• 2017-2018 Events & Resources

     

    Please visit the Barrington Council for Gifted and Talented (BCGT) website for other events and activities!

    The BCGT is a non-profit organization of parents and educators whose common purpose is to support gifted education in School District 220. Visit their website at https://bcgt220.org. Engaging student activities and parent support can be found here!

     

    Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC)

    National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

    edXFounded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.

     

    Northern Illinois University STEMfest
     
     
    Location: NIU Convocation Center (1525 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115)
     
    Audience: Students & Parents
     
    STEMfest celebrates innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Northern Illinois University STEM departments, student groups, regional corporations, museums, educators, and national labs are joining forces to present hundreds of activities that range in complexity to entertain people of all ages.  More information can be found at http://www.niu.edu/stemfest.

     

    Information Night for Parents of Students New to the Program

    Date & Time: November 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Location: Station Middle School, Media Center

    Audience: New Parents

    Parent of new students to the Extended Services Program are encouraged to join the Director, Dr. April D. Jordan, for a presentation of general program information. We will review placement criteria, the continuum of services, and how you can support your extended learner.

     

    Free Weekend Seminars for Parents

    Date & Time: Various, visit the Northwestern Center for Talent Development website (click here)

    Location: Various

    Audience: Parents

    Center for Talent Development's Weekend Enrichment Programs (WEP) offer free seminars for parents open to all Chicagoland families and available at WEP sites in EvanstonNapervillePalatine, and Chicago, Illinois. 

     

    BCGT Parent Speaker Event

    Title: Giftedness & Academic Underachievement: What Lies Beneath

    Date & Time: October 3, 7:00 p.m.

    NEW Location: BHS, Guidance Resource Center (GRC). Enter through main doors and turn left to find the GRC. This event has exceeded the capacity of the former location.

    Audience: Parents

    Andy Mahoney is a recognized expert and pioneer in the field of counseling the gifted and talented. He is the founder of The Center for Identity Potential – a leading provider of counseling and consultation services geared specifically to gifted, talented, and exceptional people. During his presentation Andy will share his expertise on how to help your gifted student achieve to their full potential, how to identify and address academic underachievement, and how undiagnosed learning problems can impact gifted and talented students.
    Register at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f49a5ac22aaf49-giftedness or through the link on the BCGT website - www.bcgt220.org .
     
     
    NOTE:  This event is subject to cancellation if an attendance minimum is not met by September 29th...RSVP today

     

2016-2017 Events & Resources

  • Please visit the Barrington Council for Gifted and Talented (BCGT) website for other events and activities!

    The BCGT is a non-profit organization of parents and educators whose common purpose is to support gifted education in School District 220. Visit their website at bcgtdotorg.wordpress.com. Engaging student activities and parent support can be found here!

     

    Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC)

    National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

    edXFounded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.

     

    Tony Schermetzler, casting producer for a television production company in Los Angeles, is putting together a new game show for NBC featuring super-smart students, age 8-12.  The show, Genius Jr., will film this summer and will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
     
    The students will work in teams to solve logic, math, and critical thinking puzzles while they compete to win an amazing grand prize (most likely a college scholarship-or similar).
     
    Please see the digital flyer if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity!
     
     
    Tony Schermetzler
    Casting Associate Producer
    Genius Jr. flyer

     

    Saturday, April 22: The 7th Annual Barrington Math Invitational. Teams must be preregistered with a teacher at thier homeschool. Special thanks to our teachers, volunteers, and additional sponsors- the BCGT and Mathnasium of South Barrington! 

     

    Extended Math Curriculum Pathways Presentation.Spring 2017: Click to view

    History of Extended Math and MEGSSS

    Many years ago, the middle school extended math experience was created –in part– by adopting portions of a project originating at Washington University in St. Louis for gifted and talented math students called Math Enrichment for Gifted Secondary School Students (MEGSSS). In the Barrington Extended Services Program, students in 6th grade have journeyed through Math in Focus materials and experienced two selected units of the Elements of Mathematics Foundations (EMF). Students in grades 7-9 complete additional units of this program as part of their curriculum. Over time, the name MEGSSS became part of the Barrington extended math culture; however, the true tenets of the MEGSSS project were never fully aligned with the revised learning standards. With such alignment, there are some necessary adjustments to our current program...

