Extended Services Barrington 220 School District

Extended Services Program Philosophy: We believe the purpose of the Extended Services Program is to support children with a unique profile of strengths, talents, and/or abilities whose needs exceed the core curriculum.

Winter Updates 2018-2019

Winter Highlights

The Extended Services Program meets the needs of children and youth with outstanding talent who preform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other children and youth of their age, experience, and environment.

Extended Services meets the needs of 831 students in grades 3-8 (including 9th grade math) in District 220.

Our inclusive program meets the needs of a variety of high ability students:

  • 10% of our extended students are twice-exceptional
  • 10% of our extended students are of low socio-economic status
  • 48% of our extended students are female
  • 52% of our extended students are male

The Barrington Council for Gifted & Talented (BCGT), the non-profit parent partner-group will be supporting extended teachers by awarding $2,000 in grant money this year. Thanks to all of you who are members of the BCGT!

Program & District 220 Accolades & Recognitions

Congratulations to Georgia Nelson for being awarded the Bonnie Park Leadership Legacy Award at this year's Illinois Association for Gifted Children Conference (IAGC) on Jan. 31st! As one of the co-teachers of the Extended Self-Contained Program, Georgia has played an invaluable role in our district over the years. She will be retiring at the close of this school after twenty-seven years of teaching...truly one of the best!

The Hough Redwoods Robotics Team- finished 10th place at the state tournament on Jan. 19th, 2019 (see team photo below).

A successful Barrington High School (BHS) Arts Open House took place on Jan. 17th, 2019. Extended art students displayed artwork in the BHS gallery. Additionally, students took a field trip to tour BHS art classes, observe students in action, and ask questions (photo below).

Extended 8th grade science students had a visit from the BHS Department Chair, Julie Baylor, to learn about the science course pathways in high school on Jan. 10th, 2019.

Some middle school science students are preparing entries to the Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS).

Many middle school English Language Arts students have entered into the Daughters of America Revolution and Patriot's Pen writing contests; some of whom have placed as winners or received honorable mention. Good luck to those reading at the Youth Awards celebration!

Our elementary 4th-5th grade Extended Reading students attended the Chicago Children's International Film Festival at BHS. Awarded winning, short films from around the globe were viewed and discussed.

100% if the 2019 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists came through the Extended Services Program.

Barrington District 220 Named Best School District in IL by 24/7 Wall St.

Consistently Ranked in Top 5 School Districts in IL by Niche.

National Blue Ribbon Awards received.

President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Math & Science received.

Winter Updates, 2018-2019

Talk to your child's teacher...

Keep the lines of communication open with your child's teacher(s). The best information is balanced between what you observe at home as a parent, what your child shares about school and the subject-areas being explored, and garnering the teacher's point of view. When in doubt about your child's strengths and growth areas, call or email the teacher. We are a team of professionals here to support your child. Their success is our success!

Extended Spring Review

Brief Explanation of Student Screening & Identification Process (click here for more details) for Extended Services Placement:

All students in District 220, grades 2-7, are universally screened each spring for potential placement into Extended Services the following fall. Services occur in grades 3-8 (9th grade math). No parent request is required. Conversations about your child's instructional needs should occur with the teacher(s) by March, if you feel your child has an instructional need that is beyond the core curriculum.

Student identification criterion:

Hough Redwoods Robotics Team, 10th place winners at the state competition.

Up & Coming Events

BCGT Member Only Event – Navigating BHS as an Extended Student, hosted by BCGT- CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, February 5, 2019. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Barrington Area Library
  • Audience: Current Extended Services 8th Graders and Parents/Guardians
  • Description: Do you have an 8th grader taking extended classes who has questions like, “Should I take AP World History? What science classes should I take in high school?” For answers to these questions and more, join us for a Member Only event for 8th grade students and their families. A panel of current BHS extended students will provide information and answer questions ranging from class selection to balancing homework and activities. This event is separate from the BHS transition night, because we’ll focus solely on choices and questions of extended students. Past attendees have found this event very helpful and you won’t want to miss. Registration is required.
  • Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0444ADA9229-navigating

Summer Showcase, hosted by BCGT

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. NEW DATE/WEATHER
  • Location: Barrington Area Library
  • Description: Need ideas for classes, enrichment or camps for summer? Check out our summer showcase. More information coming soon...

Science Night with Mr. Freeze & Guest Speakers (John Bruesch, Asst. Sup. & Dr. April Jordan, Director of Extended Programs & Staff Professional Development), hosted by BCGT

  • Date & Time: Wednesday, March 6, 2019. 7:00-8:00 p.m. NEW DATE/WEATHER
  • Location: Prairie M.S. Campus
  • Audience: Students (science event, cafeteria) & Parents (speakers, media center)
  • Description: Please join us for a fun night of science exploration for students! Dr. Harris and Dr. Jordan will offer a session for parents regarding the district's profile and successes of the Extended Services Program.
  • Description: Please join us for a fun night of science exploration for students! Dr. Harris and Dr. Jordan will offer a session for parents regarding the district's profile and successes of the Extended Services Program. BGCT Members Free! Non-members $10/family; collected at the door.
  • Please RSVP on the BCGT website: https://bcgt220.org/upcoming-events/

Parent Networking: BCGT

Check out the Barrington Council for Gifted & Talented website to learn how you can become a member. BCGT is a non-profit organization of parents whose common goal is to serve as a resource and advocate to talented students, their families and those who educate our children. They are a community of members who facilitate connections between families of highly capable children to help further their knowledge of how to best support children academically, socially and emotionally...

"Stay warm & cozy!"

Department of Teaching & Learning

April D. Jordan Ed.D., Director of Extended Services & Staff Professional Development

| Email ajordan@barrington220.org • Office 847-842-3529 • Fax 847-381-1007

310 E. James St., Barrington, IL 60010 • www.barrington220.org


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