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

River Bluff High School #Envision2020RB Palmetto Silver Award 2018 and 2019

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Gator Bites for the Week of February 23, 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 Women's Team Wins Again

Work hard. Women's Basketball makes history again defeating Carolina Forest on the road on Friday night to advance to the lower state quarter final game vs. Goose Creek on Monday night. This game will be played on the road and we encourage all gators to travel and support our Lady Gators.

Gators of the Week: Physical Science and English 1 9th Graders Conduct Field Work on Friday

Get smart:
Conducting field work on Friday with experts all over the building, our 9th students enrolled in Physical Science and English 1 learned details of the physics of motion while collaborating on social change. Our Learning Expedition "Driving Change" is well under way as students made their first designs of the box derby cars at River Bluff. They will be designed and raced later this spring in West Columbia advocating for social change in our community.

Gators of the Week: Ms. Byrd's CREW advocates on TV for needs in the community

Do good. RBHS seniors are creating IMPACT as they research and conduct case study work on their IMPACT Project. Seniors in Ms. Byrd's CREW were able to advocate for needs within our community on WIS TV this past week raising awareness for social change for women. We are so proud of the contribution to a better world. The IMPACT conference is later in March.

New Security Procedures Beginning Jan. 27, 2020


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

School Engagement Survey for Students

Friday, Feb. 21st, 11:15am to Friday, March 6th, 3:45pm


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

ACT Testing

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 8:15am-12:45pm

RBHS Big Gym

Excellence in Education Banquet

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 6-8pm

1066 Sunset Boulevard

West Columbia, SC

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.


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 (803)-821-0718

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

Last names A-Gar Grayson Harley (803)-821-0738

Last names Gas-O C. Joe Howell (803)-821-0970

Last names P-Z Amanda Stabler (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 (803)-821-0741

Last names Han-Pa Crystal Wingate (803)-821-0737

Last names Pe-Z Joe Ben Watson (803)-821-0739

Secretary Carole Farrar (803) 821-0729

Records Amy Myhand . (803) 821-0711

Career Specialist A-M Susan Bennett (803) 821-5590

Career Specialist N-Z Julie Rojek (803) 821-0733