commitments on National Signing Day in November. Congratulations to Lila Claire Best (Swimming, U.S. Naval Academy), Jalen Miller (Baseball, Clemson University), David Peljovich (Baseball, Wake Forest University) and Davis Vainer (Baseball, University of Alabama).​

Graduation Rate Jumps More Than 13%
Congratulations to the Raider students and faculty for the double-digit increase in the graduation rate from the Class of 2013 (67.8%) to the Class of 2014 (81.3%). This is the fourth year using the Georgia Department of Education’s new graduation rate formula.

      

Fulton County High Schools Class of 2014 Graduation Rates



Junior Pascal Acree Takes Science Fair Project to ​International Conference
Last year, Pascal Acree’s Honors Chemistry Science Fair project examined the effect of environmental conditions on radon levels in homes. In September 2014, Acree exhibited his findings at the 28th Annual International Radon Symposium. The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) hosted this year’s international symposium in Charleston, South Carolina. The AARST is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to the highest standard of excellence and ethical performance of radon measurement, radon mitigation and transfer of radon information.​     learn more in the News & Media Gallery



Audio, Video, Technology & Film Program Receives State Certification;
Dr. Futrell Honored at School Board Meeting

Fulton County Schools honored Raider Career Tech faculty member Dr. J.C. Futrell at the September 2014 School Board Meeting for his work earning Industry Certification for the Riverwood Audio, Video, Technology and Film (AVTF) program. ​Industry certification is a stamp of excellence, which represents the apex of program quality. Riverwood is the first high school in the Fulton County School System to receive certification, and is one of only 15 high schools across the state 
to successfully pass the rigorous business and industry certification review process.​ (Pictured L-R: Raider Career Tech Department Chair Sherri Smith, Principal Dr. Robert Shaw, Dr. J.C. Futrell, Fulton County School Board Member Gail Dean, and Mrs. Futrell)​

 

Five National Merit Semifinalists & Two National Achievement Semifinalists

Congratulations to the following Seniors who, based on their outstanding scores on the PSAT taken during their Junior year, now find themselves in the running for prestigious National Merit college scholarships: Jeffrey Hooks, Ethan Mann, Luka Marinkovic, Carolyn Stanek and Albert Xiong are National Merit Semifinalists; Corinn Gist-Stevenson and Kara Wise are National Achievement Semifinalists​  learn more in the News & Media Gallery



 


Caution:  ​Section of Stadium Seating​ Off Limits

P​lease respect the safety banners and barricades in Hoskyn Stadium and do not enter the roped off sections. Plenty of seats will be available for the football game this weekend.  
Read Dr. Shaw's October 2, 2014 letter about the repairs
Dr. Shaw's October 2, 201​4 letter -- Spanish


 

Class of 2015 Top Ten Announced
Congratulations to the members of the Senior class with the highest GPA's (pictured L to R):  ​Madeleine Sibert, Ethan Mann, Asher Berman, Carolyn Stanek, ​Caroline Albright, Tyler Diamond, Albert Xiong, Jeff Hooks, Julia Clendenin, and Christine Tye.


Foundation Receives $10,000 Sandy Springs Society Grant
The Sandy Springs Society awarded the Riverwood Foundation a $10,000 grant in May 2014 to help establish AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college readiness educational program. The Society supports non-profit programs that improve the quality of life for all the residents of Sandy Springs by promoting the arts, heritage, education, the environment, and social services. The Riverwood Foundation is committed to raise $25,000 to implement the program in the fall.  
            Learn more about AVID and contribute to the Foundation


 

Raiders Earn ​Top Ten Georgia High School Ranking

According to The Washington Post, Riverwood is one of the hardest high schools in the state, ranked second among all Fulton County high schools and tenth overall in Georgia. The challenge index score is the number of college-level tests given in 2013 divided by the number of last year's graduates. In a further affirmation of scholastic achievement, US News, in a similar evaluation, ranks Riverwood 15th in the State. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.

                          View The Washington Post 2014 rankings/report

​View the US News 2014 rankings/report                    


 

 

 

 

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Fundraisers & Service Projects
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​Raider Scarves

Show school spirit, stay warm, and support the Boys and Girls Soccer programs by purchasing a Raider Scarf ($20). Contact Coach Welp (WelpJ@fultonschools.org​) or Coach Macoy (Macoy@fultonschools.org) to purchase.

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
Printer Cartridge Recycling
​The PTSA is collecting empty Ink Jet & Laser Toner printer ​cartridges in the school front office for recycling. Almost all brands accepted (Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark). The fundraiser will be ongoing for the entire school year. Which cartridges can be recycled? 
Ink Jet Brands  and  Laser Toner Brands  

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

Raider Pride Magnets
$5 Magnets support the Lady Raider Volleyball program. 

Available in the school front office, or from Coach Leigh Hudson 



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