Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites: Week of October 8, 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: Men's Cross Country Wins 3rd at Disney Event

Work hard. Congratulations to our Men's Cross Country Team who finished third place overall at the National Disney Cross Country Invitational in Orlando FL. Led by a team of experienced runners, this group of young men continues to get faster each week as they prepare for for the state qualifier.

Gators of the Week: PSAT on Wednesday

Get smart: Students are reminded of their PSAT test to be held on Wednesday at 8:20 AM in the Big and Small Gyms. Second year and other select students will take part in this testing event. If you have any questions please see Ms. Painter.

Gators of the Week: Twins Crowned 2017 Welcome Home King and Queen

Do good. Selected by their peers, seniors Nina and Timothy Gasparik were named King and Queen of the Welcome Home Court on Friday. It was a great event put on by our Office of Student Life.

Welcome Home Week Door Decorating a Huge Success

Upcoming School and Staff Events

National School Lunch Week

Monday, Oct. 9th, 8:15am to Friday, Oct. 13th, 12pm

RBHS River Cafe and Cafe 320

"National School Lunch Week

October 9-13, 2017

Mark your calendar for National School Lunch Week! The #NSLW17 theme is "School Lunch: Recipes for Success," which was designed to help Lexington County School District One Food Service tell their school lunch story, including the 'secret ingredients' to their success!

This year we will be featuring the 2017 Lexington One Cooks Healthy Recipe Contest Winner, Anna Cully, and her Vegilicious Chili. Not only are we featuring Anna's recipe on the menu in every school across the district, we also want to see who can serve the most of it! By leaving your lunch box at home, and eating in the cafeteria, you can help our school win the highest participation for the week. The school with the highest participation for the week will earn a super fun reward!"

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Gator Forum

Monday, Oct. 9th, 3:45-4:30pm

RBHS Learning Commons

Teachers are reminded of our monthly forum.

SIC Meeting

Monday, Oct. 9th, 6:30-7:30pm

RBHS Counseling Commons


Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 8:15am-12pm

RBHS Big and Small Gyms

All second year and select other students will test on the PSAT.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 12th, 3:45-6:30pm


Parents may connect with teachers to schedule an appointment to meet.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, Oct. 13th, 9am-12pm


Parents may connect with teachers to meet regarding their student's progress.

No School for Students

Friday, Oct. 13th, 8:15am-3:45pm


There will be no school for students on Friday.

College Application Day

Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 8:15am-3:30pm

RBHS Learning Commons

Seniors are invited to meet with our Counseling and Advisement team to begin and complete college applications. School admissions counselors will also be in attendance.

Gator Nation Night

Saturday, Oct. 21st, 6-9pm

300 West Main Street

Lexington, SC

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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

Fall Sports Calendar

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!