in the Auditorium Lobby, the department breakfasts run from
7:45am-8:30am. Students being recognized will receive an invitation in the mail.
Student Talent & Fashion Show, The Limelight, Friday, April 25, 6pm
6th Annual Student Talent and Fashion Show is Friday, April 25 at 6pm
in the Auditorium. Tickets $5 (ages 10 and under free) at the
More than 70 students are involved with this
year's show. Examples of the variety of student talent acts are
poetry/monologue recitation, vocal and instrumental music, and dance.
Model themes include Prom, Spring Break, Consignment Couture, and The
College Interview. The Limelight is a production of the Raider State of
the Arts Club. Faculty sponsor of the State of the Arts Club is Heather
Ingram. A portion of The Limelight ticket sales benefit The Mary Hall
Deadline to run for Governance Council Friday, April 25
Parents interested in running for election must fill out a declaration form by Friday, April 25, 2014.
Open parent positions are:
Parent Position - July 1, 2014 until June 30, 2016
Parent Position - July 1, 2014 until June 30, 2015
Elections are May 13-15, 2014. The top two vote getters will be the
winners. Parents will vote for the Parent Candidates online via the
Home Access Center portal. (learn more)
Teachers interested in running for the one open Teacher Position must fill out a declaration form by Friday, April 25, 2014.
Visit the Governance Council Page for details
Fulton County Schools Hosts High School Building Design Forum
Riverwood Auditorium, Saturday, April 26, 8:30am-12:30pm
of the community are invited and encouraged to attend this discussion
about current high school design trends and the desires of stakeholders
for future high school construction projects.
Learn more about the forum
Honors Awards Breakfast Schedule
- Tuesday, April 22, Counseling Center
- Wednesday, April 23, World Languages
- Friday, April 25, Career Tech & Business
- Monday, April 28, Math
- Tuesday, April 29, Science
- Wednesday, April 30, Social Studies
- Thursday, May 1, Health & PE, Language Arts & ESOL
- Friday, May 9, AP & IB Arts
Naviance Expands to Freshmen and Sophomores
9th & 10th grade students received a Naviance password and information sheet during Advisement on Friday, April 4. Students needing to
pick up passwords may contact the Counseling Center. The Naviance
Family Connection, brought to campus through funding by the Foundation
several years ago, initially served only members of the Junior and
Senior class. Thanks to the PTSA, the web-based
program designed to help students and parents make decisions about
colleges and careers is expanding in 2014 to cover the Sophomore and
Freshmen classes. Please direct any questions to the Counseling Center.
Extended Learning Days Underway
To make up instruction time lost to snow days, teachers are providing after school sessions to cover material necessary to take the End of Course Tests (EOCT) in eight subject areas: Algebra, American Literature, Biology, Economics, Geometry, 9th Grade Literature, Physical Science, and US History. Additionally, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) teachers are offering a combination of before and after school, and a few Saturday classes, to students.
View schedules and sign up information
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.
Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.
View The Washington Post 2014 rankings/report
State Winners in PTA Reflections Competition
Congratulations to Senior Nicholas Hayden and Sophomore Amelia Holley for their award winning entries in the 2013-14 Reflections contest. Reflections, sponsored by the National PTA, is an annual arts-recognition and achievement program for students. Students from all over the country submit original works of art responding to a designated theme. This year’s theme was “Believe, Dream, Inspire….” Categories include: Music, Film, Dance, Literature, Visual Arts, and Photography. Nicholas Hayden won second place in the Film/Video production category and advances to the National competition; Amelia Holley received an Honorable Mention for her original Music Composition. The president of the National PTA, as well as the Georgia PTA president, were among the dignitaries attending the awards recognition ceremony at the High Museum of Art on Sunday, March 23.
Five Raider Artists Chosen for
Prestigious Art Exhibition April 11-13
Congratulations to the five Raiders who
have artwork on display at the 2014 Atlanta Dogwood Festival: Jonah
Blumenthal, Neale Madden, Mary Petzer, Kimia Shahrokhi and Courtney
Weinhoff. The Atlanta High School Art Exhibition
selects only 117 pieces from 700 submissions to display at Community
Center at Piedmont Park. The AHSAE is
one of the premier high school art exhibitions in the area selecting
from among talented young artists throughout Atlanta and Georgia.
Alana Owens to Play Tennis at Birmingham-Southern College
Congratulations to Alana Owens for receiving a scholarship from Birmingham-Southern College. She will play tennis for the Panthers next year.
Owens has been a four
year starter on the Lady Raiders tennis team
and serves as co-captain for the 2014 season. She is the fourth member
of the Class of 2014 to make a commitment to a college athletic program.
View the list of Senior Raiders who will be playing college sports next year
Japanese Students visit from Chienkan High School Monday, March 24, 2014
KAKEHASHI project (the Bridge for Tomorrow), sponsored by the Japanese
Government, funded reciprocal visits between Riverwood and Chienkan High
School. During the summer of 2013, 16 Riverwood students went to Japan
as guests of the Japanese Government.
the reciprocal visit, Japanese High School students came to Riverwood
in March 2014 to learn about high school in the United States. In Atlanta, the
exchange of ideas and cultures happened throughout the visit,
beginning with the Japanese students’ presentations in the Auditorium
about their high school experiences
and traditions. Attending a variety of elective classes engaged both the
visiting and host students and encouraged sincere interactions. View a photo gallery and learn more about the KAKEHASHI project
Successful Spring for Science Olympiad
In its first Regional competition, the
newly formed Science Olympiad Team finished fourth overall on March
1, 2014. Held at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, the
Raiders brought home several awards. The fourth place Regional finish
qualified the team to advance to the State competition at Southern
Polytechnic State University on March 22.
Learn more about the Science Olympiad Team and their season in the News & Media Gallery
Interact Peace Pole Dedication March 21, 2014
On March 21,
2014, students and Rotarians dedicated the recently installed Rotary
Peace pole in the Global Garden in front of the School. The inscription
on the pole reads "May Peace Prevail on Earth.” The Raider Peace Pole
is the third in the Sandy Springs community and joins the list of many others on the Atlanta Peace Trail.
Read more about the Raider Peace Pole
To learn more about the process and timelines for this year, visit the Academic Catalog & Scheduling Page
2014-15 Academic Catalog and Scheduling
The registration and course selection process for next year's classes is underway.
Raiders Win Awards at FBLA State
Leadership Conference; Seven Qualify for Nationals
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta hosted the
2014 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership
Conference. 33 members of the Raider FBLA Chapter participated in
workshops and competitions with other outstanding high school
students from across the state during the March 14-16 event, and seven
Raiders qualified to advance to the National FBLA Conference this
Read the list of winners in the News & Media Gallery
Radio Team Wins Third Place at State Competition
team of Freshman Gordon Hunter and Sophomore Christopher Johnson for
their third place finish in the Audio and Radio Announcer
Competition at this year's SkillsUSA Conference. The 2014 SkillsUSA State Leadership
Conference took place at the Georgia International Convention Center.
Alanis Arirama, Brentson Buckner, Jamews Budden, Christopher Johnson,
Hunter Gordon, James Madden and Aleksa Veselinovic represented the
Raiders SkillsUSA club at the March 13-15 event. (Hunter Gordon pictured)
Raiders Attend Japanese Academic Challenge & Speech Contest
University hosted the Annual Japan Academic Challenge and Japanese
Speech Contest on March 1, 2014. Eighteen Raiders participated in
this year's event and brought home two third place awards and one
second place award. In the Speech contest, Alex Boylston faced
university students from Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
View the list of teams and awards in the News & Media Gallery
Sophomore Callaway Powlus Selected to All-State Reading Chorus
Congratulations to Callaway Powlus for being
selected to the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Reading Chorus. She is the first Raider ever selected for this prestigious event. Powlus will take part in the All-State event on April 19 at Kennesaw State University under the direction of Conductor Dr. Leslie Blackwell.
2013-14 Teacher of the Year & Professional of the Year
Congratulations to Sandra Bradley for being named Riverwood's 2013-14 Teacher of the Year. A member of the Math Department, Ms. Bradley currently teaches Accelerated Geometry and Advanced Algebra.
