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​Teacher Appreciation Week March ​30-April 30​​    learn more

Personal Project Showcase Thursday, April 2
​10:30am-2pm and 6:30-8pm

Tournament Gym
The community is invited to attend the morning (10:30am-2pm) or evening (6:30-8pm) session to view the 10th grade students' personal projects. The projects, part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), take approximately 6-8 months to complete. Students may choose the topic of their research and this year's showcase features everything from Sports to Animals, Technology to Food, and Art to Education. The showcase is open to parents and the community.   ​2015 Personal Project Brochure  

McDonald's Hosting Raider Fundraiser Thursday, April 2
Support the Boys Basketball and Basketball Cheerleaders on Thursday evening, April 2, between 5-8pm at the Powers Ferry Road McDonald's (map:  6360 Powers Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30339). Teachers Buck Jenkins and Michelle Stromie will be serving behind the counter. A portion of all sales will benefit the Raider Boys Basketball and Basketball Cheerleading programs​.

Critical Course Verification Dates: March 19, March 26 & April 3
Students received their final course verifications for the 2015-16 school year during Advisement on Thursday, March 19. Students and parents have one week to review the proposed course listings for accuracy and to request changes. Forms are due no later than Advisement on Thursday, March 26, or may be turned in earlier to the Counseling Center. ​Friday, April 3, 2015 is the final day for course change requests. After April 3, 2015, students’ schedules will be set and no requests for changes will be considered.   learn more​

Chorus to Sing​ National Anthem at Braves Game Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Purchase Tickets by April 3
The Chorus will sing the National Anthem at 7pm prior to the Braves game vs. the Washington Nationals. Special ticket pricing for Raider fans, families, & friends. Only $20 for an upper box seat, with part of the ticket sales benefitting the Performing Arts Booster Association (PABA)​. Order by April 3. Ticket Order Form

SPRING BREAK MONDAY, APRIL 6 - FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015 Classes resume Monday, April 13

​Saturday, April 18, 2015

Biltmore Hotel, 8-11pm
Tickets ($45) on sale during all lunch periods the week of April 13. Only Juniors and Seniors in good standing (i.e. have paid $35 class dues) may purchase tickets. No tickets sold at the door Saturday evening. Any questions, contact Student Government Faculty Sponsor Joel Kadish (KadishJ@fultonschools.org)

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 theFulton County Schools Summer School website page to see course offerings, tuition and fees, and to register. Students with questions should contact their counselor.​

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)

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 AV​ID. 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.

Choral Groups Earn “Superiors” at Large Group Performance Evaluation
Congratulations to all of the Raider Choral groups for their outstanding performances at the Spring 2015 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE). This year’s competition was February 24 at North Atlanta High School. For the sixth year in a row, every Raider choir received the highest rating of “Superior” in their performance.​ Additionally, in the extremely challenging sight-singing evaluation, the Men’s chorus scored “Excellent” and the rest of the choirs scored “Superior.”  

National Business Honor Society Inducts New Members

Congratulations to the newest members of the Raider chapter of the National Business Honor Society who were inducted on February 19, 2015:  David Anderson, David Antonino, Blake Avrett, De-Ambra Burroughs, Thaddeus Caldwell, Alexis Fuller, Maxwell Goldstein, Anishya Hagans, Kendall Laws, McKenzie Lewis, Temia McColl, Asher Newman, Nicole Nichols, Marcelo Paiz, Alex Plavin, Arantza Romero, Kian Smith, Brittney Thomas, Sierra Tulloch, Kyle Weil, and Anna Xayravong.  ​

First Year Wrestler Makes it to State Tournament

Junior Marvin Kinsey decided to try high school wrestling and ended up making it all the way to the State Tournament in his first year. Head Coach Zach McKeone encouraged the outstanding football and track athlete to join the wrestling squad for the 2014-15 season. Competing at 182 lbs, Kinsey compiled a 29-18 record, placed 3rd at the 2014 Fayette County Christmas Classic, and finished 4th in the Area Tournament. The Junior's 8th Place finish in the AAAAA-West Sectional tournament qualified him for State (Ranked #16, Class AAAAA,182 lbs).

