Gator Bites 2018-19

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

Gator Bites for the Week of September 23, 2018

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.

River Bluff's Core Values: Personal Responsibility, Growth Mindset, Collaboration and Relationships, Excellence, & Citizenship

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

Gators of the Week: MGM, JV and Varsity Competitive Cheer Shine In Spartanburg

Work hard. In a clean sweep, MGMS, JV and Varsity Competitive Cheer win first place in all three categories this weekend at the Byrnes Invitational in Spartanburg. What a great way to begin the season.

Gators of the Week: Physical Science Students Compete Inquiry Lab

Get smart: Students this week in Physical Science complete an inquiry lab using gummy bears to explore physical and chemical changes.

Gators of the Week: Algebra Students Reflect on New Learning Experiences

Do good. In reflection upon new learning experiences with Algebra students, engagement stations allow for students to spend time developing their skills and prepare for upcoming assessments.

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Chasing the Dragon Viewing in PAC

Tuesday, Sep. 25th, 6:30-8:30pm


Sponsored by our RBHS SIC, the viewing of Chasing the Dragon provides upfront images and commentary on the opioid epidemic. Students and parents are encouraged to attend.
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Junior Ring Day Orders

Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 8:30am-3pm

RBHS Rotunda

Welcome Home Dance - All Students Invited

Friday, Sep. 28th, 8-11:30pm

RBHS River Cafe

All students are invited.

Tickets on Sale this Week in the Rotunda.

Tickets also no sale at the event.

The Wecome Home Dance will be Friday, September 28, 2018 from 8:00 pm-11:00 pm in the River Cafe. The theme for the Welcome Home Dance is Masquerade. You can wear mask but only those that just cover your eyes.

Tickets will go on sale through Friday, September 28, 2018 from 11:15-12:40 in the Rotunda. The cost of tickets are: Seniors - $10.00 Underclassmen - $15.00. You can purchase tickets at the door the night of the dance for $20.00

Students from River Bluff can bring students that do not attend RBHS. They must be 20 years old or below. You must buy tickets before the night of the Welcome Home Dance if you plan to bring someone that does not attend RBHS. You will need to give your quest name when you buy the ticket. Students that do not attend RBHS must show a picture ID - school ID or driver's license.

All students must have a picture ID to enter the dance.

Dress for the dance is: Classy Casual

(golf shirt, button up shirt, khakis, semi-formal dresses, Sunday best dresses - all must be school appropriate)

If you have any questions, please e-mail Miss Howell or Miss Ragan.

Swamp Classic Band Competition

Saturday, Sep. 29th, 8:30am-10pm

RBHS Football Stadium

Welcome Home Week

Monday, Oct. 1st, 8:30am to Friday, Oct. 5th, 3:45pm


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EL Education Video Team to Video at River Bluff

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 8am to Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 2pm


A video team from EL Education will be site videoing CREW classrooms for a documentary and text on effective CREWs in the network.

PreACT Rescheduled

Thursday, Oct. 4th, 8:15-11:30am


Welcome Home Fall Pep Rally

Friday, Oct. 5th, 11am-12pm

RBHS Big Gym

Football Friday Night Themes

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River Bluff Fall Athletic Calendar

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What was your breakthrough this week?

Get your Yuda Bands

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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 OCP, CC2, & CC3 students (including all students who attend LTC or other high schools)

Marci Newman (803)-821-0718

Students in their 1st or 2nd year of high school (typically 9th & 10th graders)

Last names A-Gar Grayson Harley (803)-821-0738

Last names Gas-O C. Bryan Vacchio (803)-821-0970

Last names P-Z Amanda Stabler (803)-821-0740

Students in their 3rd and 4th (or greater) year of high school (typically 11th & 12th graders)

Last names A-Ham Mandy Wilson (803)-821-0741

Last names Han-Pa Crystal Wingate (803)-821-0737

Last names Pe-Z Joe Ben Watson (803)-821-0739

Secretary Carole Farrar (803) 821-0729

Records Amy Myhand . (803) 821-0711

Career Specialist A-M Susan Bennett (803) 821-5590

Career Specialist N-Z Shenita Chapman (803) 821-0733

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Great Article on Culture - Reminds us of RB!