Raider Literary Magazine Reveal Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19, 2019
Raider Writing Center, Room 101
During all lunches
Stop by the Writing Center on Thursday and Friday for snacks, desserts, and, best of all, the chance to read pieces written by Raider students. THE GLAIVE is the Raider Writing Center’s very own Literary
Magazine with contributions from Jesus Montoya, John McLendon, Isabella Newstead, Samantha Johnson, Nailah
Jenkins, Mitchell Davidson, Gianna Vazquez, Rachel Menikoff, Hannah York, Finn Shuster, Elle Mezzio, Ty
Thompson, Oliver Davidson, Chandler McCleskey, Michelle Stanek, Noa Nieves, and Gracie Hirsch. Visit the Glaive website to read the first edition (link)
Class of 2019: Scholarship Report Form Deadline April 20, 2019
Seniors, remember to turn in all college acceptances and all scholarships offered to the Counseling Center -- even to schools you will not be attending. Please return a completed scholarships form to Roxie Garber before the end of the school day Friday, April 19, 2019.Class of 2019 Scholarship form (link)
Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) Morning Review SessionWednesday, April 24, 2019Raider Writing Center, Room 101, 7:40am
For all students enrolled in APUSH who would like to get an additional review session before the AP Exam. Peer leaders Syd Pargman and Yotam Ben Bassat will be giving tips and advice. The Writing Center will also have a candy prize for the winner of the review game.
Free SAT & ACT Practice Tests
Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 2019
Applerouth is hosting free practice tests for the SAT and ACT the weekend of April 27-28, 2019 at several locations in the greater Atlanta area, as well as online. Visit applerouth.com/testdrive to sign up. Applerouth will provide a detailed score report which highlights strengths and weaknesses. Students will also receive access to an exclusive online Strategy Session led by a top tutor.
Updated Yearbook Sales Information Spring 2019
The online sales window closed April 6. A limited number of copies are available for purchase at school in Room 2203 (new building). The cost is $85. Cash or check only. Questions? Contact yearbook faculty advisor Paul Ankerich (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Summer School 2019 Enrollment is Open
Need to catch up or get ahead? Fulton
County Schools offers both school-based and online learning options
during the summer. The closest campus offering classes during Summer 2019 is North Springs. Online registration available March 1-May 31, 2019.
Find out which classes are available, dates, registration fees, and more through the Fulton County Schools Summer School information page.
Georgia Department of Driver Services Forms (DDS/ADAP)
Students, please allow several working days for the school staff to process Certificates of Attendance. The front office cannot process incomplete forms. The school processing fee is $2.
Stanek is National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Congratulations to senior Michelle Stanek for advancing from semi-finalist to finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Stanek is now in the running to compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, plus over 1,200 corporate scholarships and approximately 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarships.
Stanek, the Class of 2019 Valedictorian, will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall where she plans to study mechanical engineering with a potential focus on pre-medicine
Spring 2019 Governance Council Election Results
Congratulations to parents Veronica Shaughnessy and Eric Levitan for being elected to serve two year terms beginning July 1, 2019. Congratulations also to Trey Henson as he joins the council as a newly elected teacher representative.
Advanced Placement Test Results Earn Honors
The Georgia Department of Education named Riverwood a 2019 AP STEM school, an AP STEM Achievement School, an AP Humanities School, and an AP Access and Support School based on the Spring 2018 Advanced Placement scores. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.
The STEM award recognizes schools with achievement in AP Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics courses. An AP STEM school has students testing in at least two AP Math and two AP Science courses. 200 High Schools in the State earned the AP Stem designation.
An AP STEM Achievement School has students testing in at least two AP Math and two AP Science courses and at least 40% of the AP Math and AP Science exams earning scores of 3 or higher. Only 128 High Schools in Georgia earned this designation.
An AP Humanities School has students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one English/Language Arts course, two social science courses, one fine arts course, and one world language course. The Georgia Department of Education added the AP Humanities category in 2015 and Riverwood has earned this designation every year since it began. In 2019, only 142 high schools in Georgia made the AP Humanities list.
An AP Access and Support School has at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African American and/or Hispanic, and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of three or higher. Only 64 high schools in Georgia earned this designation in 2019.
