Unity Week Monday, March 18-Friday, March 22, 2019
Sponsored by the Student Government Association
Teacher Appreciation Week March 25-29, 2019
Gift Cards Needed
Please bring gift cards ($20-25 suggested) to the front office. Teachers will have chances throughout the week to win gift cards.
The PTSA needs volunteers throughout the week to decorate, set up snacks, provide baked goods, distribute goodies, and more. It is easy to volunteer using the online Sign Up Genius (link), or contact Brantley Abrams, the PTSA Hospitality chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fulton County Schools Exceptional Children Resource Fair
Monday March 25, 2019
Fulton County Schools is holding a resource fair for parents of exceptional children. Offerings include information about recreation, transition, post-secondary options, employment, and support for parents and families. View or download the FCSchools flyer
Juniors & Seniors May Pay Class Dues Online
Class dues for the members of the Junior (Class of 2020) and Senior (Class of 2019) class are $35. Dues are payable only once as either a junior or senior, and must be paid before purchasing a prom ticket. Class dues fund student government-sponsored events such as Homecoming, the Sadie dance, and more. New this year: students may pay their class dues online. Students may also pay via cash or check during all lunches the week of April 8-12, 2019. View or download the Class Dues Q&A for Class of 2019 & 2020
Spring Break Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5, 2019
Classes resume Monday, April 8 on the "A" Day schedule
Have a safe and relaxing break
Student Government Election Information 2019-10 School Year
Application Deadline Friday, April 12, 2019
Current 9th-11th grade students interested in running for SGA must complete an application and turn it in by Friday, April 12, 2019. Additionally, each candidate must attend a mandatory elections meeting Friday morning, April 12, 2019 in Room 3224 (new building) at 8am
View or download the Elections Information Packet and Application
Biltmore Hotel, 8-11pmNO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR
Prom Saturday, April 13, 2019
2019 Prom Theme "A Sky Full of Stars"
Only Juniors and Seniors in good standing (i.e. have paid class dues - link
) may purchase tickets. No tickets sold at the door Saturday evening
. Tickets ($50) on sale during all lunches Monday, April 8 through Friday, April 12, 2019.
Fall 2018 PSAT Scores 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
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.
Advanced Placement Test Results Earn Honors
The Georgia Department of Education named Riverwood a 2019 AP STEM school, an AP STEM Achievement School, an AP Humanities School, and an AP Access and Support School based on the Spring 2018 Advanced Placement scores. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.
The STEM award recognizes schools with achievement in AP Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics courses. An AP STEM school has students testing in at least two AP Math and two AP Science courses. 200 High Schools in the State earned the AP Stem designation.
An AP STEM Achievement School has students testing in at least two AP Math and two AP Science courses and at least 40% of the AP Math and AP Science exams earning scores of 3 or higher. Only 128 High Schools in Georgia earned this designation.
An AP Humanities School has students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one English/Language Arts course, two social science courses, one fine arts course, and one world language course. The Georgia Department of Education added the AP Humanities category in 2015 and Riverwood has earned this designation every year since it began. In 2019, only 142 high schools in Georgia made the AP Humanities list.
An AP Access and Support School has at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African American and/or Hispanic, and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of three or higher. Only 64 high schools in Georgia earned this designation in 2019.
Two Honored with All-State Orchestra Selection
Congratulations to Sophomore Madeline Chen (harp) and Freshman Nathaniel Stone for being selected to the 2018-19 All-State Orchestra. They will travel to Athens for two days of workshops and practice, culminating in a performance Saturday, March 2 in the Classic Center. Chen and Stone will play in the full 9th and 10th grade String Orchestra directed by William White.
Eight Receive Prestigious JanFest Invitation
The University of Georgia January High School Band Festival ("JanFest") is a four-day event for high school band musicians. The Raiders are proud to have eight musicians selected to participate in the 69th annual festival. Congratulations to:
Haley Gruensfelder (Clarinet)
Josh Perkey (Clarinet)
Hannah Tourial (Bassoon)
Kanako Kurimari (Bassoon)
Coleman Alvarez (Trumpet)
Thomas Archer (trumpet)
Drew Kaplan (Trombone)
Aidan Jones (Percussion)
These outstanding musicians joined over 1000 attendees, representing 130 schools from across the state, in Athens January 17-20.
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.
Monday, March 25, 2019
Sandy Springs location only, 5-9pm
5920 Roswell Road, Suite B101 (link)
Bring or show flyer (link), or say "Raider Chorus" to the cashier and Chipotle will donate 33% of the proceeds to the Choral program
|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
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|