11.7.22 Family Update

Good Evening AIM Families!

Here are our most recent updates 

From the Main Office:

Important Dates

  • Oct. 25th: 10th Grade PSAT at  East End. 11th Grade College Trip.

  • Oct. 25th: Last Day of Quarter 1.

  • Oct. 26th: First Day of Quarter 2.

  • Oct. 27th: 11th Grade PSAT at  East End. 10th Grade Field Trip.

  • Nov. 7th: Virtual Fall Family Conferences-by appointment only.

  • Nov. 8th: 7:45AM-12:00PM Fall Family Conferences In-person–No School.

  • Nov. 9th: 1:30PM-4:00PMFall Family Conferences In-person.

  • Nov. 10th: Virtual Fall Family Conferences-by appointment only.

  • Nov. 11th: Virtual Fall Family Conferences-by appointment only.

  • Nov. 17th: High School entrance Exam-8th grade only.

  • Nov. 18th: Friday Early Release at 1PM.

  • Nov. 21st-25th: Thanksgiving Break.

  • Dec. 2nd: Go CPS Round 1 Deadline.

  • Dec. 23rd-Jan. 6th: Winter Break.

  • Students are responsible for bringing their Chromebooks and chargers daily. Our I.T. Manager is experiencing high levels of lost computer reports, as well as damages. Please remember that families will incur charges for replacements and repairs.

  • Please keep the calendar of the year for your records. It has: report cards distribution dates; scheduled off days and half days; announcements of Breaks for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring, etc.

  • ll families to complete the attached CPS Family Income Information Form for the 22-23 school year. This form is used to help determine school funding and help AIM keep programs like our free lunch program. Only one form needs to be completed per household. Please email completed forms and any questions to aim@distinctiveschools.org.

  • Students arriving after 10:00AM will need to be escorted and signed in by a parent or guardian.

  • The phone number to the Greenwood Campus, where the 7th, 8th, and 9th graders are housed, is 773-516-8361. The phone number to the East End Campus, where the 10th and 11th graders attend school, is 773-820-9426.

    Families were emailed their Summit Learning and PowerSchool login information so that your student(s) progress and attendance can be viewed.

    Cell phones and all electronic devices shall be turned off and placed in the student’s locker or backpack for the entirety of the school day. If a student needs to make an emergency call during the day, teachers will send students to the main office with a pass to call home. 

    If you are still having issues logging into your Parent Powerschool Account, then please contact Ms. Faire at mfaire@distinctiveschools.org. Powerschool will help you see live grades and attendance. 

    From our Deans:

    During morning entry, glass bottles and containers are not allowed on campus and will be confiscated and returned at dismissal. 

    Please review the Student Code of Conduct to ensure that we, the school and your student are responding accordingly. 

    During security bag check, all medication and pills will be confiscated by security unless the proper documentation is signed and filed with AIM office staff and/or school nurse. No student will be allowed to carry any pills or medication on their person while being on campus.   

    Remember to check your student’s garments as the dress code has and will always be in full effect. When in doubt, go another route.   

    AIM Studios

    Check your emails for more information regarding AIM Studio programming.

    Program offerings are:


    Makers Space

    Strange Fruit Ensemble & Creative Writing

    Dance and Choreography

    AIM Voices Choir


    Girl Talk: A group for Identifying girls

    Chess Club

    Speech/Debate club

    Healing Arts Academy

    Musician’s Workshop and Improv


    From Ms. Mendoza- Gregory Simmons did awesome work while getting his essay for English done. He understood that he earns his grade and needed to put in the work to do well.

    From Ms. Anderson- Shelly Brown has faced adversity both this year and last year. She has seen many environmental distractors, but nonetheless she has persevered on. She has named her feelings, so that she may work through them and she has identified her academic goals. She has remained disciplined to her goals and focused on her work despite the things, places, and people that have tried to stop her.