GIMS Shine Once Again
The Gifted Independent Mentored Study program conducted it's "report out" night and once again the projects were amazing. GIMS Night was held in the Lisle High School library on May 24 with a record number of 22 participants. The projects ranged from career oriented exploration to the arts and sciences and even to the psychology of body language. Each year the students that are invited to participate in GIMS choose an area of study that they would like to know more about and then, with the help of a mentor in that field, develop a project of work for the semester. GIMS Night is their opportunity to explain what they did in their projects.
GIMS coordinator Bruce Howell said, "It's amazing to me that these kids are willing to voluntarily put in the time and effort to do such interesting projects. It's the highlight of my job being able to work with them and see the very high quality of work that they produce." During the semester each student meets with Mr. Howell on a weekly basis to discuss their research, the contacts that they have had with their mentor, and the progress that they are making towards completing their projects.
"GIMS taught me how to hold myself responsible for a project and explore something I never would have had the opportunity to do before", said GIMS participant Christine Young. Comments like Christine's were common during the follow up interviews conducted by Mr. Howell. Many of seniors returned to participate during their junior year and many of the juniors have expressed an interest in participating again next year.