AIM FAMILY UPDATES
8th GRADE FAMILIES
Refer a New Family to Art In Motion!
From March 15th - April 23rd, ALL Art In Motion families and students can win
with our new referral program!
This week teachers emailed important letters addressing students who are currently off track in one or more class. We are nearing the end of the school year, and the goal is to ensure all of our students are promoted to the next grade. Teachers are working diligently to ensure that success is achieved; however, we need students' and parents' support to make it a reality. If a student is off track in any course, they are highly encouraged to use Spring Break to catch up!
Be advised; teachers will not be available to respond to student or parent inquiries March 29-April 4. If you have questions regarding your child's progress, please do not hesitate to reach out for support starting Monday, April 5th.
Contact your child's teacher and/or mentor to follow-up - staff emails are here on our website. Remember, all families have 24/7 access to Summit Learning and Synergy to monitor student progress daily:
AIM Educational Multiverse AIM is dedicated to building a strong educational experience for both our Roomies (those who will be coming on campus in April) and our Zoomies (those who will learn remotely). We call our concurrent model the AIM Multiverse, a way of providing high quality, equitable educational experiences for all of our students. Be sure to contact the Student Support office if you have any questions or need assistance with our shift to the Multiverse.
April Return To Campus Families Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Student & Family Expectation Video, Expectation Presentation, and Parent Facing Document. It's important we are all on the same page with expectations in order to build an engaging and safe learning environment come April 12.
If your family or student needs a doctor, contact our partners at Angel Harvey Family Health Clinic!
Let them know you are from Art In Motion. They are taking appointments!
Week of March 22 IMPORTANT INFO!
Our daily schedule for the week of March 22nd will see some slight shifts in order for our staff to spend time in Professional Development leading up to the launch of our Learn At School Learn at Home Plan.
Please review the information below and support your child in attending classes and completing assigned work during this last week of the 3rd Quarter:
Spring Break is from Monday, March 29th - Friday, April 2nd. School resumes Monday, April 5th (no Community of Care, fully remote learning). The Learn At School Learn at Home Plan begins Monday, April 12th. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, your child’s mentor, and/or teachers with any questions.
Families who have signed up for In-Person learning on April 12 can anticipate communications in the coming week regarding procedures, protocols, and expectations for families and students. Be on the lookout for emails, videos, and online communications that further clarify how the April return will look.
LEARN@SCHOOL Families who are preparing for In-Person Learning, starting April 12, 2021:
It was SUCH A JOY to welcome our AIM Teachers and Team home to campus this week!
AIM Corner Store The end of the quarter is a great time to rack up Bodega Points towards the AIM Corner Store. Remember that you can get points for completing projects/PFAs, staying engaged in virtual learning, and exhibiting CREATIVE behaviors. Crush your content and end the quarter on a high note.
Spring Break/Summer Learning We know how tough it’s been learning online and staying on track. Utilize the time leading up to Spring Break (and during Spring Break if you need to), to catch up on your work in order to avoid Summer Learning. Reach out to your mentor and teachers to set goals, get clarity on assignments, and set appointments for office hours.
To all IN-PERSON AT SCHOOL families that need School Physicals, this clinic is taking appointments! Updated school physicals are required to return to the building in April.
We are quickly nearing the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Quarter 3 ends March 25th. Students should plan to spend next week ensuring they are on track in all courses. Students who are not on track by the end of the school year will be required to attend our Summer Learning Academy.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your student’s Arts teacher, fill out the Ask Us Form or sign up for office hours using THIS link!
Help Grow Our Community!
We are continuing our push towards our 7th and 8th grade lottery deadline of April 23, and we would love your help sharing the great story of Art In Motion to prospective families!
From March 15th - April 23rd, ALL Art In Motion families and students can win with our new referral program. For every new family that completes an application for the 2021-22 school year before 4/2, and mentions your name on the application, you will win a school
Current Community Care Families: The last day of Community Care is Friday, March, 19. We will reopen our campus building on April 12 for In-Person learning, and your child’s schedule will be different. Please see the information below for more details.
LEARN@SCHOOL Families who are preparing for In-Person Learning, starting April 12, 2021:
Refer a New Family to Art In Motion!
8th Grade Families: Go CPS Applications
Ninth grade results for the first round will be released on Friday, April 30, 2021, between 5:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. CST. All applicants will receive their results via their online GoCPS account. An online GoCPS account will be created for paper applicants using the email address or phone number on the paper application; information will be emailed to paper applicants to assist them in accessing their online accounts. During the week of April 26th, all applicants will receive instructions via email on how to access their results.
3rd Quarter Progress Reports
All students and families will be receiving an e-mail by the end of the day today from their mentor with our 3rd Quarter Progress Report Letter and a Progress Report for English, History, Math, and Science. Arts and Spanish teachers will send a separate progress update for their courses no later than Monday, March 22. This is an important check-in and key information is provided around student progress and requirements to successfully end the school year. Students must pass each course by the end of the year with a 70% C- or higher. Students with incomplete courses below a 70% C- will be required to attend Summer Learning in order to pass and be promoted to the next grade level. Contact your child’s mentor, teachers, and/or school leadership with any questions.
