RBHS Registration Information

RBHS registration will be held on Thursday, August 4 from 8:00 am -1:00 pm and 3:00-6:30. At registration, parents and students will provide proof of residency, pay any school fees they have not already been paid online, place money on lunch accounts,  pick up schedules, join the Parent Teacher Student  Organization(PTSO), join Gator Nation( RB athletic booster club), vote for School Improvement Council members (SIC), and complete other necessary paperwork.

For proof of residency, please bring a current electric bill/statement or other utility bill showing your name and home address within the district and your South Carolina driver’s license or other state or federal photograph identification.

If you are unable to produce any of the documents listed above, please contact the school or the Office of Student Services at 803-821-1029 to discuss alternative documentation that may be acceptable.

Make-up registration will be held on Wednesday, August 10 from 8:00 am -4:00 pm.

Summer Assignment Information

Summer assignments may be accessed on a tab on RBHS’ website. Students enrolled in Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as College Prep PreCalculus, should refer to this tab for assignments. If your Honors or AP course is not listed on the page, there is no assignment for that course.

Summer Assignment website:  http://gatornationlearns.weebly.com/

Senior Pictures for Class of 2017

Around the first week of June, Strawbridge will mail a postcard to each senior with information about senior pictures and with an assigned date and time.  If a senior cannot attend at the assigned time they will need to call Strawbridge customer service to reschedule at a time that falls within those 4 days. If for some reason you do not get a card with picture information – please call Strawbridge customer service. (Customer Service1-800-326-9080).

At this summer session, Strawbridge will take the required formal picture (drape/tux) that is used in the yearbook.  They also can take additional casual photos in clothing of your choice.  Specific details will be included on the postcard mailed to you.

We know that there is no way to pick dates that are good for everyone – there will be an additional day at school for seniors to do the required formal drape/tux picture that is required for the senior section of the yearbook.  This date will be communicated at a later time.

Once again, if for some reason you do not get a card with picture information – please call Strawbridge customer service. (Customer Service1-800-326-9080).

Attendance & SEARS Information

The state of South Carolina only allows a student to miss 10 days of school for a yearlong course and 5 days of school for a semester class coded as unexcused (UNX) or parent note (PNT) absence. There are also discipline attendance codes that count against a student’s 5 or 10 day limit such as OSS or CUT. If a student goes over the limit of allowed absences, then he or she will fail the course due to too many absences, even if they are passing the class academically. Medical notes, approved school activities and other excused absences don’t count against this 5 or 10 day limit of absences.

We encourage all guardians to review their student’s attendance by logging into PowerSchool. If you currently don’t have Powerschool login information, you can visit the main office with a valid ID and get the login access to your student’s powerschool information. Feel free to contact your student’s teacher if you have any questions after reviewing their attendance on powerschool.

SEARS is a program that will allow students to earn a few days back by attending a 4 hour session (outside of school hours) for only 1 day to be added back for each session. Each session cost $25. So for example, if a student has 12 absences (yearlong classes), then they will pay $50 and have to attend two separate SEARS sessions in order to get back to 10 absences.

Reading and Interpreting Attendance Information

  1. Correct Way to Count: You can read the attached handout that reviews how to count the attendance properly

Correct Way to  2016

  1. Video: You can view this video too for review. It was made for yearlong courses and the only difference is the 10 absences instead of 5   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xToxTXKsBc&feature=youtu.be
  2. Example: If a student has several classes over the 10 or 5 day limit they do not serve a session of sears for each day over each class. Each session of SEARS earns day back of absences for all classes.  Basically, the highest number of absences over 10 or 5 for a class is the number of SEARS session a student needs to attend.
Attendance Count Before SEARS


English: 12

Math: 11

Science: 9

Social Studies: 11

Semester Class: 6


The student has 2 absences over the limit of 10 as the highest amount over the limit. The student will serve 2 sessions of SEARS 2  SEARS SESSIONS SERVED

Not 5 sessions for each day over for each class.

2 for English

1 for Math

1 for Social Studies

1 for Electives

New Attendance Count After SEARS


English: 10

Math: 9

Science: 7

Social Studies: 9

Semester Class: 4


2016 Spring SEARS Sessions

 Signing Up for SEARS

  1.  Pick up Yellow Contract SEARS form in the main office or Counseling and Advisement office
  2.  You will need to sign SEARS Contract form along with your guardian(s).
  3. Turn in form and payment to front office
  4. Dates of SEARS:

Location: RBHS (Learning Commons)

___ May 7th (Saturday) – 8:00 am to 12:00pm

___ May 10th (Tuesday) – 4:00 pm to 8:00pm

___May 11th (Wednesday) – 4:00 pm to 8:00pm

___May 12th (Thursday) – 4:00 pm to 8:00pm

___ May 14th (Saturday) – 8:00 am to 12:00pm

SEARS Important Notes:

  1. SEARS is not a credit recovery program. SEARS only helps with excessive absences. You need to maintain a passing grade in order to pass the course.
  2. If you have more than the allowed absences for a course, you will fail the course regardless of your grade (even passing). You will fail due to excessive (a lot) of absences which is coded as “Failure due to absences” (FA).
  3. Each session of SEARS will cost $25.

River Bluff Has Eight New Certified Nursing Assistant Students

The following Seniors passed the SC Certified Nursing Assistant Exam! These students have earned this certification while in high school and this is huge accomplishment for any future health care professional! They had to pass a  written exam as well as perform nursing assistant skills while being evaluated by a NACES  RN test proctor!  What a great group of academically gifted, kind, compassionate and driven students we have.

Erin Callaham, Alexie Fields, Allison Glenn, Ashlyn Humphrey, Riley Raybon, Abbygayle Richardson, Ariana Sarway, Valerie Trewhella.

CNA Students

RBHS Director of Bands Receives Award

River Bluff High Director of Bands Kenneth Turner received The Bandworld Legion of Honor award for 2015 from The John Philip Sousa Foundation.
The Legion of Honor was established in 1989 to annually honor eight of the finest band directors in the United States. Recipients must have at least 15 years of teaching experience, including the development of a superior concert band program. Recipients also must contribute significantly to their profession by demonstrating dedication to concert bands and concert band music.
Turner began his teaching career in 1992 and has served as director of bands at River Bluff High for two years. Turner serves as president of the Palmetto Concert Band and has held various offices with the South Carolina Band Directors Association. Concert bands that Turner directed consistently developed reputations for superior performance.
“My students feed off of my enthusiasm, which I believe is the key to igniting the passion for a subject in anyone,” Turner said. “In short, my students love band because I love band.”
Turner received The Bandworld Legion of Honor award on December 18, 2015, at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
RBHS Director of Bands Kenneth Turner, who is on the left in the photograph holding the award, receives The Bandworld Legion of Honor award from The John Philip Sousa Foundation.