Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites: Week of October 15, 2017

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.

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

Gators of the Week: Men's and Women's Swimming Teams Win Region and Place at State Championship

Work hard. Congratulations to our Women's and Men's Swimming teams who competed in the 5A state championship on Friday. Both teams were crowned region champs and the Men's Team finished 5th overall and the Women's 10th overall. Great job to all swimmers and coaches.

Gators of the Week: US History Students Walk the Grounds of Blackstock's Plantation

Get smart: Coach Burgess took US History students on an interpretive walk through Blackstock Plantation this past week. Learning by doing and experiencing history in field work is a hallmark learning tool for RBHS.

Gators of the Week: Artwork by RBHS Students Inspire Guests at the SC State Fair

Do good. Congratulations to the following visual arts students for winning awards at the SC State Fair:

  • Josef Ivory won an Honorable Mention Award in Photography
  • Jennifer Sturkie won 1st place in photography
  • Maggie Macklen won a 2nd place ribbon in the 3D category
  • Carrie Balda-Sherer for winning Best of Show for the entire 2D high school category

You can check out these students' artwork when you visit the state fair this week and weekend.

Claire Compton - RBHS Teacher of the Year

Welcome Home Week Door Decorating a Huge Success

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Lucy Beckham High and Wando High School Site Visit

Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 9am-2pm


Leaders from Lucy Beckham High School and Wando High School will be on our campus this week to see our work at RBHS.

College Application Day

Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 8:15am-3:30pm

RBHS Learning Commons

Seniors are invited to meet with our Counseling and Advisement team to begin and complete college applications. School admissions counselors will also be in attendance.

Gator Nation Night

Saturday, Oct. 21st, 6-9pm

300 West Main Street

Lexington, SC

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PTSO Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Wednesday, Oct. 25th, 11am-1:30pm

RBHS Main Office

Staff are reminded of the luncheon provided by our PTSO in the main office conference room.

Financial Aid Night

Thursday, Oct. 26th, 6:30-8:30pm


Financial aid specialists from colleges and universities will be on site to support parents in completing their financial aid information.

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

Fall Sports Calendar

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!