Gifted Guardian - January 2017

Columbus City Schools Gifted & Talented Family Newsletter

Winter is Here!

Welcome to the winter edition of the quarterly newsletter for families of gifted learners in Columbus City Schools. If you have ideas for article topics, just let us know! Feel free to share the link to this newsletter with others. We will keep a list of the links on our website, as well.

An Evening at Home

One of the fun things about gifted children is their wide range of knowledge and interests. They develop passions for seemingly unrelated topics. You may have found that your child is as equally interested in art in the style of Jackson Pollack as he is understanding the science behind black holes. You might never be able to get a book out of your daughter's hands except for when she is affixed on all things soccer - watching, playing, or reading about it. And most gifted children don't limit those passions to just two areas. So, as a result, it becomes tempting to sign them up for an array of classes and activities or plan for each hour of their time after school to allow them to pursue those interests.


When a child can experience those types of activities, it can broaden their horizons beyond expectation. At the same time, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of overscheduling, which eventually will lead to burnout. As the adults in their lives, we are responsible for both helping them explore their interests and develop their talents while learning the essentials of self-care and time management so that life is well-rounded and fullfilling into adulthood. So how do you find the right balance?


One idea is to sit down with your child to create a time budget . This exercise is a great learning opportunity for your child as they learn time management in general. Begin by blocking out any family commitments, such as chores, personal care time before bed, family meals, and other routines. Also budget in a reasonable amount of time for homework or studying each evening. If your child doesn't have homework on a given night, it can be spent studying for future tests, reading a book, or an unexpected bonus free time window.


The next step is where your child begins filling in time with other interests. Have your student list their interests and prioritize them by importance. Block time out for those interests in a manner that still leaves some unallocated "down time" each day. Your child may realize that there is one thing that he or she is passionate about that is important to include every week. But also encourage him or her to make time for something new, such as an unknown but interesting topic or a set of skills yet to be learned. Include a mix of commitments that last long term, such as ongoing music lessons, and those with shorter terms, such as a 6-week art class or a fall soccer season or even a one-day workshop at the library or rec center. This allows your child to develop advanced talent in an area while having the freedom to explore other areas without feeling trapped forever if he or she realizes the new area isn't something truly enjoyed. It also allows your scholar to have variety in what is explored by rotating new things season by season without overfilling the evening and weekend schedule.


As adults. finding balance between work, family, and leisure can be a challenge. teaching our students to budget their time to include multiple things of value without burning out will serve them well into the future. For more information about this topic, visit the sites below:

Resource Review: Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG) Website

SENG (www.sengifted.org) is a national organization focused on advocating for and educating others about the social and emotional needs of gifted learners. There are some paid resources, such as webinars, books, and conferences. But, there is also an extensive online library of articles that can be accessed for free. There are articles on an array of topics, such as perfectionism, friendships, bullying, misdiagnosis and dual diagnosis of exceptionalities, family dynamics, and so much more. Family members, educators, and other professionals will find useful information on this site. Additionally, the organization sponsors a Parenting Gifted Children week each July when they typically offer free access to one or more webinars and other special resources. Check it out!

Summer's A' Comin' Closer!

It is hard to think summer will ever get here as we are surrounded by snow. But, the summer is a great time for scholars to take advantage of enrichment programs around our area to explore interests or try new things. You can find updated lists of opportunities at http://www.ccsoh.us/SummerOpportunities.aspx. Columbus City Schools does not sponsor or endorse any programs; the lists are just a tool for families to begin their search. Most programs have application periods right now, so check them out.


Families interested in pursuing financial assistance may also begin looking at Support for Talented Students and the Ohio Association for Gifted Children. Support for Talented Students (www.supportfortalentedstudents.org) helps match students to funds donated by community organizations specifically for the purpose of summer enrichment programs. The majority of the group's funds are earmarked for gifted learners in Columbus City Schools. Scholarships are need based, and families can visit the STS website now to check eligibility and submit an application for this summer. The Ohio Association for Gifted Children also offers scholarships for families of gifted learners across Ohio, which may be used for summer programs of other enrichment opportunities throughout the year. Visit their webpage (http://www.oagc.com/scholarship.asp) for application timelines and eligibility criteria.

