Dyslexia 101
October 17th 7pm
The Public Meeting Room at the Kenmore Fire Station 7220 NE 181st Street, KENMORE, WA 98028

Laura Rogan, author of Wired for Reading, will present the science behind identifying dyslexic students and designing intervention. This presentation is jointly sponsored by the HiCap Council and SEPAC, the first of a series of talks about learning disabilities and other issues that can affect both HiCap and Special Ed kids. If you have a child who struggles with any of these things: writing, spelling, conventions, punctuation, phonics, math word problems, reading comprehension on standardized tests (but not necessarily in their own reading), your child may have a form of dyslexia. Dyslexia is way more common than most people realize, and for high IQ kids, they usually read fine and even above grade level, because they learned to read with “sight words” rather than phonics. Many HiCap kids aren’t formally diagnosed with dyslexia until middle school (or later) – but just like any learning disability, early intervention is best, and early identification is extremely helpful. If you wonder if this might apply to your child, please come and learn more!

HiCap Information Night
October 24th 7pm-8pm
Northshore PAC (Bothell High School, 18125 92nd Ave NE)

This annual presentation is done by the District HiCap Administrators. Members of the HiCap Parents Council will also be attending and will be available to chat before and after the presentation.

What Parents Need to Know About Smart Kids
October 27th 7pm-8pm
NSD Admin Building (3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell

Your child’s unique “quirks” may actually be well-studied social & emotional behavior patterns that appear across large populations of highly intelligent children. Learn what’s normal, what to expect as they grow, and why HiCap school programs are optimal for kids’ social and emotional development, as well as developing their academic talents. Presented by Austina De Bonte, President of Northshore HiCap Parent Board, and President of NW Gifted Child Association.

Information from the NSD HiCap Website. Click here to go directly to the NSD website.

Application Period for 2017-18 Placement Begins Oct. 3
Applications/nominations are submitted online. Links to the forms will become available here on Oct. 3. Deadline for submission of nominations/applications is 4:00 p.m. on November 4, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Nomination/Application process for students currently in:
Kindergarten and grades 8 through 11: Parents, or anyone with knowledge, of a student may nominate him/her for highly capable consideration. Please note that, at the kindergarten level, only NSD-enrolled students will be tested.

Grades 1 through 7: Parents of students may apply for highly capable testing.

Elementary HiCap Application Checklist

Secondary HiCap Application Checklist

Testing Information

Appeals Process

Every summer the HiCap Parents Council arranges park dates for new and returning EAP and AAP students. This is a chance to see old friends and get to know new classmates before the school year starts. Here are the dates for this summer, with contact email addresses in case you would like to volunteer to help with organizing!

EAP, all schools: July 30, 2 – 4pm, Blythe Park in Bothell, bplottner@yahoo.com
Bear Creek, all school: August 30, 4pm, Rotary Park by Woodinville High School, jakub@oleksyfamily.com
Shelton View EAP: August 27, 3:30 – 6pm, Cedar Grove Park in Bothell, bplottner@yahoo.com
Sunrise EAP: July 24, 2-4pm, kavitsinghk@gmail.com
AAP, all schools: August 12, 4:30-6:30pm, Miners County Park in Bothell, austinad@hotmail.com

The event What is AAP Really Like? is tomorrow, March 16th, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at the Main Administration Building (3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell).

This talk is intended for families who have been offered placement into the AAP program for 2016-2017. The talk will include a panel of students and their parents from the various AAP and Junior High HiCap programs to share their experiences and help answer questions.


Join your friends in the HiCap community for an afternoon of board gaming, Sunday February 28 from 2:30-5:30 PM, at the Brightwater Center (22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA 98072-6010).

  • All ages, family, and friends are welcome. But space is limited! Reserve your seat at Sign Up Genius.
  • If possible, please bring age appropriate games for your family or to share. A pool of board games will also be available.
  • This is not a drop off event–children need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • Donations of time (putting away tables & chairs at the end of the event) and/or money (towards hall rental costs) are appreciated.
  • Snacks will be available for purchase.
  • Feel free to come late or leave early. Some “between games” activities will also be available.
  • Directions to Brightwater are here. If you haven’t been there before, it is slightly north of Costco on Highway 9. The community center is at the very end of the driveway to the left. There is ample parking.

Thanks to the Northwest Gifted Child Association for co-hosting this event.

