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
Home of the SAGE Illuminators!
Portrait of Graduate and Illuminator's Mindset
Each month, we are introducing a different North Kansas City Portrait of a Graduate Competency. Our next competency is Problem Solving. We are problem solvers when we identify, evaluate, and prioritize creative responses to complex situations. We are problem solvers when we identify and analyze underlying causes of issues. We are problem solvers when we maintain curiosity to advance our understanding of issues to complex challenges. Problem solving aligns with the Illuminator's Mindset skills of Problem Finding and Observing.
Learning to be problem solvers helps children to persevere and remain curious when working to understand complex challenges in the world around them.
SAGE Illuminators gain these skills as they develop the competency of problem finding:
- Consider new possibilities
- Consider local and global issues for authentic problems that might be solved
- Propose deep questioning that requires analysis, synthesis, or evaluation of ideas
Selena advocated for a cause she was excited about to help us choose a class PBL project. It was because of her excitement to see the potential in a project that our class chose to collect donations for CMH. They collected over 113 items to bring joy to the children and families at Children’s Mercy.
Jacob is always aware of what is going on in the world. Because of this, he is quick to point out problems and comes up with innovative ideas to solve them.
Graham is a deep thinker who analyzes and connects to his learning.
SAGE Illuminators gain these skills as they develop the competency of observing:
- Make observations using the information gathered from the surrounding environment
- Continue making observations throughout the creation process
- Link connections from the world to personal ideas
Jake is a keen observer who notices details to problems and is able to draw connections from his observations.
Dombai actively makes observations of his surroundings. He uses the information to make connections between his ideas for problem solving with the world around him.
Alma is very aware of what is happening in the world around her. She makes excellent connections between the world and her own personal ideas and thoughts. This is evidenced in her daily journal writing.
What We Have Been Learning
Extension Calendar for March
Digital Extension Activities
We hope that PAGS and the SAGE Center can count on your support through our membership program. The dues we collected last year allowed us to put on amazing events like:
- Back to School Social
- Guest Speakers
- Field Trips
- Various supports of Units of Studies
- Teacher development opportunities
- Farewell party for middle school SAGE students
- Teacher and Staff Appreciation Breakfast
So what are you waiting for? Dues are only $10 per family. We now have an on-line option for our membership form and can take credit card payments via Square!
Thank you for your continued support of PAGS and the SAGE Center. Here's to another successful year!
NKC PAGS Board