Middle School

May Newsletter

SAGE Center Mission

As the heart of the gifted community, the mission of the SAGE Center is to ensure all students, as members of a global society, foster their uniqueness, develop their potential, and embrace their true belonging through learning experiences distinguished by:

*Courageous exploration and discovery of passions in a flexible and innovative environment

*Support systems for students, staff, and community

*Ownership and self-regulation in a student-driven culture

Program Goals

  • To provide curricula that focuses on more elaborate, complex, and in-depth study of major ideas, key concepts and themes that integrate knowledge within and across disciplines and encourages the use of higher-level thinking skills.


  • To provide curricula that sets high standards and that demands rigorous expectations for student work and performance demonstration.


  • To provide instruction that allows for the development and application of productive thinking skills and enables students to re-conceptualize existing knowledge and/or generate new understandings that deal with real-life problems and issues.


  • To provide instruction that is flexibly paced and matched to the student’s ability, pre- assessment data, learning style, interest, and motivation.


  • To provide opportunities for students to develop leadership and group interaction skills that allows student-centered discussion and Socratic questioning.


  • To require project based learning of gifted students that represents application, analysis, and synthesis of knowledge.


  • To encourage an environment that fosters a positive attitude toward creative challenges, investigative activity, and knowledge creation.

First Responder Community Event

7th grade SAGE Maple Park and Northgate students were approved to host the “First Responder Community Festival!” We presented to Gladstone City Council and were given an event permit for May 11th 11-1 PM.

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High School SAGE

It’s already time for the 8th grade SAGE students to think about enrolling for high school next year! Each NKC high school has a SAGE gifted resource specialist. All of them have been at the NIC this month, presenting information & working with the students on an initial four-year plan.


Please don’t worry if they still have questions please email your High School SAGE Specialist


High School:

SAGE Specialist:


North Kansas City High School

Marcus Myers

marcus.myers@nkcschools.org


Oak Park High School

Lori Dameron

lori.dameron@nkschools.org


Staley High School

Carol Toney

carol.toney@nkcschools.org


Winnatonka High School

Carrie Marcantonio

carrie.marcantonio@nkcschools.org

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What We Are Learning Now

Laser Cutting and Etching

Students are wrapping up laser etching acrylic key chains and upcycled glass jars. For the acrylic keychains, students manipulated shapes in Adobe Illustrate utilizing the direct selection tool along with cutting tools to design an animal. Students learned how to download fonts and customize lettering along with using the rotary tool to transform used jars into something that can be functional again.

Check out the class Weebly- www.laseretchingsage.weebly.com Password- laseretching

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Special Effects

Students have finished their 4 intro projects to Premiere Pro and After Effects. Now students are working on choice projects. They can use the green screen to create a video of a magic carpet ride. They can use masks to create a light saber video. They can add scratches and audio to create a silent movie. They can also use a parent pick whip to create a hologram video.

Video samples are posted on our class Weebly- www.specialeffectssage.weebly.com Your child should know the password.

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Graphic Design

Graphic Design students have been continuing to gain knowledge in using Adobe Illustrator and PhotoShop by completing their own graphic art work from a logo, print advertisement, Andy Warhol style pop art image, to a simple PhotoShop animation. Advanced Graphic Design students have been expanding their skills by challenging themselves to grow as a graphic designer by choosing projects that focus on areas they want to improve in, getting feedback on their work from their peers, and completing a final reflection over each project and their work, overall, this semester.

Character Animation

Character Animation students have learned the skills involved in creating frame-by-frame animations using Adobe PhotoShop. They then experimented with a premade animation puppet using Heads of Curriculum and Adobe Character Animator, before designing their own computerized puppet character using Adobe Illustrator or PhotoShop. After designing their character, students chose a background image and created a prop to accompany their character, wrote a short script for an animation, and then filmed their animation, combining their character, background, and prop together into a final animation piece.
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Kitchen Chemistry

Students have been very busy studying polar and nonpolar molecules, as well as, hydrophobic molecules. Students tested different emulsifiers to see which would be the most effective in blending oil and vinegar to get the base of a salad dressing. Students have also used heavy whipping cream to make fresh butter. We then used both fresh and dried herbs grown by the Botany students to flavor the butter.

The Stock Market Challenge

The students did a fantastic job competing in the Stock Market Game; the NIC was well represented in the rankings. Since concluding the competition, students have reflected on their portfolios and a lot of analysis has gone into what worked and what could have been done differently. Many students found that they saved too much of their money and should have spent more!! Students are finishing the Unit of Study by learning about compound interest and when it is a friend and when it is an enemy.

Stock Market Challenge 1st Place Winners

Congratulations to Ms. Duffett's stock market team. They won 1st place in the middle school division in the Kansas City Region
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Forensic Science

Students have been very busy studying digital evidence with FBI training software and looking at hair fiber evidence, as well as, taking a field trip to Gladstone Public Safety. Students went to Northwest Missouri State-Kansas City to find evidence to convict a suspect using the data that was collected from the cell phone. Students have also been learning that hairs, which are composed primarily of the protein keratin, can help solve a crime. Students analyzed hair fibers with microscopes to compare characteristics of questioned hairs to known hair samples to help determine whether a transfer may have occurred. We also visited the Gladstone Public Safety office where the students got to tour the facility and meet experts in their fields.

Botany

Students have been very busy finishing their Independent Projects and looking at native plants, as well as, taking a field trip to Children's Mercy Park (home of Sporting KC) to see how they grow and care for their Bermuda Turf. Students did a fantastic job finishing up their Independent Botany Projects which included the scientific process. Students were able to meet Kate, from the KC Water Dept. She discussed the importance of native plants and why they are important to our soil. Some of our 7th and 8th grade students were able to visit with Casey, the Chief Turf Operator, at Children's Mercy Park. He spoke about how to grow and take care of the two acre playing turf. We were able to see the grow lights and learn how they keep the turf maintained during the wet and cold seasons.

