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Thanksgiving at the Raider Writing Center
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Room 101, during all lunches
Visit the "So Thankful for You" writing station, participate in the paper football tournaments, and enjoy some pie. In addition to all of the food and fun, tutors will be on hand to assist with writing assignments. Through the end of October, the Raider Writing Center is proud to announce they have already provided 681 tutoring sessions this semester. 

Community Forum:  What is an IB School?
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30pm
Highpoint Episcopal Community Church
4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs 30342 (map)

The Riverwood cluster is the first group of schools in the Fulton County School District to earn the International Baccalaureate World Schools designation (PK-12). What does it mean to be an IB school and what does it mean to be in the PK-12 feeder pattern? Hosted by the High Point Civic Association, the community is invited to meet principals from High Point Elementary, Ridgeview Middle, and Riverwood to learn about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, and to hear from current IB students.

Fulton County Schools 2018 Magnet Showcase
Wednesday, November 14 in Union City, 5:30-7:30pm
Fulton County Schools invites parents and students to attend a showcase to learn more about the district's Magnet programs. The Wednesday evening November 14 showcase is at the Fulton County Schools South Learning Center, 4025 Flat Shoals Road, Union City, 30291  learn more

Accounting & Finance Career Café Friday, November 16, 2018
Media Center, 12:15-1:15pm
Sponsored by the Counseling Center. Sign up online (link) to attend the free Accounting and Finance Career Café. Questions? Contact Counselor Ashley Holmes (holmesad@fultonschools.org)

NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Holidays
Monday, November 19 - Friday, November 23, 2018
Classes resume Monday, November 26 on the "A" day schedule

Prospective Student/Parent Information Session Friday, December 7, 2018
Auditorium, 9am
Sessions​​ begin at 9am in the Auditorium and last approximately one and a half hours. Both students and parents are invited to attend. No RSVP required; however, please sign up for a session​ online (link)​​​ to ensure having enough materials on hand. Please report directly to the auditorium (old building) to sign in. For this event, visitors will not have to sign in at the front desk of the new building.​ ​​  learn more

Exams & Early Release Days
Monday, December 17 through Thursday, December 20
Students take two exams each day
Early release for all students at noon
    Monday, December 17: A2 & A3
    Tuesday, December 18: B2 & B3
    Wednesday, December 19: A1 & A4
    Thursday, December 20: B1 & B4
Last Day of Fall Semester:  Thursday, December 20

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​

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
(visit the News & Media Gallery for the complete stories)

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.
   visit the News & Media Gallery for the complete story


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​​Support the Raiders:
Fundraisers & Service Projects​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Christmas Wreaths

Order by Thursday, November 15
The Lady Raider Softball program is selling Christmas Wreaths in two sizes:  25" ($25) and 30" ($30). The fresh, handmade wreaths stay beautiful and smell great throughout the holiday season
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​EXTENDED:  ​Christmas Tree Order Deadline now Friday, November 16
Order online to support the Raider Baseball program
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Culinary Arts Soup Fundraiser
Order Deadline November 16
Pick up on Fridays in November 
(November 2, 9, 16, or 30)
One quart, frozen = $10

Choose from four:
  Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo
  Chicken & Rice
  Italian Wedding Soup (Beef Meatballs)
  Minestrone (Vegetable w/Pasta)
Return completed order form (link) with payment to school front office by Friday, November 16

Boston Butt Holiday Fundraiser
Deadline Friday, November 16, 2018
Support the Band and Orchestra Boosters (BOB) by ordering a Bootheel BBQ Boston Butt ($35). Each Boston Butt weighs between 7-9 pounds (pre-cooked). Delivery the week of December 3-7, 2018  Online Order Link:  form.jotform.com/83093336184156
Questions? Contact ricsbob1@gmail.com

​Ronald McDonald House Holiday Wish List Donation Deadline December 3
Join with the Raider Community Service Club to help make the holidays a bit happier for families at the Ronald McDonald House. Bring items to Room 105 through Monday, December 3.
view or download wish list

Zoe's Kitchen Fundraiser

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Sandy Springs Location Only, 4-8pm
The Sandy Springs Zoe's Kitchen is just north of I-285 at 5840 Roswell Rd, Suite 300, Sandy Springs 30328 Get Directions Mention the Raiders when ordering and Zoe's will donate 25% of the proceeds to the Raider Track and Field teams. learn more

Toy Drive
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
November 12 thru December 20

Sponsored by AVID students. Bring new, unopened toys to Room 208. All NHS, Beta Club, & Community Service Club members will receive hours for their donations

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)

DonorsChoose Project
Art Department
Apple Magic Trackpads
Support Art Teacher Dana Munson's project to purchase Trackpads for use in Art/Design Classes
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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 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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