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​​​Song Commissioned for Riverwood Singers Debuts Thursday, October 30

Students, families, and the community are invited to the free ​choral​ concert at 7pm in the Peachtree Presbyterian Church sanctuary on Thursday, October 30. The Riverwood Singers, an auditioned choir of 16 singers, will perform for the first time a commissioned piece titled "The Gift to Sing."  J.D. Frizzell of Memphis, Tennessee composed the piece based on James Weldon Johnson's poem by the same name.


​​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



Dia de los Muertos Display Friday, October 31
The Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) is sponsoring a Dia de los Muertos display in the Auditorium Lobby on Friday, October 31. The Day of the Dead -- which coincides with All Saints Day and All Souls' Day -- is a Mexican remembrance of loved ones and a celebration of their lives. OLAS members will be on hand to discuss the significance of the ofrenda. A traditional ofrenda includes symbolic mementoes and photographs of the departed. Students, parents, faculty and staff are invited to participate and learn more about this unique cultural custom. Olivia Gonzalez is the OLAS Faculty Sponsor.



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 Info Session Friday, November 7
Information 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​ 


College Night for Parents & Students Thursday, November 13
Auditorium, 6pm
All Riverwood students and parents are encouraged to attend. Representatives from 40 colleges and universities will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Additionally, professionals will lead breakout sessions about specific topics such as: 

  • ​SAT or ACT?
  • College financing options
  • Steps to take in 9th, 10th & 11th grade to prepare for college
  • Which colleges and universities offer non-need, merit, or talent based scholarships?
  • Is it possible to take college & high school classes at the same time?
  • What about playing sports in college?
  • What resources does the Counseling Center offer?
  • What federal, state, and private monies are available to finance college?
  • How to write an effective, strong college application essay

Parent Volunteers Needed for CAPS Program

Adult volunteers are needed on on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to work alongside Faculty and Staff assisting Seniors with the College Application Process (CAPS). CAPS Volunteers are needed beginning November 4 through December 11 (excluding Thanksgiving week). Contact Counselor Angel Jones to volunteer, or for more information.

After School Volunteer Opportunity for Students (& Adults) at the Sandy Springs Mission  
Attend a training class on either November 10 or 17 to learn about the After School Education Program (ASEP). Assist elementary students with their homework after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Great opportunity to earn service hours and to make a significant impact on the community.  View ASEP flyer


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


Seeking Current Sophomores & Juniors Interested in IB Film Studies
In order to add IB Film Studies to the curriculum, a significant number of current Sophomores (Class of 2017) and Juniors (Class of 2016) will need to express an interest. Learn more about the coursework and fill out an interest form on the IB Film Studies website. Also, make plans to attend the IB information night at the school on January 22, 2015. Any questions? Contact Dana Munson (MunsonD@fultonschools.org​)




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

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


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).

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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. ​


 

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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                    


 

 

 

 


 

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

​​Halloween Candy Collection
Monday, November 3 through Friday, November 7  Collection bins will be in the Atrium all week. Candy will go to Operation Stars & Stripes to​ be included in care packages to US Military serving overseas.

​​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.


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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

AmazonSmile
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.

Available in the school front office, or from Coach Leigh Hudson



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