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Nolan's Knights Conquer!

The annual Nolan’s Knights Elementary Chess Tournament was held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Friday, May 19. Forty-five students from the following schools competed in four three rounds of official tournament play: Berwick, Clinton, Colerain, Columbus Gifted Academy, Ecole Kenwood, East Linden, Gables, Huy, Indian Springs, Indianola, Maize, East Linden, and Westgate. Community volunteers from Ohio State University and Columbus Chess Academy assisted with judging and scoring, and the tournament’s namesake, former Columbus City Schools educator, Francie Nolan, was on hand to welcome students and assist with awards.

Top finishers included:

  • James Oram (Columbus Gifted Academy, 1st place)
  • Isaac Meske (Columbus Gifted Academy, 2nd place)
  • Evander Hazelwood (Huy Elementary, 3rd place)
  • Thaddeus Burton (Berwick, 4th place)

Five additional students were honored with the prestigious Nolan’s Knights award baed on nominations by their chess coaches as a result of their sportsmanship, persistence, and dedication to the game:
  • Yanai Woodward (Gables)
  • Zaniah Gibson (East Linden)
  • Noah Shingler (East Linden)
  • Joseline Castaneda Cardona (East Linden)
  • Evander Hazelwood (Huy Elementary)

Rookies No More

The W. Arthur Cullman Rookie Chess Tournament took place last Tuesday, May 16, at the Columbus Museum of Art. Eighteen elementary schools sent 110 students to compete in four rounds of chess, resulting in a trophy winner from each table. High school chess club students from Northland, CAHS and Centennial monitored the competition. Special guests included Dr. Dan Good (Superintendent of Columbus City Schools), Matt Barnes (NBC4 News Anchor), Gregg Dodd (Director of Marketing for the Columbus Metropolitan Library), Michael Stinziano (Columbus City Council Member), and Francie Nolan (former Columbus City Schools educator and founder of the district chess program). Participating schools were Avondale, Berwick, Clinton, Colerain, CGA, Devonshire, East Linden, Ecole Kenwood, Gables, Huy, Indian Springs, Indianola, Innis, Liberty, Maize, Parkmoor, Weinland Park and Westgate.

Table winners included the following young scholars: Nikhil Arunchalam (Ecole Kenwood), Oumar Cisse (Ecole Kenwood), Rikito Deanda (Devonshire), Ayana Hussein (Huy), Jennifer Johnson (Parkmoor), Sotto Lai (Columbus Gifted Academy), Ahnaf Mamun (Gables), Joshua Martin Jr. (Avondale), Carter McCabe (Columbus Gifted Academy), Samaury McKinley (Colerain), Keegan Milungi (Indianola), Kshitiz Niroula (Innis), Benjamin Rider-Blitzer (Clinton), America Sanchez (Gables), Shane Sylvester (Maize), Arthur Trittman (Clinton), Aviv White (Columbus Gifted Academy).

Spring Parent Newsletter Available
The spring edition of the Gifted & Talented parent newsletter is available online now! This month, check out articles about being a scholar and teaching self-advocacy plus a review of a parenting book. Click here to view the newsletter online and visit our Parent Resource page for links to past newsletters and other resources. 
Jack Kent Cook Young Scholars and CTD Summer Programming

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is currently accepting applicaitns for their Young Scholars Program. Current 7th grade students who are gifted may apply now through April 1. From eighth grade through senior high of school, Young Scholars receive the following support from the Cooke Foundation:

  • a personal academic and college counselor
  • funding for academic and enrichment programs in the summer and during the school year
  • internship and study abroad opportunities
  • educational resources including books and technology

The Young Scholars Program is a national scholarship with students representing every region and attending school in rural, urban and suburban communities. For more ifnromatin about the program and to apply, visit http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/young-scholars/.

Additionally, through the Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation, Northwestern has scholarship opportunities available for students to pursue online summer courses in the Gifted LearningLinks program. For more information about the program, including eligibility guidelines, visit http://ctd.northwestern.edu. When applying for a CTD online course, enter the code OHJKC1617 in the “group code” field on the payment screen. This will allow you to submit your application without making a payment so that your application can be evaluated. To be eligible for this scholarship, applications must be completed by June 1. However, scholarship funds are limited and awarded on a first come, first served basis to eligible students. Apply early for the best opportunity. Contact gll@northwestern.edu if you have questions about this unique program.

Summer Opportunities Available Now!
The summer opportunities lists have been updated for 2017. Check out the lists of summer day camps, residential camps, and workshops for students in Central Ohio and beyond. Download current lists on the Summer Opportunities page of our website. The page also lists information about financial aid resources for program tuition. To learn about some of the program and scholarship opportunities first hand, be sure to attend the January 26th PACE meeting at Berwick K-8 at 6:30. 
Gifted Service Letters Mailed Home

The Gifted & Talented Division of Columbus City Schools has recently sent eligibility letters and service selection forms to students in grades 2 through 7 identified as gifted and eligible for one of the district’s formal Category B or Category C gifted services. The deadline for families to return their Gifted Service Selection Form to the Gifted & Talented office is March 31. You may return your form in person, or via mail, fax, or email.

  • Mail or Drop Off: Gifted & Talented Division, 1990 Jefferson Ave., Columbus 43211
  • Fax: 614-365-8605
  • Email: jrammel@columbus.k12.oh.us
For more information about gifted identification and services offered in Columbus City Schools, visit our website.  Additionally, we will hold parent information sessions as follows:
  • Wednesday, March 15: Linmoor Annex, 1990 Jefferson Ave., 43211, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 15: East High School Cafeteria, 6pm-7pm
  • Thursday, March 16: Northland High School Auditorium, 6pm-7pm
Columbus Gifted Academy is on the Move
The Columbus Gifted Academy will have a new home for the 2017-2018 school year! The program, currently located on Beck St. near German Village will be relocating to the Everett building (former Fifth Avenue International School) in the Short North. This building will provide more space to accommodate the growing demand for this program for students in grades 3 through 8. Parents of current CGA scholars can have their questions answered at the next PTO meeting. Information about CGA and other gifted services in the district will be sent to eligible students at the end of February and families can hear more at a series of parent meetings to be held March 15 at 6pm at East HS, March 15 at 11:30am at Linmoor Annex, and March 16 at 6pm at Northland HS. 
We are on Twitter!
Check out our Twitter feed at @CCS_Gifted! We will add announcements and links to articles and other info throughout the year. 
Teacher Chat
The Teacher Division of the OAGC is sponsoring a tweetchat that will take place twice a month on Sundays at 9pm. The goal is to get teachers connected with each other. You can check out the website at http://oagctdchat.weebly.com/ with lots of information about the chat and some valuable resources. You can also join in the chat on twitter by following the hashtag: #oagctdchat. The first chat will be Sunday Nov. 9th at 9pm EST. The topic will be acceleration. The questions for the chat are listed on the website.  
Contact Information

Gifted and Talented Department 
1990 Jefferson Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211
(614)365-6626 (phone)
(614)365-8605 (fax)  

Columbus Gifted Academy
387 E. Beck St.
Columbus, OH 43206
(614)365-6961 (phone)
(614)365-6962 (fax)
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