Sage Day 
Inside View Monthly Newsletter
 What are the Ingredients of an Effective School?
April 11, 2016


As this month's cartoon underscores, so much of what students need to learn cannot be measured on a test. The March 2016 edition of Phi Delta Kappan magazine features a research article by Stacey A. Rutledge and Marisa Cannata entitled "Identifying and Understanding Effective High School Practices." Rutledge and Cannata's studied high schools in Broward County, Florida and Fort Worth, Texas with similar demographics.  Not surprisingly, they found that the most effective schools balanced challenging academic work with a personalized approach to working with students. Staff in these schools consciously focused on forming supportive and steady professional relationships with students.  Staff also provided a high degree of social modeling for students. This relationship building and social modeling helped create a noticeable sense of community in the schools. Students in these schools were expected to take ownership of their learning and thus approached their schoolwork with a high level of responsibility . Read on to find out how our Sage Day teachers and students are deeply engaged in these effective practices that help our Sage Day students learn what they need to thrive.

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Sage Day Lower and Middle School teachers recently participated in an all day workshop focusing on enhancing the development of real world problem solving through project based learning. Students in grade 8 Language Arts and History recently completed a co-curricular project on dispelling stereotypes. The students completed research and shared their results in a variety of formats including PowerPoints, written papers and art displays. The importance of students understanding that learning occurs across academic disciplines. This is an essential part of learning and enhances 21st Century skills for all of our students. During marking period 4, grade 7 students will be engaged in a  multi-disciplinary project in Math, English, Science and History exploring the following essential question: Why are there fewer females in STEM-related careers if research shows that they are just as skilled, if not more skilled, than males in science, technology, engineering and math? Our grade 6 students invited Sage Day Lower and Middle School Principal John Immerman into their Media Class to present a multi class session on thinking skills and problem solving. The presentation focused on the application of thinking across the areas of metacognition, critical thinking and critical thinking and problem solving. 

Effective schools promote self-efficacy. Often students entering the Sage program have had so many setbacks that they lack belief in their ability to perform both academically and socially.  At Sage Day Princeton, therapists, teachers and the school community work with students to change this mindset. We help students to identify, articulate and assume ownership of their perceived barriers to learning and to develop functional tools to break these barriers down. Using consistent therapeutic techniques and a personalized, flexible approach to instruction that is focused on students' interests and real life problems, Sage assists students to become both behaviorally and academically engaged. This engagement promotes individual success and transforms students' negative perceptions about performance abilities to positive ones, leading to high degrees of self-efficacy and increased social and academic resilience.

The Sage Day Boonton English, Math, and Science staff are focusing this month on developing a student-centered, cooperative, problem-based learning activity.  The Science Department will be presenting students with the problem: "How would you stop or slow the spread of a disease." The students will simulate contagion by systematically exchanging vials of fluid. One student will have the "contaminated" vial. The Math Department will involve the students in predicting, collecting/analyzing data, and applying logic to the problem.  The English Department will assist the students in creating policies for preventing the spread of disease. Ultimately, the goal is for the students to reach consensus on the best policy. By working collaboratively, the students will be engaged in learning  academic as well as social and emotional skills. Maybe we will even come up with a creative solution to a critical real world problem. 


What are the ingredients of an effective school? W hen students and parents come to Sage, they join the Sage Day community.  Sage Day has a team of professionals who never give up on their students and always believe in them.  Our staff members have incredible patience and flexibility to meet so many different needs.  When a family enters the door to Sage, they can look up and see the following words, "Here you will do what others say you cannot".  Sage Day is a place of acceptance, success and support, where students are given the opportunity to blossom and pursue dreams they never thought possible.   


Sage Day  Mahwah
(grades 4-12)
  • April 11-15 - Spring Recess
  • April 20 - Parent Teacher Conferences, Noon Dismissal 
  • May 5 - Dismissal 12:30, Arts Festival, 7:00 pm. 

Sage Day Princeton
  • April 11-15 - Spring Recess
  • April 18 - Fourth Quarter Begins
  • April 27 - Open House, 1:30-3:00 pm. 

Sage Day Rochelle Park 
(grades 9-12)
  • April 11-15 - Spring Recess
  • April 18 - Fourth Quarter Begins
  • April 21 - Freshmen English classes going to see a live performance of Romeo & Juliet at the Castle Shakespeare Repertory in Budd Lake.

Sage Day Boonton 
(grades 8-12)
  • April 11-15 - Spring Recess
  • April 18 - Fourth Quarter Begins
  • April 21- 12:30 pm., Dismissal. Parent/Teacher Conferences, 1:00-7:00 pm. 
  • April 22 - 12:30 Dismissal

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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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