Adult Volunteers Needed for December 3 Science Fair
The Science Department needs at least ten adults to serve as judges for the Thursday, December 3 Raider Science Fair. Volunteers can serve any amount of time between approximately 8:30am and noon. Please contact science teacher Patti Lawrimore (Lawrimore@fultonschools.org) for more information.
Private School Parent Evening Thursday, December 3
Media Center, 7pm
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 (JonesAngel@fultonschools.org) flyer
Prospective Student Information Session Friday, December 4
The information session begins in the Auditorium and lasts approximately one and a
half hours. Both students and parents are invited to attend. No RSVP
required; however, online registration will ensure having enough
materials on hand.
sign up for an upcoming information session
Writing Center Closing Tuesday, December 8 for the Semester
Monday, December 7 is the last day the Writing Center will be open during Fall Semester. The Writing Center will be closed beginning Tuesday, December 8, 2015. The Raider Writing Center, located in Room 205, is open during all lunch periods every school day and Wednesday mornings before school at 7:45am.
Governance Council Meeting Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Media Center, 7am
The Governance Council meeting is open to the public. Public Comment Guidelines
Chorus Concert, Tuesday, December 8
Band & Orchestra Concert, Thursday, December 10
Auditorium, 7pm. Free and open to the public.
Stakeholder Input re: Facilities Requested by December 11, 2015
Fulton County Schools invites parents and stakeholders to take a Facilities Assessment Survey before December 11. The purpose of the 10-15 minute online survey is to gather input to update the district’s five-year facility plan. The district needs input regarding the condition of facilities and the educationally appropriate use of spaces within facilities.
Early Release Days and Exams: Tuesday, December 15 - Friday, December 18
During the four days of exams, the school day is from 8:20am to noon. Students have two exam periods each day. No after school activities such as tutoring, club meetings, or sports take place on early release days. Fall Exam Schedule
Home Access Center Survey Open through Tuesday, December 15
Fulton County Schools invites parents and guardians to provide feedback about the Parent Portal and Home Access Center (HAC). The HAC contains student attendance records and assignments, as well as grades. In
the spring, parents log into the HAC to vote for Governance Council
representation. The online survey is available in bothEnglish and Spanish and is open through December 18, 2015.
Winter Break: No Classes Monday, December 21 through Tuesday, January 5
Have a safe and happy holiday
Classes resume Wednesday, January 6, 2016 on the "B" day schedule
Dr. Shaw sent a letter to parent emails Tuesday afternoon, November 17. Read the information about last spring's Milestones testing and how the results impact the school.
Georgia Milestones Spring 2015 Testing Information
2016-17 Magnet Application Now Online
The International Studies Magnet Program application for the 2016-2017 school year is open November 20, 2015, through January 29,
2016. Please carefully review the information packet before starting the application process.learn more Application deadline January 29, 2016.
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
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.
Goldfarb is National Merit Semifinalist
Congratulations to Senior David Goldfarb who, based on his stellar scores on the PSAT taken in October 2014, is a semifinalist in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship competition. Goldfarb is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to compete for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.
Graduation Rate Increases 8.3%
Department of Education recently reported the Class of 2015 graduation
rates for all schools. Congratulations to the faculty and to the members
of the Class of 2015 for achieving an 89.6% graduation rate, an
increase of 8.3% over the Class of 2014. The
graduate rate measures the number of students who graduate
within four years, adjusted for student transfers. Dr. Shaw's November
Principal's Report to the Governance Council discusses the graduation
rate as well as other school news: Dr. Shaw's November 2015 PowerPoint Presentation
Riverwood Singers Selected for GMEA 2016 Convention
The Georgia Music Educator’s Association (GMEA) chose the Riverwood Singers to be one of only four high schools to perform at the January 2016 GMEA State Music Teacher’s Convention in Athens. The GMEA auditions the top choirs across the state to select the performers for its annual convention. The Riverwood Singers is an 18-member treble vocal ensemble and is the premier vocal group of the school’s five curricular choirs.
Class of 2016 Top Ten Announced
Congratulations to the Seniors with the highest GPA's in the class: Pascal Acree, David Goldfarb, Shaina Goldfein, Harrison Lipsky, Morgan
Martin, Fallon Parfaite, Samantha Stahlman, Josh Vayle, Kyle Weil &
Spring 2015 Honor Roll and Principal’s List Recognitions
Honor Roll students achieved a Spring 2015 semester cumulative average between 90-94.9 and were recognized Thursday, October 29. Principal’s List students earned a Spring 2015 semester cumulative grade point average of 95 or higher; they were honored Friday, October 30. Congratulations to these outstanding scholars for a successful semester and for their demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.
2015 Spring Honor Roll and Principal's List
Stahlman Receives Community Service Award
Congratulations to Senior Samantha Stahlman for winning the Princeton Club of Georgia’s annual Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award. This prestigious award honors metro Atlanta high school students who, through community involvement and personal initiative, best exemplify the ideals of service and volunteerism espoused by former President Woodrow Wilson. In an October 2015 ceremony at the State Capitol, Governor Nathan Deal presented the awards to the 11 winners.
