Spring Exams Information: May 11, 2015 Letter to Families
Dr. Shaw's letter contains important information regarding the final weeks of school and explains the spring exam schedules for seniors and 9th-11th graders.
Letter to families Letter to families - Spanish
Exams and Early Release Days Tuesday, May 19 through Friday, May 22
Last Day of School Friday, May 22
School hours during early release days are 8:20am-Noon. Spring Exam Schedule
Thursday, May 21
Tickets required, Ceremony begins at 3pm
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339
Paid ($10/hour) Tutoring Opportunity
Seniors (Class of 2016) Needed to Tutor AVID Freshmen
The AVID program is seeking members of the Class of 2016 to serve as paid student tutors during the 2015-16 school year. Only seniors with first block (A1 or B1) may apply. Student tutors will receive $10/hour. Contact Assistant Principal Jillian Johnson to apply before June 30, 2015. (JohnsonJH@fultonschools.org) learn more
Algebra I and Geometry Curriculum Feedback Requested May 6 - June 5
Parents and Teachers are encouraged to review math materials and provide feedback regarding Algebra I and Geometry. The materials are available until Friday, June 5 at each Fulton County high school and at the North Learning Center (450 Northridge Parkway, Sandy Springs). After reviewing the print and digital resources, parents and teachers can take the online survey using smart phones or a computer provided on site. The Georgia Board of Education approved reorganization of mathematics standards to allow local school systems to again provide Algebra 1 and Geometry courses for students in grades 9-12. The survey results will be used to make recommendations for adoption by the School Board in June.
Sandy Springs Police Department Free Teen Driving Class
May 27, 2015
Held at the SSPD from 6-8:15pm. Registration required. Contact
Sergeant Dan Nable 770-551-3311 or email@example.com
Summer School Online Registration for 2015 is Open
Students may enroll beginning March 5, 2015 through June 5, 2015 for Summer School 2015. Riverwood will again be a host campus for classes. View the information flyer, or visit the Fulton County Schools Summer School website page to see course offerings, tuition and fees, and to register. Students with questions should contact their counselor.
Summer Office Hours
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-2pm
The school front office summer hours begin Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-2pm. Seniors may return caps and gowns and pick up diplomas at these times. Regular office hours (7:30am-4pm) resume Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
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.
2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced
Congratulations to Carolyn Stanek, Valedictorian, and Caroline Albright, Salutatorian. Graduation 2015 is at 3pm on Thursday, May 21, at the Cobb Energy Centre.
Valedictorian Carolyn Stanek (pictured left) will attend Georgia Tech in the fall. She is an IB Diploma Candidate and plans to major in Chemical Engineering at Tech. Stanek served as president of the Raider Mock Trial team and teaches English to adult immigrants from several countries. Spanish is her favorite subject and she enjoys watching Spanish language television shows.
Salutatorian Caroline Albright (pictured right) plans to major in International Relations and Foreign Affairs in college. She is an IB Diploma Candidate and was president of both the Raider Beta Club and the Model UN team. Albright served on the school's Governance Council as one of two student delegates. She volunteers as an AP World History tutor and also at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Albright participated in the Harvard Summer Program and the Close-Up trip to Washington, D.C.
Marinkovic Receives Indiana University Wells Scholarship
Congratulations to Luka Marinkovic, Class of 2015, for receiving the prestigious Indiana University Wells Scholarship. Marinkovic will attend the Jacobs School of Music at IU. The Wells Scholarship ranks among the most competitive and prestigious awards offered by any American university. Each year, between 18 and 22 incoming freshmen receive the award, based solely on merit. Named in honor of Herman B Wells, Indiana University’s beloved 11th president, the Wells Scholarship provides full tuition, mandatory and course-related fees, and a living stipend for four years of undergraduate study on IU’s Bloomington campus. Scholars may choose to spend one of these years studying abroad through the university’s overseas study programs. Wells Scholars are also members of the Hutton Honors College, where they can apply for grants in support of research, internships, creative activity, conference travel, and honors thesis work.
