The Weekly Griffin

Back-to-School Edition - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

BuildABetterGriffin: #LevelUP

Our school theme for the upcoming year expands upon last year's theme: #Build a Better Griffin: #LevelUP. To adequately prepare our students for tomorrow’s world, we must work together to provide a strong academic, social, healthy, supported foundation...a whole child approach. This is not simply spoken rhetoric but an extraordinary, personalized approach to schooling for ALL students. As we prepare our Griffins to become college, career and life ready, educators at Sterling School will continue to create and support an environment that encourages students to reach their full potential. We seek to engage each student by providing challenging, authentic opportunities that require the use of higher order thinking, inquiry, and critical thinking. As we seek to ensure the success of every child, we must meet our students where they are, scaffold their learning when necessary, include their unique interests and abilities, and work to "Build a Better Griffin!" #BuildABetterGriffin #LevelUP #WholeChild

What's Ahead...

  • August 5 thru 8 - FAST PASS; 9:00-2:00pm daily in main office (see below for details)
  • August 6 - Summer Story Time; 11:00am (Last Event of the Summer)
  • August 14 - Sterling Program Meet the Teacher, 3:30-6:30pm with required informational sessions at 3:30, 4:30 OR 5:30 (choose one)
  • August 15 - CTC 3rd Grade Parent Orientation, 4:00-4:30pm
  • August 15 - CTC 6th Grade Boot Camp, 4:00-5:00pm
  • August 15 - CTC Program Meet the Teacher, 4:30-6:30pm
  • August 20 - First Day of School! Sip, Sob, & Shout, 7:40-8:30 in Vegas (for all parents!)
  • August 27 - Sweet Summer Reading Chances Forms Due
  • August 30 - National College Colors Day
  • September 2 - Labor Day (No School for Students)

Summer Story Time: Last Event is Tuesday!

Come join us for the last Summer Story Time of 2019! This Tuesday (8/6) from 11:00-11:30 all elementary students are invited to participate in a read-aloud provided by special guest readers. Afterwards, families are invited to stay for lunch. Children (18 years old and under) eat for free. Adult meals cost $3.80. Whether this is your first or your eighth Tuesday with us, ALL are invited! FANS is preparing a special treat for lunch and our district's media team will be on hand to capture and share the magic of Summer Story Time! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #ReadersAreLeaders

Summer Story Time has been a huge success! Thanks to Public Education Partners, the Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative, and Greenville County Schools Food and Nutrition Services for partnering with us to provide this wonderful opportunity. Together, we have worked to #FightTheSummerSlide.

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Sweet Summer Reading Chances #FightTheSummerSlide

With only two weeks before the start of the 2019-2020 school year, we hope our Griffins are fighting the "Summer Slide." Studies indicate that a typical elementary student's academic achievement declines approximately two months over the summer. Additionally, summer learning loss is cumulative and over time can contribute to a student's potential success. #GriffinPride #WholeChild

All Sweet Summer Reading Chance forms are due Wednesday, August 27th. With this summer learning experience, students will have the opportunity to win exciting prizes and participate in a start-of-year celebration! There are several ways to participate: READO, Camp Wonderopolis, and the Greenville Library Summer Reading Program. To learn more information, see the following flyer (CLICK HERE!).

  • The READO Card (CLICK HERE!).
  • Camp Wonderopolis begins June 11th (CLICK HERE!).
  • Greenville Library Summer Reading Program begins May 31st (CLICK HERE!).
  • Need book suggestions? Check out our district's Leveled Book List (CLICK HERE!).

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Meet the Teacher Procedures & Details

Meet the Teacher will take place over two days. CLICK HERE for a detail description of each night's offerings.

  • Sterling Program Meet the Teacher will be Wednesday, August 14th from 3:30-6:30pm. Parents are required to attend one of the three 30-minute information sessions at 3:30, 4:30, OR 5:30pm (choose one). For space considerations, we recommend the following:

    • Last Name Starting with A-G: 3:30pm Session

    • Last Name Starting with H-O: 4:30pm Session

    • Last Name Starting with P-Z: 5:30pm Session

  • CTC Program Meet the Teacher will be Thursday, August 15th from 4:30-6:30pm. Rising CTC 3rd grade parent orientation will occur from 4:00-4:30pm. Rising CTC 6th grade Boot Camp will occur from 4:00-5:00pm.

  • Anyone who cannot attend the evening event can complete all required paperwork and receive their child's placement or schedule in the front office on Monday, August 19th from 9:00am-2:00pm.

