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Homecoming Week 2018
Monday, October 15 ​- Friday, October 19

​​​Dance:  Saturday, October 20

Theme:  Beatz by Riverwood
          Seniors:  Hip-Hop
          Juniors:  Rock
          Sophomores:  EDM
          Freshmen: Disco

Homecoming activities include float building, dress up days, powder puff football games, a pep rally, the parade of floats and banners, homecoming court, and the dance. Each class earns points based on spirit and participation in all activities beginning with the float building through the pep rally. The winning class is announced during halftime of the Varsity Football game on Friday night.   
                     Visit the Homecoming 2018 Page for Complete Details

Yearbook Photo Retake/Makeup day Thursday, October 18, 2018
During school. No purchase necessary. To order photos online:  link

Reflections "Heroes Around Me" Deadline Extended
Submissions due Thursday, October 18, 2018

Choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture, or create a piece of visual art which interprets the theme: "Heroes Around Me." Bring all entries to the Media Center before the end of the school day Thursday, October 18​, 2018. Questions? Contact PTSA Parent Volunteer Rebecca Leffler (​Rrleffler@aol.com​)

Visit the PTSA Reflections Page (link) for entry form, official rules, and guidelines.

Thursday Afternoon Speaking Workshop October 18, 2018
Room 2201 (new building), 3:30-4:45pm
Open to all students interested in participating in the Big Questions Debate on Saturday, October 27. The one hour workshop takes place Thursday afternoon after school to assist the teams preparing for the debate. Questions? Contact Faculty sponsors Marjorie Bernard-Evans (bernardevans@fultonschools.org) or Laura Guill (Guilll@fultonschools.org)

Poetry Slam Friday, October 19, 2018
Room 101, During all lunches
Theme "Grown Folk's Business"
Sponsored by the Raider Writing Center. Want to learn how a Poetry Slam works? Need some help preparing an entry? The Raider Writing Center is offering poetry slam workshops during all lunches Monday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 17.

Band and Orchestra Fall Concert Thursday, October 25, 2018
Auditorium, 6:30pm
Free and open to the community

3rd Annual Riverwood Runs for a Reason 5K Saturday, October 27, 2018
8am race
Runners, walkers, dogs, and strollers welcome. Registrants will receive t-shirt and goody bag on race day. 
Online registration (link) deadline Thursday, October 25. Race day registration available beginning at 7am (check/card only, please).  

Special Homecoming $5 Registration Discount
Look for the Runs for a Reason 5K table at the Friday, October 19 Homecoming Football game. Everyone who registers Friday night, October 19 at Hoskyn Stadium receives $5 off their entry fee          learn more

Big Questions Debate Saturday, October 27
On campus, 8:45am-3pm
Hosted by the Raider Debate Team and open to all students. Students sign up in teams of two. Sign up deadline Thursday, October 25, 2018. $15 entry fee includes breakfast & lunch. Topic "Resolved: Humans are primarily driven by self-interest." Pick up registration forms in the Media Center, the Front Office, the Writing Center (Room 101), or Rooms 2201 or 2205. This is a great opportunity for students to engage in intellectual discourse and practice their public speaking skills in a semi-formal debate format. Questions? Contact Faculty sponsors Marjorie Bernard-Evans (bernardevans@fultonschools.org) or Laura Guill (Guilll@fultonschools.org)

PrincetonReviewLogoACT & SAT Prep Classes Offered On-Campus
Fulton County Schools, in partnership with The Princeton Review, is offering discounted SAT and ACT review classes on campus to prepare for the December 2018 tests. The discounted price ($125) includes 15 hours of in-class instruction, full-length proctored practice tests, and additional practice tests. Register online (Princetonreview.com/fultoncounty) using promo code FCSATL, or call The Princeton Review (800-273-8439, x 1070)           ACT & SAT Fall 2018 Class Flyer

NO SCHOOL Thursday, November 1, 2018
Teacher Work Day
Classes resume Friday, November 2 on the "B" day schedule

Prospective Student/Parent Information Session Friday, November 2, 2018
Auditorium, 9am
Sessions​​ begin at 9am in the Auditorium and last approximately one and a half hours. Both students and parents are invited to attend. No RSVP required; however, please sign up for a session​ online (link)​​​ to ensure having enough materials on hand. Please report directly to the auditorium (old building) to sign in. For this event, visitors will not have to sign in at the front desk of the new building.​ ​​  learn more

