The New Year Brings Opportunities

Beth Gasior, Jackie Galbreath, Gifted Resource Specialists

Chess Tournament Information

Elementary Chess Tournament - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Memo and Registration

Student participant names due Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

The Nolan’s Knights Elementary Chess Tournament will take place on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Linmoor Education Center. Four students from each school may participate. Please email dstaffilino@columbus.k12.oh.us your school's intent to participate by January 22, 2016. All participants must be current chess players. It is preferred that they be members of a school chess club but this is not required. Also, see memo to nominate your students for a "Nolan's Knight" award.

Middle School Chess Tournament - Thursday, March 3, 2016

Memo and Registration

Student participant names due Friday, February 12, 2016.

The District Middle School Chess Tournament (grades 6-8) will follow the elementary event. Three students from each middle school may participate in the competition. It will be held at Linmoor Education Center. See memo for information and to register your school.

Elementary and Middle School Math Opportunity

Math Showcase - Thursday, March 10, 2016

Registration and Informational Memo - this is for both MS and ES. Intent to participate due January 15, 2016. Student participant names due Wed. February 17, 2016.

Guidelines and Resource Packet

Math Showcase is an opportunity for elementary and middle school students to showcase their math skills. Four students from each school can be selected to participate in the Math Showcase - an exciting day of math challenges. K-6 and K-8 schools may send two teams - one elementary (grades 4/5) and one middle (grades 6-8).

Invention Convention - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The district Invention Convention will take place Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at CCAD! Registration was due November 27, 2015. If your school is participating, student names will be due February 12, 2016. Information will be sent to participating schools.

Invention Convention Registration Directions

School Registration Form

Sample supporting documents:

Parent Letter and Intent to Invent Form - formatted for an "at home" project

Student Planning Packet

Student Inventor Journal. THE JOURNAL IS REQUIRED.

Grades 5-8 Debate Tournament - Thursday, March 24, 2016

Save the Date for Debate!

The spring debate competition will take place at Capital University on March 24, 2016. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage in research and critical thinking skills. More information about the resolution and event details will be coming soon. Email your Gifted Resource Specialist for debate resources.

Scholarship Opportunities

Summer Opportunity Scholarships

Support for Talented Students provides scholarships for gifted students in grades 3-12 to pursue summer programs. A large portion of their funding is specifically dedicated to students in Columbus City Schools. There is no application fee and students do not need to get a teacher recommendation. This saves two steps for our families. The application can be found online at www.supportfortalentedstudents.org. Please forward this link to parents of GT students.


The Ohio Association for Gifted Children offers two types of scholarships to students who are identified as gifted in the state of Ohio. The first program is for students in grades K-12 to assist with funding extracurricular activities and summer programs that extends students' areas of giftedness. Applications for this program are due February 15. The second program is a college scholarship program for students who will be entering college next year or who are currently enrolled full time in an undergraduate program in Ohio. The deadline for that application is April 15. Information and application materials for both programs can be found on the OAGC website. (www.oagc.com/scholarship.asp)