2021.10.29 – Saxe Weekly

October 29, 2021

Dear Saxe Family, 

As nice as it has been outside, it may be hard to believe this is the last week of October. In case there was any doubt that Halloween is this weekend, we had quite a few of our students dress up and the spirit around Saxe today was off the charts! There were many creative outfits, all followed the guidelines and kept them in good taste, and fun was had by all. Thanks to everyone who joined in making today a fun day at Saxe! 

This week in the Saxe Weekly, we take a look at Saxe News, the latest one-second everyday, Halloween themed videos and pictures, Health Education, Mandarin, emotional intelligence, theatre, Saxe in the News, clubs, sunrises, sunsets, & rainbows over Saxe, celebrations, a fond retirement farewell, recess, dogs of Saxe, and much more. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Be Well, 

Dave Gusitsch

Principal, Saxe Middle School

Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

Sunday, 10/31: Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, 11/2: Election Day – PL for staff, no school for students

Friday, 11/5: Last day of Quarter 1 (6-8); Opening of Moana Jr.!

*Quotes that resonated with us this week:

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”Malala Yousafzai

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” -B.B. King

“One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” – Dalai Lama 

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Francesca Reigler

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Saxe News

The Saxe News crew was back at it for a quick Halloween edition. Enjoy!

One Second Everyday

Back again for this week – the latest Saxe Middle School 1-Second Everyday! “Life is made of seconds.” Showcasing so much of what makes Saxe Middle School great! This will be a recurring, bi-weekly feature. At the end of the year, we will have a full version that includes every single day of the 2021-22 school year. Enjoy! (pro tip: to enjoy the video at a slower pace, change your viewing option to .75 speed).


Congratulations to Ms. Rosen and her 6th-grade band class on this creative Halloween creation! Click here to see the video…

Health Education 

Health Tip Of the Week: Having an emotional first aid kit can go a long way for students and adults alike. Being able to understand emotions and deal with them in Healthy ways is going to help you improve your emotional health and help you grow as a person. Here are 2 great examples of 7th Grade Work from the Red Team in Mr. Tiscia’s Health class focusing on tips and tricks for your Emotional First Aid Kid.  


Sixth-grade Mandarin students played games to review the 40+ “radicals” (linguistic roots of the Chinese written words) they learned in the first quarter.


October is AAC Awareness Month, Dyslexia Awareness Month, & ADHD Awareness Month

Why is regulating emotions difficult for those with ADHD?  (click for more information)

Do vision problems cause dyslexia? (click to find the answer)

Emotional Intelligence Update

Ms. Bohlmann’s 6th-grade class worked on how they would help each other live the Charter – to help each other feel Comfortable, Happy, Respected, Included and Safe. Great job all!   

Saxe Theatre

Next Weekend, our Saxe 5th and 6th graders will be performing Disney’s “Moana Jr.,” a 60-minute musical adaptation of the award-winning Disney animated film. It features all of the beloved songs from the film, including two of my favorites, “How Far I’ll Go” and “You’re Welcome!” You can join us in the Saxe Auditorium on Friday (11/5) at 7:00 P.M. and Saturday at 11:00 and 2:00 by purchasing tickets to the live show here, or, if better, you can also watch the Friday show online by purchasing live stream tickets here!

Saxe in the News

Congratulations to Haley, Riley, and Lily on their service project that was included in a recent edition of 

The Week, Junior, which goes out to over 100k households! What an amazing gesture and accomplishment!

Tweet Street

Below are some of the tweets that highlight so many of the exciting moments that take place at Saxe each week!

The Halloween spirit was around Saxe this week! Randomly spotted this pumpkin in one of our courtyard trees 🎃

The Saxe Library was also in the Halloween spirit this week! 

Here are some of the amazing Halloween costumes!

Worth noting: masks are/were not allowed in school today. They were just put on for some of these great pics!

Check out this creative bunch of 5th-grade staff members – awesome!

Nothing to see here, just heading into school…

“All in” celebrating Saxe Hawks!

Speaking of Celebrations…

Welcome back Sarah Granite! Congrats to you and your family on your wedding this past weekend!

Saxe Clubs

Some amazing pics from one of our Saxe extracurriculars! Thanks to Ms. Farley for sharing these great shots from her Saxe Photo Club!

And, Ms. Farley got in on the Halloween fun today:

Ms. Potts and her “twin” 🙂

5th grade coding club…thank you Mr. McLeod for proving this great opportunity for our students.

Density lab prep with 7th grade science teacher Mr. D’Alton.

Mindset DOES matter! What’s your mindset!? 

Are you stuck while writing? Here are some strategies to use from a 5th grade classroom.

Great sunset over Saxe. Thanks to Ellie (&, Jo) Q for capturing these great shots!

Is Saxe magical? Maybe, maybe not, but “magical moments” certainly happen from time to time… Thanks to Mr. Gillan for capturing these great shots as 6Blue students participated in their “pyramid walk”! 

Loved watching this chorus class go through a kinesthetic routine to get their bodies, minds, and voices ready to participate! Nice work, Ms. Sagerstrand! 

Nice, stunning sunrise over Saxe this morning! Have a great day, All!

Celebrating Successes that Started at Saxe

Congratulations to Reagan Thom and her team for placing top-3 in their respective age-group at the distinguished Head of the Charles rowing competition! Congrats and thanks go out to Mr. Ellett for introducing the sport of rowing to so many of our students through the Saxe Rowing Club!

And, congrats to some of our former Saxe students who placed 1st in their division!

Another great t-shirt (& an amazing sunrise) this morning at Saxe!

I enjoyed a nice “trip” to Egypt in 6th-grade SS today at Saxe. Impressive work by our students and a nice way for them to collaborate, provide feedback, & demonstrate  their learning and understanding!

Saxe students in Ms. Fulco’s Social Studies class were excited to reflect on their recent studies on Egypt!

Congratulations to Antonio M on his retirement! Thank you for your years of dedicated service to the students, staff, and building at Saxe, We appreciate you and wish you the best!

Our outdoor areas were put to good use during this beautiful fall day at @SaxeMS! We are so grateful to be able to get our students outside and all the benefits that come along with fresh air, movement, & sunshine! 

Some of the most memorable moments happen during opportunities for “free time”. Here is one of our Saxe students draining the 3-pointer to cap a straight run through the entire Around the World circuit – so neat to see!

Dogs of Saxe

This dapper dog is in the halloween spirit, too!

We had some special visitors outside today! Both are cute but the puppy was a showstopper!

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

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