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Call for 2018 Summer Splash Presenters

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. [...]

Call for 2018 Summer Splash Presenters2018-05-24T15:31:20+00:00

2018-19 Schools to Watch Information

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 [...]

2018-19 Schools to Watch Information2018-05-23T16:49:22+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00


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+00:00

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+00:00
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Upcoming Events

  1. AIMS Administrator Roundtable

    April 26, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm