Reach Parent Group

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WHO WE ARE

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. 

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LATEST NEWS


NEXT REACH PARENT GROUP MEETING

Please join us in person on Thurs. 5/9/24 for a lunchtime meeting from 12-1pm in the District 205 Building (162 S. York St.) - Room 202.  We will be discussing: elementary and middle school math enrichment accomplishments, middle school Instructional Materials Updates for 2024-25, the new accelerated math track for non-REACH students starting in Grade 6* (decision in 5th grade - how does this affect your elementary and middle school students' eventual math track?), an update on the REACH program review, and school representative rosters for next school year.  Please see the May Meeting Agenda for details. Contact your school representative with any questions. You do not need to have a student in the REACH program to attend these meetings. We look forward to seeing you.

*See the 4/23/24 Illustrative Math Middle School Accelerated Pathway presentation slides and recording, presented by Dave Beedy, D205 Director of STEM Pathways, and Kerry Leuschel, D205 Executive Director of Secondary Education.


LAST REACH PARENT GROUP MEETING

The REACH Parent Group met on April 11 from 7-8 pm in-person at the Elmhurst Public Library.  We reviewed our events from this past school year and made plans for the REACH Parent Group for next school year. If you are looking to become more involved in the REACH Parent Group, please click here.


UPDATES ON REACH IDENTIFICATION PROCESS

Families were notified of REACH placement by Friday, February 16th. 

Appeals: To view REACH appeals timelines and placement guidelines for the 2023-2024 appeals window (for placement in 2024-2025), please see the D205 REACH website, and click the grade-specific rubrics.


REACH Parent Group Communications

Please see the REACH directory and/or the REACH School Representatives webpage to contact your school's REACH teacher, REACH Parent Group representative or REACH PG committee members. We are here to help you!

Watch this REACH Parent Group website for lots of valuable learning and information from prior speakers and meetings.

Please also sign up for our REACH Parent Group Communications and follow our D205 Facebook groups as outlined on the New to REACH Parent Group webpage.


23-24 RPG MEETINGS SCHEDULE

Our REACH Parent Group (RPG) meetings will take place on the second Thursday of every month.  We will do our best to ensure a mix of day and evening meetings and will record meetings wherever possible. Most meetings will occur via ZOOM to accommodate our large group's varying schedules; however, we do plan to host some in person (e.g., a movie night, a high school student discussion panel, etc.) The entire REACH Parent Group meeting schedule can be found on the RPG meetings page.


Summer 2023 "NEW TO REACH" PARENT MEETINGS

The REACH Parent Group hosted two Zoom sessions for families “NEW to REACH” math and/or ELA program(s) for the 2023-2024 school year. You can view the D205 REACH Overview slides presented at these meetings online. All of the information reviewed will also be posted on D205's REACH website