Stahlman is on the front row second from the left
Raider Debate at Chattahoochee Tournament
The Raiders competed at Chattahoochee High School Saturday, September 26, 2015. On the JV level, Saya Abney and Julia Dias took third place. Individually, Abney was 6th and Dias was 9th speaker. On the Novice level, the team was collectively 11-19. While none of the Raider teams placed, the win rate more than doubled from 16% to 36% from the previous tournament at Emory. Zack Feldberg is the Faculty Sponsor; Blake Tanase is the Debate Coach.
Chick-Fil-A Tour: From Headquarters to KitchenAround 20 members of the Raider Chapter of the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) toured the Chick-fil-A headquarters in College Park as well as the Sandy Springs restaurant on September 23, 2015. The headquarters tour provided a glimpse of the corporate operations while the tour of the Roswell Road kitchen during lunch rush hour was eye-opening! The students learned about new menu items under consideration and also about some old favorites which may be removed. A box lunch was the perfect ending to the field trip. Faculty sponsor of the Culinary Club is Chef Elissa Oliver.
Raider Debate Wins 1st Place Awards
The Raider Debate Team is off to a tremendous start with several first place medals in their first competition of the year. The team participated in the Emory University Barkley Forum Novice/JV debate over Labor Day weekend. Congratulations to Sophomores Saya Abney and Julia Dias for their first place win as a JV Team. In the individual competition, Abney won 1st Speaker and Dias placed 4th Speaker.
Congratulations also to Freshmen team members Malcolm Aquebor, Joi Bailey, Isabelle Balaban, Miyel Caldwell, Aida Geuye, Lauren Lockhart, Cecilia Palmar, Nakhari Quinn, Brittany Rhodes, Kiara Simmons, Lillian Weinstein, and Atreyana Wiggins for competing in their first Novice Debate Tournament. The Raiders are proud of these six novice teams. The Faculty Sponsor is Zack Feldberg and Blake Tanase is the Debate Coach.
Youth Leadership Sandy Springs Inducts 13 Raiders
Congratulations to the Raiders inducted into fifth Youth Leadership Sandy Springs class on August 13, 2015. David Antoniono, Dori Balser, Mary-Crawford Essinger, Julia Grace Jones, Lesly Organista, Ben Segal, Brian Smith, Christopher Sprung, Anna Thomas, Inara Valliani, Joseph Virgin, Taylor Williams, and Laura Zamora join 27 students from ten other local schools for a year of leadership training and civic engagement programs.
Goldfarb is Winship Cancer Institute Summer Scholar
Congratulations to Senior David Goldfarb (Class of 2016) for being selected to participate in the 2015 Winship Cancer Institute Summer Scholars Program at Emory University. The six-week program introduces students to the fields of biochemistry, microbiology, and medicine. In addition, the program provides students the opportunity to explore and discover the interconnectivity of various scientific fields.
Students in the program partner with an active researcher affiliated with Emory University and develop their own project to investigate and present at a concluding symposium. Goldfarb's work focused on the regulation of proteins, particularly NTG1, involved in Base Excision Repair: a method of DNA repair.
WARNING: Construction Site Next Door
Demolition of the former Heards Ferry Elementary school building is underway. Please be aware the site next door may present dangers to trespassers. Do not attempt to enter the construction zone.
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:
|Hat & Glove Drive|
Ends Friday, December 4
Help OLAS support the Creating Connected Communities (CCC) Holiday party for children & teenagers. Bring Hats & Gloves to the collection box in the Counseling Center.
|Christmas Tree Lot Open Through|
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Support the Raider Baseball program. The tree lot opens the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27 and
closes Sunday, December 6, 2015.
View tree lot hours & pricing
|Holiday Care Packages for Teens|
Collections by Thursday, December 10
The Raiders' Gender-Sexuality Alliance Club needs help filling holiday care packages for teens at Lost-n-Found, a homeless
shelter for LGBTQ youth in Atlanta. Bring donations of gift cards, toiletries, snacks, etc. to Ms.
Flores-Publicover in Room 104-A by December 10.
Flyer with suggested items
|Holiday Gift Card Drive|
December 7-11, 2015
The Student Government Association is collecting holiday gift cards for Positive Growth, Inc, a local organization providing foster support for teenage boys. Gift cards for stores such as Target, Old Navy, and Best Buy will be greatly appreciated. Bring gift cards to Room 601 before school between Monday, December 7 and Friday, December 11.
Any questions? Contact SGA Faculty Sponsor Joel Kadish (KadishJ@fultonschools.org)
|HoneyBaked® Ham Gift Cards|
Support the Boys Basketball teams.
Available in $10, $15, $20, $25, $50 and $100 increments, the cards never expire and are valid at all HoneyBaked® stores across the country. Order by Tuesday, December 14 for pick up Thursday, December 17, 2015.learn more
|2016 Raider Scarves|
Support the Boys and Girls Soccer programs. Contact Coach Welp (WelpJ@fultonschools.org) or Coach Macoy (Macoy@fultonschools.org) to purchase. $20. learn more
|Raider Spirit Flags|
Support the Band & show school spirit. Only $10. Contact Band Director Carlos Rodriguez or parent volunteer Andrea Galiano
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.|