The Weekly Griffin

Week of April 7, 2019 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

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!

What's Ahead...

  • April 10 - Families for Lunch

  • April 11 - Deadline to apply for ARMES program

  • April 15 thru 19 - Spring Break

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

*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.

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

Hands on G'ville is May 4th!

This year is the 25th anniversary of Hands On Greenville Day, the largest day of service in the Upstate, and our school will be a host site again this year! If you are not familiar with this event, Hands on Greenville Day is an annual organized service day that brings people from all over Greenville together at designated locations across the city to volunteer. This year's Hands on Greenville Day is Saturday, May 4th, from 8:00am-12:00pm.

The event is rain or shine and features both indoor and outdoor projects. Check out the volunteer positions available and sign up to help here: CLICK HERE!

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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.

PTA Family STEM Night

All families of 3rd-5th graders are invited to join us for our STEM + Families Invention Night on Thursday, April 25th from 6:00 until 7:30pm in the cafeteria! The event is completely free! We'll serve light snacks and hold a drawing for door prizes. Join us for this hands-on enrichment night and share a fun STEM experience with your child! Siblings are welcome to attend.

Please note: SPACE IS LIMITED TO 50 FAMILIES! If more than 50 families sign up, we'll hold a lottery on Thursday, April 18th.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our PTA was one of only 20 schools in the nation chosen from over 350 applicants to receive a grant for 50 LittleBits Invention Kits with a value over $5,000! We hope you'll register for this free opportunity to enjoy a hands-on STEM experience with your kids! CLICK HERE to watch a video about STEM + Families Invention Night to learn more!

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Get Involved...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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Band Gives Perfect Performance

Last Friday, at the South Carolina Band Directors Association's Concert Performance Assessment at Liberty High School, Sterling School/CTC received “Superior with Distinction!” This year's group received a PERFECT SCORE! We are very proud of our students and are grateful for our band teacher, Mrs. Ashleigh Ledford! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Battle of the Books: District Champions!

The Sterling School Battle of the Books team are this year’s district CHAMPIONS! Eight teams from across Greenville County Schools competed in tonight’s district level competition. Congratulations, Griffins! Many thanks to Mrs. Matthews and Mrs. Henry for their commitment and dedication as coaches. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

The CTC Newspaper: 3rd Edition

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! The third edition of the CTC Newspaper, our school's student newspaper, is out! (CLICK HERE!) A student newspaper teaches and reinforces a lot of skills that will benefit students today and tomorrow. Students who participate in a student newspaper learn a lot of workplace skills such as management, meeting deadlines, and communicating with others. School newspapers also enforce a need for teamwork. As our students continue to learn how to write, edit, and publish a regular newspaper, you will see further developments. Thank you, in advance, for supporting our students by taking a few minutes to read and support their work! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild