AIM FAMILY UPDATES
Summer Learning - June 21- July 1 & July 12- July 29
Now that we have an update from CDC and CPS on COVID-19 guidelines on graduation, We are excited to share the final details!
8th Grade Families- Graduation Requirements:
To maintain our ongoing commitment to equipping our students with the skills required to succeed in high school and beyond, Distinctive Schools uses a personalized learning model to maximize meaningful teaching and learning opportunities throughout the school year. To honor our commitment to our eighth-grade families, we must ensure that students are prepared for the learning that lies ahead in ninth grade. Therefore, students are expected to demonstrate proficiency and mastery by achieving at or above 70% in each Summit and Art course to meet 8th-grade graduation requirements.
By June 1, 2021, all coursework for 8th graders must be completed to determine their graduation status. Students who do not meet requirements by June 1 will need to attend Summer Learning Academy and participate in a Summer Graduation Promotion Ceremony, which will be announced later. On Friday, June 4, parents will be notified if students are not eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony scheduled for June 9. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Veriner James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Testing - Wednesday, May 26, 8th-grade students only will take the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA). For families who opted-in for in-person testing, students should report to AIM at 8:00 AM. 8th graders will follow our standard Wednesday schedule and will be dismissed at 1:00 PM. Students should report to school with their school-issued computer fully charged; to complete assessments. Please review the test schedule and reach out to Mrs. Veriner James with additional questions at VJames@distinctiveschools.org.
In-Person Test Schedule for Middle School
All students are expected to work asynchronously between 8:00 AM-1:00 PM for families that opted out of testing. Due to the ISA, teachers will not be available to assist students.
The Wiz in Motion, AIM’s very first (but certainly not the last), Arts Festival. This is a virtual and in-person hybrid, celebratory showcase of our wonderful artist’s hard work. Through AIM’s four Core Art courses: Visual Arts, Music, Dance, and Literary Arts, students respond to Motown’s Production of The Wiz. The study of this timeless musical allowed for students to explore just how influential the arts have been and continues to be, to the Black Community. Our youth was encouraged to take a leap of faith, much like Dorothy Gale, and venture through their artistic process to discover a sense of self and culture. Student’s creations will respark our sense of community by providing a safe space for all, during one of the most difficult times in history. Come and join the magic! You don’t want to miss this, because there’s no place like AIM!