The Weekly Griffin

June 2, 2019 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

Thanks for a Great Year!

As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, I am tremendously grateful... grateful to serve as your child's principal, grateful for the educators at Sterling School who work so hard to provide the very best, and grateful for the parents who support our #WholeChild efforts to #BuildABetterGriffin!

This year has brought many successes. Together, we successfully implemented guided math (K-5 Sterling program), featured a parent information series to highlight gifted learners, celebrated #GriffinPRIDE with a beautiful collaborative mural, implemented PBIS (positive behavior interventions and supports), hosted our first conference for gifted educators, strengthened our ability to personalize learning with student-issued Chromebooks in grades 3-8, partnered with the Governor's School of Science and Math to provide summer programming, increased the number of mentors, implemented a MakerSpace in our school's media center, and much more!

But our work is not finished. As a school community we must strive to see learning as a journey, not a destination. Our school, constantly evolving, must constantly adapt to meet the needs of each child. Together, we will continue in our collective effort to #BuildABetterGriffin.

Over the weeks of summer, please continue to keep our Griffins learning. Our school has provided a plan for reading over the summer (see in this newsletter below). Students can continue to access their DreamBox accounts as well. Also, be on the lookout for communication from the school and our PTA. We will do our best to keep you informed of any need-to-know information. I will be working with colleagues to put into place a smooth opening to the new academic year and setting the priorities to build upon our successes. I would like to wish everyone the very best for the summer break and look forward to welcoming you back, refreshed, for what will be an exciting new academic year.

As always, it is an honor to serve as our school's principal. Again, thank you for a wonderful year!

Dr. P

Introducing Sue Broder

At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Ms. Susan Broder will be joining Sterling School’s highly respected English and Social Studies department as our new 7th grade teacher.

A Chicago native, Ms. Broder attended University of Illinois where she received a B. A. in Speech Communications and Public Relations. After graduating and taking a position as a marketing professional for John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Chicago, she quickly realized she wanted to spread her knowledge to others. After completing a Master’s in Teaching and Learning from National-Louis University, she went on to teach in Illinois, Georgia, and now South Carolina. Ms. Broder also holds a Master’s in School Leadership from Furman University and enjoys mentoring new teachers as well as students.

When not in the classroom, Ms. Broder enjoys spending time with her daughter and friends. A former competitive figure skater, she enjoys theatre, fiction novels, walking the Swamp Rabbit Trail, and a mean game of Scrabble. Ms. Broder has had the pleasure of leading professional development on a variety of subjects and is always up for a new challenge. She is delighted to be part of this amazing community of educators. learners, and families. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

What's Ahead...

  • 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.
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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!).

  • The READO Card (CLICK HERE!).
  • Camp Wonderopolis begins June 11th (CLICK HERE!).
  • Greenville Library Summer Reading Program begins May 31st (CLICK HERE!).
  • Need book suggestions? Check out our district's Leveled Book List (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

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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:

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

The CTC Newspaper: End-of-Year Edition

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! The End-of-Year edition of the CTC 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