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Adult Volunteers Needed for SAIL (Seniors Achieving in Life)
Sign up now to help in February and March 2019
SAIL (Seniors Achieving in Life) is seeking both returning and new adult volunteers to assist seniors in the Class of 2019 with the often challenging process of selecting, applying to, and securing financing for two and four year colleges. Mentors work with SAIL students on a weekly basis during February and March 2019 at mutually convenient times in the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center is providing a brief training program for all mentors Wednesday morning, January 23, 2019 at 9am
learn more about this great program

No School Monday, January 21, 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday
Classes resume Tuesday, January 22 on the "B" day schedule

PTSA General Meeting Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New Building Second Floor Lobby, 8:30am
Everyone welcome. Open to all parents. Find out the latest PTSA news, learn about upcoming activities, and find out how to get involved. The agenda also ​includes a brief school update from Principal Gardner​

Governance Council Monthly Meeting 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
New Building Lobby, 4pm
Governance Council meetings are open to the public.
Stakeholders may speak during the Public Comment time. 
 Public Comment Guidelines​

Rising 9th Grade Band & Orchestra Parent Meeting
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Band Room, 6pm
The meeting is for parents of current 8th graders whose children are considering participating in either Band or Orchestra next year in high school. The meeting starts promptly at 6pm in the Band Room to give parents plenty of time to attend the 6:30pm Rising 9th Grade Parent Night in the Auditorium (see below). The Band and Orchestra teachers, as well as parents of current Band and Orchestra students, will be on hand to discuss the many musical opportunities offered, both in class and as extracurriculars.

Rising 9th Grade Parent Night Thursday, January 24, 2019
Auditorium, 6:30pm
For parents of students currently in 8th grade in a Fulton County Middle School who will be attending Riverwood as a 9th grader in Fall 2019. The Counseling Center will discuss transitioning into high school and how the registration process works for students currently enrolled in a Fulton County middle school. Questions? Contact Head Counselor Shamona Harrell (HarrellS@fultonschools.org)

2019-20 Yearbook Staff Application Deadline Friday, January 25, 2019
The Yearbook is looking for rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors with strong written, photographic, and/or graphic skills. When filling out course selections for next year, Yearbook is an elective; however, students need to apply for the class. Pick up an application from faculty sponsor Paul Ankerich in Room 2203 (new building). Application deadline Friday, January 25, 2019. Questions? Contact Paul Ankerich (AnkerichP@fultonschools.org)

ASVAB Testing Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Auditorium, 8:30-11:30am
Students may sign up in the Counseling Center to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). The test results provide students a snapshot of their verbal, math, science, and technical skills compared to other students across the nation in the same grade. The tests also include a Career Exploration component. Although military personnel administer the test, taking the test does NOT obligate students to enlist in the military. Contact Counselor Sally Page (PageS@fultonschools.org) with any questions.​​

Requests for Flexibility:  Public Comments Requested

Deadline Monday, February 4, 2019
The school governance council has two Request for Flexibility renewals (RFF's) to submit to Fulton County Schools. In accordance with school board policy, stakeholders have 30 days to provide feedback. Both waivers have been in place for several years; the RFF's are to continue/renew the waivers through the life of the school's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. View or download a copy of the Physical Science Requirement Waiver and the Personal Fitness Requirement Waiver for students enrolled in weight training (link)
Questions or comments? Contact principal Chuck Gardner (gardnercw@fultonschools.org)

Class Ring & Letter Jacket Sales
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Atrium, during all lunches
Balfour representatives will be on campus accepting orders for letter jackets from any student. Juniors and Seniors may also purchase class rings.  

View or download the flyer

ATTENTION SENIORS:  Balfour Reps on Campus Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Atrium, during all lunches
Graduation Fees, Supplies, and Cap and Gown Payments 

Balfour collects the payments to cover the Class of 2019 graduation cap, gown, and tassel, the diploma cover, and the venue rental fee. The fee is $110. Optional purchases include graduation announcements and other senior gear items. Students may also make payments and place orders online at GABalfour.com (link)

Dual Enrollment Information Night Thursday, February 7, 2019
Auditorium, 6:30pm

An in-depth forum for parents and students to learn more about dual enrollment options. Hear how the process works, program overview, and more. Text the number 81010 and enter this message @ricsde to keep up with testing, registration deadlines, and other important information. Questions? Contact Counselor Ashley Holmes (holmesad@fultonschools.org)

10th Grade Personal Project Expo 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Friday, February 22, 2019
Tournament Gym, 12-3:20pm
The community is invited to visit the 10th Grade Personal Project Expo. The three-day event is in the Tournament Gym, upper level track, February 20, 21, & 22. Visitors, please sign in at the school front office (new building) before entering the gym. Adults wishing to volunteer should contact MYP coordinator Andrea Von Biberstein​ (vonbiberstei@fultonschools.org)
Learn more: https://www.smore.com/6mzys

PrincetonReviewLogoACT & SAT Prep Classes Offered On-Campus

Fulton County Schools, in partnership with The Princeton Review, is offering discounted SAT and ACT review classes on campus to prepare for spring 2019 tests. The discounted price ($125) includes 15 hours of in-class instruction, full-length proctored practice tests, and additional practice tests. Register online (Princetonreview.com/fultoncounty) using promo code FCSATL, or call The Princeton Review (800-273-8439, x 1070) 
          Classes begin February 23 to prepare for the April 2019 ACT
          Classes begin March 16 for the May 2019 SAT  
        ACT & SAT Spring 2019 Class Flyer​

Youth Leadership Sandy Springs 

Application Deadline March 9, 2019
The application window is now open for Youth Leadership Sandy Springs. This fantastic program is for rising 10th (Class of 2022) and 11th (Class of 2021) graders. Apply online before the March 9 deadline 

Fulton County Schools Night at the Atlanta Hawks
Saturday, March 9, 2019
State Farm Arena, 7pm
A portion of each ticket sold goes to the Fulton County Schools Foundation
Ticket prices vs. the Brooklyn Nets start at $21
Purchase tickets online

Fall 2018 PSAT Scores Now Available Online
9th-11th grade students who took the PSAT on campus during the school day on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 will be able to access their scores online beginning December 11, 2018. Students must create a College Board account (link) in order to view the PSAT results. The Counseling Center has a wealth of resources to assist with understanding the scores and what steps to take next to prepare for the SAT 
  learn more

Career Readiness Initiative:  Adult Volunteers and Businesses Needed
Please use the online form (link) to sign up to assist with a Career Cafe and/or Business Connection, or to request more information. Career Cafes, career-related workshops or information sessions, will take place during lunch hours. Business connections will offer internships and career-related mentorships.​

Georgia Department of Driver Services Forms (DDS/ADAP)

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 ​Attenda​nce Form​ ​ ​​​

News, Honors, and Accomplishments
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EXCLUSIVE:  Raider Artists Create Ornaments for State Tree in Washington, D.C.
Nineteen Raiders created ornaments to decorate the State of Georgia's official Christmas tree, which is on display in Washington, D.C. through the end of the year. The six-foot state tree is one of 56 smaller trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree in President’s Park, with each tree representing a U.S. state, territory, or the District of Columbia. Jessica Booth, Fine Arts Education Director at the Georgia Department of Education, selected Riverwood for the honor of decorating this year’s Georgia tree. 
Read more in the News & Media Gallery

Seven Governor's Honors Semifinalists
Congratulations to Anais Acree (World Language - French), Audrey Charron (Theater), Luke Courts (Music), Chandler McCleskey (Mathematics), Hayes Miller (History), Rain-Marie Robertson (Theater), and Ricardo Ruiz (Mathematics) for advancing to the semifinal round of the 2019 Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) competition.

Following interviews at the end of February, the students will find out in March if they have been selected for this summer's GHP.

Rekapalli Aces ACT
Congratulations to Shreya Rekapalli for scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT (American College Testing) exam. Rekapalli, Class of 2019, is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Her studies include Higher Level Math, Physics, History of the Americas, and Literature, along with AP Psychology and Theory of Knowledge. She serves as a tutor in the Raider Writing Center, and is president of both the Model UN team and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter. Rekapalli is a member of the Beta Club, the National Honor Society, and the Science National Honor Society. She attended the summer 2018 Governor's Honors Program in social studies, and was selected to go to the Yale Young Global Scholars for the Politics, Law, and Economics session. As a Junior, Rekapalli received The George Washington University Book Award. Rekapalli plans to double major in economics and psychology and has her sights set on Duke University, Dartmouth College, or Cornell University.

Rekapalli commented, “I firmly believe that practice is key. For me, the best thing to do was take practice tests to identify patterns in my mistakes, and then do the appropriate practice to remedy them. It's really all about practice. Leading up to the ACT, I took 10 practice tests.” Of the more than 2 million students taking the ACT in 2017, only .136% achieved a perfect score.

