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Friday, February 15 & Monday, February 18, 2019
Presidents' Day Weekend
Classes resume Tuesday, February 19 on the "B" Day Schedule

ATTENTION SENIORS:  Balfour Reps on Campus Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Atrium, during all lunches
Graduation Fees, Supplies, and Cap and Gown Payments 

Balfour collects the payments to cover the Class of 2019 graduation cap, gown, and tassel, the diploma cover, and the venue rental fee. The fee is $110. Optional purchases include graduation announcements and other senior gear items. Late fees will apply to all orders placed after February 28, 2019. 
Students may also make payments and place orders online at GABalfour.com (link)

Governance Council Candidate Declaration February 4-20, 2019
Parents/Guardians and Teachers interested in running for an open position on the Governance Council may self-nominate using the online links found on the Fulton County Schools website between February 4-20, 2019.
 Visit the Fulton County Schools Governance Council page for a Candidate Guide and online Declaration Form

Principal Gardner sent a letter to all families on February 4, 2019 to explain the upcoming Governance Council Elections English     Spanish

10th Grade Personal Project Expo 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Friday, February 22, 2019
Tournament Gym, 12-3:20pm
The community is invited to visit the 10th Grade Personal Project Expo. The three-day event is in the Tournament Gym, upper level track, February 20, 21, & 22. Visitors, please sign in at the school front office (new building) before entering the gym. Adults wishing to volunteer should contact MYP coordinator Andrea Von Biberstein​ (vonbiberstei@fultonschools.org)
Learn more: https://www.smore.com/6mzys

Sadie Ticket Sales End Friday, February 22, 2019

2/13-2/22, Cafeteria, during all lunches


Sadie Dance Saturday, February 23, 2019

Auxiliary Gym, 8-11pm
Sponsored by the Student Government Association. Tickets ($10) will be on sale during all lunches starting Wednesday, February 13 thru Friday, February 22. Only 800 tickets available. Remember, NO TICKET SALES AT THE DOOR.

Back by popular demand, the famous "Sadie Ask" contest returns to Instagram. The winner at each grade level receives a $20 Starbucks card. DM ask photos to "RICSSadie19"

PrincetonReviewLogoACT & SAT Prep Classes Offered On-Campus

Fulton County Schools, in partnership with The Princeton Review, is offering discounted SAT and ACT review classes on campus to prepare for spring 2019 tests. The discounted price ($125) includes 15 hours of in-class instruction, full-length proctored practice tests, and additional practice tests. Register online (Princetonreview.com/fultoncounty) using promo code FCSATL, or call The Princeton Review (800-273-8439, x 1070) 
          Classes begin February 23 to prepare for the April 2019 ACT
          Classes begin March 16 for the May 2019 SAT  
        ACT & SAT Spring 2019 Class Flyer​

NEW DATE:  Wednesday, February 27

Auditorium, 8:30-11:30am
Due to the January 29 school closure, the ASVAB testing is rescheduled to February 27. Students who registered for the January 29 testing are automatically included in the February 27 session. Additional students interested in taking the February 27 test may sign up in the Counseling Center before February 14, 2019.

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) results provide students a snapshot of their verbal, math, science, and technical skills compared to other students across the nation in the same grade. The tests also include a Career Exploration component. Although military personnel administer the test, taking the test does NOT obligate students to enlist in the military. Contact Counselor Sally Page (PageS@fultonschools.org) with any questions.​​

Legal Career Cafe Thursday, February 27, 2019
Media Center, 12:30-1:30pm
Free. Sponsored by the Counseling Center. Through panel discussions and Q & A, students will have the opportunity to learn and gain insight from lawyers, judges, and others in the legal field. Students may sign up in Counseling Center, or online (link). Questions? Contact Head Counselor Shamona Harrell (harrells@fultonschools.org). 

Adults in the legal community interested in contributing to the Career Cafe should contact Head Counselor Shamona Harrell (harrells@fultonschools.org)

Testing News for Students Currently Taking AP Classes
Students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement classes will register online (link) for the spring 2019 tests. New this year, the free* Total Registration online program eliminates any scheduling time/date conflicts between AP and IB tests during the testing window. The online registration (link) is open Monday, February 8 through Thursday, February 28, 2019. *A late fee ($25) applies to registrations between March 1-6, 2019. Registration for the AP testing closes March 6, 2019. 

