Gator Bites 2017-18

Info from SC's first EL Education High School #WeAreCREW

Gator Bites for the Week of May 20, 2018

What to expect of Gator Bites

We will use this digital platform this year to communicate current and upcoming events and information for all stakeholders interested in River Bluff High School. We will post and send out each week to communicate with you. Go Gators!

River Bluff's Mission (Purpose)

Support students and teachers and all whom they influence collectively in their pursuit of excellence within a collaborative learning culture engaged in graduating citizen scholars committed to“building a better world”.

River Bluff's Vision (Direction)

To create a community of learners where passionate educators and students are collectively challenged within a flexible environment to see personal achievement thrive, through character, leadership and growth mindset while contributing to both a local and global society.

River Bluff's Core Values: Personal Responsibility, Growth Mindset, Collaboration and Relationships, Excellence, & Citizenship

Gators of the Week - Work hard. Get smart. Do good.

Gators of the Week: Varsity Baseball finishes at Back to Back 5A Lower State Champions

Work hard.

Congratulations to Coach Bonnette, his staff and the 2018 Varsity Baseball team for finishing the season as Back to Back 5A Lower State Champions. Advancing to game 3 of the 5A State Championship Series was an incredible accomplishment and we believe the best is yet to come for our program. In his final comments to the team post game, Coach Bonnette told his players "You are champions".

Gators of the Week: EOCs Begin This Week

Get smart: If you are currently enrolled in Algebra 1, English 1, Biology 1 or United States History; your End of Course Examination begins this week.

These exams are mandatory and count 20 % of the final average.

Monday - Algebra 1

Tuesday - United States History

Wednesday - English 1

Thursday - Biology 1

Gators of the Week: Decision Day 2018

Do good. Our seniors made their decisions known several weeks ago. On a banner to be displayed on Main Street, our seniors made their mark and took pictures with friends associated to their college, career or military decisions.

Kid's Day Lexington

aRBie wins Mascot Guantlet

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RBHS Jefferson Award Winners

Our Student Council represented River Bluff well at the Jefferson Awards "Students in Action" Celebration. In addition to gaining appreciation for how different some others' high school experiences are, they presented several service opportunities at RB to a panel of judges and representatives from the Jefferson Foundation. The scores from their prepared report and their presentation earned them a Gold (highest) designation. A banner with that designation will be sent to the school in the near future.
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Upcoming School and Staff Events

End of Course Exams

Monday, May 21st, 8:15am to Thursday, May 24th, 3:45pm


Mandatory End of Course Exams begin this week.

Monday - Algebra 1

Tuesday - United States History

Wednesday - English 1

Thursday - Biology 1

Student Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, May 22nd, 7-9pm


Senior Athletic Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm


3rd Weather Makeup Day Holiday

Friday, May 25th, 8:15am-3:45pm


No school for students and staff.

Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, May 28th, 8:15am-3:45pm


No school for students and staff.

Underclassman Exams

Tuesday, May 29th, 8:15am to Tuesday, June 5th, 12pm


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Graduation Practice

Friday, June 1st, 11am-1pm



Saturday, June 2nd, 8-10am

801 Lincoln Street

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Half Day for Students

Monday, June 4th, 8:15am-12pm


Students will be dismissed at 12 PM.

Half Day - Last day for students

Tuesday, June 5th, 8:15am-12pm


Elementary School Graduation Walks

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Important Links about Upcoming School Board Election in June

Mr. Mewborne Highlighted in National Geographic

RBHS Steel Drum Band's Performance - National School Board's Association Conference April 2018

Get your Yuda Bands

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Free Peer Math Tutoring

Beginning Monday, October 2, free math peer tutoring will be offered in the Counseling and Advisement Commons at the following times. Again, this is free and no appointment is necessary.

Monday and Wednesday

7:10-8:10 am

Tuesday and Thursday

3:45-4:45 pm

Signing Out Procedures

A reminder to parents regarding signing students out during the school day. Someone from the student's sign out sheet must come in and show ID to dismiss a child. We do not accept phone calls or emails for dismissal. You can come in on Monday to sign your child out during the week but only up until Friday of the same week. Also, if you are dismissing your child during ILT, then it is helpful to have made arrangements with the student ahead of time. We appreciate your help to assist in making this process efficient.

Counseling and Advisement Assignments for Students

Counseling and Advisement Team

The Counseling & Advisement team is working towards a more intentionally focused program to provide students with the best support. Rather than counselors having students in all grade levels (9-12), we are realigning to be able to more appropriately serve students’ transitional needs at the different levels. This realignment will also more closely mirror our CREW design allowing students to stay with their school counselor their 9th and 10th grade years and then have another counselor their 11th and 12th grade years.

Traveling students (all students who attend LTC or other high schools), OCP, CC2 and CC3

o Marci Newman (Director)

Students in their 1st or 2nd year of high school (typically 9th & 10th graders)

o Last names A-Gar Cindy Bartolec

o Last names Gas-O C. Bryan Vacchio

o Last names P-Z Stacy Clarke

Students in their 3rd and 4th (or greater) year of high school (typically 11th & 12th graders)

o Last names A-Ham Mandy Wilson

o Last names Han-Pa Crystal Wingate

o Last names Pe-Z Joe Ben Watson

Career Specialist for all students

o Shenita Chapman

o Susan Bennett

Former Gator Conducting Research in Germany

Former Gator Natalie Willis Makes Elite National Player to Watch List

River Bluff Alumni Brandon Tillmon ends game vs. Baylor with an INT. Watch here.

Great Article on Flex Mod Scheduling - Check List of Schools

Great Article on Culture - Reminds us of RB!