Sage Day 
Inside View Monthly Newsletter
February 11, 2016

For more guidance on how to handle school refusal, sign up for our March 18 workshop, "Taking Charge of School Refusal"  here  and/or give us a call at  877-887-8817. One of our Clinical Directors would be happy to consult with you.

A t Sage Day we have been working with school refusing students for more than 18 years. As school refusal has become a more widespread issue, school districts and parents frequently ask us how to help school refusing students return to school. We have done numerous webinars and workshops on this topic and we will be holding our next school refusal workshop at our new Sage Day Princeton location, on March 18th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. You can register here.
The first key to overcoming school refusal is for schools and parents to work together.  A second key to helping a student overcome school refusal is to recognize what the student is getting, or trying to achieve, by not coming to school. Does the student feel compelled to stay home because of a troubling situation? Are they anxious about something at school?  Are they seeking adventure (or misadventure) outside of school?  The answers to these and other questions can help the school and parents determine the best course of action to support the student in returning to school. Once a plan is in place, it is essential to be firm and consistent in following through with the plan and, at the same time, flexible enough to make appropriate adjustments as needed.  
Which approaches have you found most helpful in supporting a school refusal student? Were you consistent? Did you see results? 


English 9 will be working on Literature Circles, a student-centered unit where the students choose a book based on their interests, keep a reader-response journal, complete weekly roles based on the book and meet weekly in groups to discuss their novel. The students will later choose a project based on their novels.

Sage Day Boonton conducted their annual National Honor Society ceremony on January 8th. Two new members were inducted at this event which means that Sage Day Boonton now has a total of 5 members in our chapter of the National Honor Society. 

Student applications to the National Honor Society are accepted in the fall of each academic school year from students in grades 10 through 12. The applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of Boonton staff members. Candidates are accepted based on demonstration of excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

During the 2nd Marking Period, 8th grade students worked on a cross-curricular unit and PBL project.  In their separate History and English classes, students studied and analyzed the media-created bias of African Americans during the period of slavery and after the civil rights movements, respectively. English and History classes were then combined as students worked collaboratively in order to research how other minority groups have been portrayed negatively in the arts, literature, and the media.  

Sage Day Princeton is excited to welcome its first incoming students. We will be holding a series of upcoming open houses to give everyone the opportunity to tour our facility. The next open house will be on March 9th, from 1:30-3:00 PM. You can rsvp to Patty Delgiudice,


Sage Day Boonton 
(grades 8-12)
  • Feb. 12-15 - Presidents Weekend, School Closed
  • Feb. 16 - Classes Resume

Sage Day Rochelle Park 
(grades 9-12)
  • Feb. 12-15 - Presidents Weekend, School Closed
  • Feb. 16 - Classes Resume


Sage Day  Mahwah
(grades 4-12)
  • Feb. 12- 15 - School Closed , Presidents Day Break
  • March. 7 - Picture Day
  • March 9 - Dismissal 1:00 PM
  • March 11 - No School  

Sage Day Princeton
  • Feb. 12-15 - School Closed, Presidents Day Break
  • March 9 - Open House1:30-3:00 PM 
  • March 18 - Taking Charge of School Refusal Workshop, 1:00-3:00 PM. 

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About Sage Day School: 
The Sage Day Schools are  private, accredited, therapeutic schools located throughout New Jersey for student's in grades 4 through 12 who need a small, personalized learning environment. Sage Day has four campuses: Sage Day Mahwah Lower & Middle School, Sage Day Rochelle Park High School, Sage Day Boonton High School and Sage Day Princeton Middle and High School. Academically, Sage Day has adopted the Common Core Standards initiative and meets the rigorous standards of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools ( We complement our strong academics with a comprehensive clinical program in which intensive individual; group and family therapy are fully integrated into the school curriculum. 

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