Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites: Week of October 29, 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 Wins Runner UP 4A Marching Band Championships

Work hard. With a runner up score of 93.5 Gator Band places second in the 4A State Marching Band Championships on Saturday. The show Mirage was performed masterfully and each student and parent involved this year should be commended. Thank you to our amazing directors and their commitment to excellence. The best is yet to come. This is the third consecutive year our band has won Runner Up.

Gators of the Week: Chinese Language Students Skype with Chinese Students

Get smart: RBHS Chinese 1 students Skyped with XinDu No.1 Middle School students in China. This is a budding partnership with this school. Students were able to converse and share about academics and student life in both schools.

Gators of the Week: American Gov't Students Partner with OCP Students on Election Information

Do good. One of our American Government classes has been working with Mr. Dangerfield's OCP class on elections and campaigns. This past week students taught the OCP class about requirements of voting and requirements to become president in the United States. Next week the OCP class is creating ballots for a project American Government is completing, so that people can vote on students' candidates. Come to the Rotunda Thursday, November 2nd at 9:30 -10:00 am to vote on candidates through the ballots OCP has created!

Claire Compton - RBHS Teacher of the Year

Welcome Home Week Door Decorating a Huge Success

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Important Student Registration Information 18-19

Monday, Oct. 30th, 2:30-3:45pm


In the next few weeks, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be beginning the registration process for the 2018-2019 school year. Each grade level will have an "Informational Meeting" with counselors to review the Course Selections Sheets and process. Then they will have another meeting and actually select their choices in the "buckets" through PowerSchool. Below are the dates for both of those meetings.


November 3rd - 9th grade counselors meet with Leader in CREW in PAC Path 1,3,6,8

November 10th - 9th Grade Mass Course Requests in PAC Path 1,3,6,8

Remind your students to bring their charged Ipad (come during your normal CREW time)


October 30th - 10th grade counselors meet with CREW 2 in PAC 2:40-3:35 (Power Hour)
November 6th - 10th Grade Mass Course Requests in PAC Half CREWs at 11:20
November 9th - 10th Grade Mass Course Requests in PAC Half CREWs at 11:40
Look for an e-mail mid week with which CREW 2's will come on the 6th and the 9th

Remind your students to bring their charged iPad


November 15th - 11th grade counselors meet with CREW 3 in Auxiliary Gym Paths 2,4,7,9 (come during your normal CREW time)
November 27th - December 1 - 11th Grade Mass Course Requests in CREW with instruction sheet that will be sent to CREW 3 leaders in the coming weeks.

Palmetto's Finest Visit Window

Monday, Oct. 30th, 8:15am to Friday, Nov. 10th, 3:45pm


Our visit window will be Oct. 30 - Nov. 10 with mark off days Nov. 2, 7 and 9.

Power Hour Schedule

Monday, Oct. 30th, 8:15am-3:45pm


Also a reminder to students that Monday’s schedule will be our first Power Hour Schedule. Mod times will be a little shorter to allow for our power hour at the end of the day for CREW mentoring and registration information to CREW 2.

Monday Full Day Power Hour Schedule

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

Path 2: Mods 3-4 9:00-9:35

Path 3: Mods 5-6 9:40-10:15

Path 4: Mods 7-8 10:20-10:55

Path 5: Mods 9-11 11:00-11:55

Path 6: Mods 12-13 12:00-12:35

Path 7: Mods 14-15 12:40-1:15

Path 8: Mods 16-17 1:20-1:55

Path 9: Mods 18-19 2:00-2:35

Power Hour: Mods 20-22 2:40-3:35

Jostens to RBHS

Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 11am-2:30pm

RBHS Rotunda

Jostens will be on campus to meet with any student about Ring orders.

Pelican Sno Balls to RBHS

Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 11am to Friday, Nov. 3rd, 2pm

RBHS Rotunda

PTSO will host Pelican SnoBalls in the Rotunda on Thursday and Friday during lunches.

All proceeds go to fund teacher grants at RBHS.

Veteran's Day Assembly

Tuesday, Nov. 7th, 8:45-11:45am


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.

Great Article on Flex Mod Scheduling - Check List of Schools

Great Article on Culture - Reminds us of RB!