The Weekly Griffin

Week of February 24, 2019 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

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.

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What's Ahead...

Dates in bold denote Read Across America Events


  • February 25 - Fox in Socks: wear mismatched socks

  • February 26 - Oh, the Places You'll Go: wear a college shirt or college colors to support your future college choice

  • February 27 - Wacky Wednesday: wear your clothes backwards, inside-out, or mismatched

  • February 28 - The Cat in the Hat: wear red, white, & black

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

  • March 1 - (Read Across America Day) I Can Read with my Eyes Shut: dress like a favorite Seuss character from a book you've read

  • 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


*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!"

Black History Month Celebration - This Thursday, 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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Attn: Current 6th & 7th Grade Students:

Applications are now available for Advanced Art for rising 7th and 8th graders. Applications are posted on the art bulletin board outside the cafeteria or you can ask Mrs. Harrington or Mrs. Spitler.

We are also looking for rising 8th graders who may be interested in taking Art 1 Honors (high school credit) next year as a year-long class. Please email Mrs. Spitler unless you already filled out a form at Curriculum Night. We are awaiting GCS board approval of the honors offering, but want to have a list of interested students in preparation for course scheduling.

The CTC Newspaper: Valentine's Edition

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! The Valentine's edition of the CTC Newspaper, our school's student newspaper, is out! (CLICK HERE!) A student newspaper teaches and reinforces a lot of skills that will benefit students today and tomorrow. Students who participate in a student newspaper learn a lot of workplace skills such as management, meeting deadlines, and communicating with others. School newspapers also enforce a need for teamwork. As our students continue to learn how to write, edit, and publish a regular newspaper, you will see further developments. Thank you, in advance, for supporting our students by taking a few minutes to read and support their work! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild