12-5-19 Two Weeks at a Glance


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Upcoming Events


Tuesday, December 10th - 5th & 6th Grade Handbells and Chorus Concerts

Wednesday, December 18th - 6th Grade Strings Concert

Friday, December 20th - Full Day of School

Monday, December 23rd - Friday, January 4th - No School, Winter Break

Wednesday, January 8th - 6th Grade Field Trip- American Art Museum

Thursday, January 9th - 6th Grade Field Trip - American Art Museum

Thursday, January 9th - MS Curriculum Night at LBSS

Thursday, January 9th - PTA Meeting

Friday, January 10th - 6th Grade Field Trip - American Art Museum



Message from the Principal

Dear Sangster Community,

I am proud to work in a public school.  Public schools have been around for quite some time.  For those of you who are history buffs, we can trace America’s public schools back to the year 1640.  The Massachusetts Puritans established schools to:

  1. Teach reading, some writing and arithmetic skills and
  2. Cultivate values that serve a democratic society

The Founders of these schools assumed that families and churches bore the major responsibility for raising a child.  Gradually, some science and geography were added, but the curriculum was limited and remained focused for 260 years.  At the beginning of the 20th Century, society began to assign additional responsibilities to the schools.  Politicians and business leaders saw the schools as a logical site for both the assimilation of immigrants and the social engineering of citizens of the “Industrial Age.”  Below is a list of what was added to public schools:

FROM 1900 TO 1910 WE ADDED:

  • Nutrition
  • Immunization
  • Health to the list of school responsibilities

FROM 1910 TO 1930 WE ADDED:

  • Physical Education, including athletics
  • The practical arts
  • Vocational education, including home economics and agricultural education, and school transportation began to be mandated


  • Business education
  • Art and music
  • Speech and drama
  • Half day kindergarten
  • School lunch programs appeared (We take this for granted today.  It was however, a significant step to shift to the schools the job of feeding America’s children 1/3 of their daily meals.)


  • Expanded science and math education
  • Safety education
  • Driver’s education
  • Expanded music and art education
  • Foreign language requirements were strengthened
  • Sex education was introduced (Topics continue to escalate)


  • Advanced Placement programs
  • Head Start
  • Title I
  • Adult education
  • Consumer education
  • Peace, leisure, and recreation education


  • Special education (mandated by federal government)
  • Title IX programs (greatly expanded athletic programs for women)
  • Drug and alcohol abuse education
  • Parent education
  • Behavior adjustment classes
  • Character education
  • Environmental education
  • Women’s studies
  • African-American heritage education
  • School breakfast programs


  • Keyboarding and computer education
  • Global education
  • Ethnic education
  • Multicultural/non-sexist education
  • English-as-a-Second Language, and bilingual education
  • Teen pregnancy awareness
  • Hispanic heritage awareness
  • Early childhood education
  • Jump Start, Early Start, Prime Start
  • Full day Kindergarten
  • Pre-school programs for children at-risk
  • Alternative education in all its forms
  • Anti-smoking education
  • Sexual abuse prevention education
  • Health and psychological services expanded
  • Child abuse monitoring became a legal requirement for all teachers


  • Conflict resolution
  • HIV/AIDS education
  • Annual CPR Training
  • Bus safety, bicycle safety, gun safety, and water safety education
  • Death education and gang education
  • Expanded computer and Internet education
  • Inclusion
  • Tech Prep and school to work programs
  • Distance learning


  • A layer of high-stakes standardized tests.  No Child Left Behind (NCLB) approved in 2001. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 2015 replaces NCLB.
  • Internet safety, texting, and social media etiquette
  • Bullying Prevention Programs
  • Suicide awareness, eating disorder, body mass index, steroid abuse prevention programs
  • Common Core
  • School safety drills increased (intruder lockdown drills added to tornado and fire drills)
  • STEAM programs
  • Media Literacy training and financial literacy development
  • On-line learning requirements
  • Race to the Top (2009)

All of these added items have merit and have ardent supporters.  Public schools are the best hope for our children and our community.   If you Google “public education” there are 5.9 billion results.  If you Google “positive about public education” there are 370 million. If you Google “negative about public education” there are currently 270 million results. 

Public education is often politicized today.  The teachers at Sangster are working hard to ensure your children are successful. 

Thank you for all you do to support Sangster and your child’s education.  As always, please feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher throughout the school year.  Take good care as the holiday season is fast approaching.

Your partner in education,

Lisa M. Reddel



Yearbook Sales

Yearbook sales have started!  A flyer with more information was sent home in Thursday folders today. Be sure to look for it!  You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.


Rising 7th Graders Curriculum Night at Lake Braddock SS and Course Selection

Thursday, January 9: Curriculum Night

Snow Date: January 13

This is the time to hear about the courses offered at Lake Braddock and have time to speak to Teachers about their classes.

We will break the night into two sessions:

  • 6:30-7:15 PM
    • Parents report to the Cafeteria for a Curriculum Presentation
    • Students report to the Little Theatre for a Class of 2026 Pep Rally
  • 7:15-8:30 PM Curriculum Fair in the Gym


Monthly Web Updates

December Monthly Updates are up on the Sangster website.

Check it out on our Features Page!




Positivity Project - Week of December 11th

This week’s character strength is Humility. You show this strength when you do not seek the spotlight and let your actions speak for themselves. Humble people have an accurate (not underestimated) sense of their abilities and achievements. They hold the capacity to acknowledge their mistakes and limitations, and are open to advice and new ideas. They do not show off their possessions or accomplishments. Developing humility is associated with positive developmental outcomes in individuals. It allows a person to honestly reflect on their abilities and acknowledge how and where they can improve. Humility opens them up to new ideas, advice, and (consequently) abilities that pride, arrogance, or pretentiousness often block. Therefore, humility makes them desired members of a team.


This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     Humility


Next Week’s Positivity Project Focus:     Self-Control




Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, January 9th at 7 p.m.  We hope that you can join us!




Spirit Wear:

Show your Falcon pride by wearing your Sangster spirit wear!  Youth and adult sizes available.

Baseball tee - $20

Tie dye tee - $20

Tie dye sweatshirt - $30

Cash, check and PayPal accepted.  Interested?  Contact spiritwear@sangsterpta.org.  Orders will be delivered to your child’s teacher.

Thanks for helping to support the PTA!


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