Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites: Week of September 24, 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: Gator Band Crowned Grand Champions

Work hard. A great Saturday event reaped may accolades for Gator band. At the Silver Showcase at White Knoll High School the band was awarded:

In class 5A....
Best Colorguard
High Visual
High Music
High Overall Effect
1st place
Overall Grand Champion

Great job to our band in their first event. The best is yet to come.

Gators of the Week: Law Center Students View Sentencing Hearing at Circuit Court

Get smart: In a unique learning experience students within the Center for Law and Global Policy Development attended a sentence hearing at Federal Circuit Court in Columbia. This sentencing hearing allowed students to see the final phases of a serious trial.

Gators of the Week: Environmental Science Students Awarded

Do good. Lexington, SC– 9-19-2007 – National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased to recognize that River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC has successfully created a Certified Schoolyard Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. River Bluff has joined with over 5,000 schools nationwide that have transformed their schoolyards into thriving wildlife habitats that provides essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young. The habitat also serves as an outdoor education site where students can engage in cross-curricular learning in a hands-on way.

Certification also makes your Certified Wildlife Habitat® part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to restore critical habitat for pollinators.

“We are excited to have another school join our growing list of more than 5,000 certified Schoolyard Habitats. Kids can now personally experience nature through hands-on learning in an outdoor environment,” said Liz Soper, Director of K-12 Programs for National Wildlife Federation.

This wildlife habitat creates a hands-on learning environment for our students. It makes Science come alive.” Said, Amy Price, Environmental Science Teacher.

“The RBHS’s habitat is an area that provides shelter, water, and a home for small wild animals such as birds, squirrels and a myriad of insects. It provides an atmosphere of exploration and discovery for all of our students. It provides a real-world local way to study our natural world. It teaches our students why a sustainable environment is important.” - Amy Price

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Senior Class Meeting

Monday, Sep. 25th, 11:15am-12pm


Administration will meet with the Class of 2018.

Sophomore Class Meeting

Monday, Sep. 25th, 12-12:30pm


10th grade students will meet with Dr. Clamp and other administration.

Club Fair

Tuesday, Sep. 26th, 10am-12:30pm

Main Street

More information will be shared about our Club Fair for students.

Jostens Receiving Supply Orders

Wednesday, Sep. 27th, 10am-3pm


Jostens will be on campus on Wednesday to receive senior supply orders.

Dig Pink - Volleyball Matchup vs. Lexington (H)

Thursday, Sep. 28th, 6-8:30pm

RBHS Competition Gym

The Volleyball team will sponsor a Dig Pink event with silent auction items available during the regular season matchup vs. Lexington. Please come and support the event.

The volleyball team is doing a kick off for Breast Cancer awareness month. We are hosting Lexington and are joining together to raise money to donate to the Susan G. Komen foundation. JV starts 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

We will be selling "All Fight" River Bluff pink shirts for $5 next week to wear in support of this great cause and will also be holding a silent auction from 4:30-8:00 in the gym lobby during and in between the JV and Varsity matches. 100% of all funds will be donated directly to Susan G. Komen.

Pep Rally

Friday, Sep. 29th, 2:45-3:45pm

Competition Gym

All students will participate in our fall sports pep rally on Friday. We discourage any signouts during this event. Students pay attention to mod times for Friday.

Friday Full Day Pep Rally Schedule

Path 3: Mods 1-2 8:20-8:55

Path 1: Mods 3-5 9:00-9:55

Path 2: Mods 6-8 10:00-10:55

Path 5: Mods 9-10 11:00-11:35

Path 6: Mods 11-13 11:40-12:35

Path 8: Mods 14-16 12:40-1:35

Path 7: Mods 17-19 1:40-2:35

Pep Rally: Mods 20-22 2:40-3:35

Swamp Classic - Band Competition

Saturday, Sep. 30th, 8am-11pm

RBHS Football Stadium

Bands from all over the state will compete on Saturday for the prized Swamp Classic Champion.

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.

Great Article on Flex Mod Scheduling - Check List of Schools

Great Article on Culture - Reminds us of RB!