​​CALENDAR ALERT:  November 6, 2018 is now a Teacher Workday

The Fulton County Board of Education voted to change Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (election day) to a teacher work day (no students on campus). In exchange, Friday, March 8, 2019 is now a regular school day instead of a teacher work day.   learn more

​Fall Showcase of Performing and Visual Arts (SPAVA)
Thursday, November 8, 2018
New Building Lobby, 6:30pm
SPAVA is held twice each year. ​Students from all Fine Art disciplines transform the lobby into a gallery of displays, performances and presentations. Student actors, singers, and instrumentalists perform throughout the evening as well. SPAVA is free and open to the community. 

Career Readiness Initiative:  
Adult Volunteers and Businesses Needed
Please use the online form (link) to sign up to assist with a Career Cafe and/or Business Connection, or to request more information. Career Cafes, career-related workshops or information sessions, will take place during lunch hours. Business connections will offer internships and career-related mentorships.​

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.

                      Georgia DDS ​Attenda​nce Form​ ​ ​​​

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

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.

Stanek is National Merit Semifinalist

Congratulations to Senior Michelle Stanek for being selected as a semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program.

Based on her outstanding score on the PSAT taken during her Junior year, Stanek joins an elite group of approximately 16,000 high school seniors from across the country. As semifinalist, she now must fulfill several requirements in order to advance to the finalist round. She must have a record of high academic performance, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn an SAT score that confirms her earlier qualifying test performance. Additionally, all semifinalists complete a detailed scholarship application, which includes a self-descriptive essay and information about participation and leadership in school and community activities.

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.​

QuickTip link

UPDATED:  Class of 2018 Colleges & University Acceptances
The Counseling Center compiles the list​ based on information provided by students. Please contact the Counseling Center to report additional acceptances or wait-list clearances. 


Advanced Placement Test Results Earn Honors
The Georgia Department of Education named Riverwood a 2018 AP STEM school, an AP Humanities School, and an AP Access and Support School based on the Spring 2017 Advanced Placement scores. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.
   visit the News & Media Gallery for the complete story


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​​Support the Raiders:
Fundraisers & Service Projects​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Raider Visor Orders due
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Support the Boys & Girls Track & Field program by purchasing a Raider visor ($26)   learn more

PowderPuff Football Fundraiser
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Part of the Homecoming Week Festivities. Register to play (girls) or cheer (guys) by returning registration form & payment to Coach Weaver's room (Room 108) before Friday, October 12
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Fall Pansy Sale

Order deadline Friday, October 19, 2018
Deluxe Pansies, $25 per flat
Assorted colors
Pick up at school Thursday afternoon, October 25, 2018
Support Lady Raider Soccer

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School Supplies Drive
Deadline Thursday, October 25, 2018
The Raider Spanish Club is hosting a school supply and project supply drive for underserved students in the community. Bring donations to Room 402

Boon Supply Shopping

Shop for gifts, housewares, jewelry, outdoor & garden items, and more...
Each purchase earns 50% for Raider Athletics
Free shipping for orders over $75

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Game & Puzzle Donations
A significant focus of the Community Based Instruction (CBI) program is socialization and learning how to interact appropriately with other students. Please bring donations to Room 1205 (new building) or contact CBI faculty member Samantha Greco for more information (GrecoS@fultonschools.org)

DonorsChoose Project
Art Department
Apple Magic Trackpads
Support Art Teacher Dana Munson's project to purchase Trackpads for use in Art/Design Classes
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Raider Restaurant Cards

​Support Raider Athletics with a $20 donation and receive a 2018-19 Raider Card. Raider Cards are valid until May 30, 2019 and offer discounts at more than 25 local merchants.  learn more

Student Relaxation Room Wish List

The Counseling Center is furnishing a relaxation room for students and it is almost complete. Only a few wish list items remain ​View wish list

Questions? Contact Head Counselor Shamona Harrell (HarrellS@fultonschools.org)

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
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

Publix Partner Cards: Free partner cards available in the school front office. Every purchase made at Publix counts; for every $37,500 spent, Riverwood receives $250.

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