Southerland Wins 2015 Gates Millennium Scholarship
Congratulations to Senior Tylea Southerland for being selected as one of only 1,000 2015 Gates Millennium Scholars. Over 57,000 students from across the country applied for this year's scholarships. The program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides outstanding low income minority students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any area of interest. Students must have at least a 3.3 average and will receive leadership training along with this renewable scholarship to attend college.
Raiders Win Positive Athlete Georgia Awards
Raiders Named Positive School of the Year
Three Students Named Positive Athlete of the Year
The 2014-15 school year was the first time Riverwood participated in the Positive Athlete Georgia program. Congratulations to the three Raider Positive Athletes of the Year: Pascal Acree (Tennis), Bayne Jarvis (Cross Country), and Danielle Jenkins (Swimming). Furthermore, the school won the 2014-15 Positive School of the Year.
Berman Awarded Georgia Tech Presidential Scholarship
Congratulations to Senior Asher Berman for winning a President's Scholarship from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Berman joins his classmate Julia Clendenin as a President's Scholarship recipient. The President’s Scholarship is Georgia Tech’s most prestigious merit scholarship and is offered each year to about 50 outstanding high school seniors from across the nation who have demonstrated superb leadership, scholarship, progress, and service.
Raiders Selected for Georgia Watercolor Society Show
Congratulations to the following students whose artwork was selected to appear in the Georgia Watercolor Society High School Senior Scholarship Show: Caroline Albright, Alexandra Bull, Amira Grey, Hannah Kepple, Lillie Montgomery (pictured left), Berea Thornton (pictured right), and Isabelle Zitron. The show was on display from March 29 to April 25, 2015 in the Limelight Gallery at Binders Art Supplies and Frames. Their work was selected from 83 submitted entries from 15 High Schools across the Atlanta metro area. Lillie Montgomery’s piece “Falling in Blue” and Berea Thornton’s piece “Koi” received Honorable Mention Awards.
Corinn Gist-Stevenson Wins 2015 National Achievement Scholarship
Congratulations to Senior Corinn Gist-Stevenson for winning a 2015 National Achievement Scholarship. She joins an elite group of approximately 800 high school seniors from across the country receiving academic scholarships based on their junior year PSAT results. National Achievement Scholars, similar to National Merit Scholars, have a record of high academic performance and are endorsed and recommended by their school leadership. Gist-Stevenson may attend either Spelman College or New York University in the fall. Visitwww.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php for more information.
Murray Wins Scholarship to Summer Workshop in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations to Junior Ellen Murray for winning a scholarship from the Fulton County Law Week Committee to attend a Washington Workshop Seminar this summer. The 2015 summer workshop offers a unique experience to study American government and history. Murray went through an extensive application and interview process for the scholarship, and was competing with outstanding high school students from across Metro Atlanta. The scholarship, sponsored by Montlick and Associates, covers the cost of Murray's round-trip airfare, tuition, room and board, and all expenses associated with the Washington Workshop Congressional Seminar.
Clendenin Awarded Georgia Tech Presidential Scholarship
Congratulations to Senior Julia Clendenin for winning a President's Scholarship from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The President’s Scholarship is Georgia Tech’s most prestigious merit scholarship and is offered each year to about 50 outstanding high school seniors from across the nation who have demonstrated superb leadership, scholarship, progress, and service.
Raiders Sending Two to Governor's Honors
Congratulations to Daniel Steinberg & Kyle Weil for being selected for the prestigious 2015 Georgia Governor's Honors Program (GHP). GHP is a summer residential instructional program for intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students. Steinberg (Physics) and Weil (Technology) will spend four weeks this summer at the program held at Valdosta State University.
