Gator Bites 2015-16

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

Gator Bites - Week of January 17, 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: River Bluff Recognizes the Top 10 % of the Senior Class

Work hard. River Bluff was excited to announce the top 10 % of its graduating class this year who will be honored at the Excellence in Education Banquet in February. Their academic success is a testimate to a combination of strong intelligence and a hard work ethic exemplified from our Habits of Scholarship - Excellence and Personal Responsibility.

Gators of the Week: Law and Global Policy Students Win State!

Get Smart: The Level Two students of the Center for Law and Global Policy Development at River Bluff High School won the state-wide We The People competition on January 7. This competition is sponsored by the South Carolina Bar Association's Law Related Education Division. The students competed against ten other teams from across the state in simulated congressional hearings where they demonstrated their knowledge of Constitutional principles and other aspects American Government. River Bluff also won "Best Overall Unit" out of all high schools for three of the six units. The students will now have the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. in April to participate in the national competition.

Gators of the Week: RB Swim Team Sponsors Swim-a-Thon for Coach Thompson

Do good. Coach Brian Thompson is not battling cancer alone, as members of the RBHS swim team hosted a swim-a-thon to raise money to offset medical costs. Swimming in some cold weather, these students and coaches raised over $5000.00 to present to Coach Thompson. Overwhelmed by the display of love and support, he and his family attended the event with pride.

School Holiday - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, Jan. 18th, 8:15am-3:45pm

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

There will be no school on Monday.

First Day of 2nd Semester - Students Report to CREW Mod 1

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 8:15-8:30am

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

Students will report directly to Mod 1 on Tuesday to receive a copy of their second semester schedule. Once distribution has happened, students will be dismissed to their regularly scheduled Mod 1 class.

Faculty Appreciation Night - RBHS vs. WKHS Men's and Women's BB

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 6-9pm

RBHS Gym

All RBHS Faculty and Staff are reminded of Faculty Appreciation Night at RBHS. You and your entire family will be allowed free admission and refreshments as we enjoy the men's and women's matchup.

Footloose Auditions

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 3:45pm to Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 6pm

RBHS PAC

Open auditions will be held for the upcoming spring musical Footloose to go on stage later this spring. Any and all interested students please come to auditions Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon in the PAC beginning at 3:45 PM. Dress comfortably. See handout below.

Rave to Save - RBHS Dance

Saturday, Jan. 23rd, 8-11pm

RBHS River Cafe

The RBHS Dance Company is hosted a Rave to Save dance for all students to raise money for charity. Tickets will be on sale this week and we encourage you all to attend.

Rising Ninth Grade Registration Meetings @ MGM

Monday, Jan. 25th, 6-7pm

MGM Cafe and Theater

All 8th graders and their parents are encouraged to attend this very informative meeting regarding registration for the upcoming school year. Students are asked to bring their iPads as they will make their initial selections for courses for the upcoming year. Those course selections will be further discussed in your student's IGP later this spring at the middle school.

Rising Ninth Grade Registration Meetings @ LMS

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 6-7pm

LMS Theater

All 8th graders and their parents are encouraged to attend this very informative meeting regarding registration for the upcoming school year. Students are asked to bring their iPads as they will make their initial selections for courses for the upcoming year. Those course selections will be further discussed in your student's IGP later this spring at the middle school.

Report Cards Issued

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 3:30-3:45pm

RBHS CREW

Report cards will be distributed in CREW to all students.

Collaborative Planning

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 12:45-3:45pm

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

Students will be dismissed at 12:40 PM to allow for teacher led collaborative planning.


Students will meet Mods 11-15 and 7-10 that morning.

Teacher Cadet Informational Night

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 5:30-7:30pm

RBHS River Cafe

For all rising seniors with a 3.0 or higher GPA interested in Teacher Cadet, please come and hear about this amazing course and experience.

9th Grade Student Led Family Conferences (SLFC)

Thursday, Jan. 28th, 4-8pm

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

All ninth grade students and their parent or guardian will be invited to attend the first annual 9th Grade Student Led Family Conference. Each student will present a digital presentation to their parents about their academic performance, their approach to Habits of Scholarship, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. These conferences will become a basis for final discussions of their student's academic course registrations for the upcoming school year. Counselors and CREW leaders will be on hand for any final questions. Specific times and locations will be distributed in CREW.

11th Grade Student Led Family Conferences (SLFC)

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 4-8pm

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

All eleventh grade students and their parent or guardian will be invited to attend the first annual 11th Grade Student Led Family Conference. Each student will present a digital presentation to their parents about their academic performance, their approach to Habits of Scholarship, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. These conferences will become a basis for final discussions of their student's academic course registrations for the upcoming school year. Counselors and CREW leaders will be on hand for any final questions. Specific times and locations will be distributed in CREW.

Sophomore 101

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 5:30-7pm

RBHS PAC

All 10th graders and their parents are encouraged to attend this informative session presented but the Counseling and Advisement team at RBHS. Information about high school graduation requirements, college admissions expectations, state and local data review and transcript verifications will be presented in this session prior to your students SLFC.

10th Grade Student Led Family Conferences (SLFC)

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 4-8pm

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

All tenth grade students and their parent or guardian will be invited to attend the first annual 10th Grade Student Led Family Conference. Each student will present a digital presentation to their parents about their academic performance, their approach to Habits of Scholarship, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. These conferences will become a basis for final discussions of their student's academic course registrations for the upcoming school year. Counselors and CREW leaders will be on hand for any final questions. Specific times and locations will be distributed in CREW.

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Welcome Home Memories

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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

EL Design Principle in Action

The Having of Wonderful Ideas

Teaching in Expeditionary Learning schools fosters curiosity about the world by creating learning situations that provide something important to think about, time to experiment, and time to make sense of what is observed.


Hats off to the CREW design team for creating such an amazing learning experience for Senior CREWs in the IMPACT conference, tackling the question; "How can I be a better local to global citizen".

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