The Weekly Griffin

February 2nd - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

What's Ahead...

This Week...
  • February 5 - Mentor Upstate Mentor Training; Vegas Room, 12:00-1:00pm: Register Here
  • February 6 - Nomination Window Opens For ARMES (rising 3rd-8th grade)
  • February 7 - Last Day to Order Dinner for Middle School Curriculum Night
  • February 11 - Middle School Curriculum Night: 6:00-7:00pm; Dinner @ 5:30 (CLICK HERE!)
  • February 13 - Applications Open for GSSM Summer Camp (See below for more info)
  • February 14 - Class Picture Day (Elementary)
  • February 14 - School Spirit Day (Wear a Sterling/CTC shirt or school colors)
  • February 14 - SIC Meeting; 8:30-10:00am
  • February 17 - Presidents Day (No School)
  • February 20 - Gifted Information Series: Arts Integration, 8:45-9:30: See Flyer


  • February 27 - SAVE THE DATE: Black History Celebration; 6:30-7:30pm
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Current 5th, 6th, & 7th Grade CTC Families

Families of rising CTC middle School students, be sure to mark your calendar for Middle School Curriculum Night on Tuesday, February 11th at 6:00pm! CLICK HERE for event flyer.

Our administrators and middle school counselor will talk about the registration process for next year's classes. You'll also find lots of information about elective options and what to expect from next year's core subjects. It's a great opportunity to talk with teachers and get answers to all of your questions!

For families who may be coming from work or extra-curricular activities, our PTA is providing the convenience of an at-cost dinner option. You must pay in advance to reserve meals for your family. Season's will cater a Build-Your-Own Pasta Bar, which has been very popular in the past! Adult portions are $10 and child-sized portions are $5. Dinner will be served in the cafeteria from 5:30 until 6:15pm. The program starts at 6:00pm, but the initial presentations will be in the cafeteria so families can listen while they eat. CLICK HERE to order dinner for your family no later than Friday, February 7th.

Garden Salad
Assorted Field Greens
Diced Tomatoes
Aged Cheddar Cheese
Homemade Croutons
Ranch and Italian Dressing
Build Your Own Pasta Bar
Alfredo Sauce
House Marinara
Assortment of Fresh Chopped Vegetables
Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast
Parmesan Cheese
Tea and Water

If your student is currently in 3rd, 4th, or 8th grade... the PTA could REALLY use your help!!

We'll need volunteers to serve and clean up dinner, while rising middle school families are busy eating and participating in Curriculum Night. A Sign Up Genius link will be posted on PTA's Facebook page and in next weekend's Newsflash.

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There are a few events that are true staples of our school's annual calendar. Among them include Veterans Day, April Arts, Griffin Walk, and more. The 3rd Annual Black History Celebration will occur Thursday, February 27th @ 6:30pm. If you've not attended this event in the past, you are encouraged to come. You will be inspired, encouraged, and entertained.

Help Fund A Donors Choose Project for Middle School Health/Fitness

Check out this recent project, posted by Mrs. Goll! All donations for this project are currently doubled! This project (worth $512) can be completed for $256! This project will help our middle school provide and maintain appropriate equipment that will encourage physical activity during weekly outdoor time.

Supporting a DonorsChoose project is super easy...

1) Find a classroom project that inspires you and give as little as $1. We're a public charity, so your donation is tax-deductible.

2) When a project is fully funded, DonorsChoose will purchase all the requested items and ship them directly to the school.

3) When funded, every donor gets a thank-you letter from the teacher, photos from the classroom, and a report of how each dollar was spent.

The mission of DonorsChoose is help students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.

Save the Date: GSSM Summer Camp Returns to Sterling!

The South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science will host two summer day camps at our school this year! Applications open February 13th; be sure to register by April 15th to receive Early Bird prices! Sterling School is the only host school in the entire upstate. Registration is now open and space is limited!

iTeams Xtreme for current 5th-7th grade students
June 15-18, 8:30am - 4:00pm
(Micro)control Your World!

Dive into microcontrollers and their applications through one of two tracks:

Arduino & Robotics
Explore the world of computational thinking and microcontrollers using Arduino technology and robotics. Learn how to program your very own microcontrolled robot and pit it against other students' robots in camp-wide competitions such as Maze Runner and Robot Wars.

Arduino & the Internet of Things
Explore the world of programming with Arduino technology. Increase your programming skills while learning about digital communication, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things.

Applications open Feb. 13th, 2020 for iTeams Xtreme. Join the GSSM mailing list!

CREATEng for current 7th and 8th grade students
June 22-25, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Innovate. Design. Create.

CREATEng is GSSM’s one-of-a-kind engineering and design thinking day camp for rising 8th and 9th graders. Students take on the role of NASA engineers charged with developing a sustainable colony on Mars. Working through project-based, hands-on team challenges, students learn what engineering is and what engineers do. With a focus on civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering students work through a series of mini challenges from building windproof structures and protecting transportation with impenetrable wheels for the Rover, to using Arduino technology for greenhouse automation.

CREATEng students will interact with guest speakers and go on a field trip to a local company to see engineering in action.

Applications open Feb. 13th, 2020 for CREATEng. Join the GSSM mailing list!

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 and 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.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

National Junior Art Honor Society

Last Friday, several of our students were inducted into our school's chapter of the National Junior Art Honor Society! The Art Honor Society was founded over 40 years ago as a way to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The program supports and unites 40,000 members nationwide in their efforts to attain the highest standards in art, scholarship, character, and art service to the school and community. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Congratulations to our newly inducted members:

Eva Beliaeva

Abri Brady

Veronica Craft

Evy Honohan

Avanti Keskar

Sohini Kulkarni

Adam Weeks (Not Pictured)

Julia Weeks

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Planning for DownTOWNES

The CTC DownTOWNES program for grades 6-8 will take place on April 29, 30 and May 1 2020. DownTOWNES is a three-day learning experience where we use Greenville as our classroom so that our middle school students can make connections by discovering and exploring the real-world environments around them.

Since many of the activities are off-campus, we ask that there are no late-arrivals or early dismissals during DownTOWNES. Please take this into consideration as you are making doctor appointments.

In order for this event to happen, parent help will be needed! Keep an eye out for volunteer requests from the middle school team.

We're also looking for help in other ways:

  • Do you have an interesting career that you'd love to talk about with our students? We're looking for speakers who can share information and ideally have a hands-on activity.
  • Our 8th graders will be going out into the community to volunteer on Friday, May 1st. Do you know of an organization that could use the help of some 13-14-years olds for a few hours?

If you have any questions or can help with DownTOWNES, please contact Linda Reynolds at