Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of January 14, 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: River Bluff High School is a Finalist!!

Work hard. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, a representative from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators contacted Dr. Luke C. Clamp, principal of RBHS, to let him know RBHS was a finalist for the 2018 Palmetto’s Finest Award.

The competition for these awards is very tough.

The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities and school culture as well as extensive evaluations by fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners.

Last fall, RBHS submitted a 20-page application and received an onsite examination visit by a review committee. RBHS will now receive a second onsite evaluation.

The final announcement happens on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. and will be streamed live to each of the finalist schools.

Gators of the Week: Marine Science Students Engage in Hands On Learning

Get smart: Marine Science students last week made hydraulic ROV arms able to pick up items off of the ocean floor. They had a lot of materials to work with and very little directions. Great job Ms. Price.

Gators of the Week: Congratulations to Jessie Miller

Do good. Congratulations to Jessie Miller named 2017 South Carolina's Distinguished Young Woman. Click here for more information. Formerly called America’s Junior Miss the program in Lexington County awarded her a scholarship.

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

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Themed Nights for Varsity Basketball Games

Friday, Jan. 19th, 6-8:30pm


Again we are excited to extend free admission to students dressed in themed attire for the remaining home region basketball games.

Below are the nights and the themes. Women's games begin at 6:00 PM and Men's follow at 7:30 PM.

Great job vs. Irmo High Friday with school spirit and themed attire. The crowd made the difference.

The home student section is directly under the goal near the glass entrance to the gym. We encourage all students to sit there as the visiting team's student section is across the gym to the left.

Home Region Games

1/19 - Dutch Fork - Neon Night (Varsity Women’s Tennis Players and Coaches honored at half time of the Men’s game with their 2017 5A State Championship Rings)

1/26 - @ Lexington - Black Out (this is also the day of the pep rally so we are making this a theme night) - Admission is $5 at LHS

1/30 - White Knoll - 'Merica Night (Red, White and Blue)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

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


No school for teachers or students.

2nd Semester Begins

Tuesday, Jan. 16th, 8:15am

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National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Tuesday, Jan. 16th, 6-7pm


Report Card Issued

Monday, Jan. 22nd, 8:15am-3:30pm

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Lexington, SC

Students will receive their report cards in CREW on Monday.

CREW 3 Student Led Family Conferences

Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, 4-8pm

RBHS River Cafe

Teacher Led Collaborative Planning

Wednesday, Jan. 24th, 12:30-3:30pm


School will dismiss at at 12:40 PM for all students as teachers observe Teacher Led Collaborative Planning.

Leader in CREW Student Led Family Conferences

Wednesday, Jan. 24th, 4-8pm

RBHS River Cafe

CREW 2 Student Led Family Conferences

Thursday, Jan. 25th, 4-8pm

RBHS River Cafe

Winter Sports Pep Rally

Friday, Jan. 26th, 2:30-3:30pm

RBHS Competition Gym

We will observe our afternoon Power Hour Schedule for Friday.

Ms. River Bluff Pageant

Saturday, Jan. 27th, 7-9pm


Winter Sports Calendar

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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!