SAGE Middle School

E-Learning News

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.

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Week At A Glance

April 29th 11:00 AM Colin Seale

April 30th 12:00 PM Tom Gray from Make 48 Makers

April 30th 2:00 PM Architect Guest Speaker

May 1st 11:00 Engage with SAGE

Save The Dates

May 8th 11:00 Engage with SAGE featured guest will be SAGE High School Teachers

Badge Update

The SAGE Center is following the district’s “grading” guidelines as they relate to badges. We will not report spring badges this year due to district recommendations. Students will be in/earn Hall of Flame if they earned all their fall semester badges. This would mean that students would needed to have earned 40 badges as of December 20.

Please remember that we will continue to display student work as complete/incomplete within Canvas. As we have shared with our students. The learning is what is important. Please don't feel like you are not getting "credit" for the work. What we have to remember is that the brain must be exercised. So, while you may not be given a badge for your assignment, you are keeping your mind sharp and you will be ready for next year.


Incoming 7th, and 8th grade students will pick unit of studies classes during the first week of SAGE in the 20-21 school year, based on their Semester 1 badges.

2020-2021 7th-8th Grade Units of Study Descriptions

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E-Learning SAGE Opportunities:

SAGE Coronavirus Maker's Challenge

YouTube link to a screen recording with the details of the competition.

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Engage with SAGE

The Middle School SAGE teachers will be on YouTube Live!

What do you want to know about your SAGE Teacher? This is your opportunity to have a Q and A with featured SAGE Teachers Please fill out the form with questions you have for your Middle School SAGE Teachers.

The first episode of, "Engage with SAGE” was Friday, April 17th at 11:00-11:30 AM. Please turn in this Friday with a new "Engage with SAGE"

Type Your Questions On This Link:

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E-Learning In Action

Textile Studio Challenge

What an amazing opportunity for our students to support our community! Mrs. Rust challenged her Textile Studio students to help sew needed masks for healthcare workers.
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Guest Speaker

Jenny Ballif "Science Mom
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Problem Solving

Innovative problem solving! The problem is...people can spread germs by touching other people. Our hands carry more germs than most other parts of the body. Can you find a better solution?
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SAGE Startup

6th grade SAGE Startup students have been working on production at home of lip balm and sewing holders.
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To use Canvas to review assignments, view announcements, et., you must first join each Canvas Course as a parent observer. These directions will all you to do so.

Receiving TOO Many Canvas Notifications?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with too many email notifications from Canvas? If you are, please watch these videos to help you manage them.

Parent Canvas Notification Management

Student Canvas Notification Management

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National Associations of Gifted Children


April 20—7:30-9 p.m. EDT

Gifted School-at-Home During COVID-19: Using a Trauma Informed Approach to Supporting the Social-Emotional Needs of Your Children.Gifted children cannot learn if they do not feel physically, emotionally, or psychologically safe. Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed., will present the basic principles of trauma-informed learning, as it applies to school at home during COVID-19; address the three categories of gifted families; and offer tips for how parents and teachers can support a gifted child's learning needs during a time of crisis. Hosted by SENG on Facebook Live.

Every Sunday: April & May—7-7:30 p.m. CDT

MCGT Sunday Evening Family CHATS. Join the Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented (MCGT) for a live chat presented by gifted and 2e youth. Spark family conversation with topics including internet safety, strategies for staying social, and managing school from home. Gather the whole family and bring your questions to the MCGT Public Facebook page.

Every Tuesday in April—7-7:30 p.m. CDT

Minnesota Council for Gifted & Talented (MCGT) Facebook Live CHATS. Join MCGT on their Facebook page for a live chat on various topics, including strategies for completing schoolwork at home with calmness, 2e learner home spaces, ways to increase fun and connection at home, supporting your child’s writing, and more.

Every Tuesday in April & May

Prufrock Press Free Webinars. Each Tuesday, Prufrock hosts a free webinar, bringing experts in the field of gifted education to you. Topics include underachievement, inquiry-based lessons, remote learning and differentiation with menus, raising children with grit, what to expect in teaching gifted students, and creating kind and compassionate kids. Follow link to full schedule and registration details.