Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of May 6, 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: RBHS Band Receives Prestigious SCBDA Award

Work hard.

The SCBDA Outstanding Performance Award is the highest possible award given to a band program in the state of South Carolina. Points are accumulated through participation and ratings earned at the following state-sponsored performance events:

 Marching Band Championships (HS level)

 All-State and Region Band
 Concert Performance Assessment
 Solo and Ensemble Festival

Congratulations to Gator Band for this amazing award.

Gators of the Week: AP Exams Begin this Week

Get smart: If you are currently enrolled in an AP Course, your exams begin this week and continue through next Friday. Please pay attention to the date and location of your assessment. There are strict rules about start and stop times and cell phone access during testing.

Gators of the Week: Better World Day

Do good. It was an amazing day on Friday to see the amazing examples of service on display for Better World Day. As an EL Education School we partnered with the national network to honor service in our community.

Kid's Day Lexington

aRBie wins Mascot Guantlet

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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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Upcoming School and Staff Events

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 7th, 8:15am to Friday, May 11th, 3:45pm


We honor our amazing teachers this week on Teacher Appreciation Week. If you get a chance email one of our amazing teachers and thank them for a special year of learning.

AP Exams and EOC Begins

Monday, May 7th, 8am to Friday, May 18th, 3:30pm

RBHS and Various Locations

AP Exams begin. Please pay attention to times and locations.

Athletic Playoffs This Week

Monday, May 7th, 5pm to Wednesday, May 9th, 9pm

RBHS Athletic Complex


Lower State Championship - Florence SC

Men's Soccer

Tuesday 6:30 PM Lower State Championship vs. Wando (H)


Wednesday 5 PM Game 1 Lower State Championship (H) vs. LHS / Wando Winner

Spring Choral Concert

Tuesday, May 8th, 7-9pm


Spring Band Concert

Thursday, May 10th, 7-9pm


Gator Forum

Monday, May 14th, 3:45-4:45pm

RBHS Learning Commons

Food Truck Rally

Saturday, May 19th, 5-9pm

RBHS Campus

Elementary School Graduation Walks

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Important Links about Upcoming School Board Election in June

Mr. Mewborne Highlighted in National Geographic

RBHS Steel Drum Band's Performance - National School Board's Association Conference April 2018

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.

Great Article on Flex Mod Scheduling - Check List of Schools

Great Article on Culture - Reminds us of RB!