Spring i-Ready Testing (7 & 8 th Grade only)
Beginning the week of March 15th through March 26th, our 7th and 8th graders will begin taking the Spring i-Ready Diagnostic Assessment. i‑Ready is a comprehensive assessment and instructional program that empowers educators with the resources they need to help all students succeed. The Diagnostic assessment will not be graded but will be used as a resource to determine students' readiness for state learning standards. The student data will help guide teacher's instruction to personalize learning pathways for students. We are excited to witness student's growth from fall to spring. To prepare students for the assessment, encourage them to relax, take their time, and do the best they can. Please revisit the link i-Ready.com/FamiliesAssessAtHome and watch the video to learn more about i-Ready and its excellent benefits to fostering positive learning experiences for students. If you have any questions or concerns about testing, please reach out to Ms. Whitaker via email, email@example.com.
Be on the lookout for Arts Progress Reports coming to you before Monday, March 15th!
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the AIM ARTS TEAM Members via email or use our Ask Us Form or Sign up for office hours using THIS link!
All-City Elementary and High School Visual Arts Exhibitions
The spring exhibition will be curated by the CPS Department of Arts Education, and will showcase 2D, 3D, and time-based artwork by CPS high school students. All students in grades PreK–12 from any CPS school (including district-managed, charter, contract, and options schools) are encouraged to submit work. Teachers, students, parents, and guardians may all submit artwork on behalf of students. The submission window is open until April 22, 2021.
As a reminder, seniors students’ artwork submitted to the All-City Visual Arts High School Exhibition by March 26, 2021 will immediately be made eligible for potential inclusion in the Art on theMART exhibition if it meets the selection criteria (please visit here for more information). Artwork must be submitted through one of the ACVA High School Exhibition portals to be considered for both the Art on theMART exhibition and the ACVA HS Exhibition.
Please download and thoroughly read the attached 2020-21 ACVA ES-HS Submission Guidelines before submitting artwork. The guidelines contain direct links to the exhibition submission forms.
With the support of CPS Visual Arts teachers, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and Design Museum of Chicago, the Department of Arts Education created an All-City Visual Arts Exhibition website. View the 2019-20 exhibition by clicking this link.
Stronger Community = Less COVID: Check out this article of how communities that trust and know each other have lower COVID cases. Let’s build a strong community at AIM and in our neighborhoods.
AIM's goal is to maintain our ongoing commitment to a rigorous college-preparatory education for students and equip them with the skills required to succeed beyond the classroom. Although learning environments look different this year, our commitment and approach to instruction remain a priority. The AIM approach requires students to be engaged in their learning for the entire year and affords student’s the flexibility and opportunity to earn strong grades through perseverance and hard work. Because individuals learn at different paces, students are measured against year-end competency targets allowing a full academic year to demonstrate mastery of Art In Motion's curriculum.
Quarter 3 Progress Reports will be distributed Thursday, March 11th. Progress Reports serve as a snapshot of student academic development and highlight areas of strengths and growth. Progress Please review your child’s report and identify the classes that your student may be off track. If your child is off track in any course, please reach out to your child’s teacher and mentor.
Teacher and Mentor Support: Teachers and mentors are committed to the success of every student. Teachers and mentors have designated office hours and times embedded in their daily schedules to support students. Mentors will meet with students and their teachers to create goals and devise a plan to get caught up and continue to check-in during weekly mentoring sessions as we approach the midpoint of Semester 2. Remember, all families have access to Summit and Synergy to monitor student progress daily:
The AIM Arts Website reflects our new assignments with a NEW LAYOUT. Each discipline class covered classroom expectations last week and provided a calendar of due dates to assist students with goal setting and planning. Every class period is an opportunity to do assignments and ask questions from peers or the instructor! Meeting deadlines and completing work with 100% effort will guarantee success for Middle School and High School students. DO NOT HESITATE to share your creative process with us! We are grading students on their ability to create, produce, connect, and respond within each assignment.
Our experience with Community of Care (CoC) has helped us prepare for a safe return to school on April 12 for students planning to learn on campus. We’ve had CoC students and staff on campus and have had zero (0) incidents of COVID with our bi-weekly saliva enzyme testing and other mitigation measures . As our teachers return to campus March 15 and students returning April 12, we have put in place additional plans and measures to ensure we are ready. Your cooperation and reinforcement of all health/safety/behavioral expectations will be key to a safe return. Check out this video from Distinctive Schools to get an idea of how we are prioritizing everyone’s well-being in order to get our students back on campus:
8th Grade Graduation Information - Cap & Gown Size Needed!
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See information below about P-EBT Benefits for eligible students.