The Weekly Griffin

Week of November 11, 2018 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

Leadership S.C. Visits Sterling School

Last week was filled with lots of exciting moments. One thing that went unnoticed was a visit from this year's class of Leadership South Carolina. The goal of Leadership South Carolina is to develop leaders who will advance the state of South Carolina from various economic, social, and business vantage points. Our visitors toured our school, visited classrooms, and talked with students and teachers. They observed as our students worked beyond the level of the standards and witnessed the support we regularly give to aid in the development of non-cognitive or soft skills such as collaboration, problem solving, creativity, and communication. We also shared our belief in supporting the whole child and working to ensure that all students are provided a school experience that is challenging, supportive, engaging, safe and healthy. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a voice for educational excellence. #BuildilngABetterGriffin #WholeChild

What's Ahead...

  • Nov. 14th thru Nov. 16th - Reflections Art Entries Due; 7:30-8:00am (front entryway)

  • November 14 - Families for Lunch: 5K, 1st, 2nd, & 4th

  • November 15 - Families for Lunch: 4K, 3rd, 5th, & middle school

  • November 16 - School Improvement Council Meeting; 8:15-9:30 (open meeting)

  • Nov. 21 thru Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Break

  • November 27 - The Gifted Learner: Parent Information Series; 12:15-12:45


We are pleased to now offer school payments through MySchoolBucks. Parents, you can log onto to pay for field trips, club memberships, lunch, and more!

Go to and register for a free account. Never worry about sending cash or checks with your student to school again!

Enrollment is easy! If you are already using MySchoolBucks to pay for school meals, your account is already set-up and ready to go! Just login and click on the new link to Store.
  1. Go to and register for an account.
  2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
  3. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check.

    A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.

If you have any questions, please visit and click Help or call MySchoolBucks Customer Support at 1-855-832-5226. (CLICK HERE!) to see letter with detailed information.

If you have any questions, please contact our bookkeeper, Sherry Raushenberger, at 864-355-4480.

2nd Quarter Reminders...

As everyone settles into the school year, we want to take the opportunity to communicate a few reminders...

  • Our attendance rate is currently at 98%. Our end-of-year goal is 98%. While this may appear to be satisfactory, we have not yet entered the "cold & flu season." If at all possible, please ensure that your child is at school each and every day. As educators, we cannot adequately prepare your child if they are not with us.
  • Our daily tardy list is growing. The tardy bell rings at 8:00am. Our doors open at 7:25am. Often times, students who arrive early use this time to read or work on class assignments. Please ensure that your child is in class by 8:00, ready to learn. For more information on our school's attendance/tardy police, see the handbook.
  • Please utilize the full length of the sidewalk during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. In the morning, students should exit the car at any point along the sidewalk; in the afternoon, parents are asked to pull all the way up before students load.
  • Do not let your child unload before school doors open at 7:25am. It is unsafe for students to unattended without an adult.

G/T Best Practices Series 2018-19

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time: 12:15pm - 12:45pm

Topic: G/T Education: Issues & Trends

Presented By: Jennifer Johnston, Sara Newell, & Linda Reynolds

Core Value Addressed: Explore

Would you like to know more about the world of Gifted Education? Are you curious about how leaders and research impact your child’s classroom experience? This session will include information about nationwide trends in gifted education and how those trends are impacting instruction. We will also include strategies to help you effectively advocate for your gifted child.

Diwali Food Drive at Sterling

Hello! I’m Rishita Tikkala and I’m an 8th grade student at CTC. Last year I started the Greenville Diwali Food Drive with 3 other girls to help feed the hungry in our community during the holiday season. Statistics show that one in five children in SC don’t know where their next meal is coming from. With the intent of helping these families, we started the Greenville Diwali Food Drive. Help us ‘light up a life’ by donating today!

Sterling School friends and families can help by dropping off items such as: canned meats and veggies, peanut butter, dry goods, beans, rice, flour, toiletries and any non-perishable goods, but no glass items please. Bring any items that you would like to donate to the big brown donation box with the Diwali Food Drive Flyer above it, located in the main hallway until November 16. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Want to Get Involved? Our Students Need YOU!

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

The CTC Newspaper: 1st 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

Student Spotlight

8th grader Emily Michenfelder represented Woodmont High School at last Saturday’s SC State High School League cross country meet. Emily was the #1 individual qualifier for the state meet with a personal best 5k time of 19:10. She was selected to the high school All Region and All County teams this season, is ranked nationally for her age group, and is ranked in the top 10 in her SC high school division. In the spring, Emily placed 7th in the State Track meet for 5A high schoolers in the 2 mile.

If you have anything to share, please email Linda Reynolds. We will excitedly share good news with our school community. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #GriffinPride

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First Place in Core Values at First Lego League! Big congratulations to “The Soda Fountain” team members who won first place in Core Values at the First Lego League competition on Saturday! Teammates pictured are Rex, Jack, Parker, Brooke, Tarini and Liam. Thanks, Coaches McCay Fowler and Dev Vaz!

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