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Congratulations to the 2018 New and Re-designated Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch

Newly Designated: Olympia Middle School. Stanford, IL Stevenson Middle School. Melrose Park, IL Re-designated: Emerson Middle School. Niles, IL (Re-designation III) Granger Middle School. Aurora, IL (Re-designation III) Hickory Creek Middle School. Frankfort, IL (Re-designation III) Highland Middle School. Libertyville, IL (Re-designation I) Jack London Middle School. Wheeling, IL (Re-designation III) For more information on Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch, visit the Schools to Watch page on this website. To find out how your school can become an Illinois [...]

Congratulations to the 2018 New and Re-designated Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch2018-04-20T18:46:01-04:00

Middle Grades short story writing contest

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. Guidelines: 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 [...]

Middle Grades short story writing contest2017-08-25T14:59:48-04:00


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 [...]


Mark your calendars!

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 [...]

Mark your calendars!2017-07-10T17:02:54-04:00

Teacher Licensure

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 [...]

Teacher Licensure2017-07-10T14:21:03-04:00

Thank you!

The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools (AIMS) would like to thank attendees and supporters who took part in the Summer Splash event on June 15 in Naperville. Special recognition to our host, Gregory Middle School and the many presenters who helped make the day special. AIMS is especially grateful to the Meemic Foundation and Dwain Ackerman for contributions and support of the Summer Splash program. Please visit the Gallery section of the AIMS website for [...]

Thank you!2017-07-10T13:11:59-04:00

2017 AIMS Summer Splash

The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools (AIMS) is pleased to announce further details for the 2017 Summer Splash to be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017. The event site is: Gordon Gregory Middle School 2621 Springdale Circle Naperville, IL 60564 The day begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. and concludes by 3:00 p.m. […]

2017 AIMS Summer Splash2017-05-18T13:59:14-04:00
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