Upcoming Parent Meetings
Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory (HCL PA)
Three meetings are scheduled for the HCL Parent Advisory for the 2021-22 school year. These meetings are opportunities for parents of students identified highly capable to meet, to learn together, share resources, and to discuss various topics related to highly capable students’ supports. Meetings are open to all, please come join in the learning, sharing and connection. No RSVP needed, just come and join in!
Agendas, presentations and notes will be posted here.
HCL Parent Advisory Dates:
- October 19 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on Zoom (agenda, zoom link, notes, presentations)
- February 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (agenda, notes, presentations)
- May 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (agenda, notes, presentations)
Agenda for October 19, 2021, 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Welcome & Introductions Families of Newly Identified HCL – Oct 19 2021 Agenda
Purpose of Parent Advisory
Resources and opportunities for support and enrichment
Topic of Focus: Family engagement and supporting your child in school and at home
NEW Families of Highly Capable Learners Introduction Meeting
For families with newly identified highly capable learners, please join us on October 19, 2021 from 5:30-6:15 for an introduction to highly capable in Bellingham Public Schools. Our goal for this time is to welcome you and to provide an orientation of some characteristics of highly capable learners and resources to support their development. (agenda, zoom link)
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Families of NEWLY Identified Highly Capable Learners
Welcome & Introductions
Overview of HCL approach in Bellingham Public Schools
Common Characteristics of Highly Capable Learners
What to expect for supports and opportunities
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
American Math Competition – AMC 10/12 & AMC 8
The AMC 8, AMC 10 and AMC 12 are the nation’s leading mathematics competition for middle school and high schoolers and are designed to cultivate the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem solvers.
AMC 10 and AMC 12 The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. Students in grade 10 or below and under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 10. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum including trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry, but excluding calculus. Students in grade 12 or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 12.
The AMC 10/12 took place online last year on February 10, 2021, we had 18 students participate. This year, registration is open currently and the event takes place in November.
High school students are invited to consider participating in the online annual American Mathematics Competitions 10/12 on Nov. 16, 2021. The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The AMC 10/12 is the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad. You can also find additional information, resources and descriptions including practice problems, and considerations on the link above. If you are interested in taking part in the AMC 10/12 in November, please fill out this form by Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. The AMC 10/12 is an online test. Additional information will be shared after you submit the form.
AMC 8 The AMC 8 is for students in middle school and covers middle school math topics, to include but not be limited by, counting and probability, estimation, proportional reasoning, elementary geometry including the Pythagorean Theorem, spatial visualization, every day applications, and reading and interpreting graphs and tables. In addition, some of the later questions may involve linear or quadratic functions and equations, coordinate geometry, and other topics covered in a beginning algebra course.
This year we will offer the AMC 8 also, registration is open currently. 2021-22 AMC 8 takes place in January.
Middle school students are invited to consider participating in the online annual American Mathematics Competitions 8 on January 18, 2022. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment. You can also find additional information, resources and descriptions including practice problems, and considerations on the link above. If you are interested in your child taking part in the AMC 8 in January, please fill out this form by Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. The AMC 8 is an online test. Additional information will be shared after the form is submitted.
Parent Night, Nov. 17, 2020
Guest speaker Austina De Bonte presented on understanding and supporting the social and emotional needs of highly capable learners for our November 17, 2021 Parent Night. Ms. De Bonte is an advocate for parents and educators of highly capable students and has a wealth of knowledge on this topic. This flyer has more information about her and the workshop. To request a recording of this event please contact Cindy.Thompson@bellinghamschools.org
Past Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory (HCL PA)
For the 2019-20 and into the 2020-21 school years we had a learning focus that thread through the parent advisory meetings around the social and emotional learning needs of students, especially targeted toward the needs of gifted students. This included the topics of anxiety, self-management, relationship skills, and other related topics identified by the group at the November 2019 meeting. Meetings, minutes and presentations can be found on the Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory webpage.