The Riverwood Review

Edition 19

From Principal Kindra Smith 4-15-2022

Dear Parents and Students,


Students will be taking the Georgia Milestones End of Course Tests April 25th-29th. The End of Course test is 20% of the student's numeric grade for the course. If a student doesn't participate in the End of Course state assessment they will receive a zero, and as a result, they will receive an Incomplete for the course and will need to retake the entire course. Neither the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) nor the local district or school has the authority to waive the student assessment requirement mandated by federal and state law (O.C.G.A.§ 20-2-281). Below you will find the End of Course study guides.



Regards,


Kindra Smith

Principal

Riverwood International Charter School

Annual Perception Survey

Fulton County Schools encourages parents to take the Annual Parent Perception Survey between April 11th and April 22nd. Your answers to this survey will help the district make improvements to our schools. The survey is anonymous and confidential and should take about 25 minutes to complete. Please complete one survey per school where you have one or more students enrolled. Additionally, students in grades 4-12 will take the Annual Student Perception Survey between April 11 and 22nd during the school day. This survey is also anonymous and confidential.

Georgia Milestones - EOC Tests

Georgia Milestones testing begins Monday, April 25. It is crucial that your child is in class to take the exam. The district expects all students in grades 3-8 and those in a high school end-of-year (EOC) course to participate. Thank you for partnering with the district to ensure a high rate of student participation.

EOC Test Schedule

April 25th - 11th Literature Part 1

April 26th - 11th Literature Part 2 & 3

April 27th - Biology

April 28th - U.S. History

April 29th - Algebra I

Students must use a school issued device to take the End of Course Test. Students need to bring their school issued device to school and log onto the network for updates.

REMINDERS

Dress Code

As the weather gets warmer, please be mindful of the school's dress code. Please ensure that your student refrains from wearing extremely short skirts, short-shorts, and tops that expose their midriffs.

Food

Leaving campus for food throughout the day is not permissible. Also, food delivery services are not allowed on campus for students.

AP Fees Reinstated

This year Advance Placement (AP) testing through College Board has reinstated fees for students who registered late after the November 15, 2021 deadline and for those students who have an unused exam, which means a student did not show up to take the AP exam. The fee is $40.


Notifications will be sent to those who have incurred an AP exam fee and will receive a paper notice of the late fee too. Please have your student check their FCS email via Outlook for the notification with the link for payment.


If you have an exam fee because of late registration or an unused AP exam, there is a OSP link that can be used to pay the $40 fee. This is a mandatory fee that must be paid for clearance.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Trisha Myers Assistant Principal/ AP Coordinator Myerst1@fultonschools.org

21-22 AP Testing

The College Board AP Exams, Regular Administration, will begin Monday, May 2, 2021 and will end Friday, May 13, 2021. Late testing Administration will begin on Tuesday May 17, 2022 and will end Friday May 20, 2022.


The schedule for AP Testing Administration is listed below. All exams will take place in the auxiliary gym and identified classrooms near the auxiliary gym.


Click the link below for the calendar dates of tests and times.


To ensure your student is prepared, please read the following important details.


1. Testing will take place in the auxiliary gym and/or identified classrooms near the auxiliary gym.

2. When students arrive, they will need to use the auditorium doors to enter the building. There will be signage that directs students to the doors by the globe to enter the auditorium lobby area.

3. Morning administration report time is 7:30 a.m., afternoon administration report time is 11:20a.m. If your student receives College Board approved accommodations that requires extended time, you will need to arrange transportation for pickup.

4. Testing will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and/or 12:00 p.m. NO ENTRY ALLOWED ONCE TESTING BEGINS.

5. Failure to arrive on time resulting in an unused test or no show a test will result in a $40 fee.

6. Students WILL need to bring their own pencils and pens (black or dark blue ink). No highlighters or other study materials allowed.

7. No electronic devices are allowed including, but not limited to cell phones, smart watches, laptops, Bluetooth devices, portable listening or recording devices, MP3 Player, cameras, tablets, or devices that transmit information electronically.

