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SC's first EL Education High School & 2019 Palmetto's Finest

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Gator Bites for the Week of February 16, 2020

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 (Habits of Success): Personal Responsibility, Growth Mindset, Collaboration and Relationships, Excellence, & Citizenship

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

Gators of the Week: River Bluff Men's Basketball Win Region Championship

Work hard. In an exciting game on Thursday night at Lexington High School in front of a packed crowd, the Men's Varsity team defeated Lexington High by two points to claim a share of the Region Championship, the first in school's history. Myles Jenkins hit two free throws with ten seconds on the clock to secure the win. They will now play host to West Ashley on Wednesday at 7 PM.

Gators of the Week: Media Arts Students Shine in State Level Competition

Get smart:
Congratulations to the following Center for Media Arts Digital Photography students who won state awards in the Southern Regional Scholastic Art Contest. Samantha Laaper, Jniya Nunnally and Mercedes Perez-Shillington all won Honorable Mention Awards. Alexis Deason won a 2nd Place Silver Key Award. And Sanders Myrick will move on to the National competition as she won a 1st Place Gold Key Award. National Awards will be announced in March. Congratulations to these artists!

Gators of the Week: Student Council Shares School Supplies with North Central High School

Do good. RBHS student council leaders share their revenue with students and staff at North Central High School this week. Their school was destroyed during a recent tornado. Art supplies and classroom needs were met and delivered to North Central. Amazing contributions back to these students and contributing to a better world.

New Security Procedures Beginning Jan. 27, 2020

Procedures

Lexington County School District One strives to make safety a top priority. In addition to the other schools in the district, River Bluff will be adding another layer of safety and security. As part of the procedures, we will be implementing a new building access system on Monday, January 27, 2020.


At 8:20 a.m. each morning, all front entrance doors will be locked. Visitors will now be required to “buzz in” to gain access to the building through a closed circuit monitoring system. Visitors will only gain access through the far right door of the main entrance.


Directions for how to use this system are listed below:


1. To the right of the door is an intercom/camera.

2. Press the button on the intercom.

3. Place yourself in front of the camera on the panel.

4. Someone will see you and will respond verbally.

5. They can then release the door for you to enter the building.

6. You will then report to the front office or counseling office for further assistance.


We want to make sure that everyone enters the building quickly upon arrival. You can help us by identifying yourself and providing your student’s name. Once you have been given access, you will enter through the right door. Once you are in the office you will be asked to provide your driver’s license if you are dismissing a student or visiting with a teacher.


We ask for your patience and understanding as we all get acquainted with this new system. Please remember that we have your student’s best interest and their safety at heart as we observe these new procedures.

River Bluff Receives Excellent on School Report Card 2018

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Full School Day for Students / Staff

Monday, Feb. 17th, 8:15am-3:45pm

RBHS

All students and staff will be present for school as the weather makeup day is used.

Class Meetings 11-12

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 12-2pm

RBHS PAC

Class Meetings 9-10

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 12-2pm

RBHS PAC

Mama Mia the Musical

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 7pm to Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 9pm

RBHS PAC

This week we also encourage you to come see our school wide musical Mama Mia on stage beginning Wednesday night. Shows begin at 7 PM Wednesday through Saturday nights. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rbhs-theatre-dept-presents-mamma-mia-tickets-92819448469?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing


School Engagement Survey for Students

Friday, Feb. 21st, 11:15am-12:45pm

RBHS

We want to share with you an important opportunity for your child(ren) to impact and improve their school culture and learning environment. Student engagement is an important predictor of student success. South Carolina is committed to understanding, through the voice of students, how we can best support their engagement and success in learning. Students in grades 3-12, will have the opportunity to share information about their educational experiences and perspectives through the state wide Student Engagement Survey between February 16 – March 6, 2020. RBHS will administer this survey during CREW on Friday, February 21. This survey is not a test. There are no correct or incorrect answers.

Participating in the survey provides your student(s) an opportunity to have a voice in their education. We take student privacy seriously therefore the data collected and analyzed will be at the school level. Individual student results will not be reported. We will not identify your child(ren) and how they responded to the survey.

Summary feedback across all students will be provided to teachers and leaders in order to support professional development and continuous improvement at your school and district. Statewide student survey results will also be used by the state to report school quality as part of the state’s accountability system.

The survey has 20 brief questions. We encourage you to talk with your child(ren) about the survey and let them know the importance of answering the questions honestly. The collective responses of all participating students will help schools learn what they do well and what they can do better to help all students succeed.

An accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document is provided for your information. If you have additional questions, please contact one of the academic deans.

Please encourage your child to engage with us in this important effort. We look forward to your child(ren) participating in the 2020 Student Engagement Survey.

Student Engagement Surveys FAQs.pdf


Senior Decision Day

Friday, May 1st, 8:15am-2:30pm

RBHS Rotunda

Seniors will come sign our Graduation Banner and take pictures with other classmates making post secondary decisions.

Graduation

Sunday, June 7th, 12-2pm

801 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC

CREW 3 Saluda Shoals Recap

CREW 3 Team building at Saluda Shoals Park

Leader in CREW Inflatables Experience

River Bluff is 2019 Palmetto's Finest

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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.


Traveling students OCP, CC2, & CC3 students (including all students who attend LTC or other high schools)

Marci Newman mnewman2@lexington1.net (803)-821-0718


Students in their 1st or 2nd year of high school (typically 9th & 10th graders)

Last names A-Gar Grayson Harley gharley@lexington1.net (803)-821-0738

Last names Gas-O C. Joe Howell jjhowell@lexington1.net (803)-821-0970

Last names P-Z Amanda Stabler astabler@lexington1.net (803)-821-0740


Students in their 3rd and 4th (or greater) year of high school (typically 11th & 12th graders)

Last names A-Ham Mandy Wilson aswilson2@lexington1.net (803)-821-0741

Last names Han-Pa Crystal Wingate cwingate@lexington1.net (803)-821-0737

Last names Pe-Z Joe Ben Watson jbwatson@lexington1.net (803)-821-0739


Secretary Carole Farrar cfarrar@lexington1.net (803) 821-0729

Records Amy Myhand . amyhand@lexington1.net (803) 821-0711



Career Specialist A-M Susan Bennett sjbennett@lexington1.net (803) 821-5590

Career Specialist N-Z Julie Rojek jrojek@lexington1.net (803) 821-0733