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    Please view the presentation above to learn more about the the recommended sequence of math content for students in the Extended Services Math Program. A more robust experience will result in the middle grades, allowing students to navigate the full sequence of the research-based EMF courses! It is important to note that the name itself is changing simply to Extended Math (gr. 6-9). However, the same resources used in the past have been updated and will continue to be used!

       

    April 6, 2017: Prairie Transition Night for Incoming 6th Graders, District 220 

    Walk-about fair to get information pertaining to curriculum, various programs, and extra-curricular activities at the middle school. Join the administrative school team for a presentation, also.

    Time & Location: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Prairie Middle School Campus
    Intended Audience: Parents of incoming 6th grade students.

     

    April 5, 2017: Station Transition Night for Incoming 6th Graders, District 220 

    Walk-about fair to get information pertaining to curriculum, various programs, and extra-curricular activities at the middle school. Join the administrative school team for a presentation, also.

    Time & Location: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Station Middle School Campus
    Intended Audience: Parents of incoming 6th grade students.

     

    April 11, 2017: (Spanish) Sunny Hill School Transition Night for Incoming 6th Graders, District 220 

    Join the administrative school team for a presentation regarding middle school health requirements, counseling support, Camp Middle School, and more.

    Time & Location: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunny Hill Elementary School
    Intended Audience: Parents of incoming 6th grade students (Spanish session).

     

    Feb. 23, 2017: Summer Opportunities Event (sponsored by the BCGT).

    Time & Location: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Barrington Area Library 
    Intended Audience: Parents and elementary and middle school students.

    Summer Showcase Flier, BCGT 2/23/2017 

     

    Feb. 7, 2017: Navigating BHS as an Extended Student (sponsered by the BCGT).

    Time & Location: 7:00-8:30 p.m., Barrington Area Library (first floor meeting room)
    Intended Audience: Parents and middle school students

     

    Consider visiting the Midwest Torrence Center for Creativity for weekend and summer opportunities! 
    Visit their website to sign up and get more information.

    • Saturday, Jan. 21, 28 and Feb. 4. Winter 2017 Saturday Workshops for students in grades PreK-8.
      Location: Buffalo Grove, Meridian Middle School

      2017 Winter.Saturday.Buffalo Grove download brochure details
    • Sundays, Feb. 26, March 4, 11, and 18. Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder for students in grades PreK-8.
      Location: Barrington, Prairie Middle School

      2017 Winter.Worlds of Wonder download brochure details
      

    Jan., 25: Parent University- Challenges of Parenting the Gifted & Talented Learner, Presenter Andy Mahoney from the Center for Identity Potential.

    Time & Location: 7:00 p.m. at BHS in the GRC (front doors, turn left, across from the Commons)
    Join us for an evening presentation with Andy Mahoney, the founder of the Center for Identity Potential and Identity Potential, Inc. He is a recognized expert and pioneer in the field of counseling the gifted and talented. His expertise spans nearly 30 years as a counselor, family therapist, and trainer of mental health professionals. Andy will recognize and discuss the challenges of parenting gifted and talented learners, while also exploring the role of student executive functioning in education.

     

    Jan. 19, 2017: Science Night for Students (sponsered by the BCGT).

    Time & Location: 6:30-8:00 p.m., Prairie Middle School Campus (in the Commons)
    Join us for a STEM night of experimentation and exploration! Science consultant Sue Lenz will again partner with us for BCGT's annual science night for elementary and middle school students.  This event is free to members and $10 per student for non-members. Parents are welcome to attend - students in 1st and 2nd grade are required to have an adult present.

    Register your student at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0F49A5AC22AAF49-2017
    ***high school volunteers are needed for this program.  If your high school student is interested please have him/her contact Jill Bauer at BHS.

    BCGT Science Night Flyer

     

    Jan. 19, 2017: Parent Night with D. 220 Superintendent, Dr. Brian Harris (BCGT sponsored event)

     

    Time & Location: 6:30-8:00 pm, Prairie Middle School - Media Center
    While the kids are exploring science, we invite all parents to stay in the Prairie library for a discussion about the future of gifted education in 220. We are thrilled to have Dr. Harris for the evening. We think it’s a great endorsement for the importance of gifted education in our district as well as recognition for the efforts BCGT has made (and will continue to make) on behalf of the extended community.

    Register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0F49A5AC22AAF49-parent

    Do you have a question for Dr. Harris or a topic you would like for him to discuss?  Please send an email to bcgtmembership@gmail.com by January 10th with your question or topic.

     

    Nov. 16: Extended Services: Welcome to Our Program, informational session (REPEAT SESSION FOR NEW FAMILIES)

    Time & Location: 6:00-6:45 p.m. at Station M.S. Library.
    Intended Audience: Parents with students in grades 3-8 new to the Extended Services Program who qualified this fall. 


    Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., BHS Auditorium:  Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees & Wannabees.

    Wiseman will offer step-by-step advice on how to teach young people to speak more freely about themselves and use these skills and awareness to treat each other with dignity. She'll also show proven ways to deal with the common struggles and communication breakdowns between children and their parents and how to apply that knowledge to the larger context of social justice for all. Books will be available for purchase before the talk and book signing immediately after. This event is supported and funded by the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation and the PTO Presidents' Council. RSVP here, tickets $10.
     

    Nov. 7, 12:00-2:00 p.m.: BCGT Membership Required. Parent Lunch and Learn with District 220 Administrators, Dr. Becky Gill and Dr. April Jordan
    Location: District 220 James Street Office – Conference Room
    Assistant Superintendent of Elementary and Operations for District 220, Dr. Becky Gill will join BCGT parents and Extended Services Director, Dr. April Jordan, for an informal discussion regarding how policies are made and why, how they differ from administrative procedures and programmatic procedures, etc. Dr. Gill will also discuss the district strategic plan and how gifted education fits into it. Dr. Jordan will provide an update on ES program goals and survey parent interests' for topics regarding a future Parent University. Light lunch will be served at no charge for BCGT members. Contact the BCGT for information (see above).

     

    Nov. 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m.: BCGT STEM Event for Students, Grades 6-8.

    Location: Barrington library  |  Presented by TinkRWorks (www.tinkrworks.com)
    Middle School Students are invited to join us for a fun, hands on, evening focused on light. During the evening, students will have the opportunity to tinker with a wide assortment of fun and de-LIGHT-ful activities including LED flashlight making. Free for BCGT members/ $5 for non-members. Only 40 spots available – register today at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f49a5ac22aaf49-middle.
     

    Oct. 13, 14, & 15: A Midsummer Night's Dream production

    The Barrington High School theater program is proud to present A Midsummer Night's Dream. This accessible and fantastical comedy is appropriate for middle school students and is a terrific introduction to Shakespeare. Please consider bringing your family to this special production to witness the comedy, amazing costumes and beautiful set. The show runs October 13-15, and tickets can be purchased online at barrington220.org/boxoffice.
    Midsummer Night's Dream Poster  

     

     

    Sept. 27: Extended Services: Welcome to Our Program, informational session 
    Time & Location: 6:00-6:45 p.m. at Station M.S. Library.
    Intended Audience: Parents with students in grades 3-8 new to the Extended Services Program.
    (Chinese Immersion Back-to-School Night, Parent informational session following, Station Cafeteria, 7:00 p.m.). 

     

    Sept. 23: BCGT Annual Family Game Night

    Time & Location: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Barrington Area Library, Meeting Room 
    Register at www.bcgt.org
    BCGT Members – Free, Non-Members - $10 per family collected at the door


2015-2016 Events & Resources

2014-2015 Events & Resources