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We continue to monitor the forecast for tomorrow's (February 10) weather conditions, but as of this time, the Fulton County School System plans to operate on a normal schedule for Wednesday, February 10. If this should change, parents and staff will be notified. Please continue to stay tuned to the FCS website, the district's social media channels and FCS-TV, and to local news media for any potential updates.  

Tuesday, February 9 -- Afterschool events, activities and athletics occuring after 6 p.m. are canceled. 

Course Selection for 2016-17 Begins February 10 & 11, 2016
Current 9th-11th grade students will begin the course selection process for next year during the school day Wednesday, February 10 and Thursday, February 11. Advisement will take place both before 1st Period and after 4th Period each day.
Visit the Academic Catalog & Schedules page to view the Course Catalog, timeline, special registration video, and more.

PSAT Night Thursday, February 11​, 2016 
Auditorium. 7pm
The 9th-11th grade students who took the October 2015 PSAT on campus are encouraged to come with their parents to a PSAT results discussion. The Counseling Center will distribute the scores, will discuss how to interpret the scores, and will explain how PSAT results relate to the SAT. Any scores not picked up at the Thur​sday evening meeting will be given to students during their next Advisement. Questions? Contact Sally Page in the Counseling Center (

​NO SCHOOL:  Friday, February 12 and Monday, February 15, 2016
Classes resume Tuesday, February 16 on the "B" Day Schedule

Thursday, February 18 - Evening Course Scheduling & GA Milestones Testing Meeting

Auditorium, 7pm 
Parents are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn more about program offerings, the student course selection process, and graduation requirements. Also on the agenda is an important discussion about the new required Georgia Milestones tests and changes to the state-based assessment system​​.  

​End of Course (EOC) Test​-Out Information
The State of Georgia has a program for students wishing to earn course credits by taking and passing an EOCT prior to enrolling in the class. Learn about the EOC​ test-out process, eligibility, fees, and more: 
         EOC Test-Out Letter - English
         EOC Test-Out Letter - Spanish
     ​     EOC Test-out Q&A Flyer

Students interested in taking an EOC test must apply by February 22, 2016 to Testing Coordinator Stanetress King. Questions? Please contact Ms.​ King (KingS2@fulto​​nschools.org) ​

Sadie Dance, Saturday, February 27
Auxiliary Gym, 8-11pm
Sponsored by the Student Government Association Tickets $10 advance/$15 door Tickets on sale in the atrium during all lunch periods Monday, February 22 through Friday, February 26

Sadie ​Instagram Contest​
Follow @ricssadie​16 on Instagram 
Submit creative Sadie proposals to @ricssadie16
and tag posts by grade level
    9th -#ricssadie9
   10th -#ricssadie10
   11th - #ricssadie11
   12th - #ricssadie12
One winner per grade level based on the number of likes will win a $20 Starbucks gift card.

Youth Leadership Sandy Springs Application Deadline March 18, 2016
Open to current Freshmen (Class of 2019) and Sophomores (Class of 2018) interested in participating in community leadership opportunities. Only 30 spots available. Applications due March 18, 2016  


​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.  


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

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)

Goldfarb is National Merit Semifinalist
Congratulations to Senior David Goldfarb who, based on his stellar scores on the PSAT taken in October 2014, is a semifinalist in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship competition. Goldfarb is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to compete for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

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

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 & Kathryn Wyckoff.

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 Kitchen
Around 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. 




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.


School Communications:  Learn how to Stay Connected & Stay Informed​

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Fundraisers & Service Projects
​Teens for Jeans
Help the FBLA support the Metro Atlanta Teens for Jeans project. Bring new or gently used jeans to Room 809 through Thursday, February 11. Earn one community service hour for every two pairs donated. 

Raider Stadium Blankets
Bundle up in style with this large (5'x6') Raider logo blanket. Water resistant on one side & plush warm fleece on the reverse side. Sales benefit the Girls Soccer program. Contact Coach Macoy (Macoy@fultonschools.org) to purchase. ​$50. 

2016 Raider Scarves
Support the Boys and Girls Soccer programs. Contact Coach Welp (WelpJ@fultonschools.org​) or Coach Macoy (Macoy@fultonschools.org) to purchase. $20.    learn more

Raider Spirit Flags
Support the Band & show school spirit. Only $10. Contact​ Band Director Carlos Rodriguez or parent volunteer Andrea Galiano
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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