The Weekly Griffin

February 23rd - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

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This THURSDAY - Black History Celebration 2020!

There are a few events that are true staples of our school's annual calendar. Among them include Veterans Day, April Arts, Griffin Walk, and more. The 3rd Annual Black History Celebration will occur Thursday, February 27th @ 6:30pm. If you've not attended this event in the past, you are encouraged to come. You will be inspired, encouraged, and entertained. Check out this year's flyer for more information: CLICK HERE!

What's Ahead...

This Week...
  • February 24 - Dance Collaborative Begins, 2:45-3:30pm (see info below)
  • February 25 - Jr. Beta Book Drive for GLA Begins (see info below)
  • February 25 - Last Day of ReadCycle Book Swap, Book Selection
  • February 26 - Middle School Fundraiser Reward Day
  • February 27 - PTA Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch: Volunteers Needed
  • February 27 - Black History Celebration; 6:30-7:30pm: See Flyer
  • February 28 - Audition Form Due for Aladdin Jr.
  • March 2 thru 6 - Read Across America Week
  • March 4 - Parent Info Series Session; 1:00-1:30pm/Vegas; Multi-Cultural Literacy: See Flyer
  • March 12 - 3rd Grade South Carolina Program / "Celebrate Our State" - 1:00pm
  • March 13 - SIC, 8:30am (Open to all)
  • March 13 - School Spirit Day (Wear a Sterling/CTC Shirt or School Colors)
  • March 13 - Middle School Spirit Dance; 2:45-4:30pm
  • March 18 - Special Parent Info Session w/"Gifted Guru" Lisa Van Gemert; 6:30-7:30pm
  • March 20 - Registration closes for 4K (see info below)

Audition for Aladdin Jr.!

Sterling School will present Aladdin Jr. on Friday, May 29th at 6:30 pm. Students in grades 3 - 8 are invited to audition. There will be approximately 25 roles to fill for this production. Students interested should complete an audition form and turn it in to Dr. Robertson by Friday, February 28th. The audition will include reading a scene from Aladdin and singing a song. Students need to prepare no more than 16 measures of a song. Dr. Robertson will accompany those who bring sheet music. Students may sing from a karaoke track; however, they may not sing from a track with the artist singing along with them. A tentative rehearsal schedule is on the audition form. Parents that have additional question regarding auditions may email Dr. Robertson.

Read Across America, March 2nd-5th

This year's Read across America Celebration will focus on books that include diversity/inclusion.

Some activities scheduled for the week include:

*Grade levels will read books about diversity/inclusion daily.

*Additional books will be available in our Media Center.

*Middle school classes will perform theater stories for elementary classes.

*Elementary classes will play a Kahoots! game that middle school students create based on that week's grade-level books.

*Volunteers will read aloud to classes during RAA week. If you're willing to read, email Kim Marchbanks!
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Apply To the ARMES Program @ the Fine Arts Center

ARMES is a tuition-free arts program designed to meet the needs of students in grades 3 through 8 who demonstrate outstanding talents and a deep interest in Dance, Strings, Theater, Creative Writing, or Visual Arts.

The purpose of the program is to allow students to explore their chosen art form in depth, while promoting individual creativity. Classes are taught at a pace and level of complexity appropriate for artistically gifted children with similar abilities and interests.

All current 2nd - 7th grade students are eligible to apply for the upcoming school year! Classes are held two days per week after regular school hours, for a total of 3 hours of instruction each week. Sterling School / CTC has many students who participate in the ARMES program every year! Students will be scheduled for an audition later this spring. The deadline to apply for ARMES for the 2020-21 school year is Wednesday, April 8th.

For more details, visit the ARMES website.

GSSM Summer Camp Returns to Sterling!

The South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science will host two summer day camps at our school this year! Sterling School is the only host school in the entire upstate and space is limited! Siblings and friends from other schools can register, too.

Applications are now open. Be sure to register by April 15th to receive Early Bird prices!

iTeams Xtreme for current 5th-7th grade students

June 15-18, 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.

Apply now for iTeams Xtreme at Sterling/CTC!

CREATEng for current 7th-8th grade students

June 22-25, 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.

Apply now for CREATEng at Sterling/CTC!

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

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Furman Teaching Partnership

Again this year, Sterling School is partnering 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 #LevelUP

Congrats to Our 2020 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, 48 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 #LevelUP

Middle School Curriculum Fair Follow-Up

Thank you to everyone who came to last week's Middle School Curriculum Night. We hope you found the event informative and enjoyable. If you were unable to attend, here are the flyers and handouts that were distributed. CLICK HERE! As always, if there are any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know. In addition to any of the teachers, Casey Noble (middle school counselor) serves as the main point of contact. Thank you!