8. If your student must bring a cellphone, the phone will need to be placed in a ziplock bag with your student’s name on the bag. The phone will need to be powered off and turned in to an administrator at check-in.

*If your student drives, the phone/ smart device can be left in the car as an alternative.

9. Students are NOT allowed to leave until the testing session is completed and all students are dismissed.

10. Students MUST bring their own calculator for the following exams: Calculus AB/BC, Physics 1, and Statistics. Calculators will not be provided to students.


**NOTE: Students with College Board approved accommodations will be directed to their small group room for testing upon check-in.


Please encourage your student to continue to check his/her email address associated with College Board AP testing, as well as announcements that have been communicated by their teacher!


We are proud of our Raiders and wish them a successful AP Exam session!!

Click Here for AP/IB Exam Schedule and Information

Contact: Diane Kopkas at kopkasd@fultonschools.org

Click Here for End of Pathway Exam Schedule

Contact: Tim Doherty at dohertyt@fultonschools.org

Attention Students

Student Device Amnesty 4/15 - 4/22

  • Students will not be charged any fines for damaged devices or power cords turned in during the amnesty period – April 15-22 (if students received fines earlier for damaged devices or power cords – see next bullet).
  • All fines will be waived for students who turn in damaged devices or power cords previously and were charged a fine, and the fine is still unpaid.
  • No refunds for previously paid fines.
  • Fines should remain for devices or power cords that were lost (unless the student turns it in). No turned in device/charger (now or earlier); no waived fee.
  • Students should turn in damaged devices to the Device Coordinator, Ms. Sylvia Smith in room 2209.


Riverwood is excited to offer tutoring supports through Tutor.com, a service of Princeton Review, an approved tutor vendor selected by Fulton County Schools. This is part of our Raider Advantage which is providing supports for students to be academically successful.


www.tutor.com/Riverwood program structure consists of on-demand and pre-scheduled online tutoring that’s delivered by carefully screened and vetted subject matter experts as well as English as a Second Language tutors to meet the variety of our students’ needs. Your student can access these services, as well as the extensive range of asynchronous complementary resources for all high school subjects through tutorial videos on specific skills, along with Submit A Paper or Ask a Question. Submit A Paper allows students to submit a paper at any stage of the writing process and receive feedback within 24 hours after answering a few questions on what they want feedback on. They will also be able to access online SAT/ACT preparation for free.


www.tutor.com/Riverwood is offered via any internet-connected device through a safe, secure, and easy to access student portal. Tutoring will be offered after school from 3:30PM - 11:00PM. Students log on with their student id number for both their username and password.

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SENIOR CLEARANCE & BLUE ENVELOPE

Friday, May 20, 9:00 - 11:00 am, Riverwood Auxiliary Gym

Pay outstanding fines & fees, turn in books & gear, finalize name pronunciation, and pick up Blue Envelopes. *Mandatory for all seniors*

Contact: Sheri Buehner sheribuehner@gmail.com


SENIOR WALK

Date and time: Friday, May 20th at 1pm

Seniors wear their cap and gown and walk the halls of their former school inspiring the younger kids with their accomplishments and visiting former teachers! Students should meet in the lobby at their own elementary school in their cap and gown.


Heards Ferry Contact: Kim Bruce at kimbruce12@bellsouth.net

Lake Forest Contact: Kendra Hutcherson at hutchersonk@fultonschools.org

High Point May 19th at 1:00 Contact: Roxanne Ponds at rhponds@gmail.com

Spaulding TBA



PRELUDE TO GRADUATION

Sunday, May 22, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Riverwood Auditorium

Kick off graduation week at a meaningful program featuring fellow students, senior slide show, and a guest speaker. Sponsored by PTSA. Families welcome. Appropriate attire requested.

