Gator Bites 2015-16

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

Gator Bites - Week of November 15, 2015

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!

Gators of the Week - Work hard. Get smart. Do good.

Gators of the Week: RBHS Competitive Cheer Places 1st at State Qualifier

Work hard. Peaking at just the right time, Coach Haney and Thigpen have our 4A competitive cheer team ready for a great run at a state title as they finished first among all 4A schools at the state qualifier on Saturday. Scoring a 344 they were crowned Lower State Champions and will compete one last time this season on Saturday at the Colonial Life Arena. What a fitting example of working hard this entire season to show a growth mindset and display such excellence and poise.

Gators of the Week: Edwards and O'Hara sign Division 1 National Letters of Intent

Get Smart: With their parents beside them seniors Claire Edwards and Maggie O'Hara both signed national letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers into the next level. Maggie will attend University of Michigan at compete with the gymnastics team and Claire will attend the University of South Carolina and play for the Gamecock Volleyball team. Both young ladies will graduate early with Maggie finishing high school in three years and Claire three and a half. River Bluff is so proud to have had these young ladies on their campus and know that great things are in store for their academic and athletic careers.

Gators of the Week: River Bluff awarded LEAP giving recognition

Do good. Led by Stacy Clarke and Melanie Jackson, RBHS will be awarded on Tuesday night at the Lexington County School District One Board meeting a certificate of recognition for high monetary giving to the district's LEAP program. This employee assistance program is used to support staff who are in financial need. Another fine example of our staff giving above and beyond.

Special Events on Campus this Week and Next

Sophomore and Freshman Class Meetings in CREW

Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 11:15am-1:15pm

RBHS PAC

Sophomore and Freshman Classes will meet in the PAC this week for our quarterly meeting with administration.

Neil Simon's Rumors on Stage

Friday, Nov. 20th, 7-9pm

RBHS PAC

Neil Simon's Rumors on Stage

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 7-9pm

RBHS PAC

The production is Nov. 19 & 20 at 7:00. $5 for students and $7 for adults. It's a comedy and about 20 students are involved.

Welcome Home Memories

RBHS Fall Signing Day

Long Beach High School, NY Sends Supplies to RBHS

Nike Work Based Learning Center Serves RBHS and SC Flood Victims

The name of the school is the Nike Work-Based Learning Center, an alternative high school setting within the Long Beach Public School District on Long Island. It will be three years ago this coming Thursday when the town of Long Beach was decimated by Hurricane Sandy. Recently, a fried to our Counselor Dr. Vacchio, had kept an eye on my social media presence and on the news, and he had reached out to RB to see how the Nike Center could help with our local flood relief efforts.


The school's administrator Mr. Howard Fuchs, classmate and teammate to Dr. Vacchio, set a goal twofold: for Nike WBL Center to establish and maintain a lasting relationship with RBHS and to help with fundraising and donation efforts in our area. Pictures below show the fruits of this labor. SC and RBHS is eternally indebted to the service of the students at this high school and look forward to a long term relationship.

Gators Do Good for Flood Victims in the Surrounding Area

EL Design Principle in Action

Service and Compassion

We are crew, not passengers. Students and teachers are strengthened by acts of consequential service to others, and one of an Expeditionary Learning school’s primary functions is to prepare students with the attitudes and skills to learn from and be of service.


No better example of this Design Principle was observed than of those pictured above from students in a sister high school in Long Beach NY. They collected goods and shipped them to RBHS delivered on Friday afternoon. What an example of IMPACT as students from another state, came to aid of those devastated by the floods in SC.

Previous Sports Previews - Center for Media Arts, Design and Production

Gator Sports Network Preview vs. Irmo
WK Football preview
Crescent Game Football Preview

Fall Sport Playoffs this week

Varsity Competitive Cheer competes in the State Cheer Championships on Saturday at the Colonial Life Arena. Times TBD.

Great Article on Student Engagement

Previously posted articles.

Great Article on Culture - Reminds us of RB!