6th Grade Boot Camp

The transition that occurs from elementary to middle school is important. To support this "Rite of Passage," we are providing a 6th Grade Boot Camp, a 1-hour crash-course on all things middle school! This year's event will occur from 4:00-5:00pm on Thursday, August 15th. During this time, 6th graders will:

  • Meet their homeroom teacher
  • Go over agenda usage & expectations
  • Learn about homework & how to use the assignment calendar
  • Read through the middle school letter
  • Learn about advisory and homeroom
  • Go through the supplies breakdown
  • Participate in a Q&A on middle school
  • And...last but certainly not least...learn about lockers: how to open lockers, the locker break schedule, locker assignments, and practice opening lockers!

No worries, parents! You are not left without your own version of Boot Camp. During the time that students are meeting with their homeroom teachers, parents of 6th grade students are invited to the Vegas Room for their own orientation to middle school at the Charles Townes Center. At the conclusion of Boot Camp, students and parents will be able to go meet the rest of the 6th grade team teachers at Meet-the-Teacher night!

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United Way School Tools Event

With the start of the new school year quickly approaching, United Way of Greenville County wants to help families in need by providing school supplies for students. The goal of the United Way School Tools project is to provide students in rising K-4 through rising 8th grade with a new book bag and school supplies. Supplies are limited. #WholeChild #BuildingABetterGriffin

  • Saturday, August 17, 8:00 am – 10:00 am, Sterling School Gymnasium

CLICK HERE for event flyer.

Morning & Afternoon Traffic Procedures

At Sterling School, safety is our first priority. As parents, your help is requested with morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Beginning with the start of 2019-2020 school year, parents will no longer be able to utilize the Tanner’s parking lot for morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up. We recognize that a drop-off or pick-up of nearly nearly 800 students is a time consuming process. In our continued efforts to ensure student safety, we are trying a some **new ideas** (see items in bold below) and reminding you of a few items as well. In an effort to maximize safety while still maintaining a reasonably speedy car line, we ask that you please adhere to the following procedures for morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal:

AM Drop-off:

  • Model proper safety procedures for your children (wear your seatbelt, do not text while operating your motor vehicle, etc.).

  • Please move through the morning and afternoon car line with extreme caution.

  • Do not use your cell phones or other electronic devices while in the car line.

  • Do not let your child unload before school doors open at 7:25am.

  • In the morning, we ask all car riders to exit the full length of the awning. (Parents who wait to drop off at the front of the school cause the line to back up and result in unnecessary delays.)

  • Middle school students should be dropped off in the back bus loop (Watch out for buses. They are less maneuverable than cars.) Middle school students should report to the gym until dismissed to class.

  • Elementary students (K4-5th) must drop off in the front car loop. (This includes carpools with both elementary & middle students.) Elementary school students should report to the hallway of their respective grade.

  • Any middle school students being dropped off at or after 7:50 must be dropped off in the front car line.

  • Follow the directions of all Sterling School Staff and/or law enforcement officers while on campus.

PM Pick-up:

  • Model proper safety procedures for your children (wear your seatbelt, do not text while operating your motor vehicle, etc.)

  • Please move through the car line with extreme caution.

  • Elementary pick-up begins at 2:30; Middle school pick-up begins at 2:45.

  • Cars will be expected to load along the full length of the sidewalk/awning.

  • All cars must turn right as they exit the parking lot/car line.

  • Elementary pick-up should line up in the right-hand pickup lane upon entry. Middle school pick-up should line up in the left-hand lane lane upon entry beginning at 2:45.

  • Elementary students will be called from their classrooms, which means they could take 5-7 minutes to exit the building.

  • Middle school students will be dismissed at 2:45. Keep in mind they may need to visit their lockers or the restroom, so they may not exit the building for 5-7 minutes.

  • Middle school students who carpool (with middle or elementary students) should utilize the back bus loop. All other middle school students should use the front traffic loop.

  • Follow the directions of all Sterling School Staff and/or law enforcement officers while on campus.

**Administration reserves the right to revise these procedures in the event that they present unforeseen problems or concerns**

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Calling All Experts! (Namely... YOU!)


The faculty at Sterling School & Charles Townes Center constantly work to provide our students with relevant, real-world experiences. Through the use of inquiry, namely PBL (project-based learning), we seek to innovate and transform our school’s approach of teaching and learning through student-centered, personalized instruction. Inquiry-based methods prepare students for academic, personal, and career success, readying them for the challenges they will inherit in our world.

While our teachers are super smart :-), they do not know everything! To further our students' learning, we need various experts with professional experiences to engage our students. As a district, our Graduation Plus emphasis strives to ensure that all students are career and college ready. Exposing our students to various careers and professions within the context of meaningful, hands-on learning will strengthen our school's instructional program.

As we look to next school year, if you are willing to partners with us, we are seeking parents with various expertise. We are looking for representation from all types of careers. As a school, we will utilize the database when seeking experts to support career days and various curriculum units. If you are willing to be added to our expert directory, please complete the following Google Form (CLICK HERE!). #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild