The Weekly Griffin

October 6th - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

Sterling School is EXCELLENT!

In case you missed it... earlier this week, the South Carolina Department of Education released our school's annual state report card. We are very excited to announce that our school received a rating of “Excellent” for our elementary grades and a rating of “Excellent” for our middle school grades.


Annual school report cards attempt to measure our academic achievement, student progress, college and career readiness, and school climate. All schools in our state receive a ranking of excellent, good, average, below average, or unsatisfactory. The results are based on test scores and surveys. The report also includes data on English Learners' Progress, Student Safety, and Financial information. To view our elementary report card, CLICK HERE; to view our middle school report card, CLICK HERE!


You will also find a link to our school’s report card on the homepage of our school's website.

As a school community, this is something we all should celebrate! Together, we are all working to ensure that every child achieves their fullest potential. As always, thank you for your support of our wonderful school community. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

What's Ahead...

  • October 9 - 8th Grade Lunch-N-Learn (in Vegas Room), 11:30-1:30pm

  • October 10 - Elementary Jr. Beta Induction/5th Grade (Gym), 8:30-9:30am
  • October 10 - Middle Jr. Beta Induction Ceremony, 5:30-7:00pm
  • October 11 - School Spirit Day (wear Sterling Shirt or School colors)
  • October 15-17 - CogAT Testing (2nd Grade)
  • October 17 - Griffin Day for Middle School
  • October 17 - Middle School Fundraising Deliveries to Come Home
  • October 17 - Talent Show Dress Rehearsal, 2:30-5:00pm
  • October 18 - Jr. Beta Club Bake Sale @ Lunch
  • October 18 - Middle School Fall Dance, 2:45-4:30pm
  • October 18 - Last Day to Nominate an Educator Who Makes A Difference (see info below)
  • October 21 & 22 - Iowa Testing (2nd Grade)
  • October 24 - Sterling School Talent Show; 6:30pm, $3.00 Suggested Donation

2019 Veterans Day Program

On Friday, November 8th, 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. 1st (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. (You'll find this request within the Google Form as well.)
  • 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. 8th.


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!

Partnership w/Carolina Dance Collaborative

Registration for the Dance Class with Carolina Dance Collaborative happening now. The class will be on Monday afternoons from October 7th-December 16th, with no class on October 28th. The class is for K5-5th grade. It is not too late to sign up! See the flyer for more information. CLICK HERE!

Upcoming 2nd Grade Testing

2nd Grade Parents: your children will be taking the Cognitive Aptitude Test (CogAT) next week (Oct. 15th-17th) & Iowa the week after (Oct. 21st & 22nd). Please make sure they get plenty of sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast each morning. This test is used to qualify for gifted and talented identification and possible admission to the Charles Townes Center Program here at Sterling School. Please contact your child's teacher or Mr. Murphy with any questions.

Testing Event for Potential CTC Students


  • Registration due by noon on Tuesday, 10/22.
  • Download the CTC Testing Registration Form: (CLICK HERE!)


There are many inquiries about how students are chosen to attend the Charles Townes Center for highly gifted student, located within Sterling School. The criteria can be found on our website: (CLICK HERE!)


Many private schools in our area do not administer nationally-normed aptitude tests along with an achievement test. For that reason, on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, there will be an opportunity for students who reside in Greenville County and attend home or private schools to take an aptitude test. If your child has already taken an aptitude test or if his/her school administers this testing within the past two years, it is not necessary for your child to participate. You may just submit those test results to Jane Snyder via email.


Because candidates for CTC must first qualify as Gifted and Talented by SC Regulation 43-220, we will administer an aptitude test on Tuesday, October 29th. Upon reviewing data from this testing event, we will determine if other testing or information is necessary for your child.


Please print the Registration Form and send it to Jane Snyder via scan/email or fax: jsnyder@greenville.k12.sc.us or 864-355-9042 by noon on Tuesday, October 22nd. Please return a form for each child that you wish to have tested. Students and parents will check in at the school office and assemble in the Media Center at Sterling School by 9:00 am on 10/29/18. Students will be tested in grade level groups. Please have each child bring 2 pencils for testing. Allow two and one-half hours for your child’s testing which includes breaks for them. If you feel that your child needs to have a snack for one of the breaks, please send it in an individual package. During the testing, parents may participate in a tour given by CTC personnel. There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions, too! If your child has already taken testing that could help them to qualify for CTC, please bring copies of those results to the testing event. These copies will not be returned to you.


For further information, you may contact Jane Snyder by email at jsnyder@greenville.k12.sc.us(best way to communicate!) or by phone at 355-4821.

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ICYMI: In Case You Missed These #WholeChild Moments!

Perfect! 2019 SC PASS

Last spring, 7 of our students scored PERFECT on at least one section of the SCPASS (Science or Social Studies). This, obviously, deserves to be celebrated as it is a tremendous honor. The students pictured below include those who are currently in 5th grade. CONGRATULATIONS!


  • 5th Grade (Science): Nicholas Arzt, Grayson Champion-Wescott, Benjamin Cowden, Jeremiah Eller, Kellett King, Jackson Multer (not pictured), & Julian Osorio.

A Final Note: Attendance Awareness Month

Here's something to think about... Our current daily attendance rate, after 6 weeks of school, is 98.44%. While this sounds great, approximately 12 of our "Griffins" are absent each school day. If this number is multiplied by the 28 days we've been in school, 336 of our students have missed a day of school so far this year. #BuildingABetterGriffin


September is Attendance Awareness Month. All this month, we've shared the importance of school attendance. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves, creating a greater opportunity for students to establish a sense of belonging. We miss our student when they are absent and we value their contributions to our school. We also need our parents' help with this; working together, we can ensure that our students reach their full potential. If your student is absent, please send medical documentation, parent note, or other documentation within two days of returning to school so that the absence may be excused. All other information regarding attendance and consequences of truancy may be found in the parent-student handbook. Consistent attendance will help our students do well in high school, college, work, and life. #WholeChild