AIM High School News

January 7, 2021

Upcoming Dates for your Calendar

Monday January 18 No School. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thursday January 28- 5:30p.m.-6:30p.m. Parent/Guardian Zoom group meeting

Message from Doug Plucker

Greetings AIM students and families,

Happy New Year! Although our school calendar starts in September, a new year has started. Welcome to 2021, a year that will still hold challenges but a new year nonetheless. I have started reading a new book titled How to Stay Motivated During Difficult Times, by The Cuban Guy. The book is full of positive stories, messages and quotes. Today I wanted to share a story that is in the book called “Inner Peace Portrait”.

"There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. The contest stirred the imagination of artists everywhere. Many artists wanted a chance at winning the prize. Paintings from far and wide began to arrive.

The king looked at all the pictures, uncovering one peaceful scene after another as the on-lookers clapped and cheered. The tensions grew as only two pictures remained veiled. As the king pulled the cover from one, a hush fell over the crowd.

It was a picture of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a beautiful blue sky with fluffy white clouds. Along the grassy shore, a flock of sheep grazed undisturbed. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. Surely this was the winner.

The king uncovered the last painting, and the crowd gasped in surprise. Could this be peace? This picture had mountains like the previous painting but these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall; the crowd could almost feel its cold, penetrating spray. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked closely, he saw a little bird had built a nest on a branch of a tree. A tree that reached out in the direction of the tumultuous waterfall. Yet there, in the midst of the rush of angry water, undisturbed in her stormy surroundings, sat the mother bird on her nest – in perfect peace.

The King chose the last picture. “Because,” explained the King, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”

Wishing you a peaceful 2021,

Doug Plucker

Student Artwork

Snohomish School District Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Tonight at 7p.m.

You are invited to the Virtual Town Hall scheduled for Thursday, January 7, from 7-8 p.m. Superintendent Kultgen will discuss the return to in-person learning beginning with students in pre K through grade 2. Click here for more information and Zoom links

Information about upcoming Internet Cafe's for students

Internet Café

Snohomish School District Middle and High Schools have been given permission to allow a small number of students on campus starting Monday January 11th. Students that have no/poor internet or other circumstances that make doing remote learning at home a challenge are eligible to be selected to participate. Eligible students will contacted by phone regarding coming to the internet café. The number of available spots is small in order to facilitate the health and safety protocols set by health and district officials. There will not be direct access to teachers but academic support will continue to be available through ZOOM during teacher open periods.

The following are general principles for Safety-

  • Participation is limited to specifically identified and approved students (no random/drop-in appointments)
  • Attestation/Health Screening for staff and students must be completed prior to entering the school building.
  • All staff connected with the Internet Café will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Buildings will be stocked with PPE such as masks for adults and children (face shields as necessary), hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, gowns, and disinfectant sprays/wipes.
  • 6-foot physical distancing is the goal at all times. We recognize there may be times when students or staff are closer for brief periods of time (i.e. bus dismissal, hallways, exit/entry of doorways).
  • Masks will be worn at all times around campus (with the exception of outdoor mask breaks during transitions) .
  • Students and staff will not be closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of total time throughout the day.
  • Snohomish School District policy for COVID case procedures will be used at all times for the purposes of communicating with Snohomish County Health Department, staff, and community regarding COVID cases and determining close contacts.
  • Students will be managed in cohorts whenever possible (AM/PM students, assigned work spaces, etc.)
  • Students will wash hands, or use hand sanitizer, whenever they return to their classroom (including school arrival, bathroom use, after transitions)
  • Appropriate signage is displayed throughout the campus indicating walk routes, physical distancing, proper handwashing, and required face coverings.
  • Enhanced cleaning, disinfection, and sanitizing of facilities will be conducted.
  • Air ventilation/circulation and air filter upgrades have been implemented.
  • We have eliminated the use of water fountains and adjusted classroom and restroom procedures to promote physical distancing recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Snohomish County Health Authorities. (Students are encouraged to bring an individual water bottle each day that clearly has the student’s name displayed)
  • School visitors, parents, and volunteers are not permitted on campus at this time (unless to attend a pre-arranged meeting or invited for a specific purpose).
  • All questions about health/safety protocols can be directed to COVID Supervisor (Elizabeth Harms), Nurse (Brittany Magiba/Chelsea Sherard) or administration (Doug Plucker)

If you have challenges that impact your ability to access remote learning at home and would like to be considered as a candidate for the Internet Café, please email Principal Doug Plucker

AIM Student Section

Students recently participated in a student survey. Over the coming weeks we plan to share some of the responses received in it. We will begin with student answers to the question:

What are some ways you are staying organized?

