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​​​#ecolizer     Environmental Week April 20-24
Sponsored by the Raider Recycling & Environmental Club. Use Twitter & Instagram hashtag #ecolizer to post photos throughout the week.

All week: collect pop top tabs for chance to win a Visa Gift card
Tuesday, April 21:  Wear recycled clothing & jewelry
Tuesday, April 21, 3:40-4:30pm:  Paper Mache the Raider Mascot in Ms. Muhammad's room
Wednesday, April 22, 3:40-4:30pm:  Paper Mache the Raider Mascot in Ms. Muhammad's room

Thursday, April 23:  Use reusable water bottles in honor of less plastic waste day
Friday, April 24:  Final day to bring pop tabs to Ms. Muhammad's room for a chance to win a Visa gift card

Chorus Showcase Concert Tuesday, April 21
Auditorium, 7pm
Vocal variety show and spring concert
​Tickets sold only at the door. $7 adults/$5 students​

Welcome to the 'Wood Fashion and Talent Show
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Auditorium, 6pm
The Raider State of the Arts Club presents "Welcome to the 'Wood," the Seventh Annual Fashion and Talent Show. Tickets $5 in advance/$7 at the door.  Advance tickets on sale during all lunches for one week (Wednesday, April 15 to Wednesday, April 22).​

Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Saturday, April 25
Various locations, 8am - 1pm
VBSS, a community-wide service day sponsored by Leadership Sandy Springs, is back for its 13th year on Saturday, April 25. The entire community is encouraged and welcomed to participate at any of the 18 sites in Sandy Springs. This is a great opportunity for students to earn volunteer hours.​
Learn more and register online or call 404.256.9091.

Health Fair, Saturday, April 25
Tournament Gym, 12-4pm
Free Health Screenings include sickle cell, vision, blood pressure, and diabetes. Allergy testing for a fee (insurance accepted) and Student Athletic Physicals ($25). To learn more about the Sports Physicals and to download the necessary paperwork, visit the​ athletics website  To volunteer or to participate as a vendor, contact Clinic Assistant Mai-Lan Bell (404-847-1980, x161 or bellm@fultonschools.org)

Chorus to Sing​ National Anthem at Braves Game Tuesday, April 28, 2015​
The Chorus will sing the National Anthem at 7pm prior to the Braves game vs. the Washington Nationals. Special ticket pricing for Raider fans, families, & friends. Only $20 for an upper box seat, with part of the ticket sales benefitting the Performing Arts Booster Association (PABA). A few tickets​ remain. Contact parent volunteer Jill Segal for information (jsegal24@gmail.com)   Ticket Order Form

2015-16 Governance Council Elections 
​The Riverwood Governance Council has two parent/guardian positions and one teacher position open for the 2015-16 school year. ​ Terms commence July 1, 2015. Parents/Guardians and Teachers interested in running for the Governance Council may declare their interest beginning April 14, 2015. The deadline to turn in Candidate Declaration Forms is 5pm on April 28, 2015.  Declaration forms may be mailed or submitted electronically.

Visit the Governance Council Elections Page for dates, forms, information, etc

Summer School Online Registration for 2015 is Open

Students may enroll beginning March 5, 2015 through June 5, 2015 for Summer School 2015. Riverwood will again be a host campus for classes. View the information flyer, or visit theFulton County Schools Summer School website page to see course offerings, tuition and fees, and to register. Students with questions should contact their counselor.​

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. ​

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

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.

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​

“Once Upon a Mattress" Pit Band Earns Shuler Hensley Award
Congratulations to the student pit band, under the direction of Carlos Rodriguez, for receiving an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Shuler He​nsley Awards. “Once Upon a Mattress," this year's spring musical, had four performances in March with more than 50 students involved in the production and an additional 18 students in the pit band.    Learn more in the News & Media Gallery​

Multiple Winners at Georgia FBLA Conference
The Raiders sent 37 students to the 2015 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and had winners in several divisions. Workshops and competitions with other outstanding high school students from across the state took place almost non-stop during the March 20-21 event. Congratulations to the seven Raiders who qualified to advance to the National FBLA Conference this summer in Chicago. Congratulations also to faculty advisor Sheri Smith for being named to the Georgia FBLA Board.       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​

Five National Merit Finalists
Congratulations to Seniors 
Jeffrey Hooks, Ethan Mann, Luka Marinkovic, Carolyn Stanek,​ and Albert Xiong for advancing from Semifinalists to Finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship competition.

These students, 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. National Merit Scholars have a record of high academic performance, are endorsed and recommended by their school leadership, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. National Merit Scholars will be announced in the spring.

