Gifted Education, Advocacy and Resources
Sycamore GEAR is a parent-led group that serves families in Sycamore Community Schools, locatedĀ in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio.

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 The next book for Sycamore Society, GEAR's Reading Adventure Club for Grades 3-6 has been announced!


Climbing the Walls

If your student is already starting to climb the walls in anticipation of Winter Break, we may have the answer for you.  The December 14th meeting of The Sycamore Society will include a discussion
of our literature selection,
Kneeknock Rise by Natalie Babbitt,
a healthy snack, and hours of indoor rock climbing at Climb Time of Blue Ash. 
"But our December calendar is already crazy," you say.  Well, this meeting is designed to relieve your stress, not create it.  Just fill out the waiver included on the Climb Time website, and drop your 3rd through 6th grade student off for the rock climbing fun.  You've just earned 3 hours of extra holiday shopping time or a quiet dinner in a real restaurant.
Visit The Sycamore Society blog site at for details and registration. 

 Read about the Club's past adventures on our "Past Years' Events" tab.



The Next Event!

Coffee and Conversation with Kristen Rojas
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January 9, 2015
9:45 am

Symmes Elementary Multipurpose Room

Testing can be stressful for both students and teachers, especially when it’s done in a new format. 

The new PARCC and AIR Assessments use technology enhanced items that will look very different to students as well as ask them to “construct their responses” vs. “selecting their responses”. 

This session will provide an overview to question type and level of rigor on the new assessments. Participants will have the opportunity to review PARCC & AIR sample items in terms of curricular content application, Depth of Knowledge alignment and technology skill requirements.  Participants will have a greater understanding of the challenge that is facing our students as they undertake the new assessments.



Kristen Rojas is an educational consultant for Hamilton County ESC with extensive experience in the area of gifted education. In her role with Hamilton County ESC, Kristen provides mentoring to both new teachers and  administrators.

She also plans, facilitates and presents on various educational topics to districts throughout Ohio and Michigan. She has worked as an  English teacher, Alternative High School Coordinator, Gifted Education Coordinator and Elementary Principal. Kristen has also served as an Adjunct Professor for Miami University teaching graduate level classes in curriculum and instruction for gifted students. She was chosen by Cincinnati Public Schools to start the first public magnet school for gifted students, Cincinnati Gifted Academy, now Hyde Park School.


Did You Know?

 To view the current guidelines and protocols for Gifted Identification and Services, please visit the Sycamore Community Schools website under Departments and Student Services or just click here:

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GEAR Sponsors Reading and Adventure Clubs for Sycamore K-6 Students
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Sycamore GEAR sponsors two reading/adventure clubs: Book Worms, for Sycamore K-2 students; and The Sycamore Society, for 3rd-6th grade students.
lub members meet to socialize, discuss, and enjoy an activity related to the current book selection. Visit our "Past Years' Events" page for a glimpse at just some of our fun activities.
reregistration is required for participation. Club membership is free; occasionally, a fee may be charged for events or materials to help defray costs.
To learn more or to register, email Stephanie Bruner at
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