Gator Bites 2017-18

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

Gator Bites for the Week of February 18, 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.

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

Gators of the Week: RBDC Dance Company Wins Big at Encore Regional Competition

Work hard. Congratulations to our River Bluff Dance Company for an amazing performance in this weekend's competition. Below are the results.


Diamond; 1st Competitive Contemporary Super Group

1st Overall Senior Super Group


Genocide - Platinum; 4th Elite Contemporary Duet/Trio (12-14)

Tragedy - Diamond; 1st Elite Contemporary Duet/Trio (12-14)

1st Overall Teen Duet/Tiro - Tragedy


Jenna Brunson - 3rd; Platinum Elite Contemporary (14)

Jenaiah Callaham- 1st; Diamond Competitive Contemporary (15-16)

Peyton Fenstermaker - 2nd; Diamond Competitive Contemporary (15-16)

Madison McPherson- 2nd Platinum Competitive Jazz (15-16)

Jayna Carson- 3rd Platinum Elite Contemporary (15-16)

Jayna Carson - 3rd Diamond Elite Tap (15-16)

2nd Overall Competitive Solo - Peyton Fenstermaker

1st Overall Competitive Solo - Jenaiah Callaham

3rd Overall Teen Solo - Jenna Brunson

Discovery Scholarship Spotlight Invitation - Peyton Fenstermaker and Jenna Brunson

Encore Extreme Scholarship - Jenaiah Callaham

High Overall Competitive Senior score of the day- Jenaiah Callaham

Gators of the Week: Students visit China Construction of America

Get smart: This past week students from Chinese Classes and Engineering Classes went to China Construction of Amer Inc. for a cross-curricular field work. Students started with an interesting ice-breaking activity by watching live TV from China and counting down the seconds together with Chinese on the other side of the world to welcome New Year of Dog in China. It was 12am, Feb. 16 in China, and 11am Feb. 15 here.

Within 2 hours staying onsite, students had 2 intensive sessions of workshops very well prepared and organized by China Construction staff, with a Chinese Buffet lunch break, Pingpong Ball and Billiards games. The workshops were tailored for students to learn more about Chinese New Year customs; and the company's engineering projects.

Students extremely enjoyed the trip. They also expressed their appreciation to the Manager.

Gators of the Week: Sydney Torbett wins Emerging Leader Award

Do good. Please join me in congratulating Sydney Torbett for receiving the prestigious Emerging Leader Honor Award from DECA. Over 400 DECA members have been recognized for the Emerging Leader Honor Award for 2018. Only six from the state of South Carolina received the award.

This award recognizes DECA high school seniors studying marketing, finance, hospitality, and management while also being an academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leader through their participation in DECA.

To be recognized for this award, the DECA member must participate in various activities such as promoting DECA in the community, participating in a school-based enterprise, and competing at a DECA conference (among other experiences.) These activities fulfill different categories that make up a well-rounded emerging leader.

This emerging leader must have completed a marketing, business management, entrepreneurship, finance or hospitality and tourism course and have a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher for the academic portion of the award.

Congratulations Sydney for representing River Bluff!

Claire Compton - RBHS Teacher of the Year and Top Ten Finalist for District Teacher of the Year

Upcoming School and Staff Events

CREW Gives Back

This week, bring your non-perishable food items to the rotunda before, during, or after school and receive a raffle ticket for a prize! The prizes are a $25 gift certificate bundle from Chick Fil A, a gift card from Salsaritas, a $10 gift card to Cafe 320, a shirt from Gator Town, or a senior parking pass for an underclassman for a month. Your cans and boxes of food go to helping stock the G3 RBHS Food Pantry. One item of food = one chance to win. And remember, if we get 500 donations, Dr. Clamp will wear a USC shirt all day on a Friday!
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Weather Makeup Day

Monday, Feb. 19th, 8:15am-3:45pm


Monday will be a regular school day for all students and staff as we make up from a weather day miss in the previous semester.

Lexington One School Board Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 20th, 7-9pm

100 Tarrar Springs Road

Lexington, SC

Most Likely to Succeed Film Showing

Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm

Lexington Middle School and White Knoll High School

All families are encouraged to come and view the film Most Likely to Succeed.

Many of you participated in or will participate in Lexington County School District One’s adaptive strategic planning process. If you are unfamiliar with the adaptive strategic planning process, you can read about it here in the last Inside Voice.

You may have watched a 12-minute-long clip of a film called “Most Likely To Succeed” and talked about what you believe students need to know and be able to do to thrive in the future.

You may have shared your hopes and fears for students and the education process or worked to define the character, relationships, knowledge and skills that you believe are important.

Thank you for your work on this. As the district continues to involve our Board of Trustees, staff, students, parents, business leaders and community members in these important conversations, we invite you to follow along.

If you’d like, join us when we hold two screenings of the film “Most Likely To Succeed” on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Lexington Middle School’s Theatre and White Knoll High School’s Auditorium.

Dr. Greg Little talks about the district’s adaptive strategic planning process in his latest Little Thoughts Big Dreams.

Click here to download the video from Google or watch it. Click here to watch it on YouTube. You may need to use a browser other than Google in order to watch it on YouTube.

Chasing the Dragon Film Showing

Monday, Feb. 26th, 5:30-8:30pm


Open to the Community this event will include the viewing of the film and panel discussion on the drug epidemic.
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ACT Testing

Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 8:15am-12pm


First year 11th graders will have the opportunity to take the ACT at RBHS.

Teacher Led Collaborative Planning

Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 12:45-3:45pm


Students will be dismissed at 12:40 PM.

Technology Survey Letter to Parents

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RBHS Spring Athletic Schedules

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Letter Regarding the Flu

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Get your Yuda Bands

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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

Former Gator Natalie Willis Makes Elite National Player to Watch List

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!