The Weekly Griffin

Week of April 21, 2019 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

The Times... They are a Changin'

I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break. As we turn our focus to the last 6 weeks, we must remain focused in maximizing our efforts this school year. In the coming weeks, we will share some information on how you can encourage the learning during the weeks of summer!


School administrators often refer to the spring months as "hiring season." While we do not anticipate many new hires this year, we do have a few changes we want to communicate. Now that our faculty and staff are aware, this information can become general knowledge to our families as well.


As you may already know, we have three teachers who have announced their decision not to return to Sterling School next year. Mrs. Catherine Saunders will be staying home to support her family. However, she's always welcome to sub anytime she wants! Mr. Horace Butler and Mrs. Jane Stelling will be retiring this year. We congratulate them on their commitment and dedication to our school and to the profession. Finally, due to next year's projected enrollment, we will lose one position in both 2nd and 5th grade but gain a position in 4th grade. Thankfully, with the anticipated vacancies, we were able to absorb the potential excess.


Effective next school year…

  • Mrs. Sara Newell (5th CTC) will teach 7th/8th grade Social Studies
  • Mrs. Stacey Merritt (3rd CTC) will teach 5th grade CTC
  • Ms. Juliane Laskowski (4th Sterling) will teach 3rd grade CTC
  • Ms. Ashlie Stewart (2nd Sterling) will teach 4th grade Sterling
  • Ms. Amanda West (5th Sterling) will teach 4th grade Sterling


Many thanks to these five individuals! I am grateful for their willingness to step outside their “norm” to fill our internal vacancies. This speaks volumes to the dedication and commitment they have for our students and school community. As a school community, please join me in celebrating and supporting them in their transition. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

What's Ahead...

  • April 22 thru 26 - Relay for Life Spirit Week

  • April 22 - Spirit Week: Meme Monday

  • April 23 - Spirit Week: Totally 80s Tuesday & Middle School Lip Sync Battle

  • April 24 - Spirit Week: Awareness Wed & Bake Sale (All), Soda Sale (Middle School)

  • April 25 - Spirit Week: Team Spirit Day & Dodgeball, 3:00-4:15pm ($3 admission)

  • April 25 - PTA Family STEM Night; 6:00-7:30pm

  • April 26 - Spirit Week: Fairytale Friday

  • April 30 - State Dept Report Card Surveys Due (5th & 8th grade parents only)

  • May 1 thru 3 - DownTownes (Middle School)

  • May 3 - Last Day to order a Middle School Yearbook

  • May 4 - Hands on Greenville Day @ Sterling School

  • May 4 - Strings to Carowinds


*As a reminder... Please continue to be mindful of our drop-off and pick-up.

  • Have students exit and load the full length of the awing.
  • Keep this area "cell phone free!"
  • Do not let students out at "roundabout" near Phillis Wheatley.
  • Do not let students out in the faculty/staff parking lot along the Phillis Wheatley property.
  • We discourage the use of the parking lot at Tanners. Please utilize our school's driveway.
  • Do not text your child at dismissal and request that they walk to Tanner's without an adult.

This WEEK: Relay for Life Spirit Week - Join Us!

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Seventh Grade Trout Project

Seventh grade students began studying the basic life cycle of a trout back in December. Table Rock State Park along with funding from Fluor partnered with Ms. Gordon/Ms. Gospodarek’s science class to establish a trout aquarium. While the trout grew and developed in the classroom aquarium, students ran daily water quality tests on the trout to ensure physical and chemical properties were maintained for an ideal living environment.


Seventh grade students visited Table Rock State Park to release the classroom trout and to participate in a hands on mountain stream water quality lab. Students measured the temperature and pH of the Carrick Creek stream. Students also collected cold-water organisms including macro invertebrates, salamanders, crayfish and other organisms. By looking at biotic and abiotic factors along the stream students could calculate the water quality of the stream and watershed. By studying stream ecosystems, students can gain a better understanding of how to protect and preserve these areas. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

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2019 Officer Allen Jacobs G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp

The Greenville Police Department (GPD) is excited to announce the FREE 2019 Officer Allen Jacobs Gang Resistance Education And Training Summer Camp (G.R.E.A.T.). The G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp is facilitated by the Greenville Police Department to provide a structured one-week program for students entering the 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2019. This wonderful program will give students the opportunity to choose alternate activities other than crime, violence, and gang affiliation.


The summer camp is open to students who will be entering the 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2019. Students must be enrolled in Greenville County School District. Students will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. School discipline records and/or grades may be used to determine eligibility for the camp. Space is limited to 60 students. All participants must pre-register with the Greenville Police Department.


The 2019 G.R.E.A.T (Gang Resistance Education And Training) Summer Camp is open to all rising 5th and 6th grade students. Once again, Sterling School will host the camp during the week of June 17th through June 21st.


Online registration for students and volunteers is now available - CLICK HERE! Or download the full application here: CLICK HERE!


The deadline for registration is Friday, May 3rd.

GCS Hall of Fame Nominations

Don’t miss this opportunity to highlight your school’s outstanding alumni! Greenville County Schools is accepting nominations for its Hall of Fame through Wednesday, May 1st. In addition to nominating GCS Graduates for the Hall of Fame, the district has added a new category of nominations for GCS Educators. We are accepting nominations for both Hall of Fame categories – Graduates and Educators – through May 1. The Greenville County Schools Hall of Fame honors those men and women who have graduated from or worked for Greenville County Schools and made a substantial or significant contribution(s) to their field. When nominating a GCS Graduate, please consider his or her contributions at the local, regional, national, or international levels in any appropriate area of endeavor such as, but not limited to, academia and education, arts, athletics, business, media, medicine, military, philanthropy, public service, or science. The new GCS Educator category will honor an individual for his or her contributions to the profession of education, specifically within the K12 public education sector, and their lasting and positive impact on students. Click here to access the Hall of Fame criteria and nomination forms.
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Gifted Educator Conference

Last Tuesday (April 2nd), the Charles Townes Center at the Sterling School hosted our school's first gifted educators' conference. In all, we had approximately 80 guests, representing over 10 school districts across our state. The feedback received from our attendees was overwhelmingly positive with 100% of survey respondents stating that they would recommend this conference to other gifted educators. "Well done! Bravo! Great Conference! - I thoroughly enjoyed all sessions - Excellent! Thank you for your wonderful hospitality" As we think and reflect over the day, we are grateful to support of our families. Without your continued support of our school, our students and school community could not be the wonderful place it is. Thank you!

District Art Show Winners

The following middle school students have placed in this year's District Art Show. Congratulations to all of them! If you would like to view their work, members of the community are invited to do so. CLICK HERE for more details. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild


Lily Brown - Art 8 - 1st Place Drawing

Isabella Lopez - Advanced Art 8 - 2nd Place Mixed Media


Addy Yarrow - Art 7 - 1st Place Painting

Cort McGowan - Advanced Art 7 - 2nd Place Printmaking

Violet Ellis - Advanced Art 7 - 1st Place - Mixed Media

Sabine Coen - Advanced Art 7 - 3rd Place - Mixed Media


Sarah McClennan - Art 6 - 2nd Place Painting

Oliva Lu - Art 6 - 1st Place Printmaking

Sohini Kulkarni - Art 6 - 2nd Place Printmaking