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Brighton Beach Memoirs ​ October 23-2​6, 2014
Evening shows Thursday - Saturday; Matinee Sunday
​The Riverwood Players present the comic and poignant play, Brighton Beach Memoirs, by Neil Simon Thursday, October 23, Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 at 7pm; Matinee performance Sunday, October 26, 3pm. Tickets $8 Students/$12 Adults​ 

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Hands on Riverwood Saturday, October 25 (9am to noon)
 Volunteers needed to spruce up the campus grounds Saturday morning, October 25. Parents, students, faculty, and members of the community are encouraged to contribute any amount of time. Bring wheelbarrows, shovels, hoes, edgers, clippers, pruners, weed eaters, blowers, garden gloves, small gardening tools, rakes, etc.   Flyer (English & Spanish)​

​​Red Ribbon Week -- Riverwood Chooses to Refuse, October 27-31, 2014
The Raiders have a full slate of activities set for Red Riverwood Week starting with a five day community-wide service project to benefit the Mary Hall Freedom House.
View the schedule of events and the requested items to donate

Parent Input Needed for Reaccreditation Process
​Fulton County Schools is preparing for reaccreditation by AdvancED (formerly known as SACS/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and wants to learn about parents' experiences and perspectives. Please click on the red banner below to take the confidential, anonymous survey. The survey closes October 31, 2014. 

Dine Out on Election Day & Earn Money for the School

​Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Remember to vote, of course, and also make plans to dine at Raider business partners Cibo e Beve and/or Food 101. Mention the Raiders and the restaurants will donate 10% of the Tuesday, November​ 4th's sales to the school. The restaurants are on Roswell Road across from Fountain Oaks: http://www.ciboatlanta.com/ and http://www.food​101atlanta.com/

Prospective Students/Parent Information Session Friday, November 7
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.  learn more​ 

Fulton County Schools Night with the Atlanta Hawks
​Friday, November 14

Students, Parents, Employees and their families are eligible for special ticket pricing to the Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat game on Friday, November 14, 2014. The Hawks will donate $5 from every ticket purchased to the Fulton County Schools Foundation. Tickets start at $21.
Event flyer with order form  ​ or   order online

Sandy Springs Police: ​ Teen Driving Class Wednesday, December 3​

The Sandy Springs Police Department is offering a free parent/teen driving class December 3, from 6-8:15pm. Preregistration required. Email SandySpringsTeens@gmail.com or call 770-551-3311 to sign up. The class is at police headquarters, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 301, Sandy Springs 30350.

Raiders Win at Johns Creek Gladiator Debates

Congratulations to Cassidy Merhman and Saya Abney who competed in the Novice division at the Johns Creek​ Gladiator Debates at Johns Creek High School October 17-18, 2014. The Raiders finished as co-champions (with Northview) and also won the first and seventh speaker awards.  learn more in the News & Media Gallery

Model UN Team attends Georgia Tech Conference

The Raider Model UN team attended the Georgia Tech Model United Nations Conference October 13-14, 2014. Established in 1998, the two day event attracts high school team​s from across the southeast. Caroline Albright, Brett Feldman, Anton Hsu, Erik Hsu, David Kim, Harrison Lipsky, Asher Newman, Kian Smith, and Josh Vayle represented the countries of Chad and Finland. Topics ranged from land degradation and desertification in Africa to enforcing territorial sovereignty amidst claims of human rights violations. The delegates used strategic decision and problem solving skills to reach a consensus on each topic of debate. The Model UN faculty sponsor is Social Studies teacher Josh Williams.​​

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


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

Science Team Wins Second Place in "Disease Detectives" Event​
The Science Team traveled to the Rockdale Science and Math Magnet Science Olympiad Invitational on Saturday, October 4, 2014​. Representing the Raiders were Pascal Acree, Erik Hsu, Ananya Munjal, Aman Folami Reese, Arantza Romero, Annie Sullivan, Josh Vayle, and Albert Xiong. Congratulations to Ananya Munjal and Josh Vayle for placing second in the "Disease Detectives" event. ​With 16 teams competing from across the state, the Raiders faced some highly ranked opponents and were pleased to finish 12th overall. Jeanne Urban is the Faculty Sponsor.  ​

National Art Honor Society Inducts New Members
During the month of September, Binders Limelight Gallery in Buckhead displayed Raider student artwork in their public gallery. A reception held in the gallery at the conclusion of the exhibition also served as an induction ceremony for the Raider Chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS). The Raiders welcomed 26 new members to the NAHS on Monday, September 29, 2014.

FBLA & FCCLA Go Behind the Scenes at Chick-Fil-A
Members of the Raider Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) clubs spent a half day in September taking the Chick-Fil-A Backstage Industry Tour. The students visited the Chick-Fil-A headquarters in southwest Atlanta on Tuesday, September 23 and learned the history of this successful local food service operation. The visit also revealed the many job opportunities available throughout the corporation beyond those typically seen when visiting a Chick-Fil-A restaurant. Sheri Smith and Sandy Gosch were the faculty sponsors of the field trip.​​

Debate Team attends Roswell Tournament

The Raiders traveled to Roswell High School on Saturday, September 20 for the Second Annual Hornet Challenge Debate Tournament. Raider Team President David Kim helped coach Madelyn Lieberman and Saya Abney to the semifinal bracket with a 3-1 record. Furthermore, Saya Abney won 10th place in speaker points. Asher Newman also made a great showing going maverick in the JV bracket. Congratulations for such fine results in only the second tournament of the year. 

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

FREE SAT &​ ACT Practice Tests at Sandy Springs Library Saturday, November 22

Kaplan is offering free, fully proctored practice SAT and ACT tests at the Sandy Springs Library Saturday afternoon, November 22, 2014. Doors open at 1pm. Must preregister. Register online at Kapte​st.com using code AKKH14012 (for ACT) or SKKH14070 (for SAT/ACT).


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.

Drug & Alcohol Awareness Assemblies September 8 & 9, 2014
Over the course of two days, the PTSA sponsored assemblies for the entire student body regarding drugs and alcohol. Dr. Shaw's follow-up letter contains some helpful information.​
Dr. Shaw's Letter of September 8, 2014 regarding Drug Awareness

Raider Teams & Coaches Accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenges   ​Keep up with the video coverage of the Raider Nation participating in the challenges


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                    






Visit the Principal's Notes Page to keep up with the latest news from Dr. Shaw:
A four minute communications tutorial:

Fundraisers & Service Projects
​​Mary Hall Freedom House Collection Drive. October 27-31, 2014. Part of Red Riverwood Week.  learn more

​​Restaurant Promotion Tuesday, November 4.  Dine at Cibo E Beve and/or Food 101. Mention the Raiders and these business partner restaurants will donate 10% of the day's sales to the school.

2014 Christmas Trees & Wreaths

Support the Baseball & Softball programs. Preorder by November 8 to reserve tree & wreath sizes.  
2014 Tree & Wreath Order Form

Thanksgiving Pies
Order by November 10, 2014; Pick up November 17-20. Culinary Arts students are baking pumpkin, apple, chocolate and coconut ​chess​ pies for sale. $15 each. Bring order form & payment to school front office by November 10.
 2014 Pie Order F​orm, revised 10/23

​Online Wreath & Greenery Orders
In addition to the three wreaths available to preorder (see above), the Vermont Wreath Center has other​ wreaths and greenery options online which may be shipped throughout the country. learn more​

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

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.

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