Gator Bites 2015-16

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

Gator Bites - Week of February 7, 2016

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 Wind Ensemble Honored at SCMEA

Work hard. A crowning achievement for Mr. Turner, Mr. Hinkel, Mr. Railey and Mr. Funderburk, the wind ensemble at RBHS played in front of a packed crowed to close out the performances at the South Carolina Music Educators Association annual conference. This invitation validates three amazing years of growth and development of our band program as the audience included the state's best and brightest music educators at the high school and college levels. We are so proud of the band's accomplishments under Mr. Turner and his staff's leadership.

Gators of the Week: 8 RBHS Health Science Clinical Students Pass CNA Exam

Get Smart: Under the direction of Ms. Diaz, all 8 of our RBHS Health Science HN students passed their CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) exam earlier this past month. Through a rigorous semester of learning and clinical experiences, successful completion of this exam certifies students to be hired immediately into qualified health care positions. Hats off for a job well done.

Gators of the Week: Art of Healing Winners!!

Do good. At the Lexington Medical Center Art of Healing competition that had 31 entries from all over Lexington County, River Bluff students won 4 of the top prizes and walked away with $1500 in prize money.


Congratulations to the following art students who won awards at the Lexington Medical Center Art of Healing reception:


Samantha Morris - Honorable Mention ($300)

Tori Schmidt - Honorable Mention ($300)

Abigail Green - 2nd Place ($400)

Yara Gavrilyuk - 1st Place from Center for Media Arts, Design and Production ($500)


These students' work will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Art and then be showcased at Lexington Medical Center. Congratulations to these outstanding students!

The Importance of Being Earnest in Black Box Theater

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 7pm to Thursday, Feb. 11th, 9pm

RBHS Black Box Theater

Oscar Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest will be performed in River Bluff's Black Box Theater this week. Show times are 7 PM. Please connect with the Theater Department of the front office for advanced tickets.

No School - Students

Friday, Feb. 12th, 8:15am-3:45pm

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

No school for students on Friday, February 12, 2016.

No School - Students

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

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

No school for students on Monday, February 15, 2016.

Sophomore 101

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 6-7:30pm

RBHS PAC

All 10th graders and their parents are encouraged to attend this informative session presented but the Counseling and Advisement team at RBHS. Information about high school graduation requirements, college admissions expectations, state and local data review and transcript verifications will be presented in this session prior to your students SLFC.


Families may arrive between 6 and 6:20 PM to pick up materials. The presentation will begin promptly at 6:30 PM.

11th Grade Student Led Family Conferences (SLFC)

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 4-8pm

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

All eleventh grade students and their parent or guardian will be invited to attend the first annual 11th Grade Student Led Family Conference. Each student will present a digital presentation to their parents about their academic performance, their approach to Habits of Scholarship, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. These conferences will become a basis for final discussions of their student's academic course registrations for the upcoming school year. Counselors and CREW leaders will be on hand for any final questions. Specific times and locations will be distributed in CREW.

10th Grade Student Led Family Conferences (SLFC)

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 4-8pm

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

All tenth grade students and their parent or guardian will be invited to attend the first annual 10th Grade Student Led Family Conference. Each student will present a digital presentation to their parents about their academic performance, their approach to Habits of Scholarship, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. These conferences will become a basis for final discussions of their student's academic course registrations for the upcoming school year. Counselors and CREW leaders will be on hand for any final questions. Specific times and locations will be distributed in CREW.

Important - CREW Rating and Grading Information Below

Gator Eye News Episodes

January 13, 2016; RBHS Live Announcements

Ella Stuff a Stocking 2015

Ella Stuff a Stocking 2014 RBHS

RBHS Competitive Cheer Final Routine at State

River Bluff High School Varsity Cheerleading Squad - 2015 South Carolina State Finals

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

The Having of Wonderful Ideas

Teaching in Expeditionary Learning schools fosters curiosity about the world by creating learning situations that provide something important to think about, time to experiment, and time to make sense of what is observed.


Hats off to the CREW design team for creating such an amazing learning experience for Senior CREWs in the IMPACT conference, tackling the question; "How can I be a better local to global citizen".

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