Fall Semester 2018 Tablet User Agreements
Due Friday, August 17, 2018
Students received user agreements during Advisement on August 13, 2018. Students must return signed user agreements before Friday, August 17, 2018
in order to receive their Surface 3 Tablet on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Questions? Contact Assistant Administrator Leon Fowler (FowlerL@fultonschools.org
Hands on Riverwood #1, Saturday, August 18, 2018New Building Parking lot, 9am-1pm
Volunteer opportunity for adults, students, and families. Meet in the parking lot in front of the new school building to claim an
assignment for exterior and/or interior clean up. Bring cleaning supplies, yard tools, work
gloves, and a willingness to help. Lunch provided. Clean up day will
take place rain or shine. Students will earn community service hours.
Cannot help this time? Look for at least two more volunteer days this
school year (tentatively set for November 3, 2018 and February
PTSA Raffle for One Parking SpaceTicket Sales Monday, August 20 & Tuesday, August 21, 2018During all lunches
Open to Seniors, Juniors, & Sophomores only. PTSA $20 Raffle ticket sales continue during all lunches Monday, August 20 & Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Raffle drawing is Tuesday afternoon, August 21, 2018
. Only one ticket purchase allowed per student. Student must meet eligibility requirements. Permits are non-transferable. Direct raffle
questions to RICSPTSAParkingPermit@gmail.com
New Parent Coffee Thursday, August 23, 2018
For ALL parents new to the school (in addition to parents of incoming 9th graders)
Home of Shannon and Ken Clayman
200 Windsor Cove, Sandy Springs, 30328 (map)
Hosted off campus by the PTSA, the Coffee begins at 9am and will allow parents to mingle with Administrators and other parents. Learn about volunteer opportunities and ask questions about extracurricular activities such as athletics, clubs, and the arts.
No RSVP required.
Counseling Center 12th Grade Parent Meeting Thursday, August 23, 2018
Speakers at the Senior Class meeting include Roxie Garber (College & Career Center Coordinator), Sally Page (Counselor), Nicole Dancz (Emory University Admissions Office), and Lasean Price (Georgia State/Perimeter College Admissions)
Early in the school year, the Counseling Center hosts Grade Level meetings. The meetings begin promptly at 6:30pm in the Auditorium and address specific grade level information. Students are welcome to attend with their parents. The evenings offer a great opportunity for parents to meet, review the academic year ahead, and hear about issues such as: graduation information for seniors, importance of the PSAT's for juniors, the testing each grade level can expect, graduation requirements to think about during the four years of high school, and how the Counseling Center works. Counselors will explain the "Remind" messaging system established for each grade level. A general Q&A follows.
The other Grade Level Meeting dates are: 9th Grade Meeting, August 28, 2018, 11th Grade Meeting, September 4, 2018, and 10th Grade Meeting, September 6, 2018
August 2018 Online Communications Survey
A five-question survey for Raider families is now online. Please help the school governance council and Mr. Gardner by taking a very brief survey about school communications.
College Representatives Are Visiting Campus
Starting in August, many Colleges and Universities will be sending representatives to campus to present information sessions to Juniors and Seniors. For all college presentations scheduled during school hours, students must sign up via Naviance at least three days prior to the scheduled visit. Check the bulletin board outside the College and Career Center to see which schools are visiting; the comprehensive listing of schools, with dates and times, is updated daily in Naviance, as well as on the school website. learn more
Club Fair Wednesday, September 5, 2018During All Lunches
Auditorium lobby and Atrium
Students can learn more about extracurricular clubs and organizations
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.
Counseling Center Welcomes Ashley Holmes
Counselor Ashley Holmes joined the Raider staff during the summer; her caseload is students whose last names begin with the letters Ec-Le. Holmes was most recently a counselor at Independence High School in Roswell; she has also been a counselor at Druid Hills High School in DeKalb County.
Holmes is a native of Atlanta and attended the University of Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and a Master of Education in Professional School Counseling. While earning her Master’s degree, she was graduate assistant for the UGA Career Center. She brings a host of experience in College and Career Counseling, including being a College Adviser and Summer Training Coordinator with the College Advising Corps.
Her other accomplishments include working as a College Guidance and Alumni Support Counselor in Memphis, Tennessee, where she assisted The Soulsville Charter School’s first graduating class in achieving a 100% college acceptance rate. She was a member of the team representing the state of Georgia at the 2014 White House Convening in partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative. The Reach Higher Initiative focuses on improving school counseling preparation programs, and practices with the goal of increasing college access and success. Holmes enjoys traveling, singing, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs.
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.
Fulton County Schools Senior Spotlight: Yazmin Tamez-Garcia
Congratulations to Yazmin Tamez-Garcia (Class of 2018) for being selected by Fulton County Schools as the Raider Star Senior.
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
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.”