Sterling Stars The Sterling Stars is our Middle School chorus. This group of 7th and 8th graders performs many types of music throughout the school year and represents Sterling at musical events. This group spreads musical joy through our school at Christmas and Valentines by performing singing grams to students, teachers, and administrators. The Sterling Stars perform 2 major concerts each year, as well as participating in honors chorus, and America Sings.
Upper Elementary Chorus The upper elementary chorus is our performing group for 4th – 6th grade students. They perform two concerts a year and several informal concerts on campus. This group meets on Thursdays during the school day .
Beginning Band Our new Beginning Band meets on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:15 – 4:30. This 25 member band is made up of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students learning a new instrument for the first time. They will perform two concerts this year. After successful completion of this year of studies, students will be eligible to move into the Sterling Band.
Sterling Band Grades 5 – 8. Band meets after school from 3:15 – 4:30 on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Students learn to play woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Instruments currently in band are flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, alto saxophone, mallet percussion, and non-pitched percussion (drum, cymbals, etc..) Students further develop their skills on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Instruments in our band program include flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion. This year we are excited to add a bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, and piccolo to our band program. Band performs several times a year and travels in May to Carowinds to perform for ratings and review. Questions can be emailed to Ms. Sue Ann Wright or phoned to 462 – 8889 ext. 316.
Violin Lessons My name is James Stout. I have taught at Sterling for over 10 years and I have taught violin for 7 of those years. Some years I gave private lessons other but have found that the group environment is best for beginner students and most affordable for their parents. I began playing violin in the fourth grade, learning the Suzuki Method. Over the years, I have found music to be an inextricable part of my life, playing in several symphony orchestras and ensembles. Music has opened many doors for me and introduced me to some fabulous people and wonderful experiences. My goal is to give as many children the same gift my violin teacher gave me nearly thirty years ago. The class I’m offering will meet Thursdays from 3:40 to 4:20 in C12. Please email James Stout for information about the cost and other particulars. Currently this class is full.
Sterling’s Chess Club will meet on Mondays after school in D-16 (Mr. Tom’s room). The chess club will begin meeting on Monday, September 12th. The last meeting will be Monday, May 1st. Cost will be $25 for the year. Make check out to SMA and put in Mr. Tom’s box (D-16) in the office.
Note: if you child requires an epiPen or inhaler, one must be assigned to the class during after-school instruction. To sign up, click here.
Math Club: (canceled for 2016-17) Due to extra commitments teaching Upper El advanced math, Mr. Tom will not be able to offer Math Club this year. Instead, he will join with Ms. Mallory in coaching the Math Counts team.
Math Counts Team The Sterling Math Math Counts Team will be meeting Tuesdays after school. The team is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. We work on difficult 8th grade level math problems. Younger students may attend on a trial basis after their classroom teacher recommends them for 8th grade level math. We take 10 students, 6th, 7th and 8th graders, to the regional competition in Raleigh, usually on a Saturday in mid-February. Students not able to attend the after-school session may still train for the team or participate in the club via on-line activities. The first class will be Tuesday, September 13th, 2016. The last class will be Tuesday, May 2nd, 2016. More information to follow after the start of school.