Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of January 28, 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.

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

Gators of the Week: Varsity Wrestling Team Claims Region Title 2018

Work hard. On Friday the Varsity Wrestling Team claimed its second consecutive Region Title defeating Dutch Fork High School. Our team went 6-0 in the region and will host the first and second rounds of the State 5A Playoffs on Saturday at River Bluff. Times to be communicated at a later date. Come out and support our team as they seek another title this year.

Gators of the Week: Teachers and Administration Learn to Step

Get smart: With several weeks of special training and practice several teachers and administrators learned to step by training with the Gator Steppers. This group performed at Friday's winter sports pep rally. Thanks to the young ladies and staff who made this an experience to remember.

Gators of the Week: Miss River Bluff Crowned

Do good. Congratulations to the 32 young ladies who participated in the 5th Annual Miss River Bluff Pageant sponsored by Gator Nation Booster Club. This event each year is truly an amazing display of beauty and class. All proceeds from our event go annually to support our women's athletic programs. Each grade level displayed poise and grace and the judges were proud to announce the 2018 Miss River Bluff winner Grace Travis. Thanks to all who attended to make this a special night.


Miss Freshman - Kellan Fenegan

Miss Sophomore - Lindsay Holley

Miss Junior - Bailey Williamson

Miss Senior - Savannah Lucas

Miss River Bluff - Grace Travis

Claire Compton - RBHS Teacher of the Year and Top Ten Finalist for District Teacher of the Year

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Class Meetings in the PAC

Monday, Jan. 29th, 10:45am-1:45pm

RBHS PAC

Administration will meet with each class on Monday to discuss achievement and set goals for the second semester.

Financial Aid Night

Monday, Jan. 29th, 6:30-7:30pm

RBHS PAC

For parents of Juniors interested in learning more about the FAFSA form and financial aid opportunities in funding college.

Themed Nights for Varsity Basketball Games

Tuesday, Jan. 30th, 6-8pm

RBHS Gym

Again we are excited to extend free admission to students dressed in themed attire for the remaining home region basketball games.


Below are the nights and the themes. Women's games begin at 6:00 PM and Men's follow at 7:30 PM.


The home student section is directly under the goal near the glass entrance to the gym. We encourage all students to sit there as the visiting team's student section is across the gym to the left.


Home Region Games

1/30 - White Knoll - 'Merica Night (Red, White and Blue) - Senior Night

Family ESOL Night

Tuesday, Jan. 30th, 6-7:30pm

510 Ginny Lane

Lexington, SC

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Winter Sports Calendar

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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) mnewman2@lexington1.net


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

o Last names A-Gar Cindy Bartolec cbartolec@lexington1.net

o Last names Gas-O C. Bryan Vacchio cvacchio@lexington1.net

o Last names P-Z Stacy Clarke sclarke@lexington1.net


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

o Last names A-Ham Mandy Wilson aswilson2@lexington1.net

o Last names Han-Pa Crystal Wingate cwingate@lexington1.net

o Last names Pe-Z Joe Ben Watson jbwatson@lexington1.net


Career Specialist for all students

o Shenita Chapman schapman@lexington1.net

o Susan Bennett sjbennett@lexington1.net

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

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