AIM FAMILY UPDATES
Beginning this week families will receive phone calls after 2:30pm each day noting the periods in which your student was absent. If your student is going to be absent please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-828-4221.
Attendance letters have been sent out for students who have missed 10% of school days thus far. There is a direct correlation between academic success and regular school attendance. Our student support team will reach out next week to schedule meetings to help support students who are not attending class regularly, which may include recommending Community of Care for your student. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We recognize that the pandemic has had a tremendous impact on our students and have a student support team ready to help in any way possible.
We are officially into Quarter 3 and Semester 2 of the 2020-2021 school year! We are grateful and proud of the effort from all members of the AIM community - especially families, staff, and students - that have overcome significant challenges and made the most of the first half of the school year. We look forward to Semester 2 and partnering with families to ensure student success.
Please sign-up for Winter Family Conferences to meet with your child’s teachers and discuss current progress. These will take place on Wednesday, February 10, from 1:30 PM-4:30 PM and Thursday, February 11, from 1:30 PM-6:30PM. This is a critical time to check in and continue the partnership between teachers, students, and families, in order to support students in completing required coursework and being on track for promotion to the next grade level at the end of the year. Reach out to Mr. Kreller, Lead Instructional Coach, at email@example.com with any questions regarding Family Conferences.
The AIM Arts Department is so excited to announce our Spring 2021 Artist Community Interviews! These will be used to place students into classes, aid in developing a personalized learning model for students, and be used as a tool for the Arts Team to get to know our rising artists even better! Feel free to read more information about the details and expectations of the videos on the AIM ARTS WEBSITE, but here are a few key things to keep in mind over the next few weeks:
Students report to their designated Arts Cohorts that they have been attending regularly for the first 15 minutes of class for attendance purposes. AFTER those 15 minutes they will be transitioning to the ALL ARTS TOGETHER Zoom Room where they will receive their instruction from discipline specific teachers.
If students are greater than 15 MINUTES late, they are to do two things:
The ALL ARTS TOGETHER Zoom Room link is listed on the AIM ARTS WEBSITE
All Artist Community Interview Videos are due February 9th, 2021 with NO EXCEPTIONS. Students who do not submit their videos by February 9th will then lose their opportunity to communicate their Arts Course preference and will be placed into whichever Arts Class has the most availability.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the Arts Teachers in any of the follow ways:
ARTS ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES
VIDEO SCREENING BY EarthX: Monday, February 1st screening of THIS LAND and the Q&A session with filmmaker Faith Briggs: Faith will share her personal journey through 150 miles of national park lands. In the Q&A session, she opens the door for students to ask her questions about everything, from protecting our public lands to the more challenging subjects such as respect and what it means to feel comfortable as a woman of color and respectful of our national monuments. Your students will not want to miss this opportunity to engage Faith Briggs in conversation! Students must sign a photo release in order to directly ask a question or be seen and heard on camera. To access the form, click here for Student Waiver. The session with Faith Briggs and the students will be edited and played on-demand by EarthX at a later date.
FRESH FILMS VIRTUAL PRESENTS: Free Virtual Video Editing Course for Youth! Through this program, you will become a better writer, storyteller, communicator, and expand your film and editing skills. You’ll collaborate with fellow young filmmakers across the country as you build your documentary and narrative film production skills and add content to your portfolio! No film experience or special equipment required. What’s the commitment? Students meet with the pros from Fresh Films and your fellow filmmakers once each week on Thursdays from 4-6:30pm to learn new skills and create short film projects. P.S. We also have on-set opportunities each summer (well, each summer when there is no Covid!)
If you know any students in grades 7, 8, 9 or 10 who would like to join the AIM Family, have them visit aimchicago.org for all information and to apply!