2021.2.12 – Saxe Weekly

February 12, 2021

Dear Saxe Family, 

This week, Mother Nature has once again reminded us who is “in charge”. While the weather stayed wintry, we had another good week of learning, growing, and interacting here at Saxe. As we head into the Winter Recess, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone in our Saxe community for your effort, dedication, and support up to this point. Your commitment has allowed us to continue to keep our doors open and welcome our students and staff into our building each day. We also celebrate our remote learners and remain focused on their involvement and success as an important part of Saxe. 

This week in the Saxe Weekly, we take a look at a PTC sponsored lunch (thank you!), Science/STEM, rescheduled Virtual Daytime Open Houses, School Counselors, Black History Month, World Language, Saxe Spirit, a tribute mural, Random Acts of Kindness, Community Service, Saxe Clubs and Activities, Saxe Leadership Team, NC Color Drop, some winter scenes around Saxe, and much more… Enjoy and have a wonderful, restful, enjoyable break!

Be well, 

Dave Gusitsch

Principal, Saxe Middle School

Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

2/12: Begin Winter Recess, Have a great break!

2/22: Welcome back! Virtual Open House for 8 Purple, 7 Green and 6 Blue

2/24: 1/2 Day for students, Professional Learning for staff

*Quotes that resonated with us this week:

“Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch, what make you go beyond the norm.” – Cicely Tyson

“When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected.” -Laverne Cox

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” -Oprah Winfrey

“All great achievements require time.” -Maya Angelou

Travel Reminder

For anyone who is “hitting the road” over the break, please remember the travel guidelines that were sent out by Dr. Luizzi earlier this week. You may find the full message, here. For those traveling, have a great, safe trip!

Saxe PTC Luncheon

A HUGE thank you to the Saxe PTC for sponsoring a lunch for all staff on Wednesday. The food was spectacular and so appreciated by everyone. Nothing like a special treat in the middle of the week!


The Lt. Gov Computing Challenge – “Coding for Good” launched on January 25, 2021.  There will be three challenges of which students can choose one to participate in. Each challenge requires a variety of artifacts for submission. Connecticut students in grades 3 through 12 are encouraged to create applications designed to spread messages of positivity, tackle important issues or promote healthy habits. This year’s Lt. Governor’s Computing Challenge includes three options for submission: concept challenge, prototype challenge and development challenge. Students can work individually or as a team to submit to one challenge. Additional information can be found on the Challenge Resource Page.

Virtual Daytime Open House Rescheduled

The Virtual Daytime Open House has been rescheduled for 8 Purple, 7 Green and 6 Blue to Monday, February 22nd.  The times are listed below.  Ms. Jarosik will be sending out Zoom Links before 7:30 on the day of Open House.  Please be on the lookout for it!

2/22 Monday
9:09 amG8: Purple Team
11:38 amG7: Green Team
12:28 pmG6: Blue Team

Saxe School Counselors

Thanks to our Upper Division School Counselors for visiting 8th grade classes this week to continue the important conversation on the transition to high school. They are thoughtful, patient, and do a nice job helping our students feel prepared for their next educational steps that are right around the corner… 

Saxe Celebrates Black History Month

Thanks to our wonderful Library staff for promoting some great reading selections for Black History Month (and, more…). 

World Languages

Happy Chinese New Year! 2021 Chinese Zodiac Year is The Golden Ox. New Year’s Eve is February 11th and the holiday will be celebrated for 15 days until the Lantern Festival.

Grade 8 students experienced one of the traditions by saying “恭喜发财,红包拿来”. It means “Wishing you prosperity, give me a red envelope!” 

Grade 6 and Grade 8 also did the ox paper cutting craft decoration.


6th Grade: The 6th graders are studying the family and celebrations in our current unit. The students created family trees, which displayed at least three generations, and several also included great-grandparents, and many beloved pets. They then shared and described their family members with classmates.

8th Grade: As a culminating activity to our vacation unit, the students created slide presentations about a trip to a Spanish-speaking country. Their classmates enjoyed hearing about exotic trips throughout Central, South America and Europe. We learned about exquisite dishes such as Ropa Vieja, Gallo Pinto and tasty Tostones and Buñuelos, the unique animals of Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, and even had a first hand demonstration on how to dance the Tango in Argentina!

Saxe Spirit

This week, Saxe focused on: Staying SAFE, Staying CARING, and Staying Classy! We loved seeing our community keeping it “classy” yesterday… You can see the smiles shining right through the masks!

Saxe Tribute Mural

The transformation of this wall at Saxe begins today! As a tribute to our students who have persevered this past year, our awesome PTC has sponsored a Saxe Mural project that nicely captures the history of what we have all experienced. Stay tuned, it’s going to be great!

Here are a couple of sneak peeks of some themes that the finished product will include: 

Random Acts of Kindness

There is much to be proud of around Saxe. This display of Random Acts of Kindness speaks to the caring community that our students and staff are part of and what exemplifies our positive school culture and climate. Nice work, 8Red!

Community Service

Ms. Lanna’s students working on a community service project creating Valentine’s Day cards for patients at Waveny Care Center. What a kind gesture!  

Saxe Activities Update

Saxe activities will be offered to students again in mid-March. An email will be sent home to families when new programs are ready for sign-ups. In the meantime, Officer Deak is offering a, “Leadership Lunch with Officer Deak” club to a limited number of 8th grade students for five weeks beginning on March 3rd. The program is designed to help students grow individually with their peers in a fun and supportive socially distanced environment. Students will enhance their social skills, develop public speaking skills, learn problem solving techniques, and work on team building. If you are interested in joining, please click here to complete the form to be considered for the club.  

Saxe Leadership Team

Thanks to Ms. Bennett’s Wellness Workshop for contributing to and assistant with the Student Leadership Snowflake Project. 

NC Color Drop at Waveny

In lieu of the annual NC Color Run, the New Canaan High School Scholarship Foundation has organized an exciting new fundraiser, the NC Color Drop! On Wednesday, March 31, a helicopter will release more than 1,000 golf balls over a target at Waveny. The golf balls will be numbered individually and the participant whose ball lands closest to the target will be the winner of the grand prize, a Peloton Tread. Other prizes include an amazing NC Gift Basket and Kidzone Electric Bumper Cars. 100% of proceeds will be donated to need-based college scholarships for NCHS graduates. Click HERE for more information. Due to Covid, no spectators will be allowed. The event will be livestreamed at 10:00 a.m. for all residents to watch.

A Touch of Winter

There have been plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy this seasonal winter weather. Below are a few winter pics from around Saxe, and beyond (I am certainly impressed with Sebastian’s igloo creation!). A huge shout out and thank you to our amazing custodial and maintenance teams for the great job they do having the building cleaned up and safe upon our arrival each time it snows!

Have a great week!

* A special thanks to Lauren Sherwood 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


The Saxe Weekly: SaxeMS.com

Saxe Middle School

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