Reach Parent Group

LATEST NEWS--updated 10/21/2020

Hello D205 REACH Parents.
Please find helpful information below. 

REACH Parent Group, October 16, 11:30am Zoom Meeting
8th Grade Parents: MATH Information Meeting, November 5, 7:00pm Zoom Meeting
REACH School Representatives - Know your school rep
Enrichment & Parent Resources
  • (via Elmhurst Public Library)
  • Newly Researched Resources
  • Center for Gifted (Elmhurst location) Unique Programming
  • IMSA (Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy) Virtual Fall Programs, STEM At Home
  • Northwestern CTD (Center For Talent Development), Online Fall Programs 
  • Illinois Virtual School MS Fall Courses
  • Ava's Summer Science School Year Edition
  • Additional Parent Resources
Helpful Links

8th Grade Parents: MATH Information Meeting- Thursday, November 5, 7:00-8:30 pm, Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 819 5594 8370, Passcode: 114195). 

In anticipation of York HS course consideration for incoming freshmen (current 8th graders), The REACH Parent Group invites you to learn and discuss the math transition from 8th grade into high school. An overview of the York pathway will be shared from District 205 Director of STEM Education, Dave Beedy and York HS Math Department Chair, Erik Westerberg. York parents will also be on hand to share their advice on the math course selection piece. We'd like this to be an interactive session. 

Here are some district resources you can access in advance of this meeting: York math pathway chart, Incoming Freshmen Info (incl. PSAT), and York Math Course Offerings. We look forward to a relevant, informative and interactive exchange. Questions? Contact Reach Parent Group Chair

REACH School Representatives - 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. 

Helpful Links

REACH Parent Group


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.


2019-2020 REACH Parent Group - Book Discussion

If you missed the ThriveD205 kickoff with the fantastic and exuberant author, Julie Lythcott-Haims, don't fret! Come to a meeting and join us as we incorporate many of her "words of wisdom" throughout the school year. But be sure to get a copy of the 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!