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Spring Orchestra Concert Thursday, April 24, 7pm
The public is invited to a free concert in the Auditorium featuring all of the Raider orchestral groups

Student Talent & Fashion Show, The Limelight, Friday, April 25, 6pm
The 6th Annual Student Talent and Fashion Show is Friday, April 25 at 6pm in the Auditorium. Tickets $5 (ages 10 and under free). Tickets on sale in the atrium during all lunches Monday, April 21 through Thursday, April 24.  Friday ticket sales only at the door.

More than 70 students are involved with this year's show. Examples of the variety of student talent acts are poetry/monologue recitation, vocal and instrumental music, and dance. Model themes include Prom, Spring Break, Consignment Couture, and The College Interview. The Limelight is a production of the Raider State of the Arts Club.  Faculty sponsor of the State of the Arts Club is Heather Ingram. A portion of The Limelight ticket sales benefit The Mary Hall Freedom House.

Deadline to run for Governance Council Friday, April 25
Parents interested in running for election must fill out a declaration form by Friday, April 25, 2014.
Open parent positions are:
     Parent Position - July 1, 2014 until June 30, 2016
     Parent Position - July 1, 2014 until June 30, 2015
Elections are May 13-15, 2014. The top two vote getters will be the winners. Parents will vote for the Parent Candidates online via the Home Access Center portal. (learn more)

Teachers interested in running for the one open Teacher Position must fill out a declaration form by Friday, April 25, 2014.

            Visit the Governance Council Page for details

Fulton County Schools Hosts High School Building Design Forum
Riverwood Auditorium, Saturday, April 26, 8:30am-12:30pm
Members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend this discussion about current high school design trends and the desires of stakeholders for future high school construction projects.
              Learn more about the forum

Honors Awards Breakfast Schedule

Held in the Auditorium Lobby, the department breakfasts run from 7:45am-8:30am. Students being recognized will receive an invitation in the mail.
  • Tuesday, April 22, Counseling Center
  • Wednesday, April 23, World Languages
  • Friday, April 25, Career Tech & Business 
  • Monday, April 28, Math
  • Tuesday, April 29, Science
  • Wednesday, April 30, Social Studies
  • Thursday, May 1, Health & PE, Language Arts & ESOL
  • Friday, May 9, AP & IB Arts

End of Course Tests (EOCT) Monday, April 28 through Wednesday, May 7
View the Complete EOCT Daily Schedule

Naviance Expands to Freshmen and Sophomores

All 9th & 10th grade students received a Naviance password and information sheet during Advisement on Friday, April 4. Students needing to pick up passwords may contact the Counseling Center.  The Naviance Family Connection, brought to campus through funding by the Foundation several years ago, initially served only members of the Junior and Senior class. Thanks to the PTSA, the web-based program designed to help students and parents make decisions about colleges and careers is expanding in 2014 to cover the Sophomore and Freshmen classes.  Please direct any questions to the Counseling Center.

Extended Learning Days Underway
To make up instruction time lost to snow days, teachers are providing after school sessions to cover material necessary to take the End of Course Tests (EOCT) in eight subject areas:  Algebra, American Literature, Biology, Economics, Geometry, 9th Grade Literature, Physical Science, and US History. Additionally, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) teachers are offering a combination of before and after school, and a few Saturday classes, to students.
                                 View schedules and sign up information

Washington Post 2014 Most Challenging High School Rank: #10 in Georgia

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. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.

   View The Washington Post 2014 rankings/report

State Winners in PTA Reflections Competition
Congratulations to Senior Nicholas Hayden and Sophomore Amelia Holley for their award winning entries in the 2013-14 Reflections contest.  Reflections, sponsored by the National PTA, is an annual arts-recognition and achievement program for students. Students from all over the country submit original works of art responding to a designated theme. This year’s theme was “Believe, Dream, Inspire….”   Categories include: Music, Film, Dance, Literature, Visual Arts, and Photography.  Nicholas Hayden won second place in the Film/Video production category and advances to the National competition; Amelia Holley received an Honorable Mention for her original Music Composition. The president of the National PTA, as well as the Georgia PTA president, were among the dignitaries attending the awards recognition ceremony at the High Museum of Art on Sunday, March 23.

Five Raider Artists Chosen for Prestigious Art Exhibition April 11-13

Congratulations to the five Raiders who have artwork on display at the 2014 Atlanta Dogwood Festival: Jonah Blumenthal, Neale Madden, Mary Petzer, Kimia Shahrokhi and Courtney Weinhoff.  The Atlanta High School Art Exhibition selects only 117 pieces from 700 submissions to display at Community Center at Piedmont Park. The AHSAE is one of the premier high school art exhibitions in the area selecting from among talented young artists throughout Atlanta and Georgia.  Learn More

Alana Owens to Play Tennis at Birmingham-Southern College

Congratulations to
Alana Owens for receiving a scholarship from Birmingham-Southern College. She will play tennis for the Panthers next year.
Owens has been a four year starter on the Lady Raiders tennis team and serves as co-captain for the 2014 season. She is the fourth member of the Class of 2014 to make a commitment to a college athletic program.

View the list of Senior Raiders who will be playing college sports next year

Japanese Students visit from Chienkan High School Monday, March 24, 2014

The KAKEHASHI project (the Bridge for Tomorrow), sponsored by the Japanese Government, funded reciprocal visits between Riverwood and Chienkan High School. During the summer of 2013, 16 Riverwood students went to Japan as guests of the Japanese Government.

