Last Friday, our 8th graders went on a field trip to Harvey Mudd College where they were able to learn about STEM careers and tour the campus. In the coming weeks, they will continue to learn more about college and how they can start preparing NOW as they get ready to become freshmen in high school. In the picture above, you can see a few members of the Anderson HOUSE enjoying student center life.
Attention middle school students! There is no excuse for you to go to class unprepared. Thanks to the generosity of colleges/universities across the USA, I have plenty of pens and pencils (along with a few other goodies) that I am happy to pass on to you! DO NOT annoy your teachers with the famous last words, "I don't have anything to write with." Come see me and learn more about college while you are at it!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Grand Opening last night! It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase not only our new facilities, but also the diverse talents of our amazing students! Thank you to everyone who made this night possible!
Happy Monday SAE Family!
Welcome back, I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful winter break.
Last week, our 6th graders received some quality time with mentors. The girls worked with Ms. Brown and Ms. Mari Jo in circles to discuss self-image and other issues affecting women today. This was a wonderful opportunity for our teachers to spend quality time with their girls while also empowering them to be strong, assertive young women. Our boys had the opportunity to speak with a USC graduate and Navy veteran (you may recognize him from the 7th grade veterans day presentations). The boys discussed the importance of hard work, discipline and working as a team when it comes to being successful in all aspects of life, including school.
Another fun announcement; I have been emailing colleges all across the country looking for “college swag”. As a result, I now have a stack of envelopes from many different schools with all the info you could ever want! If your student is interested in a particular college, I would encourage them to come check out the informational packet. If I do not have info on a particular college your student is interested in, I would be happy to email the admissions office and get it for them. All you have to do is ask!
Wow, what a week!
If you are reading this, you probably already know that not only did we move into a new building on Monday but we also had middle school culmination yesterday. Given the circumstances, I would like to take a break from my usual informative posts to give some props and appreciation:
Students: I cannot stress enough how impressed I was with your projects. You all did an INCREDIBLE job of dressing appropriately, greeting visitors with smiles and firm, professional handshakes, and, most importantly, you were prepared! All of your displays had beautiful artwork and accented each member’s individual talents. I could not be more proud of your and the way you represented The SAE Middle School. Thank you for showing our guests what true SAE citizens are made of.
Teachers: Thank you is not a big enough word to express my gratitude for everything you do to support our students. I know many stress filled hours went into preparing our students for culmination night and it definitely showed. The students were more than ready to tackle this intimidating project and that is all thanks to your hard work and dedication to giving them the best educational experience possible. I am so proud of all of you and feel privileged to work with such an amazing team.
Parents/Guardians/Guests: This night would not have happened without your support! We all know that time is a valuable resource and I am so appreciative at number of you who were willing to use that time to recognize your student’s achievements. Thank you for your support of your student as well as The SAE. We would not be the school we are today if it weren’t for you.
Team: Thank you for the behind the scenes support you provided. We sometimes forget all of the preparation that goes into hosting these events and I would just like to recognize the amazing efforts that helped to make this night possible. You are all such wonderful individuals and, as with the teachers, I feel privileged to work along side you each and every day.
To the person who drew that picture on my office door: Thank you. I forgot to write my morning quote yesterday and coming back to that made my day!
With that said, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be safe and try to stay dry!
This week was quite festive as we celebrated Red Ribbon Week! Each day was a dress up day to remind us to respect ourselves by keeping our bodies free from drugs and alcohol. To celebrate today’s theme, “The Best Treat is Being Drug Free”, students dressed up in their most creative costumes.
Today also wraps up National Bullying Prevention Month. I challenge all students to remember everything you were taught and carry those lessons with you as you go through the rest of the school year. Remember, above all else, to be a kind, responsible and respectful SAE Citizen.
And to all you trick-or-treaters going out tonight: have fun and stay safe!
Throughout the week, we have been doing the Blue Man Bully Presentations in the HOUSE classes. Students are instructed to be mean to the blue man by saying one hurtful thing to him and ripping a piece off of his body. Once everyone has had a turn, students are reminded that bullying is not okay and now they have to make it right by putting the blue man back together. They are each given a piece of tape and instructed to say two nice things to him before taping his body part back on. Even though each class tried their best, the blue man looks nothing like he did when he started. As you can see in the picture, you can hardly tell he was a man at all.