She has taught for twelve years, all in Fulton County, and is heavily
involved in professional development. Also known as "Coach Bradley,"
she has been part of the Lady Raider Soccer Program since she joined the
faculty, and is the Head JV girls coach.
Congratulations to Olivia Gonzalez
for being named Riverwood's 2013-14 Professional of the Year. An active
member of the Counseling Center for the past six years, she serves as
the bilingual parent liaison. Ms 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. The Central Learning Community voted Ms. Gonzalez the CLC Employee of the Year; she is now one of four finalists for the Fulton County Schools Employee of the Year.
Foundation Sponsors Successful Career FairMore
than 85 area businesses, organizations and schools participated in this
year's Career Fair organized by the Riverwood Foundation. The half-day event on Friday, March 7, reached every student with
a gym full of possibilities: a variety of post-graduate options,
relevant career advice, as well as summer job and internship opportunities. 2014 Career Fair Photo Gallery
International Journal Publishes Science Fair Project
The International Journal of Sports Science and Engineering published Sophomore Pascal Acree's
science fair project in its March 2013 edition. Acree's project, which he undertook during his Freshman year, studied tennis racquet parameters
in relation to a junior (youth) tennis player's swing.
A tennis player since elementary school,
Acree was concerned about the optimal age to transition to an adult
Learn more about his project and read the publication in The News and Media Gallery
Advanced Placement Test Results Earn Honors
Georgia Department of Education named Riverwood an AP Merit School, an AP STEM Achievement School, and an AP STEM School based on Spring 2013 AP test scores. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.
Read more in the News & Media Gallery
Two Advance in National Merit
Achievement Scholar Qualifying
the six students named in the fall as semi-finalists, two are now
finalists. Congratulations to Christina Rhaney and India Smith for
this outstanding accomplishment. They join an elite group of
approximately 1,300 high school seniors from across the country as
finalists for academic scholarships. Scholarship notifications will
be made in early spring.
Visit www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php for more information.
2013-14 STAR Student and Teacher Announced
Congratulations to Ben Dolder, Riverwood’s 2013-14 STAR Student. The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Each high school STAR Student names a STAR Teacher; Ben’s STAR teacher is Language Arts faculty member Diane Kopkas. To obtain the STAR nomination, 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.
Read more in the News & Media Gallery
REMINDER: Driveway Access Behind School is Off Limits
Parents and Students cannot use the driveway adjacent to the gymnasiums
and behind the school at any time. The access is for emergency vehicles
only. Parents, please pick up students at the front circle near the
main entrance to the school. After school hours, once the bus lane is
clear, students may be picked up at the sidewalk near the entrance to
Santoro Voted Region 7-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year
to Athletic Director Mike Santoro for being selected the Region 7-AAAAA
Athletic Director of the Year by the High School principals in the
Four Posse Scholars in Class of 2014
Alexis Bailey, Mae Davis, Ammar
Haque and India Smith for being chosen 2014 Posse Scholars. The Posse
Foundation honored them at a reception at the Fox Theatre Egyptian
Ballroom in December. Each Posse Scholar receives a four year, full
tuition scholarship from the Foundation.
Alexis Bailey and Ammar Haque will attend Texas A&M University; Mae
Davis and India Smith will attend Boston University. Read the January 9, 2014 article in the Sandy Springs Patch
Seniors Dolder and Vear named National Merit Semifinalists
to Seniors Benjamin Dolder and Edward Vear for being selected as
semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. They
were identified through exceptionally high scores on the PSAT, which
they took as juniors. 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 their school leadership, and earn SAT scores that
confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. The students must
also complete a detailed scholarship application, which includes an
essay and information about participation and leadership in school
and community activities. Finalists are named in the winter;
scholarship winners in the spring.
Dana Munson named Georgia Art Teacher of the Year
to faculty member Dana Munson for being named the 2013-14 Georgia Art
Educator of the Year by the Georgia Art Education Association. She will
accept this honor at the October GAEA convention in Savannah.