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​​Summer Office Hours
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-2pm

The school front office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-2pm​. Seniors may return caps and gowns and pick up diplomas at these times. Regular office hours (7:30am-4pm) resume Tuesday, August 4, 2015.​​

Welcome New Counselor, Shamona Harrell
The Counseling Department is pleased to introduce Shamona Harrell as the counselor for students whose last names begin with the letters Ri-​Z. Ms. Harrell joined Fulton County Schools in 2006 as an IRR teacher at Banneker High School. She moved from the classroom to serve​ as a Counselor and, in the 2014-15 school year, was the Head Counselor. Ms. Harrell has Master's Degrees in both Special Education and School Counseling. ​

Goodbye and Best Wishes, Mr. Amica
Assistant Principal Charles Amica accepted a promotion to a position in the Cobb County School District's Office of Student Support. He will work with Cobb principals to analyze and interpret discipline data, chair student discipline hearings, and implement effective discipline policies. Mr. Amica's last day at Riverwood was June 30; he will be missed. The Cobb County School District is gaining a fine administrator who will do a great job for​ students, teachers, and parents.

​9th Grade Orientation Thursday morning, August 6 (8:30-10:30am)
The meeting begins promptly at 8:30am in the Auditorium for 9th grade students and their parents. Following a special program and introduction, freshmen will receive schedules, learn about cafeteria payment options​, bus schedules, and more. Bring checkbooks to purchase lockers, Raider gear, and to join the PTSA, BOB, PABA, the RAA, and the Foundation. ​​

10th-12th Grade Orientation Thursday, August 6 
Tournament Gym        10th grade, 10:30-11:15am
                                   ​ 11th grade, 11:15am-Noon
                                    12th grade, Noon-12:45pm
Pick up class schedules. Bring checkbooks to pay PTSA dues, purchase lockers, join BOB, PABA, the RAA, and the Foundation. Raider Gear will be available to purchase. Find out about Bus Schedules, Lunch Payment options, Parking Permits (Juniors and Seniors only), and more... 

News, Honors, and Accomplishments
(visit the News & Media Gallery for the complete stories)

Class of 2015 Senior Spotlight on Tianna Seidel

Fulton County Schools selected one senior from each high school for its 2015 Star Senior Showcase. Congratulations to Tianna Seidel for representing the Raiders in this year’s video. 

Seidel, a dedicated member of the Raider drama program, loves the theatre and everything that goes with it. In addition to acting, she learned technical aspects of the stage, including lighting and sound design, as well as costuming and set building. 

Learn more & view the June 2015 Video Interview in the News & Media Gallery

Miller Drafted by San Francisco Giants

Congratulations to Jalen Miller, Class of 2015, for being selected in the June 2015 Major League Baseball draft. The San Francisco Giants drafted Miller in the 3rd Round, 95th overall.​

Read the June 16, 2015 Neighbor Newspapers article by Monica Burge

Congratulations, Graduates! 
The Class of 2015 graduated on Thursday, May 21 at the Cobb Energy Centre. Each year, the school bestows three special awards to outstanding seniors. Congratulations to: ​       
  • Atlanta Journal & Constitution Cup:  Rachel Carlson
    The AJC Cup recipient displays not only academic promise but also demonstrates initiative, enthusiasm, energy, and strong leadership skills. The AJC Cup winner is an exemplary student who serves as a positive role model. 
  • Principal's Cup:  Skyler de Groot
    The Principal's Cup goes to the senior who best exemplifies the spirit of Riverwood. Basic criteria include academic scholarship, athletic participation, and demonstrated leadership. Most importantly, the recipient of this award has a history of mutual respect for those of other races, cultures, and beliefs.

  • Faculty Cup: Madeline Sibert 
    The Faculty Cup recipient is well-rounded, excelling in scholarship as well as extracurricular pursuits. The Faculty Cup goes to a young person whose positive behavior, extra effort and “can do” attitude is emblematic of what is right with today’s youth.

Flying Club News
After a long winter break, the flying club finished strong. Congratulations to Seniors Christine Tyre, Niissceede Parra Franco, and Vincent Vitale. Two of the Seniors, Tyre and Parra Franco, have been flying since their Freshman year. On the first weekend in May, the group took two aircraft with two certified flight instructors from the Gwinnett Airport to the Winder Airport and then over Lake Lanier and back. The weather was perfect for flying. Vitale went on his first discovery flight. Special guest, Emma McCaskill, joined the Club for the May outing. Alan Sohmer is the faculty sponsor.

2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced
Congratulations to Carolyn Stanek, Valedictorian, and Caroline Albright, Salutatorian. Graduation 2015 is at 3pm on Thursday, May 21, at the Cobb Energy Centre.

​Valedictorian Carolyn Stanek (pictured left) will attend Georgia Tech in the fall. She is an IB Diploma Candidate and plans to major in Chemical Engineering at Tech. Stanek served as president of the Raider Mock Trial team and teaches English to adult immigrants from several countries. Spanish is her favorite subject and she enjoys watching Spanish language television shows.

Salutatorian Caroline Albright (pictured right) plans to major in International Relations and Foreign Affairs in college. She is an IB Diploma Candidate and was president of both the Raider Beta Club and the Model UN team. Albright served on the school's Governance Council as one of two student delegates. She volunteers as an AP World History tutor and also at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Albright participated in the Harvard Summer Program and ​the Close-Up trip to Washington, D.C.