Contact: Ilsa Jackson at Ilsamendozajackson@gmail.com


GRADUATION PRACTICE

Monday, May 23, 8:30 am to 11:30 am, Riverwood International Charter School

Dress code for the graduation practice is as follows: Casual Attire - No Pajamas, No Short shorts, No ripped clothing. Graduation Tickets will be distributed after practice. *Mandatory for all seniors participating in graduation*


SENIOR CELEBRATION

Monday, May 23, Immediately after Graduation Practice from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on the field

FREE Food, Fun, Games, Rides and Memories courtesy of PTSA. Right after graduation practice - bring clothes to change into and your yearbooks! **ALL seniors invited**

Contact: Leanne Edmondson at leanneedmondson@gmail.com


GRADUATION

Wednesday, May 25, 7:30 pm, Ameris Ampitheatre

Students must arrive by 6:00 pm.

For more information please see The Tassel: https://www.smore.com/kzcs9

Riverwood Prom 2022 - Met Gala

Riverwood's Prom will be April 23rd at the Biltmore Ballrooms from 8pm to 11pm. Click the link below for more prom details.
Click Here for Prom Details

Contact: Joel Kadish at kadishj@fultonschools.org

Absence/Late Arrivals/ Early Check-out Procedures

Please email Ms. Jennifer Williams at WilliamsJH1@fultonschools.org, our school’s attendance assistant, with all attendance matters- (absences, late arrivals and early checkouts) prior to missed time out of school in order to have your child’s attendance records updated.

UPDATED 2021-2022 COVID-19 Guidance


COVID-19 Clarification Update


COVID-19 contact tracing standards and district quarantining procedures for staff/students who come into direct contact with a COVID-19 positive individual remain unchanged. Close contact with someone who reports a positive COVID-19 test means staff/students should wear a mask for 10 days in order to attend school or must quarantine at home. If a student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, they should not attend school. Be sure to report any positive cases through the employee or parent portal.


Reminders:

  • Masks are optional in all Fulton County Schools buildings.
  • Do not come to school/work if you are sick.
  • We strongly encourage families to participate in vaccination and testing opportunities.
  • Please follow public health guidelines and report any positive COVID-19 cases to the parent or employee portals.


Practices to Continue:


All FCS staff and students are required to report in the portal a confirmed positive case of COVID-19. The parent portal can found here in the link below:

https://fultonschools.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hWlX46FNk8pNlz

Student Parking

Please be reminded that student parking is a privilege that can be revoked. If you have more than 5 first period tardies and continue to be tardy, your parking privilege will be suspended for the remainder of the month. Be on time and you can continue to enjoy driving to school.

District Data Trends

The district has provided our graduation rate and SAT/ACT district results. Click to see Riverwood's amazing results. We are so proud of our students, staff and community for working together to accomplish great things.

Quarantine Tutoring

Fulton County Schools is providing tutoring for students who have been assigned remote due to being quarantined because of COVID-19.


Who can access: When students, classes, grades, and schools move to assigned remote, students can access tutoring through FEV Tutor.


How do I access: The trigger for the three hours of tutoring is the student being marked assigned remote in Infinite Campus. The tutoring hours will be available the following day. Click the link below to access the letter to current students on quarantine:

https://adobe.ly/3uouYWf


If your student was previously on quarantine, click the link to access how to set up services for students who were assigned remote prior to services being set up. All students who were assigned remote from the start of the year until September 3rd have access to the three hours of tutoring through October 3, 2021.

Click the link below to access the letter for previous students on quarantine:

https://bit.ly/3unnjri

Device Exchange

New FCS Lenovo laptops were exchanged on Thursday Sept. 16 and Friday Sept. 17 during all lunches. We are continuing to exchange devices for students to able to receive a new device providing you return the IPAD and charger you currently have. If you have a device issue, those will be handled daily at lunch in room 2261 with Ms. Louis.


If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to Ms. Louis at louisv1@fultonschools.org

Transcript Request Choice

Fulton County Schools continues to explore more ways to provide our parents and students with additional choices and options whenever possible. Based on input and feedback the district received from parents last school year, our students now have the choice to send their unweighted transcripts or weighted transcripts to colleges, universities, and for scholarship opportunities. Within the college application process, some universities and colleges apply different treatments to weighted and unweighted grades/NGAs. With the district’s goal to provide students a choice, schools will be required to have students select whether they want to have their weighted or unweighted transcripts sent to colleges.


If you have made a request for your transcript this year, please be sure to also complete the following form (https://forms.office.com/r/hy7g1Z4w52) today to ensure the swift processing of your transcript request.


Future requests will be processed using the choice provided on this form: https://forms.office.com/r/hy7g1Z4w52.


https://www.fultonschools.org/Page/18518


Please allow ten days for the request to be processed except during peak processing times in which the processing times may be longer. All requests will be processed prior to the institutional deadline. For more information, please visit the counseling web page. https://www.fultonschools.org/Page/18518


Contact your counselor of record with any questions

Capital Plan 2027 & ESPLOST

Please click the link below to access all the information regarding Fulton County Schools Capital Plan 2027


https://www.fultonschools.org/ESPLOST

Teaching and Learning


Grading Updates


-Final deadline for all assignments (major, minor, and practice) is November 30th, 2021.


-Students that have not completed an assignment will receive a "0" in the grade book. Please make sure your student is keeping track of any missed assignments on Infinite Campus.


-Per the district, every student is allowed 5 remote learning days. To utilize these days, students must notify their teachers via email BEFORE the missed day and CC Jennifer Williams (williamsjh1@fultonschools.org).

Mark Your Calendars

Blue Crew All Sports Season Pass

AVAILABLE NOW


Only $75


To purchase your Blue Crew All Sport Season Pass, it is available at https://gofan.co/app/school/GA5268 or the GoFan app

Action: Fulton County School Code of Conduct

Please review the Fulton County Schools Code of Conduct for SY 21-22. https://tinyurl.com/y9s76h5m.


ACTION ITEM: https://tinyurl.com/34b5navt

Parents & Students please use the link above to access the "How to" document to acknowledge in Infinite Campus that you have received the Code of Conduct above. This must be done by

all students above 10 years of age and their parents, guardians, or other person having control or charge of the child.


Click the link to follow the directions to sign acknowledging receipt of the Code of Conduct and Student Handbook in Infinite Campus. https://tinyurl.com/34b5navt

Student Attendance

Just The Facts: Updated Attendance Policy


For students in Fulton County Schools to learn and achieve to their fullest potential, it is critical they attend school and are engaged in the learning process. Student absences, whether excused or unexcused, impact a child's ability to succeed in school.


FCS has implemented a new attendance notification process. Parents/guardians will be notified more often on absences, regardless of whether a student is excused or unexcused. Families will be notified of student absences via daily robocalls, emails, and texts. Students who accumulate multiple absences will receive letters to notify them of missed learning time, and staff will follow up with supportive strategies for families and students.


High School students' attendance is taken each period. Students must be present for 50% or more of the day to be marked present. High School messages begin going out around 4:30 p.m. on the day of the absence. Parents/guardians can monitor their child's attendance using Infinite Campus.


If a parent needs to excuse a student from attendance, notify the child's school as soon as possible. Notify your child's teacher(s) and CC Jennifer Williams at WilliamsJH1@fultonschools.org


The following must be included in a written note or email:

  • Student Name
  • Student FCS ID Number (lunch number)
  • Parent/Guardian Name
  • Parent/Guardian Email & Phone Number
  • Reason for Excuse



FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

School Meals are Free

All students will receive school meals at NO CHARGE for the 2021-2022 school year.


Click the button below to access the Breakfast and Lunch fliers

2021-2022 Health Services Information

Important parent information letter below that all parents need to read for the beginning of the school year from Health Services. Parents please make sure to update your current emergency contact information and follow the procedures regarding student illness/ injury, medication, immunizations, & emergency preparedness.


