Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of April 15, 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: Archery Team Qualifies for National Tournament

Work hard. Congratulations to the RBHS Archery Team on their qualification for the National Archery tournament in Louisville, Kentucky! They qualified in both the IBO 3D and the Bullseye divisions through their past State archery competition. Also, a big congratulations to Savanna Wolf for her amazing win at the South Carolina State tournament. She placed third in the IBO 3D division and fifth in the Bullseye division after an amazing shoot off!

Gators of the Week: Ma Chosen as Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Get smart: We are excited to announce that the SC Economics’ Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the premier award for youth entrepreneurship has been awarded to Aneelia Brianna Ma. Her success and perseverance with her business, La Trois B's, is the essence of true entrepreneurship that continues to propel our capitalist society. As a reward, she will receive a $100 check for your dedication to taking the risk to follow your passion to start a business.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce to Industry Day, an awards ceremony that honors aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages throughout our state will honor her at the SC Economics’ Annual Awards Luncheon on May 18th at the Brookland Conference Center in West Columbia where the prize will be awarded. Congratulations Aneelia.

Gators of the Week: Gators Compete with Grace and Poise

Do good. It was a pleasure to see the senior class compete with grace and poise at the fifth annual CREW games on Friday. Congratulations to Ms. Howell's CREW who took home the championship trophy. Great job all CREW leaders, students and the design team.

Claire Compton - RBHS Teacher of the Year and Top Ten Finalist for District Teacher of the Year

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Gator Forum

Monday, April 16th, 3:45-4:45pm

Learning Commons

WIN Testing

Tuesday, April 17th, 8:15am-12:15pm


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

Senior Class Meeting

Wednesday, April 18th, 11:15am-12:15pm



Saturday, April 21st, 8-11:45pm

USC Alumni Center

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RBHS Blood Drive

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

RBHS Small Gym

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 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!