2021.11.19 – Saxe Weekly

November 19, 2021

Dear Saxe Family, 

As we wrap our final full week of November, we celebrate all that we have to be grateful for at Saxe Middle School. This week in the Saxe Weekly, we take a look at National Education Support Professionals Day, Health Education, a friendly mask reminder, Science, Mandarin, Saxe outdoors, clubs/extracurriculars, our Saxe Hawk, Colors for Causes, our “Caught Caring” wall, the greenhouse, EI, a faculty breakfast, Cats of Saxe (that’s right), Dogs of Saxe, and much more. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Be Well, 

Dave Gusitsch

Principal, Saxe Middle School

Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

11/24: ½ Day Schedule (No after school clubs/No late bus)

11/25: Happy Thanksgiving!

*Quotes that resonated with us this week:

“Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside.” -Anonymous

“In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.” -Albert Einstein

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” -Mister Rogers

“Be a positive energy trampoline – absorb what you need and rebound more back.” -Dave Carolan

National Education Support Professionals Day, Wednesday, November 17th

Thank you to all of the bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria staff, aides, campus monitors, Student Resource Officer,  technicians, secretaries, maintenance staff, substitutes, nurses, and countless others who give so much to our Saxe Family. We truly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our learning community. 

Health Education

Health Tip of the Week: Social health is an important aspect of our overall Wellness and is vitally important when it comes to children and school. Social health encompasses having people around you that can improve your overall wellness and has many aspects that students can incorporate into their lives. One of the ways kids can improve their social health is by joining a sports team or a club. Check out this 6th-grade work from the Blue team showing the benefits of social health for kids. 

Friendly Reminder

We have received an increase in reports of masks not being worn properly in school. Mask wearing varies depending on where you go in public, but this is a mandate from the governor’s office while in public school buildings. Everyone has done so well in doing their part to keep everyone safe and in school and we appreciate your continued efforts in doing so. Thank you for your continued support!


It was another fun week in Grade Six Science! After spending two weeks testing various variables to learn how to keep hot chocolate hot, Grade 6 Red Team students designed and tested their own ideas. The engaging experiments helped students develop and use models to determine how thermal energy is transferred in and out of systems.


Grade 8 Mandarin students wrapped up the clothing unit by designing school uniforms for Winter and Summer.

Grade 7 Mandarin students introduced countries by drawing the country flag, the language they speak, the continent they live in, and popular attractions.

Tweet Street

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

Saxe students were hypothesizing & comparing heat distribution results in Mr. Pacicca’s class. Amazing conversation and collaboration on display!

Great turnout for the volleyball club this week… Thanks to Ms. Hendry for providing this opportunity for our students. This is a great example of the Health Tip of the Week (above) in action!

Campus Monitor, Mr. Sid, caught one of our “resident raptors” scoping the scene with some nice autumnal cover! 

Photo credit: Campus Monitor, Mr. Sid Formica

Awesome to see the 8Red “Colors for Health Causes” on display. All are great & a couple definitely hit close to home… Thanks to everyone who participated and for showing those who may be working through something that there are others who are there to care!

Some more “Colors for Health Causes” in the 5th-grade hallway! Great display of the caring community that is Saxe MS! #SaxeCares

The Saxe “Caught Caring” wall continues to grow! So nice to see how many students and staff members have been recognized for simply caring… #SaxeCares #BeKind

Checking in on the plants in the greenhouse and noticed this neat “thermometer holder person”! If you created it or know how it got there, please let us know. I’d love to hear the story behind it! 

Ms. McMahon’s Spanish class braved the chill this morning & took advantage of one of our outdoor learning areas. Love seeing classes continuing to utilize these spaces and benefiting from being outside!

The Saxe main lobby was lit up for make up photo day today. Lots of great smiles made for a happy vibe!

Thanks to Ms. Sotolongo for updating one of our social-emotional boards at Saxe! Stay tuned for updates… #SaxeEI #SaxeCares

Thank you our amazing ⁦Saxe ⁦faculty for preparing an awesome breakfast for our staff.

We had some beautiful weather to begin some gorgeous days this week! So nice to see classes still taking good advantage of being outside in mid-November! #SaxeOutdoors

The nice fall weather means windows are down for us to see our four-legged friends seeing their humans off to Saxe! #DogsofSaxe (And, yes, #CatsofSaxe)!

Photo credit: Dr. Ferreira

Photo credit: Dr. Ferreira

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

Celebrating Our Learning Community Through Caring, Communication, & Commitment

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