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Promoting the gift of life: Two D99 staffers honored during special health partnership announcement
  • District 99 News

Though Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a celebration in remembrance of loved ones who have passed, Cicero District 99 wanted to remind its community that the holiday is also one of thankfulness for the gift of life — and those who give their lives to help save the lives of others.

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Day of the District's pride for culture: District 99 sponsors interactive Dia de los Muertos program
  • District 99 News

For generations, the people of Mexico have honored the memory of their family and friends through Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos — a celebration during the first few days of November which includes decorating sugar skulls (calaveras), creating an altar (ofrenda) of photos, mementos and favorite foods of the deceased, and time set aside for prayer.

To honor Cicero students' predominantly Mexican culture with art, history and Cicero District 99 values, the District hosted a Day of the Dead celebration Saturday, Nov. 3 at Unity Junior High School.

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Empowering learning through tech: District 99 sponsors educational technology seminar
  • District 99 News

Over the past few years, Cicero District 99 has placed heavy emphasis on bringing its students and staff up to speed on the latest, most innovative programs and technologies for learning and instruction. So to showcase its progress with educational technology and assist other school districts in achieving their technology goals, District 99 hosted a Lunch and Learn program on Oct. 26 at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School.

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A magical gift: Drexel receives hundreds of dollars in supplies for students, teachers
  • District 99 News

In Cicero District 99, administrators and staff place great emphasis on holistically supporting Cicero students and catapulting learning initiatives into the 21st century. Students already utilize one-to-one technology in the classroom, and teachers place priority on incorporating STEAM lessons into their curricula.

Though the District provides plentiful access to various technological and classroom support resources, it does not change the fact that many students who come from low-income homes may not have the same opportunity to continually support their school supply needs.

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Beaming from ear to ear: District 99, Town of Cicero gather for Sherlock topping off ceremony
  • District 99 News

The brand-new doors at Sherlock Elementary School may be months from opening for the first time, but that didn't stop members of the Cicero District 99 administrative team and the Town of Cicero at the school's reconstruction site in the 5300 block of 22nd Place earlier this week to witness a historic moment for the District.

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Building an innovative educational foundation: Kindergarten teachers to incorporate STEAM with Lego
  • District 99 News

In Cicero District 99, the district motto of "Igniting the road to excellence" is not taken lightly.

So, when kindergarten teachers from across the district learned of the opportunity to ignite a spark of innovation in their students, they immediately jumped at the chance to hear more about it.

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NYT bestseller, Cicero native to highlight this fall's Parent University
  • District 99 News

For nearly 10 years, adults from the greater Cicero area have flocked to one of Cicero District 99's school buildings each fall and spring to attend the popular Parent University program — an initiative developed to connect local parents with guest speakers and provide educational resources to help bridge the gap between socioeconomic barriers and academic success.

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Showcasing District and cultural pride: District 99 celebrates resident culture with Cicero's annual Mexican Independence Day celebrations
  • District 99 News

To demonstrate strong partnership with both the Town of Cicero and families across the community, dozens of administrators, teachers and staff from throughout Cicero District 99 turned out for Cicero's annual Mexican Independence Day celebrations, held this year from Sept. 13-16.

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