School to Watch: Stevenson Middle School Builds Professional Learning Communities Stevenson Middle School builds its PLCs one relationship at a time. A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is an organizational structure that matches a middle school approach perfectly. One pillar of a successful middle school is a structure that allows teams a common planning time. Stevenson has offered this professional time to its teachers since its inception in 2014. Team leaders, both past and present, have [...]
Illinois Horizon Schools Honored with National Recognition at the Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, D.C.
In June, four AIMS network schools recognized as Horizon Schools to Watch for 2018 were honored and actively participated in the National Schools to Watch Conference. Olympia Middle School was recognized upon their initial designation as a School to Watch. In addition, the Olympia team offered a presentation session for Conference attendees on their Skills Based Grading program. The Olympia team was also selected to make a trip to Capitol Hill for a visit with [...]
School may be out, but summertime learning is in session! The Association of Illinois Middle-grade Schools (AIMS) is hosting a professional development opportunity on August 1, 2018 at Chiddix Junior High in Normal, Illinois. This exciting annual event features presentations from practicing educators and encourages networking and collaboration between middle school professionals from throughout the state. 2018 AIMS Summer Splash Gather resources for the new school year Learn strategies to strengthen your middle school concept [...]
Call for Presentations The Association of Illinois Middle-grade Schools (AIMS) is seeking presenters (individuals or teams) for the 2018 Summer Splash event scheduled for Wednesday, August 1st at Chiddix Junior High in Normal, Illinois. Presenting at Summer Splash is an opportunity to celebrate your success and best practices with colleagues from around the state. Presentations focusing on social emotional learning support strategies, student growth mindset, resiliency, student efficacy, technology, and student advocacy are welcome. [...]
It’s time to apply for the 2018-19 school year! The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools is proud to work in conjunction with the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in the administration of the Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch Programs. Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch (STW) demonstrates academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structures and processes designed to support a trajectory toward excellence. To apply for STW recognition, or redesignation, for the 2018-19 [...]
AIMS EdCamp Learn. Engage. Collaborate. Saturday, April 28, 2018 Illinois State University, DeGarmo Hall, Normal, IL […]
The 2018 Summer Splash is scheduled for August 1st! Mark your calendars, details coming soon!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]