May, 2022

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SAGE 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

Home of the SAGE Illuminators

Principally Speaking...

It's hard to believe that 4th quarter quickly winding down and that we're already in May! As we near the end, once again, our students, staff, and families have worked so hard to make this a memorable school year at SAGE.

Spring time this year has brought showcases, contests, presentations, expert visits, career opportunities, field trips, and much more to the SAGE Center.

We hope that you've followed us on Twitter and/or Facebook to catch some of the exciting opportunities that our students have throughout the year. Please see below in the "SAGE Dates to Remember" column of final days for SAGE students this year.

We would certainly like to thank each one of you for your support of our SAGE school and program this year. We couldn’t have made it without you! Through it's challenges, each of our students have taken it in stride and come out with amazing successes! We are truly blessed with an incredibly talented staff and wonderful families who have made it a priority to make a positive impact of learning with each and every child.

Thank you for all you do in supporting the SAGE Center!

Your Partner in Education,

~Dr. Marsden

SAGE Parent Input Survey

We would love your input! The information derived from this survey will help our Gifted Advisory Team to create goals and strategies for continual program improvement. Please scan the QR code below or to share your input in this brief survey. Posters including the QR code will be available throughout the SAGE Center during the upcoming Learning Expo and Student Showcase.

Thank you to those of you who have taken a moment to provide your input! The survey will close on Friday, May 6th.

Calling All SAGE Illuminators! Tropical Transition Week is coming May 16 - 20

Each day May 16 - 20, our Illuminators are invited to dress the part for a Tropical Transition Week as our students begin the journey of transitioning to the next grade level for 22-23!

Check out the flyer below for daily themes.

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SAGE Student Spotlight


As a part of the SAGE Illuminator's Mindset, which is tied to the NKC Portrait of a Graduate competencies, our students are nominated by SAGE teachers for exhibiting the highlighted competency of the month.

Office Updates

T-Shirt Contest Update:

  • We are sooo excited to have collected the t-shirt designs for our 22-23 SAGE Spirit Wear!
  • The judges are close to making the final decisions. All decisions and awards will be announced on social media.
  • Prizes will be given out on an upcoming SAGE day.

Public Entrance ONLY:

  • We are still struggling with some students who may be arriving to SAGE late from an appointment being dropped off at the main entrance of the NIC.
  • If you child is running late to SAGE, students should be dropped off at the circle drive of the SAGE entrance.
  • Students should NOT be dropped off or picked up near the main entrance of the Northland Innovation Center as this is a public entrance for all tenants of the building.

  • Thank you for for remembering that all Visitors to the SAGE Center should enter / exit through the South doors of the Center - near the 1st floor circle drive.
  • Visitors will be required to show proper ID and receive a Visitor's badge before entering the educational wings.
  • Please make an appointment with the SAGE teacher when requesting a conference.

Lunch Visitation:

  • If you’re eating lunch at the SAGE Center with your child, please remember parents must sit at a designated table only with his/her child.
  • You may also bring food for only your child.
  • Food may not be shared or purchased for other children.

Thank you for adhering to the above policies and procedures.

NKC Late Start Thursdays Ended April 28th!

Beginning Thurs., May 5th, Illuminators who attend on Thursdays will attend SAGE as a regular school day.

If students are car riders, they may arrive at 9:25 a.m. Most buses will arrive around 9:30 a.m.

THANK YOU for your Support!

Over the past several weeks, our Illuminators have been working to collect donations for Harvesters, selling various SAGE Start Up items, and even taking donations with a Magic Show.

ALL proceeds are being presented to the various charities throughout the month of May. Thank you for your help and support through each of these student-led service opportunities!

SAGE Center Dates to Remember

May 4 - Grades K - 3 Student Showcase 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

May 11 - 5th grade Parent Virtual Transition Night 6 p.m. See flyer for more information

Last SAGE Days for elementary and middle schools:

  • Mon., May 16th – 3rd, 4th, & 7th /8th grades (NM)
  • Tues., May 17th - 3rd, 5th, & 7th /8th grades (NG, MP)
  • Wed., May 18th - K, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th & 8th grades (AN)
  • Thurs., May 19th - 2nd, 4th, 6th grades (GW)
  • Fri., May 20th - K, 1st, 4th, 5th, & 6th grades (GW/EG)

May 27 - Fri., May 28th - Last day of School (Half Day)

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Learning Expo Night 4th - 8th grades

Feel free to click on the link to check out the fabulous evening of showcasing student work!

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Lunch Times

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

K - 3rd grades - 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

4th, & 5th grades - 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

PEGS - 12:20 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Lunch Menus

Scroll to "Menus" and look for "SAGE." It is typically under the Middle School tab, but the menu is for all K - 8 SAGE students.

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LAST CALL!! Calling all current 7th graders!

Deadline is May 9th!

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has developed a program called, Cooke Young Scholars. This is a selective five-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. From their website, educational advisers help Cooke Young Scholars maximize the high school experience and prepare to thrive at the nation’s top-performing colleges.

Feel free to click on the link below for additional information.

Eight Seniors Named to Missouri Scholars 100

Congratulations to our eight SAGE seniors honored by Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that celebrates Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class of 2022. Seniors are nominated based on their excellence in academics and outstanding contributions to their school communities.

Johnny Diep, North Kansas City – Honoree

Charles Moloney, North Kansas City – Honoree

Kaitlyn Montemayor, Staley – Honoree

Rachel Riley, Staley – Honoree

Jakob Ferguson, Winnetonka – Honorable Mention

Jack Holm, Oak Park – Honorable Mention

Kylie McLane, Oak Park – Honorable Mention

Wyatt Vandendaele, Winnetonka – Honorable Mention

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Parent Corner


Thank you to our PAGS Board for their service to our SAGE Center this year!

Kurt Austin

Rebecca Baumgartner

Kathie Thomas

Lara Bradley Owsley

Heather Hodes

We have enjoyed our treats during Staff Appreciation Week!

Summer Opportunities for Students

Davidson Institute Summer Programs

Check out the details of the Davidson Institute for Summer Program

Online Tech Camps:

Artificial Intelligence Camps (MS & HS):

Instructables Projects

Science City Educators have put together dozens of fun and creative "at home instructables" projects suitable for kids of all ages! Feel free to check out the links below.

SAGE Partners in Education

At the SAGE Center, we are so lucky to have several area businesses as our Partners in Education. We work closely with each partner in a variety of ways: Field trips, expert visits, tours, consultation, brainstorming, career planning and much more.

Feel free to support these businesses in your daily travels through the area:

  • Edward Jones, Ryan Mitchell
  • Eric Craig Real Estate Team
  • Park University
  • Solar Holdings, LLC
  • Stone Canyon Pizza, Gladstone
  • Weber Inc.

How Can I Stay Current?

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

You can "LIKE" NKC SAGE on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @NKC_SAGE. Please also watch for periodic emails or phones calls from the Center.

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.