Gator Bites

Info from SC's first Expeditionary Learning (EL) High School

Gator Bites - Week of November 17, 2014

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!

A Look Back and Ahead at Professional Learning at RBHS

Week 12 - Three Professional Learning Groups Continued

Teachers in their Professional Learning teams unpacked learning targets surrounding writing good and meaningful learning targets facilitated by Ron Bosch. Looking ahead, teachers will engage with one of three professional learning groups to embark on a new journey throughout the second nine weeks and beyond.

Gators of the Week - Work hard. Get smart. Do good.

Gators of the Week: Elite Dance Company, Varsity Football and Varsity Competitive Cheer

Work hard. History continues to be written at River Bluff with students excelling in dance, football and cheer.


Our Elite Dance Company led by Mr. Gary Hilton and Ms. Katie Hilliger, participated in a recent dance competition in Fort Mill, SC, winning first place overall, 1st place Hip-Hop category and 1st place jazz. Congratulations and best of luck in your upcoming events.


Our Varsity Football Team led by Coach Bennett and staff, made history Friday night winning a thrilling come from behind win versus the #1 team in the state - Goose Creek High School. This is the first time in SC history that a #16 seed in the playoffs has defeated the #1 seed. The team will travel to York High School on Friday for the second round of the playoffs.


In their first year in competition in 4A, our Varsity Competitive squad led by Coach McManus and Coach Jones placed runner up in the 4A division and finished as Region 5A Champions. The future is so bright for our Varsity Competitive team. Last year in 3A they captured the state crown and the school's first State Championship in a team sport.

Gators of the Week: Mr. Johnny Cribb - State's Alive at 25 instructor of the Year

Get Smart: Each year our students are required to attend Alive at 25, a safe driver's course designed to provide new drivers helpful tips about safe driving decisions. We are very fortunate that our students learn from the best, Mr. Johnny Cribb. Our very own Mr. Cribb is a gator, and this year was honored as the Instructor of the Year. Congratulations Mr. Cribb and we are so fortunate that our students are smarter drivers because of your leadership.

Gators of the Week: RBHS Shows their pride for USA

Do good. It has become a tradition as the entire staff and student body at RBHS spelled the letters USA to culminate an exciting week supporting and learning about our veterans. May we never forget their sacrifice, providing us the freedoms we all enjoy as citizens of the United States of America.

EL Design Principle in Action

The Responsibility for Learning

Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity. Everyone learns both individually and as part of a group. Every aspect of an Expeditionary Learning school encourages both children and adults to become increasingly responsible for directing their own personal and collective learning.


Congratulations to Olivia Johnson and Lydia Carter. Olivia and Lydia have both been awarded the H.T. Lorrick, Jr. Scholarship sponsored by the Lexington County Choral Society. The scholarship is to fund vocal lessons and repertoire to prepare them for college scholarship auditions in voice to sing at the collegiate level. Each will be featured as a guest scholarship soloist on one of the upcoming LCCS concerts.

Please use these links for all of our Fine Art and Athletic Event Locations and Times

Special Events on Campus this Week and Next

American Education Week

Monday, Nov. 17th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 21st, 3:45pm

320 Corley Mill Rd

Lexington, SC

As we celebrate our teachers this week, we encourage all students to find a special way to thank your teachers for their time and compassion placed into facilitating and leading your learning experiences. We are so fortunate at RBHS to have such amazing faculty and staff. Let's honor them this week.

Chinese Delegation Visits RBHS

Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 9-10:15am

320 Corley Mill Rd

Lexington, SC

We are excited to welcome educational leaders from China to visit RBHS with hosts USC and Dr. Zais from the SDE.

Please read the two new articles posted below.

Great Article on Culture - Reminds us of RB!

Great Letter from a student to former teacher - Must Read!!

Momentum Video 2014

Thanks to all the CREWs and Jason Ignet for creating this amazing display of Gator Momentum.

Great Article on Priorities

Moonshot Thinking

Further Reading on Growth Mindset