2018.10.5 – Saxe Weekly

October 5, 2018

Quote(s) that resonated with us this week:

“Who are you when you think no one is looking?”

“How was someone’s day better because you were a part of it?”

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.”

“Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.”

Dear Saxe Family,

It has been another exciting week at Saxe. We had four Open Houses in a row, Monday – Thursday. Thank you to everyone who came out to meet your children’s teachers and hear about the latest at Saxe. The response was resoundingly positive and we are grateful for all of the volunteers and staff who made each night a success.

We are officially at the midway point of CELEBRATE SAXE and we could not be more appreciative of those who have already participated! Thanks again for 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.

In addition to the consistent learning that is taking place in our classrooms each day, other highlights from the week include picture day, a look back in time, and a world-renowned pianist who performed for our community. Enjoy a snapshot of our week below and have a great weekend!

Dave Gusitsch

Principal, Saxe Middle School

Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

10/10: Grade 3-5 Health presentation

10/11: Grade 5 Fun Run (rain make-up; 3rd time is a charm!)

10/12: Celebrate Saxe conclusion

Open House(s)

We had a great turnout all week. Even with some scary weather on Tuesday, the vibe in the building was positive all week. So many parents went out of their way to comment on how happy their children are and how happy they are to have their children here at Saxe. We could not ask for more!







Departments and/or Grade Levels:

Terry Rende’s fifth graders from Mr. Patrona, Mrs. Berry, Ms. Redden, Mrs. Adrian and Mrs. Thompson homerooms have started a STEM unit on robotics. Students began the unit by designing and building a model or prototype of a toy in order to familiarize themselves with the parts of the VEX kit. As the unit progresses they will build and modify a robot to complete the task of removing “hazardous waste”.


Grade 5 Charter!

This week students in 5th-grade completed the first “anchor tool” in our emotional intelligence work, called “The Charter.” Students were asked how they wanted to feel in school, what they could do to evoke those emotions, and what they could do if someone’s feeling are hurt. Below is an image of the signed document that will be on display in all 5th-grade classrooms! Special thanks to Julia C (Mrs. Carter’s homeroom) who submitted the image, which was one of the 57 images submitted and voted on by the grade to represent their charter.

Health Education

Students in Mr. Tiscia’s and Ms. Orlando’s health education class are enjoying some flexible seating options while collaborating with each other! During the 8th-grade, Drug Awareness and Prevention unit students are creating a “Web of Influence” as they analyze how internal and external influences can have a positive or negative impact on our decisions.

Physical Education

Students are building on their physical, social & emotional health while doing the PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run) test in PE. As they are working hard to improve their aerobic endurance they are strengthening their peer relationships at the same time.


Digital Citizenship (Update 1 of 6)

Grade 6-8 students have a unit in digital citizenship as a part of their workshop rotation. To start off the year, seventh graders explore the concept of a digital footprint also called a digital tattoo. Next, students consider how each digital footprint is connected with internet privacy and security as they “Google” themselves.

These seventh graders are researching their own digital footprint and considering platforms, apps, and technology that they use or choose not to use. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own technology usage throughout the day.

Around Saxe…

Picture day is always a hit!

Meet Officer Pollock

Some of you may have met Officer Deak, our Saxe School Resource Officer (SRO) for the past several years. Officer Deak will be out on “injured reserve” for a few weeks following a scheduled surgery on his knee next week. In the meantime, we are fortunate to have Officer Jeff Pollock on-board with us! Officer Jeffrey Pollock has been with the New Canaan Police Department since December of 2004. Prior to becoming a police officer Jeff studied Illustration at Syracuse University where he graduated with a BFA in December of 2000. After graduation, he lived in Boston, MA where he met his wife Megan. They have been married for ten years and have two beautiful children, a son Casey age 6 and a daughter Madeline age 4. Please join in warmly welcoming Officer Pollock to our Saxe Family.

PTC Sponsored Performance – World Renowned Pianist Andrew Armstrong

On Friday, Saxe students were fortunate to celebrate the arts and hear world-renowned pianist Andrew Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong is a proud Saxe alum who has traveled the world performing solo and as part of many orchestras in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States, including performances at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Warsaw’s National Philharmonic. He has performed with such conductors as Peter Ounjian, Itzhak Perlman, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and in chamber music with the Alexander, American, and Manhattan String Quartets, as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi at the Caramoor International Music Festival, and as a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City.

Additionally, he had devoted much of his time to outreach programs and playing for children. His performances can be heard regularly on National Public Radio and WQXR, New York City’s premier classical music station. THANK YOU SAXE PTC!


Mr. Armstrong was nice enough to visit some of our music classes throughout the day as well!


The South School “Walk to School Day” had some Saxe students sprinkled in on this beautiful morning too!

NCHS 50th Reunion

The NCHS Class of 1968 visited Saxe Middle School on 9/28/18 for their 50th high school reunion. Why Saxe?! You may or may not be aware that the timeframe between 1957 and 1971, the Saxe MS building was where NCHS called home. Here are some photos of the Class of 1968 Saxe Tour. With the help of four of our students we showed off our school and exchanged stories from then and now. Our students learned about “Senior Row”, the strict dress code and life before google and cell phones. Our guests were treated to a demonstration of the 3-D printer and were amazed at the new addition. A fun time for everyone!


The sights of fall that we are fortunate to be able to enjoy:

Saxe Resources:

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

Twitter: @SaxeMS

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

Weekly: SaxeMS.com

Want to check out the weekly from last week? Click, here.


Have a great week!


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