Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites: Week of November 12, 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: Branum Plays in North South Golf Event.

Work hard. Congratulations to Madison Branum for qualifying and competing for the South Team in the North South Golf Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Stoney Point Country Club in Greenwood SC. This caps off a great year and we extend her congratulations on signing this week to play golf at Indiana State University.

Signing Day at RBHS

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Gators of the Week: AP Stats students present a Gallery Walk of Data

Get smart: Congratulations to our AP Statistics students and teachers who presented their recent work in a gallery walk this week. Dr. Little stopped by to learn about putting statistics into practice. What a strong example of high quality work.

Gators Present - A Call to Duty

Do good. Congratulations to our media arts, fine arts and social studies team who planned and presented A Call to Duty - Veterans Day Assembly on Tuesday. The band performed, theater arts students read letters of soldiers, the Star Spangled Banner was sung by a soloist and two Law Center students MCed our event. The event too included a touching video for wars created by our Media Arts students. Three keynote speakers challenged our students with memories of war and triumph: Attorney General Alan Wilson, House Member Micah Caskey and Vietnam Veteran Mr. David Ward. Thank you to each grade level for your participation and to the presenters and performers for an amazing event.

Claire Compton - RBHS Teacher of the Year

Welcome Home Week Door Decorating a Huge Success

Upcoming School and Staff Events

American Education Week

Monday, Nov. 13th, 8:15am to Friday, Nov. 17th, 3:45pm


Celebrate with us American Education Week.

SIC Meeting

Monday, Nov. 13th, 6-7:30pm

RBHS Counseling Commons

Important Student Registration Information 18-19

Monday, Nov. 13th, 2:30-4:30pm


Now to 11th grade students beginning 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 15th - 11th grade counselors meet with CREW 3 in Auxiliary Gym Paths 2,4,7,9 (come during your normal CREW time)
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.

Law Center Symposium - Growth in Lexington

Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 6-8pm

RBHS Center for Law and Global Policy Development - A Wing

Come join other leaders in Lexington and our students as moderators to discuss and hear about growth in Lexington SC.
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Fame, Jr.

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 7-9pm


Fame, Jr. will be put on stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $10 at the door for adults and $8 for students. Show times are 7 PM. Come on out and see our students perform on stage.
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Thanksgiving Holidays

Wednesday, Nov. 22nd, 8:15am to Friday, Nov. 24th, 3:45pm


No school for students and staff as we celebrate Thanksgiving.

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!