Looking for a great website to challenge your Gifted Students?

giftedsources-comA few years ago I went to Ohio Association for Gifted Children Annual Fall Conference, and went to a session that that talked about a new resource that was being developed and maintained by Northern Kentucky University. The professor who is in charge of this is Kimberly P. Code. This website several different categories on it based on subject areas. Each tab has a huge list of links that students can go to and get challenged. The screenshot of this website to is to left.

This website is a great resource. Not only because it has resources for all subject areas, but it also has tested resources that work. That way when you go through the list, you can see all the link that work.

I hope that you would it out: GiftedSources.com

 

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Allen County Student Chess League

Are you interested in Chess? If so this is for you.

The league will meet on the third Saturdays of each month, with the exception of this month to begin:  October 22nd.  We will be meeting at the Lima Public Library in Meeting Room 2.  We are excited to be able to offer this enrichment experience for the children of Allen County and beyond.

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2016 OAGC Parent Day

Microsoft Word - OAGC Parent Day2016 Registration.docxDear Families and Educators:
I hope everyone’s school year is off to a great start! I wanted to reach out and personally invite you to our OAGC Parent Day on Sunday, October 16.  This day is always a great jam-packed day and it only costs $5!!! 

* Jonathan Plucker, professor from John Hopkins  Center for Talented Youth will present a keynote on: Success in College and Life:  A Professor’s Perspective

* We will then have fabulous breakout sessions from some of the best speakers in the field on topics including:

  • Great Books for Great Young Minds
  • Top 10 Things Gifted Parents Need To Know Before HS
  • Beyond Instant Information: Engaging Generation Z Gifted Students
  • Safe Havens: Providing Support for Stressed-Out Gifted Children

Parent Day is a great opportunity to network and learn from other families–and often the educational/game vendors have set up early so you can buy from them.

Thanks for your help in promoting Parent Day. Attached is a flier to email around and also attached is a photo you can use to post on social media. You also can get these attachments online:
http://www.oagc.com/files/OAGC%20Parent%20Day2016%20Registration.6.22.16.pdf

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2016-2017 Bus Schedule

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Science Series highlights Nobel prize winning efforts of Lima native William Fowler

Ohio State Lima, Lima City Schools and City of Lima work together to promote power of education
Lima is the hometown of one of the world’s most famous astrophysicists. William A. Fowler won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 for his efforts to show how all the natural elements in the Periodic Table are forged under extreme conditions across the course of a star’s lifetime.
Stardust: The William Fowler Science Series, is planned to honor Fowler’s achievements. Stardust is a collaboration between the City of Lima, the Lima City Schools and The Ohio State University at Lima.
“It is a wonderful fact that Dr. Fowler grew up in Lima, was educated in the Lima City Schools and at the Ohio State University,” said Lima Mayor David Berger. ”And working together — OSU, the Lima City Schools and the City — we have decided to showcase that fact in order to emphasize the incredible, literally mind-blowing, opportunities created by education.”
Fowler grew up in Lima and attended Horace Mann Grade School and Lima Central High School. He went on to graduate from The Ohio State University before moving to the California Institute of Technology to continue his groundbreaking work in the new field of astrophysics. His theory of the formation of the chemical elements in the universe forms the basis of our knowledge in this field, according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the original announcement of Fowler’s Nobel Prize.
Students in the Lima City Schools have been working on concepts and projects based on Fowler’s work throughout the fall term. Their projects will be on display for the culminating public event at 7 p.m., Thur., Nov. 19, 2015, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for Performing Arts at The Ohio State University at Lima. Physicist and podcaster Paul Sutter will discuss how we know what we know about Fowler’s work.
“Fowler’s work is important because it puts us in the proper context of the universe. It shows how life on Earth is a part of a larger story, a grand story encompassing the entire cosmos,” Sutter said. “And it shows how we’re connected: we don’t usually think of the distant stars as having anything to do with us, but his work showed that us and those stars were born from the same things.”
Sutter is the man behind the podcast “Ask a Spaceman” and an honest-to-goodness astrophysicist who is currently a National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Physics at the INAF Astronomical Observatory of Trieste and a visiting scholar at the Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics at The Ohio State University. The INFN is the Italian organization devoted to the study of the fundamental constituents of matter, and carries out experimental and theoretical research in the fields of subnuclear, nuclear, and astroparticle physics.
During his podcasts, Sutter likes to answer questions that bring us all closer to having complete knowledge of time and space, like What would happen if you fell into a black hole? How big is the universe? Just what the heck is a quasar, anyway?
Sutter will be working with the students prior to his visit to campus. Students at Lima Senior will interview Sutter to incorporate his experiences into career exploration projects they are developing looking at astrophysics and other sciences. Students from the South Science and Technology Magnet will interpret the scientific principles they are studying through artwork. 12-15 pieces will be on display in Reed Hall on Nov. 19.
Sutter will record two podcasts while in Lima, one at the public event and a second for a presentation to the Lima City school students at noon, Thur., Nov. 19, 2015. Students from the physics, physical science and biology classes at Lima Senior and eighth graders from the Science and Technology Magnet, West and Liberty will spend the day on campus learning how they, too, can begin to pursue careers in science, technology and the arts in Lima.