Students may only register for AP exams for classes in which they are currently enrolled. Students wishing to opt out of an AP exam must turn in a completed form (opt out form link) to their AP teacher before March 1, 2019. View or download the January 2019 AP Night presentation for more information about the classes offered, the testing schedule, the College Board website, and which AP classes are accepted by which colleges and scoring requirements (link)

Questions? Please contact Assistant Principal Tim Doherty dohertyt@fultonschools.org
View or download the February 11, 2019 letter from the school about AP exams

Fulton County Schools Night at the Atlanta Hawks
Saturday, March 9, 2019
State Farm Arena, 7pm
A portion of each ticket sold goes to the Fulton County Schools Foundation
Ticket prices vs. the Brooklyn Nets start at $21
Purchase tickets online

Youth Leadership Sandy Springs 

Application Deadline March 9, 2019
The application window is now open for Youth Leadership Sandy Springs. This fantastic program is for rising 10th (Class of 2022) and 11th (Class of 2021) graders. Apply online before the March 16 deadline 

Fall 2018 PSAT Scores Now Available Online
9th-11th grade students who took the PSAT on campus during the school day on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 will be able to access their scores online beginning December 11, 2018. Students must create a College Board account (link) in order to view the PSAT results. The Counseling Center has a wealth of resources to assist with understanding the scores and what steps to take next to prepare for the SAT 
  learn more

Career Readiness Initiative:  Adult Volunteers and Businesses Needed
Please use the online form (link) to sign up to assist with a Career Cafe and/or Business Connection, or to request more information. Career Cafes, career-related workshops or information sessions, will take place during lunch hours. Business connections will offer internships and career-related mentorships.​

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.

                      Georgia DDS ​Attenda​nce Form​ ​ ​​​

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

Two Honored with All-State Orchestra Selection

Congratulations to Sophomore Madeline Chen (harp) and Freshman Nathaniel Stone for being selected to the 2018-19 All-State Orchestra. They will travel to Athens for two days of workshops and practice, culminating in a performance Saturday, March 2 in the Classic Center. Chen and Stone will play in the full 9th and 10th grade String Orchestra directed by William White.

Eight Receive Prestigious JanFest Invitation
The University of Georgia January High School Band Festival ("JanFest") is a four-day event for high school band musicians. The Raiders are proud to have eight musicians selected to participate in the 69th annual festival. Congratulations to:

Haley Gruensfelder (Clarinet)
Josh Perkey (Clarinet)
Hannah Tourial (Bassoon)
Kanako Kurimari (Bassoon)
Coleman Alvarez (Trumpet)
Thomas Archer (trumpet)
Drew Kaplan (Trombone)
Aidan Jones (Percussion)

These outstanding musicians joined over 1000 attendees, representing 130 schools from across the state, in Athens January 17-20. 

EXCLUSIVE:  Raider Artists Create Ornaments for State Tree in Washington, D.C.
Nineteen Raiders created ornaments to decorate the State of Georgia's official Christmas tree, which is on display in Washington, D.C. through the end of the year. The six-foot state tree is one of 56 smaller trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree in President’s Park, with each tree representing a U.S. state, territory, or the District of Columbia. Jessica Booth, Fine Arts Education Director at the Georgia Department of Education, selected Riverwood for the honor of decorating this year’s Georgia tree. 
Read more in the News & Media Gallery

Seven Governor's Honors Semifinalists
Congratulations to Anais Acree (World Language - French), Audrey Charron (Theater), Luke Courts (Music), Chandler McCleskey (Mathematics), Hayes Miller (History), Rain-Marie Robertson (Theater), and Ricardo Ruiz (Mathematics) for advancing to the semifinal round of the 2019 Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) competition.

Following interviews at the end of February, the students will find out in March if they have been selected for this summer's GHP.

Rekapalli Aces ACT
Congratulations to Shreya Rekapalli for scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT (American College Testing) exam. Rekapalli, Class of 2019, is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Her studies include Higher Level Math, Physics, History of the Americas, and Literature, along with AP Psychology and Theory of Knowledge. She serves as a tutor in the Raider Writing Center, and is president of both the Model UN team and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter. Rekapalli is a member of the Beta Club, the National Honor Society, and the Science National Honor Society. She attended the summer 2018 Governor's Honors Program in social studies, and was selected to go to the Yale Young Global Scholars for the Politics, Law, and Economics session. As a Junior, Rekapalli received The George Washington University Book Award. Rekapalli plans to double major in economics and psychology and has her sights set on Duke University, Dartmouth College, or Cornell University.

Rekapalli commented, “I firmly believe that practice is key. For me, the best thing to do was take practice tests to identify patterns in my mistakes, and then do the appropriate practice to remedy them. It's really all about practice. Leading up to the ACT, I took 10 practice tests.” Of the more than 2 million students taking the ACT in 2017, only .136% achieved a perfect score.

