The Weekly Griffin

Week of September 23rd, 2018 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

PTA Reflections: "Heroes Around Me"

This year's theme for PTA's national Reflections art program is "Heroes Around Me." CLICK HERE to view this year's entry form. Complete rules are also found within the flyer. Entry forms are also available to pickup in the library. Collection will be Nov. 12-14, and questions can be directed to

Entries for Reflections will be collected later than usual this year, which will give students more time to create! Every student at Sterling School (K4-8th grade) is eligible to enter! In addition to literature and visual arts, students can submit entries for music choreography, dance choreography, videography and photography. Our students are at a great age to try something new, and they might even discover a hidden talent or interest!

Our school's winners are chosen by impartial members of the local art community. Winners then advance to the district and state level competitions. All students who participate will be recognized in the spring.

What's Ahead...

  • September 24 - PTA Spirit Night @ Chicken Salad Chick on Augusta Rd; 5:00-8:00pm
  • September 25 - District Hourly Job Fair @ Sterling; 5:00-7:00pm
  • September 25, 26, & 27 - Talent Show Auditions
  • September 27 - Middle School Fund Raiser Ends
  • September 28 - SIC Ballots are Due by 4:00pm
  • October 2 - Middle School Jr. Beta Club Induction; 5:30pm
  • October 3 - 5th Grade Jr. Beta Club Induction; 8:30am

This Tuesday: District Hourly Job Fair @ Sterling School

The Human Resource Operations Department will host a Job Fair on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Sterling School, 99 John McCarroll Way, Greenville, SC. This fair will take place from 5-7 pm. We will be hiring for the following positions: Bus Drivers, Bus Aides, Custodians and Food Service Operators. Hiring managers will be on hand to speak with and answer questions from interested applicants. Audience: All Location Supervisors. Contact: Vickie Sims, Human Resources – Classified Recruiter, 355-7794. CLICK HERE to view the event flyer.

Attendance Awareness Month #BuildingABetterGriffin

Here's something to think about... Our current attendance rate, after 5 weeks of school, is 98.21%. While this sounds great, approximately 14 of our "Griffins" are absent each school day. If this number is multiplied by the 25 days we've been in school, 350 of our students have missed a day of school so far this year.

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. We miss our student when they are gone 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

Advisors Needed for 7th Grade Project

The 7th grade ELA and Social Studies teachers are preparing to begin the Activism Project with their students. We are looking for parents and community members to come in and work with students to provide outside perspective and support as the students work through their individual projects. This advisor time would be during the school day, on the third Thursday of each month from November through March. If you are interested, please reply using the following link, which is a Google form interest survey: CLICK HERE!

For further information, contact Linda Reynolds at

Want to Get Involved? Our Students Need YOU!

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It!

Congratulations, Mrs. Newell!

This week, fifth grade teacher, Sara Newell was notified that an essay she recently authored was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Virginia Hamilton Essay Honor Award. Mrs. Newell's essay, Check Your Privilege, Why Diverse Literature is Essential for Gifted Students, was published in the April 2017 issue of Gifted Child Today. Established in 1991, the Virginia Hamilton Essay Award recognizes a journal article published in a given year which makes a significant contribution to professional literature concerning multicultural literary experiences for youth. According to the award notification, the conference board reads numerous articles each year before selecting one they feel is most deserving of recognition. The award, given annually, will be announced next month at the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature at Kent State University. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Interested in Reading More?

Article Abstract: Today’s gifted students are in a unique position. Many come from traditionally advantaged backgrounds. However, the societal tide is shifting, and gifted learners should be at the forefront of change. Exposure to and comprehensive analysis of literature by diverse authors will help prepare students for the world they stand to inherit and will open their minds to the faulty systems that work to their advantage. As gifted students gain an appreciation of global context and the impact of colonial influence and oppression, they will be better positioned to demand change and equity. Participating in a culturally responsive classroom environment is one way to facilitate this awareness. This article includes specific examples of both the challenges and strategies to address issues surrounding diversity in the gifted classroom through inclusive literature instruction.