The Weekly Griffin

Week of October 28, 2018 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

SCMEA Honor Region Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students who auditioned for and were accepted into the South Carolina Music Educators Association's (SCMEA) Honor Region 2 Orchestra! Special word of recognition to Jaimie Park for being named assistant concert master. The concert is set for November 10th at 5:00pm at Furman University. Congratulations is also in order to Mrs. Martin, Orchestra teacher, for her selection as conductor of Region 1 Junior Region Orchestra. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild
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What's Ahead...

  • October 29 & 30 - IOWA Testing (2nd graders only)
  • October 30 - Jr. Beta Club: Chick-Fil-A Biscuit Fundraiser ($3.00 each)

  • October 30 - 1st Quarter Report Cards

  • October 31 - Book Character Dress Up Day

  • November 2 - Deadline to RSVP for Veterans Day Program & Submit Photo

  • November 2 - Read Your Way to the Big Game Reading Logs Due (See note below)

  • November 5 - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

  • November 6 - Election Day (No School) - Don't forget to vote!

  • November 8 - PTA Spirit Night @ Jason's Deli

  • November 9 - Veterans Day Program (K-3rd @ 8:30am, 4th-8th @ 9:30am)

This Wednesday: "Boo"K Character Dress-Up

This Wednesday, October 31 is BOO-k Character Day. We can't wait to see your YOUR BOO-k Character costume! Participating students are required to choose a character that is in a book. As a reminder, masks and accessories that encourage violence such as swords, knives, and guns are not permissible.

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2018 Veterans Day Program

On Friday, November 9th, the Sterling School will honor those who have fought for the many freedoms we, as American citizens, have today. We will have two programs. Our K-3rd grade program will begin at 8:30am and the 4th-8th grade program will begin at 9:30am. We invite all veterans in our Sterling family to join us as honored guests

  • If a special guest is planning to attend, we ask that you RSVP by Fri., Nov. 2nd (CLICK HERE!). As a special treat, please send in or email a picture of your honored guest (preferably in uniform), the name and relationship to our Sterling/CTC student, and the name of the military branch in which he or she served.
  • Our PTA is planning a reception after each program for our veterans and their guests. Students of our veterans are invited to attend as well. If you would like to participate, please complete the same Google Form (CLICK HERE!).
  • We invite all students to wear red, white, and blue on the day of our program, Fri., Nov. 9th.

We look forward to this exciting day, as we pay tribute to those who have served our country. Thank you, in advance, for your willingness to participate! If you'd like to volunteer to help with the Veterans Day Reception, please contact Stacey Kitchens at

Want to Get Involved? Our Students Need YOU!

Become a Mentor!

According to Harvard University's Center on Developing Child, "Every child who ends up doing well has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult." The Sterling School has partnered with Mentor Upstate, a nonprofit organization that seeks to support children with one-on-one positive relationships. We are looking for committed adults who are willing to support and encourage ONE student for the year. If you or someone you know from our school community can give 30 minutes a week, we need you!

If you have any questions, you are invited to email Jennifer Medlock, director of Mentor Greenville. If you are ready to jump in, you may begin by completing the mentor application CLICK HERE.

Become a Tutor!

Are you willing to make a difference in a child's life? One way you can do this is through tutoring. Tutoring has been shown to not only increase a student's academic performance, it also increases their chance of success in life!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, Sterling School needs YOU! We have many students who could use your time, help, and knowledge in a small group and/or partner setting. Teachers will provide needed lessons and materials.

If interested or know someone who may be interested, contact Kim Marchbanks @ .

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Supporting & Advocating the #WholeChild

Last week, faculty from the Sterling School and Charles Townes Center presented at South Carolina ASCD's Whole Child Conference in Columbia. This statewide conference, a first of its kind, featured internationally acclaimed keynote speakers and more than a dozen breakout. The opportunity provided educators opportunities to learn, network, giving schools the tools and resources to implement an approach to support the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of our students.

In Eco Royale: Using Gaming Strategies to Challenge Learner, Mrs. Newell and Ms. West shared strategies and themes from the world of video games to reach and challenge adolescent students. The session presented a variety of strategies for incorporating technology, collaboration, art integration, and problem solving. In All Hands on Deck: Leveraging Shared Leadership & Stakeholder Support to Meet the Varying Needs of K-8 Students, Ms. Duncan, Mrs. Noble, and Dr. Patterson shared our school's multi-tiered, personalized framework to meeting students' social-emotional and academic needs. The session highlighted student advisory, PBIS, mentors, and aspects of academic remediation and enrichment. #BuildingABetterGriffin

Spotlight on Safety: Child Passenger Safety

Every year, 8,000 families lose a child because of a preventable injury; this is a problem we can fix. Car seat and seat belt safety is a concern we've observed during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Together, we can change the news by learning simple, effective ways to prevent injuries to children. Our safety patrols will be conducting a survey on this topic soon! Check out the video below and see the following flyers on basic car seat safety provided by Safe Kids Upstate (CLICK HERE!). #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild