Thanksgiving Holidays Monday, November 24 - Friday, November 28
Classes resume Monday, December 1. Have a safe and happy holiday.
International Studies Magnet Program Application Posted for 2015-16
Please visit the Registration and Forms page to view and download the Magnet Application for the 2015-16 school year. The application deadline is January 30, 2015.
Bullying Awareness Week December 1-5,
During the second annual Bullying
Awareness Week, daily announcements will provide more information
about what bullying entails, why students should help create a
Bully-Free school, and help students be more aware of ways to prevent
bullying. Thanks to the Counseling Center, “No Bullying Zone”
posters will hang throughout the school. This year’s assembly for
9th grade students is a special screening of “The Fat
Boy Chronicles” on Thursday, December 4. Michael Buchanan,
co-author of the book and screenplay, will be on hand to discuss the
award-winning film. Learn more about the film
Last year’s students (grades 9-12) and faculty took
a Bullying Assessment survey to examine the perception of bullying.
18% of female and 12.5% of male students reported bullying incidents
on campus. These numbers are high enough to warrant the continuation
of bullying awareness education. Furthermore, students indicated the
most common places for bullying to occur are the cafeteria, hallways,
and in the classroom. The Counseling Center will survey the current freshman class and compare their answers with those of last year’s ninth graders.
Global Youth Ambassador Program Interest Deadline: December 2, 2014
Contact Roxie Garber in the Counseling Center by Tuesday, December 2nd to sign up for an information session about Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves’ Global Youth Ambassador program. The 8th Annual program is for current Sophomores and Juniors who have at least a 3.0 GPA and at least an 80 in World Language. Students must make a commitment to attend bimonthly Saturday (9am-3pm at Georgia Tech) training sessions beginning January 24, 2015 for four months, and must have a teacher or community mentor recommendation. The cost of the program is $2,500 and includes the training sessions and travel, homestay, and meals for the two week Costa Rica and Panama trip May 31-June 10, 2015. The information session is Saturday, December 6 from 1-3pm at the Aloft Hotel, 300 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308. Chairman Eaves will be on hand to answer questions.
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.
Prospective Students/Parent Info Session Friday, December 5
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.
Private School Parent Night Thursday, December 11, 2014
The meeting starts promptly at 6:30pm in the Media Center and is for Parents of private school students considering attending Riverwood. Learn about the International Studies Program, the International Baccalaureate Program, and hear from parents of private school students who have successfully transitioned from private schools to Riverwood. RSVP not required. Questions? Contact Counselor Angel Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Principal's Town Hall Meetings Begin December 17, 2014 Dr.
Shaw is holding four Town Hall meetings during the 2014-15 school year
at various times to accommodate parent work schedules. The first Town Hall is an afternoon meeting on Wednesday, December 17 at 3pm in the Auditorium Lobby. 2014-15 Town Hall Schedule (please note time change on December 17 meeting from 6pm to 3pm) 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)
Asher Berman Nominated for National Competition
Congratulations to Senior Asher Berman for advancing in the 2015 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) competiton. Berman, an officer in the Student Government Association, went through an extensive application and interview process to become the Fulton County School System’s nominee. Besting every candidate from all Fulton County high schools, Berman now competes for one of two spots to represent the State of Georgia at the National Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. He will take the USSYP Qualifying Exam, which consists of five sections of questions on politics and government and one essay section, and should know the state results before the end of the fall semester. learn more in the News & Media Gallery
Graduation Rate Jumps More than 13%
Congratulations to the Raider students and faculty for the double-digit increase in the graduation rate from the Class of 2013 (67.8%) to the Class of 2014 (81.3%). This is the fourth year using the Georgia Department of Education’s new graduation rate formula.
Fulton County High Schools Class of 2014 Graduation Rates
Raiders Selected for 2014 Fulton County Honor Band
Congratulations to Juniors Phillip Prior and Andres Campos for being selected to the Fulton County Honor Band. Prior (percussionist) and Campos (tuba) will perform in the Honor Band concert at Centennial High School on November 17, 2014.
Debate Continues Winning Ways at Autumn Argument
The Raiders had a successful day at the Seventh Annual Autumn Argument hosted by Sequoyah High School in Canton on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Congratulations to the team of Saya Abney and Cassidy Merhman for winning their division. Individually, Abney won First Place in speaker points and first-year debater Merhman placed Seventh. The Madalyn Lieberman and Tamiyah Couthers team was 2-2 in their competition.
PTSA Announces 2014 Reflections Winners
Congratulations to the 12 Raiders who are advancing to the district-level Reflections competition. The PTSA honored the school winners with an ice cream social on Thursday, November 6. These students interpreted the theme “The World Would be a Better Place If...” through original works of literature, visual art, music composition, and photography. Good luck to them as they advance to the district contest.
Literature: Lillian Davis, Alexandra Owens, Alexander Hamer, Nicole Nichols, & Sheng Lung Huang.
Visual Art: Alexander Hamer, Nicole Nichols, & Sheng Lung Huang.
Photography: Sarah Kern, Lilly Blumenthal, Arabelle Berman, Kelsey Key, & Anton Hsu.
Musical Composition: Elise Flanagan & Olivia Gunthert
Raiders Well-Represented in District V Honor Choir
Congratulations to the 11 Raider musicians chosen to the District V 2014 Honor Choir: Matthew Boatwright, Chip Carter, Maggie Daniels, Megan Echols, Abby Gibson, Lucy Mulkeen, Adam Segal, Madeleine Sibert, Jasmine Smith, Tim Stewart, and Joe Virgin. After a day and a half of combined rehearsals with students from across the metro area, they performed Saturday, November 1 in Roswell.
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 teams 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. learn more in the News & Media Gallery
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
Caution: Section of Stadium Seating Off Limits
Please 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, 2014 letter -- Spanish
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.
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.
Foundation Receives $10,000 Sandy Springs Society Grant
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.
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|Tree & Wreath Lot Grand Opening|
Friday, November 28, 2014
Support the Raider Baseball & Softball program by purchasing fresh cut fraser firs and gorgeous balsam wreaths. Learn more
|Shop For a Cause at Festivity |
2-6pm, December 2, 2014
Take care of holiday shopping at Festivity and 20% of the proceeds will go to the PTSA. Festivity is at 3720 Roswell Road in the Powers Ferry Square Shopping Center at the corner of Roswell Road & Powers Ferry Road Festivity Flyer
|Online Wreath & Greenery Orders|
Support the Lady Raiders Softball program by purchasing wreaths and greenery online from the Vermont Wreath Center. Deadline December 9, 2014
|HoneyBaked® Ham Gift Card Sale|
Support the Boys Basketball program by purchasing $10, $25, $35, or $50 Gift Cards. Order by December 15 for school pick up December 18. Learn more
|Printer Cartridge Recycling|
The PTSA is collecting empty Ink Jet & Laser Toner printer cartridges in the school front office for recycling. Almost all brands accepted (Brother, Canon, Epson, HP,
Lexmark). The fundraiser will be ongoing for the entire school year. Which cartridges can be recycled?
Ink Jet Brands and Laser Toner Brands
|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
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