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)

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    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...


    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

    April 23: 6th Annual Barrington Math Invitational 

    April 30: STEM Fair (elementary students) at Barbara Rose Elementary School 

    April 18-22: Art Portfolios due at home school, Grade 5

    April 15 BCGT Event for 5th Graders 
    6:00-7:30pm at Barrington Public Library
    Come join the first annual 5th grade Meet & Greet! This is a chance for you to meet other extended students who will be attending the same middle school. Pizza, Social Networking and Stem will be provided.  Space is limited so RSVP on the BCGT website (link below). Free for members, $10/non members. Reserve a spot: http://bcgtdotorg.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/

    April 5, 2016: Shakespeare Theater field trip to Navy Pier, Grade 5. 

    March 29, 2016: 5th to 6th Grade Transition: Station Middle School Campus, 5:45 p.m. 

    March 31, 2016: 5th to 6th Grade Transition: Prairie Middle School Campus, 5:45 p.m.  

    March 7, 2016: Author, Jessica Lahey, BHS auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

    Barrington Speaker Series invites interested community members to an evening with New York Times bestselling author Jessica Lahey Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Barrington High School Auditorium. Lahey is the author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. 

    A middle and high school educator, Lahey is also a parent and regular contributor to the New York TimesThe Atlantic and Vermont Public Radio. During her presentation, she will talk about the value of disappointment and encouraging children to take risks at home and at school. The book will be available for purchase at the event and Lahey will sign books immediately following her presentation. 

    This free event is hosted by the Barrington Speaker Series and sponsored by theBarrington 220 Educational Foundation and PTO Presidents' Council. Since 2008, the Barrington Speaker Series has hosted well-known authors and speakers like Dr. Madeline Levine, Dr. Carol Dweck and Paul Tough. RSVP here. 

    Continue the conversation about The Gift of Failure at a LINK Barrington parent coffeeWednesday, March 16 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Barrington Area Library. Discuss the themes of responsibility and failure from the book with Barrington 220 educators. The LINK Barrington parent coffee will focus on middle school-aged children, but parents of students from all grade levels are welcome to attend. RSVP requested.  

    February 11. 2016: Parent University
    Supporting the Social and Emotional Growth of the Gifted Child and Young Person through Creativity and Critical Thinking
    Presented by Dr. Joan Smutney, The Center for Gifted. This informational session will provide parents and others with an overview of how to best support the gifted learner's social and emotional needs by way of tapping into his/her creativity and critical thinking. 

    February 4, 2016: BHS Transition Night for 8th Graders. BHS, 7:00 p.m.
    January 14, 2016: Extended Art Showcase Night and 8th Grade Art Open House.  BHS, 6:30 p.m.
    December 8, 2015: New Parent Welcome, Extended Services Families. Please call (847) 842-3544 for information and to RSVP.  
    *Spanish translation available the evening of event.  Click here to view the evening's presentation.
    The Center for Gifted, weekend student opportunities! (Click for 2016 winter brochure and details).  
    The Center for Gifted, weekend student opportunities! (Click for 2015 fall brochure and details). 
    September 21, 2015: Parent University
    Overview of Giftedness: Facts and Myths
    Presented by Dr. Tonya Moon, University of Virginia. This informational session will provide parents and others with an overview of the current theories and definitions of giftedness, myths about gifted students, and frequently asked questions.
    August 30, 2015: Meet & Greet the New Director of Extended Services and Staff Development, April D. Jordan.
    Partnering with the Barrington Council on Gifted and Talented (BCGT) parent group, April will be meeting parents and cultivating relationships at the Barrington Public Library (Zimmerman Room) on August 30th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please stop by to say Hello and introduce yourself! 
    *Spanish translation available the evening of event. 

2014-2015 Events & Resources