October 2013 meeting

Our next PACE meeting is on Monday, October 14th, at 6:30pm at the Shepard Center, 873 Walcutt Avenue, 43219. We’ll have two current school board members who are up for re-election, Mike Wiles and Hanifah Kambon, and two school board candidates, Dominic Paretti and Michael Cole, speaking to us about their thoughts on Gifted and Talented education. We would love for you to submit questions for the school board members and candidates in advance. Two questions that will be asked are the following:
(1) If the levy passes in November, do you plan to replace any of the 10 positions that were cut in Spring 2013 in the GT department?
(2) What are your ideas to improve the Value Added Grade, an “F”, CCS has for Gifted and Talented?

Simply submit your additional questions to us via e-mail to secretary [at] columbuspace [dot] org.

Dr. Colleen Boyle, supervisor of the Gifted and Talented department, will also give an introduction explaining what the Value Added grade of an “F” for GT students in CCS on the state report card means AND new important changes regarding state testing that will affect all CCS students.

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

See you at the meeting!

P.A.C.E. Open House Sept 12th

The Parents for Academic Challenge and Enrichment (P.A.C.E.) are pleased to announce the 2011 Open House scheduled for Monday, September 12th, 6:30pm at the Shepard Center. The topic of this year’s Open House is ‘Preparing for a good school year’. As parents of gifted children our goal is to provide each of you with information, opportunities to discuss the challenges and joy of raising our children. We are fortunate that Columbus City Schools offers a gifted program. In partnership with the district’s gifted and talented department, we will provide you with resources to support and develop our gifted children. The link below provides more information regarding our September and October meetings. https://www.columbuspace.org/upcoming-meetings-and-events.

Attending the meetings offers you the opportunity to meet other parents of gifted children and learn about what’s happening in gifted education at the local and state levels. If you are interested in joining PACE please send an email to . We look forward to seeing you Sept 12th.

Successful Enrichment Fair

The 2011 Enrichment Fair was held on Monday, April 11th at the Downtown High School. The event was a success. There were 50 to 60 parents and students that participated in the event. Columbus City Schools (CCS) Superintendent, Dr. Harris provided opening remarks that were encouraging, strong, direct and sincere. She highlighted the efforts of the district to provide not only the state required identification of gifted students, but the service of those students from identification to graduation. She is dedicated to ensuring every CCS students is educated and prepared to become strong future leaders.

Presentations were made by the Educational Services Center of Central Ohio, Rita Glavan highlighting the challenges of raising a gifted child. Parents were provided more information regarding the Future Problem Solvers program, Rush Rogers. The evenings final presentation was made by the Gifted and Talented department featuring students providing testimony of their experiences.

Many children enjoyed the hands-on educational acitivities provided at the fair. Parents were able to talk wth the CCS gifted and talented staff admiring their displays of student work at the Elementary (featuring ECLIPSE), Middle and High School levels. Summer opportunities information was provided by numerous vendors offering residential and day camp experiences.

According to survey results (35 collected), 94% received the information they expected, 100% rated the displays as excellent or good and 97% would attend a future enrichment fair.

P.A.C.E looks forward to a continuing strong partnership with Columbus City Schools parents, teachers and administrators to ensure our children receive the best educational experiences and opportunities.

Reminder, Enrichment Fair, April 11th 6-8pm

We look forward to parents, guardians, family and students at the Monday, April 11th enrichment fair being held at the Downtown High School, 364 S. Fourth Street.

We will have displays and artifacts from the Elementary, ECLIPSE, Middle and High Shool programs, many vendors with information regarding summer opportunitities, a resourse room and a hands-on educational ativity room.

Come learn more about the gifted and talent deparment, meet educators and specialists manaing the gifted and talented program.

Attached files:

The Agenda 2011 Enrichment Fair – The Agenda

Parking Map Columbus Downtown High School Parking Map

2011 Enrichment Fair – Monday, April 11th, 6-8 p.m.

PACE and Columbus City School present the 2011 Enrichment Fair.

The Columbus Parents for Academic Challenge and Enrichment (P.A.C.E.) volunteer group is hosting an Enrichment Fair Monday, April 11th, 6-8pm at the Downtown High School in Columbus. Parents, guardians, and families of children within the Columbus City Schools are welcome to participate. The event will highlight the gifted and talented programs within the district along with offerings of summer program opportunities. Come see what the Columbus City Schools is doing to service the gifted and talented students. P.A.C.E. is excited to work with such a marvelous staff dedicated to supporting gifted and talented students throughout the district. For more information contact Debra White-Johnson, PACE Treasurer at // .

This fair complements the ongoing P.A.C.E. Virtual Summer Opportunities Fair while focusing more on specific C.C.S. district programs and opportunities.

P.A.C.E. Virtual Summer Opportunities Fair continues in 2011

The Parents for Academic Challenge and Enrichment (P.A.C.E.) are pleased to announce that Virtual Summer Opportunities Fair continues in 2011. Information can be found regarding many vendors throughout Ohio offering residential and day camp experiences to your children.

