The Weekly Griffin

Week of August 26th, 2018 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

Successful First Week!

The first week of school is full of emotions and expectations. Lots of excitement and uncertainty fill our students' minds as they anticipate the start of another year. What will my teacher be like? Will my friends be in my class? What things will I be expected to learn? As a father of four (2nd-6th grade), I'm keenly aware of all the emotions our students and parents feel at the start of each year. Many educators feel similar emotions. (Even as I start year #17, I do!)

As I reflect over the last week, I could not have asked for a better week! Our days were filled with active learning, community building, and lots of smiles and laughter. Teachers and support staff alike shared similar sentiments regarding a successful start-of-school. As we head into week 2 and beyond, lets remain committed to our focus to #BuildABetterGriffin. Working together, we will continue to create an environment where every student receives a personalized educational experience that allows them to explore their world, be enriched, and excel academically and emotionally as they prepare for challenges today and tomorrow. #WholeChild

Second Week Reminders

Morning Drop-Off

  • Please move through the morning and afternoon car line with extreme caution.
  • Do not let your child unload before school doors open at 7:25am.
  • In the morning, we ask all car riders to exit the full length of the awning.

Afternoon Pick-Up

  • During the first couple of weeks, afternoon dismissal is typically longer. We ask for additional patience as we strive to ensure that our students leave us safely.
  • Elementary parents please use the right lane, middle school parents use the left lane.
  • Remember to have your dismissal tags with you, visible on the driver's side.
  • If your elementary student waits for an older middle school sibling, they will wait in the cafeteria and will be dismissed at 2:45.
  • Please, please, please...We recommend that parents of middle schoolers not arrive for pick up before 2:45. We do not want you to have to wait longer because you are tangled up with elementary dismissal. Coming earlier will simply cause more delays.

Here are a few other general reminders:

  • Our doors will open at 7:25am. The tardy bell rings at 8:00am.
  • While breakfast is free to all students, breakfast is not served after 7:50am.
  • Students are asked not to bring breakfast from local restaurants into the building.
  • No early dismissals after 2:00pm. To ensure a safe, efficient dismissal, we ask that parents sign their child out before 2:00pm.
  • For any student who is absent from school, all notes (parent or medical) must be provided within 2 days of the student's return to be excused.
  • An "absence" in elementary school is defined as being at school for less than 3 hours; in middle school, students who are present for less than 30 minutes will be considered absent.

PBIS: #BuildingABetterGriffin...Building A Better Sterling!

Last week, our school community participated in a high-energy pep rally to officially recognize the next component of our school’s social-emotional framework - PBIS or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports! After watching several hilarious do’s and don’t videos created by our middle school students,elementary students visited rotations to learn about common expectations in areas such as the cafeteria, hallway, and playground.

The purpose for PBIS is to create and sustain a positive school community where everyone feels respected, understands their responsibilities and experiences success in all school environments.

PBIS is a prevention-oriented framework that allows educators to use evidence-based practices to create and sustain positive, effective and culturally-inclusive environments that support academic and social success for all students.

Here’s just one more example of how we’re working to #BuildABetterGriffin! #WholeChild #GriffinPride

What's Ahead...

  • August 27 - PTA Spirit Night @ Big Air Trampoline Park
  • August 30 - Attraction Book Fundraiser Kick-Off (Elementary)
  • August 31 - College Colors Day
  • September 3 - Labor Day (No School for Students)
  • September 4 - Fall Pictures
  • September 13 - CTC Program Night; 6:00-8:00pm
  • September 14 - School Spirit Day (wear a Sterling shirt or school colors)
  • September 18 - Sterling Program Night; 6:00-8:00pm
  • September 19 - Readers Arrrgh Leaders Community Readers Day

College Colors Day - This Friday!

This Friday, August 31st, Sterling School will celebrate College Colors Day. This day is an "annual celebration dedicated to promoting the tradition and spirit that embody the college experience." To encourage a college-going culture among our "Griffins," we encourage students to wear their favorite college or university apparel.

2018-2019 Sterling School Club Information

Interested in finding a club? Clubs are now forming. Sterling School has a variety of clubs to offer our students. CLICK HERE for a description of our 2018-2019 club offerings. Students can contact the club sponsor for additional information. (Note: some clubs require an application.)

