The Weekly Griffin

Week of August 19th, 2018 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

First Week Reminders

Morning Drop-Off

  • Please move through the morning and afternoon car line with extreme caution.
  • Do not let your child unload before school doors open at 7:25am.
  • In the morning, we ask all car riders to exit the full length of the awning.
  • If you do not have your student's dismissal tag, you are asked to pick this up in the main office when dropping your student off in the morning. We cannot release a student to a parent without this tag; students who ride the bus will be returned to school.

Afternoon Pick-Up

  • During the first couple of weeks, afternoon dismissal is typically longer. We ask for additional patience as we strive to ensure that our students leave us safely.
  • Elementary parents please use the right lane, middle school parents use the left lane.
  • Remember to have your dismissal tags with you, visible on the driver's side.
  • We recommend, cutting the sheet apart into 3 separate tags: one in the car, one at home, and one for backup.
  • If your elementary student waits for an older middle school sibling, they will wait in the cafeteria and will be dismissed at 2:45.
  • During the first week of school, we recommend that parents of middle schoolers not arrive for pick up before 2:45.
  • If you are involved in a carpool and need additional car tags, you may pick up extra tags from the front office. Please email Mrs. Hammonds and these tags may be sent home with your child.

Here are a few other general reminders:

  • Our doors will open at 7:25am. The tardy bell rings at 8:00am.
  • While breakfast is free to all students, breakfast is not served after 7:50am.
  • Students are asked not to bring breakfast from local restaurants into the building.
  • Please return the blue "Thursday folder" to your child's teacher tomorrow.
  • No early dismissals after 2:00pm. To ensure a safe, efficient dismissal, we ask that parents sign their child out before 2:00pm.
  • For any student who is absent from school, all notes (parent or medical) must be provided within 2 days of the student's return to be excused.
  • An "absence" in elementary school is defined as being at school for less than 3 hours; in middle school, students who are present for less than 30 minutes will be considered absent.
  • All medication(s) must be given to Nurse Brenda in the original container(s) with directions for administering. Students are not allowed to carry medications.

What's Ahead...

  • August 20 - Students Return (First Day of School)
  • August 20 - Sip, Sob, & Shout! 7:30-8:30am in Media Center
  • August 22 - Sweet Summer Reading Chances Forms Due
  • August 27 - PTA Spirit Night @ Big Air Trampoline Park
  • August 30 - Attraction Book Fundraiser Kick-Off (Elementary)
  • August 31 - College Colors Day
  • September 3 - Labor Day (No School for Students)
  • September 4 - Fall Pictures

Want to Get Involved? Our Students Need YOU!

Calling All Experts! (Namely... YOU!)


Marine biologist, conservationist, and writer Rachel Carson (1956) once stated, “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” Fortunately, the students at the Sterling School do not just have one adult who eagerly shares in the excitement of ongoing discovery and exploration—they have many. BUT we need more!

The faculty at Sterling School & Charles Townes Center are working to implement a schoolwide framework of inquiry-based learning. Through the use of inquiry, namely PBL (project-based learning), we seek to continuously innovate and transform our school’s approach of teaching and learning through student-centered, personalized instruction. PBL prepares 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, we are creating a database of partners and parents who have various expertise. As a school, we will utilize the database when seeking experts to support various curriculum, PBL units. If you are willing to be added to our expert directory, please complete the following Google Form (CLICK HERE!). #VisionInAction #GriffinPride #WholeChild