The Weekly Griffin

Week of March 3, 2019 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

2019 Sterling School Black History Celebration

Our second annual Black History Program featured the Sterling School Chorus, Sterling Dancers, the Nicholtown Community Choir, and internationally recognized poet and speaker, Charlene "Chiccy Baritone" Evans.


Additionally, Thursday's event showcased a Black Migration presentation, and a special performance of "Change the World" by 4th grade Honors Chorus, Sterling Dancers, NCC, Reggie Rocc, Jada Redmond, Kristen Stephens, and songwriter Alphaeus Anderson. The pre-show performance included a Harlem Renaissance Art Show and Negro Spirituals performed by the Sterling School Chorus. Many thanks to all who attended and a special thanks to this year's event organizers. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #BlackHistoryIsOurHistory

https://youtu.be/3itBd7nFmgE

MathCounts State Competition

The Sterling School MathCounts team won first place at the state MathCounts competition held in Aiken, SC on Saturday, March 3. The winning team consists of Emma Bao, Emily Zhang, Noah Brooks and Aedan Honohan. Atharva Shah also competed and earned a 17th place out of 94 total contestants. Emma earned a 5th place finish and 4th place in the Countdown Round competition. Emily was 9th place overall and participated in the Countdown Round. Noah was in the top 16 as well and participated in the Countdown Round. With the win at the state competition, Ms. Gordon has been named the coach for the SC state team at the national competition to be held in Orlando, Florida in May. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild


All of our contestants did an awesome job! Go Griffins!

What's Ahead...

  • March 4 thru 8 - Teacher Appreciation Week

  • March 4 - PTA Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon (CLICK HERE or HERE to help!)

  • March 6 - Sterling School Spelling Bee; 3:00-4:00pm

  • March 7 - Best Practices in Gifted Education Series, 11:30-12:00pm in Vegas

  • March 8 - PTA Faculty & Staff Appreciation Dessert Bar (CLICK HERE to help!)

  • March 12 - 4K Pre-Registration: Deadline

  • March 15 - Deadline for Greenville Drive Reading Challenge

  • March 19 - Best Practices in Gifted Education Series, 9:00-9:30am in Vegas


*Please continue to be mindful of our drop-off and pick-up. Have students exit or load the full length of the awing and please keep this area/time "cell phone free!"

Teacher Appreciation Week 2019

We will celebrate our fantastic Sterling School teachers this week, March 4-8th. The PTA has several things planned, but your family can help make the week special, too! Consider participating in any of the following ways:


  • Monday: Volunteer to watch students in the cafeteria during lunch, while PTA hosts a lunch for all teachers. Please sign up HERE.
  • Tuesday: Wear your teacher’s favorite color.
  • Wednesday: Bring your teacher a special snack or drink.
  • Thursday: Create a 'thank you' letter/poem/drawing for your teacher.
  • Friday: Give your teacher a small gift or gift card. Find your teacher's favorite items HERE.

GSSM Summer Camp is Coming to Sterling School!

The South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science will host two summer day camps at our school this year! 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 24 - 27, 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.

Register for iTeams Xtreme HERE.

CREATEng for current 7th and 8th grade students
June 17 -20, 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.

Register for CREATEng HERE.

Get Involved...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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Furman Teaching Partnership

This semester, Sterling School has partnered with Furman University in providing a collaborative, hands-on experience to teaching and learning. Over the next several weeks, Furman students and Sterling School teachers will undergo a practicum-rich experience in literacy and social studies methods. Sterling teachers will model lessons for the practicum students, serving as a "lab" for best practices. In addition, Furman students will participate in class sessions on our campus and Furman professors will be available to work with Sterling teachers in providing professional development and/or co-teaching experiences. We are hopeful that this unique, progressive partnership will serve as a model for other K-12 schools and higher ed teacher training programs. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Congrats to our 2019 Jr. Scholars!

The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program was developed by the South Carolina Department of Education to identify eighth-grade students with exceptional academic talent and to develop strategies for inclusion into special programs. This year, 50 students qualified for this recognition! Junior Scholar candidates are those eligible students who:


  • Scored 550 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion of the PSAT/NMSQT; or
  • Scored 530 or higher on the Mathematics portion of the PSAT/NMSQT; or
  • Participate in Duke University's Talent Identification Program (TIP) during his/her seventh-grade year, met the eligibility requirements as outlined by that program, and be invited to attend either the State or Grand Recognition Ceremonies.

#BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild