Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of February 25, 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: 5 Wrestlers Qualify for State Championship

Work hard. Congratulations to Ben Emery, Sam Emery, Parker Palmer, William "Tuna" Butler and Michael Keisler for all advancing the to state individual finals in Anderson on Saturday. Michael wrestled in the consolation quarters; Sam, Parker and Tuna wrestled in the consolation semifinals and Ben wrestled for a state title finishing runner up.

What a great end to our season.

Gators of the Week: Students visit Historical Sites

Get smart: This past week students in Advanced Placement United States History visited multiple sites in the Columbia area including the one pictured here the Robert Smalls Home.

Gators of the Week: Steel Drum Band Performs

Do good. The Gator Steel Drum Band was on the road this week at various locations off campus providing education and musical entertainment to events and students. Pictured here they are playing for an IMPACT conference at a local church. We wish them well as they will travel to San Antonio in April to perform at the National School Board's Association Conference.

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

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Palmetto's Finest Visit Windo

Monday, Feb. 26th, 8:15am to Friday, March 2nd, 3:45pm


Visitors from the Palmetto's Finest Committee will be on site this week to evaluate our learning design and school culture to select this year's Palmetto's Finest School.

Chasing the Dragon Film Showing

Monday, Feb. 26th, 5:30-8:30pm


Open to the Community this event will include the viewing of the film and panel discussion on the drug epidemic.
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ACT Testing

Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 8:15am-12pm


First year 11th graders will have the opportunity to take the ACT at RBHS.

Excellence in Education Banquet

Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 5:30-8:30pm

1066 Sunset Boulevard

West Columbia, SC

Honoring the top 10 % of the graduating class.

Teacher Led Collaborative Planning

Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 12:45-3:45pm


Students will be dismissed at 12:40 PM.

NaturChem Preseason Tournament Begins Thursday

Technology Survey Letter to Parents

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RBHS Spring Athletic Schedules

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Letter Regarding the Flu

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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!