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REACH Parent Group (a committee of the D205 PTA Council) is a parent group dedicated to supporting gifted and talented programs (grades 3-8) in District 205 and encouraging higher level educational opportunities for ALL District 205 students. Our areas of focus include:

  • Providing parent and student resources for gifted and advanced learners
  • Organizing advocacy at local and national levels
  • Sponsoring and/or promoting academic-based extra-curricular activities that are accessible to all students
  • Collaborating with REACH teachers to provide additional resources and student opportunities. 


Thank you from REACH Teacher



Please join our next REACH Parent Group meeting on Thursday, November 11th @ 7 pm IN PERSON at the District Office (162 S. York St., conference room 217).   Dave Beedy, Director of Math and STEM will present the middle school and high school math pathways for our REACH students.  In addition, we will have several York Students and parents available to share their experiences to help bring this to life.  They will talk about how REACH helped prepare them for High School and what choices and trade-offs they made along the way.  Mr. Beedy's portion of the meeting will also be shared via ZOOM (ID: 880 1397 4599, Passcode: 026332) however we encourage in-person attendance for Q&A and discussion.

LAST REACH Parent Group Meeting

The last RPG Meeting will took place on Thursday, October 14th on Zoom at 7 pm. We had REACH teachers sharing and celebrating their work, as well as discussion about Mathletes and Family Math Nights. Please see the Elementary Schools' REACH Teachers Presentation which was reviewed at the meeting. The meeting minutes are posted on the RPG Meetings webpage..

REACH Parent Group Kick Off Meeting

The REACH Parent Group kick off in-person meeting for the 2021-22 school year took place on Thursday, September 9th, 1-2 pm, at the District Office, 162 S. York, in conference room 217.  The meeting minutes are posted on the RPG Meetings webpage.

Welcome to Kerry Leuschel

We are excited to welcome Kerry Leuschel to District 205 as the Director of Curriculum and Instructional Supports. She will also serve as the D205 contact person for the REACH Parent Group.  Please join us in welcoming Kerry!

“Hi REACH families!  Prior to joining D205 as Director of Curriculum & Instructional Supports, I worked in CPS for the last 12 years as a teacher, Assistant Principal, and most recently as the Principal of George Westinghouse College Prep for the last 3 years.  I am excited to work with you and support your students!” - Kerry

NEW 2021-22 RPG Chairperson

Meet Sarah Jensen, 2021-2022 REACH Parent Group Chairperson! We are honored to welcome Sarah Jensen as our new Chairperson.