Gifted and Enrichment Programming

Seminar 2017-18

The Challenge seminar group will meet eight times together this year.  Four of those times we will meet at Central Office to participate in cooperative group activities with a social studies focus.  The other four dates we will travel to the Ohio History Center for some exciting hands-on experiences.


Seminar December 6, 2017
Our trip to the Ohio History Center last Wednesday involved three major activities: a self guided Museum Quest during which we searched for answers to questions provided by the museum staff; a Domestic Tour that took us through the pioneer homestead and the Lustron House (a definite favorite!); and, an activity that enabled us to handle items that are kept behind glass.  Your child held a moustache cup - several even guessed its use - a helmet from World War I, the skull of a longnose gar, and yellow glass that has uranium in its composition which glows in fluorescent light. 
Seminar November 15, 2017
Continuing with our museum theme, we had two galleries filled with 34 vintage and/or unique items.  The students rotated through both galleries to guess what each item was used for.  Then with a partner, they researched one item using any clues found such as patent number or manufacturer's name.  After lunch, we shared the results of our research and were able to compare findings with our guesses.  
The last portion of the day was spent doing a team building survival activity.  Each child prioritized ten items from a list of 30, necessary for survival.  They then worked in a small group to compare, share and reprioritize.  This activity will continue in January.
Seminar October 10, 2017
We hope that your child has shared experiences from her/his day at the Ohio History Center.  We arrived at the center by 10:15 and had a quick orientation. We then divided into groups, for several hands-on activities which included:
  • Information about the archaeological process, the actual dig, followed by analyzing our finds and drawing conclusions;
  • Searching the displays to find the geographical location, era, and purpose of several artifacts.  During this time, we also learned how to use a pump drill to make a necklace, grind corn using a stone tool, and attempted to piece an artifact together.  
The students worked well together, listened intently to the volunteers and gave thoughtful responses.
Following in Ancient Footsteps at the Ohio History Center


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Seminar September 14, 2017

We had an excellent day, the first day of seminar! Forty-five third through fifth grade students from all of the elementary schools came together to prepare for our October field trip to the Ohio History Center.

Using items from the First Ohioans kit provided by the Ohio History Connection, one of our group rotations involved a scavenger hunt. Students viewed artifacts and read about them, while searching for clues. In another rotation, students created a brochure, either with a partner or individually, on a specific mound located in Ohio. We hope to complete the work in November and put together a booklet that could guide you if you choose to visit one of these sites in the future. The last rotation was an opportunity to create an “artifact” using a gourd, (which was pictured in several of the paintings from the Ancient Ohio Art Series), and items that could have been found in Ohio several thousand years ago.

Gifted Coordinator
Mr. Don GarvicMr. Donald Garvic
Vocie: (740) 393-6767

Gifted Intervention Specialists
Mrs. Holly Trask
Columbia Elementary and Twin Oak Elementary
Mr. Mark Bohland
Pleasant Street Elementary and Dan Emmett Elementary
Mrs. Tracy Kanuckel
Wiggin Street Elementary and East Elementary
Mrs. Esther Sadoff
Mount Vernon Middle School
Voice: (740) 392-6867 Ext. 5834
Gifted and Enrichment Programming Policies and Forms
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   - revised:  September/2017
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   - revised: September/2017
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