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Success over struggles: Author shares words of wisdom with Unity eighth-graders
  • District 99 News

Growing up in Switzerland as the child of American missionaries, author L.B. Tillit was constantly reminded of everything that made her different — her trouble balancing German and English, her struggles with writing and grammar, her overall "Americanness."

But instead of letting those obstacles get in the way of her future, Tillit found a way to embrace her struggles through channeling her energy through teaching struggling, at-risk youth and writing books that urban teens could better identify with.

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Twice as nice: Enchanted Backpack makes second stop in District 99 this school year
  • District 99 News

For the second time this school year, Cicero District 99 has had the chance to celebrate being selected as a lucky recipient of school supply and other student donations from Enchanted Backpack, a Chicago-based charity which donates classroom goods to schools and students in predominantly lower-income neighborhoods.

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Cicero Police release community alert regarding armed robberies near Cicero schools
  • District 99 News
The Cicero Police Department has issued this community alert in regards to the two armed robberies which occurred yesterday morning around 11 a.m. near Daniel Burnham Elementary School and McKinley Elementary School.

All schools district-wide were placed on a soft lockdown due to the crimes, but at no time were students or staff of Cicero District 99 in imminent danger.

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Helping fuel the road to excellence: ExxonMobil donates more than $3K for D99 STEAM initiatives
  • District 99 News

When Cicero District 99 looks to forge a strong working relationship with an outside entity, it does so with the hopes of not only providing potential business and fiscal support to the District, but maintaining a connection complete with role model and mentorship opportunities.

That's why for the past 11 years, the District has been proud to call ExxonMobil a valued community partner for its monetary and personnel support towards various curriculum initiatives, including those within the STEAM curriculum.

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Putting curriculum to practice: Unity students expand science knowledge through project-based learning
  • District 99 News

When science is practiced in the real world, methods are learned and projects are completed through real-time observations and hands-on practice.

So, since seventh-grade students at Unity Junior High School are encouraged to actively learn their science curriculum practically through project-based learning, students had the opportunity to expand their practice this year through Project Lead The Way, a national, nonprofit project-based engineering initiative which develops STEM instruction for elementary through high-school age students.

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Making spirits bright: Local law enforcement, Walmart brings Christmas cheer to Liberty students
  • District 99 News

For 524 students living on Cicero's northeast side, the joy of Christmas came a few days early this year as Santa Claus and his crew of local police and fire personnel and area Walmart employees flocked to Liberty Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 20, bringing games, presents and smiles.

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Adding to the count: Four more Unity students awarded Daniel Murphy scholarships
  • District 99 News

Last month, Unity Junior High School was proud to announce three of its students were named recipients of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund — a Chicago-area scholarship which grants area teens the finances necessary to attend a private or boarding school of their choice for high school.

Now, Unity has the pleasure of adding the names of four more eighth-graders to the coveted scholarship's list — Lisani Calderon, Mario Cortes, Monserrat Flores and Evelyn Salgado.

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Engineering with the family: Lincoln STEAM Parent day encourages practice at school, in the home
  • District 99 News

When Cicero parents send their children to school, they're trusting Cicero District 99 to provide their children with both the best curriculum possible and prepare them with the necessary skills needed for success in the 21st-century workplace.

To showcase to parents the benefits of a STEAM education and get parents in on the action themselves, Abraham Lincoln Elementary School hosted a STEAM Parent Day on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Demonstrating the fun of coding: Roosevelt, Burnham partner with Microsoft to showcase classroom coding
  • District 99 News

On Friday, Dec. 7, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School's digital literacy teachers Amanda Swert and Ian Armstrong welcomed Mary Monroy-Spampinato, Microsoft's Midwest operations and community manager, to the school for an Hour of Code event with fourth-grade students.

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Inspiring through experience: Teen inspires Unity students to embrace differences
  • District 99 News

Being scared, getting teased, feeling isolated — all feelings most teens have felt at some point in their lives.

Having dozens of surgeries by the age of 18? Something most have luckily never had to experience.

But for 18-year-old Peter Dankelson of north suburban Libertyville, experiencing 30 major surgeries in his young lifetime has not only taught him the value of life — it's also inspired him to teach children across the country the importance of embracing who they are and spread the message that kindness is key.

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A n'ICE' assembly: Goodwin scores visit from Stanley Cup winner and Olympian Patrick Sharp
  • District 99 News

Though Goodwin Elementary School calls itself "gator country," the entire school turned into Blackhawks nation on Monday, Dec. 3, as retired Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp made a special visit to students and staff, speaking about his experiences playing professional hockey, teaching floor hockey lessons, and stopping for photos and autographs.

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Honoring and sharing: Liberty students salute veterans, hear stories from soldiers
  • District 99 News

Although many schools observe Veterans Day by teaching history lessons on war and the military from textbooks, students from across Cicero District 99, including those at north-east side Liberty Elementary School, celebrated America and those who have defended it firsthand from those who served in the military.

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Unleashing the power of kindness: Author Amy Logan spreads message of empowerment at Columbus West
  • District 99 News

With the daily bombardment of violence and natural disasters infiltrating our television screens, it may seem harder and harder to believe that there is any positivity and goodness left in the world.

But on Monday, Nov. 19, acclaimed children's author and Joliet native Amy Logan paid a visit to Cicero students and staff at Columbus West Elementary School, sharing her message of respect and acting with kindness towards one another.

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The power of 'WE': Unity hosts regional school summit for global youth service initiative
  • District 99 News

Emphasis on community and serving others is already strong throughout Cicero, but over the past few years, Cicero District 99 has encouraged students to become part of a larger initiative geared toward encouraging compassion in youths for both local and global communities.

On Nov. 10, Unity Junior High School served as the host site for a regional WE Day summit, where more than 200 children and teachers from schools and organizations across Chicagoland came together to hear messages of encouragement and information on how students can better their communities and work alongside movements to donate goods and time around the world.

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