AIM High School News

December 3, 2020

Upcoming Dates for your Calendar

Monday December 14- 80% Due

Tuesday December 15- 100% Pick up, Holiday Student gift pick up-Details to come

Friday December 18- Early release. AM students attend classes. No PM session

Monday December 21-Friday January 1 Winter Break

Monday January 4, 2021- Classes resume

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

60% Progress Reports were put in the mail today!

Message from Doug Plucker

As we head into the 80% Progress date on 12-14, I wanted to remind you about “H.E.R.O.” attendance.

  • · Here
  • · Everyday
  • · Ready
  • · On time

Every day attendance during remote learning is even more important to student success. Students are expected to be “in attendance” remotely just like in person. You should be attending each class the same number of days each week as you would in person. For example, a twice a week class, you attend 2 times a week according to your class schedule or teacher. A once a week class, you attend once a week according to your class schedule. I am also encouraging students to attend class with their video on and to be prepared for class just as if you were on campus. Attending class is a great way to connect with other students and get important real time interactions with each other.

Here are some tips to be successful-

  • · Get up and get ready! This may seem like it should go without saying but rolling out of bed seconds before a ZOOM meeting isn’t the best way to be ready to learn. Experts say that waking up 30-60 minutes prior to a cognitive activity along with getting dressed and normal morning routines will get your mind ready to learn. As the old saying goes… “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you perform good”.
  • · Have a dedicated learning space. Beds are for sleeping. Couches are for lounging, etc. What is the best space for learning at your home?
  • · Plan your learning schedule each day. What times do you have ZOOM meetings, What time is dedicated to study/homework, When will you take breaks?

There are only 7 weeks left before the end of the semester and there are not any COVID grading exceptions as there were last spring. We can do this! Finish strong with the help of AIM staff. We are in this together!

Be well,

Doug Plucker

Student Artwork

Students who met 40%. Great Job!

Audrey D.

Nicole J.

Jillian M.

Dylan S.

Alexis G.

Lillian A.

Ashley C.

Hailey M.

Ashley M.

Ashya M.

Ella P.

Chloe S.

Kaden S.

Jessica M.

Molly E.

AIM Annual Holiday Toy Drive- Drop off unwrapped toys at AIM December 15

AIM Annual Holiday Toy Drive - Drop off December 15th

Hello AIM students and families - annually we participate in a Toy Drive for local children, in partnership with our local Snohomish Boys & Girls Club. It is that time of year again, and we are excited to be able to provide for our community once again. This is our chance to brighten the holidays for our local needy families. Please consider donating if you are able - it is much appreciated! Please drop off your unwrapped

donations at AIM on December 15th, during our 100% pick up day.

Here is the list of items we are collecting:

  • LOL Surprise Dolls
  • Board games (classic, and strategy)
  • Card games (UNO, Skipbo, Spot it)
  • Art Supplies and Coloring books
  • Sports equipment
  • Anything Seahawks
  • Handheld logic puzzles (rubik's cubes, etc)
  • Legos, Lincoln Logs, building toys
  • Small toy sets, like farm animals, dinosaurs, etc
  • Craft Kits

Class Spotlight: Biological Controversies

Biological Controversies is a new class at AIM. Taught by our science teacher Courtney.

Students have explored some very interesting topics this year such as Black Market Organs and Euthanasia Rights. We are currently digging into the concept of Designer Babies! Students draw on their prior knowledge from previous science classes and use it to better understand each topic. For example, with Designer Babies we spent time revisiting DNA and genetics studied in biology to understand the process of gene editing. Through scientific advances, such as CRISPR, we will be able to remove genetic disorders in embryos that would have resulted in suffering or even death. However, this technology opens the door to editing other things such as eye color, hair color, metabolism, height, muscular makeup, and much more! Where do we draw the line? Should we allow gene editing beyond correcting disorders or eliminating diseases? This is the controversy the students are exploring. Some questions students are exploring: Is it morally wrong to edit genes at all? If designer babies were allowed, would only the rich be able to afford it? If so, how would that affect society? To simulate designer babies, this week the students randomly chose a number between 1 and 14 which assigned them to a baby with specific genetic traits. Then they chose a second number that decided their budget from which they were allowed to "buy" genetic changes. Will they choose to spend the money removing disorders their baby has or will they want to spend their budget making their baby look a certain way? It will be interesting to see how this activity helps them establish their position on Designer Babies!

Junior Achievement Lunch with Leaders Virtual Event

Exciting opportunity: Successful Washington leaders will be talking about their employment journey in a weekly lunch series that lasts 30 minutes. For the first 15 minutes these leaders will present, and then they will answer student questions for the last 15 minutes. This is a no-cost, virtual format to inspire students and prepare them for a stronger tomorrow. Leaders share their stories and discuss the skills and qualities necessary to succeed in their field and give advice on how to plan for a rewarding future.

Upcoming Speakers include:

Ethan Stowell - Nationally renowned Seattle restaurateur & chef, December 9th, 1-1:30pm

Jen Mueller - Mariners TV & Seahawks radio broadcaster, December 16th, 1-1:30pm

Sign up to attend here:

Counselors Corner-Derek DeGroot AIM School Counselor

Hello Students,

The Holidays are approaching, and at AIM we wanted to reach out and let you know we love to help! For many years, AIM has provided assistance to students in need, through local community resources and thoughtful individuals/groups. We have been able to brighten the holidays for many, and we look forward to doing so again this year.

Please reach out to me via email or phone, to learn more about our holiday assistance for AIM students.


Phone: 360-563-3408

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:

Graduating Seniors: There is a great opportunity to access funds to continue your education after high school. This includes funding for college classes, certifications, and vocational training through the Snohomish Local Scholarship Program. Specific information for this year’s Snohomish Local Scholarship Program is arriving soon. In the meantime, please be sure to contact Derek if you are interested, and for directions on how to get a head start on this process. This is a wonderful opportunity to access funding for your post high school education.

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.

World Language Proficiency Credit

If you are fluent in another language and want to possibly earn up to 4 credits then check out the attached flier and contact Elizabeth Harms by Dec 14th.

Download the following flyer for more details and information.

Break time at AIM: Opportunity for students to connect with each other via Zoom

Hello Students, you are invited to participate in a break time Zoom. We hope to create an environment for you to socialize with other students during this remote time.

AM Students
Time: 9:50 AM - 10:10 AM
Held Weekly on Wednesdays

“A link to the break time zoom can be found in your Advisory or on Derek’s Counselor Canvas page.”

PM Students
Time: 12:20 PM - 12:40 PM
Held Weekly on Wednesdays

“A link to the break time zoom can be found in your Advisory or on Derek’s Counselor Canvas page.”

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.

AIM Class Schedule. Includes Teachers open periods.

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Very Important: Zoom Log In instructions

You need to follow these steps so you will be an authenticated user per Snohomish School District policy. This will let you in your online Zoom classes!

1.) Sign in to HelloID (

2.) Click on Zoom icon

3.) Leave Zoom open in the background/on its own tab

4.) Go back to HelloID

5.) Open Canvas

6.) Navigate to your course and open your Zoom meeting from a link inside your class

Additionally, if you have this happening:

If you are having issues logging in and Zoom is telling you that you must be an authenticated user to join, Please use the option to login through “SSO.” Once you click that option, select “I don’t know” when it asks you your organization. On the next screen, enter your student email (ie: It will then redirect you to the Snohomish School District page where you can enter your district password. Using this method should authenticate you.
Click here for video instructions:

Technology Resources

Below please find information and links to help with technology questions

Technology help line: 360-563-3000

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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