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Luck Be A D99 Student
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Feeling lucky? ☘☘☘

Our students and staff at Cicero District 99 sure are!

District 99 would like to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day with its fun rendition of Frank Sinatra's song "Luck Be A Lady" titled "Luck Be A D99 Student."

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Sticking to kindness: Warren Park, Unity students share positive affirmations on sticky notes
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To showcase a combined effort in ensuring students feel appreciated and thought of, sixth-graders from Warren Park Elementary School hopped onto school buses and headed over to Unity Junior High School on Friday, March 15, for a short Exchange of Kindness program, creating messages of affirmation on sticky notes on the windows of both the east and west cafeterias.

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D99's Very Own: March 2019
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This month, Cicero District 99 recognized Jorge Garza, a transitional social studies teacher at Unity Junior High School, and Kimberly Montoya, a transitional first-grade teacher at Daniel Burnham Elementary School, for making a difference in the communities they grew up in.


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Twice the fun: Columbus East, West celebrate reading in English and Spanish
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To showcase the fun of combining dual language literacy skills and multiculturalism, Columbus East and Columbus West elementary schools joined forces Tuesday, March 5 for Camp Read-A-Lot, a family evening event at Columbus West which featured s'mores treats, crafts and an interactive bilingual storytime with Mama Edie Armstrong, who shared stories of Latin America and Africa with interactive stories and song.

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Celebrating inner-city education: D99 students mingle with Blackhawks players at downtown bowling alley
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Tuesday, March 5 marked quite the experience for District 99 students who were a part of Inner City Education (ICE) Program this winter as they were able to join students across Chicagoland as special VIP guests at Chicago Blackhawks player Brent Seabrook's 11th annual Celebrity ICE Bowl at Lucky Strike bowling alley in downtown Chicago.

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Sweet solutions to a sticky problem: Cicero East students develop projects to save bees from endangerment
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Producing honey, pollinating flowers and giving a mean sting are probably the biggest ideas that come to mind when people think about bees.

But for a group of fifth-graders at Cicero East Elementary School, finding a newfound passion for bee conservation and researching the various ways to bring awareness to their survival has been all the buzz in the classroom for the last month.

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Retired NASA astronaut guest keynote at biannual Parent University
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To kick off the 10th season of its popular, high-energy family outreach event, Cicero District 99 will travel out of this world — literally — March 23 as it brings retired NASA astronaut Dr. Jose Hernandez to Parent University to help parents celebrate bilingual education and inspire students' future journeys into science, technology, engineering and math careers.

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Fueling its families: Cicero schools, Greater Chicago Food Depository partner to provide groceries to parents
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Like students across Cicero District 99, children at Cicero East and Cicero West elementary schools are guaranteed the opportunity to start each day with a free breakfast and refuel their bodies midday with a free lunch.

But for many of these students, the meals they are provided with during the school day may be the only times they are ensured to eat during the day. For those from families that struggle to purchase groceries or provide nutritious meals at home, skipping dinner and not eating until the next school day is their harsh reality.

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Proud presentations: District 99 showcases digital technology, encourages other schools to follow suit
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Since 2015, Cicero District 99 has undergone a great transformation toward creating a 21st-century digital learning environment for all Cicero students.

So to both showcase its progress and demonstrate the strengths that come from solid education and corporate tech partnerships, District 99 hosted a free Education on Tour program with Google for Education and CDW-G Feb. 13 at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, inviting tech directors, educators and school leaders from across the are to spend the day learning from Google and discovering the latest digital resources for helping cultivate modern learning.

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Success over struggles: Author shares words of wisdom with Unity eighth-graders
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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