2020.4.16 – Saxe Weekly

April 16, 2020

Dear Saxe Family,

This may have been a short week, but there was still lots of learning and excitement at Saxe! We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated staff who continue to learn and grow while providing rich, meaningful learning experiences for our students. I am grateful for each of them and the role that they play in making up our special Saxe Community.

This week in the Saxe Weekly, we take a look at: Social Studies, Latin, Beauty & the Beast, Trout & Salmon, professional learning, Saxe Spirit, Dogs of Saxe, community, rainbows, the latest one-second everyday, and more…

Enjoy and have a lovely long weekend!

Dave Gusitsch

Principal, Saxe Middle School


Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

4.23 – ½ Day; staff PL

Want to check out the “Saxe Weekly” from last week? You’re one click away, here.

*Quotes that resonated with us this week:

“Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there.”

“The greater the storm, the brighter the rainbow.”

“Don’t use your energy to worry. Use your energy to believe.”

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” ~ The Dalai Lama

Back again for this week – the latest, updated Saxe Middle School 1-Second Everyday! “Life is made of seconds.” Check out some of the highlights of e-learning and the “good old days” when we were still in the building 🙂 Enjoy!

Quarter 3 update

Grade 8 Social Studies

As a part of their unit, War Diplomacy, and Imperialism, 8th-graders have been exploring themes of fear, safety, and trust in the U.S. during World War II. They have been also examining primary sources from this time period. To show their understanding of Japanese internment, students created posters which pulled together primary sources to create a poster that could be displayed. Their self-created compelling questions resonate today just as they did for that time period. This project quickly evolved for our e-learning format and we are proud of the work by teachers and students alike. Here are some examples. Thank you to the students for allowing us to share their work!


The Latin Teachers have been meeting to make sure they are doing the best they can for our students – planning, sharing, and teaching each other about some Tech Tools. Thanks to Ms. Mykytenko, Ms. MacQuarrie, and Mr. Hearty for their continued dedication!

Congratulations Latin Students and Teachers!

We are very proud of our numbers this year for the National Latin Exam. The 7th and 8th-graders literally took it the day before we were quarantined.

The National Latin Exam is a test given annually to Latin students across the United States and around the world. It is a wonderful opportunity to measure the abilities of our Latin students but also recognize their accomplishments in the classroom. Depending on their scores, students may earn certificates, medals and may even qualify for scholarships at the High School level.

This was truly a wonderful year for our 7th and 8th-graders and we are so proud of everyone that took the exam. In 7th-grade, 90 students took the test. 14 students received a perfect score, 45 Outstanding awards, and 20 received Achievement awards.

In the 8th-grade, 97 students took the exam. 14 received a perfect score, 40 students ‘Gold’ awards, 16 ‘Silver’, 11 ‘Magna’ and 9 received ‘Cum Laude’ awards.

Magis Latin

Latin students tried out a new Tech Tool: Here are the 6th-grade Latin Students using FlipGrid to make videos telling their classmates about the Roman Day they wrote about (what they would do in their day if they were a Roman).

Also using Zoom to meet face-to-face! And play KAHOOT!

Video Tribute to Beauty & the Beast Cast

Check out this tremendous tribute to the 7th and 8th-grade players as they prepared for the 2020 Spring Performance of Beauty and the Beast (one of my Disney all-time favs!).

Trout and Salmon Club

A huge thank you goes out to custodian, Bobby Tonucci, for the assist in tending to the fish as needs come up. In addition to everything else he does to add to our Saxe community, he can add “lifesaver” to the list! The fish are doing well and looking like they will be on pace for a May release. We will be sure to update you on their progress…

Saxe Professional Learning

PL continued today with sessions to help staff continue to learn and grow! Thank you to each of our session facilitators, and, to our staff at large.

Saxe Spirit

We have big plans for spirit within our community next week! As always, the last day of the week will be celebrating our school with our school colors, but Wednesday will focus on carrying through our recent theme of kindness, and giving back. Thanks to all who have participated and kept spirits high (and, shared their #DogsOfSaxe)!

We can all benefit from taking time to stop and smelling the flowers (notice the red/black harness…)

Not all spirit has to be in red and black! Thanks to the special crew that spread some kindness and helped Max Brown celebrate his birthday in style!

Please remember to send in your e-learning experiences, we love to share!

Mr. Lepisto shared a great view from his yard following a recent storm!

You can never be too safe…

Yes, it is April 16th and yes, it snowed today! “We are one day closer to everything being back to normal again…”.

Have a great week!

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

Saxe Resources (live links)

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

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

Twitter: @SaxeMS

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