                              Learn more in the News & Media Gallery​

Georgia Thespian Conference 2015
Thanks to the teacher and parent chaperones, 14 Raiders were able to attend the 2015 Georgia Thespian Conference (ThesCon). Megan Cohen, Isabel Dever, Brett Feldman, Abigail Gibson, Maria Jackson, Max Kantor, Gina Karseboom, Sadie llop, Emma McConnell, Madison McConnell, Lucy Mulkeen, Stephi Peifke, Tianna Seidel, and Madeleine Sibert participated in weekend of theatre from the inside-out. Held in downtown Columbus, students from all over the state converged the first weekend of February for a full slate of workshops, performances, and even college auditions. Sponsored by the Georgia Thespians, a chapter of the Education Theatre Association, ThesCon encourages, promotes, advocates and celebrates theatre excellence in schools and communities.

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 20​15 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. 

Senior Named Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Senior Jaycie Emery for being named the January 2015 Work-Based Learning Employee of the Month. Emery works at Metro Atlanta Gastroenterology in their administrative office. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. Only 11th and 12th grade students are eligible to participate in Work-Based Learning. Interested students should contact Ms. Sheri Smith (Room 809) for more information about applying for Work-Based Learning during the 2015-16 school year.

Mock Trial Team Earns Region Commendations
The Raider Mock Trial Team enjoyed success at the 2015 Region 3 Competition held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Saturday, January 31. Each team fielded two squads: Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense during the day-long competition. The Raiders, under the guidance of coaches ​Mr. Evans, Mrs. Jones, and Mr. Alford, won commendations for both Outstanding Attorney (Caroline Albright, Nina Garibaldi, and Carolyn Stanek) and Outstanding Witness (Courtney Jeffers and Stephanie Piefke).

Model UN Wins Outstanding Delegation Award
The Raider Model United Nations team was very successful at the Model Arab League Conference held at the Marist School January 22-23, 2015. Representing Saudi Arabia, the Raiders finished in the top three out of 23 high schools. Additionally, the Raiders were one of only three teams to win an Outstanding Delegation award. The death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, which occurred during the two-day conference, presented the team a unique challenge to respond quickly to political change.
              Learn more in the News & Media Gallery​

FBLA ​Shines at 2015 Region Leadership Conference
The Raider Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter participated in the January 2015 Region Leadership Conference. Congratulations to the following FBLA students for advancing to the State Leadership Conference March 20th-21st:  Chandler Arney, Thaddeus Caldwell, Jordan Coleman, Liam Collins, Alexis Fuller, Max Goldstein, Ryan Graffagnino, Matt Gruenig, Sarah Hamer​, Jeffrey Hooks, Katie HornBayne Jarvis, Alex Koenig, Kendall Laws, Harrison Lipsky, Asher Newman, Nicole Nichols, Matthew Oliver, Marcelo Paiz, Cameron Sheele, Kian Smith, Daniel Steinberg, Brittany Thomas, Collins Vice, Kyle Weil, and Kara Wise.  ​​  Learn more in the News & Media Gallery​

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).​

Graduation Rate Jumps More Than 13%
Congratulations to the Raider students and faculty for the double-digit increase in the graduation rate from the Class of 2013 (67.8%) to the Class of 2014 (81.3%). This is the fourth year using the Georgia Department of Education’s new graduation rate formula.


