Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of February 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: Men's Varsity Basketball Team Qualifies for State 5A Playoffs

Work hard. For the first time in school history, our Men's Varsity Basketball team qualifies for the 5A state playoffs. With 17 wins and finishing 5th in the region, the men's team will play on Wednesday night at Conway High School. We encourage our Gators to make the road trip to support our men's team.

Gators of the Week: Junior Expedition Celebration of Learning Culminates in 1st aRBie Film Awards

Get smart: As the Junior Expedition came to close from students in United State History and English 3 and AP English Language, three groups presented their film documentaries on Power. One film on "Bumps in the Road", one film on "Women's Rights" and one film on "Be the Change - Bullying" were presented to the student body for voting.

The winner is - "Be the Change".

Congratulations to the students in this group and all of the teachers and students who learned through this expedition on Power. The best is yet to come.

Gators of the Week: Laura Rice leads in Columbia

Do good. Chosen by the Mayor of Columbia, Laura Rice (12) was chosen as a student leader in the movement Amplify Columbia designed to bring arts and culture to downtown Columbia. We are proud of her and her leadership in the amazing endeavor.

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

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Monday, Feb. 12th, 8:30am to Friday, Feb. 16th, 3:45pm


Thank your bus driver this week for amazing transportation.

Gator Forum

Monday, Feb. 12th, 3:45-4:45pm

RBHS Learning Commons

SIC Meeting

Monday, Feb. 12th, 6-7pm

RBHS Counseling Commons

Center for Law and Global Policy Development Board Meeting

Monday, Feb. 12th, 6:30-7:30pm

A Wing Law Center

Talent Show

Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 7-8pm


Teacher Professional Learning Day

Friday, Feb. 16th, 8:30am-3:30pm


No School for Students on Friday.

Weather Makeup Day

Monday, Feb. 19th, 8:15am-3:45pm


Monday will be a regular school day for all students and staff as we make up from a weather day miss in the previous semester.

ACT Testing

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


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

Teacher Led Collaborative Planning

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


Students will be dismissed at 12:40 PM.

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

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!