Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of November 26, 2017

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 Men's Basketball Team wins Lake Murray Tip-Off Classic

Work hard. Congratulations to our Men's Varsity Basketball team who defeated Lexington High School in the championship game of the Lake Murray Tip-Off Classic on Friday. This is the first tournament championship for our Men's Program. Finishing the tournament 4-0, this season looks to be an exciting one.

Gators of the Week: Schedule Design Team Explores New Models

Get smart: In a culture of continuous improvement, our schedule design team grapples with survey data and models from this year's schedule to engage in dialogue with staff on fine tuning our Flex Mod Schedule to plan for next year.

Gators of the Week: Gator Staff Celebrates Thanksgiving with Annual Tailgate

Do good. Annually, Gator staff shares a BBQ tailgate with one another to celebrate the in state USC vs CU football game and the start of Thanksgiving. What a great way to honor and fellowship together.

Claire Compton - RBHS Teacher of the Year

Fall Signing Day at RBHS

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Upcoming School and Staff Events

Important Student Registration Information 18-19

Monday, Nov. 27th, 8:45am to Friday, Dec. 1st, 3:30pm


Now to 11th grade students finishing the registration process for the 2018-2019 school year. Each grade level will have an "Informational Meeting" with counselors to review the Course Selections Sheets and process. Then they will have another meeting and actually select their choices in the "buckets" through PowerSchool. Below are the dates for both of those meetings.


November 27th - December 1 - 11th Grade Mass Course Requests in CREW with instruction sheet that will be sent to CREW 3 leaders in the coming weeks.

Gator Forum

Monday, Dec. 4th, 3:45-4:30pm

RBHS Learning Commons

Teacher Led Collaborative Planning

Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 8:15am-12:45pm


Teachers will engage in collaborative planning and students will be released at 12:45 PM.

Holiday Break

Thursday, Dec. 21st, 8:15am to Wednesday, Jan. 3rd 2018 at 3:45pm


Holiday break begins Dec. 21 and students return January 4, 2018.

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

Winter Sports Calendar

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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!