Georgia Department of Education Releases
and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI)
Mock Job Interview Volunteers Needed Wednesday, May 4 & Friday, May 6
Adult volunteers may sign up online to assist seniors with mock job interviews. The school will provide questions and a scoring rubric. Time slots are available throughout the day both Wednesday, May 4 and Friday, May 6 for the on campus sessions.
Register with Sign Up Genius
Blue Envelope Tributes Requested by Friday, May 6
Anyone (parents, friends, family, teachers, coaches, etc.) may write a congratulatory note to a member of the Class of 2016. Send notes to the front office marked "Blue Envelope" and the PTSA will ensure that the Seniors receive their notes during the final week of school.
Blue Envelope Instructions
Governance Council Meeting Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Media Center, 4pm
One of the items on the May agenda is the school's Strategic Plan. The council will review the preliminary plan, which was brought together using feedback from stakeholder surveys as well as input from the school's administrative and leadership teams. The Governance Council meeting is open to the public. Public Comment Guidelines
Experience Riverwood Tuesday, May 10, 2016
For rising 9th grade students and their parents. The transition to high school event begins in the auditorium and concludes in the tournament gym. Learn how the A/B Block Schedule works, about summer reading expectations, extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports opportunities.
Organization of Latin American Students Fiesta Wednesday, May 11
The Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) is hosting a Fiesta after school Wednesday, May 11. Admission is $5 for food, fun, music, and dancing. Open to all students and families.
PTSA General Meeting & Elections May 12, 2016
The next general meeting is Thursday morning, May 12, 2016 in the Senior Lunch Area of the Cafeteria. The meeting begins promptly at 8:30am and is open to the community. PTSA members will vote to accept the proposed slate of officers for the 2016-17 school year (learn more)
School Board Community Meeting Thursday, May 12
Media Center, 10am
Please make plans to stay at school following the Thursday morning PTSA meeting to attend Gail Dean's 10am Community Meeting in the Media Center. Gail Dean represents District Three on the Fulton County School Board. She will present updates regarding building construction, SPLOST renewal, and several other items of interest to stakeholders.
Letter from Dr. Shaw Thursday, April 21, 2016
A letter went to parent email addresses Thursday afternoon with important testing and end of the year information for students and parents.
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.
Most Challenging High Schools 2016 Report
Congratulations to all Raider students and teachers. The Washington Post
ranked Riverwood #3 in Fulton County, #14 in Georgia, and #321 in the United States among all high schools. learn more
2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced
Congratulations to Pascal Acree, Valedictorian, and Kyle Weil, Salutatorian. Graduation 2016 is at 3pm on Thursday, May 26, at the Cobb Energy Centre.
Valedictorian Pascal Acree (pictured right) will attend Johns Hopkins in the fall. He plans to study Biomedical Engineering.
Salutatorian Kyle Weil (pictured left) will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall. He plans to study Economics.
Hinton Named Gates Millennium Scholar
Congratulations to Senior Mariah Hinton for being selected as a 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar. She will attend Florida State University in the fall. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Hinton receives a full scholarship as well as mentoring, leadership training, travel, and networking opportunities. Only 1,000 high school seniors were selected out of 53,000 applicants.
Addams Family Wins Shuler Hensley Awards
than 70 students participated in this year's spring musical as cast,
crew, and pit band. "The Addams Family" was a huge success, selling out
almost every one of its four performances. Congratulations to the
Ensemble and Costumes for earning Honorable Mentions from the Shuler
Additionally, Sage Stacy and Kento Malm were selected to
perform in the ensemble in the Shuler Hensley Awards Show, which was
televised April 21, 2016.
Flying Club News
Michelle Marin, Wesley Syme, Kyle Graves, and
Amir Hadid (pictured L to R) flew from Gwinnett airport in April. Their
flight went to out to Winder and Lake Lanier and back. Newcomers to the
club this fall, Michelle Marin and Kyle Graves were able to fly three
times during the school year. Freshman Amir Hadid also gained flight
experience. Kyle Graves has flown several different aircraft and was
able to fly about 90% of the April flight completely by himself. Alan
Sohmer is the faculty sponsor.
Choral Groups Earn “Superiors” at Large Group Performance Evaluation
to the Raider Choral groups for their outstanding performances at the
Spring 2016 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Large Group
Performance Evaluation (LGPE). It was a familiar and comfortable
environment for the Beginners Choir, the Advanced Women's Choir combined with the Chamber Choir, the Men's Choir, and the Riverwood Singers,
as Riverwood hosted the event on Monday, March 28. For the seventh
consecutive year, every Raider choir received the highest rating of
“Superior” in their performance.
Goldfarb is National Merit Finalist
Congratulations to Senior David Goldfarb who, based on his stellar scores on the PSAT taken in October 2014, is a Finalist in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship competition. Goldfarb was one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program and is now one of around 7,400 students advancing to the finalist stage. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to compete for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.
Raider Marching Band Performance at 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl
The Raider Marching Band, along with select high school marching bands from around the country, performed in the halftime show of the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. Band director Carlos Rodriguez, assisted by several faculty and parent chaperones, led members of the Raider Marching Band and Color Guard to Orlando. The combined high school bands learned the halftime music and practiced together before performing at the December 29th bowl game between the #10 North Carolina Tar Heels and the #18 Baylor Bears. View a video of the band's halftime show, as well as photos from the four day trip, on the band's Facebook page (Riverwood Intl. Charter School Marching Band)
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.
SPLOST: Early voting begins May 2
Continued SPLOST funding impacts Riverwood: Phase II of the Riverwood renovation is one of the many projects planned to be funded by the next Fulton County Schools SPLOST. Please take time to learn more about SPLOST and cast an educated vote on May 24, 2016
Message from Fulton County Schools: Fulton’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) has accomplished much during the past five years. Some of the projects completed since 2012 include: five new or replacement schools opened, four middle school additions completed, 33 elementary school playgrounds and 23 gyms replaced, new security cameras installed in all district buses, visitor access controls installed in all schools, and more than 20,000 computers refreshed or deployed to teachers, schools, and employees.
Investing in Fulton’s future: one penny at a time.
Election Day May 24, 2016
Spring Semester 2016 Testing
Georgia Milestones, AP & IB tests, and Final Exam schedules are on the Calendar page
Construction Site Next Door
The former Heards Ferry Elementary school property next door is now a construction site. Please do not attempt to enter the construction zone.
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