The Weekly Griffin

Aug. 12th - "Welcome Back" Edition

"Building A Better Griffin"

Our school theme for the upcoming year is “Building a Better Griffin.” To adequately prepare our students for tomorrow’s world, we must work together to provide a strong academic, social, healthy, supported foundation...a whole child approach. As we prepare our Griffins to become college, career and life ready, educators at Sterling School will continue to create and support an environment that encourages students to reach their full potential. We seek to engage each student by providing challenging, authentic opportunities that require the use of higher order thinking, inquiry, and critical thinking. As we seek to ensure the success of every child, we must meet our students where they are, scaffold their learning when necessary, include their unique interests and abilities, and work to "Build a Better Griffin!" #GriffinPride #WholeChild

What's Ahead...

  • August 15 - Rising 3rd Grade CTC Parent Orientation; 4:30-5:00pm
  • August 15 - CTC Program Meet the Teacher; 5:00-7:00pm
  • August 16 - Sterling Program Meet the Teacher; 5:00-7:00pm
  • August 17 - Meet the Teacher Make-Up Day; 9:00-11:00am
  • August 20 - First Day of School! Sip, Sob, & Shout; 7:30-8:30am in Vegas
  • August 22 - Sweet Summer Reading Chances Forms Due
  • August 27 - PTA Spirit Night @ Big Air Trampoline Park
  • August 30 - Attraction Book Fundraiser Kick-Off (Elementary)
  • August 31 - College Colors Day
  • September 3 - Labor Day (No School for Students)

Meet the Teacher Procedures & Details

Meet the Teacher will take place over three days. CTC Program students' Meet the Teacher will occur on Wednesday, August 15th from 5:00-7:00pm. Sterling Program Meet the Teacher will be Thursday, August 16th from 5:00-7:00pm. And anyone who was unavailable to attend the evening events will be able to come on Friday, August 17th from 9:00-11:00am.

Meet the Teacher, Points to Note:

  • Thank you Sterling School PTA for purchasing student agendas again this year!
  • Optional - PTA membership ($5.00) and Sterling School spiritwear.
  • Need Help? Jr. Betas, PTA Volunteers, and school staff will be on hand to answer questions.
  • You are encouraged to bring your child’s school supplies with you!

CTC Program Meet the Teacher:

Upon arrival to the school...

  • 3rd grade families drop children off in the Vegas Room and parents report to the gym.
  • 4th & 5th grade families will pick up folders at tents located at the front of the building.
  • Middle School families will report to the media center.

Sterling Program Meet the Teacher:

Upon arrival to the school...

  • 5K-3rd grade families will report to the gym.
  • 4th & 5th grade families will pick up folders at tents located at the front of the building.

Introducing the Newest Members of the Sterling School Family!

Check Out These Back to School Events!

Calling All Experts! (Namely... YOU!)


Marine biologist, conservationist, and writer Rachel Carson (1956) once stated, “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” Fortunately, the students at the Sterling School do not just have one adult who eagerly shares in the excitement of ongoing discovery and exploration—they have many. BUT we need more!

The faculty at Sterling School & Charles Townes Center are working to implement a schoolwide framework of inquiry-based learning. Through the use of inquiry, namely PBL (project-based learning), we seek to continuously innovate and transform our school’s approach of teaching and learning through student-centered, personalized instruction. PBL prepares 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, we are creating a database of partners and parents who have various expertise. As a school, we will utilize the database when seeking experts to support various curriculum, PBL units. If you are willing to be added to our expert directory, please complete the following Google Form (CLICK HERE!). #VisionInAction #GriffinPride #WholeChild

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School Supply Drive

The Sterling School Guidance Department will gratefully accept donations of any item on the Back to School Supply Lists. The items below are especially needed. Please consider donating gently used (or new!!) book bags, as these are urgently needed. Contact Ms. Chameka Duncan with any questions.

Below is a list of needed supplies:
· Pencils
· Cap erasers/pink erasers
· Composition notebooks
· Washable markers
· Pencil boxes & pouches
· Crayons
· 2 pocket folders
· Elmers glue
· Colored pencils
· Pens
· Small safety scissors
· Spiral bound note books
· Highlighters

Want to Get Involved? Our Students Need YOU!