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Editors’ Note: The tentative schedule for the day follows. A follow-up release with more information about the day will come out closer to the event.
10:00-11:15 a.m. Lima City middle school students tour Ohio State
11:30 a.m.-noon Lunch
11:45 a.m. Media time with Paul Sutter
noon-1 p.m. Paul Sutter presentation and podcast #1
1:15-2:30 p.m. Lima City high school students tour Ohio State
6:30 p.m. Doors open in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts
7 p.m. Paul Sutter presentation and podcast #2. Free and open to the public.

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OAGC Members can now Access NAGC Webinars

Parents I hope that you will join OAGC and take advantage of the benefits.

As a new OAGC membership benefit, all OAGC members have free access to the NAGC Webinars on Wednesdays!  To obtain the access code, simply log in to the OAGC website, click on the general membership area and the NAGC WOW access code will be posted. Use this unique code to register for the NAGC webinars. The first webinar begins on June 10th, 2015.

If you do not know your OAGC membership log in, please contact Kay Tarbutton at sktarbutton@sbcglobal.net .

Note: If you cannot watch a webinar live, you can sign up for it and watch it later when you can.

Upcoming webinars:

Wednesday, Sept. 16
Acceleration: Making Informed Decisions
Ann Lupkowski Shoplik, Administrator, Acceleration Institute, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Thursday, Sept. 24
Creative Underachievers and the Fashion of Passion
Sylvia Rimm, Director, Family Achievement Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Wednesday, Sept. 30
Scientifically Speaking: Best Practices For Science Education with High-Ability Children
Steve Coxon, Associate Professor and Director of Programs in Gifted Education, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri

Wednesday, Oct. 7
Friendship, Character, Spirituality, and Integrity: Paths to Overall Well-being
Janette Boazman, Chair, Education Department, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Dallas, Irving, Texas

Wednesday, Oct. 14
How to Start Homeschooling Your Gifted Child
Suki Wessling, Writer, San Francisco, California

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OAGC Parent Day 2015

Parent Day 2015

The OAGC Parent Day 2015 is Oct. 11. I hope that you can make it. Here is a few things about the day.

  • First is the Division meeting–ALL parents welcome!
  • Stephanie Tolan will be the bulk of the afternoon. She will keynote and then we have a Q&A with her. She has been a past Keynote speaker at NAGC.
  • Then a parent/professional panel on how to be an advocate–from classroom level on up. The panel will be comprised of a professor from OU/parent, former Gifted Coordinator, Ann Sheldon (OAGC Director) and a parent or two. Angela Grimm will moderate.
  • The day will also feature one of the authors from the new Fordham book called Failing Our Brightest Kids, a look into how the US is doing too little to educate students to achieve at high levels.
A great jam-packed day and it only costs $5!!!
Parent Day is a great opportunity to network and learn from other families–and often the educational/game vendors have set up early so you can buy from them.

 

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The New 2015-16 Bus Schedule

Here is the 2015-16 bus schedule for all Enrichment Students.

ENRICHMENT SCHEDULE2015 2016   Google Sheets

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Enrichment to Start Soon!

The Enrichment Teachers are looking forward to meeting new students, and reconnecting with last year’s students as well. We planning out an awesome year. This year I am sure will blow your socks off!

If you are a new student and parent to the Enrichment Program please make sure you check out this site, along with your teachers websites (Mr. Shoemaker’s Website, and Mrs. Markely’s Website). There is a couple of other places to chek as as well such as Schoology, and building’s Facebook page.  Also, check out the PACES wesbite to see how you can get connected with other parents here in Allen County.

As scheduled right now all Enrichment classes will be starting August 31st. Your child should be coming home with information about the bus, lunch, class times, and which day of the week they will attend class. There will also be other important information that you will need to know.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or email your child’s Enrichment teacher. Their contact information can be located on the Contact tab.

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PACES Next Meeting: April 7

PACES is the Parents of Allen County Exceptional Students  Parent Support Group. This group meets once a month with various topics.

To keep up with updates from PACES check out their new Facebook!

April 7th PACES Meeting: Allen County Parents of Exceptional Students Presents: David Elam and Brian Conatser David and Brian will speak on the topic of productive struggle and what it means for our children in school today.

The meeting will be at the Met at 7pm. I hope to see you there.

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