Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of March 18, 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: Science Olympiad Students Finish in 10th Place out of 20

Work hard. River Bluff's inaugural Science Olympiad team competed at Newberry College on Saturday. All 16 team members were successful, learned a tremendous amount, worked as a team, and had fun. We had many students place in their events and all students were competitive. Our team finished 10th out of 20 teams, which earned us a plaque! We are very pleased with this place and look forward to improving next year.

Gators of the Week: Getting Smart - Learning from Experience

Get smart: With a rare experience all ninth graders were presented an emotional presentation about choices from former WWE Wrestler Marc Mero. His message about love and choices was well received and we hope all who participated were changed.

Gators of the Week: Art Work Selected for Display at Columbia Museum of Art

Do good. It was a great honor for Gabe Carrilho to have been considered for the Art of Healing competition and win 3rd place overall. His piece was designed to draw awareness for the spreading of victims of human trafficking.

The artist statement of the piece is this:

“Healing Daughter” shows a girl going to the only pure and virtuous place she has access to for healing: nature. Victims of human trafficking have nothing to go to for help or support. With the abundance of nature, it guarantees those strangled within this darkness a place where they can be surrounded by virtue and purity to help heal their profound wounds. Therefore, this piece shows that even the numerous fatherless and homeless people affected by human trafficking still have the guarantee of being able to call this beautiful world home, created by the biggest father of all time.

His efforts on continuing to raise awareness of this enormous issue will only increase. Some of the money won will go into making prints and replicas of this piece to donate to art auctions whose money is going to organizations that help victims of human trafficking.

The piece will be on the museum until April 1st and is advertised on all of the TV’s of the state museum! Gabe is so thankful for the awareness his piece has spread.

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

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Palmetto's Finest Award Notification

Tuesday, March 20th, 1:45-2:15pm

Watch Live on ETV

Watch the announcement live on ETV.

The presentation will begin at 1:45 PM with the Elementary Award Winners, this Middle School and end with the High School Division.

Lexington One School Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 20th, 7:30-9:30pm

100 Tarrar Springs Road

Lexington, SC

Collaborative Planning

Wednesday, March 21st, 12:45-3:45pm


Students will be on abbreviated schedule and dismiss at 12:40 PM.

IMPACT Conference

Thursday, March 22nd, 8:15am-3:45pm


All senior CREWs will present their topics and research on their IMPACT conference movement. Each CREW over the past year has researched an area within the local to global community that they could make an impact. On Thursday each CREW will present their findings to an authentic audience. We encourage parents and community members to come and hear.

Graduation Supplies Delivered

Thursday, March 29th, 9:30am-2:30pm

RBHS Rotunda

Members of the Rhodes Graduation Supplies team will be on campus to deliver Senior Supplies. Payment must be received in full prior to receiving your supplies.

Lexington One Teacher of the Year Celebration

Thursday, March 29th, 7-8:30pm

Lexington High School Performing Arts Center

Come and support Claire Compton, a Math Teacher at RBHS and finalist for Lexington County School District One's District Teacher of the Year.

Regular School Day

Friday, March 30th, 8:15am-3:45pm


While March 30 was scheduled as a Weather Makeup Day, this day will be recovered and serve as a full day for students and staff.

Spring Break

Monday, April 2nd, 8:15am to Friday, April 6th, 4pm


RBHS Spring Athletic Schedules

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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

Former Gator Natalie Willis Makes Elite National Player to Watch List

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!