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Adult Volunteers Needed for SAIL (Seniors Achieving in Life)
​The Counseling Center, in conjunction with the Sandy Springs Education Force, presents SAIL (Seniors Achieving in Life) for the third year.
SAIL matches volunteers with seniors to shepherd them with college applications and financial aid. The volunteer time commitment is about 30 minutes once or twice a week over the next few weeks. Contact Ann Wilson (WilsonA@fultonschools.org) or Roxie Garber (Garber@fultonschools.org) to volunteer,​ or for more information​. 


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. ​​​


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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. ​



 ​UPCOMING EVENTS, NEWS, HONORS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS


Raider Chess Tournament Friday, February 6
Cafeteria, 4-6pm. Hosted by the Raider Chess Club. Free. Open to students, faculty, and staff. The sign up sheet is outside Ms. Urban's room (Rm 704). A chess expert will be on hand​. The winner will receive a $25.00 giftcard to Target, as well as their name on the Chess Club trophy. The top three players will receive medals. Refreshments & DJ


JapanCon Tuesday afternoon, February 10, 2015
Cafeteria, 4-5:30pm, FREE. The Japanese National Honor Society will host JapanCon Tuesday, February 20, 2015.  Experience Japanese culture:  food, history, origami, games, storytelling, chopsticks challenge, martial arts & more. The Japanese National Honor Society induction will follow at 6pm in the Auditorium.​

AVID Applications for the Class of 2019 due February 13, 2015
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program for students in the "academic middle" to learn the skills necessary to succeed in rigorous high school classes while preparing for college. The Counseling Center is recruiting current 8th grade students (Class of 2019) to apply for AVID for the 2015-16 school year. Visit the AVID section of the school website for an application and to learn more. Application deadline February 13, 2015. Any questions? Contact Counselor Melissa Perlmutter (Perlmutter@fultonschools.org).


Principal's Town Hall Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Auditorium Lobby, 4pm. Dr. Shaw's open meetings ​provide an opportunity to hear the latest school news and ask questions about issues of concern. Town Hall Schedule Flyer​


College Financial Aid Program Tuesday, February 17, 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)



Chinese New Year Celebration, Thursday, February 19, 2015
Cafeteria, 4:10-5:20pm. Students and parents invited. Tickets $2. Tickets available before school in Room 406 now through February 13, or​ through Faculty Sponsor Ms. Zou (ZouX@fultonschools.org). Experience f​ood, culture, games and more. Students considering taking Chinese as their world language will be interested to learn that Chinese language class offerings are expanding to the IB level for the 2015-16 school year.    Explore Ms. Zou's blog for an introduction to Chinese

Princeton Review ACT Prep Class (for April 2015 ACT) Begins February 21
The Princeton Review, in partnership with Fulton County Schools, is accepting registration now for a spring 2015 ACT prep program which begins Saturday, February 21, 2015. 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.​



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



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/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp
 

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.



Science Fair
Congratulations to the first place Science Fair winners who advance to the 2015 Fulton County competition:  Yareen Alawneh, Yoel Alperin, Hill Belfi, Lily Blumenthal, Kenzie Fisher, Elizabeth Graves, Kendall Laws, and Sydney Laws. Congratulations also to Honorable Mention winners Lindsey Cohen and Amanda Krause​.




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.    ​




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.​​


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)

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).

​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.



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



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.


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

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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