April PACE Meeting

Gifted and Intense

Thursday April 28th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Location: Ridgeview Middle School
4241 Rudy Rd., Columbus, OH 43214

Dr. Colleen Boyle, Supervisor of the Columbus City Schools Gifted and Talented Division, will be speaking about understanding the intense experiences, as explained by “overexcitabilites,” of gifted children and teens.  She will share strategies for helping our students deal with these experiences.  Parent Christina McMenemy will be joining us to share her experiences in parenting gifted and twice-exceptional students.

Next meeting, May 26th: “Transition Meeting – Elementary to Middle School, Middle to High School, High to College”

Columbus City Schools Facility Master Plan

You may have seen a few things in the Dispatch lately about potential school closings, and changes. (More details of this came to my attention via my civic association – Forest Park Civic Association).

Besides regional plans, there is also a plan for Citywide Alternative Programs Options. Some of these may have a significant impact on Columbus Alternative High School, as well as other programs of interest.

Please plan to attend meetings scheduled to discuss the work of the Columbus City Schools Facilities Master Plan Ad Hoc Committee.

Citywide Alternative Programs Options (PDF City-wide Alternative)
Wednesday April 20th—Fort Hayes Campus, Building 110 (cafeteria), 7:30-9:30pm

Info on regional meetings can be accessed through
Columbus City Schools: Facilities Master Plan
Facilities Master Plan Ad Hoc Committee

PACE T-Shirt and February PACE Meeting




Interested in wearing your support for PACE on your sleeve?  Order a PACE t-shirt so we can spread the word about how we:

  • Support gifted children and their families.
  • Advocate to see that needs of gifted children are met.
  • Work with Columbus City Schools to advocate for and develop programs for children gifted in academics, cognitive ability, creativity, and the visual and performing arts.

Shirts are $10 each.  For order info, send a message to pace [at] columbuspace [dot] org or order one personally at the . . .

Parents Supporting Parents

Thursday February 25th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Location: John Burroughs Elementary School
551 S. Richardson Ave, Columbus, OH 43204
Main Entrance – East Side

Come hear parents discuss raising their gifted children.  This meeting is all about parents coming together as a community to help support their gifted kids.  Share your ideas, triumphs, even your disasters, with the group.  Learn more about dealing with emotional needs, educational needs, advocating for your child, anything that other parents can share about raising a gifted child.

January PACE Meeting

Summer Enrichment Programs

Thursday January 21st from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Columbus Alternative High School
2632 McGuffey Rd, Columbus, OH 43211

Thinking about ways to keep your child engaged over the summer months?  We have reached out to these organizations to invite them to provide information on the summer opportunities they provide: The Support for Talented Students, OAGC (Ohio Association for Gifted Children), OWJL Camp (for middles schoolers at Ohio Wesleyan University), Direct Martin Essex School for the Gifted Summer Program at Otterbein College, Columbus College of Art and Design, COSI, The Columbus Zoo, Ohio Center for Law Related Education, TINKER: Columbus, CATCO Performing Arts Theater, Thurber House, The Ohio State University.

Scholarships Available!

Looking for a way to make those summer programs possible? Support for Talented Students provides scholarships for summer enrichment programs for gifted and talented Central Ohio students currently in grades 3-11 whose families could not otherwise afford the costs


Summer Opportunity Links

Columbus City Schools Gifted and Talented Department keeps a list of some summer enrichment opportunities.


January P.A.C.E. Meeting

Mark your calendars for the January P.A.C.E. Meeting:

Thursday, January 21st from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Columbus Alternative High School
2632 McGuffey Road, Columbus, OH 43211
January Meeting Discussion: Summer Enrichment Programs
We have reached out to these organizations to invite them to speak to summer opportunities they provide:
1. The Support for Talented Students
2. OAGC (Ohio Association for Gifted Children)
3. O WJL Camp (for middles choolers at Ohio Wesleyan University)
4. Direct Martin Essex School for the Gifted Summer Program at Otterbein College
5. Columbus College of Art and Design
7. The Columbus Zoo
8. Ohio Center for Law Related Education
9. TINKER: Columbus
10. CATCO Performing Arts Theater
11. Thurber House
12. The Ohio State University

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Hope to see everyone at the January Meeting!

Dispatch Editorial Regarding Proposed Update to the Ohio Gifted Standard

Here is a Columbus Dispatch editorial from Saturday, November 14th regarding the proposed update to the Ohio Gifted Rule, or set of standard standards, and concern to this update expressed by Ann Sheldon, executive director of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC):

Careful with gifted policy: Standards for brightest students need full and open discussion

December P.A.C.E. Meeting


Mark your calendars for the December P.A.C.E. Meeting:

Thursday, December 3rd from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center
546 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

Building 110 (Cafeteria)

December Meeting Discussion: The Selective Admissions Fair

Columbus Alternative High School (CAHS), Eastmoor Academy, Arts Impact Middle School (AIMS), Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School, Duxberry Park Arts Impact, and Central Enrollment will have representatives at the meeting to help you plan and navigate the Columbus City Schools Selective Admissions Process.

P.A.C.E. t-shirts will also be available for $10 at the December meeting.  Purchase a t-shirt to wear in unity with other gifted advocates!  Gifted advocates will join together at future ODE hearings regarding the proposed changes the operating standards of the Gifted Rules.  If you would like to testify at a future ODE hearing please contact Ann Sheldon, Executive Director of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children, (OAGC).

P.A.C.E. Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at different schools throughout the district.  There is free childcare at each meeting.

When you join PACE, you become part of the “we” of PACE.  The PACE community comes together to support one another and to work with CCS educators.  Together we can make a difference.  It is $5 per year to become a member of PACE.  Please fill out a form at the next meeting, or contact Columbus P.A.C.E.

Hope to see everyone at the December Meeting!


PACE T-Shirt!

Order your PACE t-shirt at the next PACE meeting on December 3, 2015 at Fort Hayes High School, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215.

Shirts are $10 each.  For order info if you’re unable to attend the meeting, send a message to pace [at] columbuspace [dot] org.


OAGC Gifted Survey Deadline Extended to November 7th at 5pm

From Angela Grimm, OAGC Parent Division Chair:

Parents and OAGC Parent Division Members:

Just a heads up if you have not already taken time for input, the ODE gifted survey will be open an extra day:


It is important that as many gifted advocates as possible provide input.  The survey will now close at 5 pm on Saturday, November 7.

Also, consider testifying on November 16.  Personal stories about how important true, quality standards are MUST BE SHARED!  I have done this a number of times and it isn’t bad, I promise.  Speak from the heart–and let your child’s needs be known!  If you plan to testify on November 16th, please contact OAGC Director, Ann Sheldon anngift [at] aol [dot] com by November 11. There will also likely be opportunities to testify in December and January.

Please see oagc.com/advocacyalerts.asp for more information.