The Ridge in Review

September 30th- October 7th

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EARLY RELEASE DAY – OCTOBER 12, 2022

EARLY RELEASE DAY – OCTOBER 12, 2022

All students who are taking the PSAT/SAT (see list below) will have the option of early release on October 12, 2022. Students will need to turn in the check out permission form, linked here, to their second period teacher by October 7, 20922.

Students who are testing need to report to school at regular time. Testing room assignments will be delivered to students on October 5th during homeroom.

Students who are testing:

ALL 9th grade students – PSAT 8/9

ALL 10th grade students – PSAT NMSQT

11th grade students WHO HAVE REGISTERED – PSAT

12th grade students WHO HAVE REGISTERED – SAT

Juniors and Seniors NOT testing will have a digital day. Remediation and recovery assignments will be posted in Canvas by 8:00 a.m. on October 12th.

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Picture Retakes - October 6th during lunches

Picture Day Retakes are scheduled for next Thursday, October 6 during all lunches.

  • This day is reserved only for 9th-11th grade students who were absent on the original date or for students who ordered picture packages and want to have them taken again.
  • Students who ordered packages but want them retaken will need to bring their package to school with them that day.
  • Students who were absent on the first picture day will need to check in with the administrator on lunch duty before heading to the auditorium.

Please note: This is the final picture day for the year. Students who do not have their picture taken will not appear in the RRHS 2021-22 yearbook.

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A representative from NEFF will be here Monday Oct. 3rd. during all lunches for Letter Jacket fittings and ordering information.

There will be a $25.00 price reduction for any Jackets ordered 10/3 thru 10/9/2022.To order go to the following website: www.neffjacketshop.com

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SY2022-2023 CCSD Needs Assessment

We are excited to share that the window for administering the SY2022-2023 CCSD Needs Assessment will open next week.

The CCSD Needs Assessment, created by staff members, surveys students on their resiliency, grit, self-management, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, social awareness and relationships-building skills.

From October 3 through October 14, 2022, students will have access to the survey through a CANVAS page that will be made available to them. While students can access the assessment at home, we are asking you to find some time during the school day in the next two weeks to allow students to take the survey at school (i.e., TAA, selected subject area, etc.).

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Now accepting applications for the Georgia Young Authors’ Fair! Students interested in participating can stop by the library and pick up an application. All submissions are due by Nov. 11, 2022.

Seniors Class of 2023

River Ridge High School Class of 2023 Graduation

Thursday, May 25th 2023 at 4pm

11905 Highway 92

Woodstock, GA

Senior Remind Accounts

We will be using remind to distribute short messages and reminders. Parents, please sign up under your student’s last name.

Text to 81010 & Enter the message BELOW that corresponds to your LAST NAME.

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Class of 2023 Senior Photos

RRHS partners with CADY Studios, our exclusive senior portrait photographer, for the yearbook formal and casual senior pictures. Your student must have their portrait taken by CADY to be in our yearbook. Senior pictures are so important for your senior to be featured along with the rest of the senior class.


Please schedule your senior portraits with CADY Studios by going online to cady.com/schedule to reserve your session. #Cady #CadySenior
The deadline for Senior Pics is December 1st


Celebrate your senior’s achievements with a personalized message and pictures. Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use order code 17846 to see what options are available.

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Blood Drive

HOSA (Healthcare Occupations Student Association) is hosting the first Blood Drive of the year! This is a school-wide event and we would love the support of all students and staff age 16 and older.

If you are age 16, then you must have parental consent. You can pickup a consent form from Mrs. Davis in Room 1303.

Blood Assurance is the company that HOSA is partnering with for the blood drive. They will be providing all donors with a cool 50th Anniversary Tie-Die T-shirt and Chick-fil-A breakfast or lunch.

*Students who donate blood may earn a service hour for their club or organization – ask your sponsor for more info.

