News & Announcements

Author of Last in a Long Line of Rebels, Lisa Lewis Tyre is sponsoring her annual contest THE BERTIE. Open to middle grades students, with $600 in prize money.


  • The submission window is between September 1 and September 30
  • Writers may submit only one story per contest year
  • Stories must be written by only one writer
  • Writers must be ages 10, 11, 12, or 13 years old
  • Previously submitted or published stories will not be accepted
  • Story must be no longer than 1500 words total
  • Story MUST contain a senior citizen (65 or older) as a character,  no matter how minor.

For more information, or to submit your story, visit

Congratulations to the 2017 Re-designated Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch

Gregory Middle School. Naperville. Re-designation IV
Indian Creek Middle School. Waterman. Re-designation IV
Springman Middle School. Glenview. Re-designation II
Crone Middle School. Naperville. Re-designation I
Nathan Davis Middle School. Chicago. Re-designation I
Kaneland Harter Middle School. Sugar Grove. Re-designation I

For more information on Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch, visit Schools to Watch page.

To find out how your school can become an Illinois Horizon School to Watch, contact John Viano.

Mark you calendar for the following AIMS events scheduled for the 2017-18 academic year.

We hope you can join us for one or all of these activities. Additional programs will be announced over the course of the coming weeks.

*Thursday, September 19: AIMS Administrator’s Roundtable. Mattoon Middle School. Mattoon, IL

*Friday, October 20: AIMS Administrator’s Roundtable. Rotolo Middle School. Batavia, IL

*Thursday, December 7: AIMS Network Institute. Suburban Chicago location

*Thursday, June 14: AIMS Summer Splash”

Look for more information on these and other AIMS events, coming soon.

Recently, there has been much discussion related to the future of Middle Grades Teacher Licensure in the state of Illinois.

At the AIMS Summer Splash on June 15, Lori Ladesic of the DuPage County Regional Office of Education provided a presentation session on the topic for those in attendance.

Lori has provided an Illinois State Board of Education document which explains the future of Illinois Middle Grade licensure. The document contains scenarios that can help provide answers to commonly asked questions.

We hope you will find this a helpful reference tool!

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