Lists! I write stuff down and constantly check the canvas calendar

I try to have structure in my days

I write all of my assignments down in a planner

I have all my work separated in piles with my text books

I don't have schoolwork on paper, I just go through canvas systematically

I have a list for each percentage of all the work I have to finish and I check them off as I finish

I have a giant pile of the school stuff I use on a daily basis

LOTS and LOTS of folders

I have a spot on a shelf where I keep all my school stuff, I keep everything together so there is not possible way of losing anything.

writing down all my assignments and keeping my schoolwork in one place.

Calendar, phone ,calendar, alarms

Try to sort of follow a routine.

Sno-Isle TECH Center Virtual Open House January 14, 2021!

Visit the Sno-Isle Tech Virtual Open House on January 14th!

If you are current Sophomore, Junior, or a Senior planning to return next year, consider visiting the Sno-Isle virtual open house. Learn about the various classes offered, and ask the instructors questions in real time, safely from the comfort of your home. This is an exciting opportunity where you can access training and special instruction in areas such as Business/Marketing, Human Services, Info Tech, Science/Health, Trades/Industry and more.

To Register visit this link:

Representative's from Sno-Isle TECH skills center will be special ZOOM guests at our January 7 Advisory. They will talk about available classes for second semester. Sno-Isle is a program available to current Sophomores, Juniors and non-blue sheet seniors.

See the attached flyer for more information.

Counselors Corner-Derek DeGroot AIM School Counselor

EvCC Foundation Scholarships | Application Opens January 15, 2021

A variety of scholarships are available for students attending Everett Community College through the EvCC Foundation. Awards are based on academic performance, potential to benefit, program of study, and in some cases, financial need. Students (including current HS seniors who are starting at EvCC in Fall 2021) can learn more and apply on EVCC's Foundation page.

Sno-Isle Tech has a limited amount of openings for students who wish to apply for second semester, beginning this school year (2nd Semester). The 3 programs that have openings are:

  • Translation Interpretation
  • Culinary Arts
  • Construction Trades

All three of these programs have openings and classes will start in the first week of February. If you have interest in one of these programs, January 22nd is the deadline to apply for 2nd semester. Please contact Derek if you are interested (360-563-3408 or via email). They are only accepting applications from current Juniors or Seniors who will return next year.

The 2020-2021 Local Scholarship Program (LSP) is now live! Visit Derek’s Canvas page for instructions:

You will access these scholarships through the Washboard website. If you have questions, Book an appointment with Derek (links to an external site)

If you prefer to view the scholarships in a spreadsheet format, please view our master scholarship list. You can download a PDF with the link below. Or view it on our website at:

Note: All Scholarships will be listed in Washboard under the Snohomish Education Foundation and “LSP” (Local Scholarship Notebook).

Book an Appointment with Derek (AIM School Counselor).

I now have a page where you can book an individual appointment with me for a specific date and time. I look forward to seeing you, and I encourage you to reach out. Please visit the following link to do so:

Please join my AIM Counseling, Career Center & Scholarships Canvas course.

Here you will find valuable information on several helpful topics, including: Local Resources (Clothing/Food & More), Mental Health, College, Scholarships, Internships, Apprenticeships & Jobs. I plan to continually add to this throughout the year.

Please enroll by using this link:

Note: This is not a course with assignments or additional work. It is a voluntary resource for you.

Master Local Scholarship Spreadsheet

Second semester class schedule & class registration

Below please find the second semester class schedule.

Poetry, Psychology, Science Fiction, Mythology, Modern Fiction, Art Classes and P.E. are elective choices. Class schedules for second semester will be emailed to your student email address. Once received, if you have questions call 360-563-3401.

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Students who plan to attend college next year – it’s time to begin reviewing scholarship opportunities!

Recommended Scholarship websites/databases:

Note: Specific scholarship Information for the Snohomish Education Foundation’s 2020 Local Scholarship Notebook Program is coming in December. In the meantime, to get a head start, it is recommended that you create yourself a profile at Once the 2020-21 Snohomish scholarships are released, we will post that information.

Technology Resources

Below please find information and links to help with technology questions

Technology help line: 360-563-3000

The district has a dedicated phone line for student/family computer/laptop support for district-issued devices. Students and families can call 360-563-3000 for live technical support from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30-11:30 a.m., Friday

Click here to be taken to the District resource page for computers, laptops & devices

Click here for instructions on how to become a Parent/Guardian observer on Canvas for your students classes

Students: Many of you have asked to be emailed at your home/personal email addresses. Please see the following link to forward your school emails to your preferred email address:

click here for link

Students: HelloID is the recommended way to sign in to all online resources:

click here for link to hello id . Here you will have access to Canvas (where all of your assignments and coursework will be posted), your email, Office 365, Zoom, and many other helpful resources.

Students: If you have forgotten your password and need a reset, please call Technology at 360-563-3000 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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