Gifted Service Information Coming Soon!

Families of gifted identified students entering grades 3 through 8 will receive information about gifted service eligibility during the first week of March. The letter will include areas of gifted identification and a description of service options and locations based on gifted identification and address. The service selection forms included with the letter will be due back to the Gifted & Talented office by March 31 for first round placement. Meetings will be held on March 15 and 16 for parents to learn more about the service options available.


Students entering grades 1 and 2 will not receive letters regarding formal gifted services, however their schools and teachers will be notified of gifted identification in the fall so that the teachers can provide support in the classroom. Students who are gifted and entering grades 9 through 12 may self-select advanced coursework, such as Advanced Placement, KAP, International Baccalaureate, and College Credit Plus, available at their school of enrollment. Rising high school students will not receive a service letter but are encouraged to speak with their counselor when scheduling to ensure enrollment in challenging courses as appropriate.

College Credit Plus Information Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm

1919 Northcliff Drive

Columbus, OH

The High School Guidance team has been holding meetings to share information with families about the state's College Credit Plus (CCP) Program. CCP is open to students in grades 7 through 12 and is a way for college-ready students to take college courses for free before graduating high school. Most courses count for both high school and college credit. Participants are required to attend an annual information/counseling session, and attendance at one of these three meetings counts as that requirement. Topics include student prerequisites, taking college courses on district high school campus and at nearby college campuses, specialty dual enrollment programs, career technical program options, Advanced Placement programming, and the application process for all of these options. Meet with representatives from the district and these programs to get questions answered. Even if you do not think your scholar is in need of the program next year, this is useful information for families of all current students in grades 6 through 11 as you begin planning for options in the near future. If you have already attended one of the meetings at East High School or Columbus North International, you do not need to attend this one.

February PACE Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 23rd, 6:30-8pm

TBD

The next PACE meeting will be focused on the topic of perfectionism. Come hear about the potential of gifted learners to develop perfectionism and strategies for helping your scholar cope with it.

Gifted Service Information Meeting

Wednesday, March 15th, 11:30am-12:30pm

1990 Jefferson Avenue

Columbus, OH

This session will give an overview of gifted services offered in the school district. We will specifically give an overview of the reading and math services offered at select sites for eligible students entering grades 3-8 and a brief introduction about the Columbus Gifted Academy for eligible students entering grades 3-8. **All three Gifted Service meetings will cover the same information.

Gifted Service Information Meeting

Wednesday, March 15th, 6-7pm

East High School, 1500 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH, United States

This session will give an overview of gifted services offered in the school district. We will specifically give an overview of the reading and math services offered at select sites for eligible students entering grades 3-8 and a brief introduction about the Columbus Gifted Academy for eligible students entering grades 3-8. **All three Gifted Service meetings will cover the same information.

Gifted Service Information Meeting

Thursday, March 16th, 6-7pm

1919 Northcliff Drive

Columbus, OH

This session will give an overview of gifted services offered in the school district. We will specifically give an overview of the reading and math services offered at select sites for eligible students entering grades 3-8 and a brief introduction about the Columbus Gifted Academy for eligible students entering grades 3-8. **All three Gifted Service meetings will cover the same information.

Gifted Organizations

Columbus PACE

PACE is a community of parents, grandparents, guardians, and families of gifted students in Columbus City Schools. This group meets approximately once a month to discuss advocacy issues at the state and local level and to provide educational and informational programming of parents of gifted students.

Ohio Association for Gifted Children

The Ohio Association for Gifted Children is a state level advocacy group of parents and guardians, families, educators, and interested community members to support the needs of gifted learners in school, at home, and throughout the state. The group holds educational conferences and events for members and others interested, offers scholarships in support of student interests, and works with state leaders to develop policy for gifted learners. Members also have access to online events sponsored by the National Association for Gifted Children.