The Weekly Griffin

Week of February 10, 2019 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

Sterling School has Strong Showing at MathCounts

On Saturday, the Sterling School MathCounts participants competed in the Piedmont Chapter Competition at Fisher Middle School. The school team of Emma Bao, Emily Zhang, Noah Brooks & Aedan Honohan placed 2nd. Atharva Shah placed 3rd in the written competition and 2nd in the countdown round. Emma Bao placed 7th in the written competition and 4th in the countdown round. Jonathon Clanton also placed in the top ten competitors with an 8th place finish in the written round.

The other students competing in this year's team included Tarika Desai, Sohini Kulkarni, Stephanie Hu & David Ropp.

The team and Atharva have qualified to represent Sterling School at the state competition to be held in Aiken, SC on March 2. Congratulations to all of them! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Black History Bowl Champions

Did you know Dingle Gadson was one of nine students to desegregate the College of Charleston in 1966 or that Edward Sawyer Cooper was the former president of the American Heart Association?

Congratulations to Sterling School for winning this year's Black History Quiz Bowl. This is the second year in a row our school has won. The competition is sponsored by Long Branch Baptist Church. Student participants of this year's team included Will Howard, Gabriel Wood, Kamille Brooks & Alana Maldonado. We also thank Mrs. Nye for coaching this year's team. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

What's Ahead...

  • February 11-15 - Box Tops Collection Week

  • February 11 - Greenville Drive Reading Challenge Begins

  • February 12 - Middle School Curriculum Night (5:00-7:30pm)

  • February 14 - Gifted Child Parent Information Session; 10:00-11:00am in Vegas

  • February 14 - Last Day for Lost & Found Collection

  • February 15 - Class Pictures

  • February 15 - Jr. Beta Club will sell Chick-Fil-A biscuits before school for $3.00

  • February 20 - Families for Lunch

  • February 20 - Middle School Fundraiser Celebration

  • February 28 - 2nd Annual Black History Month Program, 6:00pm

*MathCounts 5/6 is not meeting until further notice.

*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!"

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration Feb. 28th @ 6:00pm

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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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#BuildingABetterGriffin Requires ALL of US!

We often have a lot of visitors to the Sterling School; last week was no exception. The executive leadership team of the South Carolina Governor's School of Science and Math came on Monday, we hosted an Open House for this year's CTC prospective families on Tuesday, and 3rd-5th grade students heard from various professionals in our first Sterling School Career Day on Wednesday. Then, on Friday, we had several visitors of the feathered type :-). (Be sure to check out our Facebook page for this!). We are grateful for our many visitors!

Albert Pine, an English author who wrote in the early 19th century said, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains unchanged and is immortal.” What you possibly didn't notice this week were the people who were "behind-the-scenes" to make these special events occur... our PTA executive board, PTA general board, SIC, parent volunteers, classroom teachers, school counselors, CTC program facilitator, media specialist, custodial crew, and others. We are extremely grateful for these willing souls.

As we find ourselves at the mid-way point of the current year, I encourage you to get involved. The "lifting" to provide our students the many opportunities we seek to provide cannot be achieved by a few select individuals; it requires each of us! Our amazing teachers and students can always use a few extra hands! There are many, many ways to get involved. Involvement can be achieved through mentoring, tutoring, serving with the PTA, the W.O.K.E. after school program, by contacting your child's teacher, completing the Community Partnership Directory, or reaching out to Mrs. Reynolds (Program Facilitator). Some of us can do more than others, but we can all do our part to ensure that Sterling School truly provides our students with all they need to be successful in tomorrow's world! #WholeChild #TakesAVillage #BetterTogether

2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for 2018 were announced last week for the Southeast Region, and two of our 8th graders received recognition! Congratulations to these students for their strong performance! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

  • Julia Pascoe was recognized for her poem, "Black Berry Day"

  • Rishita Tikkala was recognized for her critical essay, "Religious Conflict in Our World Today"