Gator Bites 2015-16

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

Gator Bites Week of May 1, 2016

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: DECA wins big in Nashville, TN

Work hard. First Place Winner!!!
Please join us in congratulating Abby Moore for her FIRST PLACE win at our International Competition held in Nashville this past week. Abby competed in the Retail Merchandising series event against 170 students from around the world [including China, Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, Canada and the US].

In order to win, she took a 100 question test on Marketing that covers the areas of marketing, management, finance, business law and economics. In addition, she solved [in 10 minutes] two role plays in the areas of Pricing and Marketing Information Management. Once placed in the top 20, she again solved a role play with yet another judge. There were approximately 18,000 students at the international event.

Abby was our DECA Chapter President for the past year and did a fantastic job! Abby was also recognized in the national program as an Emerging Leader for Academic Excellence. The National Emerging Leader Honor Award for Academic Excellence is awarded to the top 300 Marketing students in the nation. The student must be a senior, have a minimum GPA of 3.5, on a 4.0 scale, have been a DECA member for 2 years, and have completed a series of chapter, school, and community activities.

Top 10 Winners!

Please join us in congratulating Katie Certain and Sheila Paz for their Top 10 win in the School Based Enterprise Retailing event. Katie and Sheila presented their selling plan for Gator Town to numerous panels of judges. They competed against 170 teams from around the United States. In order to qualify to compete for this event a 30 page business plan was written and Gator Town was awarded Gold status [one of only two schools in the entire state to accomplish this!].

Katie Certain will be our DECA chapter President for the coming 2016-2017 school year.

Top 20 Winner

Please join us in congratulating Albert Zhu for his top 20 win for his role play in the Principles of Finance event. Albert [a freshman!] was the top scorer in his heat and won a Silver Medal on the national stage!

Top Winners by Event

The following students achieved an achievement award for excellence in their respective heats [essentially 3rd place]. These students each took a 100 question test and role played in their area of expertise.

Mark Murphy - Automotive Services Marketing

Megan Simmons - Hotel & Lodging Management

Enes Cakir - Business Finance Series

Mohan Foh - Business Management Series

Sajan Singh - Principles of Finance

Aaron Drumgoole - Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team

Trey Trapp - Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team

Gators of the Week: AP Exams begin this week

Get smart: All the best to over 500 students taking over 800 exams this week and next in Advanced Placement courses.

Please see the schedule below for specific dates and times.

Gators of the Week: Percussion Students Volunteer at Lexington Kids Day

Do good. Our Gator band percussion section spent their Saturday morning volunteering their time at the Lexington Kids Day. These brought joy and inspiration to hundreds of people across the community through their music.

Upcoming School Events

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 2nd, 8:15am to Friday, May 6th, 3:45pm


Help us celebrate our amazing teachers:


Sundaes on Monday at 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM sponsored by Fran Halloran and the Halloran Agency in the Main Office.


Breakfast for the Teachers in the Counseling Commons provided by Panera Bread of Lexington


Flip Flop and Jeans Friday for all staff

AP Exam Week

Monday, May 2nd, 8am to Friday, May 13th, 4pm

Various Locations


All AP Exams will take place at Gator Commons (building next to the football stadium) except for the following AP Exams:

1) English Language & Composition:

· Upper and Lower A Hall

· You will check in hallway by the Law and Global Policy room.

2) AP Studio Art:

· Yesnach & Myers classes to report to G206: Mrs. Myer’s classroom

· Report to G206 at 1:30pm

3) AP Music Theory:

· Gator Swamp (Football Field) Press Box

· Check in by the Gator Commons and you will be escorted to Press box

4) Human Geography

· Upper G-Wing (By the gym, trophy case and athletic office):

PTSO Meeting

Monday, May 9th, 6-7pm

RBHS Counseling Commons

Gator Forum

Monday, May 16th, 3:45-4:45pm

RBHS Learning Commons

Student Awards Night

Wednesday, May 18th, 7-9pm


Meet Dr. Greg Little - Lexington One New Superintendent

Monday, May 23rd, 5-7pm

2463 Augusta Highway

Lexington, SC

Senior Exam Week

Monday, May 23rd, 8:15am to Thursday, May 26th, 3:45pm


EOCEP (End of Course Exam Program) Week

Monday, May 23rd, 8:15am-3:45pm


Monday - Algebra 1

Tuesday - English 1

Wednesday - Biology 1

Thursday - United States History and the Constitution

Spring Athletic Awards Night and Senior Recognition

Wednesday, May 25th, 5-8pm


Underclassman Exam Week

Friday, May 27th, 8:15am to Thursday, June 2nd, 12pm


Memorial Day (Student Holiday)

Monday, May 30th, 8:15am-3:45pm


Graduation Practice and Senior Breakfast

Friday, June 3rd, 8-10:30am


All seniors are required to attend Senior Breakfast and Graduation practice.

Wear your college, career and/or military T Shirt to practice.


Saturday, June 4th, 12-2pm

801 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC

JDRF Palmetto Chapter - JDRF One Walk 02-21-2016

Science Symposium - Learning Expedition Celebration of Learning

Spring Sports Schedule

RBHS Student's Senior Expedtition Making a Difference Locally

RBHS Business Partner Shines

Important - CREW Rating and Grading Information Below

Ella Stuff a Stocking 2015

Ella Stuff a Stocking 2014 RBHS

Welcome Home Memories

RBHS Fall Signing Day

Long Beach High School, NY Sends Supplies to RBHS

Nike Work Based Learning Center Serves RBHS and SC Flood Victims

The name of the school is the Nike Work-Based Learning Center, an alternative high school setting within the Long Beach Public School District on Long Island. It will be three years ago this coming Thursday when the town of Long Beach was decimated by Hurricane Sandy. Recently, a fried to our Counselor Dr. Vacchio, had kept an eye on my social media presence and on the news, and he had reached out to RB to see how the Nike Center could help with our local flood relief efforts.

The school's administrator Mr. Howard Fuchs, classmate and teammate to Dr. Vacchio, set a goal twofold: for Nike WBL Center to establish and maintain a lasting relationship with RBHS and to help with fundraising and donation efforts in our area. Pictures below show the fruits of this labor. SC and RBHS is eternally indebted to the service of the students at this high school and look forward to a long term relationship.

Gators Do Good for Flood Victims in the Surrounding Area

Previous Sports Previews - Center for Media Arts, Design and Production

Gator Sports Network Preview vs. Irmo

Great Article on Student Engagement

Previously posted articles.

Great Article on Culture - Reminds us of RB!