News & Events

October 19th, 2021

Coalition Event on October 19

The WA Coalition for Gifted Education is hosting an online benefit to raise money to lobby for HiCap legislation in WA state.

Join the Washington Coalition for Gifted Education to hear Northshore's own Austina De Bonte give the updated version of her signature talk:

Smart is not Easy: What Research Says about Highly Capable Learners

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
6:30 - 8:30pm
Online via Zoom

This online presentation will cover the latest research and neuroscience about highly capable learners, informing the most pressing concerns students are facing at home well as in the classroom. We’ll discuss the social-emotional characteristics of HiCap learners, ranging from perfectionism to executive function difficulties, as well as the recent neuroscience that is helping explain where these characteristics may be originating, giving us big insights on how best to support students. We’ll also touch on twice exceptionality, grit, underachievement, with practical tips to use at home or in the classroom.

Special Bonus: Hear the Coalition's latest progress, our big plans for this legislative session, and why we see universal screening for highly capable students as not just a good idea, but a social justice issue - and essential for the future of gifted education in Washington state.
Get tickets here

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August 26th, 2021

We are also looking to appoint reps for a 1 year term for these positions. Have interested candidates email
  • the newly formed Kenmore EAP program
  • elementary rep for the Northshore Virtual Program (must intend to do virtual the whole school year)
  • secondary rep for the Northshore Virtual Program (must intend to do virtual the whole school year)

July 9th, 2021

HiCap Summer Events!

The HiCap Parents Council is pleased to share the following playground dates with our community. These summer events are intended for incoming EAP students, continuing EAP students, and non-EAP HiCap students (including students with a single HiCap designation as well as those with dual designations receiving services in non-EAP classrooms) from any school. Please join us with your family to meet a few new friends (kids and parents!) and ease the transition back to school - and possibly the transition to a new school building. Per school district policy, face masks will be worn at all summer events.

Northshore Family Partnership 
Terra Droney,
Sunday, August 15 from 10am - 1pm
Curriculum Fair & Park Playdate at Cottage Lake Park, Picnic Shelter 1

Canyon Creek
Carson Sanderson,
Tuesday, July 13 10am-noon: 2nd grade on Canyon Creek playground
Thursday, July 15 10am-noon: 3rd grade on Canyon Creek playground
Tuesday, July 20 10am-noon: 4th/5th grade on Canyon Creek playground
Thursday, Jul 22 10am-noon: rain date on Canyon Creek playground

Hollywood Hill
Liz Wong, 
Thursday, August 26 from 4-6 pm on the Hollywood Hill playground 

Qing Starks,  
Thursday, August 19, 4-6pm on the Kokanee playground 

Gavin Doyle,  
July 31 @ 10am on the Lockwood playground 
Saturday, August 14 @ 10am on the Lockwood playground 
Saturday, August 28 @ 10am on the Lockwood playground 

Veronica Webb, 
Thursday, August 5 4:30pm-6:00pm at the Moorlands playground  
Saturday, August 21 10:30am-12:00pm at the Moorlands playground 

Karishma Singh-Chowdhry,  

Sunrise PTA Summer Playdates at Cottage Lake Park, Picnic Shelter 1 
Thursday, July 22, 3-5 pm
Saturday, July 31, 11-2 pm
Thursday, August 5, 11-2 pm
Saturday, August 7, 11-2 pm

Anita Chaudhary,  
No events planned.

Ruby Bridges  
Sean Qu,  
No events planned. 

May 21st, 2021

It's time to elect representatives to the HiCap Parents Council for next school year!
Every student/family in the district has a representative on the council.

EACH FAMILY should vote ONLY ONCE PER REPRESENTATIVE, regardless of how many kids they have in a particular program, or how many parents/guardians are involved.

Voting will close at 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 3. Thank you to all of the nominees who stepped up to serve our students and families!

