Sage Day Princeton has two new additions to our Faculty. Teaching Art two times per week we would like to introduce, Sandy Peters. Sandy comes to us with 30 years of teaching experience grades K-12, which also includes 2 years of study in interpreting for the deaf. When Sandy is not teaching she spends her time volunteering and painting watercolors. She specializes in portraits of houses and animals. We welcome Sandy to our Princeton Family.
Our second addition is Brandi Endicott, our Science Teacher through Proximity Learning and Associate in ASL. Brandi comes to us with two degrees in both Marine Biology and Nursing. She has taught Sciences in high school for 5 years. During Brandi’s spare time she works as a Scuba divemaster at a local dive shop and is part of the Adventure Aquarium dive team. She enjoys animals, artwork and traveling. We welcome Brandi to our Princeton Family.
Cross-Curricular Learning Unit
Sage Day Princeton and Staff have been very busy lately. Our 10-12th grade students participated in a Cross-Curricular project based learning unit. The focus being on the Salem Witch Trials. Students started researching the cause, process and outcome of the trials in history class. In English the students read “The Crucible”. In Math, the population demographics of the accused and accusers were explored. Other reasons for odd behaviors of the accused were discovered in science class, such as ergot or mercury poisoning. The students closed the PBL unit with a school-wide presentation.
In addition, Sage Day Princeton elected its first Student Counsel. Mr. Mattia and Ms. Smith started by interviewing candidates for positions. The candidates wrote speeches, presented them and prepared candidate posters that were viewed throughout the building. The students then voted and elected the first Student Counsel which meets each month with the administration and their advisor Sarah Collins. Thanks to Sarah for putting this entire process together, as well as, managing the monthly meetings.
Holidays and Events
On Martin Luther King Day, Sage Day Princeton students watched the movie “Akeelah and the Bee”. After which came discussion on the many quotes throughout the movie. The students choose a quote which connected with them. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” By Marianne Williamson. The students created posters that displayed their attributes that make them shine most brightly in our school environment.
Community Service is front and center this year at Sage Day Princeton. The first half of the year the students spend the last period on Wednesdays in Community Service class. First, we had a service dog come to visit and the students learned about the benefits of this animal while interacting with him. Next, the students held a canned food drive and collected items for the Trenton Soup Kitchen during the holiday season. Finally, after the winter break, the students held a sweater and coat drive for the Salvation Army. Special thanks go to Ms. Collins for organizing these events.
Lastly, In the second half of the year, students are participating in clubs of their choice. For the third marking period, they have the following options: Animal Club, Creative Arts Club and Strategy Games Club. Each teacher works with students in their final period dedicated to a special hobby. Students appreciate spending time with peers who have similar interests.