Communications, Media, & Public Relations

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Our mission is to serve as the main distributor of news from every corner of the District and operate as the liaison between Cicero District 99 and the greater community.

Our vision is creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value to our district and its stakeholders.

The Communications Department strives to provide the most timely and accurate information regarding District goals, departmental updates and student happenings to both internal and external stakeholders.

Earned Media

3/25/20 CBS 2 Chicago

 

Cicero School District 99 Passing Out Meals For Families In Need; Meal Pickup Wednesday

3/25/20 Univision Chicago

 

Regalan almuerzos escolares a estudiantes en Cicero en medio de la crisis por el coronavirus

 3/20/20   mySuburbanLife 

 

'People need to be taken care of.' Berwyn, Cicero school districts provide thousands of meals to students.

2/21/20 Univision Chicago

 

Asi fueron sorprendidos mas de 100 ninos de primer grado en Cicero con estos regalos

2/21/20 WBBM News Radio 780AM 105.9FM

 

First Grade Students At Drexel Elementary Surprised With Scooters To End National Random Act Of Kindness Week

2/13/20 mySuburbanLife

 

Downers Grove resident a Golden Apple Award finalist

2/13/20 Lawndale News

 

Daniel Burnham Elementary School Teacher Among Golden Apple Ward Finalists

2/5/20 NBC 5 Chicago

 

Victims of Cicero fire honored at vigil

2/5/20 Fox 32 Chicago

 

Vigil held for boy, 5, killed in Cicero fire

2/5/20 Univision Chicago

 

Asi recuerdan los companeros de clase al nino que murio junto a su abuelo en un incendio en Cicero

2/5/20 Univision Chicago

 

Realizan emotiva vigilia en honor a un abuelo y su nieto que murieron durante un incendio en Cicero

2/5/20 WGN 9 Chicago

 

Community, classmates and family gather to honor boy, grandfather killed in fire

2/5/20 ABC 7 Chicago

 

5-year-old boy, grandfather killed in Cicero apartment fire memorialized in community vigil

1/20/20 LEDs Magazine

 

Peerless-AV, LG Business Solutions, and Snap Install, Inc. Collaborate on Custom Solutions that Create Engaging Digital Displays at the Newly-Built Sherlock School

12/19/19 Univision Chicago

 

Estudiantes de la primaria Cicero West reciben la divertida visita de Santa Claus

12/19/19 WGN 9 Chicago

 

Motorcycle-riding Santa visits students in Cicero

12/6/19 Univision Chicago

 

Mantener a los menores seguros, el objetivo de un nuevo programa educativo en Cicero, Illinois

12/5/19 Lawndale News

 

Evening the Odds: Cicero District's Plan to Uplift the Community

10/29/19 Univision Chicago

 

Las catrinas, una tradicion del Dia de Muertos de la que podras hacer parte en Cicero

10/22/19 NBC 5 Chicago

 

Students create piggy banks to honor memory of classmate

10/11/19 Univision Chicago

 

Brillo y mucho color: asi buscan mantener viva la tradicion mexicana de las catrinas en Cicero

10/10/19 Univision Chicago

 

Fotos: Estudiantes y padres de familia en escuelas de Cicero pintan sus Catrinas

10/3/19 Despierta America

 

Los avances de la tecnologia llegan a la educacion en una escuela publica de Chicago

9/5/19 Univision Chicago

 

La salud mental de los estudiantes, tema central de una reunion entre distritos escolares de Chicago

8/28/19 NBC 5 Chicago

 

Cicero students surprised with free internet 

8/28/19 Telemundo Chicago

 

Estudiantes en Cicero reciben internet gratuito

8/28/19 Univision Chicago

 

Comunidad de Cicero celebra el regreso a clases desde esta moderna escuela

8/22/19 Univision Chicago

 

En Cicero cientos de ninos celebran la apertura de una nueva y moderna escuela primaria

8/19/19 CBS 2 Chicago

 

Innovative New School Building Promises New Learning Experiences For Cicero Kids

8/19/19 Univision Chicago

 

Todo esta listo para la inauguracion de una moderna escuela primaria en Cicero y aun hay inscripciones abiertas

8/12/19 mySuburbanLife

                                                            Back to school fair in Cicero

8/10/19 Univision Chicago

 

Decenas de estudiantes reciben utiles escolares y vacunas gratuitas en la feria de regreso a clases de Cicero

3/26/19 Chicago Tribune HOY

 

Former Mexican-American astronaut says Latino parents 'should empower their children to dream despite financial hardships

2/19/19 Construction In Focus

 

Bringing 21st Century Learning to the West Side of Chicago

 

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        D99's Very Own: Liliana Castaneda and Marcela Galvez
        • District 99 News

        This month, Cicero District 99 recognized Liliana Castaneda, third-grade transitional teacher at Daniel Burnham Elementary School, and Marcela Galvez, clerk at Unity Junior High School, for exemplary service and outstanding leadership in District 99.