Two Honored with All-State Orchestra Selection
Congratulations to Sophomore Madeline Chen (harp) and Freshman Nathaniel Stone for being selected to the 2018-19 All-State Orchestra. They will travel to Athens for two days of workshops and practice, culminating in a performance Saturday, March 2 in the Classic Center. Chen and Stone will play in the full 9th and 10th grade String Orchestra directed by William White.
Eight Receive Prestigious JanFest Invitation
The University of Georgia January High School Band Festival ("JanFest") is a four-day event for high school band musicians. The Raiders are proud to have eight musicians selected to participate in the 69th annual festival. Congratulations to:
Haley Gruensfelder (Clarinet)
Josh Perkey (Clarinet)
Hannah Tourial (Bassoon)
Kanako Kurimari (Bassoon)
Coleman Alvarez (Trumpet)
Thomas Archer (trumpet)
Drew Kaplan (Trombone)
Aidan Jones (Percussion)
These outstanding musicians joined over 1000 attendees, representing 130 schools from across the state, in Athens January 17-20.
EXCLUSIVE: Raider Artists Create Ornaments for State Tree in Washington, D.C.
Nineteen Raiders created ornaments to decorate the State of Georgia's official Christmas tree, which is on display in Washington, D.C. through the end of the year. The six-foot state tree is one of 56 smaller trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree in President’s Park, with each tree representing a U.S. state, territory, or the District of Columbia. Jessica Booth, Fine Arts Education Director at the Georgia Department of Education, selected Riverwood for the honor of decorating this year’s Georgia tree.
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Rekapalli Aces ACT
Congratulations to Shreya Rekapalli for scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT (American College Testing) exam. Rekapalli, Class of 2019, is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Her studies include Higher Level Math, Physics, History of the Americas, and Literature, along with AP Psychology and Theory of Knowledge. She serves as a tutor in the Raider Writing Center, and is president of both the Model UN team and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter. Rekapalli is a member of the Beta Club, the National Honor Society, and the Science National Honor Society. She attended the summer 2018 Governor's Honors Program in social studies, and was selected to go to the Yale Young Global Scholars for the Politics, Law, and Economics session. As a Junior, Rekapalli received The George Washington University Book Award. Rekapalli plans to double major in economics and psychology and has her sights set on Duke University, Dartmouth College, or Cornell University.
Rekapalli commented, “I firmly believe that practice is key. For me, the best thing to do was take practice tests to identify patterns in my mistakes, and then do the appropriate practice to remedy them. It's really all about practice. Leading up to the ACT, I took 10 practice tests.” Of the more than 2 million students taking the ACT in 2017, only .136% achieved a perfect score.
Graduation Rate Sets All-time Mark
The Georgia Department of Education released the Class of 2018 graduation rate statistics for the state and Riverwood's graduating class reached an all-time high of 92.2%. Congratulations to the students, the faculty, and the families for this significant achievement. The 92.17% rate represents a 5.2% increase from 2017 and was the highest increase across all Fulton County High Schools. Of special note was the 13.5% graduation rate increase in the Hispanic demographic.
Principal Chuck Gardner said, "I am proud of the team approach that our school is taking to mentor and support students. Additionally, I’m proud of our families, community, and feeder schools that made this happen."
View or download Mr. Gardner's September 20, 2018 letter English
13 Raiders Selected for Youth Leadership Sandy Springs
Congratulations to Christine Cleveland, Oliver Davidson, David Esslinger, Bradley Friedrich, Sasha Frierson, Elizabeth Grant, Sophie Griggs, Grecia Hernandez, Haag Johnson, Lindsey Lewis, Jennifer Ruiz, Katie Sprung, and Owen Woodman for being selected for the 2018-19 Youth Leadership Sandy Springs Class. The 13 inductees join 26 other Sandy Springs area high school students in the year-long program designed to enhance and enrich their understanding of the city. Throughout the year, they will examine the environment, city government, non-profits, law enforcement, as well as business and public safety. Launched by Leadership Sandy Springs in 2011, YLSS is based on Leadership Sandy Springs’ successful 30-year-old program developing community leaders. The Raiders are proud to carry on the tradition of having significant representation in YLSS.
Fulton County Schools Online QuickTip Safety Reporting
Fulton County Schools has an online QuickTip program which students, families, and stakeholders may use to report safety concerns to school and district officials. Providing contact information is optional. Tips may address anything
from abuse and bullying to vandalism and violence. Use the link below to make a tip, or install the FCS mobile app available for Android and Apple.
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