The Weekly Griffin

February 9th - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

Sterling School has Strong Showing at MathCounts

On Saturday, the Sterling School MathCounts participants competed in the Piedmont Chapter Competition at Fisher Middle School. The school team of Atharva Shah, Brandon Xu, Aedan Honohan, and Eric Shi won 1st place. Brandon Xu placed 1st in the written competition and in the countdown round. Atharva Shah placed 4rd in the written competition and 2nd in the countdown round.


The other students representing Sterling School/CTC in the competition included Tarika Desai, Stephanie Hu, Joel Kim, Samuel Gospodarek, David Ropp & Grace Qin.


The 4 person team has qualified to represent Sterling School at the state competition to be held in Aiken, SC on March 7. Congratulations to all of them! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

What's Ahead...

This Week...
  • February 11 - Middle School Curriculum Night: 6:00-7:00pm; Dinner @ 5:30 (CLICK HERE!)
  • February 12 thru 14 - Readcycle Book Drop Off
  • February 13 - Applications Open for GSSM Summer Camp (See below for more info)
  • February 14 - Class Picture Day (Elementary)
  • February 14 - School Spirit Day (Wear a Sterling/CTC shirt or school colors)
  • February 14 - SIC Meeting; 9:30am
  • February 17 - Presidents Day (No School)
  • February 19 thru 21 - Readcycle Book Selection (Bring your tickets!)
  • February 20 - Gifted Information Series: Arts Integration, 8:45-9:30: See Flyer


SAVE THE DATE:

  • February 27 - SAVE THE DATE: Black History Celebration; 6:30-7:30pm: See Flyer

Readcycle Book Swap

Readcycle Book Swap Returns!

  • Book drop-off this Wednesday-Monday at lunch.
  • One ticket per book that you bring to swap.
  • Come to the media center next week Wednesday-Friday to redeem.


#ReadersAreLeaders #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #LevelUP

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Current 5th, 6th, & 7th Grade CTC Families

Families of rising CTC middle School students, be sure to mark your calendar for Middle School Curriculum Night on Tuesday, February 11th at 6:00pm! CLICK HERE for event flyer.


Our administrators and middle school counselor will talk about the registration process for next year's classes. You'll also find lots of information about elective options and what to expect from next year's core subjects. It's a great opportunity to talk with teachers and get answers to all of your questions!


If your student is currently in 3rd, 4th, or 8th grade... the PTA could REALLY use your help!!

We'll need volunteers to serve and clean up dinner, while rising middle school families are busy eating and participating in Curriculum Night. If you can help, CLICK HERE!

Save the Date: 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! Applications open February 13th; be sure to register by April 15th to receive Early Bird prices! Sterling School is the only host school in the entire upstate. Registration is now open and space is limited!

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.

Applications open Feb. 13th, 2020 for iTeams Xtreme. Join the GSSM mailing list!

CREATEng for current 7th and 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.

Applications open Feb. 13th, 2020 for CREATEng. Join the GSSM mailing list!

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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Preventing the Spread of Colds and Flu

Each school has a comprehensive health and safety plan, which includes daily disinfection of restrooms, health rooms, water coolers, desks and doorknobs. We work closely with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and follow DHEC’s guidelines for all diseases. Each Greenville County public school has a school nurse who assesses students with flu-like symptoms. Any student with a fever of 100 degrees or higher is sent home. School nurses and teachers always emphasize the importance of good hygiene, including frequent hand washing and cough techniques to reduce the spread of viruses.


To fight the spread of illness, your child should:

  • Stay home if sick.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and often.
  • Cover cough with sleeve.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Do not share eating utensils, food, or drinks.
  • Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest.


If your child complains about not feeling well, please check their temperature before sending them to school. Do not send your child to school if they have a fever.


Your child should not return to school until they have been fever-free without the help of Tylenol or another product for 24 hours, has not vomited for 24 hours, and has not had diarrhea for 24 hours. If your child starts to have symptoms of the flu, call your healthcare provider or your local health department for guidance.


Make sure that your child’s school has your current telephone numbers.