Reach Parent Group


Hello D205 REACH Parents!
Current Contents:
Please find detailed information on each topic below. 
  • New! Recording of REACH Appeal Information Meeting (occurred on April 5, 2021)
  • New! Updates about D205 proposed changes to REACH Program here.
  • Next Reach Parent Meeting (Apr 16, 2021)
  • Last Reach Parent Meeting (Mar 12, 2021)
  • Exciting Math Enrichment Opportunity
  • REACH School Representatives
  • Updated!  Enrichment and Parent Resources

Last updated: 4/12/21

REACH Appeal Information Meeting

On Monday, April 5th at 7:00pm, there there was a webinar held to share information for families who are interested in the appeal process or who are new to the district and would like their child assessed for the REACH program for the 2021-2022 school year. Please find the presentation and recording here


April 16, Friday, 11:30 am (duration 60-90 min), will take place on Zoom (connection info TBA). Topic: Appeals & Update from 3/16 BOE Presentation. Open to all D205 parents. Please join us! 


March 12, Friday, 11:30 am (duration 60-90 min), took place on Zoom. Hear from York freshmen, former REACH Program students and creators of Tuesday Technologies "Tools for students, by students", Jeffrey Lu and Joe Byrne. They will share their executive functioning tools, partially built in response to being more effective AP/Honors, high school learners, juggling extracurricular activities, volunteer/work demands and other commitments. Click here to review the meeting minutes. Click here to see the Tuesday Technologies website reviewed in the meeting. 

Exciting Math Enrichment opportunity

Are you interested in logic puzzles, strategies and math? Check out this information for Math Enrichment Zooms. This free enrichment, run by York math team students, consists of five hour long zoom sessions for 7th and 8th graders in District 205. (Note, this is enrichment not tutoring.) Contact with any questions. The first (not consecutive) session was at the end of January, and sessions run monthly through May. Register here. Join any time!


Each elementary and middle school has a REACH representative(s). Contact him/her with any questions, comments, meeting topics, and/or any item “REACH" related. 


Updated! We have recently updated our list of helpful resources for you - please click here to access them.



Thank you from REACH Teacher


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 area of focus includes:

  • 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. 

Study Skills Workshop A Success!

On Saturday, Sept. 28, a group of 8th and 9th grade students participated in a pilot program centered around study skills presented by the REACH Parent Group. The program was led by Theresa Robinson, PhD, Elmhurst College.

Initial feedback from the participants was largely positive. The large majority of participants — 88% — said they would take action on at least one thing they learned during the session and that the program provided them with new information on how to improve their study skills.

The Reach Parent Group will discuss the results and ideas on how to further the conversation as part of the next Reach Parent Group meeting on Thurs. Oct. 17 at 1:30 in the Sandburg Maker Space. All are invited to join the discussion.

Click here for details on the presentation.


Recommended Reading

The 2019 ThriveD205 kickoff featured the fantastic and exuberant author of How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims. During the 2019-2020 school year, REACH parents met to discuss this book and incorporate many of her "words of wisdom" throughout the school year. REACH parents highly recommend this book!


The REACH PTA sent out a THANK YOU video developed by REACH students and parents to the School Board Members.  This video was a simple way to show our gratitude for the REACH program.  Check out the video here!