Learn more in the News & Media Gallery
“Once Upon a Mattress" Pit Band Earns Shuler Hensley Award
Congratulations to the student pit band, under the direction of Carlos Rodriguez, for receiving an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Shuler Hensley Awards. “Once Upon a Mattress," this year's spring musical, had four performances in March with more than 50 students involved in the production and an additional 18 students in the pit band. Learn more in the News & Media Gallery
Multiple Winners at Georgia FBLA Conference
The Raiders sent 37 students to the 2015 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and had winners in several divisions. Workshops and competitions with other outstanding high school students from across the state took place almost non-stop during the March 20-21 event. Congratulations to the seven Raiders who qualified to advance to the National FBLA Conference this summer in Chicago. Congratulations also to faculty advisor Sheri Smith for being named to the Georgia FBLA Board. Learn more in the News & Media Gallery
Sophomore Organizes MarchOn Weekend
Natalie Peek, a 10th grade student, created MarchOn to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement’s Bloody Sunday. It was a full weekend of study culminating in a trip to Selma, Alabama and a walk across the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge. Peek organized activities to increase social and political awareness among teens.
Learn more in the News & Media Gallery
Five National Merit Finalists
Congratulations to Seniors Jeffrey Hooks, Ethan Mann, Luka Marinkovic, Carolyn Stanek, and Albert Xiong for advancing from Semifinalists to Finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship competition.
These students, based on their outstanding scores on the PSAT taken during their Junior year, now find themselves in the running for prestigious National Merit college scholarships. National Merit Scholars have a record of high academic performance, are endorsed and recommended by their school leadership, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. National Merit Scholars will be announced in the spring.
Advanced Placement Test Results Earn Honors & Training Grant
The Georgia Department of Education named Riverwood an AP Access and Support School, an AP STEM School, and an AP Humanities School based on Spring 2014 AP test scores. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work. The Georgia Department of Education also awarded training grants to over 200 high schools to send teachers to AP Summer Institutes; Riverwood received an $800 grant.
Learn more in the News & Media Gallery
Marinkovic Excels at National Music Competition
Congratulations to outstanding musician and Raider senior Luka Marinkovic for winning second place at the National Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) competition for composition. Earlier this school year, his original four movement piano suite won the Georgia MTNA contest. Next, he represented the State of Georgia at the Southern Division regional event in Knoxville, Tennessee. Winning at the regional level, he advanced to the national finals which took place in March during the MTNA National Conference. Marinkovic, a native of France and a National Merit Finalist, is also the principal pianist with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.
Two Presidential Scholar Nominees
Congratulations to Seniors Ryan Fuller and Leah Greenberg for being named candidates for the United States Scholars Program. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, established in 1964 by executive order of the President, recognizes and honors some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program expanded to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.
Wood Named Teacher of the Year; Perlmutter is Professional of the Year
Congratulations to Brittany Wood (pictured right) for being named Riverwood’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. A member of the Social Studies Department, Ms. Wood currently teaches IB Economics and US History. She joined the Raider faculty in 2013-14; in addition to her Social Studies classes, she coaches the Girls Golf team. She recently learned that she is a finalists for the Fulton County Schools Central Learning Community Teacher of the Year award.
Congratulations to Melissa Perlmutter (pictured left) for being named Riverwood’s 2014-15 Professional of the Year. Previously a counselor at Druid Hills High School in DeKalb County, she joined the Raider Counseling Center in 2012-13. This year, she assists students with last names beginning with the letters “A” through “Do” addressing academic, social/emotional, as well as college and career needs and concerns.
Learn more in the News & Media Gallery
Special Programs Awarded Seed Fund Grants
The school's Governance Council learned that the Fulton County Schools Foundation recently approved its two Seed Fund applications. One grant will fund a 2015-16 full-time teacher position for AVID. The other will purchase System 44, a remedial program designed to assist students with very poor reading skills. System 44 is a welcome complement to the Read 180 program already in place.
Learn more in the News & Media Gallery
2014-15 STAR Student and Teacher Announced
Congratulations to Albert Xiong, STAR Student, and to Lakshima Anumukonda, STAR Teacher. 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; Albert’s STAR teacher is Science faculty member Lakshima Anumukonda. 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.
