Academic Enrichment Opportunities

CCS Gifted and Talented Department


The GT Department will be coordinating several enrichment opportunities this year. Others may be added so watch for information and emails. Although these opportunities are for specific grades, resources can be adapted for all grade levels.

We have provided links to show interest if you would like to receive resources for specific enrichment activities.


Research! Writing! Public Speaking! Students in grades 3-6 will have the opportunity to showcase and celebrate their creative ideas at the 2nd annual CCS TEDxYouth@Columbus event! We are looking for teachers or coaches to guide students through the TEDx process and create their very own TEDx talks related to the theme "What if?” Selected students will be invited to the Columbus Museum of Art to present their talks or participate as audience members. For planning information, a registration link and student resource packet, visit the link at TedxYouth. You can also click here TEDxYouth Registration to register.

Event Date: March 8, 2017 at Columbus Museum of Art

Click on the link below for even more ideas on integrating TED resources into your lessons.


Promote higher level thinking and problem solving with CHESS! Connections to reading, writing and math are also easy to make while teaching chess! If you have a chess club up and running or will be starting one, please register at CHESS CLUB REGISTRATION so we can make sure you receive all tournament information and resources. Also, Chess Kids is a great online chess learning program. It's free, child friendly and easy to set up as a technology option. The GT Department sponsors two elementary tournaments (Grades K-5) and one MS tournament each spring.

Event Dates:

1. Nolan's Knights Elementary Tournament - May 19, 2017, Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch, for experienced players

2. Cullman Rookie Chess Tournament - May 16, 2017, Columbus Museum of Art, for new, younger players

3. MS Tournament - TBD


Invention Convention is a statewide program designed to inspire, encourage and reward students in grades K-8 for using their creativity and imagination in developing new solutions to everyday problems. All lessons are taught within the classroom by the classroom teacher. Classroom and school-wide Invention Conventions are held to determine winners to represent each school at the district Invention Convention. If you would like to offer this opportunity to your students, please complete this INVENTION CONVENTION INTEREST FORM. This is only to show interest and receive resources. More information can be found in this Invention Convention Newsletter and at

Event Date: March 22, 2017 at CCAD.


Debate is an option available for students in grades 5-8. It is a perfect enrichment opportunity to teach research, persuasive writing, supporting ideas with evidence, public speaking, and much more! Our district holds two debate competitions - winter and spring. Both have grade 5/6 and 7/8 divisions and are LEARNING opportunities for the students. All debate lessons can be taught within the classroom or a teacher/community volunteer can lead a debate team. We have lots of resources available to help you! Click on this DEBATE INFORMATION link so we know you are interested.

Event Dates:

Winter: December 9, 2016, Capital University

Spring: TBA

If you would like to introduce younger students to debate, click on the link below for some resources to help you get started.

Math Showcase

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). Click on this MATH SHOWCASE INFORMATION link if you are interested in receiving resources. This Math Showcase Newsletter has all the information you will need.

Event Dates - Both to be held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch:

Elementary Math Showcase - February 21, 2017

Middle School Math Showcase - February 23, 2017


The Gifted and Talented Department no longer sponsors a district spelling bee. However, all CCS schools may participate in the Scripps Spelling Bee program by enrolling their school at and hosting their own classroom and school bees. The registration is paid in full by the Ohio Lottery. By registering you will have access to teacher guides, word lists, vocabulary practice and guidelines on organizing a school spelling bee. School winners will take the online test for the opportunity to participate in the regional Spelling Bee held in March at Ohio University. Click on this Spelling Bee Newsletter link for all information.

Geography Bee

If you are interested in the National Geographic Geography Bee, here is the link to register. This is not a GT Department sponsored event but many schools have enjoyed participating and offering this opportunity to the students.

GEOGRAPHY BEE REGISTRATION. Deadline to register is December 22, 2016.