Josh J. '22 knew that this week's four-day National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, NJ was his last opportunity to be crowned Marble King. After five years of competition and seven years as a mibster (a marble player), next summer Josh, a rising AIM 9th grader, will be too old to compete in the invitational Ringer marbles tournament for youth ages 7-14. On the first day of summer, under overcast skies, Josh took to The Ring again for a best of 15 game match and shot his way to victory for an 8-1 and the royal crown. In addition to his royal marbles title, Josh and the female winner also received $2,000 in scholarship money and were inducted into the National Marbles Hall of Fame.
Faculty, students, families and friends gathered for AIM Academy’s seventh Upper School commencement exercises on Friday, June 1 as members of the Class of 2018, the largest senior class in the school’s 12-year history, received their diplomas.
Marcus Soutra, president of the national student mentoring organization Eye to Eye delivered the school’s commencement address sharing a mentoring moment with the audience that focused on embracing learning differences and why he dedicated himself to creating an organization designed to “unlock greatness in the 1 in 5 who learn differently.”
AIM Upper and Middle School students turned the training room into a workshop Tuesday, May 15 constructing simple solar lanterns out of recycled cans, plastic bottles and simple circuit boards. This AIM Center for Global Leadership service project was part of the school's recognition of the International Day of Light.
AIM junior Skylar C. '19 had not written any monologues before last fall's Drama class with Maryanne Yoshida. The opportunity to work directly with playwrights in class, thanks to a grant from Philadelphia Young Playwrights, helped Skylar craft several monologues that she entered in this year's high school monologue competition hosted by Philly Young Playwrights.
One of her pieces, her personal favorite and the one she spent the most time working on, was recently selected as a 1st place winner is being performed this week by a professional actor as part of the Mouthful Monologue Festival at the Drake Theater.
Good Day Philadelphia reporter Jennaphr Frederick visited AIM Academy on April 4th for a live television interview with 7th grade language arts students and myFace Director of Family Programs Dina Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg, who has a craniofacial difference, was visiting AIM to speak with 6th and 7th graders as part of students' background knowledge activities in preparation to read the book Wonder, about a boy with craniofacial differences, and Out Of My Mind, about a teen with cerebral palsy who cannot speak.
Students shared the lessons they'd learned from reading Wonder and the importance of embracing and accepting everyone's differences. Following the Fox29 interview the entire 6th and 7th grade classes had the opportunity to learn and talk more about craniofacial differences with Zuckerberg and the importance of promoting acceptance and kindness among adolescents.
Congratulations to AIM Academy's first cohort of Global Scholars. Our five scholars are: Roxy B. '19, Isabelle J. '19, Kiley M. '20, Shayna P. '20, Brandon S. '20. Students in this program will earn Global Scholar distinction on their diploma after completing a series of global program expectations.
AIM Academy 5th grade students traveled to Ziegler Elementary School in northeast Philadelphia on January 12th to read books to students in Kindergarten – 2nd grade and deliver "at home book packages" featuring favorite titles donated by AIM's 1st – 5th grade Lower School students. The book delivery and school visit were the culmination of the students' service project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
AIM Middle and Upper Schoolers experienced first-hand how they can be involved in a grass roots movement and bring light to the world today while building solar-powered lanterns with Liter of Light founder Illac Diaz. AIM is the only Philadelphia area stop on the non-profit's Journey of Light road trip across the United States seeking to show youth how they can contribute to sustainable enterprises and to promote UNESCO's upcoming International Day of Light on May 16, 2018.
On Friday, December 1, AIM Academy Upper School students will learn about sustainable development and the simple ways they can provide marginalized communities worldwide with a brighter future as they build solar lights with the founder of the international non-profit organization Liter of Light. The visit to AIM is the only Philadelphia-area stop for Liter of Light members who are on a month-long road trip across the United States.
Congratulations to our FTC Middle School Robotics team on their 4th place overall finish in the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Qualifying Event at Wissahickon Middle School on Saturday, November 18.
Visitors to Chestnut Hill's popular Harry Potter Festival on October 21st enjoyed a day of all things wizardry and magic including a magnificent performance by AIM 8th grade magician, The Amazing Jackson.
AIM's Mountain Bike Team has started its inaugural season off with a packed schedule of practices and meets as part of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic High School League bike racing season. At the season opener in Elkton, Maryland on September 10th, 10 of the nearly 400 student-athlete riders lining up at the start were Upper Schoolers.
Two AIM alumni have already inspired AIM 4th graders to make their learning difference a competitive advantage. When the 4th graders watched short TEDx talks featuring students of different ages whose ideas had made the world, or their community a better place. they were amazed to see AIM classrooms in the final video. The TEDx Solebury School video, Difficulty to Success, features Sophia Gross '16 and Andrew Rosenstein '17 sharing the story of their business Opportunity Rise which raises money and awareness for children with learning differences and their experience in Start-Up Corps, AIM's entrepreneurship class.
This week, in preparation for the first novel study of the school year, AIM seventh graders developed background knowledge related to Fever 1793 by Lisa Halse Anderson. Students worked together to construct mosquito traps that they placed on window sills and near plants outside on the AIM patio. In the days leading up to the "reveal", students have made predictions about the contents of their traps and plausibility of methods such as these for preventing exposure to yellow fever (the epidemic featured in this book based in Philadelphia in 1793). The traps project is one of the many alternative questioning method Language Arts teachers are using to guide students toward answering questions related to the novel such as: "Was the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 avoidable?" and "What methods of prevention were available to the citizens of 1793 Philadelphia?"
It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we share the sad news that our beloved board member, Brian Zwaan, passed away suddenly on July 31. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loving family. Brian loved his family deeply including his wife, Diane, his children and his many siblings. Family was everything to Brian and we know that they will seek comfort from each other during this very difficult time.