The Weekly Griffin

May 19, 2019 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

2019 Sterling School ACE Award Winners

The ACE (Advocates for Character and Education) Awards is an annual end of the school year banquet in which 70 male and female character and education award winners from all 35 Greenville County middle and high schools are recognized and honored. These students quite often are true “Unsung Heroes” who are comprised of students who have overcome tremendous odds to achieve wonderful things in their churches, schools, homes, or communities but have not been recognized for doing so.


This year's Sterling School ACE Award goes to... Garner Hart & Hannah Brewer! Garner and Hannah were recognized last Wednesday at a reception and event at Relentless Church. Click the second image below to read why they were selected as this year's recipients! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

What's Ahead...

  • May 20 - Elementary Music Showcase (1st-3rd grade) & Chorus Concert, 9:00-10:00am

  • May 20 - Mom's Night Out at Vino and Van Gogh, 6:30-8:30pm

  • May 21 - 4th-5th grade SC Ready Testing (ELA Day 1)

  • May 22 - 4th-5th grade SC Ready Testing (ELA Day 2)

  • May 22 - Kids' Painting Party at Vino and Van Gogh, 4:00-5:30pm

  • May 23 - EOC Testing (English I)

  • May 23 - K5 End-of-Year Program, 9:00am

  • May 24 - EOC Testing (English I)

  • May 24 - Volunteer & Mentor Appreciation Breakfast, 8:30am

  • May 27 - Memorial Day (No School)

  • May 29 - EOC Testing (Algebra I)

  • May 30 - Field Day: 8:10am (K5-2nd) & 11:50am (3rd-4th) - Families are welcome!

  • May 30 - 8th Grade Awards Night, 6:00pm


*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.

Introducing Ms. Rochelle McCormick

***At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Mrs. McCormick will become our new resource teacher, filling the spot vacated by Ms. Kara Tallman.


My name is Rochelle McCormick. This will be my first year here at Sterling School but my 28th year as a teacher. Over the course of my career, I have taught students from Pre-K to 7th grade in Atlanta, Chicago, Des Moines and Guam. I received my Elementary-Special Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. I have enjoyed each experience very much and am looking forward to another great year.


Some of my favorite things include reading, traveling, and spending time with my family. My daughter is a teacher in Denver and my son is attending the University of Alabama. My husband and I are excited to make Greenville our new home!

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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!).


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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!)

[CLICK HERE to go directly to COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP DIRECTORY]


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

AJW Summer Camps

A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering has space remaining in their AJW Summer Camps and would love for our students to join them. These camps offer a variety of STEAM-focused, engaging opportunities to extend learning throughout the summer. Camps are open on a first-come, first-serve basis to students across the district. You’ll find details in the attached flyer (CLICK HERE!) or at this link (CLICK HERE!).

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SCBDA Outstanding Performance Award

The Sterling School/Charles Townes Center Band program received the 2019 South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Outstanding Performance Award (OPA), the most prestigious award given by the SCBDA. The award is earned by accumulating points from the SCBDA events throughout the year. The band received:

  • 10 points for the number of students named to Region Band and All State Band (8 students)
  • 20 points for the Superior rating at Concert Performance Assessment
  • 20 points for the number of Superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble (24 superiors)

The 50 total accumulated points is a perfect score, as the band maxed-out on possible points for each category.


To see more, check out this press release from our district. This is an incredible accomplishment! Way to go, band students and Mrs. Ledford! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Introducing Dr. Shane Robertson

At the start of 2019-2020 school year, Dr. Shane Robertson will be joining Sterling School's highly respected performing/visual arts department as our new music/chorus teacher.


A native of the Upstate, Dr. Shane Robertson has taught elementary general music and honor choir, high school chorus, and at the university level. Dr. Robertson earned his bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in piano performance from Limestone College, a master’s in music education from the University of Montana, a doctorate in music education from the University of Georgia, and completed the add-on licensure requirements for school administration at Wingate University.


While at Limestone, Robertson was actively involved in all musical ensembles and the theatre department. Dr. Robertson has presented research and conducted professional development sessions at district, state, and national conferences. Other activities unrelated to his musical and educational pursuits include spending time with family and friends, hiking in the mountains, and traveling. He is extremely excited about joining the Sterling family and becoming active in its community. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild