The Weekly Griffin

Week of November 25, 2018 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

CTC Spotlight: 6th Grade Potato Harvest Festival

In 6th grade, we have been reading The Martian, an amazing sci-fi novel by Andy Weir. During this novel study, we focus on the literary terms of science-fiction, dramatic irony, and sarcasm. In the story, the protagonist, Mark Watney, is stranded on Mars. Being a resourceful astronaut and botanist, he manages to harvest potatoes grown from his own feces. Because of this, the entire 6th grade team planned an amazing, cross-curricular Potato Planting Festival which featured the following fun activities:

  • Ms. Porterfield's math classes learned about mathematics in cooking. Many students participated by cooking recipes featuring potatoes and bringing in a variety of potato dishes for students to sample during the day. During the last week, students used the Engineering Design Process to construct a prototype of an air-tight habitat, similar to the one Mark Watney built in The Martian.
  • Ms. Gordon’s science classes designed solar ovens and space suits and tested them for space use. They also planted potatoes which will be harvested later in the school year.
  • Ms. Bohnenberger's social studies classes created stop-motion videos with potatoes as the actors based on the characters in The Martin or based on historical figures they studied from the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, or China.
  • Ms. Johnston's ELA classes created and recited potato odes and took some fun potato photographs.
  • Ms. VanDommelen's Spanish classes created potato stamps and used them to create artwork for different Spanish space words.

Potato fun was had by all! Thank you so much to all of our parents for donating the supplies that helped make this day possible! We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and ate lots of potatoes! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

What's Ahead...

  • November 27 - The Gifted Learner: Parent Information Series; 12:15-12:45pm

  • November 27 - 2nd 9-Weeks Progress Reports

  • November 29 - Club Pictures

  • November 30 - Elem Yearbook for $20; Middle School Yearbook for $30. (After 11/30, the cost becomes $25.00 & $35.00.)

  • Dec. 3 thru Dec. 7 - Spirit Week

  • December 3 - Dress like a creature from an enchanted forest (book fair kickoff)

  • December 4 - Decades Day (60's, 70's, or 80' pick!)

  • December 5 - Blackout/Whiteout Day

  • December 6 - Squad Day (find your squad; dress up in the same outfit)

  • December 7 - Frozen Friday (dress as a Frozen character or holiday/snow-inspired)

  • Dec. 3 thru Dec. 7 - Book Fair

  • Dec. 4 thru Dec. 7 - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Registration

  • December 11 - Band/Strings Winter Concert; 6:30pm

  • December 13 - Chorus Winter Concert; 6:30pm

  • December 19 - Families for Lunch

  • December 21 - Half Day; Elementary Dismisses @ 12:30; Middle @ 12:45

G/T Best Practices Series 2018-19

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time: 12:15pm - 12:45pm (Vegas)

Topic: G/T Education: Issues & Trends

Presented By: Jennifer Johnston & Sara Newell

Core Value Addressed: Explore

Would you like to know more about the world of Gifted Education? Are you curious about how leaders and research impact your child’s classroom experience? This session will include information about nationwide trends in gifted education and how those trends are impacting instruction. We will also include strategies to help you effectively advocate for your gifted child.

Interested in other topics related to the gifted child? Join teachers from the Charles Townes Center as they address topics related to Gifted Education. This year's series will run from November through March. (Times will vary.) All Sterling School families are invited to attend. CLICK HERE for more information.

Contact Linda Reynolds for more information

Sterling School Spirit Week

We are excited to work with Lucky Pup Rescue SC as our charity for Spirit Week 2018! All money raised this week will benefit Lucky Pup Rescue SC, a non-profit, foster-based dog rescue organization.

Dress Up Days:

December 3 - Monday: Enchanted Forest Book Fair Kickoff - Dress like a creature from an enchanted forest - a fairy, gnome, elf, princess, tree...)

December 4 - Tuesday: Decades Day - 60s, 70s, 80s - pick your decade and dress to impress

December 5 - Wednesday: Blackout/Whiteout Day - wear all black or all white

December 6 - Thursday: Squad Day - find your squad and dress up in the same outfit

December 7 - Friday: Frozen Friday - Dress as a Frozen character, or just in something holiday or snow-inspired

Some of the activities planned are:

Tuesday, December 4, 3:00-4:00: After School Movie Party! Come and watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Cost: $3.00 (Popcorn and water combo available for $1)

Thursday, December 6, 3:00-4:30: Dodgeball! Come to the dodge ball game on Thursday! You can join a team or cheer from the stands!

Cost $3.00

Other events will include: Middle School Lip Sync Battle, Bake Sale – treats & hot chocolate

Want to Get Involved? Our Students Need YOU!

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It


We are pleased to now offer school payments through MySchoolBucks. Parents, you can log onto to pay for field trips, club memberships, lunch, and more!

Go to and register for a free account. Never worry about sending cash or checks with your student to school again!

Enrollment is easy! If you are already using MySchoolBucks to pay for school meals, your account is already set-up and ready to go! Just login and click on the new link to Store.
  1. Go to and register for an account.
  2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
  3. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check.

    A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.

If you have any questions, please visit and click Help or call MySchoolBucks Customer Support at 1-855-832-5226. (CLICK HERE!) to see letter with detailed information.

If you have any questions, please contact our bookkeeper, Sherry Raushenberger, at 864-355-4480.

Over $16,000 to Support Arts Integration @ Sterling School? YES, Please!

Our school's core values are #Explore, #Enrich, & #Excel. One way we address our core values and meet the needs of the #WholeChild is through a partnership with the Metropolitan Art Council's SmartARTS program at the TD Center for Arts Integration. SmartARTS is a partnership between Greenville County Schools and the Metropolitan Arts Council that connects students, artists, and teachers to deepen learning and self-awareness through integrating the arts with all areas of education. SmartARTS provides teachers and teaching artists with the necessary tools to bridge the gap between different learning styles and rigorous curriculum in the classroom. This training, paired with classroom implementation, enriches and expands educators' practice while engaging all students regardless of socioeconomic status or race.

For the 2018-2019 school year, our school was awarded $16,749.46 in art services, training, and supplies for the following teachers: Bohnenberger, Emmel, Guth, Hesel, Howard, Merritt, Reed, Spitler, Stelling, and Wallace. Congratulations!