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And they're off: D99 honors retirees with Route 66-themed sendoff
  • District 99 News

On May 8, Cicero District 99 and the Cicero Council hosted a special Route 66-themed banquet for 30 district staff members that are retiring at the end of the school year at Crystal Sky Banquets in McCook.

Retirees include a mix of teachers, administrators, custodians, secretaries, bus drivers, nurses and program assistants. Combined, these individuals have dedicated more than 450 years of providing educational services to the Cicero community.


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The write stuff: Authors visit Warren Park, share journey of writing
  • District 99 News

Though some students may be anxious for the end of the school year, the children at Warren Park Elementary School continue sharpening their reading and writing skills throughout the month, as the school has designated May as Young Author's Month.

Along with creating short stories in their classrooms, students of all grade levels have been invited to hear from professionally published authors during small assemblies throughout the week of Monday-Friday, May 6-10.

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End-of-year Lollapalooza brings Liberty families together
  • District 99 News

Students, parents and staff members of Liberty Elementary School stuck around campus after the end of the school day on Friday, May 3 for the school's annual Lollapalooza event. The program featured games, raffle prizes, live music and a chance for families to mingle with their kids' educators for an afternoon and celebrate the end of the school year.

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Woodbine organizes first mini Dia del Niño Fest
  • District 99 News

On Thursday, May 2, parent volunteers worked alongside the staff at Woodbine Elementary School to host the school's first Dia del Niño (Day of the Child) Fest, celebrating the cultural significance of children in the school's Mexican-American community.

Along with taking turns at striking piñatas, students and their families enjoyed snacks, carnival games, dancing and martial arts performances by other area children.

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All about the kids: Cicero celebrates biliteracy, Mexican culture at Dia del Niño event
  • District 99 News

To showcase its passion for honoring students' Mexican heritage, embracing English/Spanish biliteracy and demonstrating culture as a tool for strengthening family communities, Cicero District 99 teamed up with the Town of Cicero and Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee to host its first district-wide Dia del Niño, or Day of the Child, event Tuesday, April 30 at Unity Junior High School.

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Outstanding Student Awards 2019
  • District 99 News

Sixty students from grades 2 through 8 were recognized at Cicero District 99's annual Outstanding Student Awards reception Wednesday, May 1 at Unity Junior High School.

Students nominated were selected by their teachers for school volunteerism and community service; proven classroom leadership; display of the Positive Behavior System characteristics of being respectful, responsible and safe; and excellent attendance.

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Unity students learn, practice science's future at school's annual STEM Night
  • District 99 News

For Unity Junior High School science teacher Michelle Smith, the best part about the school's annual STEM Night is the fact that students willingly come back to campus in the afternoon to engage with the science curriculum.

"Out of all events, this has one of the best turnouts at Unity, and students are here for fun, not for extra credit," she said.

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Unity recognizes straight A recipients for third quarter
  • District 99 News

Unity Junior High School administrators recognized seventh- and eighth-grade students who achieved straight A's for the third quarter of the academic year with a special breakfast and recognition ceremony for them and their families on Wednesday, April 17 in the Commons.

Additionally, students who received straight A's for the first three quarters were awarded with two tickets to an upcoming Chicago White Sox game.

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Literacy by the truckload: Suburban couple donates hundreds of books to Warren Park students
  • District 99 News

If you ask John Gervase what his least favorite thing to do as a kid was, chances are, he'll say reading.

"I avoided it," he said.

But, decades later, the Burr Ridge resident's outlook on reading has made a complete 360 — all following a charity event seven years ago when Gervase learned how many children in America lack quality access to books, negatively impacting literacy rates.

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