Advanced Placement Test Results Earn Honors & Training Grant​​

The Georgia Department of Education named Riverwood an AP Access and Support School, an AP STEM School, and an AP Humanities School based on Spring 2014 AP test scores. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work. The Georgia Department of Education also awarded training grants to over 200 high schools to send teachers to AP Summer Institutes; Riverwood received an $800 grant.
                           ​  Learn more in the News & Media Gallery​

Marinkovic Excels at National Music Competition

Congratulations to outstanding musician and Raider senior Luka Marinkovic for winning second place at the National Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) competition for composition. Earlier this school year, his original four movement piano suite won the Georgia MTNA contest. Next, he represented the State of Georgia at the Southern Division regional event in Knoxville, Tennessee. Winning at the regional level, he advanced to the national finals which took place in March during the MTNA National Conference. Marinkovic, a native of France and a National Merit Finalist, is also the principal pianist with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.

Two Presidential Scholar Nominees
Congratulations to Seniors Ryan Fuller and Leah Greenberg for being named candidates for the United States Scholars Program. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, established in 1964 by executive order of the President, recognizes and honors some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program expanded​ to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.​

Wood Named Teacher of the Year; Perlmutter is Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Brittany Wood (pictured right) for being named Riverwood’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. A member of the Social Studies Department, Ms. Wood currently teaches IB Economics and US History. She joined the Raider faculty in 2013-14; in addition to her Social Studies classes, she coaches the Girls Golf team. She recently learned that she is a finalists for the Fulton County Schools Central Learning Community Teacher of the Year award. 

Congratulations to Melissa Perlmutter (pictured left) for being named Riverwood’s 2014-15 Professional of the Year. Previously a counselor at Druid Hills High School in DeKalb County, she joined the Raider Counseling Center in 2012-13. This year, she assists students with last names beginning with the letters “A” through “Do” addressing academic, social/emotional, as well as college and career needs and concerns.

                     Learn more in the News & Media Gallery​

Special Programs Awarded​ Seed Fund Grants
The school's Governance Council learned that the Fulton County Schools Foundation recently approved its two Seed Fund applications. One grant will fund a 2015-16 
full-time teacher position for AV​ID. The other will purchase System 44, a remedial program designed to assist students with very poor reading skills. System 44 is a welcome complement to the Read 180 program already in place. 
              Learn more in the News & Media Gallery​

2014-15 STAR Student and Teacher Announced
Congratulations to Albert Xiong, STAR Student, and to Lakshima Anumukonda, STAR Teacher. 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; Albert’s STAR teacher is Science faculty member Lakshima Anumukonda. 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.

Xiong is a member of the Varsity Soccer Team as well as the Science Olympiad Team. His current post-high school thoughts are to major in Biology or Pre-medicine. Xiong has acceptances from both the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology; however, he is waiting to hear from other schools before he makes a decision.  

Cohen Wins Comcast Scholarship
Congratulations to Megan Cohen for being nominated to the Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship program. Cohen is the Senior Class Student Body Officer and also serves on the Fulton County Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. The Comcast scholarship is a nomination-based award and is funded through the Comcast Foundation to recognize high school seniors for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership. To acknowledge these accomplishments, Leaders and Achievers receive a one-time scholarship, with a base award of $1,000.

Lila Claire Best Wins School's 1st Girls State Swim Championship
Swimmers Set Seven New School Records at 2015 State Swim Meet
The Raiders sent 23 members of the Swim and Dive team to the 2015 State Championships held at the Georgia Tech Natatorium the weekend of February 5-7. Senior Lila Claire Best won the first Girls State Championship event in school history with her school record-setting time in the 200 freestyle. Six other school records fell over the weekend in both individual and relay events.  Congratulations to the Boys and the Girls teams for a great season.
           Read about the record-setting 20​15 State Championship Swim meet

Science Project Wins 1st Place at Region and Heads to State Competition
Kenzie Fisher’s project “Power Output of Graphene Super Capacitors in Comparison to Capacitors” won first place in the Chemistry Division of the January 2015 Fulton County Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Westlake High School hosted the Region Fair January 30-31, 2015. Fisher's winning project was one of only five chosen to advance from the Fulton Regional Fair ​to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF). The GSEF is in March in Athens. Fisher will have the opportunity to share her research with some of the top scientists in Georgia and to compete for awards and scholarships. Congratulations also to Kendell and Sydney Laws for winning second place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division for their project “Musical Appetite.”​

Junior Selected to Speak at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service
The 47th Annual King Holiday observance took place at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday, January 19. Among those honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were several students of international descent. Congratulations to Junior Nina Garibaldi for being chosen to participate in the celebration.​ Garibaldi, wearing native regalia, read excerpts from Dr. King’s writings. Fox 5 Atlanta televised the event live. 

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.

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).

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).​

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)​


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
​​Canned Food Drive Challenge
to benefit the Community Assistance Center food pantry. Bring non-perishable foods during the month of April to the specially marked bins in the atrium. The North Springs Spartans are challenging the Raiders to see which school can collect the most food. 

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

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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