The Weekly Griffin

October 13th - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

Sterling School Receives Whole Child Award

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This week, we extend a BIG word of congratulations to our entire school community! As previously shared, of 22 schools who applied, Sterling School is the sole recipient of this year's South Carolina ASCD's Whole Child Award. On Friday (Oct. 11th) the award was given during the general session of the organization's annual Whole Child Conference. The following introduction was shared with participants to announce the award and to acknowledge our school's dedication to this important work.

The ASCD Whole Child Award is designed to recognize schools that have gone beyond a vision for educating the whole child to actions that result in learners who are knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically active, artistically engaged, prepared for economic self-sufficiency, and ready for the world beyond formal schooling. This award acknowledges those schools that have changed the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the development of the whole child: a child who is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

This year’s recipient has certainly demonstrated that they are committed to the tenets of the Whole Child, most specifically the tenet of SUPPORT. Common expectations and a positive language is shared throughout the school with their PBIS program and is evidenced in Griffin PRIDE-which stands for positivity, respect, integrity, determination, and empathy. Teachers have participated in in-depth professional development in social-emotional learning and the effects of trauma on students. In addition to improving their school’s guided reading and balanced literacy efforts, teachers have received extensive training to implement guided math, project based learning, and SmartARTs training, all of which are necessary to engage, support, and challenge students. A personalized approach to education is not only encouraged but supported and expected.

School leaders and educators clearly know that intentional, strong partnerships with supportive community organizations are key to the success of serving the Whole Child. This year’s winner has partnered with the Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative and the Greenville City Police to support the students and families in the community they serve. Faculty has received training in gang awareness, partnered to hold weekly open gym nights and offered an annual summer camp that emphasizes good decision making and leadership. Our Whole Child Award recipient is not only a leader in creating a positive social-emotional culture within their district, they are also serve as a model within the state. Please join me in congratulating and celebrating the Sterling School in Greenville County Schools. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #LevelUP

What's Ahead...

  • October 15-17 - CogAT Testing (2nd Grade)
  • October 16 - PSAT Testing for 8th Grade
  • October 17 - Griffin Day for Middle School
  • October 17 - Middle School Fundraising Deliveries to Come Home
  • October 17 - Talent Show Dress Rehearsal, 2:30-5:00pm
  • October 18 - Jr. Beta Club Bake Sale @ Lunch
  • October 18 - Middle School Fall Dance, 2:45-4:30pm
  • October 18 - Last Day to Nominate an Educator Who Makes A Difference (see info below)
  • October 21 & 22 - Iowa Testing (2nd Grade)
  • October 22 - Gifted Education Parent Session Series, 9:45-10:45 (See info below)
  • October 24 - Sterling School Talent Show; 6:30pm, $3.00 Suggested Donation

Upcoming 2nd Grade Testing

2nd Grade Parents: your children will be taking the Cognitive Aptitude Test (CogAT) this week (Oct. 15th-17th) & Iowa the week after (Oct. 21st & 22nd). Please make sure they get plenty of sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast each morning. This test is used to qualify for gifted and talented identification and possible admission to the Charles Townes Center Program here at Sterling School. Please contact your child's teacher or Mr. Murphy with any questions.

October 31st: "Boo"K Character Dress-Up

On Thursday, Oct. 31, we encourage your child to dress like a BOO-K Character (from a book s/he has read). We invite parents and caregivers to join us for our BOO-K Character Parade from 2:00-2:15 that day. We will exit the back door at the K4/K5 hallway, parade behind the school on the sidewalk, and continue to march up the sidewalk beside the school before entering the front door to go back to our classes. Please support our young readers by joining us after you sign in at the office. We can’t wait to present our best to you in our BOO-K Character Parade!

(If it rains, you are invited to attend our hallway parade.)

Participating students are required to choose a character that is in a book. As a reminder, masks and accessories that encourage violence such as swords, knives, and guns are not permissible.
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Sterling School Talent Show

Talent Show Dress Rehearsal

Congratulation to the students selected to participate in the talent show! We had so many wonderful acts, and we are sorry that we can't include everyone. All students participating in the show must attend the dress rehearsal after school on Thursday, October 17th. Bring your homework and a snack! The rehearsal will be from 2:45-5:00. All students will be dismissed at 5:00 and brought to the front carline for pickup (unless they are in AfterSchool).

