Gator Bites

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

Gator Bites - Week of December 8, 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 16 - Professional Learning begins again in January 2015

Teachers will begin with their professional learning teams after the first semester ends.

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

Gators of the Week: Virtual Enterprise Students Win in Trade Show

Work hard. Last week our students participated in the Midwest Virtual Enterprise Trade Show and Competition. This year our virtual firm is Earth Market, an organic grocery store.

Out of nearly 100 booths and over 500 students we are happy to report that we once again represented well.

1st Place - Best Booth - this includes booth design/appearance, flyers, brochures, etc. to make the entire "story" come together, $79,000 in sales in 3 1/2 hours

Please congratulate the following students for a job well done!

Christina Bradshaw, CEO

Ebony Romero, VP Marketing

Taylor Cottrell, VP Operations

Morgan Boozer, Sales manager

Mina Brown, Inventory Specialist

Ian Campbell, VP Finance

Maddie Mason, Branch Banker

Also, Marshall Grace Fite our Public Relations manager helped design the booth.

Special thanks to the Engineering Department led by Jon Barnhart who created a cardboard picnic table for the booth.

Our leftover food from the booth, potatoes, apples, etc. was donated to our own Gators Giving Groceries program in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Gators of the Week: Beth Moore's Junior CREW Learns about Planning and Presentation

Get Smart: What started out as an idea to serve has transformed into a full plan for Brick Pavers around campus to not only beatify RBHS, but create a funding source to give back charitably to our school. Students in Ms. Moore's Junior CREW presented their idea to Mr. Jeff Salters, Chief Operations Officer for Lexington County School District One and Mr. Jacob Smith, Assistant Principal in charge of facilities at RBHS. The presentation was flawless and the project will be soon underway.

Gators of the Week: RBHS Orchestra Performs

Do good. Last week nearly 40 RBHS Orchestra students volunteered to spend their evening providing music for residents of Lexington Medical Extended Care. This is an annual tradition for our group, and is something the students now look forward to each year. What a fine example of Gators Doing Good.

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.

Seniors at Capital City Public Charter School, an EL school in Washington DC, were honored by First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to congratulate them on their college application completion and walk to the post office. Each year at Capital City, seniors match the halls and then to the post office to mail their applications to prospective colleges. Every senior submits at least one, but many submit multiple applications.

What an amazing example of learning and preparation at a sister EL school. Read the article below for more details.

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

Special Events on Campus this Week and Next

Exam Week Coming

Monday, Dec. 15th, 8:15am to Friday, Dec. 19th, 12:45pm

320 Corley Mill Rd

Lexington, SC

Students pay close attention to the exam schedule provided in CREW for next week's exams.

Half Day for Students

Friday, Dec. 19th, 8:15am-12:45pm

320 Corley Mill Rd

Lexington, SC

Next Friday, December 19, 2014, is a half day for all students.

Please read the new articles posted below.

Past Gator Bites Articles

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