        Castaneda, who moved to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 14, has worked tirelessly for seven years in Cicero who, like her, come from immigrant families. Galvez, who attended Sherlock Elementary School and graduated from Goodwin Elementary School in 2000, has proudly served as a point-person for office matters at Unity Junior High School for the past decade.

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        District update on coronavirus: March 11
        • District 99 News

        This message is to provide information on the preventive measures that District 99 is implementing to ensure the safety and wellness of our staff and students, as it relates to COVID-19. The District is implementing precautionary measures as outlined by the Illinois Department of Health and the Illinois State Board of Education.

        As a preventive measure, we are cancelling events that have traditionally been open to the public and parents. Extracurricular activities will continue as planned at this time. We will continue to provide updates and information as it becomes available.

        Read more about District update on coronavirus: March 11
        Making the cut: Three Tiger wrestlers earn sectional spot in inaugural season
        • District 99 News

        Although this has been the first year Unity Junior High School has had students participate in competitive wrestling, it does not mean the young Tigers don't have talent to leave on the mat.

        During the IESA wrestling regional meet on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Hadley Junior High School in west-suburban Glen Ellyn, the Unity wrestling team proudly had three of its eighth-grade wrestlers show strong performances, claiming them spots at the IESA wrestling sectional this Saturday, March 7 at Lincoln-Way West High School in south-suburban New Lenox.

        Read more about Making the cut: Three Tiger wrestlers earn sectional spot in inaugural season
        Cicero District 99, Riveredge Hospital to co-host second mental health roundtable this school year to grow support network with districts, health providers across region
        • District 99 News

        In Cicero District 99, addressing the concerns of student mental health is a top priority. And, because the District's Multi-Tier Systems of Support (MTSS) Department realizes advocating for students' mental well-being should not be confined to the walls of just one school district, they're actively seeking the partnership of district leaders and community entities across the Chicago area to work together to find meaningful interventions and solutions.

        For the second time this school year, District 99 will be partnering with Riveredge Hospital in Forest Park to co-host the School-Based Mental Health Roundtable discussion Thursday, April 23 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, 3545 S. 61st Ave., Cicero.

        Read more about Cicero District 99, Riveredge Hospital to co-host second mental health roundtable this school year to grow support network with districts, health providers across region
        Good sports on and off the ice: Blackhawks players meet, sign memorabilia for D99 students at Chicago bowling alley
        • District 99 News

        Joining with other students from across Chicagoland, a small group of students from District 99 had the chance to join Chicago Blackhawks players as special VIP guests on Sunday, March 1 at the 12th annual Brent Seabrook Blackhawks ICE Bowl at Lucky Strike bowling alley in downtown Chicago.

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        District update on coronavirus
        • District 99 News

        Dear Cicero District 99 students, staff and families,

        In light of the growing global concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Cicero District 99 administrators and health care providers have been carefully monitoring news and developments on the illness as provided by the Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health and Cook County Department of Public Health.

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        Liberty celebrates $3.8K toward cancer research: District-wide total reaches $14K
        • District 99 News

        This past fall, four elementary schools in District 99 — Columbus West, Goodwin, Liberty and Roosevelt — pledged to donate as much money as they could toward the 2019-2020 fundraiser drive for Pennies for Patients, an organization which raises money to support the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

        Read more about Liberty celebrates $3.8K toward cancer research: District-wide total reaches $14K
        New York Times Best-Selling Author Reyna Grande to Keynote Cicero School District's Parent University Event
        • District 99 News

        For the past 11 years, Cicero residents have flocked to Cicero District 99 to attend its Parent University program — a signature event developed to connect local parents with guest speakers and provide educational resources to bridge the gap between socioeconomic barriers and academic success, presented in both English and Spanish. Kicking off the spring 2020 program on Saturday, March 21, District 99 is welcoming award-winning author Reyna Grande as the event's keynote speaker.

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        A 'wheel' sweet deal: Drexel first-graders taught lesson of kindness with surprise scooter donation
        • District 99 News

        This past Friday, the entire first-grade class at Drexel Elementary School was in for the ultimate gift-giving surprise of the year as standout high-school student athletes from across Chicagoland flooded the school's gymnasium to gift the students with brand-new scooters.

        Read more about A 'wheel' sweet deal: Drexel first-graders taught lesson of kindness with surprise scooter donation
        Classroom knowledge and creative skills on display at annual Academic Showcase
        • District 99 News

        Students from all schools in District 99 came to Unity Junior High School on Wednesday, Feb. 19 for the District's annual Academic Showcase — an opportunity for children from grades K-8 to put the lessons learned in the classroom into practice with trivia games, STEAM-based building races, project posters and artistic displays.

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        Growing and growing: High improvements in MAP scores recognized at Cicero East
        • District 99 News

        Last month, students at Cicero East Elementary School were celebrated by staff and administrators for outstanding MAP Test growth. Trophies were given for top scores and top growth in reading and math, both individually and by class, and all students who exceeded expected growth received certificates of achievement.

        Read more about Growing and growing: High improvements in MAP scores recognized at Cicero East
        D99's Very Own: Elvia Arellano and Lezley Harmon
        • District 99 News

        This month, Cicero District 99 recognized Elvia Arellano, fifth-grade teacher at Warren Park Elementary School, and Lezley Harmon, special-education teacher at Columbus East Elementary School, for exemplary service and outstanding leadership in District 99.

        Arellano, a 2006 graduate of Unity Junior High School, has proudly worked in the District since graduating college, and Harmon has worked for District 99 for five years.

        Read more about D99's Very Own: Elvia Arellano and Lezley Harmon
        Lincoln student sole IL resident presented with top reading award from Achieve3000
        • District 99 News
        While school work is probably the furthest thing from the minds of most kids during their winter breaks, one District 99 sixth grader proved that continuing to practice reading skills during down time pays off in more ways than one.

        In January, Elaine Dominguez, a student at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, was recognized by Achieve3000 as an outstanding user of its literacy software during its Make the Break contest — a national initiative launched by the digital instruction platform to encourage students to continue using its reading tools over their holiday breaks to maintain growth achieved during the first half of the school year.

        Read more about Lincoln student sole IL resident presented with top reading award from Achieve3000
        The golden ticket: Burnham teacher named finalist for Golden Apple Award
        • District 99 News

        Earlier this week, the Golden Apple teaching excellence foundation named Nichole Carder-Bocek, a fourth-grade teacher at Daniel Burnham Elementary School, as one of its finalist for the 2020 awards.

        With the recognition, Carder-Bocek is among the lucky 30 finalists selected from more than 730 nominated educators from schools across Illinois.

        Read more about The golden ticket: Burnham teacher named finalist for Golden Apple Award
        Fueling the road to excellence: ExxonMobil donates $3.5 K for D99 initiatives
        • District 99 News

        For the past 12 years, District 99 has been proud to call ExxonMobil a valued community partner — thanks in great part to its monetary and personnel support toward the District's STEAM curriculum initiates.

        And on Friday, Jan. 17, Superintendent Rudy Hernandez was joined by Colleen Arriola, director of science and health, and Mary Mycyk, executive director of curriculum, in accepting a $3,500 continued support donation from ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company, Cicero's ExxonMobil lubricants plant.

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        D99's Very Own: Chester Bolociuch and Lissette Cruz
        • District 99 News

        This month, Cicero District 99 recognized Chester Bolociuch, shipping/receiving custodian at Unity Junior High School, and Lissette Cruz, secretary at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, for exemplary service and outstanding leadership in District 99.

        Bolociuch, a graduate of Drexel Elementary School and Morton East High School, has worked for the District for 31 years, and Cruz has worked at various schools across District 99 for 21 years.

        Read more about D99's Very Own: Chester Bolociuch and Lissette Cruz
        Notre Dame teaching scholar helps Unity students learn the art of sketching
        • District 99 News

        On Friday, Jan. 10, Unity Junior High School students had the opportunity to work with an industrial designer to use sketching to establish context, communicate ideas and tell stories.

        Hector Silva, an Industrial Designers Society of America research associate for the University of Notre Dame, guided Unity students through the process of using storytelling to make their sketches more meaningful.


        Read more about Notre Dame teaching scholar helps Unity students learn the art of sketching
        Santa, State Police deliver surprise Christmas cheer to Cicero West
        • District 99 News

        As a frigid wind whipped through the Cicero air the morning of Thursday, Dec. 19, nearly 800 students from Cicero West Elementary School roared with applause as police and fire sirens alerted all of Santa and Mrs. Claus' arrival to town, surprising the entire school with a morning filled with games and presents thanks to a sponsorship by the Illinois State Police's Operation Santa program.

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