Sterling School Talent Showcase: Thurs., Oct. 24 @ 6:30pm

We 'd love to see you at the Sterling School Talent Showcase on October 24th. We'll have music, dancing, comedy and more! Come and see our amazing students share their wonderful talents! The entertainment begins at 6:30pm and admission is a suggested $3 donation. The Talent Show is sponsored by the middle school Jr. Beta Club.

2019 Veterans Day Program

On Friday, November 8th, the Sterling School will honor those who have fought for the many freedoms we, as American citizens, have today. We will have two programs. Our K-3rd grade program will begin at 8:30am and the 4th-8th grade program will begin at 9:30am. We invite all veterans in our Sterling family to join us as honored guests.

  • If a special guest is planning to attend, we ask that you RSVP by Fri., Nov. 1st (CLICK HERE!). As a special treat, please send in or email a picture of your honored guest (preferably in uniform), the name and relationship to our Sterling/CTC student, and the name of the military branch in which he or she served. (You'll find this request within the Google Form as well.)
  • Our PTA is planning a reception after each program for our veterans and their guests. Students of our veterans are invited to attend as well. If you would like to participate, please complete the same Google Form (CLICK HERE!).
  • We invite all students to wear red, white, and blue on the day of our program, Fri., Nov. 8th.

We look forward to this exciting day, as we pay tribute to those who have served our country. Thank you, in advance, for your willingness to participate!

Testing Event for Potential CTC Students

  • Registration due by noon on Tuesday, 10/22.
  • Download the CTC Testing Registration Form: (CLICK HERE!)

There are many inquiries about how students are chosen to attend the Charles Townes Center for highly gifted student, located within Sterling School. The criteria can be found on our website: (CLICK HERE!)

Many private schools in our area do not administer nationally-normed aptitude tests along with an achievement test. For that reason, on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, there will be an opportunity for students who reside in Greenville County and attend home or private schools to take an aptitude test. If your child has already taken an aptitude test or if his/her school administers this testing within the past two years, it is not necessary for your child to participate. You may just submit those test results to Jane Snyder via email.

Because candidates for CTC must first qualify as Gifted and Talented by SC Regulation 43-220, we will administer an aptitude test on Tuesday, October 29th. Upon reviewing data from this testing event, we will determine if other testing or information is necessary for your child.

Please print the Registration Form and send it to Jane Snyder via scan/email or fax: or 864-355-9042 by noon on Tuesday, October 22nd. Please return a form for each child that you wish to have tested. Students and parents will check in at the school office and assemble in the Media Center at Sterling School by 9:00 am on 10/29/18. Students will be tested in grade level groups. Please have each child bring 2 pencils for testing. Allow two and one-half hours for your child’s testing which includes breaks for them. If you feel that your child needs to have a snack for one of the breaks, please send it in an individual package. During the testing, parents may participate in a tour given by CTC personnel. There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions, too! If your child has already taken testing that could help them to qualify for CTC, please bring copies of those results to the testing event. These copies will not be returned to you.

For further information, you may contact Jane Snyder by email at way to communicate!) or by phone at 355-4821.

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Sterling School is EXCELLENT!

In case you missed it... earlier this week, the South Carolina Department of Education released our school's annual state report card. We are very excited to announce that our school received a rating of “Excellent” for our elementary grades and a rating of “Excellent” for our middle school grades.

Annual school report cards attempt to measure our academic achievement, student progress, college and career readiness, and school climate. All schools in our state receive a ranking of excellent, good, average, below average, or unsatisfactory. The results are based on test scores and surveys. The report also includes data on English Learners' Progress, Student Safety, and Financial information. To view our elementary report card, CLICK HERE; to view our middle school report card, CLICK HERE!

You will also find a link to our school’s report card on the homepage of our school's website.

As a school community, this is something we all should celebrate! Together, we are all working to ensure that every child achieves their fullest potential. As always, thank you for your support of our wonderful school community. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild