Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of December 10, 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: Gator Grapplers finish as Runner Up in Southern Slam Tournament

Work hard. Congratulations to our Gator Grapplers who finished as tournament Runner Up this weekend in the Southern Slam Tournament in Fort Mill. Several grapplers won their weight classes.

1st Parker Palmer 138
1st Ben Emery 145
1st Tuna Butler 160
1st Edwin Brown 170
1st Isaac Ortega 182
3rd Michael Keisler 195
4th Ian Obeso 285

The Gators will get back in action this Tuesday competing against Indian Land and Lugof-Elgin at Lugof-Elgin.

Gators of the Week: DECA Students Shine in Competition

Get smart: RBHS DECA does it again!

We took 54 students to Region competition this past week at Westwood HS and ALL 54 qualified to go to State Competition in March in Charleston! We competed in 14 different events against over 200 other students. We placed FIRST in eight of them! Plus, we had multiple 2nd and 3rd Place winners. To place in the competition, students must take a 100 question test and perform well in a Role Play with a judge.

Please help us congratulate the following students:

1st Place Winners:

Estaban Figueroa - Accounting Applications

Kellan Fenegan - Apparel & Accessories Marketing

Sajan Singh - Automotive Services Marketing

Enes Cakir - Business Finance Series

Taylor Garrison - Business Services Marketing

Tejas Nidigattu - Hotel & Lodging Management

Christine Kim Human Resources Management [tie]

Jackson Yamen - Human Resources [tie]

Grant Eason - Quick Serve Restaurant Management

2nd Place Winners

Caleigh Woovis - Apparel & Accessories Marketing

David Parrot - Automotive Services Marketing

Mahi Patel - Business Finance Series

Ben Williams - Entrepreneurship

Dev Patel - Hotel & Lodging Management

JJ Satti - Human Resources [tie]

Jackson Jeffcoat - Human Resources [tie]

Ben Brown - Marketing Communications [tie]

Jonathan Tan - Marketing Communications [tie]

Jared Alexander - Sports & Entertainment Marketing

3rd Place Winners

Mihir Patel - Automotive Services Marketing

Aleigh Trotter - Business Finance Series

Sarah Peter - Business Services Marketing

Sheila Paz - Food Marketing Series

Brandon Edwards - Hotel & Lodging Management

Jeymerson Lopez - Human Resources Management

Sydney Torbett - Marketing Communications

Remaining Top Winners - by category

Apparel & Accessories Marketing

Khaliyah Woods

Automotive Services Marketing

Michael Maxwell

Business Finance Series

Grace Liu

Albert Zhu

Business Services Marketing

Mohan Foh

Mukeh Foh

Cole Dickenson

Sarah Maxwell


Brooks Torbett

Paul Murphy

Jonah Burris

Mabry Parrott

Hewet Aniley

William Wenzel

Food Marketing

Nitin Gupta

Hotel & Lodging Management

Brian Simmons

Grace Zhou

Stephen Jones

Hirelis Rodriguez

Marketing Communications

Rohan Nath

Restaurant & Food Service Management

Andrea Santiago

Retail Merchandising

Jackson Kneece

Claire Hendrix

Caitlyn Dolan

Esha Kapoor

Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Jack Collins

Nathan Bragg

Chandler Roberts

Special thanks to team's advisors: Dr. Carol Lynn Nute, Ricky Tillmon, Shirley Waldy, Josh Burgoyne, Brock Snyder and TJ Watkins who helped the students train/prep. Super proud of everyone!

Gators of the Week: Ella Stuff a Stocking on Thursday

Do good. In our annual service and compassion unit, our CREWs partner with a non-profit organization Ella Stuff a Stocking to provide gifts for children in our community this holiday season. Each CREW adopts a child and in some cases the entire family to honor them during this season. We are so proud to engage in this service experience and each year it brings such joy to our school and these families in our area.

Claire Compton - RBHS Teacher of the Year

Fall Signing Day at RBHS

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Upcoming School and Staff Events

SIC Meeting

Monday, Dec. 11th, 6-7pm

RBHS Counseling Commons

RBHS Band Concert

Monday, Dec. 11th, 7-8:30pm


Lexington County School District One Board Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 12th, 7:30-9:30pm

100 Tarrar Springs Road

Lexington, SC

Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 7-8:30pm


RBHS Choral Concert

Thursday, Dec. 14th, 7-8:30pm


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.

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Great Article on Culture - Reminds us of RB!