Save Our Challenge will be hosting a brainstorming session at 7pm on Tuesday February 9th at the Community Room at McMenimans in Bothell (18607 Bothell Way NE). We invite you and anyone interested in making our successful Challenge Program even better in our middle schools to attend this community input opportunity. At this meeting we will be brainstorming ideas about various program models that could be used when Northshore transitions from a Jr. High configuration to Middle school. We will collect all input and synthesize it into a proposal to be delivered to the school board as an addition or alternative to the recommendation soon to be proposed by the Middle School Grade Reconfiguration Task Force. We hope to solicit and then propose ideas that are in the best interests of ALL of the district’s children even if they haven’t been considered yet by the District. Please join us on Tuesday to be a part of the solution!

Helping Your Child Thrive:
10 Tips For Raising A Well-Rounded Adult

What should parents do to help their children thrive? What are the most important things kids should be learning to find their path? What skills will they need to develop to become capable adults? Join parent educator, Myla Rugge, for a lively, interesting discussion about what parents can do to help their children develop life-skills that will serve them now and in the future.
January 20, 2016 – 7:00pm

Northshore School District Administrative Center, Boardroom
3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA 98021-8972

Myla Rugge is a parent educator who specializes in the transition to parenthood, as well as parent development. Her knowledge of parenting practices combined with her experience in higher education gives her a unique perspective when talking with parents about raising kids. Prior to becoming a mom, she worked with students in the Office of Admissions at the University Of Washington, School of Medicine, as well as an Academic Adviser in the University of Washington Undergraduate Advising Office.

There are lots of things going on, so apologies in advance for the long email.

Transportation. If you are having issues with EAP or AAP busses, please be patient as the schedule shakes out. If things continue to be problematic, email transportation@nsd.org. You can fill out a bus stop request form to request a different stop. You can also fill out a sibling waiver form to ask if a sibling can ride the EAP bus. You can also ask for a stop closer to you so that your child can ride the junior high bus to attend elementary music at your EAP child’s assigned school, even if you are outside that junior high area. Also note that Leota & Northshore JH afterschool activity busses will be including AAP hub stops in their routes this year.

Survey. Remember the survey we did at the beginning of the summer?  Here are the results. The topline is that families in EAP and AAP are generally very happy – but that families seeking in-school HiCap services via clustering & differentiation have been more frustrated, both for elementary and junior high. The detailed results including all verbatim comments (and there were lots!) were shared with the HiCap administrators this summer.

Challenge Petition. It is looking increasingly that the Junior High Challenge program is in jeopardy, in favor of having mixed ability classrooms in the new middle schools in 2017-18. Whether you have a student who went through Challenge, or have an elementary student looking forward to Challenge in the future, if dedicated Challenge classes with like-minded peers is important to you, please sign the petition and help spread the word.

Info Night  K-8 Highly Capable Parent Information Night is Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 7-8 p.m., at the Northshore Performing Arts Center. Come learn about the K-8 Highly Capable Programs and identification process for students interested in consideration for highly capable services in the 2016-17 school year. Applications/nominations for students in current grades K-11 will be accepted Oct. 1 – Nov. 3, at 4 p.m.
While this is an official district event, HiCap Parent Advisory Board reps will be there to answer questions before and after the presentation. If you are hoping to test your kids for HiCap this year (for services next year), we strongly encourage you to attend, regardless of grade level. We have heard there may be some changes this year.

Save the Date! This year’s What Parents Need to Know about Smart Kids will be on October 21 at 7-9pm in the Board Room of the Northshore Admin Building, 3330 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell. If you have a hicap kid, you need to hear this information. More information when the date gets closer.

Big Name Speaker! Dr. James T. Webb is coming to Tacoma on October 13! Dr. Webb’s bio is long and amazing, he literally wrote THE book on parenting hicap kids, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear him speak in person. This FREE event is open to the public, sponsored by Seabury School. More information

Conferences. October is conference season. The annual WA state HiCap teacher’s conference is WAETAG, and will be happening on October 16-17 in Tacoma. Also the Oregon OATAG conference will be October 10 in Portland, OR. If your child’s teacher is looking for more support, either would be a great resource to suggest. FYI, the district did make professional development available to teachers over the summer who would have HiCap students in their classroom.

SENG groups. There are two SENG discussion groups starting up this month – Seattle/Wallingford on Monday mornings, Bellevue on Monday evenings. These discussion groups are a great way to both learn and get support from other parents about parenting complex, sensitive, intense hicap children. More information

If you are interested in joining a SENG discussion group in Woodinville, please reply to this email with your preference for mornings or evenings. If we can get a critical mass of people interested, Austina may be able to host another group. Last year’s group found the experience very rewarding, and continues to meet monthly.

Phew, that’s all for now. More later.

Hope you are having a great back to school!
The HiCap Board