The Virtual Summer Opportunities Fair continues to feature additions and updates year round – though most are posted in a timely manner for the upcoming camp season.

This year we also have a 2011 Enrichment Fair, planned for Monday, April 11th, 6-8pm at the Downtown High School in Columbus!

Gifted and Talented Services Questionnaire

Administered by Parents for Academic Challenge and Enrichment. It is critical to have the best, most effective programs and services for our gifted and talented children. We want your feedback regarding the activities and programs your gifted student is receiving in the Columbus City Schools.

A link to the electronic Questionnaire is below. Submissions will be analyzed, compiled and reported by P.A.C.E. and presented to the Columbus City Schools.

All parents of Columbus City School students are welcome to participate. However, our target audience are parents of those students that have been identified as gifted and talented by the Columbus City Schools. Your feedback is very important and will be utilized during discussions with the Columbus City Schools Leadershipand their Gifted and Talented staff.


Thank you for your support.

January 2011 Meeting – Social and emotional needs of parents and students

Social and Emotional Needs of Students, and the Family of Gifted

Please join us Monday January 10, 2010 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. as we consider Social and Emotional Needs of Students, and members of families with gifted children.

Remember: this year we are meeting at the
Shepard Center
873 Walcutt Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
(directions and maps)

Please feel free to pass along this info to others.

2009 Fair FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

Frequently Asked Questions About the Step Into Summer Opportunities and College Access Information Fair

1. When is it?

Monday, March 2, 2009 from 3:30pm – 7:15 pm. Come anytime during this period when it is convenient for you and stay for as long as you wish. Plan to arrive by 6:30 pm in order to have time to talk with the different representatives.

2. Where is it?

Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St, Columbus. Use the main visitors entrance to the main Atrium. Exhibitors will be in the Main Atrium, the Palm House, the Show Room, and the lower lobby. The inside garden rooms of the conservatory will not be open.

3. How much does it cost?

Admission to the Step Into Summer Opportunities and College Access Information Fair is free. Parking in the Conservatory lot is free.

4. What is it?

The Fair is an informational fair. Representatives from different organizations will have tables set up, many with picture displays. The representatives talk with people interested in finding out more about their programs.

5. Should I bring my kids?

Children are welcome to accompany their parents. Children should stay with their parents as they walk around the Fair. Many exhibitors have picture displays that will help children find out more about the program. High school students are welcome to attend without parents if they desire.

6. Is this for all ages?

There are programs for ages pre-K through high school. Some programs and camps are for a small range of ages, others have a wider range.

7. How much does the summer program cost?

Each summer program sets its own fee. We encourage you to ask each representative about the program fees and whether scholarships are available.

8. How do I sign up?

Each of the programs has a separate registration process. Ask each representative for more information about signing up for that specific program. Some of the summer programs fill up quickly, so this Fair is a great way to get an early start on the process.

9. Who will be there?

There will be over 50 organizations represented at the Fair that offer a wide variety of different kinds of activities for the summer, and some year-round activities. The length of the programs varies from one week to several weeks. We do not yet have a final list of attendees. So far the list includes summer outdoor camping experiences throughout Ohio and a few other states, indoor academic day programs, pre-college experiences for middle and high school students on various university campuses throughout Ohio, summer day care, sports programs, computer classes, horse camps, dance and visual arts training, and travel opportunities. There are day camp programs in Columbus, around central Ohio and beyond. There is something for all students with varied interests and abilities.

There will also be information available about academic support services, college readiness programs, financial planning, and year-long internship opportunities.

10. Are there job opportunities?

This is not a job fair.

11. If I can’t attend the Fair on Monday, March 2, how can I get the information?

We will be putting together a booklet of the information provided by the exhibitors. Contact numbers, cost information, dates, and general description will be included. After the Fair, this booklet will be on the PACE website for your convenience. Begin looking for it about 1 week after the Fair.

12. Can I have a booklet sent to me?

No, we will not send booklets. We encourage everyone to find a way to access the information on-line on our website after the Fair.

13. Is this for Columbus City School only?

No, the Fair is open to all families in the central Ohio area. Local programs are located throughout central Ohio.

14. Who can I contact for more information?

You may email questions to .
You may call 614-246-0377 for more information.

Colleges That Change Lives Program and College Fair

Parents of High School Students — Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm at Aladdin Shrine Center is an Informational Program and College Fair. This program features information from and about a group of colleges from all over the country identified for their quality programs, including some from Ohio. You may want to check out their website: www.ctcl.com

From the website: “Each Colleges That Change Lives program begins with an enlightening 30-minute panel presentation on completing a college search today.

CTCL deans and directors will share with you the latest research on specific campus characteristics and learning components that lead to the most successful college experience. They will challenge you to view popular college rankings as just one measure of quality among many, and encourage you to make the college search process a well-informed journey that leads to the best possible outcome: finding the best college fit: one that could be life changing.

Immediately after the panel presentation, the college fair begins, lasting approximately 1.5 hours.

The CTCL events are free to the public, and pre-registration is not required.