Welcome Lea Pearson
Highlights from representatives to OAGC Conference (Sept 18 & 19) Lea Pearson
- OAGC has scholarships available twice each year to K-12 Ohio Kathy Jackson
students for special activities that extend their special talent/interest Michele Newbauer
areas. Information and forms available at OAGC website (www.oagc.com)
- OAGC scholarships are also available for any student who is about to enroll in his/her first year of college and/or a student currently enrolled full time in an undergraduate program of an Ohio college.
- The Ohio Historical Society in conjunction with the National History Day organization is offering National History Day in Ohio. For information on the OHS activities go to www.ohiohistory.org/historyday. For information on the NHD activities go to www.nationalhistoryday.org.
- For arts resources access the Ohio Arts Council web site (www.oac.state.oh.us) or the Columbus Arts web site (www.columbusarts.com). Each site has events and arts education information.
Highlights from CPS / PTA Parents Count event (10/21) Lea Pearson
- A CPS Senior has implemented a community service project to get inexpensive computers (starting at $399) into the hands of students. Will try to schedule them to speak at one of our meeting and attend the SOF. Additional information available at the Computer for Kids web site (www.sistums.com)
- Tools available at Scholastic website (http://www.scholastic.com/familymatters/parentguides/schoolinvolve/) example - Parent/Teacher Conference Checklist tool to make the most of your time.
New PACE opportunities for 2004-05 Lea Pearson
A sheet was circulated for parents and specialists to volunteer to help with these events. Individuals may also contact Lea Pearson, the PACE mailbox (pace@ColumbusPACE.org), or the G&T Office to volunteer.
- Summer Opportunities Fair (SOF) moved from February to March to allow more organizations to have their plans finalized. This may be after some organizations' deadlines. But, the net difference should be positive.
- PACE is planning their first fund raising activity, to début at the SOF. Usborne Books Reach For the Stars reading incentive program that returns every cent back to the organization.
- Children make a commitment to read a given # of minutes over a set time period.
- Children get friends and family to pledge $ for their reading.
- The children know in advance that they will get 1/2 of all they raise to buy the books of their choice.
- Those who pledge $ can be assured that 100% of their $ will be returned to the child or the school/organization in books.
- The program is easy, and easily adjusted to fit your needs. For more information see the Usborne Books website http://www.theusbornebookstore.com/Reach%20for%20the%20stars.htm
- Year end celebration for G&T students' accomplishments being planned for late April, early May in conjunction with OSU Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience - Early Outreach
CPS Gifted & Talented Services and Written Education Plan (WEP) Francie Nolan
- Identification by MAT8 scores (academic) or standard checklists (arts), see Ohio Education Department website (www.ode.state.oh.us/exceptional_children/Gifted_Children).
- Elementary services
- Cluster grouping in regular classroom with weekly G&T Specialist visits and Cluster Teachers' staff development, all schools.
- ECLIPSE program - small classes of gifted students (14 schools) with a specially trained teacher.
- Academic Options - building-level activities that provide academic challenge. Examples include chess, Junior Great Books, all schools.
- Middle school services
- Cluster grouping with advanced courses available in all schools.
- Gifted Specialist visits, academic options, & Cluster Teachers' staff development
- Ohio/Midwest Talent Search - 7th & 8th grade students may take the S.A.T and/or A.C.T tests
- High school services
- Advanced Placement classes available in all 18 high schools.
- Posted Secondary Enrollment Options to attend college classes while in high school (all schools) with instructional fees paid.
- Kenyon Academic Plan available in 6 high schools.
- Academic Options and special institutes and testing (some fees paid).
Break out groups to review Written Education Plan (WEP) Francie Nolan
- WEP sets goals for the individual student. See the Ohio Department of Education website Gifted Publications page (www.ode.state.oh.us/exceptional_children/gifted_children/publications.asp)
- As of 2004-05 school year will become part of their Cumulative folder that will follow them throughout CPS.
- WEP contains 4 sections
- What is taught
- How it is taught
- Results - how they will be measured
- Social / Emotional
- Per Ohio Revised Code, each G&T Specialist can only complete 60 WEPs per year. Since each CPS Specialist has many more students, classroom teachers assist with additional WEPs where possible.
- Breakout groups by level (elementary, middle, high).
Next General meeting is Monday, 12/13.
Steering Committee Meeting immediately following General meeting.
Submitted by Michele Newbauer, 11/30/04.