2nd Grade SAGE News

October 2018


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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Conferences and Progress Reports

Primary teachers have been in communication with classroom teachers and are in the process of completing teacher to teacher conference this fall to provide classroom support.

SAGE parent teacher conferences will be held in January this year. Look for information to be sent via email closer to the event. SAGE progress reports will be given at the end of first semester.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's SAGE teacher.

Primary Fall Showcase

Thursday, Nov. 29th, 4:30-6:30pm

6889 North Oak Trafficway

Gladstone, MO

Primary is having a Fall Showcase to highlight students work from the beginning of the year until now. This is an open house style of event.


Student have been exploring their individual strengths and the characteristics that make them unique. All students took an assessment on Thrively to discover their top five strengths and are working on a choice project to communicate what they learned about themselves with others.

HOME CONNECTION: Ask your child: What is one of your strengths and how does it impact you as an individual?

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In math, students have been working on decomposing numbers and being flexible thinkers. Our goals are to be accurate and efficient in our math. A primary focus has been to defend or justify our mathematical thinking. We have been utilizing math tasks, hands on math activities and technology to accomplish these goals.

HOME CONNECTION: Ask your child: What are different ways you can decompose multi-digit numbers and defend your answer?

Blocking with Bots

The Blocking with Bots programmers have been busy learning about and coding their Ozobots. Using different color codes, students instructed the bots to travel at different speeds like snail dose and turbo, do special moves like back walk and tornado, and choose a direction to turn when at an intersection. Students started designing their own tracks for the Ozobot to travel. The goal is to get the Ozobot to move smoothly and continuously without stopping.

Next up… Spheros!

HOME CONNECTION: An algorithm is a process or set of rules to be followed by a computer. Ask your child to write an algorithm for a task that they do every day (ex. brushing teeth, making a sandwich, etc.). See if you, the adult, can complete the task as it is written.

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Endangered Animals

During unit of study, students have learned about using a calendar to manage our time wisely. Each student has chosen two to three different projects that they will share during our Primary Fall Showcase. Their projects are about the endangered animal that they have selected and are researching this semester. Projects can go home after our showcase.

HOME CONNECTION: Ask your child which endangered animal they are researching and why the chose it.

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Hydroponics has been busy this month growing seedlings and transplanting those seedlings into our Hydroponics system. Students learned about the delicate roots of plants, the nutrients hydroponic plants will need and how to monitor the pH level of the water. In November, we will be exploring aquaponic ecosystems and creating one.

HOME CONNECTION: Ask your child about how the plants we are growing get their nutrients in a hydroponic system. Ask your child what plants we are growing and what they notice from week to week about the plant growth.

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Lego My Machine

This month during Lego My Machine, students explored the screw, inclined plane, and gears. Students learned that the screw is a modification of an inclined plane. The threads of a screw are like an inclined plane wrapped around a cylinder. Lego student also learned that the sharper the angle of the wedge/inclined pane, the more mechanical advantage it will have. Lastly, students learned that gears can create several effects such as increasing the turning force (torque) and that gears increase or decrease the speed of rotation.

HOME CONNECTION: Ask your student to point out screws, gears and inclined planes in everyday life. How do these simple machines help accomplish work or make work easier?

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2nd Grade has taken most of first quarter to work on greetings, colors, and numbers. Also important is responding to teacher-given directions and commands (in Spanish, of course!). Responding to language is the first level of language learning. As second quarter progresses, we’ll be adding activities to learn the vocabulary for parts of the body.

HOME CONNECTION: Ask your child what new vocabulary they are learning in Spanish this week.

Primary SAGE Team

Mark Dieckman

Lego My Machine


Heather Hodes

Blocking With Bots


Alicia Kleoppel

Endangered Animals


Kari Lund



PAGS Parent Ed Camp

Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 6-7:15pm

6889 North Oak Trafficway

Gladstone, MO

Join us for Parents Ed Camp on November 14 at the SAGE Center! You will be able to meet with other parents as you discuss topics and resources that impact you and your gifted child(ren).

Limited childcare will be provided by our Middle School SAGE students for kids ages 5 and up.

Please RSVP to the event using this link so we can know how many parents to expect. We will then reach out to see if you will be using childcare services so that we can ensure enough coverage.