Stanek is National Merit Semifinalist

Congratulations to Senior Michelle Stanek for being selected as a semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program.

Based on her outstanding score on the PSAT taken during her Junior year, Stanek joins an elite group of approximately 16,000 high school seniors from across the country. As semifinalist, she now must fulfill several requirements in order to advance to the finalist round. She must have a record of high academic performance, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn an SAT score that confirms her earlier qualifying test performance. Additionally, all semifinalists complete a detailed scholarship application, which includes a self-descriptive essay and information about participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Graduation Rate Sets All-time Mark
The Georgia Department of Education released the Class of 2018 graduation rate statistics for the state and Riverwood's graduating class reached an all-time high of 92.2%. Congratulations to the students, the faculty, and the families for this significant achievement. The 92.17% rate represents a 5.2% increase from 2017 and was the highest increase across all Fulton County High Schools. Of special note was the 13.5% graduation rate increase in the Hispanic demographic.

Principal Chuck Gardner said, "I am proud of the team approach that our school is taking to mentor and support students. Additionally, I’m proud of our families, community, and feeder schools that made this happen." 
View or download Mr. Gardner's September 20, 2018 letter  English

13 Raiders Selected for Youth Leadership Sandy Springs
Congratulations to Christine Cleveland, Oliver Davidson, David Esslinger, Bradley Friedrich, Sasha Frierson, Elizabeth Grant, Sophie Griggs, Grecia Hernandez, Haag Johnson, Lindsey Lewis, Jennifer Ruiz, Katie Sprung, and Owen Woodman for being selected for the 2018-19 Youth Leadership Sandy Springs Class. The 13 inductees join 26 other Sandy Springs area high school students in the year-long program designed to enhance and enrich their understanding of the city. Throughout the year, they will examine the environment, city government, non-profits, law enforcement, as well as business and public safety. Launched by Leadership Sandy Springs in 2011, YLSS is based on Leadership Sandy Springs’ successful 30-year-old program developing community leaders. The Raiders are proud to carry on the tradition of having significant representation in YLSS.

Fulton County Schools Online QuickTip Safety Reporting

Fulton County Schools has an online QuickTip program which students, families, and stakeholders may use to report safety concerns to school and district officials. Providing contact information is optional. Tips may address anything from abuse and bullying to vandalism and violence. Use the link below to make a tip, or install the FCS mobile app available for Android and Apple.​

QuickTip link

UPDATED:  Class of 2018 Colleges & University Acceptances
The Counseling Center compiles the list​ based on information provided by students. Please contact the Counseling Center to report additional acceptances or wait-list clearances. 


Advanced Placement Test Results Earn Honors
The Georgia Department of Education named Riverwood a 2018 AP STEM school, an AP Humanities School, and an AP Access and Support School based on the Spring 2017 Advanced Placement scores. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.
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​​Support the Raiders:
Fundraisers & Service Projects​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Raider Night at the Legion House

Saturday, January 26, 2019
American Legion Hall, Chastain Park, 7pm
Party to benefit Boys Lacrosse. Adults only. Music, food, silent auction, wine pull, and more...learn more

Boon Supply Shopping

Shop for gifts, housewares, jewelry, outdoor & garden items, and more...
Each purchase earns 50% for Raider Athletics
Free shipping for orders over $75

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Game & Puzzle Donations
A significant focus of the Community Based Instruction (CBI) program is socialization and learning how to interact appropriately with other students. Please bring donations to Room 1205 (new building) or contact CBI faculty member Samantha Greco for more information (GrecoS@fultonschools.org)

Raider Restaurant Cards

​Support Raider Athletics with a $20 donation and receive a 2018-19 Raider Card. Raider Cards are valid until May 30, 2019 and offer discounts at more than 25 local merchants.  learn more

Student Relaxation Room Wish List

The Counseling Center is furnishing a relaxation room for students and it is almost complete. Only a few wish list items remain ​View wish list

Questions? Contact Head Counselor Shamona Harrell (HarrellS@fultonschools.org)

Log into AmazonSmile (link)​ 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 Partners: Enroll online for the free school partnership program and register "Riverwood International Charter School." Once enrolled, enter your phone number at check-out to earn cash for the school  Every purchase made at Publix counts; for every $37,500 spent, Riverwood receives $250.  Learn more

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