2021.11.12 – Saxe Weekly

November 12, 2021

Dear Saxe Family, 

November is filled with important days. This week, we celebrated Veterans Day to recognize and honor the sacrifices of those who have served our country and maintained the freedoms that we are all able to enjoy today (more below). Saturday is World Kindness Day which is a globally celebrated day “to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together”. Please consider your own act of kindness to observe this day. And, we look forward to the upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving where the focus is usually on family, friends, food, and hopefully some fun. 

The common thread amongst all of these days is that we have much to be grateful for. I could not be more proud or thankful to serve in a community like New Canaan. Each edition of the Saxe Weekly is a snapshot of the countless experiences that make Saxe Middle School a special learning community. Thank you to each and every person who contributes to making this true!  

This week in the Saxe Weekly, we take a look at our latest 1Second Everyday, Veterans Day, Social Studies, Science, some local history, theater, Charter Champions, some Saxe spirit, Saxe Cafe, Saxe Hawks (the real bird), dogs of Saxe, and much more. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Be Well, 

Dave Gusitsch

Principal, Saxe Middle School

Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

11/12 – Grade 6-8 PowerSchool Portal opens this afternoon

11/13 – World Kindness Day

11/14 – World Diabetes Day

11/18 – A Day/Photo Retake Day

*Quotes that resonated with us this week:

“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”  -Ben Carson

“The sun himself is weak when he first rises and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.” – Charles Dickens

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”

 – Malcolm Gladwell

“Today…and every day…we are grateful for the military service personnel. Past and present, and the families that support them.” -Anonymous 

“When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.” – Jack Kornfield

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).

Veterans Day 

On Thursday, November 11, Saxe held its 14th annual Veterans Appreciation Day. Special thank you goes out to Jenny Baltz, Mona Biondi, and George Petrakopoulos for all their work and dedication. Without them, none of this would have been possible. While the celebration looked a little different this year, we were all excited that students got the opportunity to hear stories from New Canaan veterans. Three local veterans were interviewed and a video was put together by Mr. Petrakooulos to give students an opportunity to hear history first-hand.   

This link provides supplemental materials that provide veteran profiles, and a link to the video (also below). Saxe thanks all those who served, and continue to serve, our great country! 

Thank you to our Saxe veterans! (&, all who have served our great country)! 

The red, white, & blue spirit was on display today as we honored our nation’s veterans during the Veterans Appreciation Day. Thank you to all who have served!

It was great to see our nation’s veterans honored today during the Veterans Appreciation Day. Thank you to all who have served!

Students in Ms. Payne’s class salute our Veterans!

Thank you to all the veterans who served and all the men and women who continue to serve. Today and every day we are indebted. Saw some great 🇺🇸 spirit today. Clearly Mr. Tiscia was coming prepared!

Grade 5 Social Studies

Fifth graders across Connecticut cast votes for the seven final candidates for Connecticut Kid Governor. We are awaiting the results. Thank you to Mrs. Campbell’s class for documenting some of the action!  We are so pleased to be part of such a worthwhile program. 

Students analyzed candidates’ speeches.

Each class received a ballot box from CT Kid Governor. This is where they placed their votes.

Just like other elections, there are stickers to show you voted! 

8 Red Science

Students in Mr. Ekstrom’s class learned about the ABO blood groups and how blood types are inherited. They applied their knowledge of the relationship between antigens and antibodies in order to test and determine the blood type of unknown “blood” samples. 

6 Blue Science

To wrap up our energy unit, the 6th grade Science classes have been investigating how different variables affect the amount of thermal energy in a system. To do this, we have been trying to figure out just how to keep our hot chocolate hot on cold winter days. Students have been using probes purchased by the PTC for this set of lab investigations

Grade 5 Science

Students in Ms. Veach’s science class using Sky Charts of the night sky in New Canaan to observe and track the stars at different times of the year. The observable patterns are helping to strengthen the students’ understanding of the positioning of our Earth, moon, and Sun.

Local “History”

Mr. Cox’s class held a final “celebration” (before the rains came) of a mini-unit on Systems Thinking “Fixes that Fail” historical models – usually involving good intentions that have unintended (bad) consequences. But in the cases of various inventions/inventors students researched (from Microwave Oven to Silly Putty), the inventors turned mistakes/failures into successful endeavors. (Good life lesson there, too.)

Students are recreating inspiration for the invention of the Frisbee- post-WWII, Yale students snacked on pies from the Bridgeport-based Frisbie Pie Co., then turned the metal tins over, and tossed them to each other, yelling “Frisbie” to avoid injuring other students. This provided inspiration to an engineering student to eventually produce the Frisbee (with much better aerodynamics, of course.)

Saxe Theater

Moana JR had an amazing three show run this past weekend! Congratulations to the Cast, Crew and Production team for another successful 5th & 6th Grade Musical!! Great show all around and Saxe is incredibly proud of everyone involved in this performance!  Here’s a little highlight!

Photo Retake Day

On Thursday, November 18th, Irvin Simon will be back at Saxe for Photo Retake Day.  Each grade is assigned a time that they may leave class to go have their retake done and students will be reminded next week during morning announcements. If you did not receive a link for your child’s photo, please contact Irvin Simon at their customer service site. If you have any questions, please email Lisa.Jarosik@ncps-k12.org.

Tweet Street

Below are photos and phrases that were included on our Saxe middle school Twitter page (@SaxeMS) this week. Enjoy!

Good morning, Saxe Middle School! So nice starting the day with some bright sunshine after the time change. Have a great day, All!

Lend a hand (or 2) today! ✋🏼

On Monday, Nov. 8th, 7th grade Purple team came together to reflect on the first quarter and recognize those  students who have been “Charter Champions.”

Birthday alert! No better way to start your bday, than to be greeted by some friends at morning arrival!

Mr. Bedard: Showing my appreciation to the students who painted and gave me an “awesome rock” by writing a handwritten message on one of our awesome new post cards.

This definitely qualifies as the “headband of the week”!

Thank you to our amazing Saxe PTC for helping us create additional spaces for our students to work or gather (safely distanced, of course)… Your support is appreciated!

We may have the best middle school cafe staff, anywhere! Here is some meal prep in action for our students… Thank you to Monika and her team for these daily offerings!

This was not on our Saxe campus, but Ms. Jarosik captured this awesome shot of a hawk that would certainly fit in with our very own Saxe Hawks!

Friendly Reminder

We have masks available for those who may need a replacement, but we respectfully request that our students do their best to remember their mask each day. Thank you for your support!

Dogs of Saxe

Some visitors this week!

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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