The Weekly Griffin

February 17th - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

Furman Teaching Partnership

Again this year, Sterling School is partnering with Furman University in providing a collaborative, hands-on experience to teaching and learning. Over the next several weeks, Furman students and Sterling School teachers will undergo a practicum-rich experience in literacy and social studies methods. Sterling teachers will model lessons for the practicum students, serving as a "lab" for best practices. In addition, Furman students will participate in class sessions on our campus and Furman professors will be available to work with Sterling teachers in providing professional development and/or co-teaching experiences. We are hopeful that this unique, progressive partnership will serve as a model for other K-12 schools and higher ed teacher training programs. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #LevelUP

Congrats to Our 2020 Jr. Scholars!

The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program was developed by the South Carolina Department of Education to identify eighth-grade students with exceptional academic talent and to develop strategies for inclusion into special programs. This year, 48 students qualified for this recognition! Junior Scholar candidates are those eligible students who:

  • Scored 550 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion of the PSAT/NMSQT; or
  • Scored 530 or higher on the Mathematics portion of the PSAT/NMSQT; or
  • Participate in Duke University's Talent Identification Program (TIP) during his/her seventh-grade year, met the eligibility requirements as outlined by that program, and be invited to attend either the State or Grand Recognition Ceremonies.

#BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #LevelUP

What's Ahead...

This Week...
  • February 17 - Presidents Day (No School)
  • February 18 - Last day to drop off books to the Readcycle Book Swap
  • February 19 thru 21 - Readcycle Book Selection (Bring your tickets!)
  • February 20 - Gifted Information Series: Arts Integration, 8:45-9:30: See Flyer
  • February 20 - PTA Monthly Full Board Meeting, 12:30-1:30pm
  • February 21 - PTA Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch (Volunteers Needed)
  • February 23 - Middle School Huddle (6th-8th grade), Ice Skating 1-5pm
  • February 24 - Dance Collaborative Begins, 2:45-3:30pm (see info below)
  • February 27 - SAVE THE DATE: Black History Celebration; 6:30-7:30pm: See Flyer

Middle School Curriculum Fair Follow-Up

Thank you to everyone who came to last week's Middle School Curriculum Night. We hope you found the event informative and enjoyable. If you were unable to attend, here are the flyers and handouts that were distributed. CLICK HERE! As always, if there are any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know. In addition to any of the teachers, Casey Noble (middle school counselor) serves as the main point of contact. Thank you!

Readcycle Book Swap

Readcycle Book Swap Returns!

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18th is the last day for book drop-off.
  • One ticket per book that you bring to swap.
  • Come to the media center Wednesday-Friday to redeem.

#ReadersAreLeaders #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #LevelUP

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Apply To the ARMES Program At the Fine Arts Center

ARMES is a tuition-free arts program designed to meet the needs of students in grades 3 through 8 who demonstrate outstanding talents and a deep interest in Dance, Strings, Theater, Creative Writing, or Visual Arts.

The purpose of the program is to allow students to explore their chosen art form in depth, while promoting individual creativity. Classes are taught at a pace and level of complexity appropriate for artistically gifted children with similar abilities and interests.

All current 2nd - 7th grade students are eligible to apply for the upcoming school year! Classes are held two days per week after regular school hours, for a total of 3 hours of instruction each week. Sterling School / CTC has many students who participate in the ARMES program every year! Students will be scheduled for an audition later this spring. The deadline to apply for ARMES for the 2020-21 school year is Wednesday, April 8th.

For more details, visit the ARMES website.

GSSM Summer Camp Returns to Sterling!

The South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science will host two summer day camps at our school this year! Sterling School is the only host school in the entire upstate and space is limited! Siblings and friends from other schools can register, too.

Applications are now open. Be sure to register by April 15th to receive Early Bird prices!

iTeams Xtreme for current 5th-7th grade students

June 15-18, 8:30am - 4:00pm

(Micro)control Your World!

Dive into microcontrollers and their applications through one of two tracks:

Arduino & Robotics

Explore the world of computational thinking and microcontrollers using Arduino technology and robotics. Learn how to program your very own microcontrolled robot and pit it against other students' robots in camp-wide competitions such as Maze Runner and Robot Wars.

Arduino & the Internet of Things

Explore the world of programming with Arduino technology. Increase your programming skills while learning about digital communication, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things.

Apply now for iTeams Xtreme at Sterling/CTC!

CREATEng for current 7th-8th grade students

June 22-25, 8:30am - 4:00pm

Innovate. Design. Create.

CREATEng is GSSM’s one-of-a-kind engineering and design thinking day camp for rising 8th and 9th graders. Students take on the role of NASA engineers charged with developing a sustainable colony on Mars. Working through project-based, hands-on team challenges, students learn what engineering is and what engineers do. With a focus on civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering students work through a series of mini challenges from building windproof structures and protecting transportation with impenetrable wheels for the Rover, to using Arduino technology for greenhouse automation.

CREATEng students will interact with guest speakers and go on a field trip to a local company to see engineering in action.

Apply now for CREATEng at Sterling/CTC!

Our Students Need YOU!

Did you know Greenville, SC ranked 3rd among cities in the United States of citizens who volunteer most? According to Barna's recent report, 27% of survey participants reported that they volunteer for a nonprofit organization on a weekly basis. On behalf of the faculty and staff at Sterling School, we appreciate our volunteers! THANK YOU for generously supporting our students and school community with your time, energy, and care! #BuildingABetterGriffin
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Preventing the Spread of Colds and Flu

Each school has a comprehensive health and safety plan, which includes daily disinfection of restrooms, health rooms, water coolers, desks and doorknobs. We work closely with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and follow DHEC’s guidelines for all diseases. Each Greenville County public school has a school nurse who assesses students with flu-like symptoms. Any student with a fever of 100 degrees or higher is sent home. School nurses and teachers always emphasize the importance of good hygiene, including frequent hand washing and cough techniques to reduce the spread of viruses.

To fight the spread of illness, your child should:

  • Stay home if sick.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and often.
  • Cover cough with sleeve.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Do not share eating utensils, food, or drinks.
  • Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest.

If your child complains about not feeling well, please check their temperature before sending them to school. Do not send your child to school if they have a fever.

Your child should not return to school until they have been fever-free without the help of Tylenol or another product for 24 hours, has not vomited for 24 hours, and has not had diarrhea for 24 hours. If your child starts to have symptoms of the flu, call your healthcare provider or your local health department for guidance.

Make sure that your child’s school has your current telephone numbers.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Sterling School has Strong Showing at MathCounts

On Saturday, the Sterling School MathCounts participants competed in the Piedmont Chapter Competition at Fisher Middle School. The school team of Atharva Shah, Brandon Xu, Aedan Honohan, and Eric Shi won 1st place. Brandon Xu placed 1st in the written competition and in the countdown round. Atharva Shah placed 4rd in the written competition and 2nd in the countdown round.

The other students representing Sterling School/CTC in the competition included Tarika Desai, Stephanie Hu, Joel Kim, Samuel Gospodarek, David Ropp & Grace Qin.

The 4 person team has qualified to represent Sterling School at the state competition to be held in Aiken, SC on March 7. Congratulations to all of them! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild