Gifted and Talented Newsletter

Enrichment and Development Opportunities and Programs 6-8

The Integration of Academic Competition Skills

One educator's experience on the importance of academic competition programs in schools

What is Integrated Curriculum?

Meeting the Standards through Integrating Curriculum from ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

Integrated Curriculum and Gifted Learners

Explore the William and Mary Center for Gifted Education web site which includes research, curriculum models and development for educators.

District Academic Enrichment Opportunities and Competitions

Breakfast of Science Champions

Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 9am-12pm

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, United States

Columbus, OH

This district opportunity is available to students in grades 6-8. Interested teachers should register for this event via their school principal. Schools register for various sites at OSU on this day. The host sites prepare STEM related activities and college, career readiness to engage students in various fields of study. Information will be sent out to schools on or around September15.

District Winter Debate

Friday, Dec. 9th, 8:15am-1pm

Capital University, Ruff Learning Center Pleasant Ridge, Bexley, OH, United States

This district opportunity is open to students in grades 5-8 across the district. There are two divisions available. Division 1 is open to students in grades 5 and 6 and Division 2 is open to students in grades 7 and 8 (students in grade 6 may compete in D2). Each school may bring two teams of four to this competition. We encourage teachers to integrate debate within ELA, Social Studies, Core enrichment or club activity period. More information with the debate topic and logistics will be sent out to Please visit the link for the benefits of debate for your students.

District Middle School Chess Tournament

Thursday, Feb. 16th 2017 at 8:30am-1pm

Linmoor Education Center, 2001 Hamilton Avenue, Columbus, OH, 43211

This district tournament is open to students in grades 6-8. We suggest that the school identified students who have played the game and have the basic understanding of how the pieces move. We encourage schools to consider have a chess club during lunch or club/activity time to provide students with the opportunity to play and learn from each other. Contact one of us if you would like to organize a chess club at your school.

District Math Showcase

Thursday, Feb. 23rd 2017 at 8:30am-1pm

96 South Grant Avenue

Columbus, OH

This district event is open to students in grades 6-8. Each school is permitted to bring a team of 4 students. Students may be chosen according to skills and abilities in the classroom or through a math club. We encourage teachers to hold a math competition at the school level within math classrooms to expand the opportunity to others.


Wednesday, March 8th 2017 at 10am

480 East Broad Street

Columbus, OH

This district opportunity is for grades 3-6. Please check out the following link for more information and to register for this event. Registration has been extended.

District Invention Convention

Wednesday, March 22nd 2017 at 8am

550 East Spring Street

Columbus, OH

This opportunity is open to students in grades K-8 across the district. More information will be sent out to schools in upcoming weeks. Students must participate in a school invention convention to advance to the district level convention. Winners from the district level invention convention will advance to the Central Ohio Regional Final on April 22, 2017. Visit for more information and resources.

Non-District Academic Enrichment Programs and Opportunities


A math program that offers a competition, club and/or math video challenge for students in grades 6-8. The math club and video challenge is free to teachers and students and provides free resources. The local MathCounts Competition will be held at Columbus State Community College in February.

MathCounts Competition Series Registration-

Math Club-

Math Video Challenge-

Ohio Center for Law Related Education Programs

Fantastic Fridays

Science enrichment program offered at Columbus State Community College. Visit for more information and to schedule a visit.

MLK Statewide Oratorical Contest

Statewide Oratorical Contest

The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission is committed to educating children about Dr. King's legacy of brotherhood among all people. This statewide oratorical contest was adopted in 1999.

The 2017 statewide oratorical contest web site with this year's theme had not been updated when this newsletter was created. The Central Ohio Regional Contest is held at the King Arts Complex in Columbus. The contest has four divisions: primary (grades kindergarten-2); intermediate (grades 3-5); junior (grades 6-8); and senior (grades 9-12).,JrHolidayCommission/MLKStatewideOratoricalContest.aspx

Central Ohio Better Business Bureau's Laws of Life Essay Contest

The Central Ohio BBB Laws of Life Essay Contest is a competition of the best Laws of Life, or other character-related essays written by middle grade students in the 21 county Central Ohio area. The BBB Center for Character Ethics sponsors the regional contest to recognize the achievements of the exceptional youth who participate in their local school contests, and to encourage schools and communities to engage in this enriching and valuable experience.

Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Contest

Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars, this essay contest is for students in grades 6-8. Students write on a specific theme. Submissions deadline is November 1.

Final Thoughts

The academic enrichment programs and competitions listed above are just some of the opportunities that are available to students in grades 6-8. We recognize that there are many schools that offer other enrichment opportunities as well as service learning and mentoring programs that have a positive impact on student learning and achievement.

We encourage teachers of all students to consider either facilitating a school wide academic program and/or integrating enrichment opportunities for their students within the content area he or she teaches. Feel free to contact either of us if you have questions.