In the reciprocal visit, Japanese High School students came to Riverwood in March 2014 to learn about high school in the United States.

In Atlanta, the exchange of ideas and cultures happened throughout the visit, beginning with the Japanese students’ presentations in the Auditorium about their high school experiences and traditions. Attending a variety of elective classes engaged both the visiting and host students and encouraged sincere interactions.  View a photo gallery and learn more about the KAKEHASHI project

Successful Spring for Science Olympiad Team

In its first Regional competition, the newly formed Science Olympiad Team finished fourth overall on March 1, 2014. Held at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, the Raiders brought home several awards. The fourth place Regional finish qualified the team to advance to the State competition at Southern Polytechnic State University on March 22.

  Learn more about the Science Olympiad Team and their season in the News & Media Gallery

Interact Peace Pole Dedication March 21, 2014

On March 21, 2014, students and Rotarians dedicated the recently installed Rotary Peace pole in the Global Garden in front of the School. The inscription on the pole reads "May Peace Prevail on Earth.”  The Raider Peace Pole is the third in the Sandy Springs community and joins the list of many others on the Atlanta Peace Trail.

Read more about the Raider Peace Pole

2014-15 Academic Catalog and Scheduling
The registration and course selection process for next year's classes is underway. 

To learn more about the process and timelines for this year, visit the Academic Catalog & Scheduling Page

Raiders Win Awards at FBLA State Leadership Conference; Seven Qualify for Nationals

The Hyatt Regency Atlanta hosted the 2014 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference. 33 members of the Raider FBLA Chapter participated in workshops and competitions with other outstanding high school students from across the state during the March 14-16 event, and seven Raiders qualified to advance to the National FBLA Conference this summer.
       Read the list of winners in the News & Media Gallery

Radio Team Wins Third Place at State Competition

Congratulations to team of Freshman Gordon Hunter and Sophomore Christopher Johnson for their third place finish in the Audio and Radio Announcer Competition at this year's SkillsUSA Conference. The 2014 SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference took place at the Georgia International Convention Center. Alanis Arirama, Brentson Buckner, Jamews Budden, Christopher Johnson, Hunter Gordon, James Madden and Aleksa Veselinovic represented the Raiders SkillsUSA club at the March 13-15 event. (Hunter Gordon pictured)

Raiders Attend Japanese Academic Challenge & Speech Contest

Emory University hosted the Annual Japan Academic Challenge and Japanese Speech Contest on March 1, 2014. Eighteen Raiders participated in this year's event and brought home two third place awards and one second place award. In the Speech contest, Alex Boylston faced university students from Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  

                          View the list of teams and awards in the News & Media Gallery

Sophomore Callaway Powlus Selected to All-State Reading Chorus

Congratulations to Callaway Powlus for being selected to the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Reading Chorus. She is the first Raider ever selected for this prestigious event. Powlus will take part in the All-State event on April 19 at Kennesaw State University under the direction of Conductor Dr. Leslie Blackwell.

2013-14 Teacher of the Year & Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Sandra Bradley for being named Riverwood's 2013-14 Teacher of the Year. A member of the Math Department, Ms. Bradley currently teaches Accelerated Geometry and Advanced Algebra. She has taught for twelve years, all in Fulton County, and is heavily involved in professional development. Also known as "Coach Bradley," she has been part of the Lady Raider Soccer Program since she joined the faculty, and is the Head JV girls coach.

Congratulations to Olivia Gonzalez for being named Riverwood's 2013-14 Professional of the Year. An active member of the Counseling Center for the past six years, she serves as the bilingual parent liaison. Ms Gonzalez coordinates activities and programs for Latino students and parents both at the school and in the community, serves as an interpreter and translator for teachers in the building, and sits on the school's Governance Council. The Central Learning Community voted Ms. Gonzalez the CLC Employee of the Year; she is now one of four finalists for the Fulton County Schools Employee of the Year.

Foundation Sponsors Successful Career Fair

More than 85 area businesses, organizations and schools participated in this year's Career Fair organized by the Riverwood Foundation. The half-day event on Friday, March 7, reached every student with a gym full of possibilities:  a variety of post-graduate options, relevant career advice, as well as summer job and internship opportunities.  2014 Career Fair Photo Gallery

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 sized racquet.

Learn more about his project and read the publication in The News and Media Gallery

Advanced Placement Test Results Earn Honors

The 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

Two Advance in National Merit Achievement Scholar Qualifying
Of 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 for more information.

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

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 the gyms.

Santoro Voted Region 7-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year

Congratulations to Athletic Director Mike Santoro for being selected the Region 7-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year by the High School principals in the region.

Four Posse Scholars in Class of 2014

Congratulations to Seniors 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

Seniors Dolder and Vear named National Merit Semifinalists
Congratulations 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

Congratulations 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.


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 Important Dates:  

Orchestra Concert Thursday, April 24, 7pm
Auditorium, Free

Limelight Friday, April 25, 6pm
Student Talent & Fashion Show
Auditorium, $5 (age 10 & under, Free)


Dr. Shaw's Letter to the Community April 22, 2014
Topics include new procedures for Seniors graduating, End of Course Testing for all grade levels, Building Forum to discuss designing new High Schools, and more....
     Dr. Shaw's April 22, 2014 letter
     Dr. Shaw's April 22 letter SPANISH

Visit the Principal's Notes Page to keep up with the latest news from Dr. Shaw:


Fundraisers & Service Projects
Local Merchant Discount Cards
$10 Discount Cards support the Boys Soccer program. Available through May 1, 2014.
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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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