- Daytime Open House Reminder
Please visit the link below for schedule and information:
- The "Good Teen" & 14 Days of Kindness Project
“…teens become so preoccupied with their own thinking that they fail to distinguish between their thoughts and the thoughts of others…Dwelling on themselves-constantly focusing on their deepest desires and their most glaring deficiencies-may make them overly self-conscious and reluctant to act…The best way to counter adolescent egocentrism and the lack of confidence it may breed is to help your teen…move away from the intense focus on self.” (The Good Teen by Richard M. Lerner, Ph.D.)
At Saxe, our students are consistently asked to use their assets to create a positive result, for both themselves and for others. Guiding our young people to develop awareness and empathy for others is an excellent way to move a middle school aged child from self-doubt to self-expression and finally toward contribution, to one’s self and to others. So many of our students are already engaged in service learning activities sponsored by local civic groups or spiritual institutions. When students are engaged in learning about the experiences of others, as well as, co-curricular activities beyond the classroom, we increase the probability that their own development will be asset-driven.
The student-led school improvement teams have been working together to strengthen our already strong school climate. One way we hope to get everyone involved (staff and students) is through the 14 Days of Kindness project. The project will begin on Friday, January 26th and end on Valentines Day (Feb. 14th). Each day an announcement will be made indicating the daily act of kindness in addition to the act being displayed on school televisions. Below is an overview and some slides detailing each day.
- Team 6 Purple "Connections" Initiative
The sixth-grade purple team will be launching our new "Connections" program. Connections will address the need for students to further develop Social, Academic and Personal Learning (SAPL) skills. Additionally, there will be direct instruction around the “Saxe Habits of Success” (Preparedness, Active Learning, Collaboration, and Self-Management).
Connections will run during the workshop period for seven lessons. These lessons were locally designed by Saxe teachers and counselors during summer curriculum work. The dates are 1/29, 2/1, 2/6, 2/9, 3/2, 3/7, 3/28. We will be evaluating the success of the lessons and making any necessary adjustments before another team in 6th grade does the same. This "piloting" of the instruction will help to ensure that we have a continuously improving product.
Please contact the 6 Purple Team Counselor, Ms. Bachman, if you have any questions.
- Sharing a Decision
On a personal note...my wife and I have decided to retire at the end of this school year and relocate to the shore in Delaware. I have had the privilege of serving this community for the past 25 years, as well as, being in this profession for a total of 39 years.
I will leave knowing that the support and guidance from the parent community, of which I will always be grateful, will continue to ensure that our middle school will thrive, even beyond its present state.
I can honestly say that I have been able to live the life of a "life-long learner" because I've been blessed to have had professional colleagues that are "life-long teachers". Although there is still another semester ahead, I want to express my gratitude for their collective "teachings" as they have exemplified the best that this profession has had to offer.