2019.4.12 – Saxe Weekly

April 12, 2019

*Quotes that resonated with us this week:

“Don’t be afraid to start over. It’s a new chance to rebuild what you want.”

“No goal was ever met without a little sweat.”

“A little progress each day leads to big results.”

“You can have results or excuses, not both.”

“Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.”

Dear Saxe Family,

Amazingly, April Break is here (already?)! By many metrics, it has been an excellent year so far. As we head into the week “off”, it is a nice opportunity to get away, check some items off your “to-do” list, visit with family and friends, or simply catch up on some rest. Either way, upon our return we will be down the homestretch of the 2018-19 school year and looking forward to finishing strong.

This week in the Saxe Weekly, we take a look at the latest One-Second Everyday, Innovation Night, EI in Action, Model UN, Mathletes, Daytime Open House, NC Color Run, an Eagle Scout, Saxe Kidscare, High School Musical, Saxe Spirit Day, and more…

I wish you all well and hope you have a great week!


Dave Gusitsch

Principal, Saxe Middle School

Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

4/12 First Day of April Break – ENJOY!

4/22 Welcome Back! Board of Education meeting

4/23 First Day of Daytime Open House (more info below)

4/24 Chris Herren presentation at NCHS (Grades 8-12 invited)

4/25 Daytime Open House (more info below)

4/26 Daytime Open House (more info below)

4.27 NC Color Run!

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

Back again for this week – the latest, updated Saxe Middle School 1-Second Everyday! “Life is made of seconds.” Check out a few seconds from each day of 2019 (so far), showcasing so much of what makes Saxe Middle School great. This is a recurring, bi-weekly feature. At the end of the year, we will have a full version that includes every single day of the 2018-19 school year. Enjoy!

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

World Language

Students in grade 5 were given a sneak preview of their language choices for fifth grade! Beginning in grade 6 students are allowed to continue their study of Spanish or choose to begin their study of Latin, Mandarin or French. Google forms were sent home Monday to fifth-grade families to make their choices. Students are urged to make these choices carefully, as they are not allowed to change their language study until they graduate from Saxe. Beginning in ninth grade they are able to start a new language, continue their language study or even add a second language! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Lizette D’Amico K-12 World Language Administrator at lizette.damico@ncps-k12.org

Innovation Night

Saxe Middle School was represented very well at the 2019 Innovation Night! Below is a snapshot of just a few of the amazing, creative creations…

EI in Action

Dr. Susan Bliss, Student Support Coordinator at NCPS, presented to Saxe parents on Wednesday, April 10, on the topic of “Raising the Emotional Intelligence of your Middle School Child.” She discussed the importance of Emotional Intelligence in the lives of middle school students, the EI initiative at Saxe Middle School, and tips to help parents to build their children’s self-awareness, empathy, ability to manage emotions and resilience. Over 50 parents were in attendance. Thanks, Dr. Bliss!

Saxe in the News

Saxe students participate in International Middle School Model UN Conference

Saxe Middle School’s Model United Nations Club (MUN) sent a 46-student delegation to the International Middle School Model UN Conference 2019 in New York City on March 29 and March 30 to tackle complicated global issues while developing crucial skills in public speaking, research, teamwork, negotiation and leadership. Check out the full story, here

Math Competition

Saxe was proud to host the final Fairfield County Math League Competition this past Wednesday, April 10th. Schools from around Fairfield County attended and had competitors from grades 5-8. The scores from this competition were added to the scores from previous competitions. Newtown took home the championship trophy but Saxe students did very well. We are very proud of the hard work and sportsmanship of our mathletes and we can’t wait to compete again next year!

Around Saxe

Spirit Day at Saxe! Welcome to the “tropics”…


As we continue our state testing upon our return from break, we will be moving into Smarter Balanced testing. Please remember to encourage your children to get a good night rest, eat well, and possibly pack a snack to replenish any depleted stores. We are proud of how well our students do on these tests and appreciate your support in partnering to maximize their performance!


Daytime Open House

You are invited to attend a Daytime Open House during the weeks of April 22 – April 30, 2019. You may find the schedules and specific more details, below:

Grade 5

Grades 6-8

We look forward to seeing you here!

NC Color Run

This is truly going to be a true community event!


The 3rd Annual NC Color Run

Saturday, April 27 at NCHS

9:00 AM: Kids’ Color Dash (.8 miles)

9:30 AM: NC Color Run/Walk (5k)

Please join your administrators and teachers as they form teams to represent your child’s school. Don’t miss this fun town-wide event and support deserving NCHS graduates pursue their dream of continuing their education at a higher level! Click HERE to register (online registration closes April 26). Individual $35, Family $130, Ages 5 and under are free! Click HERE to make a donation to the NCHS Scholarship Fund.

Walk to School Day

Saxe Middle School is planning on joining South Elementary in the long-standing tradition of Walk to School Day on May 3rd! More info to come, soon…

Doing “Good” in the World

Boy Scout

Cole Schubert, a Boy Scout in Troop 70 and a Freshman at the high school, came in to present to the fifth and sixth-grade students at the end of last week. He shared about his Eagle Project, which is a grassroots effort to raise awareness on the harms of plastic bags. Cole placed plastic bag collection bins in the front and back lobbies- a great place to make sure your plastic bags are safely recycled! Cole also informed the students about a new plastic bag ordinance in town. The ordinance says that no single-use plastic bags are allowed in large stores, there is a 10 cent charge on paper bags, and the ordinance goes into effect on August 27th. The students signed pledges to reduce, reuse and recycle. 6th graders signed a total of 119 times, with the Red Team accounting for 45 of those! 5th graders signed a massive 172 times, with the Green Team accounting for 59 of the 172! Way to go, 5th and 6th graders! Thank you so much for your participation! Cole challenges all of you to: reduce (your plastic bag consumption), reuse (the plastic bags you currently have) and recycle (by bringing in your single-use plastic bags for recycling or safe disposal) Always remember to…Be Prepared… Bring Your Bag!

Saxe Kidscare

The Saxe Kidscare after school group wants to spread the word about donating to Strays and Others, our local New Canaan animal shelter! To help, bring in items listed below to drop off boxes located around the school. Thank you! -Saxe KidsCare


Congrats to everyone involved in the amazing production of High School Musical. Bravo!

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

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