Date: 10/25/22

Time: 8:30-2:30pm

Location: RRHS

Sign-up: www.bloodassurance.org/riverridge

Call: 800-962-0628

**Cord of Courage – students who donate 6 times in their high school career can earn an honor cord for graduation.

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Advanced Placement Information

Students, if you are currently enrolled in an AP course, please read the linked letter for important information. 2023 AP Letter to Students and Parents.docx



IMPORTANT AP INFO AND SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

  1. Please encourage your students to apply for exams sooner rather than later. As a reminder, exams must be registered and PAID for by October 21st to avoid late penalties. We need time to approve waivers, so the earlier they can get this done, the less like they are to end up with late fees.

  1. Please encourage students to apply NOW if they are free and reduced lunch! This waiver approval process can take several days and trying to do this the week of the 21st is going to end badly for the student in terms of late fees. If a student applies for exams and states they are Free/Reduced status, they will need to either email the copy of the letter they received from the county or complete the Sharing Information form (this is the process that takes a while with the county). Please email these to Ansley.Sand@cherokeek12.net.

  1. Lastly, AP Scholarship Information went out to teachers and students today. These scholarships are based on the number of exams a student is taking as well as the quality/content of the essay they write on the application. Here is the timeline for applications for scholarships:

    1. Applications go out 9/27 (please post the attached application on your Canvas page, email out to parents, or whatever you normally do to make sure your students/parents see it. I will work on getting this in the morning announcements as well).
    2. Applications are due back to Ansley Sand by 10/21. No exception. If I do not have them by the 21 at 3:15pm, they will not be considered.
    3. The scholarship committee will have a decision made on who receives the scholarship by 10/28.
    4. All exams (first semester and yearlong courses) must be paid for by 10/21 to not have a late penalty.
    5. If students have already paid through Total Registration and receive a scholarship, they will be reimbursed for all, or a portion, of their payment.

Ken Nix
Assistant Principal
River Ridge High School


AP Scholarships 22.23.docx

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Homecoming Dance October 22nd, 2022

click here to buy tickets: https://tinyurl.com/rrhshoco22

click here for the homecoming guest form (printed forms can be picked up in the front office)

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Homecoming Parade 2022

River Ridge High School

HOMECOMING PARADE
Wednesday, October 19th @ 6pm

The RRHS Homecoming parade is fast approaching. Linked is the 2022

Parade route

and designated general parking for the 2022 Homecoming Parade. We are excited to have you join us as we celebrate our homecoming court, athletes, clubs, feeder teams, sponsors and more.

If you have a team, club, or organization that would still like to sign up to participate in the parade you can do so until Wednesday, October 12th. Use the QR code in the attached flyer or the link below:

Homecoming Parade Participation Sign-up

Please be sure that you do not park anywhere along the parade route for the safety of our parade participants. Bring your chairs and blankets to sit on, and bags to fill with candy that many of our parade participants will be tossing. For your safety, we ask that you do not run out in the road during our parade to get candy that may be left in the road.

For our handicap guests, we ask that you enter at the football stadium entrance and our volunteers will help direct you to the appropriate parking lot. We have shaded spots for you to view the parade as well.

The parade begins promptly at 6:00pm. Our campus gets crowded quickly as this is a much-anticipated event every year.

If you are in the parade, your point of contact will receive information the week before the parade!

We are looking forward to a fantastic RRHS Homecoming Parade. Go KNIGHTS!

Upcoming Events and The Ridge
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NROTC Leadership Scholarships


KEY POINTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

- U.S. Citizenship, a Naturalized U.S. Citizen or in process of becoming a Naturalized U.S. Citizen.

- Not less than 17 years old and not yet 23 by September 1 of the year starting college.

- Applicants must have no criminal record of military or civilian offenses pending or federal convictions.

- Medically qualified by Navy or Marine Corps standards.

- (Marine Option only) High school students who have completed less than 30 college credits can be submitted for the Four-Year National scholarship, prior to graduating from High school.

- Apply for and gain admission to an approved Navy or Marine Corps ROTC college or university. Admission to an Navy/Marine Corps ROTC institution is not required during the selection process; however, notification of admission must be received before the scholarship can be activated.


