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Letter to the Community Regarding Construction Concerns
Monday, October 24, 2016

​Orchestra Concert, Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Auditorium, 7pm
Free. Open to the public.

Band Concert, Thursday, October 27, 2016
Auditorium, 7pm
Free. Open to the public.

​​Writing Center Halloween Character Creation Contest
Friday, October 28 and Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween may be scary, but writing isn't! Visit the Raider Writing Center during all lunches on Friday, October 28 or Monday, October 31 to enter the Character Creation Contest. 

The tutors, wearing Halloween costumes, will be ready to hear student character creation masterpieces. Come to the Writing Center for some Halloween fun, candy, and prizes. 

​As always, the center is ready to help with any writing assignment in any class.​​

Learn more about the Raide​r Writing Center

​Prospective Student Information Session & Tour Friday, November 4, 2016
Auditorium, 9am
The Prospective Student/Parent Information Session begins at 9am in the Riverwood 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 ​a 201​6-17 in​formation session  

Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016
No School
Classes resume Wednesday, November 9 on the B day schedule

Spring Break Community Service Trip Meeting Wednesday, November 9
Auditorium, 6pm
Interested in visiting Nicaragua over Spring Break 2017? Make plans to attend the Wednesday, November 9 information meeting for parents and students to learn more about the​ community service trip to Leon, Nicaragua. The trip is from April 2-8, 2017. During the week, students will work alongside and learn from the people of Nicaragua about their culture. The students will teach math and art at local schools, provide snacks to the children during recess, and will build water filters for families who do not have clean water in their homes. Faculty sponsors coordinating the trip are Laura Taylor (TaylorLS@fultonschools.org) and Amanda Boggs (boggsa1@fultonschools.org)

Showcase of Performing and Visual Arts (SPAVA)
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Auditorium Lobby, 7pm
Free and open to the public. Students from all Fine Art disciplines transform the lobby into a gallery of displays, performances, and presentations. The event, which began in 2001, recognizes artistically gifted and talented students. Student actors, singers, and instrumentalists perform throughout the evening. 

Welcome Jenny Poulos, Substitute Counselor Fall Semester 2016
The Counseling Center is pleased to announce the arrival of veteran counselor Jenny Poulos to serve as a substitute counselor during Hannah Kim's maternity leave. Mrs. Poulos will serve students with last names ending Di-Le. She is using Mrs. Kim's email (KimH1@fultonschools.org) and office number (470-254-1980, 41893).
Dr. Shaw's Welcome Letter October 14, 2016 - English
Dr. Shaw's Welcome Letter October 14, 2016 - Spanish

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.  


Georgia Department of Education School Climate Parent Survey
Online survey open through March 3, 2017
Parents are encouraged to take the 24-question online survey. Students and faculty will take a similar survey during the 2016-17 school year. Responses are anonymous and results will be used to calculate the School's Climate Star Rating.   Survey link

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​  ​​


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


National Merit Semifinalists Announced
Congratulations to Seniors Kendall Laws and Jeremy Colton for being selected as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program.


Based on their outstanding scores on the PSAT taken during their Junior year, Laws and Colton join an elite group of approximately 16,000 high school seniors from across the country. 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 the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. Additionally, the semifinalists will complete a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s self-descriptive essay and information about his or her participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Raider Aces ACT
Congratulations to Senior Jeremy Colton who scored a perfect score of 36 on the ACT (American College Testing) exam. Colton sat for the exam in February 2016 and, based on the most recent data, is one of less than 1% of all tested students in the nation to achieve​ a perfect score. Colton advises his fellow students planning to take the ACT to prepare by taking as many practice tests as possible. Of the 223 Raiders taking the ACT last year, the composite score was 22.9, which is ​above the Georgia (21.1) and National (20.8) average. 



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



Graduation Rate Increases 8.3%
The Georgia 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





Stakeholder Input Needed
Requests for Flexibility
The Governance Council need​s feedback on five Requests for Flexibility (RFF's). The RFF's are proposed waivers from existing policies and require stakeholder examination and comment. The thirty (30) day comment period commences Monday, October 24 and extends through Thursday, November 24, 2016​ ​
learn more


Campus Construction News
The estimated bui​lding addition completion date is July 2017. The new baseball facility is on track to​ be ready for the 2017 season.



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:​



​​Fundraisers & Service Projects​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Smoked Boston Butts, $35
Order Deadline Friday, November 4, 2016    
Bring order form with payment to the school front office by November 4.

Band & Orchestra Boosters (BOB) will be accepting orders at the following home football games:  10/14, 10/21, & 11/4​        ​learn more

​Christmas Tree Order Deadline
Monday, November 7, 2016
Advance orders receive $10 discount. Preorder to guarantee trees taller than 10'​
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Holiday Pies, $10
Order by November 11, 2016
Apple, Chocolate, and Pumpkin

Pick up ONLY Tuesday, November 15 through Friday, November 18, 8-8:15am or 3:30-4:30pm 
order ​form

​​Raider Cards
Only $20 for discounts to more than 25 local merchants. ​ learn more

Raider Pride Magnets, $5
Available in the school front office & at many home sporting events

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Raider Spirit Flags, $15
Available at the following home football games:  ​10/14, 10/21, & 11/4

Or contact any Band or Orchestra student, Band Director Carlos Rodriguez (
RodriguezC@fultonschools.org), or Booster President Andrea Galiano (ajoy@bellsouth.net)
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.

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