When I began my tenure as assistant principal at Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School, I was introduced to the Bulldog Buddies program. The program was developed by a young special education teacher by the name of Marissa Hill. She was the lead educator in Room One33, which served special education students with low incidence (or moderate to severe) disabilities. Mrs. Hill proposed the idea to the principal at that time expressing a concern for providing increased [...]
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The Board of Directors for the Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools is proposing changes to the AIMS constitution. The constitution, containing proposed revisions, can be viewed here. AIMS members will be sent an email version of the constitution with proposed changes as well as a ballot indicating support or non-support for the revisions. Members should complete and return the ballot upon receipt.
The Association of Illinois Middle Grade Schools (AIMS) is accepting applications from schools seeking to pursue designation as an Illinois Horizon School to Watch (IHSTW) during the course of the 2016-17 academic year. Information on Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch can be found be clicking on "Schools to Watch" at the top of this page. If you are interested in hearing more about this designation or would like to discuss the application process, please contact: [...]
The AIMS Board of Directors would like to make you aware of the reason you have not received a ballot for election of officers for next year. The Board will be submitting some proposed changes to the AIMS Constitution having to do with Board composition at the Annual Meeting, which will be conducted at the Summer SPLASH on June 14, 2016. Those changes also will be distributed to members through e-mail and available on the [...]
The AIMS Summer Splash program on June 14 will feature a variety of small group presentation sessions designed to reinforce the theme of “Educating the New Millennium Adolescent”. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Bradley will lead conversations in small group settings that will cover a brain based paradigm intervention program for teens. Dr. Bradley will also facilitate an interactive problem solving discussion for middle level educators. […]
The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools (AIMS) is pleased to announce plans for the 2016 Summer Splash to be held on Tuesday, June 14, at: Central Middle School 18146 Oak Park Ave Tinley Park, IL 60477 The day begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. and concludes by 3:00 p.m. […]
The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools has arranged for an Administrator Roundtable event: Friday, April 22, 2016 Location: Highland Middle School 310 West Rockland Road Libertyville, Illinois 60046 Host Principal: Jon Hallmark Registration and Continental Breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m. The session will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude by Noon. This is a great opportunity to share Middle School challenges and successes. More info
Spread the word and your student could win cash prizes for their writing skills. The Bertie - sponsored by Lisa Lewis Tyre, author of Last in a Long Line or Rebels, a civil war middle school reader - is a short story contest for youth ages 11 - 13. THE BERTIE A Short Story Contest for students ages 11 – 13 Entries accepted March 1 – April 1 Prizes: 1st Place $250 2nd Place $150 [...]
The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools is proud to announce the New and Re-Designated Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch for 2016. Newly Designated: Central Middle School. Evergreen Park, IL Evergreen Park School District 124 Principal: Rita Sparks Re Designated for the 3rd Time: […]