Gator Bites 2016-17

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

Gator Bites Week of May 21, 2017

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!

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

Gators of the Week: Seniors Finish Strong

Work hard. Congratuations to over 400 seniors who finished up all course work on Friday. The class of 2017 is truly an amazing group. Best of luck in your future.

Gators of the Week: Final Exams Begin for Underclassmen

Get smart: Final exams begin for underclassman on Wednesday. Please pay attention to the path and time of your exam.

Gators of the Week: Students donate time and money to BAPS

Do good. Congratulations to several of our students who raised over $500 and walked for charity at the BAPS annual event in Columbia.
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Upcoming School and Staff Events

End of Course Exams

Wednesday, May 17th, 8:15am to Tuesday, May 23rd, 3:45pm

RBHS Classrooms

End of Course Exams in English 1, Algebra 1, Biology 1 and United States History will be administered digitally. These exams are state required and comprehensive. They will count 20 % of the student's final average.

May 17 - Algebra 1

May 18 - English 1

May 19 - Writing Field Test

May 22 - Biology 1

May 23 - United States History

Senior Athletic Awards Night

Wednesday, May 24th, 6-7pm

RBHS Performing Arts Center

Underclassmen Exam Week

Wednesday, May 24th, 8:15am to Tuesday, May 30th, 11:15am


Memorial Day - Holiday

Monday, May 29th, 8:15am-3:45pm


No school for students or staff on Memorial Day to observe this national holiday.

Graduation Practice

Tuesday, May 30th, 1-4pm

RBHS Performing Arts Center

Mandatory for all seniors.

Seniors are reminded to wear a shirt of their college acceptance, military appointment or future career choice to practice.

RBHS 2017 Graduation

Wednesday, May 31st, 8-10am

801 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC

Half Day for Students

Tuesday, May 30th, 8:15pm to Wednesday, May 31st, 12pm


Half days for students May 30 and 31.

May 31 is the last day for students.

Retiree Luncheon

Thursday, June 1st, 12-2pm

RBHS River Cafe

Special Olympic Athletes Honored

Student Council Students Serve

On Saturday, February 4, approximately 30 RBHS students volunteered at Habitat For Humanity ReStore, Palmetto Lifeline and Lexington Extended Care in the first Gators Giving Back volunteer day. Together they contributed 59 hours.

Bowling Team Victorious!!

The Gator bowling team blasted past the entire field in a round robin End of Year Baker Challenge Tournament advancing to the championship match as the #1 seed against Airport. To top off their regular season title, the Gators swept Airport in the championship match of last night's tournament to add to their season accomplishments.

As winners of the high school bowling league which is our current equivalent to "State", the Gators have qualified for the National High School Bowling Tournament being held in Nashville in June.

Please be sure to congratulate our bowlers when you see them around school!

Ryan Paradise

Sean Pollworth

Nathan Barnes

Austin Jones

Sam Sexton

Brett Neeley

Logan Dixon

Brandon Blankenship (Gilbert High School)

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Miss River Bluff Pageant a Huge Success

Voting Rights Learning Expedition Celebration of Learning

Veteran's Day Film Presentation - A Call to Duty

Center for Media Arts, Design and Production Film Presentations

Corey's Spoken Word
Call Of The Wild created by Jacob Turner

Aaron Viazanko wins Second Place!

We have waited about 6 months to see who won the SC Young Film Makers Project. We had four of our students get in the top 10 and Aaron Viazanko was selected last spring as a top 5 finisher in the Charleston Film Festival Young Filmmakers project.

This week he found out he received 2nd place! Very excited for our Media Technology students! Aaron earned $300 with his 2nd place finish.

New Counseling and Advisement Assignments for Students

New Counselors for Students

Now that we’ve made it through the first ten days of school, and the majority of our students have learned the best routes to their classes and the most productive ILT areas, we want to communicate a transition in Counseling and Advisement. Since everything has settled down and the schedule change timeframe has ended, we are excited to release the counselor assignments for this school year.

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.

Effective Monday, August 29th, counseling assignments will be as follows:

Traveling students (all students who attend LTC or other high schools)

o Marci Newman (Director)

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

o Last names A-Go Cindy Bartolec

o Last names Gr-Par C. Bryan Vacchio

o Last names Pat-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-O Crystal Wingate

o Last names P-Z Joe Ben Watson

Career Specialist for all students

o Shenita Chapman

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Great Article on Culture - Reminds us of RB!

RBHS Graduate wins Live Mas Scholarship

RBHS IMPACT 2016 Video