March Meeting is CANCELLED!

March Meeting is CANCELLED!
Due to a speaker cancellation and so many evening school events lately, we have decided to cancel the March PACE Meeting. We strongly recommend that you attend one of the three Parent Information Sessions hosted by the CCS Gifted & Talented Department covering the 2015-2016 Gifted Plan.

Thursday, March 5: East High School Cafeteria, 6pm-7pm
Monday, March 9: Shepard Center Gymnasium, 11:30am-12:30pm
Monday, March 9: Northland High School Auditorium, 6pm-7pm

This will be a chance to learn more about the plan from the GT Department and ask any questions that you may have.

Parent notification letters about the changes in services should have been received this week. You may also view a comprehensive overview of the plan on the GT Department’s website:

2015-2016 Gifted & Talented Service Plan Update

The Gifted Services proposal was approved and plans are underway for the 2015-2016 school year implementation. Letters will be mailed out to families of K-11 identified students, but there is also information available now on the CCS website:

There will be Parent Information Sessions held on the following dates:

Thursday, March 5: East High School Cafeteria, 6pm-7pm
Monday, March 9: Shepard Center Gymnasium, 11:30am-12:30pm
Monday, March 9: Northland High School Auditorium, 6pm-7pm

PACE will provide more information as it becomes available.

March 2014 PACE Meeting – thinking tools

Join us for the March PACE Meeting

Monday March 10, 2014-6:30-8:00pm
at the Shepard Center, 873 Walcutt Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219 (MAPS)

Guiding Your Gifted Child to Deep & Complex Thinking

Gifted coordinators will introduce parents to Sandra Kaplan’s elements of depth and complexity. After a short introduction to these thinking tools, parents will participate in hands-on activities to learn how to engage children in thinking skills that increase rigor and challenge.

FREE babysitting in the gym at Shepard (have your kids bring homework or a game)

We are a community of parents, grandparents, guardians and families working to help gifted children shine. We know the frustrations, the joys and the intensity of raising a gifted child and we support all those who are on this difficult and wonderful journey.

2014 Summer Camp Opportunities

We are posting Summer Camp opportunities as they arise on our Columbus PACE  Facebook page, so please “like” the page to get updates as they come in.

Here are a few that have been shared with our group:

Open to current 8th grade students:

The Law and Leadership Institute is a statewide initiative that engages high school students from underserved communities in academic enrichment and legal career education throughout their four years of high school. Students enrolled in LLI attend class sessions on campus at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and at Capital University Law School and six other law schools across the state. However, enrollment into the Institute only occurs the summer before 9th grade during the LLI Summer Institute.

2014 marks the 7th year of LLI in Columbus! The 2014 LLI Summer Institute will be held June 23th through July 25th from 9AM until 4PM. Transportation, food and supplies are FREE to participants and students can even earn up to $150 for successful completion of the Summer Institute. In addition to learning the law students will learn valuable study skills, public speaking skills and techniques to improve their reading and analytical thinking. Summer Institute participants meet legal professionals, take field trips and compete in a mock trial competition.

LLI will accept applications from current 8th grade students on a rolling basis NOW through Tuesday, April 15, 2014. In Columbus only, we will also accept 10 new 9th grade students into the Institute. Completed applications may be sent by mail to the LLI headquarters: (1700 Lake Shore Drive, Columbus, OH 43204), fax (614-485-3075) or email (lli [at] lawandleadership [dot] org). Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so we cannot guarantee that space will be available in April.

Application and additional information can be found here:

FREE summer enrichment opportunity for our middle school girls:

Applications are currently being accepted for the OSU summer program Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design. Women mentors work with 7th and 8th grade girls. The free program runs weekdays, Monday (6/2)-Friday (6/13). Apply by Monday (3/3).

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February 2014 Meeting

Our February meeting will be held Monday, February 10th at the Shepard Center located at 873 Walcutt Avenue from 6:30 – 8:00. The topic is “How Can I Best Support My Child & GT Coordinator?” and will offer advice from the Gifted & Talented staff as well as experienced parents.

See you at the meeting!

There is also a new February 2014 newsletter. It includes some helpful info from Dr. Colleen Boyle, Interim Supervisor of CCS Gifted & Talented, with insights into the world of the Gifted & Talented student.

New PACE Email Newsletter

We’ve rolled out a new email newsletter to keep you up to date on PACE events, advocacy alerts and informative articles related to Gifted & Talented education.

To view the January newsletter, please click the link:

You can subscribe to the mailing list by clicking the SUBSCRIBE button in the top left corner.

We will feature a column from Dr. Colleen Boyle, Interim Supervisor of CCS Gifted & Talented Department in upcoming issues. If you have additional suggestions for content, please comment below or email secretary [at] columbuspace [dot] org

Happy Reading!

January 2014 Meeting

Our next PACE meeting is on Monday, January 13 at 6:30pm at the Shepard Center, 873 Walcutt Avenue, 43219. The topic will be What’s Available For My Gifted & Talented Child at CCS? We will hear from CCS staff about different options such as: school choice, academic options, acceleration, ECLIPSE, and others.

There will be free babysitting in the gym – have your kids bring homework or a game.

See you at the meeting!