Fulton County High Schools Class of 2014 Graduation Rates

Junior Pascal Acree Takes Science Fair Project to ​International Conference
Last year, Pascal Acree’s Honors Chemistry Science Fair project examined the effect of environmental conditions on radon levels in homes. In September 2014, Acree exhibited his findings at the 28th Annual International Radon Symposium. The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) hosted this year’s international symposium in Charleston, South Carolina. The AARST is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to the highest standard of excellence and ethical performance of radon measurement, radon mitigation and transfer of radon information.​     learn more in the News & Media Gallery

Audio, Video, Technology & Film Program Receives State Certification;
Dr. Futrell Honored at School Board Meeting

Fulton County Schools honored Raider Career Tech faculty member Dr. J.C. Futrell at the September 2014 School Board Meeting for his work earning Industry Certification for the Riverwood Audio, Video, Technology and Film (AVTF) program. ​Industry certification is a stamp of excellence, which represents the apex of program quality. Riverwood is the first high school in the Fulton County School System to receive certification, and is one of only 15 high schools across the state 
to successfully pass the rigorous business and industry certification review process.​ (Pictured L-R: Raider Career Tech Department Chair Sherri Smith, Principal Dr. Robert Shaw, Dr. J.C. Futrell, Fulton County School Board Member Gail Dean, and Mrs. Futrell)​


Five National Merit Semifinalists & Two National Achievement Semifinalists

Congratulations to the following Seniors who, 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: Jeffrey Hooks, Ethan Mann, Luka Marinkovic, Carolyn Stanek and Albert Xiong are National Merit Semifinalists; Corinn Gist-Stevenson and Kara Wise are National Achievement Semifinalists​  learn more in the News & Media Gallery


Caution:  ​Section of Stadium Seating​ Off Limits

P​lease respect the safety banners and barricades in Hoskyn Stadium and do not enter the roped off sections. Plenty of seats will be available for the football game this weekend.  
Read Dr. Shaw's October 2, 2014 letter about the repairs
Dr. Shaw's October 2, 201​4 letter -- Spanish


Class of 2015 Top Ten Announced
Congratulations to the members of the Senior class with the highest GPA's (pictured L to R):  ​Madeleine Sibert, Ethan Mann, Asher Berman, Carolyn Stanek, ​Caroline Albright, Tyler Diamond, Albert Xiong, Jeff Hooks, Julia Clendenin, and Christine Tye.

Foundation Receives $10,000 Sandy Springs Society Grant
The Sandy Springs Society awarded the Riverwood Foundation a $10,000 grant in May 2014 to help establish AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college readiness educational program. The Society supports non-profit programs that improve the quality of life for all the residents of Sandy Springs by promoting the arts, heritage, education, the environment, and social services. The Riverwood Foundation is committed to raise $25,000 to implement the program in the fall.  
            Learn more about AVID and contribute to the Foundation


Raiders Earn ​Top Ten Georgia High School Ranking

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. In a further affirmation of scholastic achievement, US News, in a similar evaluation, ranks Riverwood 15th in the State. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.

                          View The Washington Post 2014 rankings/report

​View the US News 2014 rankings/report                    





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Fundraisers & Service Projects
​Student Service Project to benefit the MLC Foundation. Donations accepted through March 31, 2015
Learn More about Benny's Buddies​

McDonald's Fundraiser
5-8pm, Thursday, April 2, 2015
Support the Boys Basketball and Basketball Cheerleaders
 at the Powers Ferry Road McDonald's (map:  6360 Powers Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30339)

​​National Anthem at Braves Game
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Special ticket pricing for Raider fans, families, & friends. Only $20 for an upper box seat, with part of the ticket sales benefitting the Performing Arts Booster Association (PABA)​. Order by April 3. 
Ticket Order Form
​Raider Scarves

Show school spirit, stay warm, and support the Boys and Girls Soccer programs by purchasing a Raider Scarf ($20). Contact Coach Welp (WelpJ@fultonschools.org​) or Coach Macoy (Macoy@fultonschools.org) to purchase.

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
Printer Cartridge Recycling
​The PTSA is collecting empty Ink Jet & Laser Toner printer ​cartridges in the school front office for recycling. Almost all brands accepted (Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark). The fundraiser will be ongoing for the entire school year. Which cartridges can be recycled? 
Ink Jet Brands  and  Laser Toner Brands  

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

Raider Pride Magnets
$5 Magnets support the Lady Raider Volleyball program. 

Available in the school front office, or from Coach Leigh Hudson 

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