After the activity, we have a conversation as a class about bullying. What does this torn up blue man have to do with bullying? Students were able to discuss how bullying makes you feel inside and understand that, even when you try to make things better, you can never fully repair the damage that has been done.
To The SAE Parents and Guardians: You can help by discussing the importance of bully prevention at home. What should you do if you are bullied? What should you do if you see someone else being bullied? How should you treat a student who may be new to The SAE or that you see alone during nutrition or lunch? After being a part of the blue man activity, these are questions your child should be able to answer. Having this conversation at home will help them to revisit the message and remember it in the future.
Here at The SAE, we kicked of National Bullying Prevention Month with a classroom guidance lesson from the middle school counselor in Mrs. Clark’s and Ms. Saletore’s HOUSE classes. Since not all of the HOUSE classes have gotten to do the activity yet, I will wait on describing it to you. You will just have to be patient to find out what the blue man was all about. :) Our amazing ASB also made posters that were hung at the beginning of the week to raise bullying awareness and encourage The SAE students to be kind to one another.
There are many things you and all of your friends can do to help make The SAE a bully FREE school! The first is to treat everyone with respect and kindness. What you may think of as “joking” could offend or hurt someone else. Thinking before you speak and being aware of how your words can affect others will go a long way.
Another way to stop bullying is to recognize it and respond to it in a safe way. Bullying is unwanted or aggressive behavior in which one person tries to use their power to control or harm another person. The bullying may be physical (hitting, attacking) or verbal (threatening, spreading rumors, name calling, etc.) and almost always happens more than once. If you are being bullied, tell the person bullying you to stop in a calm, clear voice if you feel safe. Remember to always walk away and find an adult, especially if you are feeling scared. To keep yourself safe, hang out in areas with a lot of other people, especially adults.
If you see someone else being bullied, speak up! Tell an adult immediately. And most importantly, be kind to the person you have seen being bullied. Show them that there are kind people at our school and that The SAE is a safe and caring place to be.
Greetings SAE Family,
The month of October has many themes including National Bullying Prevention Month, National Depression Education and Awareness Month, LGBT History Month, National Pet Wellness Month, and National Cyber Security Awareness Month! This week lets focus on how to stay safe online. Here are a few tips for protecting yourself:
- Never give out personal information such as your telephone number, address, school name, user name or password.
- Carefully consider a picture before you post or send it. Once online, just about anyone can download it... it won’t be just yours anymore.
- Think about what you say before you post it. Make sure you are always respectful of others’ views and opinions.
- Do not open emails from people you do not know and click on any unfamiliar links.
- Never add or befriend people you do not know... not everyone on the Internet is who they say they are.
- Do not meet up with anyone you meet online.
- Never respond to a threatening email or message. Report the message to an adult immediately.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
Parents and Guardians, you can play a huge role in keeping your student safe online:
- Check in. Make sure you are able to monitor your student’s cyber activity and social media posts.
- Set rules. Establish how long your student will be allowed to spend on the internet each day, which sites they may and may not access, etc. Be sure to discuss the rules and the consequences should your student break them.
- Teach them. Set a good example and openly discuss online safety. Reinforce your rules and remind them of ways they can keep themselves safe while surfing the net.
- Keep the computer in a common area such as the living room.
As we come up on National Bullying Prevention Month, this story came to mind and I wanted to share it with all of you.
Sometimes, when we think of how we can make a difference in the world, the idea seems overwhelming. After all, you are only one person and this is a big world that needs a lot of changing. In the starfish story, we imagine a coastline after a storm that has scattered the starfish as far as you can see. No one person could possibly save all of the starfish, a fact that the man points out in a very pessimistic way. Yet the boy is unfazed. He knows that even though he cannot help them all, he has made a life saving difference to those that he did pick up and put back into the water.
As a school, we understand that one student cannot stop bullying alone. But what you, as students, need to realize is that you can make a huge difference in the lives of your peers. A kind word, a warm smile, an invitation to sit at your lunch table; these are all acts that may not make a difference on a large scale, but they make a huge difference to an individual. Imagine what our school would be like if everyone did at least one small act of kindness each day.
As we see September come to an end, I challenge all of you to perform one small act of kindness every day in October. Whether this means holding the door open for someone, giving your friend a compliment on his or her new haircut, or welcoming someone new into your group of friends, the important thing to remember is that you can change the world with one small act of kindness at a time.