Xiong is a member of the Varsity Soccer Team as well as the Science Olympiad Team. His current post-high school thoughts are to major in Biology or Pre-medicine. Xiong has acceptances from both the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology; however, he is waiting to hear from other schools before he makes a decision.
Cohen Wins Comcast Scholarship
Congratulations to Megan Cohen for being nominated to the Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship program. Cohen is the Senior Class Student Body Officer and also serves on the Fulton County Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. The Comcast scholarship is a nomination-based award and is funded through the Comcast Foundation to recognize high school seniors for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership. To acknowledge these accomplishments, Leaders and Achievers receive a one-time scholarship, with a base award of $1,000.
Lila Claire Best Wins School's 1st Girls State Swim Championship
Swimmers Set Seven New School Records at 2015 State Swim Meet
The Raiders sent 23 members of the Swim and Dive team to the 2015 State Championships held at the Georgia Tech Natatorium the weekend of February 5-7. Senior Lila Claire Best won the first Girls State Championship event in school history with her school record-setting time in the 200 freestyle. Six other school records fell over the weekend in both individual and relay events. Congratulations to the Boys and the Girls teams for a great season.
Read about the record-setting 2015 State Championship Swim meet
Science Project Wins 1st Place at Region and Heads to State Competition
Kenzie Fisher’s project “Power Output of Graphene Super Capacitors in Comparison to Capacitors” won first place in the Chemistry Division of the January 2015 Fulton County Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Westlake High School hosted the Region Fair January 30-31, 2015. Fisher's winning project was one of only five chosen to advance from the Fulton Regional Fair to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF). The GSEF is in March in Athens. Fisher will have the opportunity to share her research with some of the top scientists in Georgia and to compete for awards and scholarships. Congratulations also to Kendell and Sydney Laws for winning second place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division for their project “Musical Appetite.”
Junior Selected to Speak at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service
The 47th Annual King Holiday observance took place at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday, January 19. Among those honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were several students of international descent. Congratulations to Junior Nina Garibaldi for being chosen to participate in the celebration. Garibaldi, wearing native regalia, read excerpts from Dr. King’s writings. Fox 5 Atlanta televised the event live.
Class of 2015 POSSE scholars
Congratulations to Taylor Hall (Boston University) and Jazondre Gibbs (Bard College) for receiving full four-year college scholarships from the Posse Foundation. Since 1989, the Posse Foundation has identified, recruited, and trained more than 4,000 public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential. These students—many of whom might have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes—receive full-tuition leadership scholarships. Of note, Posse Scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers.
Governor's Honors Semi-finalists
Congratulations to the ten Raiders chosen as semi-finalists for the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP). The next round of interviews will be in early 2015, and the finalists will be announced in March. GHP is a four week, all expenses paid residential academic program which brings together Georgia’s top students to study a variety of disciplines. Congratulations to Abby Gibson (Voice), Shaina Goldfein (Visual Arts), Mariah Hinton (Social Studies), Gabby Jackson (Voice), Kendall Laws (Technology), Ellen Murray (Theatre), Jaclyn Nichols (Visual Arts), Daniel Steinberg (Physics), Joshua Vayle (Chemistry), and Kyle Weil (Technology).
Raiders Advance to State PTSA Reflections
Congratulations to the six district winners who advanced to the state level Reflections competition. They interpreted the theme “The World Would be a Better Place If...” through original works of literature, visual art, music composition, and photography.
Nicole Nichols: “Wishing” (Visual Art)
Sarah Kern: “What are You Looking at?” (Photography)
Lilly Blumenthal: “The Dog Park” (Photography)
Anton Hsu: “Lost in Nature” (Photography)
Elise Flanagan: “Flowing Emotions” (Musical Composition)
Alexander Hamer: “The Incomplete Answer” (Literature)
Raiders Make Commitments on National Signing Day
Four Raider athletes made official college commitments on National Signing Day in November. Congratulations to Lila Claire Best (Swimming, U.S. Naval Academy), Jalen Miller (Baseball, Clemson University), David Peljovich (Baseball, Wake Forest University) and Davis Vainer (Baseball, University of Alabama).