Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of November 19, 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: Fame, Jr. was a hit!

Work hard. Congratulations to our Fine Arts team under the direction of Mr. Harrelson and the cast and crew of Fame, Jr. for performing three amazing shows this weekend. Each cast member, set member and staff prepared and performed masterfully.

Gators of the Week: CREW 2 Students Produce HQW

Get smart: CREW 2 students presented their pieces of High Quality Work HQW this week in a Gallery Display as they finished a case study on Where are You? This case study asked each CREW to examine River Bluff and see what improvement could be made to the learning environment. Displays were exceptional. Pictured her are members of Ms. Geib's CREW.

Gators Present - Callie Shepard Honored at Town Council Meeting

Do good. Callie Shepherd was thrilled to be receive a Proclamation from the Town of Lexington during the Town Council Meeting November 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm. Callie was crowned World's Glamorous Jr. Teen this summer and has used this international title to promote her breast cancer platform, HUGS. HUGS, He Understands Girl Stuff, was created by Callie in 2013 as a support group for young girls whose moms have breast cancer. Callie has been working hard to proudly represent River Bluff High School, the Town of Lexington and the State of South Carolina!

Here are some of Callie's achievements included on the Proclamation:

  • World's Glamorous Jr. Teen winning overall Interview, Talent, On Stage Question and Evening Gown
  • Speaking at the National Young Survivors Coalition Summit February 2018 in Orlando, Florida
  • Instrumental in lobbying & passing the House for American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Bill
  • Recipient of the Presidential Points of Light founded by George W. Bush
  • Named one of the Top 25 Models in America by American Model Magazine
  • New York Fashion Week Model for Talisha White Fashions
  • Appeared in Elle Magazine in Paris and Harper Bazaar Magazine in Italy

Claire Compton - RBHS Teacher of the Year

Fall Signing Day at RBHS

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Upcoming School and Staff Events

Freshmen and Sophomore 101

Monday, Nov. 20th, 6:30-8:30pm


This is a reminder of our Freshman/Sophomore 101 combined IGP Family Meeting which will be held on Monday, November 20th at 6:30pm in the RBHS PAC. We will be going over important dates, graduation requirements, and reminders on selecting courses for next year. This meeting will cover information you should know going into your IGP (Individual Graduation Plan) meetings. Sophomore IGPs have begun and Freshmen IGPs will begin in January.

If you will be attending and require a language interpreter, contact the Counseling & Advisement Office as soon as possible so we can make arrangements.

9th & 10th Grade Counseling Team

Cindy Bartolec (A-Gar) -

Bryan Vacchio (Gar-O) -

Stacy Clarke (P-Z) -

Marci Newman (all travelers) -

Thanksgiving Holidays

Wednesday, Nov. 22nd, 8:15am to Friday, Nov. 24th, 3:45pm


No school for students and staff as we celebrate Thanksgiving.

Important Student Registration Information 18-19

Monday, Nov. 27th, 8:45am to Thursday, Nov. 30th, 3:30pm


Now to 11th grade students finishing 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 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.

Teacher Led Collaborative Planning

Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 8:15am-12:45pm


Teachers will engage in collaborative planning and students will be released at 12:45 PM.

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

Winter Sports Calendar

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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!