Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of April 22, 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.

River Bluff's Core Values: Personal Responsibility, Growth Mindset, Collaboration and Relationships, Excellence, & Citizenship

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

Gators of the Week: Special Olympic Athletes Shine at White Knoll

Work hard. Congratulations to our amazing Special Olympic Athletes who competed on Friday at White Knoll High School. They have been practicing all year for this event. They brought home many first and second place ribbons. We are so proud of their efforts and the support of our Unified Student Partners.

Gators of the Week: Choral Students Selected for State Level Performance

Get smart: Last month, 11 students auditioned to be a part of the SC American Choral Director's Association Honor Choir that is held in early October 2018, and ALL of them made it! Here they are:

Bowman, Stott

Bradham, Madison

Carter, Chase

Garrison, Lauren

Gerace, Sophia

Peter, Sarah

Boaz, Harley

Downie, South

Grant, Eliza

Pittman, Elena

Thomas, James

Congratulations to our Gator Choir students.

Gators of the Week: The Human Tunnel

Do good. It was amazing to see the support and encouragement that our student body gave to our Special Olympic Athletes as we sent them off to competition through the human tunnel. This is always such a special event in the life of our school.

RBHS Jefferson Award Winners

Our Student Council represented River Bluff well at the Jefferson Awards "Students in Action" Celebration. In addition to gaining appreciation for how different some others' high school experiences are, they presented several service opportunities at RB to a panel of judges and representatives from the Jefferson Foundation. The scores from their prepared report and their presentation earned them a Gold (highest) designation. A banner with that designation will be sent to the school in the near future.
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Claire Compton - RBHS Teacher of the Year and Top Ten Finalist for District Teacher of the Year

Upcoming School and Staff Events

RBHS Blood Drive

Monday, April 23rd, 8:30am-2:30pm

RBHS Small Gym

SAT and WIN Makeup Testing

Tuesday, April 24th, 8am-12pm


Third year high school students will missed the SAT or WIN test for college readiness will makeup on Tuesday. Students testing all ready have information regarding the location of their test on campus that day.

1st Round Playoff Game - Baseball vs. Ashley Ridge High School

Tuesday, April 24th, 7-9pm

RBHS Baseball Stadium

Gator Nation passes do not permit you into playoff games.

Pippin on Stage

Thursday, April 26th, 7pm to Friday, April 27th, 9pm


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Important Document about Sports Physicals

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College Decision Day

Tuesday, May 1st, 8:45am-3pm

RBHS Main Street

We will celebrate our Senior's College Decisions on Tuesday. Encourage your student to wear their college colors on Tuesday.

ReVive at the River

Friday, May 4th, 8:30am-3pm

RBHS Main Street

To assist students in reducing stress before exams, the Counseling and Advisement team will host again ReVive at the River - a day of stress reduction and therapeutic support.

Better World Day - EL Education

Friday, May 4th, 8:30am-3:30pm


More information to come about this day to honor service and leadership at RBHS and across the EL Education Network.

Important Links about Upcoming School Board Election in June

Still Want a Yearbook?

If you have not yet pre-ordered a 2018 yearbook, you still have time. There are approximately 100 books remaining.

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018 will be the last day to purchase a yearbook online or at school.

After Monday, April 30 any/all remaining books will ONLY be sold on distribution day on a first come first served basis. Cost on distribution day is $90.

To reserve a book online, go to

To purchase a book at school, you can pick up an order form in the front office or in F201 and bring the order form and payment to the front office or F201. If paying with cash, you must pay with the exact amount ($85) when purchasing at school.

We do not have a specific date set for distribution day until we get an accurate date from the publisher - we are predicting distribution day will fall sometime between May 7 - May 11.

If you are unsure as to whether or not you have ordered a book, there is a list outside of room F201 with names of everyone who has purchased a book as of today (4/16/2018).

We did not sell books on registration day, so previous purchases would have been done online or by students bringing payments to the school.

We also have about ten books remaining from previous years. To purchase older books, students will need to see Ms. Powell in F201. Prices for those books are as follows. (Payment with a check to RBHS or exact amount in cash).

2016-2017 (Perspective) $40

2015-2016 (Boundless) $30

2014-2015 (Momentum) $25

2013-2014 (Burst) $15

RBHS Spring Athletic Schedules

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Get your Yuda Bands

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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 Conducting Research in Germany

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!