Click the button below to read the 21-22 School Year Health Services Information

11th grade immunization requirement



Per the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), effective July 1, 2021, children 16 years of age and older, who are entering the 11th grade (including new entrants), must have received one booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), unless their initial dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday.
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that affects the brain and the spinal cord. Meningitis can cause shock, coma and death within hours of the first symptoms. Unfortunately, the concentration of the antibodies seen after the initial

MCV4 vaccine wanes with time. Therefore, a booster dose is needed to stimulate the antibody production and provide longer-lasting protection against meningococcal disease.
If your teen has not been vaccinated against meningococcal disease, we strongly recommend getting your 11th grader, aged 16 years or older, vaccinated before starting the 2021-2022 school year. Getting MCV4 (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) now will not only help protect your child against the ongoing threat of meningitis, it will also meet the new school entry requirement.
Ask your pediatrician or local health department about other shots your child may need including:
• the human papillomavirus (HPV) series
• the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis shot (Tdap or Td booster)
• an annual flu vaccine; and
• catch-up immunizations, including chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and hepatitis B.

If your child does not have health insurance or their health plan won’t cover these vaccines, call your local health department and ask about getting no cost or low cost vaccines. For more information, visit http://dph.georgia.gov/vaccines-children or call (800) 848-3868.

ACTION: Once you have a copy of the immunization please bring or send it to the school nurse, Ms. Shalanda Gardner.

Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.

Shalanda Gardner 470.254.1914 gardners3@fultonschools.org


Click the buttons below for more information about the vaccine

Infinite Campus Access

Please check to make sure you have access to both your student and parent account in Infinite Campus. Gradebook, Student schedules, student course requests, transcripts, transportation information, and emergency contact lists are all available through the Infinite Campus system. We will be using Infinite Campus extensively and all students and parent must have access. Please scan the QR code which will take you to the district's sign up page. In order to sign up, you will need your student's name, date of birth, and their current grade.


Click the buttons below to access Infinite Campus support documents

Accessing Student Information

Parent Support Organizations

We are very fortunate at Riverwood to have some fantastic parent organizations that support our school. Below is some information about each one. If you can support one or more of these groups with your time, talent, or treasure, it is much appreciated:


Parent-Teacher-Student Association "PTSA" – The Riverwood Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is an inclusive organization of enthusiastic parents, teachers, and staff who support our school through volunteering, community-building, and fundraising. Join us and help support our students’ journey to a bright and enriched future by selecting the Join The PTSA button on http://riverwoodptsa.org.


Riverwood Athletic Association "RAA" – The Riverwood Athletic Association's (RAA) primary purpose is to raise money for all Riverwood Raider sports teams and athletic facilities. Riverwood is proud of its tradition of athletic excellence. More than 50% of the student body participates on one of the 21 athletic teams. This past year Riverwood moved up to AAAAAA and our athletes rose to the challenge! Membership is open to everyone and includes some great gifts such as free season tickets, an all-weather blanket, tumblers and more! We are a 501(c)3 corporation, all donations are tax deductible. Join the RAA today!https://www.ricsathleticassociation.com/join-the-raa/


The Riverwood Foundation – The Riverwood Foundation is focused on connecting community, engaging students, and enhancing the learning experience. We support academic enrichment (implementing and sustaining innovative programs such as the MakerSpace and the outdoor classroom and garden), professional learning (training programs to support teachers), global citizenship (programs designed to support cultural exposure and service), and AVID (inquiry-based, student-centered classroom structure).


Band and Orchestra Booster Club "BOB" – BOB's mission is to encourage the advancement of Riverwood’s Award-Winning Instrumental Music Program through service advocacy and financial support including: Clinicians and Coaches, Transportation to Events, Instruments and Equipment, Annual Student Awards and Banquets, Band, Orchestra and Guard Workshops and Competitions, Scholarships to Participate in Co-Curricular Activities, and Large Group Performance Evaluations (LGPE) Music Scores and Recordings. Please consider donating to support band and orchestra at Riverwood: https://forms.gle/4EefF6nqeUo3DsJZ


Performing Arts Booster Association "PABA" – Would you like to “play a part” in the Performing Arts at Riverwood? The Performing Arts Booster Association (PABA) is a group of parents, teachers, and friends working together to support the chorus and drama programs at Riverwood. Membership dues and other fundraisers finance the acquisition of music, scripts, sets, costumes, lights, sound, and other important items. Parents also donate their time to help with productions. Click https://www.fultonschools.org/Page/19785 to access our Riverwood Drama & Performing Arts Booster.

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