2018.10.26 – Saxe Weekly

October 26, 2018

Quote(s) that resonated with us this week:

“Old ways won’t open new doors.”

“I never lose. I either win or I learn.”

“Don’t be afraid of change. It’s leading you to a new destination.”

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius

Dear Saxe Family,

It finally feels like fall outside and we have been enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn inside and out of Saxe. This week, we welcome you to read about Technology Integration, World Language, Veteran’s Day, Spirit Day, watch the latest 1-Second Everyday, view the latest “Saxe News”, and more!

Enjoy and have a great week,

Dave Gusitsch

Principal, Saxe Middle School

Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

10/26 NCHS Theater presents, “The Addams Family” (7:00 p.m.)

10/31 Saxe Spirit Day! (Orange/Black and/or Decades)

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

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

World Language

New Canaan Public Schools is incredibly lucky to have a 6-12 Mandarin Program. Recently our Assistant Superintendent attended a meeting of peers in lower Fairfield County. At this meeting, she discovered we are one of only a couple of public schools who have a middle school Mandarin program! At the end of fifth grade, all students are given an opportunity to choose a language for grades 6-8. Students are encouraged to take this decision seriously as it is the language they are committing to study for the remainder of their Saxe career. The choices students have are: continue Spanish or switch to French, Latin, or Mandarin.

This year, Mrs. Fan Yang has joined us, starting the school year in the place of Mrs. Hai Ming Wu for this first quarter.

Grade 7 Mandarin students watching a movie about Confucius.

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius


Class reading aloud and in unison! Care to join them???

Learning how to write characters is one of the first things 6th graders learn!

Technology Integration (TI)

Mr. Petrakopoulos and Ms. Pacelli continue to work with district professional consultant, Todd White, to identify ways to support and integrate tech with classroom instruction. Last week, they worked closely with Ms. Meyer and Mr. White to investigate ways that technology can be incorporated into Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The session included an in-depth discussion of the standards, hands-on demonstration of how teacher facilitate student inquiry in science, and a visit to science classrooms to see first-hand how the approach is put into action.

Afterward, ideas were shared about technology resources that might support student collaboration and sharing of ideas. In addition, our TI’s have been meeting with each grade level team of science teachers to see how they can connect with specific units of study by using the to-be-defined Makerspace to enrich and extend learning. They have identified some fantastic opportunities to connect with Force and Motion, Robotics and others.

Around Saxe

Saxe News – Halloween Edition

Check out the latest from our tremendous Saxe News crew! They interview students and staff on their favorite Halloween highlights and have some fun with some timely edits.

Spirit Day

We are looking forward to our next spirit day on Wednesday! Below is the message that went out earlier this week:

Saxe Family,

Hello Saxe! We are the School Spirit Club, and we are thrilled to be back for the second year. Our goal will again be to unite the study body, faculty, and administration through a variety of activities and events that student members plan, advertise, and execute. We will strive to make sure that all students and staff members feel a strong sense of belonging, community, and pride here at Saxe.

With this in mind, we will host a spirit day on October 31st that presents everyone in our family the opportunity to either dress in orange and black or towards the theme “Way Back Wednesday.”

For “Way Back Wednesday,” Saxe will go on a time-traveling adventure, as each grade is assigned a decade (5th grade=50’s, 6th Grade = 60’s, 7th Grade = 70’s, and 8th Grade = 80’s). Fliers will be placed around the school to help students visualize what people wore during these respective periods, but please let us know if you have any questions.

The enthusiasm and school spirit we saw on Red and Black Day was exhilarating, and we cannot wait until Wednesday, 10/31!


Saxe Spirit Club #WeAreSaxe

Saxe “Did You Know?”

On Thursday, October 25th at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Rocky Hill, Saxe Librarian Mona Biondi and NCHS Librarian Monica Sheehan were recognized for their contributions to the “Recognizing Our Veterans” program. Their certificates were awarded by Dr. Dianna Wentzell, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Education. Congratulations to all involved and, most importantly, thank you to our brave US Veterans!

It may not qualify as a “real” dog for Dogs of Saxe, but this one is allowed in the building!

We are fortunate to have some great open spaces and views from inside Saxe…

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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