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​​Principal's End of the Year Letter to Families
A letter went to parent emails on Wednesday, April 11 with news for students and parents regarding testing schedules, the exam exemption policy, the Surface 3 tablet return schedule, and more            English            Spanish


Governance Council Monthly Meeting Tuesday, April 24, 2018
​New Building Lobby, 4p​m​​ 
Governance Council meetings are open to the public.
Stakeholders may speak during the Public Comment time. 
                ​ Public Comment Guidelines​

Spring Chorus Concert Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Auditorium, 6:30pm
Free and open to the community

Student Sports Physicals Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tournament Gym, 3:45-5pm
The Riverwood Athletic Association (RAA) is bringing Dr. J. Stephen Kroll of Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta to campus to administer student sports physicals. Open to rising 9th-12th grade students. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their child. The cost is $25 (cash, check, or money order), payable at the door. Make checks payable to the RAA. 
Bring the history portion of the pre-participation physical form already completed and signed by a parent (view/download form) NOTE:  Before being allowed to participate in tryouts, conditioning, weight lifting, or any team activity, including Marching Band and Color Guard, all students MUST have completed and up to date forms on file in the school's PrivIT system  (PrivIT/athletics forms link)

Honors Night Thursday, April 26, 2018
Auditorium, 6:30pm
Families of students being honored will receive an invitation in the mail

​Spring Band Concert Thursday, May 10, 2018
Joint Riverwood & Ridgeview Band Performance​s
Ridgeview Charter School (map), 6:30pm
Free and open to the community 

PTSA General Meeting Friday, May 11, 2018
Media Center, 8:30am
Everyone welcome. Find out the latest PTSA news, learn about upcoming activities, and find out how to get involved. The agenda also ​includes a brief school update from Principal Gardner.

Students Return Surface 3 Tablets​
Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18, 2018

The school is collecting all of the student Surface 3 tablets during the week of May 14. Students will return their devices in the main cafeteria ​during any lunch period. Students must report any damaged or lost item to Cathy Blodgett in the Media Center. ​

To see the fines/fees associated with lost or damaged items, view or download the Fulton County Schools Surface Tablet User Agreement.   Engl​​ish​

Questions? Contact Assistant Administrator Lori Miller (MillerLM@fultonschools.org)​

Summer School 2018 Enrollment Opened March 1
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 2018 is North Springs.Find out which classes are available, dates, registration fees, and more through the Fulton County Schools Summer School information page.

SB-10 In-District Transfer Application Window March 1 - May 1, 2018
As a provision of the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program (GSNSP), parents of students with disabilities who receive special education services may choose to transfer their child to another public school in Fulton County. Parents can request a transfer to another public school as long as there is available space at that school and the school has a program with the services agreed to in the student’s existing individualized education program. Please click here for more information about the GSNSP in Fulton County schools and to access the online application form. The application window is March 1-May 1, 2018. Questions? Contact the Services for Exceptional Children Department servicesforexceptionalchildren@fultonschools.org

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.

​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​, 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.  ​

Georgia Department of Driver Services Certificates of Attendance
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)

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

2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced
Congratulations to Saya Abney, Valedictorian, and Dori Balser, Salutatorian. Graduation 2018 is at 3pm on Thursday, May 24, at the Cobb Energy Centre.

Valedictorian Saya Abney (pictured left) is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Candidate and plans to double-major in physics/aerospace engineering and sociology/ethnic studies. She is yet undecided about where she will continue her education, but aspires to attend law school after college. Abney is the Raiders' 2018 STAR Student, a National Merit Scholar Finalist, and an AP Scholar. She received the Georgia Certificate of Merit as well as the Harvard Prize Book Award. As Co-Captain of the Raider Policy Debate Team, Abney helped restart the team as a Freshman, has coached other team members for four years, and has had many successes in debate competitions​. Passionate about education and social justice, Abney serves as an AP World History Tutor, tutors ESOL students in math, and volunteers to coach and judge middle school debate tournaments through the Atlanta Urban Debate League. Abney is a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, the National Honor Society, and the National Beta Club.​

Salutatorian Dori Balser (pictured right) plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis in the fall. She is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme candidate and is the Student Body Vice President. Earlier this year, Balser received the Princeton Club’s 2017 Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award and was honored at the Georgia State Capitol. She is one of only 16 high school students selected to serve on the Youth Board of the United Way of Greater Atlanta, and currently serves as a co-chair. Balser was a 2016 "HOBY Ambassador," representing the Raiders at the Hugh O'Brian Summer Youth Leadership Conference. She is a school​ Ambassador and an AP World History Tutor. Balser is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society, and the National Beta Club.​

2017-18 Teacher of the Year & Professional of the Year
Congratulations to Jerome Dunson for being named the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year and to Tami Walton for being named the 2017-18 Professional of the Year. Faculty and staff nominated and voted for this year’s recipients. New to the process this year was the participation of the student body. The honorees received their awards at a March faculty meeting and, as a surprise, had their families present in the auditorium to witness the presentations.​

​​Jerome Dunson joined the Raider faculty in 2013 and teaches US History, International Affairs, and Economics. He works with students in the Career Technology Instruction (CTI) program, serves as Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, and is a member of the school’s Governance Council. 

Dunson, an Atlanta native, grew up in College Park and earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in History at the University of West Georgia. Outside of school, Dunson is an avid basketball enthusiast and movie connoisseur, and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. 

