This week our 7th grade students have stepped back in time as they explore Colonial Williamsburg while our 8th graders have engaged in hands-on ecological studies in the Teton Mountains as they snowshoe, dig snow study pits and take journal notes outside in the snow at the Teton Science School.
We've enjoyed watching literacy research in action this week as AIM Research Advisory Board member Dr. Don Compton of the Florida Center for Reading Research and six other researchers with the Variable Vowel Collaborative have begun work on another research study using AIM students.
AIM Academy students will soon welcome a four-legged companion into their midst. Kelly, a black lab-mix from local service dog organization Paws and Affection, will become the school's first on-campus facility dog. She will assist in easing anxiety, aid in practicing mindfulness, help students complete tasks in speech and occupational therapy sessions, provide motivation in learning, and even help bolster confidence in reluctant readers.
AIM Academy, an independent school for children with language-based learning differences, is pleased to announce the purchase of the school's historic school building and surrounding properties at 1200 River Road along the Schuylkill River in Conshohocken from the Buccini-Pollin Group.
AIM Academy's Occupational Therapy/Speech team worked with all 1st and 2nd grade students from October to January to students engage them in activities to improve language skills, self awareness, and regulation of attention and emotion. Strategies from The Zones of Regulation program were presented and practiced. The Zones of Regulation helps students categorize their feelings and levels of alertness by using four "zones."
If there is a high school student living in your home, chances are they are currently planning for, preparing for or studying for midterm exams. As 7th-12th graders at AIM Academy prepare for next week's midterms, Head of Upper School Chris Herman shared with parents expert recommendations for preparing for the tests. The advice he compiled includes important study tips and age-old advice that teens often struggle to adhere to - get sleep and eat well.
Nine AIM 7th and 8th graders will spend five months learning about the culture, climate and important political topics in Nicaragua as part of the Student Diplomat/Jr. Model United Nations Program.
AIM Academy 4th graders had the opportunity to witness research in action with an assistive technology designed to help people suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) communicate last week as a unique kick off to their Revolutionaries Unit. Thanks to a grade level parent who assists a researcher at Penn State Health's Hershey Medical Center, students spoke live with an ALS researcher via the SmartBoard and watched as a parent volunteer wearing a specialized cap monitoring his brain waves sought to control a keyboard screen with his brain.
Current AIM parents and students had a chance to hear what school after AIM Academy is really like from college students themselves during AIM's Alumni College Panel on Friday. Despite their varied academic interests, each of the six panelists credited AIM with providing them the confidence and support needed to succeed in college and they all agreed that keeping a detailed planner or calendar was key to staying organized.
Six AIM Upper School students are headed to Atlanta today to participate in the Student Diversity Leadership Conference sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). This is the first time that AIM Academy students have participated in this multiracial, multicultural conference which includes student leaders in 9th-12th grade from more than 300 schools across the country.