Textile Studio

In Textile Studio, students have met a wide variety of personal goals. Students have been working all semester on work such as personal wallets, shorts, scrunchies, quilts, hats, and numerous other products. We have all been proud of the way students have used their time for powerful learning opportunities, most importantly trouble-shooting independently and reflecting on their work.

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Biomedical Engineering

In Biomedical Engineering, students have completed work in relation to five body systems to earn badges. They have used the engineering design process many times and have grown in their habit to use it even informally. Students have casted and splinted broken chicken bones to hold 40+ pounds, have simulated a coronary angioplasty, used tools like peak-flow meters, designed lower-leg prosthetics, and have created enteric coatings for medications.
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SAGE Startup

Sage Startup students developed a business plan, manufactured a product, created a branding and marketing package and finally sold their product with all proceeds going to their chosen charity.

Architecture

Architecture students selected a historic Kansas City building and researched the history, identified the characteristics of the architectural style, and learned about the neighborhood and guidelines for rehabilitation before creating a proposal for a new use and new look for the building that retained historical elements but brought improvement to the neighborhood.

Digital Communication

Students have completed a variety of videos this semester. They have experimented with stop motion animation, use of the green screen, and layering text and images over their footage. Advanced students have made podcasts and mini documentaries on topics of their choice, while first year students have made news videos, PSAs & commercials. They are completing their year with a travelogue video research project.
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Future Cities

Students have learned about many different aspects of designing and running a city throughout the semester. One of the most challenging tasks was to manage the city budget, service and infrastructure needs, while still managing to grow and expand their community. For their final assignment, students are completing a presentation reflecting on the successes and challenges of their city design.
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2019-2020 6th Grade Units of Study Descriptions

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2019-2020 7th & 8th Grade Units of Study Description

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Summer Opportunities

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CAMP STAGE STRUCK At Northgate Middle School

THE NORTH KANSAS CITY HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE ARTS PROGRAM IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE ANNUAL CAMP STAGE STRUCK. RANDY JACKSON, THEATRE DIRECTOR AT NKC HIGH SCHOOL AND HIS STAFF WILL PROVIDE INSTRUCTION IN ACTING, DANCE, THEATRE TECH, IMPROVISATION, AND ENSEMBLE WORK TOWARD THE PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL. THE CAMP WILL FOCUS NOT ONLY ON TEACHING PERFORMANCE SKILLS BUT TEACH THE COLLABORATION THAT GO ALONG WITH ANY THEATRICAL PRODUCTION WHILE WORKING ON INCREASING SELF-ESTEEM. THIS CAMP HELPS BUILD SELF CONFIDENCE THROUGH THEATRE GAMES, ROLE – PLAYING, DANCE AND PAINTING.

EARLY ELEMENTARY CAMP AGES 5- 2NDGRADE

The Early Elementary Camp will be presenting Mulan on Thursday, July 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Northgate Middle School Auditorium. Camp times are 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Monday – Thursday, July 8-18, 2019

UPPER CAMP GRADES 3-7

The Upper Camp will be presenting Mulan on Thursday, July 18, following the Early Elementary Camp performance at Northgate Middle School Auditorium. Camp times are 11:15a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Monday – Thursday, July 8-18, 2109

Camp Registration is $85.00 for either camp and includes a camp t’shirt. Registration will be accepted until June 10, 2019 and it is limited.

Payment is due at time of registration.

Mailing Address – NKCHS Attn: Randy Jackson, 620 E. 23rdAve, NKC, MO 64116

Questions – randy.jackson@nkcschools.org

Registration Form

Camper Name: ________________________________________________________________________

Male_______Female_______ Age________

Parent (s):__________________________________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________

City___________________________State__________Zip Code____________

Home Phone:__________________________ Cell Phone:___________________________

Work Phone: __________________________Email: _______________________________________________

School Currently attending:_________________________________________

I AM REGISTERING FOR THE FOLLOWING CAMP:

Early Elementary Camp Age 5-Grade 2__________

Upper Camp Grade 3-7 ____________

Shirt size:

Youth Small_______ Youth Medium______ Youth Large_______

Small __________ Medium_________ Large _________ XLarge ____________

I WILL NOT HOLD THE NORTH KANSAS CITY HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE ARTS PROGRAM, THE INSTRUCTORS, NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THE CAMP LIABLE FOR ANY ACCIDENTS OR INJURIES SUSTAINED WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM.

Parent/Guardian signature: ______________________________________________________

Date: _______________________

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Northland Innovation SAGE Center

Shon Adamson

Botany and Forensic Science

816-321-4009

shon.adamson@nkcschools.org


Melissa Duffett

Kitchen Chemistry

Stock Market

melissa.duffett@nkcschools.org


Jennifer Koch

Graphic Design & Character Animation

816-321-6710

Jennifer.koch@nkcschools.org


Cassandra Shaffer

Laser Etching & Special Effect

816-321-5988

cassandra.shaffer@nkcschools.org


Lara Owsley

Broadcasting & Future Cities

816-321-4216

Lara.bradleyowsley@nkcschools.org


Cassie Fogel

Botany & Forensic Science

816-321-4605

cassie.fogel@nkcschools.org


Wendy Rust

Biomedical Engineering and Textile Studio

816-321-6558

Wendy.rust@nkcschools.org


Melissa Torres

SAGE Start Up & Architecture

816-321-8719

melissatorres@nkcschools.org