The beach is beckoning, the vacation is vocalizing, and frenzied freetime is not far away! As AIM students and teachers are well into the fourth quarter of school, summer is approaching quickly and everyone must prepare! Fun activities make or break the summer and a bucket list is an excellent way to ensure an awesome break. Oftentimes, people find themselves with nothing to do, leaving them to stay inside and not take advantage the pleasant weather. Having a few simple goals before school ends can provide kids with something to look forward to and prevent the habit of becoming vampires, trapped inside the house.
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ISSUE VI - MAY 25, 2018
On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 which was a two-engine Boeing 737, had to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. The airplane was headed to Dallas flying out of New York. One of the engines had blown up mid-air and a piece of the engine flew into a window. Jennifer Riordan, a mother of two, was partially sucked out of the window and suffered critical injuries to her head and body. The passenger next to her brought her into the plane again, and another nurse on board performed CPR. Unfortunately, she died due to multiple brain traumas. Getting the plane onto the ground was a challenge. The pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, landed the plane safely in Philadelphia. Tammie Jo Shults was one of the first women to fly a fighter jet and was a pilot for the military. She is a hero.
The Sinclair Broadcast Group is a company which has bought a significant number of local news companies. Normally, a broadcasting company can only own up to 39% of the market or roughly 139 stations nationwide. But, Sinclair, uses a loophole in the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules that lets them stay partnered with the station they sold in an agreement. Using this tactic, they now own 235 stations or 73% of the news stations in the U.S and that is troubling.
BASH stands for the Blending of Arts, STEAM, and Humanities. AIM holds a bASH every year that fills everyone's minds with wonder and knowledge. This year’s bASH, which occurred on April 26th, contained excellent student work such as the 8th-graders still life paintings of fruits using oil pastel. In addition, these students created beautiful oil on canvas pieces about their favorite memories of their trip to Wyoming. The high school's art and design displays were extravagant. The pieces were diverse and all students displayed at least one work of art for viewers to enjoy. The black and white scenes of cities were one of the highlights of the exhibit. The 6th graders made cardboard snowmen that had a design on each layer. The head of one had a yarn rainbow, and the middle had an abstract marker design. The robotics group created an amazing display containing Ethan Mitchell’s robotic arm that waved to passersby. In addition, the 7th and 8th grades First Tech Challenge (FTC) robots were available for spectators to drive.
Every 98 seconds, someone is sexaully abused or assaulted in the United States. In 2001, President Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to declare April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, which has become a national campaign to raise public awareness about this recurring crime around the country. According to the World Health Organization, one in three women and one in six men will experience sexual and/or physical violence during their lifespan.
There are three months of summer and three months of new movies coming out. A new Star Wars movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, is coming to theaters May 25th. It is about Han Solo’s background story and a big heist he is part of. (The next Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Episode IX will be released in 2019). On June 15th, Incredibles 2, about the mother, Elastigirl getting a new job, will be in theaters. On June 22nd, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is coming to theaters and is about a mission to rescue Blue, a tamed raptor, that is loved by Owen. He was an old dinosaur trainer who set out with Claire. Rescuing Blue takes a turn for the worse when Claire and Owen find out that they have been betrayed, and they go to rescue Blue from the people who betrayed them. On July 6th, Marvel is releasing Ant-Man and the Wasp, a sequel to Ant-Man. Ant-Man is played by Paul Rudd, and the Wasp is played by Evangeline Lilly. Ant-Man is a superhero, who can shrink to the size of a molecule or grow to the size of a giant. The movie is about his new partner, Wasp. She has the same superpowers as Ant-Man, except she has wings. On July 27th, a spy movie, Mission: Impossible-Fallout, is coming out, which is about Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, and his team failing a mission and trying to complete the assignment. The summer films range from shows for the whole family to action movies, and ones in between. So, what movie will you see this summer?
Do you ever wonder if someday we will be on another planet? Well, NASA is studying whether or not other planets are habitable. With the help of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) scientists might be able to discover earth-like planets. TESS, or a $337 million, washing machine-sized spacecraft, is meant for finding planets deep in space. This satellite was built in four years and was sent off on April 18, 2018.
The week of finals is swiftly approaching. The stress is rising; however, there are many ways to combat test anxiety. Eating lots of healthy food usually helps relieve stress and so does sleep. Working out benefits students because it gives test takers something else to think about. Studying is necessary since it is impossible to remember everything that has been taught throughout the entire academic year without reviewing the material. The Final Exam week schedule is as follows:
- ELA Exam: Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
- IH Exam: Thursday, May 31st, 2018
- Science Exam: Monday, June 4th, 2018
- Math Exam: Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
Annually, the 8th graders move up to Upper School, the 5th graders move up to Middle School, and the 12th graders move up to college. These ceremonies celebrate all the fun times and the interdisciplinary classes the students completed throughout the year. The ceremony for the class of thirty-five 5th graders will be held on Thursday, June 7th from 9:30 am - 11:00 am in the ACC, and the Lower Schoolers will be performing songs that they learned in music class. There are 40 eighth graders graduating from AIM this year also on June 7th, from 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm. Three 8th grades will give speeches. Eighth grade students have been asked to dress formally for the occasion. Parents, friends, and guardians have been invited to the ceremony. Finally, 31 seniors are graduating on Friday, June 1st. There are a lot more requirements for graduating from high school. AIM is proud to announce that 100% of this year’s graduating class will be attending college. Congratulation to all the graduates!