2022.1.7 – Saxe Weekly

January 7, 2022

Dear Saxe Family, 

Welcome back, Happy New Year, and, happy snow day! Between the ice on Wednesday and the snow today, 2022 has kept us on our toes to kick off the new year. Upon our return earlier this week, we came back with renewed hope but also cautiously responsive to the ever-changing world around us. We adjusted some of our safety and mitigation measures to keep our students and staff healthy and well while continuing to operate in an environment that is comfortable, welcoming, and conducive to learning. It was wonderful to have everyone back and we look forward to a great year ahead!

This week in the Saxe Weekly, we take a look at our return for 2022, Math, Health, safety in our schools, lots of weather events, and much more. Enjoy and have a wonderful long weekend! 

Be Well, 

Dave Gusitsch

Principal, Saxe Middle School

Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

1/12 – Saxe PTC & NCHS PFA Joint Meeting

1/14 – Saxe Spirit Day – College Day

*Quotes that resonated with us this week:

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” -Melody Beattie

“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.” – Josiyah Martin

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” – Karen Kaiser Clark

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot

“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” – Vern McLellan


In Mr. Vigliotti’s Math 7 classes, students are working on problem solving and equations. In class, students use models to reason about the way different parts of equations go together and the importance of keeping equations balanced to find solutions. They use manipulatives such as Hands on Equations as well as online tools to foster a deeper understanding of the material. 

In 8th Grade Algebra, students used their touch screen chromebooks to interact with their understanding on their system of inequalities unit using Desmos. Students were able to receive feedback on their work while teachers worked with small groups of students. 

Safety Update

In addition to revisiting all of our safety mitigation strategies (ventilation, physical distancing, masks, lunch/recess rotations, etc.), we went back to utilizing the auxiliary gymnasium to keep students spread out as much as possible during lunches. We are hoping this is a short-term move, but we are doing everything possible to keep our students and staff safe and in school. A special thank you to our Physical Education teachers who have been absolute role models in being flexible, adaptable, and doing whatever it takes for the good of the cause!

NCPS is still Hiring 

Please spread the word if you know of any qualified candidates who may be interested in joining our NCPS team…

Tweet Street

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

Happy New Year from Saxe Middle School! Wishing the best for you, in 2022!

Happy New Year and welcome back! It is great to see our students again and they are back in action in their classes without “missing a beat” from the break!

8th grade students doing an escape room today in Health with questions based around drug/alcohol awareness and prevention. Mr. Tiscia loves seeing his students collaborate and work through things together!

Love the “HNY” spirit!

What a beautiful end to our first day back of 2022! It was wonderful to see our students back in action after the break!

In case there was any doubt, winter is here! Wednesday turned the area into an ice rink, in a flash!

And, Friday brought about the first snow day of 2022! If you have any fun snow pics that you would like to share from your day on Friday, please feel free to send them in to: Ms. lisa.jarosik@ncps-k12.org and/or me david.gusitsch@ncps-k12.org Enjoy! 🙂

Have a great week, see you next Friday!

* 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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