  • Art Club (Grades 4-5) Meets 4th Tuesday of each month, 2:45-3:45. Sponsors: Ms. Harrington, Ms. Spitler
  • Battle of the Books (BoB) (Grades 4-5) Informational meeting Sep. 12th, 2:30-3:00 in the Media Center. Meets: TBD. Sponsor: Ms. Matthews
  • Chess Club (Grades 3-8) Application available from Mr. Butler. Meets every Friday, 2:45-4:00. Sponsor: Mr. Butler
  • Sterling Chorus (Grades 3-5) Application available from Ms. Stelling. Meets Every Thursday, 2:45-3:45. Sponsor: Ms.Stelling
  • Creative Writing Club (Grades 5-8) Application available from Ms. Newell. Meets meets first and third Tuesday of every month, 2:45-3:45. Sponsor: Ms. Newell
  • Corner of Broadway & Hollywood - Drama/Film Club (Grades 6-8) Application available from Ms. Bohnenberger. Meets every Monday, 2:45-3:45. Sponsor: Ms. Bohnenberger
  • Green Team (Jr. Beta members in grades 6-8) Application available from Ms. Reynolds. Meets every Monday, 2:45-3:15. Sponsor: Ms. Reynolds
  • Elementary Beta Club (Grades 4-5) Membership is by invitation (distributed first quarter). Meets once per quarter. Sponsors: Ms. Dechau, Ms. Merritt, Ms. West
  • Jr. Beta Club (Grades 6-8) Membership is by invitation (distributed by August 31). Meets: Grade 6 meets 2nd Thursday of each month, 2:45-3:45; Grades 7-8 meet 2nd Tuesday of each month, 2:45-3:45. Sponsors: Ms. Reynolds, Ms. Cooper, and Ms. Newell
  • Lego Clubs (Grades 4-8) Lego teams are set for ‘18-19. Contact: Ms. Emmel
  • Library Cadets (Grades 5-8) Must be able to work 1 morning or afternoon each week either from 7:40-7:55, 2:30-2:50 (5th grade) or 2:45-3:00 (middle school). Submit your name to Ms. Henry if interested.
  • Math Counts (Grades 5-6) Application available from Mr. Butler. Meets Tuesdays, 2:45-4:00. Sponsor: Mr. Butler
  • Math Counts (Grades 7-8) Application available from Mr. Butler. Meets Thursdays, 2:45-4:00. Sponsor: Mr. Butler
  • Math Olympiad (Grades 4-5) Application available from Ms. Nyvall and Ms. Hafer. Meets first and third Mondays, 2:30 - 3:30. Sponsors: Ms. Nyvall and Ms. Hafer
  • Model Builders Club (Grades 6-8) Application available from Ms. Reynolds. Meets first and third Tuesday of every month, 2:45-3:45. Sponsor: Ms. Reynolds
  • Newspaper Club (Grades 7-8) Application available from Ms. Saunders and Ms. VanDommelen. Meets every Monday, 2:45-3:30. Sponsors: Ms. Saunders, Ms. VanDommelen
  • Relay for Life Team (Grades 3 - 8) Meets Spring Semester (date/time TBD). Sponsor: Ms. Henry
  • Safety Patrol (Grade 5) Application are taken in the Spring of the previous school year. 2018-2019 Safety Patrols have been selected. Sponsors: Ms. Hammonds, Ms. Kelley
  • Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad (Grades 6-8) Application available from Sra. Goll and Sra. VanDommelen. Meets first Thursday of every month, 2:45-3:45. Sponsors: Sra. Goll and Sra. VanDommelen
  • Suzuki Violin Club (Grades 3-8) Applications available from Ms. Martin. Meets every Tuesday/Thursday, 7:30-7:55. Sponsor: Ms. Martin
  • Youth in Government (YIG) (Grades 6-8) Meets every Tuesday through the end of November. Sponsors: Ms. Bohnenberger, Ms. Saunders

2018 Talent Show Auditions

Sterling School's Annual Talent Showcase will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 6:30pm. Students in grade 3-8 who would like to audition may pick up a form between August 27 – September 10 from Ms. Reynolds or the front office. In order to audition for the Talent Show, you MUST complete an audition form. Forms are due back by Sep. 12th. Each act should be no longer than two minutes. Auditions dates are Sept. 25, 26, and 27 after school. Auditions will be scheduled based on your requested date. All students will remain at school on their audition day until 4:00.

The Talent Show is sponsored by the Jr. Beta Club and is a fundraiser for Jr. Beta activities. Admission is a suggested $3.00 donation.

Want to Get Involved? Our Students Need YOU!

Calling All Experts! (Namely... YOU!)


Marine biologist, conservationist, and writer Rachel Carson (1956) once stated, “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” Fortunately, the students at the Sterling School do not just have one adult who eagerly shares in the excitement of ongoing discovery and exploration—they have many. BUT we need more!

The faculty at Sterling School & Charles Townes Center are working to implement a schoolwide framework of inquiry-based learning. Through the use of inquiry, namely PBL (project-based learning), we seek to continuously innovate and transform our school’s approach of teaching and learning through student-centered, personalized instruction. PBL prepares students for academic, personal, and career success, readying them for the challenges they will inherit in our world.

While our teachers are super smart :-), they do not know everything! To further our students' learning, we need various experts with professional experiences to engage our students. As a district, our Graduation Plus emphasis strives to ensure that all students are career and college ready. Exposing our students to various careers and professions within the context of meaningful, hands-on learning will strengthen our school's instructional program.

As we look to next school year, we are creating a database of partners and parents who have various expertise. As a school, we will utilize the database when seeking experts to support various curriculum, PBL units. If you are willing to be added to our expert directory, please complete the following Google Form (CLICK HERE!). #VisionInAction #GriffinPride #WholeChild