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Dr. Shaw's Welcome Back to School Letter July 16, 2014
Information about the new A/B Block Schedule, Dress Code, Bus Schedules,​ and more
   Back to School Letter of July 16, 2014, English

Back to School Letter of July 16, 2014, Spanish

​Front Office Summer Hours

The Front Office is open 9am-2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Counseling Center Summer Office Hours
New Student Registration by appointment only. Call the main office to request appointments (404-847-1980).  Counseling Center Office Hours 9am-2pm on selected dates:  ​
                         Tuesday, July 8, 15, 22 & 29
                         Thursday, July 10, 17, 24 & 31

Raider Rally Day Thursday, August 7, 2014
9th grade students & parents begin in the Auditorium promptly at 8:30am All other grades report to the Tournament Gym 12th grade: 2-4pm 11th grade: 3-5pm 10th grade: 4-6pm Pick up class schedules, pay PTSA dues, join BOB, PABA, the RAA, & the Foundation. Purchase lockers. Find out about Bus Schedules, Lunch Payment options, Parking Permits, and more...

First Day of School Monday, August 11, 2014. Report to Advisement at 8:20am.

Summer Picture Sessions for Class of 2015 Yearbook Photos

Cady Studios is taking appointments throughout the summer for Senior Yearbook photos at their Alpharetta location. Contact
www.cadystudios.com or 678-951-0102. Cady Studios charges a $25 fee for the photo sessions; purchasing pictures is additional. learn more

​Raiders Win National FBLA Award
After qualifying at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)​ Georgia State Leadership Conference in March, eight Raiders advanced to the 2014 National Leadership Conference in Tennessee. Congratulations to Hunter Lankford and Visar Mehmeti for their 3rd Place award in Banking and Finance.  Sharod Hinton, Remy Falciglia and Connor Gladney competed in Entrepreneurship, Cameron Scheele in Sports Management, Eric Jacobs in Marketing, Kara Wise in Public Speaking II,​ and Jazondre Gibbs in Client Services. More than 10,000 participants from across the United States and two countries met in Nashville at the end of June to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 60 business and business-related competitive events. 
                                  Learn more in the News & Media Gallery 

Four Raiders Attending 2014 Governor's Honors Program  

Congratulations to this year's Governor's Honors Program (GHP) participants:  Garon Berenson (Technology), Max Kantor (Theatre), Callaway Powlus (Music) (not pictured)​, and Pascal Acree (Biology). After a rigorous audition and interview process, these students were selected to participate in the four-week program at Valdosta State University. GHP is a residential summer program for approximately 700 intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school juniors and seniors from across the state. The 2014 GHP begins June 23 and runs through July 20. Students spend their mornings in their major area of nomination exploring topics not usually found in the regular high school classroom. During the afternoons, students choose one of the other twenty areas in which to study. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances. Now in its 51st year, GHP is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly.​​

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

A/B Block Schedule begins with 2014-15 School Year
The passage of the Fulton County Schools Budget in June 2014 ensures funding for Riverwood's return to an A/B Block Schedule in the fall:   learn more

Congratulations, Graduates!
The Class of 2014 graduated on Friday, May 23 at the Cobb Energy Centre. Each year, the school bestows three special awards to outstanding seniors. Congratulations to:
          Atlanta Journal & Constitution Cup:  Jonah Blumenthal (pictured left)
          Principal's Cup:  Mae Davis (pictured center)
          Faculty Cup: Joey Weiss (pictured right)

Fun Facts about the Class of 2014
View the list of Colleges and Universities where members of the Class of 2014 received acceptances (as reported to the Counseling Center by May 23, 2014)

View the list of Senior Raiders who will be playing college sports next year

Nikunj Jinan​ Receives Princeton Prize in Race Relations 
Congratulations to Nikunj Jinan, member of the Class of 2014, for receiving the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for his work with students at Mimosa Elementary School in Roswell. His after school program "Kids Teach it Forward" pairs students with tutors of a different race, creating an opportunity for greater racial understanding while fostering academic achievement. The Reporter Newspapers featured Jinan as their Standout Student in the July 6, 2014 edition. 
Read The Reporter Newspaper article by Elizabeth Lamar​

SAIL Celebrates Success
Congratulations to the students who took part in this year’s SAIL program. Almost 30 seniors (Class of 2014) and 13 adult volunteers participated. SAIL, Seniors Achieving in Life, is a rewarding and effective program pairing adults with seniors needing assistance navigating the college application process. SAIL is partially funded by a grant from the Sandy Springs Education Force (SSEF) in conjunction with the Counseling Center. The support of the SSEF covers expenses such as application and transcript fees. On May 7, the SSEF helped sponsor a breakfast reception to congratulate the students and thank the adult volunteers. 

Visit the News & Media Gallery to learn more about SAIL

​Class of 2014 Senior Spotlight on Kimia Shahrokhi

Fulton County Schools selected one senior from each high school for its 2014 Star Senior Showcase. Congratulations to Kimia Shahrokhi for representing the Raiders in this year’s video. Shahrokhi moved with her family to the United States from Iran four years ago. Knowing only her native language Farsi, she then began a journey not only to adapt to American culture but also to its educational system. With her determination and commitment to academics, she quickly learned English and has helped her non-English speaking parents navigate the social and business worlds. ​ 
     Read more and view her​ video interview in the News & Media Gallery

Olivia Gonzalez Named 2014 District Professional of the Year
Congratulations to Olivia Gonzalez for being named the Fulton County Schools Professional of the Year. Superintendent Avossa came to campus on Friday, May 9 to present Mrs. Gonzalez the award. Earlier this year she was named Riverwood's Professional of the Year. Next, the Central Learning Community voted her the CLC Employee of the Year, which placed her as one of four finalists for the district award. An active member of the Counseling Center for the past six years, she serves as the bilingual parent liaison. Mrs. Gonzalez coordinates activities and programs for Latino students and parents both at the school and in the community, serves as an interpreter and translator for teachers in the building, and sits on the school's Governance Council.​

Juniors Honored for Service to NYO's Christopher League
The Northside Youth Organization (NYO) presents the annual Nick Napalitano Award to honor dedication to the Christopher League, a
baseball program for physically and mentally disabled players. This year's recipients are Juniors Chad Davis & Sam Moss, committed “buddies” helping youngsters who otherwise would not get a chance to experience the thrill of the game. Congratulations! Coincidentally, Davis and Moss are the third and fourth Raiders to receive the award following Ruby Freeman in 2013 (Raider Class of 2014) and Lee Miller in 2012 (Raider Class of 2012).

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                    



Summer Reading List - updated June 2 Almost every student has at least one summer assignment, including incoming 9th graders:

Visit the Principal's Notes Page to keep up with the latest news from Dr. Shaw:


Fundraisers & Service Projects
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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