This week is the perfect opportunity to exercise your brain while being thankful!
Improve your academic abilities, growing your critical skills and knowledge!
With the D99 Thanksgiving Challenge, the District invites students to practice their reading skills for at least 30 minutes a day and their math skills for at least 30 minutes a day, using the District's enrichment platforms, including Imagine Learning, Imagine Math, Mathia and Achieve3000.
November 15 marks School Board Members Day in Illinois — an official statewide observance providing school districts and communities the opportunity to show support for their local board of education and their commitments to providing a local voice for educational vision.
Leadership has taken on new meaning in 2020, and School Board Members Day is a time to reflect on the board's role in creating lasting educational opportunities that meet local desires and offer a pathway to a successful future for each and every child.
Over the past several years, Cicero District 99's board of education has played a pivotal role in championing many successes in the district: bringing STEAM education to the forefront; supporting the implementation of one-to-one technology for all students; overseeing the construction of new schools and remodeling existing spaces to bring 21st-century, flexible learning spaces to Cicero; embracing dual-language education and multicultural programming; and much more.
Classes may be meeting remotely due to COVID-19, but that doesn't mean that students don't need school supplies and other goods.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, administrators at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School were paid a visit from the folks at Enchanted Backpack, a Chicago-based charity which provides school supplies and classroom materials to under-resourced elementary schools across Chicagoland.
As we conclude the first quarter in remote learning and move forward into the second quarter, we wanted to provide an important update for our school community.
While we continue to put all of our efforts into the safe and healthy return of our students for in-person instruction, at this time, current conditions call for the continuation of remote learning for students. We will update our school community frequently as we monitor cases and recommendations from the IDPH and CCDPH.
Given the "stay-at-home" order recommended by the governor, our buildings will not be accessible beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17 through the end of the Thanksgiving holiday.
We will continue to provide you with all services and lines of support during this time, including meal distribution.
Please be advised that our staff will work remotely and you may continue to call our buildings.
We ask that you continue to adhere to the CDC guidelines in order to keep your families and our community safe.
Together we can and will overcome COVID. Please be well, and stay safe!
Cicero District 99
Virtual Parent University Online Courses
The purpose of the D99 Parent Courses is to provide parents a foundation of knowledge of our curriculum, resources and enrichment programs. The knowledge and skills parents will obtain will help them support their child's academic achievement. After successful completion of the courses in each strand, parents will receive a certificate.
Cicero District 99 has always focused on educating the next generation in order to create a society better than the one we are living in today. We understand that now it is even more important than ever to ensure that we educate our students regarding the challenges and injustices inherent in today's society in order to move forward as a community and to initiate changes for the better. Accordingly, we are committed to working on a systematic approach to integrate equity and social justice into our District's curriculum and practices.
As part of this commitment, we intend on bringing in consultants to help develop a strategic plan that addresses concerns of social inequalities and injustices. Furthermore, we are in the process of forming a social equity committee that promotes equal representation from stakeholders of all backgrounds. Faculty and staff from all buildings across District 99, as well as students and parents, will be invited to participate to have their voices heard.
As our community comes together to address the crucial need for equity, social justice and systemic change, we look forward to productive discussions and action that remains an integral part of our community not just now, but in the future of District 99.
At District 99, our mission is to "ignite the road to excellence." As we stand firmly against racism and hatred, we pledge to ensure that each student, parent, employee and member of our community is treated with dignity, respect and compassion to receive the best support possible.
Cicero District 99
🚨 IMPORTANT STUDENT SCHEDULE CHANGE 📅
Starting Friday, Sept. 25, all students will engage in synchronous learning from 8:30-11:30 a.m. each Friday. Teachers will assign asynchronous work (independent student work) to be completed between 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Students will rejoin their homeroom class at 2:30 p.m. for an afternoon check-in with their teacher.
This schedule will allow for students to engage in asynchronous learning activities while teachers dedicate time to planning high-quality remote learning activities for the following week.
Thank you for your continued support during remote learning!
Parent/Student Tech Support
Having trouble with your Chromebook, hotspot or learning platforms?
District 99's Commitment During Remote Learning
Bringing the ethos of the District to the home
-District 99 understands nothing replaces the value of learning in person
-But, while being mindful about current health circumstances and risks, the District remains committed to its emphasis on personal connections through the dedication of all staff, including administrators, teachers and support staff.
Continuing cultivation of a modern, 21st-century learning experience
-District 99 has prioritized exposing students to learning through digital resources since 2015
-The District has remained dedicated to bridging the digital divide through friendly and consistent incorporation of technology
-Now, this strong history is helping pulling it all together — bringing school home
Ensuring best practices for digital responsibility and digital maintenance
-Students and staff don't have to worry about connectivity; everyone has indicated either having dependable home internet or is provided free internet access via hotspots provided by the District
-The District's Tech Department has established protocols for connection and assistance, promising the District is a 1:1 district with dependable digital practices
PLEASE NOTE — Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the only meal pickup for the week of Nov. 23-27 will be on Monday. Four days worth of food will be provided.
*Meals available for children in Cicero
*Every school has a site EXCEPT the EC Center and McKinley
*Students will receive a two-day food supply Monday and a three-day food supply Wednesday
*Parents/guardians — please provide your child's name and school of attendance
*Masks MUST be worn and social distancing adhered to
2020-2021 School Supply Lists
Please refer to the school supply lists below for grade appropriate school supplies. You will also be receiving a small amount of school supplies at the school your child(ren) attends. Items received from the school during distribution may substitute for the items on this list if there are duplicates. You do not need to purchase any items you have already received in your child's School Supply Bag.