When asked about the best part of his work, Dunson replied, “[it is] being able to make a difference academically and socially in the lives of students as they transition into young adulthood. I am truly thankful to be able to work in an environment with such wonderful students and professionals, doing a service I’m passionate about.” 

Principal Chuck Gardner added, “His students receive top notch instruction every day and his calm demeanor is a stabilizing force for so many students.”  ​

​Tami Walton joined the Raider Administrative Team in 2016. She is responsible for all of the school finances, including receiving and disbursing funds, and maintaining the cost center and local school budgets. 

Walton came to Fulton County via Cobb County Schools where she worked for 12 years as a Bookkeeper. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Walton holds a degree in Human Services from Mercer University. She is currently working to complete a Master’s Degree in School Counseling. 

Married with three children, she also enjoys time with her 10 year old Shih Tzu named Gizmo. 

About Walton, Principal Gardner stated, “She always has a smile on her face and stays calm under pressure. Her patience is incredible and she is a comforting presence to everyone.”​​

​Abney is STAR Student; Gribble is STAR Teacher
Saya Abney is the 2017-18 STAR Student; she chose Social Studies faculty member Daniel Gribble as her STAR teacher.

To obtain the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR), 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. The STAR program honors Georgia's outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.

Abney is an IB Diploma Candidate and plans to major in physics or aerospace engineering. Already holding an acceptance from the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, she also has UC Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Emory, and Georgia Tech in her college choices. Abney aspires to attend law school after college.

Abney’s STAR teacher is Social Studies faculty member Daniel Gribble. Abney said, “ I picked Mr. Gribble as my STAR teacher because his classes encourage students to learn skills beyond the course content: reading comprehension, critical analysis, and time management. He cares about and supports his students while trying to ensure they can succeed on their own.”      ​Read more in the News & Media Gallery​​​​​​​

Raiders Announce Five Governor's Honors Semi-finalists
Congratulations to Neha Devineni (Mathematics), Samantha Johnson (Communicative Arts), Riley Mehrman (Engineering), Shreya Rekapalli (Social Studies), and Jayden Richardson (Music). These five students made it through the first round the 2018 Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) competition. Following interviews at the end of February, the students will find out in March if they have been selected for this year's GHP. 

GHP is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students; this year’s GHP is at Berry College in Rome. While living on campus, students attend classes in the mornings and afternoons in specific areas of study, and participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities every evening. The academic, cultural, and social enrichment provides skills to the rising juniors and seniors to help them become critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.

Arney Selected to Georgia State School Superintendent's ​Council
Congratulations to Junior Nate Arney for being chosen for Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ 2017-18 Student Advisory Council. Arney is one of 142 students selected from over 2,500 applicants from public schools across the state. One male and one female were chosen to represent each school district in Georgia; Arney represents Fulton County Schools.

Applicants were asked to explain their ideas for impacting the overall quality of public education in Georgia and to indicate their commitment to community service. Students on the council serve as liaisons between the Georgia Department of Education and the students of the state. Over the course of four meetings at the Superintendent’s office, the students can expect to discuss a variety of topics that, in the past, have included student leadership, Georgia graduation rules, dropout rates, school climate, nutrition, and career, technical, and agricultural education.

Arney has enjoyed his participation thus far, noting: “The diversity of students on the council has been extremely interesting to me. Talking with all students about how their schools function and comparing their school experiences to mine has been very interesting. I am fascinated by the variety of high school offerings a Georgia high school student experiences.” Arney, an IB Diploma Candidate, is an active member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish and Science National Honor Societies, and Beta Club. He also serves on Mr. Gardner's Principal’s Student Advisory Council. Arney is a peer tutor and member of the Varsity Lacrosse team.​

Raiders Have Two National Merit Semifinalists
Congratulations to Seniors Saya Abney and Lily Schneider for being selected as semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program.

Based on their outstanding scores on the PSAT taken during their Junior year, Abney and Schneider join an elite group of approximately 16,000 high school seniors from across the country. As semifinalists, the students now must fulfill several requirements in order to advance to the finalist round. They must have a record of high academic performance, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. Additionally, the semifinalists will complete a detailed scholarship application, which includes a self-descriptive essay and information about participation and leadership in school and community activities.


  Learn more in the News & Media Gallery​​​​​​​



​​Support the Raiders:
Fundraisers & Service Projects​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​April Food Drive Ends April 27
Bring non-perishable foods to Culinary Arts (Room A2) or to ​Room 209 to help restock the Community Assistance Center's pantry
 ​ View a list of needed items

Vintage Raider Soccer Scarves

$15 each Support the Lady Raiders Soccer team. 2 styles available. Purchase in the school front office, or contact parent volunteer Tricia Andrews (pka675@comcast.net)

​Small Toiletries Drive​
Collection Bin in Cafeteria
Members of Youth Leadership Sandy Springs started the Parent Pack Initiative to collect small toiletries for parents staying with their children at Children's Hospital of Atlanta. 

​​Sock Drive
Spring Service Project
Bring plain ​white athletic socks (new or barely used) to the bin in the school front office, or to Room 209. Socks will go to the Sandy Springs Community Assistance Center.

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Student Relaxation Room Wish List

The Counseling Center is furnishing a relaxation room for students. Wish list supplies include stress relieving ​​items, books, games, music, etc.
View wish list

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

Raider Pride Magnet, $5

Show school spirit and support the Lady Raider Volleyball program by purchasing a Raider Pride Car Magnet.

Available in the school front office, or contact Volleyball Coach Leigh Hudson (HudsonLM@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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