Stanek is National Merit Semifinalist

Congratulations to Senior Michelle Stanek for being selected as a semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program.

Based on her outstanding score on the PSAT taken during her Junior year, Stanek joins an elite group of approximately 16,000 high school seniors from across the country. As semifinalist, she now must fulfill several requirements in order to advance to the finalist round. She must have a record of high academic performance, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn an SAT score that confirms her earlier qualifying test performance. Additionally, all semifinalists complete a detailed scholarship application, which includes a self-descriptive essay and information about participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Graduation Rate Sets All-time Mark
The Georgia Department of Education released the Class of 2018 graduation rate statistics for the state and Riverwood's graduating class reached an all-time high of 92.2%. Congratulations to the students, the faculty, and the families for this significant achievement. The 92.17% rate represents a 5.2% increase from 2017 and was the highest increase across all Fulton County High Schools. Of special note was the 13.5% graduation rate increase in the Hispanic demographic.

Principal Chuck Gardner said, "I am proud of the team approach that our school is taking to mentor and support students. Additionally, I’m proud of our families, community, and feeder schools that made this happen." 
View or download Mr. Gardner's September 20, 2018 letter  English

13 Raiders Selected for Youth Leadership Sandy Springs
Congratulations to Christine Cleveland, Oliver Davidson, David Esslinger, Bradley Friedrich, Sasha Frierson, Elizabeth Grant, Sophie Griggs, Grecia Hernandez, Haag Johnson, Lindsey Lewis, Jennifer Ruiz, Katie Sprung, and Owen Woodman for being selected for the 2018-19 Youth Leadership Sandy Springs Class. The 13 inductees join 26 other Sandy Springs area high school students in the year-long program designed to enhance and enrich their understanding of the city. Throughout the year, they will examine the environment, city government, non-profits, law enforcement, as well as business and public safety. Launched by Leadership Sandy Springs in 2011, YLSS is based on Leadership Sandy Springs’ successful 30-year-old program developing community leaders. The Raiders are proud to carry on the tradition of having significant representation in YLSS.

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.​

QuickTip link

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


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






​2019-20 Course Selection Information Page



​​Support the Raiders:
Fundraisers & Service Projects​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Food Drive Competition
Monday, February 4 through Thursday, February 14, 2019

Help re-stock the Community Assistance Center's food pantry. Look for collection bins outside Rooms 105 & 108. The school organization donating the most goods will receive a breakfast party. To get credit for donations, put items in bags & write the club's name on the outside. Items needed: Canned chicken/tuna, Plain Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Rice, DRY beans, Canned fruit, Cereal, and Mac ‘n Cheese. 

Cookie Dough Sales
February 11-25, 2019
Flavors:  Sugar, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, White Chocolate Macadamia, Peanut Butter, & Snickerdoodle. All tubs are $10. To order by February 25, contact any member of the Choral program or parent volunteer Beth Sibert (beth@sibertspace.com) Product delivery week of March 11

Animal Rescue Club Supply Drive

Ends February 28
The Animal Rescue Club is collecting donations to help animals in need and support two local rescues. Bring items to the Writing Center, the Math Center, Media Center, or the new building lobby. Questions? Contact Club Sponsor Kris Hale in Room 3225. View or download a copy of the flyer

Boon Supply Shopping

Shop for gifts, housewares, jewelry, outdoor & garden items, and more...
Each purchase earns 50% for Raider Athletics
Free shipping for orders over $75

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Game & Puzzle Donations
A significant focus of the Community Based Instruction (CBI) program is socialization and learning how to interact appropriately with other students. Please bring donations to Room 1205 (new building) or contact CBI faculty member Samantha Greco for more information (GrecoS@fultonschools.org)

Raider Restaurant Cards

​Support Raider Athletics with a $20 donation and receive a 2018-19 Raider Card. Raider Cards are valid until May 30, 2019 and offer discounts at more than 25 local merchants.  learn more

Student Relaxation Room Wish List

The Counseling Center is furnishing a relaxation room for students and it is almost complete. Only a few wish list items remain ​View wish list

Questions? Contact Head Counselor Shamona Harrell (HarrellS@fultonschools.org)

Log into AmazonSmile (link)​ 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 Partners: Enroll online for the free school partnership program and register "Riverwood International Charter School." Once enrolled, enter your phone number at check-out to earn cash for the school  Every purchase made at Publix counts; for every $37,500 spent, Riverwood receives $250.  Learn more

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