The Weekly Griffin

September 15th - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

Sterling Named Whole Child Award School

Over the last two years, our school community has made a concerted effort to implement a comprehensive school improvement model known as the Whole Child. This student-centered approach to schooling is an effort to transition from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of all children.

We are proud to announce that Sterling School has been named South Carolina ASCD's 2019 Whole Child Award School. The award will be presented to our school next month at SCASCD's Whole Child Conference. Former South Carolina Governor and United States Secretary of Education, Dick Riley, and current South Carolina House of Representative (District 23), Chandra Dillard, will serve as featured guests to present the award. Sterling School is the sole recipient of the 21 schools from across the state who applied for this year's award.

The Whole Child School Award is designed to recognize schools that have gone beyond a vision for educating the whole child to actions that result in learners who are knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically active, artistically engaged, prepared for economic self-sufficiency, and ready for the world beyond formal schooling. This award acknowledges those schools that have changed the conversation about education from a singular focus of standardized test scores to one that promotes the development of the whole child: a child who is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

This award will be received on the behalf of our entire school community. Because of the continuous support of our stakeholders, our students can achieve their fullest potential! #WholeChild #LevelUP

Building A Better Griffin,

Dr. P.

Sterling School: Whole Child

What's Ahead...

  • September 18 - PTA Mix & Mingle; 7:45-8:45am in Vegas
  • September 18 - Talent Show Forms Due (to Mrs. Reynolds)

  • September 19 - Fall/Yearbook Pictures

  • September 20 - Readers Arrrgh Leaders Community Readers Day w/Melinda Long Author Visit

  • September 20 - Chick-fil-A Biscuit Sale, $3.00: 7:25am (Until Sold Out)

  • September 24 - Gifted Learners Parent Information Series: 9:45-10:15am (See Below)

International Dot Day - Make Your Mark!

Last Friday, students at the Sterling School joined millions of people around the world to celebrate International Dot Day. This annual event encourages students to move the world to a better place by connecting, collaborating, creating, and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. Thank you, Mrs. Harrington & Mrs. Spitler, for spearheading this event AND thank you to the many volunteers who came to help out! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more highlights from the day!

Attendance Awareness Month #BuildingABetterGriffin

Did you know September was Attendance Awareness Month? This week, we'll continue to share facts and tips to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Your student can start building this habit now so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work. #WholeChild


  • By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.


  • Talk to your student about the importance of attendance.
  • Talk to your students’ teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Encourage meaningful after school activities, including sports and clubs.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed These #WholeChild Moments!

#ReadersAreLeaders: Summer Reading Celebration

We had 100 elementary students to successfully participate in our school's summer reading program. Thank you, parents, for helping us#FightTheSummerSlide. Last Friday, qualifying students were recognized and received a "sweet treat" and extra recess. Additionally, students were entered into a drawing for an opportunity to receive a prize.#BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #LevelUP