Gator Bites 2015-16

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

Gator Bites - Week of January 31, 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: Ms. River Bluff Crowned

Work hard. 36 beautiful young ladies competed Saturday night for the crown of Ms. River Bluff. With the theme "Make an IMPACT, Be a Super Hero", each contestant competed with grace and poise and Gator Nation Athletic Booster Club should be commended for putting on a fantastic third annual Ms. River Bluff Pageant.


Crowned as Ms. River Bluff 2016, Graci Conner will surely represent the senior class and River Bluff well this year. Pictured are all of the winners from each grade level and the senior escorts.

Gators of the Week: 9th Grade Student Led Family Conferences (SLFCs) a Huge Success

Get Smart: Ninth grade students this past week conducted their first student led family conference. Presenting their digital portfolio created in CREW to their parents was a highlight for each student as they were able to share their academic successes and areas of growth for this year. Held in the River Cafe this is an experience every student at River Bluff will participate in before the end of the year. Parent feedback has been very positive and we look forward to hosting sophomore and junior parents later in February.

Gators of the Week: Winter Ensembles Shine This Weekend

Do good. Congrats to our Winter Ensemble programs. They all premiered their shows this weekend at West Ashley High School. Our Winter Percussion was placed into Percussion Scholastic A Class and finished in 2nd Place.

The JV Winterguard was placed in Scholastic AA Class and earned the highest overall score in that class while the Varsity Winterguard was placed in Scholastic A Class, not only with the highest overall score in that class, but also of the day.


Congratulations Mr. Hilton, Mr. Hinkel and Mr. Railey.

Spring Sport Tryouts Begin

Monday, Feb. 1st, 3:45-6:45pm

RBHS Athletic Complex

Students pay attention to locations and times for all Spring Sport Tryouts beginning today.

Winter Pep Rally

Monday, Feb. 1st, 2:45-3:45pm

RBHS Gym

Students and staff are encouraged to support all winter sport athletes at the Winter Pep Rally on Monday Mods 14-15 in the RBHS Gym.

Tropical Tuesday - Spirit Day

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 8:15am-3:45pm

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

All students and staff are encouraged to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt to support Men's and Women's Basketball as they perform Tuesday night vs. Lexington at home.

International World Languages Conference

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 8:15am-3:45pm

RBHS PAC and Rooms on F and G Wing

Select RBHS students will attend the second annual International World Languages Conference with Keynote Speaker Mr. Ted Pitts from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Professional dress for the conference is suggested.

School Visits

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 8:15am-12:15pm

RBHS

Cabot Public Schools from Cabot, Arkansas and Florence School District will be visiting RBHS on Wednesday to learn about Flex Mod Scheduling and EL Education.


Thank you for welcoming our guests to River Bluff High School.

National Signing Day

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 3pm

RBHS Learning Commons

Seven athletes will be signing national letter of intent on Wednesday in the Learning Commons committed to playing their respective sports at local and national colleges. We are so proud of the following athletes who will sign:


Brandon Tillmon (FB) - Liberty University

Justin Salters (FB) - North Greenville University

Davon Johnson (FB) - Johnson County Community College, Kansas

Connor Deany (Soccer) - USC Upstate

Russell Hammond (Soccer) - USC Upstate

Mallory Foster (Soccer) - USC Upstate

Ali Glenn (Soccer) - USC Aiken

RBHS EL Education Mid Year Review

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 8:15am to Friday, Feb. 5th, 2:45pm

RBHS

We are excited to host our EL School Designer Dee Duncan and other district leaders for our EL Mid Year Review. Walkthroughs, student and teacher panels and a data review will provide RBHS a great review of our progress through the mid point of the year.

Orchestra to Perform at SCMEA

Friday, Feb. 5th, 8:15am-12pm

1101 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC

RBHS Orchestra has been honored to play in exhibit halls on Friday at the SCMEA. This is the third year our ensembles have been chosen. Congratulations.

Wind Ensemble to Perform at SCMEA

Saturday, Feb. 6th, 12-1pm

1101 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC

Congratulations to Mr. Turner and his staff and the wind ensemble for being chosen to perform at this weekend's SCMEA South Carolina Music Educators Associations annual conference. This award is one of the highest a band can achieve being asked to perform for all musics educators around the state. This is a true example of the caliber of bands that Mr. Turner and his staff and students have sought to achieve. These students were not chosen based on a score but based on the question, "Who should everyone aspire to be like?" When you perform at convention, you perform in front of the toughest audiences around. This audience will be made of teachers, administrators, collegiate directors, and deans.


Congratulations.

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, 6-7:30pm

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.


Families may arrive between 6 and 6:20 PM to pick up materials. The presentation will begin promptly at 6:30 PM.

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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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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