Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Week of Nov. 6 - Saxe Update

Nov. 6 - Saxe PTC Donation to NCPS Board of Education
Last evening, the Saxe PTC proposed a donation to the NCPS Board of Education for 300 Chromebooks and 8 carts so that the 5th and 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies classes could all provide a technology integrated learning environment on any given day.  Presently, those classrooms are restricted by a student "sharing ratio" of 2 students for every device.  This donation will achieve the desired 1:1 ratio, which was a budget goal from last year but not attainable owing to budget limitations.  Last year's budget allocated the same distribution of 1:1 Chromebooks in all Grade 7 and 8 Language Arts and Social Studies classrooms for this present school year.  The Board of Education unanimously accepted the donation!  Our students and staff will benefit greatly from this very generous donation.  This is an excellent example of how parent fundraising can have a significant impact on the learning environment for every child.
Nov. 7- Teacher Appreciation Lunch
A "rousing standing ovation" to the Saxe PTC volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to coordinate today's PTC Teacher Appreciation lunch for Saxe staff who were engaged in a full day of professional learning.  The collective sentiment of appreciation from our Saxe parents, as well as, the individual efforts from the PTC volunteers made a big impact on the Saxe staff.

Nov. 7 - Professional Learning Day
The Saxe staff, along with all K-12 staff, spent today in professional learning workshops.  Specifically, Saxe teachers were engaged in a "deep dive" around student achievement data so as to strategically plan upcoming curriculum, instruction and assessment.  While many other districts are forced to rely on outside workshop providers, at additional cost... today's workshops were planned and implemented by NCPS personnel.  It is this professional climate of collaboration and peer to peer learning which makes a day like today invaluable to the success of our students.
Nov. 10 - Veterans Day @ Saxe
​Saxe will hold its Tenth Annual Veterans Appreciation Day on Friday. ​ As the district acknowledges Veterans Day, it will be celebrated on Friday, November 10, 2017, as it officially falls on Saturday, November 11, 2017
Speakers are presenting to 5th graders throughout the day, to 6th graders during Social Studies classes and during Workshop periods in the auditorium for grades 7 and 8.  
In honor of the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday, our 8th graders will have a speaker's presentation along with a Marine Military Desert Humvee on display at the front of the school during periods 7 and 8. 
We are grateful that we have approximately 30 veterans participating in this year's event. During lunch, students will have the opportunity to make cards and create letters to thank a veteran.  Letters can be created for delivery to the West Haven Veterans Hospital or for the New Canaan Veterans Homebound Human Services Division. Veterans from our classroom speaking events will also be available for students to personally thank a veteran. 
Nov. 10, 11 - Aladdin - Grades 5/6 Musical
SHOW DATES
Friday, November 10th at 7pm & Saturday, November 11th at 11am & 2pm
Located in the *BRAND NEW* Saxe Middle School Theater
The magic Genie shows Aladdin how “A Friend Like Me” can help him win the love of Princess Jasmine as the
“Arabian Nights” pass. This musical journey based on the classic Disney movie will take you on a magic carpet ride of delight
and adventure. Come sing and dance with us and get “One Jump Ahead,” for a fall of magnificent fun.
Dec. 5 - Save the date - Saxe "Grand Opening"
Planning has begun for the official ceremonial "Grand Opening" of the newly renovated Saxe auditorium, music classrooms, as well as, the newly built art classrooms and general education classrooms.  Saxe parents and the general public will be invited to a brief ceremony on Tuesday December 5 at 4:00pm.  Student performances and tours of the classrooms will be available.
Dec. 5, 6, 7 - Save the dates - Saxe PTC Annual Book Fair
​Just in time for your holiday gift giving! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Week 7 @ Saxe - Mid Week Update

Student Support/School Safety
Thus far, we have successfully concluded two safety drills (lockdown and school evacuation).  Additionally, we also had one unplanned school evacuation owing to a construction issue.  In addition to these practice drills, our collective safety is best protected by the motto "See Something, Say Something!".  Please review this credo with your child.  If they see someone in the halls, without a NCPS badge, they should report to a teacher immediately.  If they see a vehicle at the bus stop or on school grounds at recess, that looks suspicious, they should report to a teacher immediately.  If they see something in the halls or bathrooms which shouldn't be there, then they should report to a teacher immediately.  All of these are examples of previous circumstances in which students helped to keep our school safe.  We can contribute to our collective safety when each of us acts with responsibility to report!
Coping with upsetting news
Our staff remains available to any family which would like to discuss supports for their child, either on a general basis, or when they have been exposed to upsetting news.  Upsetting news can be of a personal/family nature or, as broad as. on a international/national level.  Please reach out to your child's guidance counselor if/when you detect that your child may be having difficulty coping with and/or overcoming something that is bothering them.   Your child's counselor is listed on the parent portal for PowerSchool.  https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers
Student Belongings
We have asked our students to only bring materials to school, which are required by the school for classwork.  Other personal belongings are best kept at home, for recreational usage.  It can be helpful for students and parents to partner on "backpack checks" in the evenings and weekends, in order to prevent any unnecessary belongings from turning up in school.  On balance, we try to remain reasonable when we see a student with a non-school required belonging and simply issue a reminder to keep such items at home.  If/when personal belongings become a safety concern or a distraction to the classroom, we will contact the home to arrange a correction.  If you have any doubt about what your child should bring to school, please contact us (teacher, counselor or administrator).  https://www.ncps-k12.org/Page/817
Home/School Communications
Thank you for a very successful week of grade level/team academic open house evenings! You can find the subsequent Winter & Spring schedule for daytime team open house meetings on the school website link here: https://www.ncps-k12.org/Page/5441
Visiting Author
Coming to Saxe October 11 (Tomorrow!): Award-winning Author Sarah Weeks!
The best-selling author of many books such as “Pie” and “So B. It”, with a major motion picture in the theaters, is coming to speak to all Saxe students on October 11. This event corresponds with the Celebrate Saxe campaign! Our language arts teachers are grateful for previous PTC donations of classroom libraries which made various titles available for our student's classroom reading program.  For more about Weeks, visit http://sarahweeks.com/.
Celebrate Saxe
We are very grateful for contributions that have already been made!  The direct giving campaign concludes this Friday.  Please click here to donate:  https://squareup.com/store/saxe-ptc/
October 31 Spirit Day
For more details, please click below:

Friday, September 29, 2017

Look What Our 5th Graders Have Done!

Link above to the culminating spirit activity for our new Grade 5 at Saxe accomplished during yesterday’s fun run.  Dr. Clapp, our 5th grade teachers, related Saxe staff, the Saxe PTC and STEM teacher Vivian Birdsall along with a high school student and an 8th grade student, collaborated to have the students “Step-In to Saxe” with a drone photo from above to promote their achievement in school spirit.  

As you know, today at Saxe is the launch of the Saxe PTC annual direct giving campaign, “Celebrate Saxe” https://squareup.com/store/saxe-ptc/along with the first schoolwide spirit day, “Red & Black”.

Enjoy the weekend! (and don't forget to "click" https://squareup.com/store/saxe-ptc/)

Grades 6-8 Open Houses

Saxe Grades 6, 7 & 8 - October 3-5
Please join us for Open House at Saxe Middle School!
Grade 6     Tuesday                October 3
Grade 7     Wednesday           October 4
Grade 8     Thursday               October 5
For Grades 6-8, you will simply follow the PowerSchool order of periods for your child's core academic classes.
Please print your child's schedule from the PowerSchool portal to bring along.
After the keynote in the cafeteria, you will report to the first core academic class listed:
Grade 6 will be listed as Period 4
Grade 7 will be listed as Period 1
Grade 8 will be listed as Period 2
See schedules here:   https://www.ncps-k12.org/Page/5442
A few important reminders:
1.     Please park in a lined parking space.  When the campus spaces are full, please use New Canaan High School for additional parking.  You will need a flashlight on your way back at the end of the evening! 
2.     Please check the Saxe website to review the Saxe Student Learning Expectations in preparation for our evening(s)!
Open House is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s core academic teachers.  If you have concerns about particular policies or about your child specifically, please leave a note or call your child’s teacher to discuss these privately.   Of course, you can always contact your child's counselor or grade level administrator when the need arises.  We would rather know about your concern then to find out in the future that we missed an opportunity to respond!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Saxe Evening Open House Week

Saxe Evening Open House Week - October 2-5
Please join us for Open House at Saxe Middle School!
Grade 5     Monday                October 2
Grade 6     Tuesday                October 3
Grade 7     Wednesday           October 4
Grade 8     Thursday               October 5
For Grade 5, your child will bring home a personalized schedule for you to follow as the date nears, (if that schedule does not come home with your child, you can obtain a copy in the lobby when you arrive).   
For Grades 6-8, you will simply follow the PowerSchool order of periods for your child's core academic classes.
See schedules here:   https://www.ncps-k12.org/Page/5442
A few important reminders:
1.     Please park in a lined parking space.  When the campus spaces are full, please use New Canaan High School for additional parking.  You will need a flashlight on your way back at the end of the evening! 
2.     Please check the Saxe website to review the Saxe Student Learning Expectations in preparation for our evening(s)!
Open House is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s core academic teachers.  If you have concerns about particular policies or about your child specifically, please leave a note or call your child’s teacher to discuss these privately.   Of course, you can always contact your child's counselor or grade level administrator when the need arises.  We would rather know about your concern then to find out in the future that we missed an opportunity to respond!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Gr. 5 Parent Coffee





On Friday morning, Saxe hosted a Welcome Back Coffee specifically designed for 5th grade parents (scheduled a week in advance of the schoolwide welcome back coffee to take place Wednesday, September 20 at Waveny). Grade 5 administrator Dr. Steven Clapp and the NCPS curriculum coordinators provided formal presentations with Saxe PTC and Greg Macedo offering informal greetings.  Approximately, 90-100 5th grade parents attended.  The school appreciated the interest and support of the parents of our youngest and, for many families, their first Saxe middle schooler.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saxe Appreciation of First Responders & Building Classroom Communities

  • Our morning announcement to students:
Today, Saxe Middle School extends appreciation to our local First Responders!
New Canaan Ambulance Corps
New Canaan Fire Department
and the 
New Canaan Police Department
They are truly role models of caring people, who communicate well and are committed to doing their very best!
Thank you for keeping our community protected and cared for!!!

  • and our message to teachers this morning...
As we build classroom communities:

Feel free to refer to this morning's announcements...

which raises the question?  who are the "first responders" in our classroom? halls? buses? recess?...what can each student commit to do, in order to keep others emotionally and physically safe, as well as, respond appropriately with care to others when harmed?



Greg.Macedo@ncps-k12.org