2022.1.14 – Saxe Weekly

January 14, 2022

Dear Saxe Family, 

After our weather-related excitement of last week, we completed our first full week of 2022! As we hit our stride in the new year, our students are back in action and continue to impress with their creativity, collaboration, and innovation. I could not be more proud of how everyone has responded to the ups and downs that have challenged us, but not diminished our resolve to operate in the most caring, safest, enjoyable, nurturing environment possible. Thank you to our entire school community! 

This week in the Saxe Weekly, we take a look at Social Studies, Digital Citizenship, ELA, important info for 8th-graders, Trout, Art, Tech, & STEM Clubs, Dogs of Saxe, some outdoor time, and much more. Enjoy and have a wonderful long weekend! 

Be Well, 

Dave Gusitsch

Principal, Saxe Middle School

Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

1/17 – Martin Luther King Jr Day (no school)

1/21 – End of Quarter 2 (grades 6-8)

*Quotes that resonated with us this week:

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher.

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Words can inspire, thoughts can provoke, but only action truly brings you closer to your dreams.” – Brad Sugars

“Even if I don’t reach all my goals, I’ve gone higher than I would have if I hadn’t set any.”  -Danielle Fotopoulis

“Staying positive does not mean everything will turn out okay. Rather, it means you will be okay no matter how things turn out.” – Unknown

Social Studies 

Our fifth graders are actively analyzing a variety of primary and secondary sources to answer why so many died in the Jamestown Colony. Thank you to Mrs. Hubbard and Mrs. Harrington for submitting pictures of their 5th grade detectives in action!

Grade 7 Social Studies: Speaking and listening are important skills that students develop over time and with practice. Thank you to Mrs. Korman and her class for sharing pictures of their recent debate about Amazon rainforest use. 

Grade 7 Digital Citizenship

Students in Mr. Devine’s Digital Citizenship class discussed the importance of understanding the potential for bias in media. Students in grades 6-8 participate in Digital Citizenship during the Workshop period for 1 quarter in the year. 

Sixth Grade English Language Arts (ELA)

In sixth grade ELA, students are reflecting on their realistic fiction stories and the choices they made to craft their important stories. Working in partnerships, students worked together to create, record, and edit podcasts to share their reflections, and their hard work!  

Seventh Grade English Language Arts (ELA)

Reader? Author? Director? Seventh grade ELA students have analyzed their dystopia texts and related films to compare/contrast the different media. This week, students have stepped inside the shoes of a director to create a video adaptation of an important scene in a dystopian text. Throughout the school, students have been in front of green screens acting, directing, and editing their short movies. Turns out, editing, acting and directing to stay true to an author’s message is hard work- but also lots of fun! 

The team sends out big thanks to Mr. Petrakopoulos for his help and support with the video platform, WeVideo, in sixth and seventh grade!

8th to 9th Grade Transition Webinar

If you missed the 8th to 9th Transition Webinar, you can find the Youtube recording of it on the Saxe Transition Website or use this link for viewing!

8th Grade Baby Pictures for Yearbook

The yearbook is looking for 8th grade students to add a baby photo in their yearbook! You can download one using the link, here. All photos must be in by January 26th to be included.


Science in action! It was a very exciting day for the Trout Club, and all of Saxe. The community organization, Trouts Unlimited, delivered the 2022 batch of eggs on Thursday morning. The students were happy to welcome our new resident trout eggs to Saxe Middle School in rooms 28 & 134. Our students are curious about how long it will take for the eggs to hatch, and how their development will progress over the next few months. On Wednesday mornings, Trout Club students will be busy collecting and recording data on the trout to track their development, and problem solve when needed, until late spring. Good luck to the Trout Club, the eggs themselves, and stay tuned for more updates! 

Thank you to Ms. Veach and Ms. Poidomani for providing this terrific experience for our students! 

Some amazing artwork on display… Our students are so talented and we can’t wait to see the finished products!

The tech and STEM clubs are always bustling with exciting activities!

Sights Around Saxe

Good luck to all of the NFL fans out there who happen to still be watching their team this weekend! 

Some outdoor time in January? Yes, please! It may not be warm, but after single digit temps earlier this week, 40* felt balmy…

Caught a masterful recording in the making!

Dogs of Saxe

So happy to see these two happy visitors (&, their humans) out front this week!

Saxe Snowy Scenes

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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