Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites: Week of November 5, 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: Women's Tennis Wins Gold at State

Work hard. With an exciting finish as Maegan Togneri won court four, the RBHS Women's Varsity Tennis team captured history winning their first 5A state title. Competing against a tough Spartanburg team, it was truly a team effort as River Bluff won courts 3, 4, 5 and #2 doubles for a 4-2 finish. This marks the first of many titles for our young program. We graduate two senior captains and know the future is bright. Thank you to Coach Lim and the entire staff and all the Gator Fans who traveled to the Cayce Tennis center to cheer on our girls.

RBHS Athletic Teams Shine This Weekend

Gators of the Week: Physic C Students Collaborate to Solve Complex Problems

Get smart: During our Palmetto's Finest visit one of the evaluators stopped by our AP Physics C class. We had a lab going and it was full on collaboration, content discussion, and intensive teamwork to solve an unusual lab, using an air track to find the acceleration due to gravity. What a great example of critical thinking, collaboration and communication at work first thing in the morning.

Gators of the Week: Veteran's Day Assembly Planned

Do good. We invite our community to attend our annual Veterans Day Assembly on Tuesday. A Call to Duty this will be an exciting presentation of our Media Arts team, Fine Arts Team and students within our Center for Law and Global Policy. One of our three keynote speakers is Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Please join us for this event at 9:45 AM.

Claire Compton - RBHS Teacher of the Year

Welcome Home Week Door Decorating a Huge Success

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Gator Forum

Monday, Nov. 6th, 3:45-4:30pm

RBHS Learning Commons

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.

Veteran's Day Assembly

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


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Junior 101

Wednesday, Nov. 8th, 6:30-8pm


Indian Land High School Visit

Thursday, Nov. 9th, 8:45am-2:45pm


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.

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Great Article on Culture - Reminds us of RB!