News & Announcements

The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools is proud to announce the New and Re-Designated Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch for 2014.

Newly Designated:

  • Kaneland Harter Middle School. Sugar Grove, Illinois. Principal: Bryan Zwemke.
  • Clifford Crone Middle School. Naperville, Illinois. Principal: Allan Davenport
  • Nathan Davis School. Chicago, Illinois. Principal: Santos Gomez

Re-designated for the 3rd Time:

  • Gordon Gregory Middle School. Naperville, Illinois. Principal: Steve Severson
  • Indian Creek Middle School. Waterman, Illinois. Principal: Paula Kennedy.

Congratulations to the new and re-designated Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch. They will be recognized locally at the AIMS Summer Splash on June 17 and nationally at the Schools to Watch Conference in Washington D.C. on June 26 and 28.

For more information on becoming an Illinois Horizon School to Watch, please contact John Viano at

The Standards Based Grading Workshop to be presented on April 15 in Countryside, Illinois is completely “sold out”.

In response to the unprecedented interest in this topic, the AIMS Summer Splash event on June 17 in Tinley Park, Illinois will focus on Student Assessment, Student Growth Measurements and Grading. We will feature a keynote speaker as well as April and Matt Zawlocki presenting sessions throughout the day. Also featured will be presentations related to best practices in middle level education.

Please mark your calendar for June 17. Summer Splash registration will open in mid April.

The 2014 AIMS Summer Splash is set for Tuesday, June 17 at Central Middle School in Tinley Park, Il.  One theme for the day will be “Measuring Student Growth:  Assessment and Grading”  Our Keynote speaker will be announced soon.   This event will also feature “breakout” presentations on middle grade specific topics of interest to all educators.  Please mark your calendar and look for more information on the 2014 AIMS Summer Splash.”

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An exploration of current grading practices and alternatives..

Tuesday, April 15.  Holiday Inn, Countryside, IL.

Have you ever really thought about what grades mean to you? This workshop will examine common beliefs about grading and introduce you to some new ideas and alternatives.  Standards-based-grading explores how to make small changes to your current grading practices by making them more meaningful and impactful.