Monday, March 9th 

Clips and Conversation with The G Word Film - Starring Northshore!: 
Did you know that a national movie crew filmed at Northshore last winter? Was your child's classroom filmed (you would have signed a permission form)? Northshore superintendent, Dr. Michelle Reid, is a prominnent figure in the movie. The footage will be used in a feature documentary called "The G Word" -and the director is coming to Woodinville on March 9 to give us the first peek at the new Washington state footage. Come see Northshore on the big screen, and support a great cause to help get this important movie finished!

Donna Y. Ford has just been added to the panel!
Tickets available now, early bird pricing in effect until March 2nd, two tickets for $80. All proceeds support the post-production costs to finish the upcoming feature documentary, THE G WORD.

Join us on the evening of Monday, March 9th at Brightwater Center in Woodinville to meet multi-award-winning filmmaker Marc Smolowitz, director/producer of The G Word, and for an early look at work-in-progress scenes from the upcoming feature documentary. Marc will present a brand-new clip featuring footage shot in the Northshore School District and Washington State - produced especially for the Northwest Gifted Child Association - and never before screened for a live audience.
Director/Producer Marc Smolowitz, scholar Dr. Donna Y Fordand NWGCA President Austina De Bonte will also have a lively discussion on the power of storytelling as it relates to the social and emotional needs of our nation’s gifted and neurodiverse populations.
Tickets available now, early bird pricing in effect until March 2nd, two tickets for $80. All proceeds support the post-production costs to finish the upcoming feature documentary, THE G WORD.

Details: 👉 HERE

Monday, March 9
7:00-8:45 p.m.

Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center
22505 State Route 9, Woodinville, WA 98072

Cost: $50
Early Bird Pricing: 2 tickets for $80 until March 2

Saturday, March 28th 

"What Parents Need to Know About Smart Kids" Lecture and Learning Experience presented by Austina De Bonte:
Many people are surprised to learn that their bright child’s unique “quirks” are actually well-studied social & emotional behavior patterns in high IQ kids. Whether it’s refusing to wear shirts with buttons or tags, overreacting to the slightest criticism, gravitating towards adults and older children, forgetting to turn in their homework, trouble with handwriting, anxiety about trying something new, or preferring a book to a party, these and many other perplexing behaviors are common in the HiCap population.

Come hear the talk that has been presented to dozens of parent and educator communities across WA state. It is a whirlwind of gifted 101, covering:

- Definitions, bell curve, asynchrony
- WA laws overview
- Twice exceptional, including spotlights on stealth dyslexia, vision processing, and CAPD
- Executive function and latest neuroscience about high IQ brain
- Emotional characteristics (sensitivity, intensity, perfectionism, neuroscience basis, etc)
- Social development asynchrony
- School fit, grit & growth mindset
- Considerations for equitable identification and access

The workshop format provides time to dig into deeper content as well as engage in guided discussion. The goal of this workshop is to give you research-based perspectives and new tools for your toolbox, whether you are a parent or an educator.

Tickets on sale: 👉 HERE

Saturday, April 25th (12:30 -5:30pm)
Central Washington Hi-Cap Conference
Northwest Gifted Child Association is proud to host a mini conference for families and educators of gifted children in Central Washington on the afternoon of April 25 in Yakima.  Presentation topics will help families learn more about the unique traits of gifted children, how to be an effective advocate for your gifted child, and how to nurture our gifted children both in and out of the classroom. Presenters include Austina De Bonte, Marcia Holland and Amanda Gustafson, local experts in the field of gifted education.

Light refreshments will be provided. WA State Clock Hours provided for educators.
Please join us for this exciting event!

12:30 p.m. Welcome
12:45-2:45 p.m. Session 1: What Parents and Educators Need to Know About Smart Kids presented by Austina De Bonte
2:45-3:00 p.m. Break
3:00-4:30 p.m. Session 2: How to be a Powerful Advocate for Your Gifted Student presented by Marcia Holland
4:30-4:45 p.m. Break
4:45-5:30 p.m. Session 3: Help! How do I find age-appropriate books for my gifted reader? presented by Amanda Gustafson
*Schedule subject to change

Saturday, April 25
12:30-5:30 p.m.
​Educational Service District 105 Support Site
Yakima, Washington
Cost: $35 + bring a guest for just $15 more

Tickets on sale: 👉 HERE