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Teacher Appreciation Week March 27-31, 2017

The PTSA needs volunteers throughout the week to provide baked goods, to help distribute goodies, and more​. It is easy to volunteer using the onlineSign Up Genius link (here), or contact the PTSA volunteer coordinators at ptsariverwood@gmail.com​

Highlights of Teacher Appreciation Week​ include:
Muffin Monday - teachers will receive a muffin from Brooklyn Bagel
​Tuesday - baked goods
Wednesday - hand massages
Thursday - pasta bar luncheon

Friday - notes from students and a sweet treat from the PTSA

Governance Council Voting Ends March 28, 2017
The Riverwood Governance Council has two elected parent/guardian positions and one elected teacher position open for the 2017-18 school year. ​The two year terms commence July 1, 2017.

Parent Candidates (alphabetical order)
     Elissa Fladell
     Kenya Graham
     Bryan Lewis
     Veronica Shaughnessy
Teacher Candidate
     Patricia Lawrimore
Read the candida​tes' statements (.pdf)   ​

On March 22, Fulton County Schools sent parents/guardians an email invitation to vote. The email contains​ voting instructions and a direct link to​ online voting.​ ​​Voting ends at 5pm Tuesday, March 28. ​Did not receive an email, or having problems voting​? Please contact the School Governance & Flexibility Team at 470-254-3604 or sgcelections@fultonschools.org.

Georgia Milestones Parent Information Meeting Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Auditorium, 7pm
The March 28th event is a repeat of the February 16 program because many parents missed the February meeting:  Parents are encouraged to attend to learn more about required Georgia Milestones tests. The agenda includes an overview of the tests, the courses that require Milestones, structure of the assessments, types of questions, preparation and resources available, test-out procedures, using technology & Surface tablets to take the tests, as well as testing schedules and conflicts. Questions? Please contact Administrator Leon Fowler (FowlerL@fultonschools.org). 

Principal's Town Hall Wednesday morning, March 29, 2017
Auditorium, 9am
Dr. Shaw will present a brief school news update. St​akeholders will have an opportunity to ask questions about issues of concern.

Fall 2016 Honor Roll & Principal's List Recognitions March 29 & 30, 2017

Fall 2016 Honor Roll students achieved a cumulative average between 90-94.9; they will be honored during the school day Wednesday, March 29. Principal’s List students earned a cumulative grade point average of 95 or higher; they will be honored during the school day Thursday, March 30​. Congratulations to these outstanding scholars for a successful semester and for their demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.   

                 Fall Semester 2017 Honor Roll & Principal's List

10th Annual Talent & Fashion Show

Thursday, March 30, 2017
"Back 2 Basics"
Honoring Human Rights & Social Justice
Auditorium, 6pm

Tickets $10
Concessions available

Sponsored by the Raider State of the Arts Club. 

Tickets on sale during all lunches Monday, March 27 thru Thursday, March 30,​ and available at the door.

Spring Break:  Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 7
Classes resume Monday, April 10 on the "A" day schedule

Course Registration and Scheduling is Underway
Students are beginning the process of scheduling classes for next school year. 

Visit the Academic Catalog & Scheduling page to view the 2017-18 academic catalogue, drafts of course registration cards, and other course planning documents. 

To prepare for registration, parents and students should watch the
 helpful scheduling overview PowerPoint w​ith Audio (English & Spanish). ​


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.  ​

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 Attendance Form​  ​​



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

2016-17 Teacher of the Year & Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Mary Schmidt (pictured left) for being named the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year and to Amy Dyche (pictured right) for being named the 2016-17 Professional of the Year.
read more in the News & Media Gallery


Advanced Placement Test Results Earn Honors
The Georgia Department of Education named Riverwood an AP STEM school, an AP Humanities School, and an AP Access and Support School based on the Spring 2016 Advanced Placement scores. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.

Georgia Department of Education "Beating the Odds" Award
The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) named Riverwood a "Beating the Odds" school. The "Beats The Odds" analysis measures schools against those with similar backgrounds to see whether they performed better than statistically expected on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) 
  "learn more about "Beating the Odds"

2017 STAR Student and Teacher Announced
Congratulations to 2017 STAR Student and Teacher:  Senior Jeremy Colton and Ms. Rama Balachandran. 

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. 
 ​     (read the complete STAR student & teacher article in the News & Media Gallery)​​


National Merit Semifinalists Announced
Congratulations to Seniors Kendall Laws and Jeremy Colton for being selected as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program.


Based on their outstanding scores on the PSAT taken during their Junior year, Laws and Colton 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 the student’s self-descriptive essay and information about his or her participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Raider Aces ACT
Congratulations to Senior Jeremy Colton who scored a perfect score of 36 on the ACT (American College Testing) exam. Colton sat for the exam in February 2016 and, based on the most recent data, is one of less than 1% of all tested students in the nation to achieve​ a perfect score. Colton advises his fellow students planning to take the ACT to prepare by taking as many practice tests as possible. Of the 223 Raiders taking the ACT last year, the composite score was 22.9, which is ​above the Georgia (21.1) and National (20.8) average. 


Most Challenging High Schools 2016 Report
Congratulations to all Raider students and teachers. The Washington Post ranked Riverwood #3 in Fulton County, #14 in Georgia, and #321 in the United States among all high schools.   learn ​more


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


Parking Permit Reminder
ALL student vehicles MUST display a valid parking permit. ​​Effective March 20, 2017, any car in the student parking lot without a valid parking permit will receive a warning​. After two warnings, cars will be towed. Visitors must check in to the front office or risk being towed. Questions? Contact Administrator Malcolm Shell (shellm@fultonschools.org​)


Student Microsoft Surface Pro Tablets 
Visit the Digital Citizenship & Surface Pro Tablets page ​for a wealth of resources and information about the tablets. 





Campus Construction News
The estimated completion date for the first phase is July 2017. The new baseball facility opened in February 2017.


School Communications:  Learn how to Stay Connected & Stay Informed​

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



​​Fundraisers & Service Projects​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​Pennies for Patients
March 8-24

Support the National Honor Society as they raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The class raising the most money will be eligible for prizes. Donate at the NHS table during all lunches, or bring to the school front office or to Room 209. Online donations gratefully accepted.
​              ​Donate Online ​

Donations Requested for Nicaragua

Deadline March 30​, 2017
Bring to the school front office or to Room 209. Students bringing donations can receive service hours. Clothes, shoes, games, & school supplies needed
    view complete list




Recycling Used Printer Ink
& Toner Cartridges

Look for collection bins in the ​Media Center & Room 703. The recycling club is collecting used ink and toner cartridges through Monday, May 1, 2017.
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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