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS: MARINE OPTION

1. SAT minimum 1000 Combination of Math and Evidence Based Reading and Writing Only

2. ACT minimum composite score of 22

3. Armed Services Aptitude Battery Test (ASVAB) overall score of 74

**only one of the three qualifying test scores is required**


PARTICIPATING COLLEGE IN GEORGIA:

- Georgia Institute of Technology to include cross-town affiliate(s)*

- Georgia State University

- Kennesaw State University

- Morehouse College

- Clark Atlanta University

- Spelman College

- Savannah State University

- Armstrong Atlantic State University

**the full list of colleges are in the sources below**


ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNTIES:

https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/Marine/Marine/#Top5x


APPLICATION LINK:

https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/Apply/


For additional information, please email jayce.rosen@marines.usmc.mil

Coca-Cola Scholarship-due October 31st

See the links below for more information about the Coca-Cola Scholarship.

2022 Coke Scholars Application Promotion_Selection Process_2022.08.08.pdf

2022 Coke Scholars Application Promotion_Flyer_2022.08.08.pdf

River Ridge Athletics

From the River Ridge Athletics Office

As we prepare to begin the 2022-2023 school year, it has never been more exciting to be a River Ridge Knight. We would like to make you aware of a few changes from the district regarding athletic event ticket prices. All Cherokee County Varsity Football Tickets will continue to be $8.00. Parking for all regular season Home Football games will remain $5.00. All other athletic event tickets will be $5.00, there will no longer be a student ticket. Softball and Baseball doubleheader ticket prices will be $8.00. All tickets can be purchased on the River Ridge GoFan page.


This year we are bringing back the Knight Shield All Sports Season Pass, this pass is good for all home athletic events (varsity, JV, and 9th grade), for fall, winter and spring sports excluding Region and GHSA Playoffs. This pass is being offered to students and adults. The cost of the All-Sports Season Pass is $110.00 which includes your 2022-2023 PTSA Membership.


Knight Shield All Sports Season Pass

Football Season Parking Pass

New! RRHS sports streaming service featuring football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and track. Check out: https://tinyurl.com/rrhs-sports

RRHS Coaches

Looking for the best way to follow your favorite River Ridge sports? Our coaches have provided a Coaching Assignments Chart 2022-2023.docx for the best way to follow or reach out to them about their respective program. Let’s Go Knights!
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Click here to view all RRHS Athletics Events

Please note that events on the athletic calendar may change at the last minute.

Student Activities

Student Activities and Clubs

There are lots of opportunities for students to get involved at The Ridge! Visit the Student Activities and Clubs page on the RRHS website for more information about academic, fine arts, service, and social clubs.

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RRHS PTSA

PTSA Ambassador Club Meeting: The next PTSA Ambassador Meeting will be next Wednesday, October 5 at 3:20PM in room 2310!

Special Olympics Awareness Day: Save the date of October 14th for Special Olympics Awareness Day at RRHS!

Custodian Appreciation Day: Please help us recognize our amazing RRHS Custodians on Monday, October 3rd by showing your appreciation with kind words of thanks, a card, or a special treat. A HUGE thank you from the RRHS PTSA to all these ladies and gentlemen who keep our school tidy and clean!

Principal Appreciation Day: Please join us as we show our appreciation to our FABULOUS ADMINISTRATORS on Monday, October 17th! Words of thanks, a sweet card, or a little treat would be much appreciated! PTSA thanks our administration team for all their hard work and support!

Reflections!


Entry forms can be found HERE Please click on the Reflections Image and then click “Go to link” to download.


Submissions are due Friday, October 21st.

Entries must be submitted electronically to rrhsreflections2022@gmail.com. Please refer to the Category Rules on the form for acceptable file types for electronic entries.

Be sure to include a completed Entry Form (pages 5 and 6) with each entry.


Check out this year’s theme and info HERE


If you haven’t joined PTSA, please join!
To join online and pay with a credit card and to Donate a Teacher Membership: https://rrhsptsa.memberhub.com/store?category=Memberships
To pay via VENMO (Include email and member name in the comments): https://account.venmo.com/u/RiverRidgeHighSchool-PTSA
To purchase the Knight Shield All Sports Season Pass which includes a PTSA membership: https://gofan.co/app/events/633944?schoolId=GA25508


If you haven’t pick up your PTSA PERK BAG yet, please visit the PTSA table on Wednesday, October 19th during the Parade to get your bag! We will be located by stadium gate entrance from 5:45PM-7:15PM.


