The Weekly Griffin

September 22nd - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

What's Ahead...

  • September 24 - Gifted Learners Parent Information Series: 9:45-10:30am (See Below)
  • September 25 - 4K Half Day (until 11:30am); breakfast & lunch will be served.
  • September 26 - Last Day of Middle School Fundraiser
  • September 27 - Bob Ross Paint Night (3rd Grade & Up); 5:00-7:00pm (See Below)
  • September 28 - Butterfly Garden Work Day (all ages), 9:00am-12:00pm
  • September 30 - Middle School Spirit Night @ Big Air, 3:00-9:00pm
  • October 2 - Deadline to reapply for Free/Reduced Meals (See Below)

Perfect! 2019 SCReady

Last spring, 47 of our students scored PERFECT on at least one section of the SC Ready (ELA or Math). This accomplishment deserves to be celebrated and is a tremendous honor. The students pictured below include those who are currently in grades 4th-8th. CONGRATULATIONS!

  • 4th Grade: MATH: Isaac Banks, Amelia Bryant, Kale Davis, Henry Eglhofer (not pictured), Samuel Feldman, Mary Hazel Hinson, Zachary Holloway, Lauris Kukainis, Emerson Morris, Landon Prince, Logan Selfridge ELA: Lauris Kukainis, Jackson "Mac" Smith
  • 5th Grade: MATH: Darby Burdette, William Howard, Monet Mothersbaugh, Julian Osorio ELA: Darby Burdette, Marshall Crawford
  • 6th Grade: MATH: Joseph Dather, Jaren Mills, William Schumacher, Liao Liao Shi, Sashwath Sivaraman, James Strickland, Benjamin Webb, Adam Weekes, Gabriel Wood ELA: Charlotte Clark, Ryleigh Mason
  • 7th Grade: MATH: Abhinav Bogadapati, Harper Bright, Jack Garvin, Aedan Honohan, Julia Hoskins, Olivia Lu, Dylan Olsson
  • 8th Grade: MATH: Asher Brownlee, Atharva Shah ELA: Philip Buck, Hannah Kim
  • 9th Grade: MATH: Emma Bao, Nathan Collot, Garner Hart, Eleanor Shepard, Owen Taggart ELA: Maggie Austin

Next week, we'll celebrate our SC PASS Perfect Scorers!

From the SIC Chair, Julie Cain Cwynar

The SIC (School Improvement Council) is excited to welcome Kadieshia Smith (Kay) to the SIC as a Primary Grades parent representative! Kay is the proud mother of five children, two of whom attend Sterling School – K5 and 3rd. Our new Middle School representative is Niki Peters, and we welcome her continued participation in the SIC. Niki served as an ex-officio board member on the SIC last year while serving as the PTA President. We welcome YOUR ideas and thoughts too! As the SIC chairperson, I would be delighted to talk with parents, teachers and community members. Please reach out! My email is, and I can also be reached via text/phone at 412-215-9429. I look forward to hearing from you! Our next SIC meeting is Friday, October 4 at 8:30am. School families are welcome to attend.

THANK YOU to all of our SIC parent members for serving the Sterling/CTC school community! Kay Smith and RaKenya Lewers (PRIMARY), Crystal Andrews and Lance Feldman (INTERMEDIATE), Niki Peters and Julie Cain Cwynar (MIDDLE), and Sue Broder, Ashley Hefner, and Lisa Helsel (FACULTY)

Big picture

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.

Middle & Elementary School Yearbooks

Middle School:

Middle School Yearbooks are now on sale for $30! Go to the following website to order: CLICK HERE! Please note that the elementary and middle school websites for ordering are different.


Elementary School Yearbooks are also on sale for $20. Go to the following website to order: CLICK HERE! Please note that the elementary and middle school websites for ordering are different.

Help NASA Name the Next Mars Rover!

NASA is giving students the opportunity to name the next Mars Rover! Slated for launch in 2020, students have the opportunity to write essays explaining why their name should be selected. Previous rovers were named Sojourner, Spirit, and Curiosity. What do you think the next one should be? The contest is open to kids in grades 5K-12 and all Interested students may enter at All entries must be submitted by November 1st! Best of luck and we look forward to hearing what the new rover is named! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Attendance Awareness Month #BuildingABetterGriffin

September is Attendance Awareness Month. All this month, we've shared the importance of school attendance. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves, creating a greater opportunity for students to establish a sense of belonging. We miss our student when they are absent and we value their contributions to our school. We also need our parents' help with this; working together, we can ensure that our students reach their full potential. If your student is absent, please send medical documentation, parent note, or other documentation within two days of returning to school so that the absence may be excused. All other information regarding attendance and consequences of truancy may be found in the parent-student handbook. Consistent attendance will help our students do well in high school, college, work, and life. #WholeChild

ICYMI: In Case You Missed These #WholeChild Moments!

Sterling Named Whole Child Award School

Over the last two years, our school community has made a concerted effort to implement a comprehensive school improvement model known as the Whole Child. This student-centered approach to schooling is an effort to transition from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of all children.

We are proud to announce that Sterling School has been named South Carolina ASCD's 2019 Whole Child Award School. The award will be presented to our school next month at SCASCD's Whole Child Conference. Former South Carolina Governor and United States Secretary of Education, Dick Riley, and current South Carolina House of Representative (District 23), Chandra Dillard, will serve as featured guests to present the award. Sterling School is the sole recipient of the 21 schools from across the state who applied for this year's award.

The Whole Child School 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 singular focus of standardized test scores to one that promotes the development of the whole child: a child who is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

This award will be received on the behalf of our entire school community. Because of the continuous support of our stakeholders, our students can achieve their fullest potential! #WholeChild #LevelUP

Building A Better Griffin,

Dr. P.

Sterling School: Whole Child

International Dot Day - Make Your Mark!

Last Friday, students at the Sterling School joined millions of people around the world to celebrate International Dot Day. This annual event encourages students to move the world to a better place by connecting, collaborating, creating, and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. Thank you, Mrs. Harrington & Mrs. Spitler, for spearheading this event AND thank you to the many volunteers who came to help out! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more highlights from the day!