The Weekly Griffin

December 15th - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

What's Ahead...

This Week...
  • Dec. 16 thru Dec. 19 - 8th Grade Advanced Art Show
  • December 16 - Advanced Art Show Reception & Presentation of Student Work; 4:30-6:30pm
  • December 17 - Band & Strings Winter Concert; 6:30-8:00pm
  • December 20 - Winter Break Reading Challenge Begins (after dismissal)
  • Dec. 21 thru Jan. 5 - Winter Break
  • January 6 - Students Return From Winter Break
  • January 8 - Winter Break Reading Challenge Logs are Due
  • January 10 - School Spirit Day (Wear a Sterling/CTC shirt or school colors)
  • January 11 - All State Orchestra Auditions & Region Band Auditions
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2019 Winter Break Reading Challenge

Join us for our Winter Break Reading Challenge! K4 through 8th Grade Participants who complete our challenge will win PANCAKES WITH THE PRINCIPALS!


· Kindergartners (4K & 5K) are asked to complete the Penguin/Snowball page. (CLICK HERE!)

· Students in Grades 1-8 are asked to complete the Mitten page. (CLICK HERE!)


NOTE: For the form to count, it needs to be completed between December 21 & January 5. Just follow the directions including a parent’s signature. All forms are due to homeroom teachers by Wednesday, January 8, 2020.


We would also love for you to share pictures of your child as he or she participates in this year's Challenge. Use #SterlingReads2019 within your Facebook/Twitter posts and we'll share them on our school's page. You can also send a direct message or simply email Dr. Patterson. Happy Holidays & Happy Reading!

Pictures from Last Year's "Pancakes with the Principals!"

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Preventing the Spread of Colds & Flu

Each school has a comprehensive health and safety plan, which includes daily disinfection of restrooms, health rooms, water coolers, desks and doorknobs. We work closely with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and follow DHEC’s guidelines for all diseases. Each Greenville County public school has a school nurse who assesses students with flu-like symptoms. Any student with a fever of 100 degrees or higher is sent home. School nurses and teachers always emphasize the importance of good hygiene, including frequent hand washing and cough techniques to reduce the spread of viruses.


To fight the spread of illness, your child should:

  • Stay home if sick.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and often.
  • Cover cough with sleeve.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Do not share eating utensils, food, or drinks.
  • Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest.


If your child complains about not feeling well, please check their temperature before sending them to school. Do not send your child to school if they have a fever.


Your child should not return to school until they have been fever-free without the help of Tylenol or another product for 24 hours, has not vomited for 24 hours, and has not had diarrhea for 24 hours. If your child starts to have symptoms of the flu, call your healthcare provider or your local health department for guidance.


Make sure that your child’s school has your current telephone numbers.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Congratulations, Mrs. Baiden, NBCT

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is proud to welcome 3,831 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), who are helping students reach their highest potential in 2,914 schools in 46 states.


At Sterling School, we are excited to announce that Mrs. Dhara Baiden is among this year's count! Mrs. Baiden is a middle level ELA teacher of our school’s Charles Townes Center. She is one of 91 newly certified teachers in our state. CONGRATULATIONS, Mrs. Baiden!


In order to become a Board-certified teacher, teachers complete a performance-based, peer-reviewed process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

“National Board Certification is about elevating the teaching profession; and it is about helping children achieve at higher rates,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “The certification process impacts teaching and learning well beyond an individual teacher’s classroom,” said Brookins.


Thank you, Mrs. Baiden, for your unwavering dedication to our students, school, and profession. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild