The Weekly Griffin

Week of January 21, 2019 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

Sterling School Jr. Betas Shine @ State Convention

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We are so proud of our Jr. Betas who traveled last week to the State Convention to compete with other schools across our state. Collectively, our students received 16 awards! They had a wonderful time and exemplified #GriffinPRIDE.


Many thanks to our faculty sponsors and parent chaperones for making this opportunity possible! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild


The following students placed in these categories:


Elementary School:

Book Battle - 1st place: Jackson Williams, Genevieve Kosanivich, & Sharon Antony

Quiz Bowl - 3rd place: Brandon Xu, Jordan Dunbar, Agustya Gupta, & Sash Sivaraman

Language Arts - 4th place: Talon Carswell

Science - 1st place: Ryan Alioua

Math - 2nd place: Aditya Harikumar

Social studies - 1st place: Will Schumacher

Digital Art - 1st place: Katie Ann Guth

Creative Writing - 1st place: Rishika Talati


Middle School:

Fiber Arts - 4th place: Emma Bao

Quiz Bowl - 5th place: Garner Hart, Julia Pascoe, Thomas Schumacher, Danika Yang, & Franio Wlodarczyk

Science - 5th place: Rishita Tikkala

Math - 2nd place: Emma Bao

Speech - 2nd place: Jackie Park

3D design - 5th place: Emily Li & Kaylen Jones

T-shirt design - 1st place: Masie Hollingsworth, Maggie Austin, Kayla Bowes, Lydia Edney, Naja Davis, & Edie Youngblood

Performing Arts- 2nd place: Yashu Ranganathan

AdvancED Parent Surveys

Please use the following link to respond to the Parent Culture & Climate Survey. This survey is used by the state department for school report card information. Thank you for your feedback.


The window to complete the survey closes Thursday, January 31st.

What's Ahead...

  • January 21 - MLK Holiday (No School)

  • January 23 - 2nd 9-Weeks Report Cards Issued

  • January 25 - Art Honor Society Induction Breakfast, 7:30-8:00am in Ms. Harrington’s room

  • January 25 - Ribbon Cutting for Storage Container Project, 1:15pm (All Invited)

  • January 29 - CTC Open House for Prospective Families, 8:30-10:00am & 6:00-7:00pm

  • January 30 - Career Day, 9:00-10:30am (3rd-5th Grade)

  • January 31 - AdvancED Climate & Culture Parent Survey Due (CLICK HERE!)


*Save the Date - 2nd Annual Black History Month Program: Thursday, February 28th @ 6:00pm

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The CTC Newspaper: 2nd Edition

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! The first 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

Sterling School's Relay for Life Team Will Begin Meeting THIS WEEK


We are making a difference by teaming up to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Saving lives from cancer starts one team, one participant, and one dollar at a time. Please join our team or make a donation. The impact we can make together is much greater than what any of us could do alone!


Greenville’s Relay for Life is Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at Conestee Park.


Relay Club meetings begin this Wednesday, January 23rd, 2:45-3:30pm in the Media Center. We'll meet each Wednesday until May 15th. Any 3rd-8th graders interested may come to these meetings.

Digital Safety And Citizenship Workshop

Thursday, February 7th at 12:30pm

  • Hosted by the our school's PTA
  • Free catered lunch for all attendees!
  • All parents and guardians are invited
  • RSVP now to secure your spot, because space is limited!

Parenting in the digital age is complex! PTA strives to help children act safely, responsibly and thoughtfully online.


Digital Wellness is being aware of how you spend your time online. It includes being mindful of your online presence and footprint; how you interact with social networks, games and apps; the ways you protect your identity; and how you balance your time online within your daily life.


Our workshop will have two parts:

1. Rick Floyd will give a very informative and insightful presentation about digital safety. Mr. Floyd has decades of experience working for law enforcement and our school district in the fields of digital safety and internet crimes against children/teens.

2. Parents will receive practical instructions on how to use Smart Talk Conversations in their own home to encourage open and honest conversations about digital safety and citizenship. The Smart Talk empowers families to create a personalized contract of ground rules for internet usage.

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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Preventing the Spread of Colds & 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.

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Students Receive High Marks in Mathematics Competition

Sterling School recently hosted the 2018 American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) 8 mathematics competition for all interested 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Our top scorer was 5th grader, Brandon Xu. His score of 22 was the second highest in the state of South Carolina and earned him an AMC Distinguished Honor Roll recognition. Our school team, made up of the three top scorers in our school competition, was Brandon Xu, Emma Bao and Aedan Honohan. With a combined score of 54, our school team was the #1 team in South Carolina and earned School Merit Roll recognition. Congratulations to all who participated! It was a challenging test and there were many great scores! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild