Boys Lacrosse Future Raider Night Friday, March 27
The Boys Lacrosse Team invites Future Raiders, families, and
the community to their game vs. Wesleyan Friday, March 27. The game
starts at 7pm. FREE student admission to future Raiders from local elementary
schools and from Ridgeview Middle School wearing Raider gear. Gate
admission to elementary and middle school students without Raider gear
is $3. All children 13 and under must be with an adult. Full concession stand with hot dogs and hamburgers. View Flyer
Color Guard tryouts Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 3, 2015
Color Guard tryouts are 4-5:30pm in the Auxiliary Gym the week of March 30 and are open to all students (Male and Female) who wish to participate with the marching band. The Color Guard performs using flags, sabres, rifles and dance. Dance experience is helpful but not required. For tryouts, students should wear loose fitting clothing, tennis shoes and socks, and bring water or Gatorade. Contact Faculty Sponsor Laura Smith with any questions (SmilthL8@fultonschools.org).
Drum Line Practice & Auditions Begin Monday, March 30, 2015
Percussion experience helpful, but not required. Report to the Band Room Monday and Tuesday from 4-5:30pm to practice and learn the music. Bring drumsticks and earplugs. Auditions are Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3 from 4-5pm. Questions? Contact Band Director Carlos Rodriguez (RodriguezC@fultonschools.org).
Georgia Department of Education Parent Survey Ends March 27, 2015
Georgia Parent Survey is a 24-question online survey used to help
measure the quality of and perception of every school across the state.
The survey is anonymous; the number of participants as well as the
results feed into the school's Climate Star Rating, which is part of the
College and Career Readiness Performance Indicator (CCRPI) Scorecard.
Access the link using a computer, tablet, or any smart device: http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp
Baseball Future Raider Night Monday, March 30
The Baseball Team invites Future Raiders, families, and the community to their game vs. Sprayberry on Monday, March 30. The game starts at 5:55pm. FREE student admission to future Raiders from local elementary schools and from Ridgeview Middle School wearing Raider gear. Gate admission to elementary and middle school students without Raider gear is $3. All children 13 and under must be with an adult. Full concession stand with hot dogs and hamburgers. View Flyer
Personal Project Showcase Thursday, April 2
10:30am-2pm and 6:30-8pm
The community is invited to attend the morning (10:30am-2pm) or evening (6:30-8pm) session to view the 10th grade students' personal projects. The projects, part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), take approximately 6-8 months to complete. Students may choose the topic of their research and this year's showcase features everything from Sports to Animals, Technology to Food, and Art to Education. The showcase is open to parents and the community. 2015 Personal Project Brochure
McDonald's Hosting Raider Fundraiser Thursday, April 2
Support the Boys Basketball and Basketball Cheerleaders on Thursday evening, April 2, between 5-8pm at the Powers Ferry Road McDonald's (map: 6360 Powers Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30339). Teachers Buck Jenkins and Michelle Stromie will be serving behind the counter. A portion of all sales will
benefit the Raider Boys Basketball and Basketball Cheerleading programs.
Critical Course Verification Dates: March 19, March 26 & April 3
Students received their final course verifications for the 2015-16 school year during Advisement on Thursday, March 19. Students and parents have one week to review the proposed course listings for accuracy and to request changes. Forms are due no later than Advisement on Thursday, March 26, or may be turned in earlier to the Counseling Center. Friday, April 3, 2015 is the final day for course change requests. After April 3, 2015, students’ schedules will be set and no requests for changes will be considered. learn more
Chorus to Sing National Anthem at Braves Game Tuesday,
April 28, 2015
Purchase Tickets by April 3
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). Order by April 3. Ticket Order Form
SPRING BREAK MONDAY, APRIL 6 - FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015
Classes resume Monday, April 13
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Biltmore Hotel, 8-11pm
Tickets ($45) on sale during all lunch periods the week of April 13. Only Juniors and Seniors in good standing (i.e. have paid $35 class dues) may purchase tickets. No tickets sold at the door Saturday evening. Any questions, contact Student Government Faculty Sponsor Joel Kadish (KadishJ@fultonschools.org)
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.
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.
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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.
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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 AVID. 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.
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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.
Choral Groups Earn “Superiors” at Large Group Performance Evaluation
Congratulations to all of the Raider Choral groups for their outstanding performances at the Spring 2015 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE). This year’s competition was February 24 at North Atlanta High School. For the sixth year in a row, every Raider choir received the highest rating of “Superior” in their performance. Additionally, in the extremely challenging sight-singing evaluation, the Men’s chorus scored “Excellent” and the rest of the choirs scored “Superior.”
National Business Honor Society Inducts New Members
Congratulations to the newest members of the Raider chapter of the National Business Honor Society who were inducted on February 19, 2015: David Anderson, David Antonino, Blake Avrett, De-Ambra Burroughs, Thaddeus Caldwell, Alexis Fuller, Maxwell Goldstein, Anishya Hagans, Kendall Laws, McKenzie Lewis, Temia McColl, Asher Newman, Nicole Nichols, Marcelo Paiz, Alex Plavin, Arantza Romero, Kian Smith, Brittney Thomas, Sierra Tulloch, Kyle Weil, and Anna Xayravong.
First Year Wrestler Makes it to State Tournament
Junior Marvin Kinsey decided to try high school wrestling and ended up making it all the way to the State Tournament in his first year. Head Coach Zach McKeone encouraged the outstanding football and track athlete to join the wrestling squad for the 2014-15 season. Competing at 182 lbs, Kinsey compiled a 29-18 record, placed 3rd at the 2014 Fayette County Christmas Classic, and finished 4th in the Area Tournament. The Junior's 8th Place finish in the AAAAA-West Sectional tournament qualified him for State (Ranked #16, Class AAAAA,182 lbs).
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Georgia Thespian Conference 2015
Thanks to the teacher and parent chaperones, 14 Raiders were able to attend the 2015 Georgia Thespian Conference (ThesCon). Megan Cohen, Isabel Dever, Brett Feldman, Abigail Gibson, Maria Jackson, Max Kantor, Gina Karseboom, Sadie llop, Emma McConnell, Madison McConnell, Lucy Mulkeen, Stephi Peifke, Tianna Seidel, and Madeleine Sibert participated in weekend of theatre from the inside-out. Held in downtown Columbus, students from all over the state converged the first weekend of February for a full slate of workshops, performances, and even college auditions. Sponsored by the Georgia Thespians, a chapter of the Education Theatre Association, ThesCon encourages, promotes, advocates and celebrates theatre excellence in schools and communities.
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 2015 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.
Senior Named Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Senior Jaycie Emery for being named the January 2015 Work-Based Learning Employee of the Month. Emery works at Metro Atlanta Gastroenterology in their administrative office. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. Only 11th and 12th grade students are eligible to participate in Work-Based Learning. Interested students should contact Ms. Sheri Smith (Room 809) for more information about applying for Work-Based Learning during the 2015-16 school year.
Mock Trial Team Earns Region Commendations
The Raider Mock Trial Team enjoyed success at the 2015 Region 3 Competition held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Saturday, January 31. Each team fielded two squads: Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense during the day-long competition. The Raiders, under the guidance of coaches Mr. Evans, Mrs. Jones, and Mr. Alford, won commendations for both Outstanding Attorney (Caroline Albright, Nina Garibaldi, and Carolyn Stanek) and Outstanding Witness (Courtney Jeffers and Stephanie Piefke).
Model UN Wins Outstanding Delegation Award
The Raider Model United Nations team was very successful at the Model Arab League Conference held at the Marist School January 22-23, 2015. Representing Saudi Arabia, the Raiders finished in the top three out of 23 high schools. Additionally, the Raiders were one of only three teams to win an Outstanding Delegation award. The death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, which occurred during the two-day conference, presented the team a unique challenge to respond quickly to political change.
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FBLA Shines at 2015 Region Leadership Conference
The Raider Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter participated in the January 2015 Region Leadership Conference. Congratulations to the following FBLA students for advancing to the State Leadership Conference March 20th-21st: Chandler Arney, Thaddeus Caldwell, Jordan Coleman, Liam Collins, Alexis Fuller, Max Goldstein, Ryan Graffagnino, Matt Gruenig, Sarah Hamer, Jeffrey Hooks, Katie Horn, Bayne Jarvis, Alex Koenig, Kendall Laws, Harrison Lipsky, Asher Newman, Nicole Nichols, Matthew Oliver, Marcelo Paiz, Cameron Sheele, Kian Smith, Daniel Steinberg, Brittany Thomas, Collins Vice, Kyle Weil, and Kara Wise. Learn more in the News & Media Gallery
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).