Gator Bites 2018-19

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

Gator Bites for the Week of January 13, 2019

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 (HOS): Personal Responsibility, Growth Mindset, Collaboration and Relationships, Excellence, & Citizenship

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

Gators of the Week: Varsity Men's Basketball and Wrestling Secure 1st Region Wins

Work hard. River Bluff's Varsity Men's Basketball and Wrestling shine in region openers vs. Dutch Fork. While Wrestling won handily, the Varsity Men's went to the wire with two free throws to seal the win 62-60. More region matches this week.

Gators of the Week: German and French Students Learn from Experts

Get smart: German and French students interested in international business/relations attended a presentation about the BENELUX Union (Belgium-Netherlands-Luxemburg) sponsored by the Columbia World Affairs Council. William De Baets, Consul General of Belgium; and Dr. Marc van Essen, USC Darla Moore School of Business presented about the Benelux Union and how it has impacted the European Union, as well as the three countries' relationships with Germany and France. It was very informative and a great introduction to International Relations for our students.

Gators of the Week: Ella Stuff a Stocking Serves Local Community

Do good. Ella Stuff a Stocking was again a fantastic example of all Gators coming together to do good. Over 135 children were adopted and honored during the holiday season.

One grandmother commented "I wanted to let you all know how much you made my grand babies Christmas so special. You are all a blessing and without you, they would not have had a Christmas. May God bless you all and again thank you from the bottom of my heart".

River Bluff Receives Excellent on School Report Card!

Upcoming School and Staff Events

Relax at the Riv

Monday, Jan. 14th, 8:15am-3:45pm

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

With exam week this week we're excited to offer Relax at the Riv!!!

On Monday, starting at 8:30 AM, students will be able to take a break during your ILT to de-stress, relax, and have a little fun. We'll have stations set up in the art gallery, the hallway next to Counseling & Advisement, in the Counseling Commons, and in the hallway off the Rotunda on Main Street........and yes, the therapy dogs will be here too!

We're excited to continue this tradition of providing a day of de-stressing, relaxing, and rejuvenating prior to any exams you may have as you Relax at the Riv.

Gator Forum

Monday, Jan. 14th, 3:45-4:45pm

Learning Commons

SIC Meeting

Monday, Jan. 14th, 6-7pm

RBHS Counseling Commons

Exam Week

Tuesday, Jan. 15th, 8:15am to Thursday, Jan. 17th, 3:45pm

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

See Exam Schedule
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Half Day for Students

Friday, Jan. 18th, 8am-12:45pm


Students will be dismissed at 12:40 PM. There will be no travelers to LTC.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Monday, Jan. 21st, 8am-3:45pm


No School for Students or Staff.

2nd Semester Classes and Third Nine Weeks Begins

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 8:15am-3:45pm


Dr. Clamp is 2019 NASSP National Principal of the Year

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Linsy Dooley - RBHS Teacher of the Year

Robotics Begin at RBHS

What was your breakthrough this week?

Get your Yuda Bands

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Great Article on Learning Experiences

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

Great Article on Flex Mod Scheduling - Check List of Schools

Great Article on Culture - Reminds us of RB!