March, 2019

Principally Speaking...

It's hard to believe with the number of snow days we've had that 4th quarter is quickly rounding the corner! By March 15th, we will be winding up 3rd quarter and will be in the last stretch of the school year.

As shared in an earlier SAGE News, our staff continues to work on the implementation of the Strategic Plan created last year. Feel free to note the action steps listed in the link below. We will continue to work through these steps over the next couple of years, but are happy about the progress we've made so far this year! We are excited to see what the future holds for our students, staff, and SAGE Community!

As we've been busy learning here at the SAGE Center, we have also been busy adding new students. Since July 1st of this year, we have had over 382 NKC students referred for SAGE testing. As of March 1, 2019, we have 925 Kindergarten - 8th grade students walking through the doors of the SAGE Center each week!

Spring time also brings Showcases, Contests, Presentations, field trips, and much more to the SAGE Center. Please stay on the look out for emails that may be coming from your child's SAGE teacher about special dates, events, and due dates for our SAGE students. As always, feel free to contact your child's SAGE teacher with questions or clarifications.

Congratulations to Our Very Own!

Congratulations to our very own SAGE Staff Extraordinaires!

Mrs. Cassie Fogel, Middle School SAGE Teacher, has been chosen as a 2019 honoree in the North Kansas City Schools "Culture of Excellence" employee recognition program and has been named as a part of the Honor Cadre.

Mrs. Elaine Clark, SAGE Paraprofessional, was nominated by her colleagues for this prestigious honor.

We appreciate both of these SAGE Staff Members!

District Spellers Advance to Next Round

Below is a list of NKC Schools spelling bee winners (who are also SAGE students) from the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee semifinals held in February.

The students will advance to the final round on March 16, where they will compete with other spellers from the area. The winner of that bee will go on to Washington, D.C.

Elaina Beeson – Meadowbrook Elementary
Grace Chong – Northgate Middle School
Carson Crockett – Northview Elementary
Antonio Menjivar – Maple Park Middle School

We wish our participants the best of luck from SAGE!

National Merit Finalists

Six NKC Schools seniors have been named National Merit® Scholarship Finalists. Congratulations to the following SAGE students on their impressive achievement:

Oak Park High School

Wilhelmina Buchholz
Alan Scalzi

Staley High School

Keshvi Mahalingam
Parker McCracken

Winnetonka High School

Joseph Fleeger
Kaye Vandendaele

Intermediate SAGE Teams Earn Honorable Mention Award

Four 4th grade teams and one 5th grade team facilitated by Mrs. Nash and Mrs. Goldsberry have earned Honorable Mention in a nation-wide ExploraVision contest. This award places the team's projects among the top 10% of all ExploraVision projects submitted to the competition this year.

The world’s largest K-12 science competition, ExploraVision is designed to build problem-solving, critical-thinking and collaboration skills emphasized in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

ExploraVision participants are challenged to provide a glimpse into the future by imagining what technology might be like in 20 years. Students proposed ideas for new technology based on challenges or limitations of what already exists and simulated real scientific research to outline how they would test their ideas.

Our SAGE students were commended for a job well done in demonstrating innovative thinking in their exploration of science and its impact on technology and the future. We will be sharing the students involved and the team project names in the April SAGE News! Stay tuned!

SAGE Center Dates to Remember!


Wed., Mar 13 - PAGS Board Mtg. 5:30 p.m.

Fri., Mar 15 - Last Day of 3rd Quarter

Mar. 18 - 22 - Spring Break

Updates from the SAGE Office

  • Summer School Forms: Parents of students currently in grades 2nd - 5th may apply for SAGE Summer School. Forms will be emailed to students in those grades on Friday, March 8th. All enrollment forms must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 15th. SAGE Summer School will be on a first come, first served basis. 2nd - 5th grade participating students will also need to be enrolled in their home school Summer School program in order to be eligible to attend SAGE Summer School.
  • Visitors: As a reminder, all Parents, Friends, and Visitors are asked to enter / exit through the South door of the Center - near the 1st floor circle drive. The south door provides a door bell so the SAGE Staff ensures that they can greet you when you arrive. Parking is temporarily available in the Circle Drive. Please avoid arrival and dismissal times.
  • Late Arrival: If your child arrives late to SAGE, please enter through the South door of the Center. Parents should sign the student in at the Office. Attendance will be shared with the home school.
  • Drop Off: Please do not drop students off or enter through the east-facing doors (main doors) of the NIC. This is an unsecured entrance and is not monitored by the SAGE staff.
  • Need the Nurse: When your child becomes ill, he/she should see our SAGE Nurse. Nurse Tilsworth will then contact the parent if the student needs to go home. Please remind your child to see the Nurse, rather than text/call you during school when they are not feeling well.
  • Lunch: SAGE lunch times are listed below. If you’re eating lunch at the SAGE Center with your child, please remember parents may sit at a designated table with his/her child. You may also bring food for only your child. Food may not be shared or purchased for other children.
  • Lunch Accounts: Lunch accounts may be kept up to date by visiting the "My Payments Plus" link below. Free and Reduced Lunch applications are also available.

Thank you for adhering to the above policies and procedures.

SAGE NIC Lunch Menu

Check out the March Newsletters on our Website

Click here for SAGE Newsletters. Just scroll towards the bottom of the page.

Duke TIP Deadline is Fast Approaching

News from the Nurse

We're Trying Hard to Think Spring!

We are confident that the weather will soon become warmer! This will bring students wearing shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. Because of health and safety reasons, students are encouraged to wear shoes or sandals with a closed toe and a back strap, especially for recess at the elementary level.

Flip flops are discouraged during the school day. Our students must travel up and down flights of stairs where they can lose their footing, or kick a stair as they ascend the stairs. Please make certain that your child leaves the house with proper shoes on their feet. In the past, the nurses’ office has seen many cuts, scrapes, and injuries related to inappropriate footwear.

If you have any questions, please contact the SAGE Nurse's Office at 816-321-5350 or your child's home school Nurse.

SAGE Last Day

Due to the multiple snow days so far this year, we will also be adjusting our last day of SAGE. Our Building Leadership Team will be making this final decision and will communicate the end date to all NKC home schools and SAGE Families by Spring Break.

Parent Corner

What Time Does SAGE Begin and End?

Several of asked for the specific SAGE daily start and end time. Please note that they vary throughout the day depending on the grade levels:

PEGS - 8:25 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. (Thursday, 2:50 p.m.)

6th grades - 8:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. (Thursday, 1:15 p.m.)

7th & 8th grades Middle School - 9:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

K - 5th Elementary - 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Thursday, 2:30 p.m.)

SAGE Lunch Times

Lunch times at the Center are as follows:

6th, 7th, & 8th grades - 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

K - 2nd grades - 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

3rd, 4th, & 5th grades - 12:20 - 12:50 p.m.

PEGS - 12:25 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. (M-Th) 11:55-12:25 p.m. (F)

On several days of the week, the SAGE Cafeteria is a busy place! Due to minimal space, when visiting your child for lunch, you will be asked to sit at a Parent-Designated table with only your child. Thank you for your flexibility as we accommodate the various lunch shifts.

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How Can I Stay Current?

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You can still follow us on Twitter @NKC_SAGE. Please also watch for periodic emails or phones calls from the Center.

The SAGE Center latest news and information can be found throughout the week on Facebook, Twitter, and at - click on SAGE Center (Gifted).

SAGE Center

The SAGE Center is located in the North Kansas City School District. We support Kindergarten through eighth grade students in the SAGE (gifted) program. The SAGE Center is housed at the Northland Innovation Campus which is nestled in the heart of Gladstone, MO.