​Boyd and Kinsey Earn "Superior" Score at Georgia Student Media Festival
Congratulations to Tianna Boyd and Marvin Kinsey for winning the highest possible score in the May 2015 Georgia Student Media Festival. Their project, "Speak Up," was one of more than 830 entries from across the state to advance from local and district competitions. Judges evaluated 
excellence in production, writing, creativity, lighting, and impact.

The Georgia Student Media Festival celebrates outstanding student-produced media projects. The Georgia Association for Instructional Technology (GAIT) and the Georgia Library Association (GLA,) in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) and Clayton State University (CSU), sponsor the annual event. 

Marinkovic Receives Indiana University Wells Scholarship
Congratulations to Luka Marinkovic, Class of 2015, for receiving the prestigious Indiana University Wells Scholarship. Marinkovic will attend the Jacobs School of Music at IU. The Wells Scholarship ranks among the most competitive and prestigious awards offered by any American university. Each year, between 18 and 22 incoming freshmen receive the award, based solely on merit. Named in honor of Herman B Wells, Indiana University’s beloved 11th president, the Wells Scholarship provides full tuition, mandatory and course-related fees, and a living stipend for four years of undergraduate study on IU’s Bloomington campus. Scholars may choose to spend one of these years studying abroad through the university’s overseas study programs. Wells Scholars are also members of the Hutton Honors College, where they can apply for grants in support of research, internships, creative activity, conference travel, and honors thesis work.

Southerland Wins 2015 Gates Millennium Scholarship
Congratulations to Senior Tylea Southerland for being selected as one of only 1,000 2015 ​Gates Millennium Scholars. Over 57,000 students from across the country applied for this year's scholarships. 
The program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides outstanding low income minority students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any area of interest. Students must have at least a 3.3 average and will receive leadership training along with this renewable scholarship to attend college.

Raiders Win Positive Athlete Georgia Awards
Raiders Named Positive School of the Year
Three Students Named Positive Athlete of the Year
The 2014-15 school year was the first time Riverwood participated in the Positive Athlete Georgia program. Congratulations to the three Raider Positive Athletes of the Year: Pascal Acree (Tennis), Bayne Jarvis (Cross Country), and Danielle Jenkins (Swimming). Furthermore, the school won the 2014-15 Positive School of the Year.                 

                          learn more

Berman Awarded Georgia Tech Presidential Scholarship
Congratulations to Senior Asher Berman for winning a President's Scholarship from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Berman joins his classmate Julia Clendenin as a President's Scholarship recipient. ​The President’s Scholarship is Georgia Tech’s most prestigious merit scholarship and is offered each year to about 50 outstanding high school seniors from across the nation who have demonstrated superb leadership, scholarship, progress, and service.  

Corinn Gist-​Stevenson Wins 2015 National Achievement Scholarship

Congratulations to Senior Corinn Gist-Stevenson for winning a 2015 National Achievement Scholarship. She joins an elite group of approximately 800 high school seniors from across the country receiving academic scholarships based on their junior year PSAT results. National Achievement Scholars, similar to National Merit Scholars, have a record of high academic performance and are endorsed and re​commended by their school leadership. Gist-Stevenson may attend either Spelman College or New York University in the fall. Visitwww.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php for more information.

Murray Wins Scholarship to Summer Workshop in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations to Junior Ellen Murray for winning a scholarship from the Fulton County Law Week Committee to attend a Washington Workshop Seminar this summer. The 2015 summer workshop offers a unique experience to study American government and history. Murray went through an extensive application and interview process for the scholarship, and was competing with outstanding high school students from across Metro Atlanta. The scholarship, sponsored by Montlick and Associates, covers the cost of Murray's round-trip airfare, tuition, room and board, and all expenses associated with the Washington Workshop Congressional Seminar.​

Clendenin Awarded Georgia Tech Presidential Scholarship
Congratulations to Senior Julia Clendenin for winning a President's Scholarship from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The President’s Scholarship is Georgia Tech’s most prestigious merit scholarship and is offered each year to about 50 outstanding high school seniors from across the nation who have demonstrated superb leadership, scholarship, progress, and service.

Raiders Sending Two to Governor's​ Honors

Congratulations to Daniel Steinberg & Kyle Weil for being selected for the prestigious 2015 Georgia Governor's Honors Program (GHP). GHP is a summer residential instructional program for intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students. Steinberg (Physics) and Weil (Technology) will spend four weeks this summer at the program held at Valdosta State University. 

             Learn more in the News & Media Gallery​

Sophomore Organizes MarchOn Weekend
Natalie Peek, a 10th grade student, created MarchOn to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement’s Bloody Sunday. It was a full weekend of study culminating in a trip to Selma, Alabama and a walk across the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge. Peek organized activities to increase social and political awareness among teens.

  Learn more in the News & Media Gallery​





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Raider Discount Card

Support the Raider Football program with a $20 donation and receive a 2015-16 Raider Card with 12 months of discounts at 26 local merchants. Card valid until May 1, 2016. Also includes one-time use coupons to Express Oil Change.​ Available from any Raider football player or contact parent volunteer Trish Hope (hopehouse@att.net).​learn more

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
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

Publix Partner Cards: Free partner cards available in the school front office. Every purchase made at Publix counts; for every $37,500 spent, Riverwood receives $250.

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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