OWjL Summer Program applications will be available December 1st.  Look for more info on their website.


edX (An online, free resource for coursework) just released new modulues for a vareity of courses.  Check it out for ideas!




Looking for a cool, interactive website that helps kids create, share and view animated programs.  This is a great way to get kids learning but also give them computer time!       
Check out this link for cool online mysteries.  Students read a short story for clues then solve the mystery! 
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.  

In the past, many parents have mentioned to teachers about wanting book lists that would present challenging books with appropriate content for their 6th and 7th grade gifted readers.  I'm attaching some promising book lists I found online that will hopefully help point you in the right direction. 

As always, I'm going to suggest that you attempt to move your child into classics whenever you can.  Although contemporary literature offers fantastic plot and themes, classics help kids grow because of the story, vocabulary and sentence sophistication.  Please contact me if you have specific questions or need help finding a book for your child.  It is all about how we market or "sell" the book to students! 

ttp://  (All classics organized by concept, includes many titles of importance in classical children's lit.) (Fantastic website for parents- Book lists are organized in a variety of ways.  You will find many unique titles on this site.) (A great public library page devoted to classic children's lit.) (If you are concerned about content, etc... This website provides titles, summaries and links to investigate the book/contents.  Great resource!) 

Hello and Welcome to another promising school year!  I'm very excited to be returning for my third year as the middle school Language Arts Gifted Specialist.  As the ELA GS, I am one part of the partnership that exists between you, your child, and your child's teacher. As a team, we will work together to ensure that your child's emotional and academic needs are being met at the highest level possible within each classroom setting.  I am very excited about the possibilities inherent in this position and look forward to meeting all of you soon.   

I believe very strongly in positive communication between schools and families. I sincerely hope that if any of you have questions, concerns, ideas, etc... you will not hesitate to contact me. My contact info is listed below.  

Joan E. Miller
ELA Gifted Specialist
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools 

(614) 269-4824

I am originally from a tiny little town outside of Cleveland.  After graduating from high school as an identified gifted student, I studied at the Kent State University Honors College.  While there, I was lucky to be accepted into a special program for honors students interested in teaching.  I intimately understand the need for gifted students to have the opportunity for enrichment or specialized programming.  Because of this special program, I spent three years of my four years as an undergrad in a 1st grade classroom in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Following my graduation from Kent, I taught 3rd grade for three years in the Cleveland City Schools. I then relocated to Columbus and taught 3rd and 4th grade for three years in the Columbus City Schools.  While pursuing my graduate degree from Otterbein University, I was fortunate to be offered a job in Gahanna. I have spent the last ten years at South teaching 8th grade English.  For all of those ten years, I have been fortunate to teach the accelerated and gifted 8th graders.   It is no secret that I love working with gifted students and look forward to getting to know all my GATE students this year and in the future. 

Personally, I'm excited to finally be a Gahanna resident.  My husband, daughter and I just recently built and moved into a new home in Blacklick.  We are thrilled with the community and want very much to raise our child in this fantastic school system.  Grace is a 4th grader at Blacklick Elementary and loves her school.  We look forward to seeing all of you out and about in Gahanna!

What exactly does a GS (Gifted Specialist) do?  
A gifted specialist is a very important part of the GATE program at the middle school level.  We act as a liaison amongst teachers, parents, administration, and students.  We support teachers as they look for ways to enrich and challenge their gifted and talented students.  We are also available to co-teach or pull small groups for enrichment or extension activities as agreed upon with the classroom teacher.  We also coordinate placement, scheduling and testing as it relates to our students.