The Weekly Griffin

May 27, 2019 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

2019 #GriffinBuilders Appreciation Breakfast

Last Friday, we had the opportunity to say "Thank you" to our school's wonderful volunteers, mentors, and community partners. For anyone who was unable to attend, please know that you are greatly appreciated! Check out this short video message from our students!

And for everyone else who loves our Griffins, our school needs even more volunteers! We have many opportunities to support our school's #WholeChild, #WholeSchool, #WholeCommunity mission. If you're interested in joining this effort for next year, please contact any of the following people:

Mentors: Chameka Duncan:

Tutors: Kim Marchbanks:

PTA: Christi Wagner & Nicki Baldwin: /

SIC: Julie Cwynar:

Middle School Activism/Career Expert: Linda Reynolds:

Career Days: Casey Noble:

Anything else :-): Dr. Patterson:

What's Ahead...

  • May 27 - Memorial Day (No School)

  • May 29 - EOC Testing (Algebra I)

  • May 30 - Field Day: 8:10am (K5-2nd) & 11:50am (3rd-4th) - Families are welcome!

  • May 30 - 8th Grade Awards Night, 6:00pm

  • June 3 - Mud Run (6th-7th Grade), 9:30-11:30am

  • June 3 - 5th Grade Day

  • June 4 - 5th Grade Sterling Awards Program, 9:00am

  • June 4 - 5th Grade Color Run, 1:00pm

  • June 4 - Last day to pick up health room medications

  • June 5 - 8th Grade Day

  • June 5 - Griffin Walk, 11:00am

  • June 5 - Last Day of School (Elem Dismisses @ 12:00pm, Middle @ 12:15pm)

  • June 5 - Last day to guarantee your spot in next year's After School Program

  • June 7 - Report Cards mailed home

*As a reminder... Please continue to be mindful of our drop-off and pick-up.

  • Have students exit and load the full length of the awing.
  • Keep this area "cell phone free!"
  • Do not let students out at "roundabout" near Phillis Wheatley.
  • Do not let students out in the faculty/staff parking lot along the Phillis Wheatley property.
  • We discourage the use of the parking lot at Tanners. Please utilize our school's driveway.
  • Do not text your child at dismissal and request that they walk to Tanner's without an adult.

Introducing Ms. Taylor Kelley

***At the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, Ms. Kelley will join our middle school as our new 6th/7th science teacher.

Hello, I'm Taylor Kelley and I am eager to start the 2019-2020 school year at CTC! I have a Bachelor's Degree in middle level education from Winthrop University and a Master's Degree in education technology from the American College of Education. I also have my Gifted and Talented certification. Prior to CTC, I taught 7th grade math and science for four years at Oakridge Middle School in Clover, South Carolina. I am excited to be in Greenville School District to bring new ideas and opportunities to life! Outside of school, I enjoy traveling to the beach and mountains, playing and watching sports, hanging out with my friends and family, and exploring new places. I am ecstatic to be joining the CTC/Sterling School family!

#WholeChild Spotlight: Challenged (Tech Integration)

The five tenets of the Whole Child are safe, supported, challenged, engaged, and healthy. Here's one example of how our teachers support an environment that is challenging!

As a culminating project, Mrs. Lane's 4th Grade CTC math/science students worked with Dr. Stephanie Williams to develop a stop-motion animation video using Google Draw, Google Slides, and The students worked collaboratively in teams of 3-4 to design a unique "mashup" creature, transfer their creature from paper to the Chromebook, and develop an action sequence that gave details about the unique life and adaptations of their creature character. Humor was encouraged, and students were expected to show their knowledge of the needs of animals in their video. Students were allowed to use fantastical as well as real-life animals' characteristics in their mashups. The resulting videos were a real treat for everyone! Check out the few examples provided below! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

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Sweet Summer Reading Chances #FightTheSummerSlide

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. This year, we are encouraging our Griffins, 5K to rising 5th grade, to join us in our fight against the "Summer Slide." #GriffinPride #WholeChild

Over the next several weeks, you will find Sterling School's Sweet Summer Reading Chances information with your child's mailed report card, on our school's webpage, Facebook page, and in forthcoming summer editions of the Weekly Griffin. The Sweet Summer Reading Chances will begin at dismissal on Wednesday, June 5th. 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!).

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NEW: Summer Story Time

Elementary Students are Invited to Sterling School to Escape with Books this Summer!

Join us on Tuesdays from 11:00-11:30am 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. Summer Story Time will begin on Tuesday, June 11th and continue through Tuesday, August 6 with the exception of July 2. Door prizes will be provided! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

(If you would like to donate to our door prizes, please contact Ms. Marchbanks. Thanks!)

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

AJW Summer Camps

A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering has space remaining in their AJW Summer Camps and would love for our students to join them. These camps offer a variety of STEAM-focused, engaging opportunities to extend learning throughout the summer. Camps are open on a first-come, first-serve basis to students across the district. You’ll find details in the attached flyer (CLICK HERE!) or at this link (CLICK HERE!).

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2019 Sterling School ACE Award Winners

The ACE (Advocates for Character and Education) Awards is an annual end of the school year banquet in which 70 male and female character and education award winners from all 35 Greenville County middle and high schools are recognized and honored. These students quite often are true “Unsung Heroes” who are comprised of students who have overcome tremendous odds to achieve wonderful things in their churches, schools, homes, or communities but have not been recognized for doing so.

This year's Sterling School ACE Award goes to... Garner Hart & Hannah Brewer! Garner and Hannah were recognized last Wednesday at a reception and event at Relentless Church. Click the second image below to read why they were selected as this year's recipients! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Introducing Ms. Rochelle McCormick

***At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Mrs. McCormick will become our new resource teacher, filling the spot vacated by Ms. Kara Tallman.

My name is Rochelle McCormick. This will be my first year here at Sterling School but my 28th year as a teacher. Over the course of my career, I have taught students from Pre-K to 7th grade in Atlanta, Chicago, Des Moines and Guam. I received my Elementary-Special Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. I have enjoyed each experience very much and am looking forward to another great year.

Some of my favorite things include reading, traveling, and spending time with my family. My daughter is a teacher in Denver and my son is attending the University of Alabama. My husband and I are excited to make Greenville our new home!