Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of March 11, 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: HOSA and DECA Students Shine in State Level Competitions

Work hard. Congratulations to over 100 students who competed in both the DECA and HOSA State Level Competitions this past week. Winners below have now qualified for the international competition in Atlanta GA for DECA and Dallas TX for HOSA.

HOSA Winners

1st place

Medical Innovation-

Emily Arial, Michelle Bui, Macy Hunt & Sirlin Kaur

Community Awareness-

Francisco DaSilva, Rohan Nath & Sai Nallu

Biomedical Laboratory Science-

Emma Scott

2nd place

Medical Terminology-Devon Mastin

Creative Problem Solving-

Navneet Khara, Neha Rayala, Julissa Rivera

Top 5

Health Career Display

Christina Lin & Mansi Patel


Kestlyn Ogle

Barbara James Service Award

Nayoung Kim

$600 Greg Stephen/Pfizer (In honor of Nova Stephens) Scholarship

Vijwala Yakkanti

HOSA Advisors: Angie Diaz, Patricia Gates, Alissa Nolan, Scott Ganucheau

DECA Award Winners

ALL DECA students placed at this weekend's State Competition. There were 47 students and 33 have qualified to move on to the International competition! First - third place winners qualify to move on to the International competition this spring in Atlanta, Georgia.

Role Play events - These students took at 100 question test in their area of expertise plus role played a business scenario solving a problem [sometimes twice!] with a judge. There were both individual and team events.

Written Events - these students wrote a 30 page business plan and completed a presentation about it to a judge.

Each of our first place winners received a $1,500 scholarship from The Art Institutes! Please join me in congratulating the following students for their amazing performance!

1st Place Winners

Sheila Paz - School Based Enterprise - Retail

Kellan Fenegan - Apparel & Accessories Marketing

Estaban Figeroa - Accounting Applications

David Parrott - Automotive Services Marketing

Taylor Garrison - Business Services Marketing

Ben Williams - Business Growth Plan

Sydney Torbett - Marketing Communications

Esha Kapoor - Principles of Business Management

Aleigh Trotter - Principles of Finance

Dev Patel - Principles of Hospitality

Mukeh Foh - Principles of Marketing

Grant Eason - Quick Service Restaurant Management

Sajan Singh & Albert Zhu - Marketing Management Team Decision Making

2nd Place Winners

Jared Alexander & Jack Collins - Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making

Caitlin Dolan & Claire Hendrix - Community Service Project

Grace Liu & Mahi Patel - Financial Team Decision Making

Tejas Nidigattu - Hotel & Lodging Management

Jackson Yamen - Human Resources Management

Christine Kim & Hirelis Rodriguez - Hospitality & Tourism Team Decision Making

Jonathan Tan - Marketing Communication Series

Jackson Jeffcoat - Principles of Business Management

Brandon Edwards - Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Chandler Roberts - Principles of Marketing

3rd Place Winners

William Wenzel - Entrepreneurship

Brian Simmons - Hotel & Lodging Management

Michael Maxwell & Mihir Patel - Marketing Management Team Decision Making

Sheila Paz - Public Speaking

Grant Black - Employment Acquisition

4th Place Winners

Paul Murphy - Entrepreneurship

Jeymerson Lopez - Principles of Business Management

Brooks Torbett - Principles of Marketing

Andrea Santiago - Restaurant & Food Service Management

5th Place Winners

Sarah Peter - Business Services Management

Cole Dickenson - Principles of Business Management

Nitin Gupta - Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Remaining Top 10 Winners

Stephen Jones - Hotel & Lodging Management

JJ Satti - Human Resources Management

Ben Brown - Marketing Communications Series

Rohan Nath - Marketing Communications Series

Jackson Kneece - Retail Merchandising Series

Nathan Bragg - Sports & Entertainment Marketing Series

Grace Zhou - Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

DECA Advisors: Dr. Carol Lynn Nute, Josh Burgoyne, Brock Snyder, Ricky Tillmon, TJ Watkins, and Shirley Waldy

Gators of the Week: Students in OCP get a rare experience onboard Royal Caribbean

Get smart: With over a year of planning and fundraising our students in our Occupational Credential Program participated in the first Royal Caribbean Tour Expedition for students with exceptional disabilities. Each student was able to work in various jobs on board the ship and sail the open seas. We are so proud of their experience.

Gators of the Week: Men's Basketball Reads Across America

Do good. Members of the Men's Basketball team read across America this past week reading to students at Midway Elementary School.

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

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Gator Forum

Monday, March 12th, 3:45-4:45pm

RBHS Learning Commons

Collaborative Planning

Wednesday, March 21st, 12:45-3:45pm


Students will be on abbreviated schedule and dismiss at 12:40 PM.
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RBHS Spring Athletic Schedules

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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 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!