PTSA Spirit Wear:
We are offering 2022-2023 RRHS PTSA spirit wear ONLINE. All orders will be delivered to your home. Visit: https://seworksga.com/. Click “River Ridge High School”, then “River Ridge High School PTSA” to see all our products! Thanks for supporting us!


PINK OUT SHIRTS for the upcoming HOCO GAME and PINK OUT DAY on October 21: PINK OUT shirts are on sale now until October 10th! Ladies, Youth, and Men sizes available as well as short or long sleeve options. Visit www.SEWORKSGA.com and click on RRHS>PTSA>T-Shirt Products to order.

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Parking for 22-23 school year is sold out.

Students wishing to be put on the waitlist may come by 2302 the Athletic Office to scan the QR Code.

Students must have a valid driver's license to be on the list.

SAT and ACT Test Dates

SAT and ACT Test Dates

The SAT will be administered at River Ridge on the following dates:


  • SAT Test Date: November 5, 2022; Registration Deadline: October 7, 2022
  • SAT Test Date: December 3, 2022; Registration Deadline: November 3, 2022
  • SAT Test Date: March 11, 2023; Registration Deadline: February 10, 2023


Additional SAT testing dates and locations may be found by clicking here.


The ACT will be administered at River Ridge on the following dates:


  • ACT Test Date: October 22, 2022; Registration Deadline: September 16, 2022
  • ACT Test Date: December 10, 2022; Registration Deadline: November 4, 2022
  • ACT Test Date: February 11, 2023; Registration Deadline: January 6, 2023


Additional ACT testing dates and locations may be found by clicking here.


Should your student have a 504 or an IEP and need accommodations – please read the letter linked here for additional information. Testing Accommodation letter.docx

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Spain and Portugal Spring Break 2023 and/or Italy 2024

The River Ridge Knights will be traveling abroad to Spain and Portugal this Spring Break 2023, and we still have a few spots available! If you are interested, you can visit the enrollment web page here: www.eftours.com/2462153sf


Not ready to travel now? We will be heading to Italy in 2024 and are now enrolling travelers for this incredible journey through Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and more. The enrollment page can be found at www.eftours.com/2541083nt


Please email any questions to Tracye.bulger@cherokeek12.net

Belize Spring Break 2023

Do you like the idea of exploring tropical rainforest and snorkeling at one of the biggest tropical coral reefs in the world and doing REAL science research while exploring tropical ecosystems? Then talk to your parents about joining us this spring break on a STEM tour of Belize. Stop by room 2317, Mr. Schumaker’s room for more information

Scotland and Ireland Spring 2023

Knights! Have you ever dreamed of to Scotland and Ireland? Join us Spring 2023 on an adventure to see famous sites, get immersed in the rich culture of these countries, and take in gorgeous views. If you are interested, please see Ms. Mulvey!
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Canvas for Parents

Visit this site to set up your parent Canvas account or to help troubleshoot issues with an existing account: https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/canvas

Parent Square

Once a parent email is added to Aspen by the registrar, the system generates a code to that email for the initial Parent Square sign up.
Counseling and Student Services
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Important Info
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Yearbook

Want to be featured in the yearbook? River Ridge’s Yearbook, The Fortress, is looking for pictures from summer vacation and the first week of school! Please send your pics to @RiverRidgeYearbook on Instagram.


The yearbook price is - $80! Visit the yearbook order center to place your order. The River Ridge code is 17846.


Attention Seniors: yearbook ads are due November 30th. Please email Michelle.Chamberlain@cherokeek12.net for more information. Or stop by her room 1118

Bus Information

Bus and route information can be found on the River Ridge home page. Simply click on the Bus Info icon in the Parents & Community Section. Scroll down to “Bus Stop Look-up” for route information for your student

Free and Reduced Priced Lunch Application

Information and a link to the application for Free and Reduced Priced Lunch for the 2022-2023 school year is now available. Applications must be submitted each school year.

Advertise with us on our digital sign and support your Knights!

Thank you to all the businesses who are currently advertising on our digital sign. Click here to view the digital sign sponsorship application.
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