Gifted and Talented News

Lisha N. Perdue

Elementary Chess Tournament

The Nolan's Knights Elementary Chess Tournament will take place on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at The Linmoor Education Center. Four students from each school may participate. Please email Denise Staffilino at your school's intent to participate by January 22, 2016. All participants must be current chess players. Student participant names are due by Wednesday, February 17, 2016.
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Middle School Chess Tournament

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 The Linmoor Educational Center.

Student participant names due by Friday February 12, 2016

Summer Opportunities for Gifted Learners

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. (

Also, don’t forget that Support for Talented Students also 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. New this year – there is no longer an application fee! Also, students in Columbus City do not need to get a teacher recommendation. This saves two steps for our families. The application can be found online at

Debate - Grades 5-8

The spring debate will occur on March 24, 2016 at Capital University. Speech and debate activities focus on : reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Applying these skills outside and inside the classroom teaches students to answer questions logically with clarity, the ability to clearly articulate thoughts and ideas, the value of critical thinking, and to think on one's feet. Additionally, students develop social skills such as conflict resolution, assertiveness, and listening to others. More information will be coming soon. Please let me know if you are interested and need debate materials.

MAP Resources

If you are looking for websites that offer MAP Reading and Math practice, check these out! These resources are tools you can use once you know your students’ RIT levels. Designed to help move kids from where they are and beyond FOLLOWING the MAP test.

Offers Reading AND Math practice in the form of interactive games by RIT scores and concepts tested

Offers Reading practice by skills through interactive games

Offers Reading practice by RIT levels and skills

Offers Reading and Math practice (towards the bottom of the page under Interventions)

Offers Math MAP practice activities

Offers sites for Reading and Math MAP practice

- Compiled by Nancy Alley

Contact Information:

Lisha N. Perdue

Gifted Resource Specialist

The Columbus Gifted Academy

387 E. Beck St.

Columbus, Oh 43219

(614) 365-6626

(614) 365-8605 Fax