2019.1.25 – Saxe Weekly

January 25, 2019

*Quote(s) that resonated with us this week:

“It is more important to ‘do right’ than to ‘be right’”.

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”

“Your thoughts create your future.”

“A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.”

“Don’t be a victim of negative self-talk. Remember…..you are listening.”


Dear Saxe Family,

This may have been a “short” week, but there was quite a bit of activity packed into these four days. This week we take a look at World Language, Student Leadership Team, Trout Club, STEM, Geography, Art, Music, penguins, Science, and more… Also back by popular demand are the latest 1 Second Everyday and Saxe Weekly videos.

Enjoy and have a great week!

Dave Gusitsch

Principal, Saxe Middle School

Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

1/28   Grade 6-8 Daytime Open House (7 blue, 8 blue, 6 purple)

1/29   Grade 6-8 Daytime Open House (7 red, 8 red, 6 red)

1/30   Grade 5/6 Band Concert

1/31   Grade 7/8 Band Concert

2/1   Happy February!

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

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 is 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

French Seventh graders in Madame Fraccaroli’s class are using technology and navigating a French website. They are in the process of searching for homes in France in order to create a google slide presentation where they describe the house in as much detail as they can in the target language. In other words, they’ll be ready to sell real estate overseas! Are you in the market???

Madame D’Andrea’s 6th graders are competing in groups on Quizlet live for vocabulary practice in preparation for their Mid-term:

Eighth graders in Madame Fraccaroli’s class are conducting live interviews with their peers about their vacation to practice speaking and writing in French.

Grade 5 Student Leadership Team

Over the past two weeks, the newly formed student leadership team (SLT) trained with Dr. Clapp and the grade 5 adult design team (ADT). As in other grades, the SLT is a diverse group of students nominated by teachers and recruited to represent the diversity of learners and personalities that makeup grade five students as a whole. The training delivered by the ADT focused on “BIG IDEAS” like teamwork, cooperation, change in organizations, and using data all to improve our school climate and culture! Students give up their lunch and recess to be trained and will soon be diving into our school climate survey data to develop action research projects that are focused on improving Saxe!

Saxe in the News

Following up on a previous event, the recent Saxe Geography Bee was picked up by some local media outlets. “Saxe Middle School Students Compete in National Geographic Bee”. Feel free to check out the entire story, here.

Similarly, there was a press release that went out today (1/25) about the Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” award. “State victory advances Saxe Middle School STEM students into national competition of Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest”. Check out the full story on our website, here!

Trout Club

The Trout Club received about 600 eggs from the community organization “Trouts Unlimited” last week. The Trout Club meets weekly, on Tuesdays, to perform water quality testing and problem-solving to ensure that the eggs hatch in a few weeks and the surviving fry are ready for release in late spring. Ms. Veach, Ms. Meyer, and Ms. Poidomani have been active in this Club for more than 12 years and it is such a rewarding experience for a great variety of students!

Around Saxe

Check out the latest Saxe News video clip with exciting news about Saxe Clubs, 14 Day of Kindness, and more…

Heavy rain? Perfect! Time to collect some “natural resources” for testing acidity in some Science experiments.

Pickup/Dropoff reminder

To assist in the delicate dance of traffic patterns, please remember to use the appropriate pickup and dropoff zones. A.m. and p.m. details are included, here. Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation. Below are a couple of pictures from the first “expedited” bus dismissal. Still making a couple of adjustments, but so far so good…

It was a crazy weather week, but we were treated to a great sunrise on Friday!

What makes Saxe Great?

The people! Ms. Rosen, Mr. Coulter, and several Saxe Band students treated Main Office Secretary, Ms. Campbell, to a special surprise rendition of “Happy Birthday” today!

Mr. Young doing his best “Chilly Willy” impression!

Have a great week!

* A special thanks to Mary Calabrese for the continuous stream of positive, optimistic quotes!

Saxe Resources:

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

Twitter: @SaxeMS

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

Weekly: SaxeMS.com

Saxe Middle School

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