The Weekly Griffin

January 20th - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

Sterling School/CTC Jr. Betas Shine @ State Convention

We are so proud of our Jr. Betas who traveled last week to the State Convention to compete with other schools across our state. Collectively, our students received 14 awards! They had a wonderful time and exemplified #GriffinPRIDE!

Junior Awards (Middle School):

  • Black & White Photography -1st, Nahvia Spadafora
  • Jewelry - 3rd, Natalia Lopez
  • Math - 1st, Aedan Honohan
  • Language Arts - 1st, Ellie Bryant
  • Apparel Design - 1st, Megan Gillen, Olivia Lu, Julia Pascoe, Emma Turgeon & Elaine Wang
  • Technology - 1st, Kathryn Carlson & Lily Sommer


  • Science - 1st, Jeremiah Eller
  • Jewelry - 1st, Grace Dredge
  • Language Arts - 3rd, Coco Shum
  • Color Photography - 2nd, Griffin Lesher
  • Recycled Art - 4th, Grace Dredge
  • Quiz Bowl - 2nd, Nicky Arzt, Antony Manavalan, Anna Claire Tuten & Darby Burdette (Coached by Chris Arzt)
  • Book Battle - 3rd, Eli Wagner, Spencer Page & Sara Middleton
  • Fiber Arts - 2nd, Coco Shum

Many thanks to our faculty sponsors and parent chaperones for making this opportunity possible! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

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What's Ahead...

This Week...
  • January 22 - Pancakes with the Principals***
  • January 22 - 4K Registration Opens (thru March 20th)
  • January 24 - Q2 Report Cards Go Home
  • January 24 - SIC Meeting (Open To All), 8:30am
  • January 25 - All-State Band Auditions

  • January 29 - Parent Information Series Session: (Re: Math, See Info Below); 12:15-12:45
  • January 30 - 4th & 5th Career Day; 8:15-10:20am: Able to Volunteer?
  • January 31 - Families for Lunch
  • January 31 - Last Day to Nominate 8th Grade Student for ACE Award: More Info?
  • February 3 - After School PTA Painting Event; 3:30-5:00pm: Register Here
  • February 27 - SAVE THE DATE: Black History Celebration; 6:30-7:30pm

***Pancakes with Principals Reminder: Students who participated in Sterling School’s Winter Reading Challenge were given tickets to our Pancakes with Principals Breakfast this week. Please remind your child to bring his/her ticket and NOT to eat a regular school breakfast that morning. We look forward to celebrating Winter Reading!

Students Receive High Marks in Math Competition

In November, some of our 4th through 8th grade students participated in the American Mathematics Competition. The results have just been released and our school had great scores! Brandon Xu and Eric Shi had the highest scores for the school and in the state with 21 correct questions! Atharva Shah earned a 19 and the combined score of Brandon, Eric and Atharva earned the school a Merit Roll honor for having a combined score in the top 5% of schools taking the test. Other outstanding scorers were Stephanie Hu with an 18 and Grace Qin with a 17. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #LevelUP

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Planning for DownTOWNES

The CTC DownTOWNES program for grades 6-8 will take place on April 29, 30 and May 1 2020. DownTOWNES is a three-day learning experience where we use Greenville as our classroom so that our middle school students can make connections by discovering and exploring the real-world environments around them.

Since many of the activities are off-campus, we ask that there are no late-arrivals or early dismissals during DownTOWNES. Please take this into consideration as you are making doctor appointments.

In order for this event to happen, parent help will be needed! Keep an eye out for volunteer requests from the middle school team.

We're also looking for help in other ways:

  • Do you have an interesting career that you'd love to talk about with our students? We're looking for speakers who can share information and ideally have a hands-on activity.
  • Our 8th graders will be going out into the community to volunteer on Friday, May 1st. Do you know of an organization that could use the help of some 13-14-years olds for a few hours?

If you have any questions or can help with DownTOWNES, please contact Linda Reynolds at

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4K Pre-Registration: Begins January 22nd!

In order for our Griffins to start their education on the right foot, we encourage participation in our high quality, full day 4K program! To be considered, children must turn four-years-old on or before September 1, 2020. Parents may pre-register at any district elementary school or child development center UNTIL MARCH 20, 2020. Pre-registration will NOT be accepted after March 20th. Children do not have to live in the school attendance area to pre-register at that location. Pre-registration does not guarantee enrollment in a GCS 4K program. Notification of 4K acceptance will be mailed to parents late March 2018. PLEASE NOTE: 4K screening will be held for pre-registered children April 1-3, 2020.

Remember to bring the following:

Think Move Chess Academy

It's not too late! Chess Club starts back THIS FRIDAY, Jan. 24th

Get your registration forms in by Wednesday!

Need more information: Call or email Ms. Foulkes


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!

ACE Awards Nominations Close January 31st!

The ACE Awards (Advocates for Character and Education) is an annual award given to 72 male and female students from each of the 35 Greenville County middle and high schools. This award is designed to honor true “unsung heroes” who all too often are not recognized for their accomplishments. The selection process, established by Greenville County school counselors, focuses on identifying and selecting students who often go unnoticed for one reason or another, but have accomplished great things in their community, church or school.

If you would like to nominate a Greenville County 8th or 12th grader, please or go online to and click the nominate button at the top of the page. All nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2019. An ACE Awards Advisory Committee at each school will choose finalists from among those nominated to complete an application for the ACE Award. One male and one female will be chosen from each middle and high school in Greenville County. All ACE award recipients will be recognized at the ACE Awards ceremony in the spring.

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

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Students Selected for All-State Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students who auditioned for and were chosen for the 2019-2020 South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA) All-State Orchestra:

Violin: Jaimie Park,

Violas: Kai Tucker, Johnny Buck

Cellos: Sierra Kremenliev, Griffin Jones, Leran Fu

Bass: Mark Beraho

The performance will be on Sunday, February 23 at Wade Hampton High School. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #LevelUP