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​​Early Release Days and Exams Tuesday, December 16 - Friday, December 19
During the four days of exams, the school day is from 8:20am to noon. Students have two exam periods each day. No after school activities such as tutoring, club meetings, or sports will take place on the early release days​. Students must be off campus before 12:25​pm Tuesday through Friday.         ​Fall 2014 Exam Schedule



Fall Semester Ends Friday, December 19, 2014
Spring Semester Begins Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Have a safe and happy holiday.
Fall Semester grades will be mailed​ Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Raiders in Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops! Chorus
Sadie Llop, Ellen Murray, and Joe Virgin are members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's (ASO) All-City Chorus. The All-City Chorus, with 8-12th grade singers from across the Atlanta area, is the resident choir for the ASO’s A Very Merry Holiday Pops! concerts. This year's concerts are December 19 and 20, 2014. Led by ASO Pops conductor Michael Krajewski, A Very Merry Holiday Pops! is the most well-attended series produced by the ASO.

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Touchdown Club Honors Players, Cheerleaders, & Coach  
The North Fulton Forsyth Touchdown Club selected seven Varsity Football Raiders to play in the 2014 Senior All-Star Chamber Bowl:  Khai Anderson, Skyler de Groot, Darius Hinton, Jeff Hooks, Coleman Mauberret, Reginald Prince, and Marcus Rosser. The four Varsity Cheerleaders named to the All-Star squad are Merrill Garrison, Alena Moore, Nadia Romero and Morgan Ward. Additionally, Raider Assistant Coach Shane Davis was named to the All-Star coaching staff. The 2014 Chamber Bowl kicks off at 1pm, Saturday, December 20, at Blessed Trinity High School.​​



PSAT Results Discussion Thursday evening, January 8, 2015
Auditorium. 7pm. The 9th-11th grade students who took the PSAT on campus in October 2014 are encouraged to come with their parents to a PSAT results discussion. The Counseling Center will distribute the scores, will discuss how to interpret the scores, and will explain how PSAT results relate to the SAT​.​​ Any scores not picked up at the Thursday evening meeting will be given to students during Advisement on Monday, January 12.  Questions? Contact Ann Wilson in the Counseling Center (WilsonA@fultonschools.org)


Principal's Town Hall Meeting Friday, January 9, 2015
Make plans to attend Dr. Shaw's first Town Hall of the year on Friday, January 9, 2015 in the Auditorium. This casual meeting begins at 10am in the Auditorium. Come hear the latest school news and ask questions about issues of concern.​ (NOTE: the December 17, 2014 Town Hall was cancelled due to a schedule conflict.)  Revised Town H​all Schedule


ASVAB Testing Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Students may sign up in the Counseling Center to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) in the Auditorium from 8:30-11:30am. The test results provide students a snapshot of their verbal, math, science, and technical skills compared to other students across the nation in the same grade. The tests also include a Career Exploration component.  Although military personnel administer the test, taking the test does NOT obligate students to enlist in the military. Contact Head Counselor Sally Page (PageS@fultonschools.org) with any questions.


​Prospective Students/Parent Info Session Friday, ​January 16, 2015
​Information sessions begin at 9am in the Riverwood Auditorium and last approximately one and a half hours. Both students and parents are invited to attend; no reservation required.
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Renovation/Expansion Plans on January Governance Council Agenda

Make plans to attend the January meeting of the school's governance council as the agenda includes a presentation regarding the renovation/expansion plans. The Tuesday, January 20 meeting begins at 7am in the Media Center
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​Seeking Current Sophomores & Juniors Interested in IB Film Studies
In order to add IB Film Studies to the curriculum, a significant number of current Sophomores (Class of 2017) and Juniors (Class of 2016) will need to express an interest. Learn more about the coursework and fill out an interest form on the IB Film Studies website. Also, make plans to attend the IB information night at the school on January 22, 2015. Any questions? Contact Dana Munson (MunsonD@fultonschools.org​)

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International Studies Magnet Program 2015-16 Application​ 
​Please visit the Registration a​nd Forms page to view and download the Magnet Application for the 2015-16 school year. The application deadline is January 30, 2015. ​​​


UGA Chooses Seven Raider Musicians for 2015 JanFest 
The University of Georgia January High School Band Festival (“JanFest”) is a four-day event for high school band musicians. Congratulations to Yoel Alperin (Horn), Shelby Arrigo (Horn), Christopher Budden (Trumpet), Domenic Manson (Euphonium), Cole Markland (Alto Saxophone), Arthur Miltner (Trombone), and Benjamin Shaw (Trumpet) for being chosen to participate. This is the second year for Alperin, Budden, and Manson. These musicians will join 1000 attendees, representing 130 schools from across the state, in Athens January 22-25 for the 65th annual JanFest.    ​


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).

All-State Chorus News
Congratulations to the seven Raiders who passed the first, and most difficult, round of auditions for the 2015 All-State chorus:  Matthew Boatwright, Gabby Jackson, Ellen Murray, Callaway Powlus, Jasmine Smith, Tim Stewart, and Carolyn Wright. Additionally, for the second year in a row, Callaway Powlus passed the GMEA Reading Chorus audition.


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)

Pie Fundraiser Tasty Success
Culinary Arts students, under the direction of Chef Elissa Oliver, baked hundreds pies for their first annual Thanksgiving fundraiser. Students spent three weeks baking, testing, and perfecting recipes. In the week leading up to the Thanksgiving break, the Raider kitchens turned out over 250 pies: pumpkin, apple, chocolate, and coconut chess. Asked if the students had a particular favorite, Chef Oliver replied “Hands down, the students preferred chocolate.” Proceeds from the fundraiser will enable the Culinary Arts department to purchase new pots and pans, other necessary equipment, and pay entrance fees to several upcoming competitions.  

                                 Learn more in the News & Media Gallery


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).

FBLA Fall Leadership Conference
The Raider Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter sent over 25 students to the 2014 FBLA Fall Leadership Conference. The two day conference, held November 18-19 in Athens, brought more than 3,000 students and advisers together from across the state. In cooperation with TRI Leadership Resources, a nationally recognized leadership services firm, Georgia FBLA members and advisers attended sessions on Leadership, Professionalism, College Readiness, and Public Speaking. Sheri Smith is the FBLA Faculty Sponsor​​


​Foundation Sponsors Business Partners Breakfast
Foundation Bfast 2014The Foundation brought representatives from Governor Deal's office, the Sandy Springs Society, the Sandy Springs Education Force, and many local business partners to the school on Tuesday morning, November 18. While enjoying a spectacular breakfast catered by Culinary Arts Students, the visitors celebrated the accomplishments of the past year and learned about plans to expand Computer Science and Accounting course offerings. A highlight of the morning was honoring longtime Raider business supporter Dr. Paul DeLargy of Georgia REAL Enterprises.


First Place Win at Carrollton Debate 
Raider debaters traveled to Carrollton for the 2014 Peach State Classic the weekend of November 14-15. Team members Saya Abney, Tamiyah Crouthers, Madalyn Liberman, and Cassidy Merhman, led by Captain David Kim, tackled the resolution “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the earth’s oceans.” Saya Abney and Cassidy Merhman won first place in the Novice division. Abney came in second place in the individual competition for speaker points.

Senior Wins State Music Competition
Congratulations to outstanding musician and Raider senior Luka Marinkovic. He is the Georgia winner of the Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) competition for composition. Marinkovic will represent the State of Georgia at the Southern Division performance competition next year. He will play his original four movement piano suite in Knoxville the weekend of January 17-19, 2015. Regional winners advance to the national finals which take place in March during the MTNA National Conference.​


Asher Berman Nominated​ for National Competition
Congratulations to Senior Asher Berman for advancing in the 2015 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) competiton. Berman, an officer in the Student Government Association, went through an extensive application and interview process to become the Fulton County School System’s nominee. Besting every candidate from all Fulton County high schools, Berman now competes for one of two spots to represent the State of Georgia at the National Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. He will take the USSYP Qualifying Exam, which consists of five sections of questions on politics and government and one essay section, and should know the state results before the end of the fall semester.  learn more in the News & Media Gallery

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


Raiders Selected for 2014 Fulton County Honor Band
Congratulations to Juniors Phillip Prior and Andres Campos for being selected to the Fulton County Honor Band. Prior (percussionist) and Campos (tuba) performed in the Honor Band concert at Centennial High School on November 17, 2014.  

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



Spring 2014 Honor Roll and Principal’s List Announced
Honor Roll students achieved a cumulative average between 90-94.9 and will be recognized during the school day on Wednesday, October 22​. Principal’s List students earned a cumulative grade point average of 95 or higher; they will be recognized during the school day on Thursday, October 24. Congratulations to these outstanding scholars for a successful semester and for their demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.  Any questions? Contact Assistant Principal Thomas Garrett (GarrettT1@fultonschools.org​​)
                   ​2014 Spring Honor Roll and Principal's List

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)​ 


Art Teacher Nominated for National Art Educator of the Year
​Congratulations to faculty member Dana Munson for being nominated for the National Art Education Association, National Art Educator of the Year. She will find out if she is selected late fall semester.  Ms. Munson is the current Southeast Region Art Educator of the Year. 


 

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.


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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. ​


 


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


 

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. 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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​​Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House
Bring pop tabs to school through the end of the semester. Collection bins located in the Atrium and in the hallway outside the Cafeteria

HoneyBaked® Ham Gift Card Sale

Support the Boys Basketball program by purchasing $10, $25, $35, or $50 Gift Cards. O​rder by December 15 for school pick up December 18.  Learn more

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

AmazonSmile
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

2014-15 Raider Cards
The Football program is offering a card with discounts to Local Merchants. $20 suggested donation. List of merchants and discounts

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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