2018.9.28 – Saxe Weekly

September 28, 2018

Quote(s) that resonated with us this week:

“Do the right thing… even when no one is looking.”

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible.’”

“Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for

every solution.”

Dear Saxe Family,

There was much to be excited about at Saxe this week! Below you will see our latest One-Second Everyday, learning and activities from around the building, the Saxe video club’s first video of the 2018-19 school year, and a whole lot more!

In case you have not seen it yet, the letter that was sent out earlier today with all of the Open House information is, here.

CELEBRATE SAXE is officially underway! Thank you in advance for your participation and helping our wonderful PTC reach our fundraising goal which ultimately goes directly to our students, your children. To learn more or get involved now, please visit the PTC site, here.

Have a great weekend!

Dave Gusitsch

Principal, Saxe Middle School

Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

10/1 Grade 5 Open House

10/2 Grade 6 Open House

10/3 Grade 7 Open House

Grades 5/6 Photo Day

10/4 Grade 8 Open House

Grades 7/8 Photo Day

10/5 Andy Armstrong, Pianist assemblies

One Second Everyday:

Back again for this week – Saxe Middle School 1-Second Everyday! “Life is made of seconds.” Check out a few seconds from each day of the 2018-19 school year (so far), showcasing so much of what makes Saxe Middle School great. This will be a recurring, bi-weekly feature. Enjoy!

Pro tip: want to enjoy it more? Set your youtube playback setting to play at .75 speed

Around the Building:

Here are a few pics of our 6th graders who stepped up to help make posters to advertise the Celebrate Saxe campaign. They willingly gave up their lunch/recess to help out! Thanks to Ms. Reynolds and these dedicated students truly exemplifying “We Are Saxe!”.

World Language – Focus on French

At Saxe Middle School we are lucky enough to have two full-time French Teachers! Madame Fraccaroli and Madame D’Andrea collaborate and cooperate to create and implement a vibrant exciting program for our students 6 -8! As all our languages, we are working towards an Intermediate Level Proficiency, teachers are careful to focus their lessons on the use of language and the increase in understanding of authentic language. Our students commit to a full three years of a language at Saxe and as a result, we have been able to work diligently and effectively towards this goal.

8th-grade Students using tech in Madame D’Andrea’s classroom

8th grade Students using tech in Madame D’Andrea’s classroom

Practicing with partners the French alphabet in 6th grade with Madame D’Andrea

Practicing with partners the French alphabet in 6th grade with Madame D’Andrea

6th-grade partner dialogs with Madame D’Andrea

6th-grade partner dialogs with Madame D’Andrea

8th-graders trying out the new Quizlet LIVE in teams with Madame D’Andrea

8th-grade French students discussing and comparing each other’s schedules in Madame Fraccaroli’s class


To start the year in science, 7th Grade Science Red Team created rules to define matter. After agreeing that all matter has mass, volume, and density, the students practiced their science skills by measuring these physical properties of matter. They had a great time choosing the best tools to use in order to get the most accurate and/or precise data.

Saxe Video Club

The Saxe Video Club did an impressive job producing their first video of the year. They approached it like true professionals from preparation, to sound, to video, and all the way to the finished product! Check out their interview with Mr. Gusitsch below.

“Saxe In the News”

Saxe goes “Global”

Saving Hummingbirds Is One Small Step in Saving the Planet (NY Times, 9.21.2018)
High in the Andes Mountains in Colombia, a reforestation project led by SavingSpecies works to protect one of the world’s most renowned bio hot spots.

“Alexandra, 11, a student at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan, Conn., had also been invited to participate in the Colombia project, which is how I found myself for two weeks this summer living in a cabin in this remote mountainous territory.”

Check out the rest of this exciting NY Times story that includes one of our very own Saxe students, here.

Saxe “Did You Know?”

Saxe art teacher Maggie Pennoyer (NCHS class of 1998) will be inducted into the New Canaan High School Sports Hall of Fame. Ms. Pennoyer was a standout on the Ram softball team. She will be honored during the 12th annual New Canaan High School Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, September 28th at Woodway Country Club. Congratulations Ms. Pennoyer!!!


8th Grade Pep Rally & Spirit Day

As part of the Celebrate Saxe kick off, the 8th grade participating in a pep rally in the main gymnasium during period 8. Students along with their teacher created team banners, participated in volleyball games, spoon relay, basketball shootout, clothing relay, and hula-hoop relay. Thank you to Mr. Young for organizing and emceeing the event, everyone had a blast!




A little fun from the Celebrate Saxe kickoff. Thanks to all who have helped with this worthwhile cause!



 Safety Tips from our SRO, Officer Deak:

Spending time downtown with friends after school is fun! It should be a time where our kids create memories that last a lifetime. When they are downtown they should always remember:

Have a buddy. The buddy system is a great way to watch over each other when we are away from home. Four eyes are always better than two.

When crossing the street, use the pedestrian crosswalks. The crosswalks are designated areas that allow people to safely go from one sidewalk to another. However, the children still need to look both ways before entering, because some drivers simply may not see smaller pedestrians. Do not run towards the roadway, especially between parked vehicles. This puts children at risk with drivers who simply can’t stop immediately because they don’t see them.

Be respectful of everyone downtown! Store owners, shoppers, each other, everyone. After all, we represent Saxe and we want everyone to know how great we are!

Have a great week!


Saxe Resources:

Website: https://www.ncps-k12.org/saxe

Twitter: @SaxeMS

PTC: http://www.saxeptc.org/

Weekly: SaxeMS.com

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